Hapag Lloyd CEO: Trade Spats Could Dampen Shipping Growth
An escalation of tariff wars between China and the United States could dampen growth in international container shipping as operators pre-emptively brought forward business in the second half of last year, Germany's Hapag Lloyd said."Many customers tried to get their goods through to the U.S. ahead of time in second half 2018, creating additional growth," Rolf Habben Jansen, chief executive of the company that is the world's fifth biggest shipping liner, told reporters in Hamburg on Tuesday."That points to some business having been brought forward…
Hapag-Lloyd Names Rothkopf COO
Hapag-Lloyd has announced that Maximilian Rothkopf is to be its new chief operating officer (COO). He will take over as new COO of Hapag-Lloyd when Anthony J. Firmin retires in late June.Maximilian Rothkopf, who holds a master's degree as well as a doctorate in business administration, has been a Partner since 2014 at McKinsey & Company, where he has been a member of the global Travel, Transport and Logistics (TTL) leadership team. He started his career in 2005 at the management consulting firm…
Hapag-Lloyd unveils "Strategy 2023"
As the liner industry has come to a turning point following a period of consolidation, Hapag-Lloyd unveiled its five-year strategy, prioritizing profitability, service, and cost savings in a container shippingLarge-scale acquisitions is not one of the objectives in German carrier's new strategy will characterize everything the shipping company does in the next five years, said its CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.Hapag-Lloyd is more than two times larger than it was in 2014 in terms of transport capacity.
Hapag-Lloyd Profit Doubles
German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG more than doubled its bottom line in the third quarter compared to the same period last year on account of booking lower interest costs.The container carrier said in a press release that it made a net profit of 112.4 million euros ($128.5 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with EUR51.6 million a year earlier, on revenue that rose 8.6% to EUR3.04 billion.Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the third quarter 2018 with higher earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 212.1 million (Q3 2017: EUR 178.1 million).Meanwhile…
ONE, Hapag-Lloyd Partner for Feeder Services
Japan's Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Germany's Hapag-Lloyd have agreed to share space on their feeder services.As the first step, the cooperation will cover specific Intra-Europe (BAX, NBS, NPX, REX, SDX, ADX, LEX) and Intra-Asia (BHX, HAS, PID) feeder trade lanes. The carriers have already ushered in a new Intra-Asia service, the Bohai Feeder (BHX) in August and will further introduce a new Intra-Europe service, the North Sea Poland Express (NPX), in mid-October to further…
Hapag-Lloyd to Accelerate Digitalization as it Doubles 1H 2018 Loss
The the first half year 2018 net loss of Germany's Hapag-Lloyd is more than doubled to UER 100.9 million ($116 million) from EUR 42.7 million (USD 49 million) a year ago.The shipper attributed this loss to rising fuel costs and the slow recovery in freight rates diluted the synergies from the German ocean carrier’s merger with United Arab Shipping Company."The first half of 2018 was shaped by clearly increasing fuel costs, higher charter rates and a slower than expected recovery of freight rates.
Hapag-Lloyd Deepens Cost Cut Drive after H1 Loss Widens
German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said it accelerated cost cuts in the first half of 2018 to offset higher operational costs from fuel costs, charter rates and a slow recovery in freight rates."We have implemented additional measures to recover these costs: we are critically reviewing the economic viability of our ship systems and are further optimising our terminal contracts," Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen said.Its shares rose 2.6 percent in early trades.Freight rates fell 45 percent, causing Hapag-Lloyd's first half net loss to widen by 58 percent to 100.9 million euros ($115.7 millio
Hapag-Lloyd Cutting Costs as Fuel Prices Rise
German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is cutting costs to cope with a rise in fuel prices that led it to slash full year earnings forecasts last month, its chief executive told shareholders on Tuesday."Major cost positions have risen more than initially expected and are pressuring operating margins," CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said in Hamburg."We are responding short-term to this development through forceful cost management and will keep Hapag-Lloyd competitive this way," he added.Among the measures being taken are accepting more valuable cargo…
Hapag-Lloyd CEO: No Big Shipping Mergers at Moment
The chief executive of German container shipping liner Hapag-Lloyd said he was not aware of major merger activities in the sector a day after a Reuters report said his company had been approached by French rival CMA CGM."We do not see major takeovers in the industry," Rolf Habben Jansen said in a statement issued on the day of the firm's annual general meeting in Hamburg."If at all, there are smaller tie-ups by niche players in the short term," he said.(Reporting by Vera Eckert Editing by Arno Schuetze)
Hapag-Lloyd CEO Says Market Is Still Challenging
Hapag-Lloyd has completed the first quarter 2018 with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of EUR 219.4 million, which is an increase compared to the first quarter of the previous year (EUR 135.3 million). The operating result before interest and taxes (EBIT) stood at EUR 53.7 million after three months (first quarter 2017: EUR 7.5 million). The group net result amounted to EUR -34.3 million and thereby EUR 23.8 million over the quarterly result of the previous year (EUR -58.1 million).
Hapag-Lloyd Delays Recovery Hopes
German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd reported a higher net profit and operating result in the first quarter of 2018 on Monday, citing better transport volumes, but said earnings improvements would mostly be made in the second half."We have had a solid start into the current year, but the market environment is challenging," Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen said."Freight rates have been under pressure, bunker costs and trucking costs in some important markets were up and we faced a weaker U.S.
Hapag-LLoyd Extends Contract of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen
The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has unanimously approved to extend the contract of Chief Executive Officer Rolf Habben Jansen for a further five years until 31 March 2024. “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading global liner shipping company in a challenging market environment and as an active driver of industry consolidation. The extension of his contract ensures continuity in the corporate management,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.
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Hapag-Lloyd's Newest Ship Named Guayaquil Express
Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony in Hamburg for the Guayaquil Express, the fourth of five newbuildings in its 10,500 TEU class. The patron is Christine Kühne, wife of Klaus-Michael Kühne, majority shareholder and Honorary Chairman of Kühne + Nagel International AG. Among those attending the christening at the Container Terminal Altenwerder in the Port of Hamburg were Olaf Scholz, the Mayor of Hamburg, and Angela Titzrath, the CEO of Hamburg Hafen und Logistik AG. “This naming ceremony is a symbol of the close connection to our home port…
Hamburg Hosts Conference on Port Rail Cargo
Anticipating further growth in maritime cargo transport by rail, experts from the rail and port sector are going for digitalization and automation. The ‘First Rail Conference on Cargo Transport by Rail and Ports’ brought together numerous experts from the railway network, rail operator, shipowning, terminal and port operation fields. The attendance of 200 filled all available seats in the conference room of the Hotel Baseler Hof. Acceptances on this scale underlined that a rail conference with the focus on freight transport and the ports has been lacking in Hamburg.
Next Class of Apprentices Begin at Hapag-Lloyd
On August 1, 66 young men and women started their apprenticeship at Hapag-Lloyd. “Highly qualified and motivated employees are a decisive factor in a dynamic and extremely competitive sector like container shipping,” said Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen as the new training period began. Many of Hapag-Lloyd’s successful captains and managers first started their careers at the company. “We offer young talents excellent prospects and exciting challenges in a growing and strongly positioned company,” Habben Jansen continued.
Hapag-Lloyd Posts H1 Operating Profit
German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd swung to a first-half operating profit as it raised transport volumes and freight rates stabilised, but it still posted a net loss after higher ship fuel costs weighed on first quarter earnings. Profit before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first six months came to 87.3 million euros ($104.55 million), up from a year-earlier loss of 39.7 million, the company said on Tuesday. Hapag-Lloyd posted a first-half net loss of 46.1 million euros, paring heavy losses of 142.1 million in the same period a year earlier.
Hapag-Lloyd to Raise Capital Following Merger with UASC
Hapag-Lloyd AG will now carry out the capital increase that was agreed upon as part of the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC. The gross proceeds are expected to amount to approx. EUR 352 million (approx. USD 414 million). The official merger of the two companies occurred on 24 May 2017. At the Annual General Meeting on 29 May 2017, the shareholders approved new authorised share capital for a capital increase. The capital increase is backstopped by the primary shareholders CSAV Germany Container Holding GmbH…
Hapag-Lloyd Reports Better Results for Q3 2017
Hapag-Lloyd closed the third quarter of 2017 with a significant positive Group net profit and a much improved operating result (EBIT). The integration with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is almost completed and on schedule to be finalized by the end of the year. For the third quarter the net profit amounted to EUR 54.3 million (prior-year period: EUR 8.2 million), the EBIT rose to EUR 180.6 million (prior-year period: EUR 65.6 million), and the EBITDA stood at EUR 361.5 million (prior-year period: EUR 184.6 million).
Hapag-Lloyd Completes Integration with UASC
Hapag-Lloyd successfully completed the integration of UASC into the Group on 30 November 2017. At a gathering of the shipping company’s global management in Hamburg, Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said in the afternoon: “Thanks to the very good cooperation of our teams we have managed to successfully implement this integration in just six months. Hapag-Lloyd merged with the United Arab Shipping Company on May 24, 2017. Within the subsequent six months, the operating businesses…
Hapag-Lloyd Bullish on Mexico
After evaluating performance in 2017, the German shipping line serving sectors such as pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry and the technology sector in Mexico expects maritime shipping volumes to experience double-digit growth in 2018 and foresees a continuous increase in cargo volumes. On holding its annual meeting with Latin American leaders in Mexico, the shipping line Hapag-Lloyd pointed to significant growth in infrastructure and operational capacities in the country on reporting its year-end closing for 2017.
Hapag-Lloyd: Shipping Demand Up, More Mergers in 2018
German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd sees demand for transport growing 4 percent in 2018 and expects more shipping firms to merge in the year, the chief executive said. CEO Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen also said Hapag-Lloyd, which merged with its Arab peer UASC, could achieve 85 to 90 percent of targeted annual savings from the deal of $435 million this year and 100 percent from 2019. More savings could be made in future, he told reporters in Hamburg, where he reiterated guidance for rising full-year 2017 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and for EBIT.
Hapag-Lloyd Announces Surprise Dividend After Earnings Double
Container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd announced a surprise dividend to shareholders on Wednesday and forecast a rise in annual earnings this year thanks to synergies from its merger with Gulf peer UASC. Hapag-Lloyd merged with UASC last year, becoming the world's No. 5 container shipper after overcapacity, price wars and freight rates far below break-even levels fanned industry consolidation. The German group said it would pay its shareholders 0.57 euro per share for 2017 - its…
Hapag-Lloyd to Unveil Plan for 2020 Fuel Regs in 2018
German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd plans to give details within three to six months on compliance with tighter shipping fuel regulations that will kick in from 2020, its chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has ruled that heavily polluting high sulphur fuel will be banned for parts of the global industry from that date. Habben Jansen told an investor and analyst call there were three options to cut emissions - more expensive low sulphur fuel, so-called scrubbing or using liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Thorsten Haeser Steps Down as CCO of Hapag-Lloyd
Thorsten Haeser has quit as chief commercial officer of Hapag-Lloyd, which has reorganised its executive Board. CCO Thorsten Haeser is leaving the Company as at 31 March 2018 on the most amicable of terms. With great professionalism and personal dedication, he managed and realigned the Executive Board’s sales responsibilities. Following the merger with container liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Haeser played a key part in the smooth integration of UASC’s business into Hapag-Lloyd AG. Haeser was also instrumental in advancing the digitalisation of the Company.
Hapag-Lloyd to Cut CO2 Emissions by 20 % by 2020
Hapag-Lloyd is publishing the company’s first sustainability report ever yesterday (April 22) as the world celebrates “Earth Day,” which says that the company had achieved 46 percent reduction between 2007 and 2016. Within the report, the shipping company is announcing for the first time the climate goal it has set for itself: By 2020, Hapag-Lloyd intends to achieve a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per TEU-kilometer (compared to 2016). Hapag-Lloyd has already succeeded in significantly lowering its CO2 emissions in the past.