La consolidation se poursuit chez les armateurs. Les Japonais rassemblent trois armements pour former un conglomérat solide face aux autres géants des mers.
Japanese trio Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) announced that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express, established in July 2017, has received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities.
As announced on July 3, 2017, the JV company had completed the approval process in all regions and countries except South Africa as of the end of June 2017.