The French ocean carrier received confirmation today for its estimated $2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines and its APL container shipping subsidiary by the Anti-monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
Dubai-based DP World Ltd. raised $1.2 billion from the sale of Islamic bonds and said a tender offer to buy back securities received 48 percent more bids than the target.
Container lines have bungled the International Maritime Organization's new container weight verification requirement, and some now realize they face high internal costs unless they offer a more flexible approach, Peter Friedmann said.
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The proposed ocean carrier alliance will include Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Japan's MOL, NYK and "K" Line; Taiwan-based Yang Ming; and South Korean line Hanjin, and could potentially add Dubai-based UASC and Korea's HMM down the road.
Neither Ports America nor owner Oaktree Capital will discuss a possible sale of the nation's largest port terminal operator, but Yildirim Holdings President Robert Yildirim said talks have advanced to the "second round."
Meanwhile, the European Commission Competition Directorate has set a “provisional deadline” for a decision on CMA CGM's purchase of APL parent Neptune Orient Lines for this Friday, April 29.