Hanjin Shipping is trying to reposition itself as a small intra-Asia player if it gets the nod to survive from a court in Seoul in December exiting all east-west main tradelanes.
Hanjin’s early drafts of its restructuring, due to be released in two months time, includes plans to sell half of its fleet, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting. The newspaper is reporting that despite this desperate action liquidation still looks the most likely outcome for the world’s seventh largest container shipping line. All of Hanjin’s chartered in tonnage will be returned, according to the restructuring plans seen by the WSJ. This will mean the likes of Danaos, Navios and Seaspan will take a combined hit of more than $1.2bn.
Meanwhile, Korean Air, the biggest shareholder of Hanjin Shipping, is struggling to expedite a promised KRW60bn ($54m) capital injection. The board of the airline has failed to reach agreement on when to deliver the cash, which is needed urgently so that Hanjin’s stranded ships across the world can unload their cargoes.
About 30% of Hanjin’s containerships have now completed unloading, according to Hanjin’s website, while 34 are still stranded at sea and 35 will return to South Korea.