Bruce Barnard

Strong liner-terminal relations could protect and grow the volumes of ports and terminals around the world, but maybe not, as there are also more powerful factors at play.

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The financial benefits of a merger between Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company could begin to materialize for both liners as soon as next year.
Hapag-Lloyd shareholders Friday paved the way to a merger with United Arab Shipping Company and creation of the world’s fifth-largest container shipping line.
Rotterdam dockers have voted in favor of an agreement on job security in the container sector.
Although Rickmers Holding has backed away from this merger, the company signaled it remained open to other opportunities that might present themselves.
Germany’s Rickmers Holding and ER Capital have dropped plans to merge their ship management operations.
Cheaper production and material costs and sagging demand have contributed to the decline.
This is the first time United Arab Shipping Company's financials have been made public, revealing that the company's poor operating margins were exceeded only by Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine.
Hapag-Lloyd revealed that the United Arab Shipping Company booked a loss in 2015 and is still losing money ahead of a shareholders’ meeting to clear the way for a merger.
A new container terminal at the port of Algeciras, the future site of which is pictured in the foreground, would be a significant boost to Cosco Shipping Ports's international aspirations.
Cosco Shipping Ports is tipped as a likely frontrunner in the bidding for a tender to build and operate a third container terminal at the southern Spanish port of Algeciras.
The late June opening of the larger locks of the Panama Canal has put pressure on the chartering of Panamax ships.
The idle container ship fleet is back to more than 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units after a brief dip in July.
DFDS got a boost from British competition regulators, who told rival Eurotunnel it could no longer operate cross-channel maritime services.
DFDS raised its full-year outlook and increased profit following a strong second quarter at a time other transportation companies have posted losses or downgraded their full-year outlooks.
DP World Yarimca in Turkey, pictured, was one of several ports on which the company spent a total of $586 million in the first half.
DP World’s profit surged in the first half and the global container terminal operator said it will continue to outpace market growth.
Traffic declines at the port of Hamburg, pictured, through 2015 cost the port its position as the second-busiest in Europe.
Hamburg has finally pulled out of the container slump.