The international oil shipping services provider, which paid Bretta Tanker Holdings $15.1 million in the second quarter of 2016, saw profits for the first half of 2016 slip 11.3 percent year-over-year to $153.7 million.
The Port of New York and New Jersey, which experienced the second busiest June ever for box volumes, was called by a 10,077-TEU containership at the GCT Bayonne Terminal.
The U.S. gross domestic product increased 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce, following a revised increase of just 0.8 percent in the first quarter.
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Rolf Habben Jansen, the chief executive officer of ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd, said he believes consolidation in the shipping industry resulting from deals such as Monday’s merger agreement between Hapag-Lloyd and UASC will benefit the container industry.
Former Congressman Daniel B. Maffei was sworn-in on Monday, July 18 as a commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, taking the seat of Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. who retired last Friday.
The deal will see Qatar Holding and The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, majority shareholders of UASC, take 14 percent and 10 percent shares of the combined company, respectively.