United Arab Shipping Company News

22 May 2019

Marine Fuel: World First for Megaboxer MV Sajir

The 15,000 TEU megaboxer MV SAJIR to be converted to methane for operation (©Hapag-Lloyd)

"With the conversion of SAJIR, we are the first shipping company worldwide to convert a container vessel of this size to natural gas propulsion."  Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-LloydIn its more than 170 years of existence, the Hamburg-based Hapag Lloyd  has used all kinds of solid and liquid fuels to generate energy for the propulsion of its ships. And now the shipping company has announced that it intends to convert the propulsion system of its 15…

18 Feb 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Gets Ratings Upgrade from Moody's

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The international rating agency Moody’s has upgraded the German cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG's corporate family rating (CFR) to B1 from B2 and its senior unsecured bond rating to B3 from Caa1. The outlook remains stable.According to Moody's release, the improved rating acknowledges Hapag-Lloyd’s progress in integrating United Arab Shipping Company Limited (UASC) while reducing leverage and generating positive free cash flow on the back of tight cost management and increased efficiencies…

31 Jan 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Redeems Bond Early

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German-based container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG has decided to partially redeem EUR 170 million of its senior note on 11 February 2019 and prior to its maturity 2022 at a fixed redemption price of 103.375 percent.According to a press release from the transportation company, the senior note was issued in February 2017 with an aggregate principal amount of EUR 450 million. The annual coupon is 6.75 percent."This partial redemption will be done from cash proceeds, predominantly…

11 Sep 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Christens “Al Jmeliyah” in Rotterdam

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Hapag-Lloyd's 15,000 TEU ship "Al Jmeliyah" was officially christened in Rotterdam. Naming patron is Inge Sijbesma, the wife of Feike Sijbesma, CEO of the corporation DSM – one of Hapag-Lloyd’s biggest customers in the Netherlands.The name “Al Jmeliyah” is Arabic for “the beautiful one.” With its ten sister vessels, the “Al Jmeliyah” numbers among the so-called “Ultra Large Container Vessels” in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet.However, this was not the first time that Hapag-Lloyd has christened a ship in Rotterdam. The most recent one was the christening of the “Rotterdam Express” in 2000.

10 Aug 2018

Hapag-Lloyd to Accelerate Digitalization as it Doubles 1H 2018 Loss

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The the first half year 2018 net loss of Germany's Hapag-Lloyd is more than doubled to UER 100.9 million ($116 million) from EUR 42.7 million (USD 49 million) a year ago.The shipper attributed this loss to rising fuel costs and the slow recovery in freight rates diluted the synergies from the German ocean carrier’s merger with United Arab Shipping Company."The first half of 2018 was shaped by clearly increasing fuel costs, higher charter rates and a slower than expected recovery of freight rates.

05 Aug 2018

UASC Sues World Fuel Services

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Dubai-based shipowner United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has filed suit against Miami-based marine fuels provider World Fuels Services (WFS) seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of off-spec fuel oil in 2016, reports Arabian Industry.UASC is seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of the off-spec fuel oil, according to the suit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on 27 June, 2018.The Middle East shipping giant claims that on or about 21 September 2016…

10 Jul 2018

Hapag-Lloyd AGM Okays All Proposed Resolutions

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Hapag-Lloyd AG shareholders approved with the required majority all items on the agenda put to a vote at the Annual General Meeting in Hamburg. This included an agreement upon the use of the net profit (item 2) and thereby the payment of a dividend of EUR 0.57 per share. Shareholders also formally approved the actions of the sitting members of the Executive Board for the financial year 2017 (item 3) and also the actions of the sitting members of the Supervisory Board (item 4) for that period.

14 May 2018

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Says Market Is Still Challenging

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Hapag-Lloyd has completed the first quarter 2018 with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of EUR 219.4 million, which is an increase compared to the first quarter of the previous year (EUR 135.3 million). The operating result before interest and taxes (EBIT) stood at EUR 53.7 million after three months (first quarter 2017: EUR 7.5 million). The group net result amounted to EUR -34.3 million and thereby EUR 23.8 million over the quarterly result of the previous year (EUR -58.1 million).

28 Mar 2018

Thorsten Haeser Steps Down as CCO of Hapag-Lloyd

(Left) Thorsten Haeser and Joachim Schlotfeldt. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Thorsten Haeser has quit as chief commercial officer of Hapag-Lloyd, which has reorganised its executive Board. CCO Thorsten Haeser is leaving the Company as at 31 March 2018 on the most amicable of terms. With great professionalism and personal dedication, he managed and realigned the Executive Board’s sales responsibilities. Following the merger with container liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Haeser played a key part in the smooth integration of UASC’s business into Hapag-Lloyd AG. Haeser was also instrumental in advancing the digitalisation of the Company.

15 Dec 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Bullish on Mexico

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After evaluating performance in 2017, the German shipping line serving sectors such as pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry and the technology sector in Mexico expects maritime shipping volumes to experience double-digit growth in 2018 and foresees a continuous increase in cargo volumes. On holding its annual meeting with Latin American leaders in Mexico, the shipping line Hapag-Lloyd pointed to significant growth in infrastructure and operational capacities in the country on reporting its year-end closing for 2017.

30 Nov 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Completes Integration with UASC

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Hapag-Lloyd successfully completed the integration of UASC into the Group on 30 November 2017. At a gathering of the shipping company’s global management in Hamburg, Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said in the afternoon: “Thanks to the very good cooperation of our teams we have managed to successfully implement this integration in just six months. Hapag-Lloyd merged with the United Arab Shipping Company on May 24, 2017. Within the subsequent six months, the operating businesses…

14 Nov 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Reports Better Results for Q3 2017

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd closed the third quarter of 2017 with a significant positive Group net profit and a much improved operating result (EBIT). The integration with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is almost completed and on schedule to be finalized by the end of the year. For the third quarter the net profit amounted to EUR 54.3 million (prior-year period: EUR 8.2 million), the EBIT rose to EUR 180.6 million (prior-year period: EUR 65.6 million), and the EBITDA stood at EUR 361.5 million (prior-year period: EUR 184.6 million).

29 Aug 2017

Hapag-Lloyd UASC Complete Integration Soon

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In the first half of 2017, Hapag-Lloyd delivered a significantly better operating result and healthy volume growth. The merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) on 24 May 2017 helped the Company to strengthen its market position and climb to fifth place among the world’s liner shipping companies. The transport volume increased by 14.0% in the first six months, to 4.22 million TEU, which includes almost 250,000 TEU from UASC-Group which was consolidated from 24 May onwards. The combined freight rate of 1,056 USD/TEU is 1% above the Hapag-Lloyd rate of the first half of 2016.

20 Jun 2017

Fitch: Boxship Rates Rise, Capacity Still Key

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Fitch Ratings' Report: What Investors Want to Know: Container Shipping. Container shipping companies have benefited from a modest increase in freight rates since the start of the year, but a sustainable recovery in the container market will only be achieved by reaching a viable supply/demand balance through capacity cuts, Fitch Ratings says. Container transport volumes outstripped capacity growth in 2016 for the first time since 2010-2011, helped by a higher rate of vessel scrapping and delayed deliveries.

09 Jun 2017

Hapag-Lloyd, UASC Merger Unaffected by Qatar Spat

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Qatar's row with its powerful Gulf neighbours should not scupper the just-agreed merger of German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd with sector peer United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) that is owned by six Arab states of the Gulf region, a source close to Hapag-Lloyd said. He said there were currently no signs that the diplomatic crisis would impact the deal that the states had made last month as one party, vis-a-vis Hapag-Lloyd, bilaterally. The source, a senior manager close to the German firm's current owners, said there was no disagreement between the Arab shareholder parties.

30 May 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Stakeholders Okay Capital Increase

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Hapag-Lloyd shareholders approved all items on the agenda at today’s Annual General Meeting. In particular, the shareholders approved the creation of new authorised share capital. This is to be used for a planned capital increase of USD 400 million, which is scheduled to take place within six month after the closing of the merger with the Arabian liner shipping company UASC. The closing took place on May 24. Some of the anchor shareholders have committed to backstop the cash capital increase in the amount of USD 400 million.

24 May 2017

Hapag-Lloyd, UASC Complete Merger

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Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) merged yesterday (May 25, 2017). The merger between the two liner shipping companies was completed in Hamburg. With 230 vessels and a shared fleet capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world. Hapag-Lloyd will remain a publicly traded company registered in Germany with its headquarters in Hamburg. “This is an important strategic milestone and a big step forward for Hapag-Lloyd,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.

23 May 2017

Gulf Bidders Emerge for UASC-linked Shipping Unit

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Gulf-based bidders have emerged for the part-owned subsidiary of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) whose sale is key to finalising the merger between UASC and German container shipping line Hapag Lloyd , sources close to the matter said. Last week, sources told Reuters that Hapag Lloyd was close to completing the 7-8 billion-euro merger after UASC shareholders agreed terms to repay outstanding debt. A sale of United Arab Chemical Carriers (UACC) - in which UASC holds the biggest stake - is also part of the terms of the Hapag Lloyd merger deal.

18 May 2017

Hapag-UASC Tie-up Nears Completion

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German shipping line Hapag Lloyd is close to completing a merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) after UASC's shareholders agreed terms to repay outstanding debts, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters. The deal to create the world's fifth-biggest shipping company, valued at about 7 billion to 8 billion euros ($7.8-$8.9 billion), had been scheduled to complete at the end of last year. It would give Hapag Lloyd access to bigger ships on the major Asia to Europe trade route.

03 May 2017

U.S. FMC Unanimously Rejects Proposed Tripartite Pact

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Yesterday, I voted to reject the Tripartite Agreement proposed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL); and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). This agreement was unanimously rejected by the Commissioners on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). This decision by the FMC in no way precludes the Japanese carriers from merging their container trade business units into a single stand-alone company. Rather, the vote…

28 Mar 2017

Hapag Lloyd-UASC Merger Hits Snags

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A merger of Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has hit a snag, with the German shipping line and some banks seeking assurances that UASC's top shareholder Qatar remain committed to the deal for the long term, sources say. Hapag Lloyd Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen told a news conference this week he had underestimated the complexity of the 7 billion to 8 billion euro ($7.6-$8.7 bln) deal, which will create one of the world's largest shipping lines. Two finance sources…

24 Mar 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

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German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve. The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering global economy, but Hapag Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen pointed to signs of upward momentum. "We expect some market improvement in 2017, but our success will largely depend on our ability to achieve more sustainable freight rates," he said.

22 Mar 2017

Container Shippers Ordered to Testify in US Investigation

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The U.S. Justice Department has ordered top executives from several container shipping lines to testify in an antitrust investigation into an industry that is the backbone of global trade, the companies said on Wednesday. The world's biggest container shipper, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, Germany's Hapag Lloyd, Taiwan-based Evergreen, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said their executives were among those who had been subpoenaed. The United States is concerned that the proposed alliances of several major companies…

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