HMM looks at chartering in boxships for busy transpacific tradelane

Amid very high utilisation rates seen on the transpacific tradelane Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is looking at chartering in some large boxships. The South Korean carrier has picked up much of the slack left by the demise of compatriot Hanjin Shipping on the US-bound tradelane. Rates are picking up on the transpacific as the peak season kicks in.

While HMM is keen to order new ships, financing has yet to be secured and in the meantime it has contacted brokers to look at suitable tonnage to charter.

Figures for June showed HMM’s westbound volumes on the transpacific had shot up dramatically, increasing by 77% year-on-year. The Korean line ranked fourth in market share in June on the westbound transpacific, up from 12th a year prior.

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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