#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below.
Container Market: Global container throughput accelerates - Global container throughput growth accelerated in December according to the Flash Container. Throughput Index of the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL).The index improved significantly in December from a revised 117.9 to 119.9, its highest reading since
publication began two years ago.
Infrastructure: Record quarter for Panama Canal as dispute lessens - The Panama Canal has registered record throughput tonnage for the first quarter of the fiscal year, some 4.8% higher than forecast. The Canal handled 87.7m Panama Canal Universal Measurement System tons in the first quarter, between October and December, registering 3,450 vessel transits.
Container Market:Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV push on with merger proposal - The proposed merger of two container lines to form the world's fourth largest line took another step forward last week according to Trade Winds as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was agreed upon by Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV.
For more on each of the above and other stories click the downloadable PDF IMDO Weekly Markets Review (Week 4). In addition to coverage on Afloat.ie's dedicated Ports & Shipping News section.