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Crowley Cargo Lightering Ops in Port-au-Prince

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 22 in an experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship anchored in the harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments directly into Port-au-Prince next week.   "Today's operation was an important milestone in reestablishing direct container shipments into the heavily damaged port," said John Hourihan, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager of Latin America services. "The port survey conducted Monday by a team from our TITAN Salvage subsidiary was spot on in terms of identifying a suitable location in the port where we could safely discharge the cargo."   The Crowley container ship Marcajama, which offloaded the containers, is scheduled to return to Port Everglades, Fla. over the weekend and load more relief cargo under contract with USTRANSCOM. The ship will then return to Port-au-Prince in the middle of next week and discharge containers via the proven lightering method utilizing two shuttle vessels.  

Cargo Container Security Alliance Formed

Photo courtesy of Contguard

SC-integrity, Inc. (LoJack SCI) and Contguard Ltd. announced a strategic alliance designed to provide their customers with security and real-time visibility of supply chain assets and cargo on a global basis. LoJack SCI will exclusively offer the Contguard CMU (Cargo Monitoring Unit) service for the North American market. Working together, LoJack SCI, with its SC iOn Command Center web-based user portal and 24/7 monitoring center specialists, and Contguard

India Launches Dredging Project

The Indian prime minister will inaugurate a deep sea dredging project on Saturday, called the Sethusamudhram Shipping Channel Project, to remove sand stone on two stretches along the channel between India and Sri Lanka. The new channel will have a depth of almost 40 feet and a width of almost 1000 feet for two-way traffic. When completed, the project will allow allow ships to travel between India's west and east coasts without circumnavigating Sri Lanka, saving about 36 hours in travel time

Internal Waterway Shipping 2008 Results

Now at 12.2 million tons, the volume of goods carried between the Port of Hamburg and the hinterland by inland waterway vessel in 2008 exceeded all previous levels. This marked a 1.5 percent increase on the operating results of the previous year. In Germany as a whole, the shipment of goods by inland waterway vessel in 2008 dropped by 1.6 percent. The most important goods categories were mineral oil products, gases, coal and agricultural and forestry products

Oceanteam Shipping Order PSV/CSC Carousel

Oceanteam order a new 2000/4000 ton modular carousel for offshore applications. Carousels are used for storage during transportation and installation of flexible pipe, umbilicals, risers and other products for offshore applications. The new patented OTS carousel series are designed for flexibility and quick mobilisation on standard modern PSV/CSV type vessels with limited deck load capacity for this type of equipment.

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks. Larger container ships with increased cooling capacity can then enter Costa Rica directly.   Costa Rica's Port Limon-Moin is ranked as the 13th largest in Latin America and fourth in Central America

Intact Seals No Defense under Carmack Amendment

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that evidence that the seals on a container were intact is not, standing alone, a defense to a claim for damages brought be a shipper against the carrier. In the instant case, a container of shoes was being shipped from Brazil to Lynchburg, Va. The container was loaded, sealed, and weighed in Brazil. When the container arrived in Norfolk, Va

Mammoet Opens New Latin America, Europe Offices

Mammoet’s PTC200DS Crane at work for Quip - Petrobras, Brazil

Mammoet has opened a new office in São Paulo, Brazil, replacing its previous premises in the city. The new office serves as main office for the whole Latin America region.Additionally, Mammoet opened a new crane depot in Europe at the Port of Antwerp. The Latin America office, located on the first floor of EBP’s Torre A, Rua Werner von Siemens 111 in Lapa, carries a greenhouse certificate, making it one of the few in the region to have such environmental certification

Container Tracking ensures that your shipment is always 'just a click away'

Photo: CMA CGM

 "Our 24 x 7 multi-referential container tracking facility ensures that your shipment is always ‘just a click away’!," says CMA CGM.   CMA CGM Container tracking is available anytime anywhere- from your personal computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device guaranteeing you virtual accessibility from any device or location.   Our container tracking facility also provides the ease of search using any of the three key shipment referential – Booking

Airplane Crosses the Atlantic in a Box

For the trip, the plane’s wings were removed and the body and all disassembled parts were stowed in a 40-foot cube container. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Chicago Express brings vintage Messerschmitt to the U.S.   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has transported some unusual cargo from Rotterdam to Norfolk. Securely packed in a 40-foot cube container, the vintage fighter airplane, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, made the two-and-a-half-week journey across the North Atlantic.   The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is one of the roughly 33,000 units built between 1936 and 1945, making it the most manufactured fighter aircraft in military history

Project Cargo and Grain Top Seaway Cargoes in October

With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October.   “We anticipated an increase in vessel activity and cargo tonnage into the Great Lakes Seaway System for the month of October, and we saw it,” said Betty Sutton

Cosco, China Shipping Mega Merger Deal May Get Green Signal Soon

Photo: China COSCO Dry Bulk Shipping

 The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ.  

Drewry: Container Service Reliability Falls

Containership reliability took a small step backwards in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct

CMA CGMs Marco Polo at sea (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

Photo: LCA

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in September, a decrease of 20.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. Shipments were down 11 percent from the month’s five-year average.   

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Revises Business Outlook

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Looking at the Company’s business performance for the first half of FY2015, operating income and ordinary income improved as the tanker division enjoyed favorable market conditions, backed by a decline in bunker prices, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).  

Asia-Europe Box Rates Soar 328 pct

A Maersk Containership (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe surged 327.7 percent to $988 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

APM Terminals Diversifies into Non-containerised Cargo

APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer and Qingdao Port Group Chairman Zheng shake hands on deal photo by APM

  The APM Terminals Global Terminal Network will enter China’s fastgrowing grain import market as part of a joint venture with Qingdao Port International, continuing APM Terminals’ ongoing expansion into port and terminal operations outside containerised cargo handling.

Pacesetter Award for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plays a critical role in the Great Lakes Seaway System

  The top federal official presiding over the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway presented Indiana Governor Mike Pence with its flagship award today in recognition of an increase in international shipping at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

Ten-day Dockworker Strike to Impact Portuguese Ports

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting Nov. 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement. The ports to be affected by the strike are the third

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Falls 23% in October

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.3 million tons in October, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments were down 9 percent from the month’s five-year average.   

North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in October

 Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.4 million tons in October, a decrease of eight percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), adding the trade was only two percent below the month’s five-year average, however.  

LNG Tanker Sails for US Sabine Pass for Inaugural Loading

Cheniere Energy's landmark Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export plant in Louisiana will receive its first tanker for loading on Jan. 12, according to ship tracking data and a source with knowledge of the plant's operations.   The Energy Atlantic LNG tanker

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

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