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Just prior to announcing the board of TNT Express had approved its sale to FedEx, the company issued an investor alert warning shareholders that third quarter 2015 profits would be “materially lower” than in the third quarter of 2014.
Search and rescue efforts are now focused on finding survivors from the 33 crew members who were on board the Jacksonville-Puerto Rico container and roll-on/roll-off vessel operated by TOTE Maritime, formerly Sea Star Line.
Dry bulk and container shipping sectors are those most likely at risk of damage from the economic slowdown in China, while the tanker industry should prove to be resilient, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.
The Danish firm's acquisition of UTi is the latest in a string of international mergers in the 3PL industry this year.
The Israeli ocean carrier recently returned to the black, posting adjusted net profits of $23 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared with a net loss of $50 million the previous year.
With more tonnage to be delivered next year, London-based shipping consultant Drewry says "the overhang of excess capacity [in the ocean freight industry] will be even greater than that experienced in 2009."