MSC, Lufthansa mull acquiring Italian state aviation firm

The world’s largest container line, MSC, and German aviation company Lufthansa have offered to take over Italian state airline ITA, the former Alitalia. MSC and Lufthansa have requested a 90-day exclusivity period to closely examine ITA.

OOCL doubles revenue despite significant drop in volumes

Container line OOCL, owned by China’s Cosco, doubled its revenue in 2021, with the top line for Q4 alone surging by 101.4 percent, the carrier says. This major increase happens despite a dive in container liftings during the quarter.

Ørsted wants Maersk as customer in green methanol project

Energy company Ørsted has just bought 45 percent of Swedish Flagship One, which is set to produce green methanol for the shipping industry as of 2024. Ørsted's head of hydrogen wants Maersk as customer in the large scale project, he tells ShippingWatch.

Record number of ships passed through Suez in 2021

Despite the blockage in the Suez Canal during spring of last year, the crucial waterway set a record for the number of ships passing through in 2021, reports Bloomberg. The canal is expected to complete an expansion by the middle of next year.

ONE vessel lost 60 containers

Vessel Madrid Bridge, chartered by Japanese carrier ONE, dropped around 60 containers in the ocean earlier in January, agent to the ship's owner confirms to ShippingWatch.

Maersk eyes major Chinese port Ningbo with concern

In an update to customers, the Danish shipping giant expresses concern that Covid-19 infection could cause problems at the world's third-busiest port, Ningbo in China. Several major ports around the world are now running in a state of "critical" operation.

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