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 new South Korean carrier has started two of five planned intra-Asia strings this week, is commencing a transpacific service in mid-April, and reportedly wants to launch a service to Savannah and New York in 2018.
Ocean carriers entering the market in 2010 and 2011 had a tough time, but SM Line said it believes it is timing its entrance into the transpacific market well, noting how freight rates are improving.
However, rates from Shanghai to Europe and the Mediterranean both fell 0.5 percent since last Friday.