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Shipyard Builds Container Vessel in 54 Days

According to reports, Shanghai Shipyard & Chengxi Shipyard Company Ltd built a 3,500 TEU container vessel in only 54 days, breaking China's record of 60 days for a mid-sized container vessel. The team has already signed orders till the end of 2009. The state-owned Shanghai Shipyard & Chengxi Shipyard Co. updated their traditional shipbuilding skills when they moved to Chongmong Island from Lujiazui area in Pudong. The original technique took more than 140 days to build a 3,500 TEU container vessel. Shanghai Daily News

Daewoo Clinches $531m Order

Bloomberg has reported that Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said it has received a $531m order to build container ships for a customer in Panama. The Seoul-based company will build an unspecified number of container ships and deliver them by April 30, 2010, Daewoo said in a regulatory filing to the Korea Exchange today, without revealing the identity of the customer. Daewoo and South Korea's six other shipbuilders, which built 38 percent of vessels delivered globally in 2005

Aker MTW Acquires Order for Three Containerships

Aker MTW Werft (AMTW) in Wismar, Germany has acquired three orders to build container vessels, a joint development with Kvaerner Warnow Werft in Rostock-Warnemünde (Germany). The contract, worth $115M, is for three vessels that were ordered by Reederei Hartmann in Leer (Lower Saxony). The vessels which will be built in Wismar and Rostock-Warnemünde are due for delivery in the third and fourth quarters 2004. The contracts are subject to the settlement of financial issues by mid July 2003.

NMM lines up Box Buy

Courtesy of Navios Maritime Partners

  Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM) an international owner and operator of container and drybulk vessels, announced today that it has secured, for no consideration, an option to acquire a 2012 South Korean-built container vessel of 13,100 TEU from an unrelated third party. The vessel is currently chartered out to a high quality counterparty for a twelve-year period ending May 2027. The main terms of the option are as follows: Acquisition price: $147.8 million

Bouygues Offshore to Build Container Terminal

Bouygues Offshore and Bouygues Travaux Publics (a Bouygues Construction subsidiary) have signed a contract with Caucedo Investments Inc. to build a container terminal in the Dominican Republic. Located near from Santo Domingo, in the southwest region of the island, the facility will provide a depth of up to 15m to receive post-Panamax vessels. This contract is valued at approximately $136 million. The terminal scheduled for the end of 2003

UASC, Qatargas and Shell Join to Push LNG as Marine Fuel

Qatargas CEO Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani (fifth left), United Arab Shipping Company CEO Jorn Hinge (fourth left), and Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, Michiel Kool (sixth left) along with other officials after the signing ceremony. Photo: Qatargas

 Qatargas, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Shell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of LNG as a marine fuel in the Middle East region.    This is the second such agreement signed by Qatargas and Shell in as many months and establishes another core partnership within the shipping industry. The MoU was signed by Qatargas chief executive Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani

Hempel’s Fouling Defence Product Hempaguard Applied to 500 Vessels

Image: Hempel

 Leading marine coatings manufacturer, Hempel, announces - after only two and a half years on the market -  its award winning innovative fouling defence product Hempaguard has now been applied as a full vessel coating to 500 ships.    This milestone was reached yesterday with the coating of a 61,614 dwt, 2011-built, container vessel.   Environmental obligations are at the top of the agenda for all responsible shipping companies and Hempaguard was introduced to the

MHI Kobe Shipyard’s Receives Orders

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received consecutive orders for large size container ships from the Evergreen Group of Taiwan, one of the leading container transportation operators in the world. Since 1992, MHI has received orders for 38 container ships from Evergreen without a break, of which 32 ships have either been built, or are to be built at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, and six at Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

Korea-built Container Ships for Evergreen Named

Photo credit Evergreen

Naming ceremonies held at  Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard for two 8,542 TEU L-class container ships built for Evergreen. Ever Laden, the second L-type containership of Evergreen Line, was christened by S.S. Lin, the Evergreen Group's First Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. The ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Mei-Sui Lin in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Taiwan and abroad.

China Delivers Large Containership

According to Shanghai Daily, the delivery of China's first self-made 8530-TEU containership over the weekend officially makes China the fourth nation capable of building super large container ships. The ship was designed and built over six years by the Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) with full independent Chinese intellectual property rights. The ship measures is 335 x 42.8 x 24.8 m, able to carry 101,000 tons and sail at 25 knots.

South Carolina Ports Report Cargo Growth

Photo courtesy of SCPA

South Carolina Ports Authority reported year-over-year growth during the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.   SCPA handled 162,858 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September. First quarter TEU volumes were up 1.4 percent over the same period last year, with 520


ENGIE manages a large LNG supply portfolio and has a significant presence in regasification terminals in Europe and worldwide Image CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.

Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El Coquí under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new

Guinea Opens Box Port in UAE Bauxite Complex

Guinea opened a new container terminal on Wednesday, part of a bauxite complex being developed in the West African country by Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala. Mubadala signed a $5 billion agreement with Guinea in 2013 to develop a bauxite mine

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction

Container Shipping Market has Bottomed Out

Photo: CMA CGM

Hanjin’s receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global

Richmond Marine Terminal Volume Up 55%

Courtesy Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia handled 220,000 TEUs in September and that volume helped to push solid growth in rail cargo and in containers moved to Richmond Marine Terminal by barge. In comparison with last September, TEU volumes are up 2 percent; rail units up 16 percent and volume at Richmond Marine

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

Photo: COSCO

 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  

Long Beach Says Cargo Volumes Hurt by Hanjin Fallout

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached the U.S. West Coast.   According to the port, its longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month

Caribbean’s Largest Mobile Harbor Crane Delivered

The new Liebherr mobile harbor crane LHM 600 high rise, is ready for transhipment Rostock, Germany to Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Maritime Crane has delivered the largest mobile harbor crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size.  

Deviation Of MSC Services in Freeport Following Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Following the severity of Hurricane Matthew last week, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Freeport terminal operator in the Bahamas has temporarily halted operations, in order to repair cranes and ensure full safety and security within container yards.  

New Container Terminal Inaugurated in Iraq

Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, cuts the ribbon symbolizing the formal opening of the BGT expansion area, the first entirely foreign financed new port infrastructure in Iraq. Photo ICTSI

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) formally opened the first phase of its new greenfield terminal development at its Basra Gateway Terminal in the North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.   The official inauguration of the new facility marks the implementation of the first entirely

Gibdock Performs Quick Freight Ferry Repair

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has redelivered the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatrucks’ Irish Sea operations.  

Canaveral Resumes Container Service after Hurricane Matthew

Port Canaveral’s sole container terminal resumes service following Hurricane Matthew   GT USA’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) incurred minimal damage during Hurricane Matthew and is fully operational, the result of advance storm preparation and facility planning by GT USA in

Concor Consortium to Bid for Colombo Container Terminal

Photo:  Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd

 Container Corporation of India (Concor) has  formed a consortium with APM Terminals B.V., John Keells Holdings and Maersk Line in order to bid for the development of East Container Terminal in Colombo, reports Hindu Business Line.  

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