CSAV

CSAV Group is a Chilean shipping company founded in 1872, making it one of the oldest shipping companies in the world and one of the largest in Latin America. The ocean carrier has a fleet of 51 container ships, 10 car carriers, and 3 bulk. With a presence in more than 80 countries, CSAV is the 20th-largest container shipping company worldwide.

CSAV Group posted revenues of US$3.21 billion in 2013 — down 6.6 percent on a year-on-year basis. The company recorded a net loss of $169 million, down 46 percent from the previous year’s net loss of $313.6 million.

CSAV Group was the 23rd-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 141,662 TEUs, up 2.9 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 0.8 percent. It was No. 20 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 139,198 TEUs, up 3.8 percent year-over-year and market share of 1.1 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

Shareholders of CSAV overwhelmingly  voted in favor of a planned merger with Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd that would create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line. The planned merger was backed by 84.5 percent of CSAV’s shareholders at a special stockholders’ meeting in Valparaiso. The deal is expected to close this year.

19 Dec 2014
Concluding the final stage in its merger with Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV injected 259 million euros ($317 million) into the combined company and in doing so increased its shareholding to 34 percent in what is now the world’s fourth largest container line.
26 Aug 2014
CSAV has announced plans to introduce a new weekly service, the IMEX Sling 1, connecting the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North Europe, starting in late October.
20 Aug 2014
Overall capacity operated by the Top 21 container carriers increased 5.6 percent or 847,000 TEUs in the last 12 months, according to industry analyst Alphaliner’s latest newsletter, furthering chronic overcapacity in the container shipping market.
Hamburg Express Hapag-Lloyd vessel
12 Aug 2014
Hapag-Lloyd swung to a €54.2 million ($72.6 million) net loss in the second quarter from a €20.9 million profit a year ago as falling freight rates and a weaker dollar offset a modest increase in container traffic.
Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
08 Aug 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.
Hapag-Lloyd's Kyoto Express container ship
06 Aug 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission cleared the planned merger between Hapag-Lloyd and Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, which will create the world’s fourth-largest ocean container line.
05 Aug 2014
CSAV has raised $108 million from its shareholders to enable it to complete the financing for seven container ships under construction and to meet conditions of its planned merger with German container line Hapag-Lloyd.
01 Aug 2014
The G6 Alliance is performing abysmally compared with its competitors when it comes to schedule reliability, according to a new SeaIntel report.
A Hapag-Lloyd container seen in Singapore.
02 Jul 2014
The ink was hardly dry on Hapag-Lloyd’s merger deal with Chilean carrier CSAV when departing chief executive Michael Behrendt raised the prospect of acquiring an Asian container line.
06 Jun 2014
Despite recent improvements, global container lines’ schedule reliability and on-time container delivery have been worse every month so far this year versus last year.
CSAV container ship
29 May 2014
In announcing sharply lower losses for the first three months of the year, CSAV said it expects to close on a merger agreement with Hapag-Lloyd in the fourth quarter.
13 May 2014
Hapag-Lloyd today pinned its financial future to the expansion of the G6 Alliance into the key east-west liner trades and its takeover of Chile’s CSAV, as its first-quarter loss widened and revenue declined.