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Hamburg Süd Expands in West Coast Central America

Effective from 4 September 2011, Hamburg Süd will expand its coverage of West Coast Central America by joining APL in a two loop service concept (WECA). - String 1 (WCX – WECA1) will deploy three vessels of 1.300 TEU nominal capacity and has the following port rotation: Balboa – Puerto Quetzal – Lazaro Cardenas – La Union – Puerto Caldera – Balboa – Paita – Guayaquil – Balboa. Hamburg Süd will be providing one vessel. - String 2 (MCX – WECA2) will deploy one vessel of 1.100 TEU nominal capacity and has the following port rotation: Lazaro Cardenas – Acajutla - Puerto Quetzal – Lazaro Cardenas. The new service allows for a more comprehensive coverage connecting the growing market of West Coast Central America to the Hamburg Süd network. Likewise are additional possibilities opened through the connection of Paita, Guayaquil and Balboa.


Containership Route Reshuffling

CMA CGM Group, MSC and CSAV are pleased to announce the reshuffling of their service linking Asia, Mexico, Central America and West Coast of South America. Operated by CMA CGM and CSAV until then, this service (called ACSA for CMA CGM and ANDEX for CSAV) will now be joined in by MSC. This service will still be operated on two distinct loops deploying respectively 11 x 8,500 TEUs  (1 CMA CGM, 2 CSAV, 8 MSC) and 10 x 6,500 TEUs containerships (3 CMA CGM, 7 CSAV)


Bulk Carrier In For Repair

The Maltese-flag bulk carrier Fortuna Europa arrived in Yokohama on November 27 for permanent repairs to damage sustained at Balboa in September, Reuters reported. In September, Fortuna Europa collided with a pier of the Balboa-Hutchinson terminal, Panama, after experiencing steering/engine problems and substantial damage was sustained to both the 26,849 dwt vessel and the jetty.


Freighter Hits Pier In Panama

The Maltese-flag bulk carrier Fortuna Europa collided with pier no.14 of the Balboa-Hutchinson terminal, Panama, on Tuesday after experiencing steering/engine problems, Reuters reported. Substantial damage was sustained to both the 26,849 dwt vessel and the jetty. The accident happened as the ship, which was carrying a cargo of fertilizer, was passing Balboa on its way to sea, still under the control of a Panama Canal pilot.


Aegean Announces Expansion Plans in Panama

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Awarded Long-Term Concession to Operate Storage Facilities in Ports Located at Each End of the Panama Canal; Company Plans to Commence Physical Supply Operations in Panama by the End of Q2 2011 PIRAEUS, Greece, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) today announced it has been awarded a 20-year concession by the Panamanian Maritime Authority (PMA) to operate onshore storage facilities in the ports of Cristobal and Balboa in Panama on an exclusive


CMA CGM Debuts New Black Pearl Service

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The CMA CGM Group launched its new Black Pearl service, a direct service between the East Coast of North America and the West Coast of South America (Panama, Peru and Chile). This new service is part of the operational agreement between CMA CGM and MSC.  It comes as a response to a growing market demand for refrigerated cargoes from Chile and Peru to Philadelphia and New York and for fast and competitive transit times between these two continents.


Chemoil to Supply Bunkers in Panama Canal

Chemoil Corporation will soon start supplying bunkers in the Panama Canal. Chemoil plans to be a physical supplier in both Cristobal and Balboa by the middle of March, 2003. Further details of this new operation will be available at the beginning of March.


Direct Service from Jacksonville to Asia

To provide East Coast customers an all-water option to Asia, MOL will soon offer the only direct transpacific export service from Jacksonville, Florida (JAXPORT), via the Panama Canal, to key Asian ports as part of its NYX service. The first NYX vessel will sail from TraPac’s newest terminal at JAXPORT on May 13, 2009.   The NYX westbound port rotation is as follows: New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Jacksonville – Miami – Manzanillo – Balboa


G6 Alliance Announces Port Rotations

Members of the G6 Alliance  released details on port rotations for the proposed service expansion to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes, announced in early December last year. Subject to the completion of regulatory review process, the 17 services are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2014. “The G6 Alliance monitors market developments closely and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve our service offerings


G6 Alliance Makes Seasonal Service Change

Pacific Atlantic 2 service has temporarily stopped calling European ports due to a seasonal change in market demand. The service portfolio between Asia and North America East Coast continues unchanged. Members of the G6 Alliance have adjusted one of its Pacific Atlantic services in response to seasonal changes in market demand. The Pacific Atlantic 2 (PA2) service will temporarily stop calling European ports, and instead turn around on the U.S. East Coast


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


SAAM SMIT Towage J/V to Operate 100 Tugboat Fleet

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. inform that with SAAM S.A. they have successfully created a joint harbor towage operation within the American Continent in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Panama, comprising two underlying joint ventures operating in more than 30 port terminals with a hundred tugboats.


Panama Canal Infrastructure to be Valued by VRC

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Leading provider of independent valuations, Valuation Research Corporation (VRC) says it has been engaged by the Panama Canal Authority to value the locks, dams, power plants and other structures of the canal for insurance purposes. This is VRC’s second valuation engagement with the


G6 Alliance Announces Asia – US East Coast Winter Program

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Combined service will replace NYE and SCE temporarily / Due to seasonal changes in market demand. Members of the G6 Alliance have announced the Winter Program for Asia – U.S. East Coast sailings in response to seasonal changes in market demand.


CG Investigates Grounding of Ferry

At approximately 11:30 p.m., July 21, 2009, the 57-ft car ferry, Captain, went aground at Balboa Island, Newport, Calif. with no passengers aboard. At the time of the incident, the ferry operators reported a 2-foot hole in the vessel's hull, but there were no reports of flooding.


Wilhelmsen Large Project Loading at Huangpu

The logistics department of Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Shanghai recently completed a large project loading an air-filter system for shipment to India. Wilhelmsen Ships Service was tasked with loading 39 packages, weighing a total of 303 tons (2400 cubic metres), valued at about $2m


Maersk’s New Latin American Service Calls on Port of Savannah

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West Coast South America Service connects Georgia exports to Ecuador and Peru Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced that Maersk has added the Port of Savannah to its newest all-water service, Spondylus


Evergreen Group Chairman Honored in Rotterdam

Evergreen Group Chairman Dr Y F Chang is honored in Rotterdam with Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Aug. 22, 2011)-- Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Chang Yung-Fa was presented the honor of Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of his


Maersk Exits Chile, Peru, NW Europe Container Service

Maersk Line has decided to cut its Andean service between Chile & Peru to Northwest Europe In a release, the company said the last Andean vessel from Latin America to North Europe would be the Marianne Schulte, which is set to leave Chilean port San Antonio on May 20 and Peruvian port Callao


ACP: Public Hearing on Canal Toll Adjustments

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) held a public hearing in the Ascanio Arosemena Center in Balboa, Panama, on its proposal to modify the Panama Canal pricing structure to align Canal toll charges with the value the route provides.  Seven representatives from shipping and government


OW Bunker to Supply Low Sulphur Fuel

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Responds to increased ECA demand with launch of LSFO supply barge. OW Bunker, a global supplier and trader of marine fuel and lubricants, has announced that it will supply low sulphur 1% RMG 380cst fuel from Balboa, Panama from mid-October 2012


G6 Alliance Announces Port Rotations

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After agreeing to expand the successful G6 Alliance to the transpacific trade earlier this year, the six member lines announced the port rotations of their new comprehensive and competitive service portfolio.   The new expanded cooperation will start in May with six coordinated services


Panama Canal Nominated for Award

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The Panama Canal has been nominated for the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award by the Spanish Ambassador. The Prince of Asturias Award is an annual prize presented by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to promote and reward scientific, technical, cultural


Panama Canal Boarding Facility Inspections

The Panama Canal Authority will hold its annual "Safe Boarding Week" from 8 to 12 July 2013. During the week it will highlight and encourage safe boarding practices on all vessels arriving in the waterway. Activities will involved inspections of boarding facilities by teams


CMA CGM Launches New PAD 2 Service

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The CMA CGM Group announced the upgrade of its Oceania - U.S. services with the launch of the PAD 2 service, as from the beginning of March 2014. The group said PAD 2 will complement the existing fortnightly PAD 1 service and provide CMA CGM with improved coverage of the Oceania to U.S. trade






 
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