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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Hong Kong handled 1.61 million TEUs of containerized cargo for the month and 9.16 million TEUs in the first six months of 2016, year-over-year declines of 8.6 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively, according to recent data from the port.
Shipment volumes and expenditures both increased compared with the previous month after three months of lackluster performance, but still remained well below 2015 levels, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.
The International Monetary Fund is forecasting the global economy to increase at a 3.1 percent pace in 2016 and 3.4 percent in 2017, both down 0.1 percentage points from previous projections, following the UK’s surprise vote last month to leave the EU.