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HMM secures $5.4bn in state funding

Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC), South Korea’s government-backed ship financing entity, has allocated KRW6.15trn ($5.4bn) funding for HMM’s business expansion.

According to local reports, KRW3.15trn of the amount will be used to fund HMM’s recent order of 20 giant boxships at three domestic yards and the remainder will support HMM to acquire container terminal assets.

HMM, South Korea’s flagship carrier, posted the worst results of all the major carriers around the world in the second quarter of this year. Its operating margin for container shipping business declined further to -16.4% during the period.

Since its establishment in July, KOBC has made a series of plans to support local shipping firms, including providing financial support for Sinokor and Heung-A’s merger.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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