South Korea’s container carriers join forces

South Korea’s container carriers join forces

Just ahead of the first anniversary since Hanjin Shipping sought bankruptcy protection, South Korea’s remaining 14 container carriers have announced they are teaming up on the intra-Asia trades.

The Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP) features every single Korean container carrier, including Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and new name SM Line.

Under the terms of agreement, they will cooperate to improve their collective strength through various measures including increasing shared cargo capacity, adding new shipping routes and co-managing overseas terminals.

The consortium will establish operational guidelines by the end of this year with an aim to launch operations in January. The secretariat will be handled by the Korea Shipowners’ Association.

August 31 will mark one year since Hanjin Shipping, formerly South Korea’s flagship carrier, sought bankruptcy protection, sparking supply chain chaos across the world.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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