The new president immediately put the world on notice that his administration will combat unfair trade practices, which many interpret as a return to protectionism.
Just 10 percent of longshoremen requested by terminal operator employers came to work on Friday, bringing vessel operations to a near standstill at the Northern California port, according to port spokesman Mike Zampa.
Chaos in the ocean shipping industry has led to a winter of shippers’ discontent as freight transportation managers scramble to determine how carriers will meet their transportation requirements after several carrier mergers and acquisitions took place.
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Members of the 2M Alliance - Maersk and MSC - reached a space-sharing deal with HMM, which they said is “outside the scope” of the 2M Alliance, but will involve HMM buying slots on 2M vessels and 2M partners purchasing slots with HMM on selected routes.
Hayes Howard, CEO of BlueWater Reporting, has analyzed recent occurrences in the container shipping industry regarding HMM’s bid to join the 2M Alliance, along with Korea Line’s purchase of certain Hanjin assets.
The agreement, which will infuse $26 billion into the state-run ocean shipping conglomerate over the next five years, will serve China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy, according to a statement from China COSCO Shipping.