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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With capacity in the ocean carrier industry continuing to outstrip demand levels, many are left wondering what carrier is next in line for a merger or acquisition.
The London-based shipping research and consulting firm has examined the correlation between carrier terminal ownership and the choice of port calls by the 2M Alliance, and the upcoming alliances in April.
Consolidated net profits for the year dropped 40.7 percent to 52.3 million Swiss francs compared with the previous year as tight peak season airfreight capacity and the collapse of South Korean ocean carrier Hanjin Shipping put pressure on margins.