China Shipping Group News

30 Aug 2017

COSCO Books H1 Profit of $288 mln

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Marina Ignatova)

China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd reported a first-half profit on Wednesday and forecast that improved demand in the container shipping market would continue for the rest of the year. China's largest shipping group, which last month offered to buy a Hong Kong peer to become the world's third-largest container liner, said January-June net profit was 1.86 billion yuan ($288.32 million). That matched an estimate it announced in July, citing improved market conditions. It also booked revenues of 43.5 billion yuan for the period.

09 Jul 2017

COSCO to Buy OOCL for USD 6.3 bln

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

Chinese Shipping Major Cosco Group has agreed in principle to buy its shipping rival and  Hong Kong’s No. 1 box mover, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), in deal that could be valued around USD 6.3 billion. The takeover will catapult Cosco the world’s third-biggest container carrier after Denmark’s Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co. In a press release, the State-owned Cosco said that it will pay shareholders of OOCL,, HK$78.67 a share in cash, a 31 percent premium over the stock’s last closing price.

04 Mar 2017

Cosco Closing Down Yards

On Dec. 16th, 2016, the opening ceremony of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. was held in Shanghai. Photo: China Cosco Shipping Group

COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co is planning to cut the number of shipyards that are able to manufacture offshore engineering products from five to two by 2020, China Daily reported. China's third largest shipbuilder by output makes this move as the company's latest effort to cut overcapacity, since the global market is unlikely to see a notable upturn anytime soon. Under the plan, its shipyards in Nantong, Zhoushan and Dongguan will be shut down. The company will keep manufacturing…

26 Jan 2017

Cosco Shipping Holdings to Post 2016 Loss

Photo:  China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

Cosco Shipping Holdings (CSH)has announced that its profit for 2016 will be below that of 2015, reports Reuters. The container shipping arm of state-owned China Cosco Shipping Corp expects to post a net loss of 9.9 billion yuan ($1.44 billion) for 2016, citing the impact of asset disposal and a weak freight market. On some trade lanes, including the high-volume route between Asia and Europe, average revenues per TEU in 2016 were at record lows. Cosco said that freight rates began…

11 Nov 2016

BIMCO Awards Leadership, Innovation, Pioneering Business Strategy

BIMCO Awards

BIMCO today presented three awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the global shipping industry among both companies and individuals in the industry – following BIMCO’s conference in Shanghai. This year the importance of leadership, innovation and pioneering business strategy in shipping were clearly recognised by the judges in the choice of winners. BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give the BIMCO President’s Award to the Tung family from Hong Kong, who run OOCL among other companies.

06 Oct 2016

COSCO, China Shipping Merge Shipbuilding Units

Photo: Cosco

China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11 shipbuilding yards into a single entity in one of the industry’s biggest consolidation moves yet, reports Wall Street Journal. China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11 shipbuilding yards into a single entity in one of the industry’s biggest consolidation moves yet, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two companies had already combined their fleets and port operations last year to create China COSCO Holdings, the world’s fourth biggest container operator in terms of capacity.

26 Aug 2016

Asia’s Biggest Container Shipper Posts Loss

Photo: China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

Asia’s largest container shipping company China Cosco Holdings Co  posted a net loss of Yuan7.2bn ($1.1bn) for the first six months of 2016, reversing the Yuan2bn net profit seen during the same period last year as excess capacity dragged down cargo rates. China COSCO is part of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (COSCOCS), a shipping giant created earlier this year from the state-driven merger of former rivals China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company and China Shipping Group. China COSCO said in a statement that global container shipping market has been sluggish since the second half of 2015…

25 Aug 2016

China COSCO Falls to H1 Net Loss

File photo: China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd

China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd fell to a first-half loss hurt by a persistent slump in the global container market, the world's fourth largest container shipper said on Thursday. COSCO Shipping reported a first-half loss of 7.2 billion yuan ($1.08 billion yuan) versus a profit of 1.9 billion a year earlier, the company said in a filing to the Shanghai stock exchange. COSCO is grappling with weak global demand that has dragged down the sector. In the first quarter, it reported a net loss of 4.5 billion yuan.

21 Jun 2016

Maersk Fights to Stay on top as Containership Downturn Deepens

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller (Photo courtesy Maersk)

Denmark's Maersk Line is fighting to remain the world's no.1 container shipping carrier as a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Asia, creates new challengers trying to grab a bigger share of a depressed market. Maersk itself hasn't made a major acquisition for more than a decade but says it might be open to "the right opportunity", although doubters believe such deals risk accumulating ships without securing enough customers. A unit of oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk , the line has a 15 percent share of the overall container market.

04 Jun 2016

COSCO Rolls Out Shipping Financial Platform

Photo: China COSCO Shipping Co

China COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd (China COSCO Shipping) officially  inaugurated the company “COSCO shipping Financial Holdings Limited (COSCO shipping Financial) in Hong Kong. It was former China Shipping (Hong Kong) Holdings, reports Sinocast. The formation of Cosco Shipping Financial followed the completion of the merger between China Cosco Group and China Shipping Group in February this year to become Coscocs. COSCO Shipping Financial Holdings, together with China Shipping Container Lines, will form a financial holding platform of China COSCO Shipping Corporation.

20 Apr 2016

Box Shippers Form Asia-focused Ocean Alliance

Photo: CMA CGM

France's CMA CGM and China's COSCO Container Lines are to form a four-way vessel-sharing alliance with Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line focused on Asia routes, CMA CGM said on Wednesday. Container shipping has seen route-sharing develop in response to a severe downturn in the market, and a rejigging of alliances had been expected in recent months after COSCO merged with China Shipping Group and CMA CGM agreed to acquire Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).

13 Apr 2016

Impending Shakeup of Global Shipping Alliance

Figure: Wall Street Journal and Alphaliner

According to WSJ report, deals involving Cosco, China Shipping, CMA CGM and Neptune Orient Lines to bring major changes in global shipping alliances. China Cosco Shipping and CMA CGM are hoping to form a new alliance with OOCL, Evergreen Line, and Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, according to sources in the Chinese shipping industry. According to the Alphaliner, CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings.

06 Apr 2016

China Cosco to Form Container Alliance

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

China COSCO Shipping, the result of a merger in February between the country's top two state-owned shippers, is in talks with CMA CGM and several other major operators to create a new shipping alliance, say reports in local media. Wang Haimin, China Cosco’s deputy general manager reportedly said: “We are having further discussions with some related carriers. He did not specify which carriers were involved, only noting that the new partnership was expected to serve China Cosco’s…

31 Mar 2016

China Shipping Development Company Proft Surges

Photo: China Shipping Development Company Limited

China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSDC) achieved 34.95% higher profit for 2015 totaling in RMB417 million ($64.3 million) when compared to figures from 2014, mostly due to a very strong tanker market. The revenue was stable at RMB12.21bn in 2015 compared to RMB12.27bn in 2014 for CSDC, the tanker and bulker unit of China Shipping Group. “In 2015, the oil shipping market was better than in 2014 in general. Affected by beneficial afactors such as the higher shipping prices…

28 Mar 2016

China Cosco Shipping to Maintain Alliances until Expiry

Photo: China Cosco Shipping

China Cosco Shipping plans to retain its current container alliances until they expire, after which it plans to sign a new deal, it said on Monday. The group's spokesman, Yu Zenggang, did not say when the current alliance agreements were due to expire. China COSCO , a unit of COSCO, is part of the CKYHE alliance with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine, while China Shipping Container Lines , a unit of China Shipping Group, CMA CGM CMACG.UL and United Arab Shipping Co make up the Ocean Three alliance.

18 Mar 2016

COSCO, Vale Ink 27-year Iron Ore Transport Pact

A ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

China COSCO Shipping Corporation and Vale have signed a 27-year-long agreement that will see the Chinese shipping giant carry 16 million tonnes of iron ore per year for the Brazilian miner. The agreement was signed between the two companies at a ceremony in Beijing on Friday, the Chinese company said in a statement. "The signing of the agreement marks the commencement of a new chapter of the cooperation between the two companies," it said. China COSCO Shipping Corporation was…

07 Mar 2016

CMA CGM Expects Market-beating Container Volumes Again This Year

Photo: CMA CGM

French-based CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said on Monday it expects its volume growth to outperform the market again in 2016 after strong expansion last year helped it cushion a slide in freight rates. CMA CGM, which is in the process of acquiring Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) for $2.4 billion in its biggest-ever deal, has been pursuing economies of scale to ride out a shipping downturn linked to vessel oversupply and faltering economic growth.

29 Feb 2016

Consolidations to Reshape Ship Alliances

Image: China Cosco Shipping Corporation

Several of the world’s top container lines are entering in different vessel-sharing alliances following the current wave of mergers and acquisitions among carriers, reports China Daily. There has been reports that had shocked the containership transport industry - the possible mega-alliance between French liner CMA CGM and China Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS), the recently merged China’s biggest shipping line. Formed by Denmark's Maersk Line and Switzerland's Mediterranean Shipping Co SA…

24 Feb 2016

CMA CGM Confirms Alliance Talks

Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman and member of the CMA CGM Group. Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Vice-Chairman Rodolphe Saadé confirmed talks between the French container shipping line and potential partners regarding the future of its alliances, says WSJ. "We are discussing with the new China Shipping Group, but we also discuss with others," he says. Saadé did not give any specifics of the firm’s talks. But as reported by MarineLink (See CMA CGM - COSCO Mega Alliance to Shake-up the Industry?) quoting Alphaliner, CMA CGM was discussing a mega-alliance with the newly merged Chinese line COSCOCS, Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong-based OOCL.

23 Feb 2016

Coscocs Targets 2 Mln TEUs by 2018

Photo: China Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS)

China's biggest shipping line China Ocean Shipping Corporation (Coscocs) has revealed an ambitious plan to increase its container shipping capacity to hit a 2 million TEUs over the next three years, says China Daily. The company is raising the operational capacity in an effort to seize a larger slice of the cake, known as the East-West and South-North routes. Wan Min, general manager of China COSCO Shipping, said Chinese shipping companies mainly operate container shipping services on Asia-Africa and China-Southeast shipping lines…

21 Feb 2016

Bulk shippers hit by perfect storm as global economic doldrums take toll

Photo Nordic Bulk Carriers

Off the coast of a nearly deserted island below the southern tip of Hong Kong, at least 10 massive ships that normally carry hundreds of thousands of tons of coal or iron ore lie idle near one of the world's busiest sea routes. These empty vessels paint a grim picture for the dry bulk shipping business that veterans of the industry say is grappling with an unprecedented crisis of too many ships and not enough cargoes. The hollow boats underscore the global economic doldrums that policymakers are struggling to overcome. "This is the worst we have seen in recent times.

19 Feb 2016

COSCOCS to Keep Alliances for Now, Review Partners Later

China Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS), China's biggest shipping line, plans to carry out a careful selection of its future vessel-sharing alliance partners, but will maintain its two current alliances for the moment, the company said on Friday. Analysts have said the global network of vessel-sharing alliances on container routes could be shaken up by recent deals, including the formation of COSCOCS through the merger of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) and China Shipping Group. China COSCO , a unit of COSCO, is part of the CKYHE alliance with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine, while China Shipping Container Lines , a unit of China Shipping Group, CMA CGM and United Arab Shipping Co make up the Ocean Three alliance.

19 Feb 2016

China Marine Giant COSCOCS Strategizes Business

Image: China COSCO Shipping Corp

China COSCO Shipping Corp Ltd  (COSCOCS), a new company formed by the restructuring of China's top two shipping firms, was officially established on Thursday (February 18). The Chairman Xu Lirong said his company,now the world's largest bulk vessel and oil tanker operator by fleet size,  is planning to deploy more resources to six new businesses. According to a report in China Daily, the shipping major will focus on logistics, industrial equipment manufacturing, financial and shipping services, investment, and operations linked to the country's "Internet Plus" development program.

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