来源：American Shipper 2017-08-16
翻译：国际海事信息网 姜文杰 张运鸿
Maersk: Higher rates will offset impact of cyberattack
The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group's container shipping arm, Maersk Line, has experienced a stronger-than-expected recovery in rates, evidenced by a $500 million swing in operating profit in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Danish shipping conglomerate's most recent financial statements.
Maersk Line reported earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $376 million, compared to a $123 million loss in the second quarter of 2016. The average freight rate increased 22 percent year-over-year to $2,086 per FEU helping revenues to grow 21 percent to $6.1 billion for the quarter.
To underscore the extent to which rates have strengthened, Maersk’s volume grew only 2 percent year-over-year to 2.7 million TEUs. The lack of volume growth is intentional, as the carrier is turning its focus to profitability after focusing on growing market share in previous quarters, Maersk Group Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou said in an earnings briefing with analysts and press Wednesday.
Skou also addressed the cyberattack Maersk faced in late June as a result of the global NotPetya virus. Maersk estimates the financial damage of the attack to be in the range of $200 million to $300 million and that it lost 70,000 TEUs worth of volume over the two weeks following the attack. The company said the attack didn’t result in the loss of any data to third parties, however.