Brookfield clinches A$8.9bn Asciano deal

Acquisition is largest takeover of an Australian group since 2011

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller EEE-Class 18,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) capacity vessel, operated by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, sits docked at APM Terminal at the Port of Rotterdam in this handout photograph taken on Aug. 16, 2013 and released to the media on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S raised the earnings forecast for its container-shipping line, the world's largest, after second-quarter profit at the unit almost doubled as lower fuel prices and costs offset a drop in freight rates. Source: APM Terminals via Bloomberg EDITOR'S NOTE: NO SALES. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Maersk cuts global trade growth forecast

Guidance changed because of economic uncertainty and oil price

Pirate attacks jump in Southeast Asia

Indonesia the new centre of attacks, as Somali pirates fail to claim a single victim in H1 2015

Oil fall swells Daewoo Shipbuilding loss

Net loss of $2bn announced amid writedowns on offshore projects

Oil rout boosts crude supertanker rates

VLCC operators see strongest trading conditions since 2008

Savannah makes waves as it lures shipping

Miles from the sea, but US port is taking on West Coast rivals

Greek shipping fears talk of higher taxes

Athens is targeting one of the country’s few strong sectors

S Korean shipbuilders shaken by loss fears

Samsung Heavy latest to sink on projected big quarterly loss

Daewoo Shipbuilding shares sink 30%

S Korean company expects to book huge losses in second quarter

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller EEE-Class 18,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) capacity vessel, operated by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, sits docked at APM Terminal at the Port of Rotterdam in this handout photograph taken on Aug. 16, 2013 and released to the media on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S raised the earnings forecast for its container-shipping line, the world's largest, after second-quarter profit at the unit almost doubled as lower fuel prices and costs offset a drop in freight rates. Source: APM Terminals via Bloomberg EDITOR'S NOTE: NO SALES. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Maersk Line sticks to its leading course

Container shipping company maintains its edge over rivals through investment and cost-cutting

China lifts ban on giant Valemax ships

Four ports officially opened to Brazilian iron ore miner’s mega-vessels

Asciano: ships of good hope

Brookfield offer looks good — if it comes mostly in cash

Saudi ports show efforts to diversify

Ambitious plans may disappoint without training and logistics investment

S Korea shipbuilders ride oil tanker wave

Demand for tankers and vast container ships offers lifeline amid industry’s worst slump in decades

Maersk orders 11 ships in $1.8bn deal

Company goes for new vessels as industry fights overcapacity

Frugal US consumers hit Panama Canal

Changing world trade patterns curb container traffic at seaway

Maersk feels squeeze but still leads pack

Container group misses earnings forecasts but beats rivals

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Iran releases seized container ship

Revolutionary guards allow Maersk Tigris to resume its journey

Strange case of Oaktree and Iran military

Swoop on Maersk Tigris is harsh lesson for private equity

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