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.

Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
06 Mar 2014
Chilean carrier CSAV will pay a $625,000 civil penalty to resolve U.S. government allegations it violated the Shipping Act in connection with a scheme to fix prices for shipments of roll-on, roll-off shipments such as cars and trucks.
28 Feb 2014
CSAV has agreed to plead guilty and pay a criminal fine of $8.9 million for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers and rig bids of international shipping services...
19 Feb 2014
A depressing air of déjà vu enveloped the Hamburg shipping community when Greek container ship owner Danaos announced that it is taking a $19 million hit on the debt restructuring of Zim as it cuts the charter rates of six ships on hire to the Israeli ocean carrier.
14 Feb 2014
Chilean carrier CSAV said it plans to add up to $600 million in capital to complete the financing of ships under construction and to help finance a proposed merger with German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd.
MSC Mediterranean container ship
06 Feb 2014
Shippers should expect declining container ship reliability over the near term.
Cargo containers on a ship
04 Feb 2014
Based on SeaIntel’s monthly Global Liner Performance reports from 2013, container ships reached their destination ports around the world on time 79.5 percent of the time in 2013...
Container ship
31 Jan 2014
Container ships arrived at their destination ports across the globe on time 73.7 percent of the time in December 2013...
23 Jan 2014
The merger of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV would be “a step in the right direction” for the container shipping industry, but the pending marriage of the sixth and 20th largest container lines, respectively, won’t dampen the competitive nature of the market in the long-term, according to Jefferies shipping analyst Johnson Leung.
CSAV Suape
22 Jan 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a possible merger of their container shipping liner services, taking merger talks “into the next phase.”
Hapag-Lloyd
13 Jan 2014
Hapag-Lloyd is closing in on a deal to take over CSAV, which would create the world’s fourth largest ocean carrier, according to a German language newspaper.
Hamburg Süd containers
27 Dec 2013
Hapag-Lloyd’s chairman is urging the German carrier’s domestic rival Hamburg Süd to join its merger talks with CSAV, the Chilean container line.