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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


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.


SCI Orders New Cellular Container Vessel

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) continues to modernize its fleet by acquiring new vessels. On July 14, SCI placed an order for a Cellular Container vessel of 3,500 TEU capacity, with M/s Rongcheng Shenfei Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China. The shipyard was selected for building the vessel through competitive global tendering process. The vessel would be built to specifications complying with the latest international and national rules and regulations


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.


Columbia Coastal Container Super-Barge

Pictured is Columbia Coastal Transport’s newest barge, Columbia Boston, just after its launching at VT Halter Marine’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC, a container feeder barge operator, announced the arrival of its newest container super-barge, Columbia Boston, into service this month. The 912-TEU barge is sister to Columbia Elizabeth, which was put into service four years ago and is one of the largest container barges ever built


US Designates Three Marine Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects.   The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35, connecting Chicago and Minneapolis to New Orleans, will serve as the primary routes for a new container-on-barge


Bollore Consortium Misses out on Cameroon's Kribi Port Shortlist

A consortium led by France's Bollore failed to make the final shortlist of firms vying to manage a new container terminal in Cameroon's southern port of Kribi, according to a commission report seen by Reuters on Monday.   The government commission


PSA Commissions new Dammam Terminal

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  Saudi Global Ports LLC (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA) started its commercial operations this month, at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam


Double Order for Super Gloria Reachstacker

Kalmar Super Gloria reachstacker

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order for two Super Gloria reachstackers from Tadarsa Logistics S.L. in Aviles, Spain. The largest reachstackers ever built, the Kalmar Gloria DRG1300-92ZX will have the capability of lifting 130 tonnes and will be utilised specifically to lift heavy


APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

King Willem-Alexander officialised the opening of Maasvlakte II by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers on 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. Next to him are CEO of the Maersk Group, Nils s. Andersen and CEO of APM Terminals, Kim Fejfer. Photo: Maersk Group

 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and 500 representatives of the port industry and governments from around the world


VT Halter Powers Ahead

“The secret of VTHM’s success is our ability to harness existing commercial and defense-related project ‘know-how’ and integrate it with emerging technologies.  Our ability to do government and commercial work in one facility is one of the things that makes VT Halter a little different.”  Bill Skinner, CEO,  VT Halter Marine

If you drive just south of I-10 in Pascagoula, Miss., within 10 minutes you find yourself on the doorstep of VT Halter Marine, arguably one of the more diverse and active shipyards in the U.S. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc


SDARI Inks Agreement for INTERSCHALT Loading Software

Mr Hu Jintao, President of the chinese ship designer SDARI, (middle) and Mr Wang Jun, Director R&D Departmant at SDARI (left) agree with Mr Robert Gärtner, CEO of the maritime software provider INTERSCHALT, the co-operation for MACS3 loading computer.  (Photo: Interschalt)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a maritime software and services provider of loading computers on board containerships, signed a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI) in Shanghai for the provision of MACS3 loading software for containerships


Port of Ngqura’s New Automated Mooring System

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The automated mooring system at the Port of Ngqura in South Africa’s east coast is poised to improve port efficiency and safety, cementing the deep water port’s position as a leading transshipment hub for the Sub-Saharan region. The system comprises 26 mooring units


Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard Wins Bid for Six Boxship

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s (HHIC) Philippines-based Subic Shipyard Courtesy HHIC

  HANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil’s Subic Shipyard hit the jackpot bids. On April 20, the company said that it signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies.


General Mills Strategically placed in Port Salford

Courtesy Port Salford

  General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – is to be the first tenant at a new state-of-the-art distribution hub that will save 600


SIPG to Acquire Jinjiang Shipping

Image: Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals Co., Ltd

 Shanghai-listed Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) is currently considering acquiring part of the equity stakes in Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping, a container shipping company mainly engaged in China-Japan routes, as part of the group’s comprehensive development strategy.  


‘Beware the Big Ship Hype’ -TT Club

Phillip Emmanuel (Photo: TT Club)

TT Club’s Phillip Emmanuel has put into perspective some of the “sensationalism” surrounding the recent growth trend in containerships. Speaking during a plenary session of the TOC Asia Conference in Singapore on Tuesday, he advised ports and terminals to take a measured approach


GSF and BIMCO Publish Standard Box Freight Document

Pic: BIMCO Headquarters

 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has joined forces with the Baltic International Maritime Council Organisation (BIMCO) to launch the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON container shipping contract.    GSF is a NGO inaugurated in the UK four years ago but which represents international shipping


Panamax Vessel Delivered to Diana Containerships

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Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v YM New Jersey, a 2006-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5


Port Klang Ensures Faster Turnaround for CMA CGM KERGUELEN

The CMA CGM KERGUELEN welcomed with a unique arrangement at the Port Klang Terminal

  The CMA CGM Group reported that during the CMA CGM KERGUELEN first call at the Port Klang Port Terminal in Malaysia, the terminal set up a unique arrangement for the vessel: no less than 12 cranes were simultaneously used to match the vessel's exceptional length (398 meters) and capacity






 
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