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  1. June 13, 2014

    Sailing into the unknown

    The Fast Lane’s been covering an extraordinary amount of the globe over the past couple of weeks – at remarkably varying...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Hapag-Lloyd joins forces with Chile’s CSAV

    Two of the world’s highest-profile container shipping lines, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, announced on Wednesday...

  1. December 5, 2013

    Container shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV in merger talks

    Two of the world’s highest-profile container shipping lines, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, are in talks about a...

  2. November 22, 2013

    Brussels launches pricing probe into container shipping

    Brussels has launched a regulatory assault on container shipping companies, with a formal antitrust probe into concerns that...

  3. August 16, 2013

    AP Møller-Maersk: smooth sailing

    Thank goodness analysts covering the container shipping sector do not provide shipping forecasts. They predicted heavy...

  4. June 18, 2013

    Global shipping: all at sea

    There’s always next year. A common theme in reports on the health of the container shipping industry is that a turnround...

  5. March 25, 2013

    Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd end talks

    An attempt to create the fourth-largest container shipping company by capacity came unstuck as Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and...

  6. January 16, 2013

    Tui considers merging travel divisions

    Tui and Tui Travel are in preliminary talks over a possible cost-cutting combination between the German travel group and its...

  7. December 18, 2012

    Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd in tie-up talks

    Germany’s two largest container shipping companies are in talks over a possible merger that would create the ailing sector’s...

  8. December 4, 2012

    Shipping lines turn to Mexico amid strike

    Shipping lines are diverting to Mexico, slowing vessels down in the Pacific and leaving ships at anchor off southern...

  9. November 18, 2012

    Shipping sector caught in choppy waters

    The last thing the container shipping sector needs when it is plagued by overcapacity and falling freight rates is the...

  10. October 31, 2012

    Moody’s downgrades Hapag-Lloyd

    Hapag-Lloyd has been downgraded by Moody’s, the credit rating agency, amid concerns over the prospects for its balance sheet...

  11. July 31, 2012

    Tui to appoint new chief executive

    Tui, the German travel group, is set to appoint a new chief executive next year after Michael Frenzel said he would step...

  12. June 13, 2012

    IPO dearth casts doubt over cult of equity

    Rarely has it been so difficult for companies to go public. Swathes have had to shelve their plans to list this year, and...

  13. February 14, 2012

    Hamburg to take biggest stake in Hapag-Lloyd

    The state of Hamburg is to become the largest shareholder in Hapag-Lloyd, the German city’s flagship container shipping...

  14. December 21, 2011

    Container shipping alliances to join forces

    Two of the three big alliances of container shipping lines are to join forces to offer joint services on the key Asia to...

  15. December 13, 2011

    Tui closer to exiting container shipping

    Tui, the debt-laden German tourism group, has taken a step towards its long-standing goal of leaving container shipping by...

  16. September 23, 2011

    Evonik puts IPO on hold until 2012

    The owners of Evonik Industries confirmed they would put a multibillion-euro initial public offering of the speciality...

  17. September 16, 2011

    German listing delays add to IPO gloom

    It has been a bad week for initial public offerings. Hapag-Lloyd, the container shipping group, and Siemens’ Osram unit have...

  18. September 14, 2011

    Siemens delays Osram float

    Siemens, the German engineering conglomerate, said it would delay a multibillion-euro flotation of Osram, its lighting unit,...

  19. September 14, 2011

    Hapag-Lloyd IPO blocked by shareholder split

    The general manager of the consortium that owns a majority of Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping...

  20. September 12, 2011

    Turmoil threatens IPOs of German heavyweights

    The extreme turbulence of Europe’s financial markets looks set to scuttle a raft of big initial public offerings initially...

  21. August 17, 2011

    Maersk chief ‘not gloomy’ after container earnings fall

    The chief executive of AP Møller-Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, has insisted he is “not gloomy at...

  22. August 12, 2011

    NOL warns of loss as container shipping slides

    Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines on Friday produced some of the clearest evidence so far that container shipping faces a...

  23. May 17, 2011

    Brussels raids container shipping lines

    European competition investigators on Tuesday raided offices of at least four of the world’s largest container shipping...

  24. April 5, 2011

    Tui in talks to sell Hapag-Lloyd stake

    Germany’s Tui has confirmed it is in talks with potential investors about selling its stake in Hapag-Lloyd, one of the...

  25. April 5, 2011

    Vedanta boosted by end seen to Cairn India saga

    Vedanta Resources, the London-listed India mining group, raced to the top of the FTSE 100 leaderboard on Tuesday amid...

  26. FT Alphaville

    April 5, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - HMV issues another profits warning; covenant test pushed back until July — statement....

  27. March 31, 2011

    Tui Travel holiday bookings slow

    Political turmoil in north Africa and the Middle East has slowed sales of summer holidays from Tui Travel, Europe’s leading...

  28. March 22, 2011

    GKN tumbles on Latécoère speculation

    GKN led the blue-chip fallers on Tuesday as the FTSE 100 broke a three-day winning streak. Shares in GKN lost 3.8 per cent...

  29. March 17, 2011

    Double crises trigger second thoughts for IPOs

    Companies have been forced to reassess plans for stock market listings in coming weeks, as investors take fright over the...

  30. March 11, 2011

    Kabel BW unveils listing plans

    Kabel Baden-Württemberg’s owner has announced plans for an initial public offering of the German cable television group that...

  31. March 11, 2011

    Container shipping: Lessons in navigation yet to be put to the test

    The empty, idle container ships that started to fill sheltered bays and unused wharves during 2009 were powerful symbols of...

  32. March 4, 2011

    Tui backs plans for Hapag-Lloyd IPO

    Tui, the heavily indebted travel and tourism group, took a key step towards exiting container shipping when its board...

  33. March 3, 2011

    Home Retail Group sees sharp fall in London

    Argos owner Home Retail Group was among the sharpest fallers as spending and cost fears kept the retailer at a five-month...

  34. February 26, 2011

    Revived CMA CGM secures funding for ships

    CMA CGM, the Marseilles-based container shipping line that came close to collapse last year because of its heavy obligations...

  35. January 27, 2011

    Tui Travel profits rise on ‘differentiated’ sales

    Tui Travel said it would push sales of tailored all-inclusive holidays and offer more trips with durations other than seven...

  36. January 13, 2011

    Derby Cycle considers Frankfurt listing

    Germany’s feeble IPO market could get into gear with a listing by the country’s leading bicycle maker by sales, after Derby...

  37. December 9, 2010

    Correction: Hapag-Lloyd

    ● Hapag-Lloyd, the German shipping company, cancelled a government loan guarantee in September. It did not repay it, as...

  38. December 7, 2010

    Hapag-Lloyd shareholders prepare IPO

    The owners of Hapag-Lloyd, operator of the world’s fifth-largest container ship fleet, confirmed on Tuesday that they are to...

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