Hyundai Merchant Marine widens loss to US$162 million, sales fall 14.6pc

KOREA's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) posted a first quarter net loss of KRW175.8 billion (US$162.3 million), increasing the deficit from the KRW735.2 billion loss in the same quarter a year ago.

Quarterly revenue also fell 14.6 per cent year on year to KRW1.11 trillion, which was blamed on excess supply, low freight rates and high fuel costs, reported Yonhap new agency.

Despite widening losses Korea's biggest carrier confirmed an order for 20 new containerships, 12 of more than 20,000 TEU and eight 14,000-TEUers, as part of the company's plan to grow the fleet to one million TEU.

HMM said that its massive ship building programme will allow it to take advantage of increased economies of scale, as well as to meet looming environmental regulations set to come into effect in 2020.

According to a separate regulatory filing, HMM also plans to purchase the remaining stake it does not already own in a container terminal at the Port of Busan along with Singapore-based terminal operator PSA International.

Source: Schednet

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