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The Wall Street Journal: Hanjin Shipping officially sunk, declared bankrupt

SEOUL — A South Korean court on Friday pulled the plug on Hanjin Shipping Co., declaring it bankrupt and ordering the liquidation of a company that has led the country’s shipping industry for the past four decades.

The bankruptcy comes five months after the company, which was once one of the largest container-shipping lines in the world, filed for court receivership under heavy debt.

A court-appointed caretaker will sell any remaining ships and other assets Hanjin still owns to pay off its creditors, said Choi Ung-young, a judge on the Seoul Central District Court.

The court closed the company’s rehabilitation proceedings earlier this month, saying liquidation would bring more value to creditors, with its major assets mostly sold off.

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