Hoegh Autoliners will start calling the Port of Charleston later this month with its Middle East service, which will bring two new ship calls a month to the port.

Chris Connor keeps close track of his customers’ moods because that’s the only way he can tell whether he’s going to be able to fill his car carriers, and he is starting to see their moods change.

Automobile and roll-on, roll-off traffic between the U.S. and the Middle East is in slow recovery mode after falling hard and fast.

Hoegh Autoliners, the Norwegian ocean car carrier, will launch service between the Middle East, India and Africa next month.

Höegh Autoliners, the U.S.

The Delaware state-owned corporation that operates the Port of Wilmington reached a 10-year agreement with Höegh Autoliners that will keep the car carrier in the port until at least 2019.

Amid the deepening slump in the automobile market, car carriers are focusing more of their marketing efforts on oversize, non-automobile cargo to fill the empty space on their vessels’ decks.

Amid the deepening slump in the automobile market, car carriers are focusing more of their marketing efforts on oversize, non-automobile cargo to fill the empty space on their vessels’ decks.