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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.


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


Matson and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Partner

Matson Navigation Company (Matson), Matson Integrated Logistics (MIL), and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. are partnering in new guaranteed, expedited services from Ningbo and Shanghai to Long Beach and various U.S. inland destinations under a single invoice. With the new program, customers will have the option of benefiting from two new premium level service products. The first premium level service option will be offered by Matson and MIL and will guarantee the transit time and delivery


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


Customs Proposes New Cargo Rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published on January 2, 2008 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring importers and carriers to electronically submit additional information on cargo before it is brought into the United States by vessel. The Security Filing, also known as “10+2,” is another step in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) strategy to better assess and identify high-risk shipments to prevent terrorist weapons and materials from entering the United States.


Crowley Reestablishes Second Weekly Sailing to Haiti

To better meet the needs of customers shipping to Haiti from the Dominican Republic and South Florida, Crowley Maritime Corp. has enhanced its liner container shipping services by renewing its second fixed-day sailing to Port-au-Prince from Rio Haina and Port Everglades starting this week.   After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Crowley reduced its twice-weekly service to Haiti to a single port call on Mondays due to infrastructure damage and resulting deterioration in the port's service


Shipping Containers Have Never Been Cooler

Shipping containers being used the old fashioned way in Port Elizabeth, NJ (Photo by NOAA)

Shipping containers are ready for their close up. Long the invisible building blocks of the global economy, shipping containers are having their moment. Entrepreneurs and developers are utilizing them on land, in full view of the public that depended on them for delivering, well


LNG Destination Clauses May End: IGU

Destination clauses on contracts for liquefied natural gas (LNG)shipments will soon be a thing of the past because of the shale revolution in the United States, the head of the International Gas Union said in an interview. Japan and other buyers of LNG have long complained that the destination


CSCL Globe Calls the Port of Zeebrugge

CSCL Globe calls the Port of Zeebrugge (Photo courtesy of the Port of Zeebrugge)

On her maiden voyage in the AEX1 service, China Shipping Container Lines’ containership CSCL Globe, currently the world’s largest container vessel, moored at Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge after embarking on its first voyage in China last December.


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fell 6.5 pct

image: file photo

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.5 percent to $938 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


VOC Port Begins Cargo Shipping to Dubai

Image:  V.O. Chidambaranar Port

 The first regular container service to Dubai from V.O. Chidambaranar Port in India commenced on Tuesday.  Chairman of the VOC Port Trust S. Anantha Chandra Bose inaugurated the service being operated by Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal Private Limited on the 8{+t} {+h} berth of the port


China Shipping Development Orders Four VLCCs

Pic by China Shipping Development Company Limited

 Hong Kong unit of China Shipping Development, the oil and dry bulk shipping arm of state conglomerate China Shipping Group, has booked four very large crude carriers (VLCCs) at a compatriot yard.   The worth a total of $375.92m was placed with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC)


Asia-EuropeBox Rates Fall 5 pct

File Photo (Maersk)

Freight rates for shipping containers from Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.1 percent in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The rates fell to $1,003 per 20-foot container (TEU).


Farmers Hit by Strife at West Coast Ports

Number of containers Swell  at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. Photo  Long Beach Port

  Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week.


West Coast Ports Backups Prompt Coffee Traders to Switch Ports

A lot of coffee is handled at West Coast ports Courtesy Port of New Orleans

  U.S. coffee importers have begun diverting shipments bound for West Coast roasters to ports on the Gulf and East Coasts due to a labor dispute that has caused prolonged backlogs in California, market sources said. Traders said they began re-routing ships carrying coffee from El Salvador


Gerda Maersk Make Maiden Call at Slovenia's Koper

Luka Koper (Image by Port Authority)

 Slovenia's Luka Koper port welcomed its largest container ship to date, as the 367 metre Gerda Maersk moored on Tuesday, just weeks after completing a long-awaited deepening of its seabed to allow larger ships to dock.  The Gerda Maersk weighing 10


Colombian Ports Mull Expansion

Image: The Port Authority of Cartagena

 The container and gross tonnage handling across all Colombian ports will undergo expansion in 2015, cementing a return to growth following a 2013 downturn, says BMI’s Colombia Shipping Report.   "The domestic container demand will be more muted than we expected


Manila Ports Back at Optimum Utilization

Photo:  Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

 Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) stated that utilization rate at the port of Manila is back to normal after the disruption of operations during the visit of Pope Francis to the country last month.   The state-run PPA said in a statement that container yard utilization and vessel


West Coast Port Slowdown Could Cause Two Month Delays

Congestion at the U.S. West Coast ports could take as much as two months to unwind, according to port and trade group officials, with retailers and other companies bracing for further shipment delays after the apparent resolution of a months-long labor dispute.


BP Exported Super-Light Texas Crude

BP Plc exported nearly 670,000 barrels of minimally processed super-light crude oil from the Houston Ship Channel more than a week ago, according to ClipperData, an industry firm that tracks crude movements. The 667,638-barrel cargo left Enterprise Products Partners' ship channel docks - part


Protesters Block Brazil's Port of Santos

  Protesting truckers in Brazil blocked access to the port of Santos on Tuesday, according to a representative for highway operator Ecovias, threatening shipments of soybeans in the middle of what is expected to be a record harvest.    






 
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