The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund said last week the launch of the tender evaluation process would begin immediately.
Separately, the three Japanese ocean carriers - NYK, “K” Line and MOL - on Friday filed an agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission to merge container operations.
The sanctions, pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act, will remain in place for two years.
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The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle said SM Line plans on launching a transpacific service and eight intra-Asia services.
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero says he is willing to discuss the agency's concerns with Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and OCEMA member carriers, leaving the door open for future approval of a revised agreement.