The German ocean carrier upped the size of a five year bond from 150 million euros to 250 million euros.
COSCO may make a bid of more than $4 billion for Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line, according to various media reports.
The deployment of ultra-large containerships has not only increased average vessel size on key east west trades, but has accelerated the consolidation of carriers into vessel sharing agreements and alliances.
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The joint container venture between Japan’s ‘Big 3’ will have a fleet capacity of 1.38 million TEUs, making it the sixth largest in the world, and when their 23 new ships are delivered, the merged operation will become the fifth largest carrier.
The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index increased 3.4 percent since last Friday to a reading of 824.39, largely driven by significantly higher rates from Shanghai to the United States.
The deal, which involves Hanjin's Asia-U.S. assets, does not include Hanjin’s five, 6,500-TEU containerships or Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International at the Port of Long Beach, according to several media reports.