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Hyundai Merchant Marine Sells Off Two Million Shares

Hyundai Merchant Marine, South Korea's largest shipping firm, said on Friday it had sold about two million shares in Hyundai Heavy Industries to raise operating funds and repay debts. "We sold about two million shares in Hyundai Heavy in the market," said a company spokesman. He did not say at what price the shares were sold. The shipping firm would have received 62 billion won ($47.6 million) from the sale, based on Hyundai Heavy's closing price of 31,000 won on Friday. Hyundai Merchant Marine shares finished up 0.3 percent at 3,000 won. After the stock sale, Hyundai Merchant Marine would become the second largest shareholder in the shipbuilder with its stake dropping to 9.8 percent from 12.4 percent earlier. Hyundai Merchant said it would sell off its remaining stake in Hyundai Heavy by the end of this year. Hyundai Merchant posted 457.8 billion won ($351.9 million) in operating profit last year on 5.2 trillion won in sales.

$67M Containership Order Logged

South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine placed a $67 million order for a containership with Heavy Industries. Hyundai Merchant said it had borrowed funds from foreign financial institutions at LIBOR plus one percent for the 5,700 TEU-sized order. The shipping and trading company, a unit of Hyundai Group, said the containership would serve Asia-Europe routes from 2003. It said it would also place more ship orders in the second half of this year, including two 4,700 TEU container ships.- (Reuters)

Hanjin Shipping to File for Court Receivership

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

South Korea’s biggest container shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co has decided to apply for court receivership after lenders halted all support, says a report in Bloomberg.   A Reuters report also says that it would file for court receivership after losing the support of its banks, and the country's financial regulator said a rival operator will look to buy Hanjin's "good" assets.   Banks withdrew support for the world's seventh-largest container carrier on Tuesday

THE Alliance Beckons HMM

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is sailing into the THE Alliance. With the new charter deals  it is now “one step closer to becoming a member of THE Alliance”, from which it was excluded when the mega-alliance was announced last month.   According to  a report in Business Korea, HMM president Lee Baek-hoon met with K Line president and CEO Eizo Murakami in Tokyo to discuss the former’s joining the THE Alliance

200 SOLASAFE Screens for Hyundai Containerships

Hyundai Hope under construction at Daewoo Shipyard in Okpo, Korea. The first vessel in a series of four, she will be delivered in March 2014

South Shields based Solar Solve Marine received an order from Korea for four ship-sets of its SOLASAFE roller sunscreens. The screens are to be installed at the navigation bridge windows of four very large container carriers currently under construction at Daewoo’s DSME Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island. With a length of 366 mts, a beam of 48.8 mts and depth of 30 mts the vessels will all be 152,700 dwt., and whilst not the biggest in the world

HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports.   According to Korea Herald,  Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance, a vessel-sharing agreement between Denmark’s Maersk Line and Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company - the world’s first and second largest container carriers.   

Hanjin-Hyundai: No Merger or Only Restructuring?

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s government is discussing whether to merge or sell  Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine in an attempt at state-led industrial restructuring.    But the two lines in question belong to different container alliances, are fierce rivals and have both denied that Seoul is trying to coerce them to merge.   “There is a need to maintain the existence of the two companies when considering the impact a merger could have on South

Hyundai Merchant Marine Bondholders Approve Debt Swap

A majority of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (HMM) bondholders have approved a debt-for-equity swap plan, South Korea's second-largest shipper said on Wednesday, paving the way for restructuring of the heavily indebted firm's finances. HMM, which had debts about 5.2 trillion won ($4.36 billion) at end-March, has about 804.3 billion won in publicly traded bonds outstanding, a spokesman said. The debt restructuring plan includes a debt-for-equity swap for over 50 percent of the applicable

Grand Alliance, ZIM & HMM Jointly Announce New SCE2 Service


Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), along with Partner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) are pleased to jointly announce the new co-operation with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) within the Trans-Pacific All Water sector. The South China East Coast Express 2 (SCE2) will be launched on 12th May 2011, in conjunction with the enhancement of the established South China East Coast Express (SCE)

APL, HMM, MOL and CMA CGM Announce Capacity Plans

APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) ¬¬– and CMA CGM announced additional winter capacity plans for the trade between Asia and the US East Coast via Panama Canal. Late last month, the New World Alliance carriers APL, HMM and MOL announced that they would be withdrawing more capacity to the US West Coast and earlier than in previous years in the face of an unprecedented rise in operating costs – particularly for fuel.

Hyundai Mulls Bid for Hanjin Assets, Routes

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hyundai Merchant Marine is considering bidding for its bigger local rival Hanjin Shipping Co.'s Asia-U.S. route, reports Yonhap.   Hyundai Merchant, currently under a creditor-led debt restructuring scheme, is planning to submit a preliminary bid for Hanjin Shipping's route

Hanjin Chairman: Firm Lost a 'game of chicken' with Rivals

File Image: A Hanjin containership (credit: Hanjin)

Hanjin's failure largest ever among container shippers; collapse has disrupted global trade networks. The collapsed Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd could not compete against global rivals that were supported by their governments, the chairman of its parent firm told a South Korean parliamentary hearing

Maersk Not Interested in Hanjin, Hyundai

Photo: Maersk Line

 There has been reports that Danish conglomerate A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S , the world’s No. 1 shipping company, could seek to take over Hanjin Shipping Co. and Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.   However, WSJ, quoting sources says that Maersk Line isn’t likely to move

Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

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 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  

HMM Adopts INTTRA's eVGM Solution

INTTRA now offers an eVGM solution that enables customers to seamlessly comply with SOLAS VGM. Photo INTRA

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has expanded its longstanding relationship with INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, by adopting the INTTRA eVGM Service as a channel to facilitate compliance with the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified

S. Korean Court Mulls Sale of Hanjin

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 The South Korean bankruptcy court handling the insolvency proceedings of Hanjin Shipping Co. said Wednesday a sale of the troubled company is possible, say media reports. However, the court has yet to reach a decision.   "The sale of Hanjin is one of the options we're considering

HMM Mulls Buying Hanjin's 37 Boxships?

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HHM), South Korean’s second largest shipping line, is believed to be looking into buying troubled carrier Hanjin Shipping's 37 container vessels, reports WSJ.   HHM will be the first to look at Hanjin’s vessels, with the focus on five 13

South Korea: 'Tough Luck' to Hanjin

The South Korean government, long a bastion of support for the country's big conglomerates, is sticking to its hard-line stance on Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd , whose collapse is roiling global supply chains. Since the world's seventh-largest container carrier filed for court receivership in late

What to Expect From Hanjin Fallout?

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 South Korea’s biggest shipping company, Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd filed for court receivership in South Korea on Wednesday 31 August 2016 after losing the support of its banks, setting the stage for what has now become a motley situation.  Ince & Co's Knowledge Bank takes a look

Controversy on Hyundai Joining 2M Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.

 The world’s largest shipping alliance 2M partners - Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co  (MSC) -  have been quick to offer shippers an alternate service on the transpacific trade in the wake of Hanjin Shipping’s collapse.  

Hyundai Eyes Samsung, LG Cargo

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd

 South Korea’s second-largest container line Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd is in talks with South Korean firms such as home appliance makers Samsung and LG to carry their cargo, Reuters reported quoting the chairman of South Korea's Financial Services Commission.  

More Collapses, M&A Will Follow Hanjin, Warns Flitch

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Korean Hanjin Shipping's filing for receivership reflects an unsustainable supply-demand imbalance in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says.    "We expect more defaults and M&A activity in the short and medium term but these will only restore equilibrium and boost

Hanjin’s Ships Worth $1.7 Bln -VesselsValue

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

With Hanjin Shipping on the verge of bankruptcy, state run Korea Development Bank stated the shipper’s debt stood at more than $5 billion at the end of June.   However, Hanjin owns 63 vessels, worth today $1.7 billion, including live and newbuilding contracts, as shown by VesselsValue

Hyundai Merchant Marine to Operate on Hanjin's Former Routes

file image (Credit: Hyundai Merchant Marine)

Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd said on Thursday it will deploy vessels on routes that bankrupt Hanjin Shipping used to use from South Korea to the United States and Europe, it said in a statement on Thursday. Hyundai Merchant Marine said it will start on Sept

More Hanjin Ships Seized, Box Rates Surge & Shippers Fret

About 10 Hanjin vessels effectively seized at China ports; Court says plans to start rehabilitations proceedings soon. Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd vessels have been seized at Chinese ports in the wake of the South Korean firm's collapse, further roiling the industry as freight rates jump and

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