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Hanjin Gets Winning Bid From Shipper That Once Almost Failed

A South Korean shipping company that filed for bankruptcy protection five years ago emerged as the surprise winning bidder for some assets of the collapsed Hanjin Shipping Co., pipping a bigger rival that is undergoing a creditor-led debt revamp.

Korea Line Corp., the nation’s second-largest bulk carrier, beat Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. to be the preferred bidder for Hanjin’s Asia-U.S. business, a spokesman for the Seoul Central District Court said in a text message Monday. Final sale documents will be signed Nov. 21, according to the court. Shares of Korea Line slumped the most in three years.

A successful acquisition of the assets will mark Korea Line’s entry into the container-shipping business, helping it challenge the dominance of Hyundai Merchant on the busy Asia-U.S. route.

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