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The shipping research and consulting firm attributed November’s year-over-year increase in idled containership capacity to the Panama Canal’s new locks, which made smaller containerships less attractive, along with Hanjin’s bankruptcy.
The Dubai-based operator will own 55 percent of a new vehicle targeting port and terminal investment opportunities outside of the United Arab Emirates, while Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will hold the other 45 percent.
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Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line said the acquisition of Hamburg Süd would boost its share of the world container fleet from 15.7 percent to 18.6 percent, and increase its capacity from 3.14 million TEUs to 3.76 million TEUs.
A construction project at the west African port officially began and will drastically increase the port’s container capacity.
COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line plan to deploy 350 containerships on 41 strings starting next April.