来源：American Shipper 2017-06-30
翻译：国际海事信息网 姜文杰 张运鸿
Special Coverage: Hapag-UASC integration presents significant opportunities, unique challenges
German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s recent merger with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Co. (UASC), for example, is expected to generate various benefits for the joined company, but they won’t necessarily come easily.
The two firms officially consummated the deal May 24 after signing a business combination agreement in July 2016 and receiving regulatory approval from roughly a dozen competition authorities across the world. Hapag-Lloyd said in June it is confident it will be able to ensure complete integration by the fourth quarter of 2017.
Combined Efforts. The new-look Hapag-Lloyd features a fleet of 230 containerships—172 vessels from Hapag-Lloyd and 58 from UASC—with an average capacity of 6,842 TEUs and an average age of 7.2 years. Executives estimate the company will have a combined annual transport volume in excess of 10 million TEUs.
Significant Synergies. According to Rainer Horn, director of public relations at Hapag-Lloyd, the company expects to incur one-off costs from the UASC merger of around $150 million.
But overall, the merger is projected to create synergies that will reduce costs by $435 million per year. A significant amount of these savings should be realized in 2018, while the full amount is expected to be reached in 2019.