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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Longshoremen and employers are meeting far in advance of the contract expiration date next year.
The two ports says the plan is an "innovative collaboration that will allow us to find new ways to become more efficient and effective."
The U.S. Department of Justice served several container shipping lines with subpoenas last week in Sausalito, Calif., where their top executives were attending industry meetings.