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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


Diana Charters Containership to Maersk

m/v Great (Photo: Diana Containerships)

Container shipping company Diana Containerships Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Maersk Line A/S for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Great.    The charter, expected to commence on August 15, 2015, has a gross rate of $14,750 per day, minus a 5 percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum six months to maximum nine months.  


Lloyd’s Register to Class New Fleet of Container Ships

Lloyd’s Register will class a series of five 8,100teu container ships to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries. The ships, ordered by Seaspan and China Shipping Group, are the largest container vessels to be built in South Korea. Lloyd’s Register, the market leader for construction of this size of container vessel, won this contract with a comprehensive package of benefits relating to each stage of the design, new construction and operation phases.


OOIL Orders Two Containerships For $160M

Orient Overseas (International), the shipping giant controlled by Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's family, said two of its subsidiaries have entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd to build two container vessels. The two post-Panamax container vessels, worth a total of $160 million, represent about 20.9 percent of OOIL's net tangible assets, the company said in a published statement. Each can carry 7,400 teu


Commerzbank Sells 18 Ships for $254.5mln

KKR & Co LP's Embarcadero Maritime unit will pay $254.5 million to buy 18 dry bulk and container ships from Commerzbank AG's Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, the companies said on Thursday.   U.S. private equity firm KKR and London-based independent ship operator Borealis Maritime formed the Embarcadero Maritime joint venture in 2013 to invest in distressed shipping assets as several fleets struggled with overcapacity.  


Diana Containerships Sheds Panamax Boxship

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Press release - Diana Containerships has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the 1995-built vessel "Garnet" (formerly "APL Garnet") for demolition, with delivery due to the buyer by the end of September 2015, for a sale price of approximately $7.85 million before commissions. Upon completion of the aforementioned sale, Diana Containerships Inc.'s fleet will consist of 13 container vessels (5 Post-Panamax and 8 Panamax).


Panama Canal Debuts Revised Measurement, Pricing

Following a recommendation from the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama today approved a new measurement and pricing system for full container vessels and other vessel types with on-deck container carrying capacity. “The bottom line is that we simply closed a loophole that prevented us from charging for containers carried on-deck,” said Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta


Containership Giant Calls Hamburg on Maiden Voyage

On February 23 2011, the container vessel CSCL Star called the port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage in their Far East liner service Asia-Europe Express-1/China-Europe-Mediterranean Service (AEX-1/CEM).  CSCL Star with a capacity of 14 074 TEU, based on her container slot capacity, is the largest container vessel ever dispatched in the port of Hamburg. With a length of 1,200 ft and a beam of 168 ft the CSCL Star can load 20 rows of containers. Fully loaded she reaches a maximum draft of 50


Diana Containerships Takes Delivery of YM Great

Diana Containerships, 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 Great”, a 2004-built Post-Panamax container vessel of 5,576 TEU capacity that the company entered into an agreement to purchase on August 7, 2014.   As previously announced, the “YM Great” is chartered to Yang Ming (UK) Ltd., at a net charter rate of US$12,000 per day


Port Dues Concession for Box Ships at Singapore

Courtesy  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

  In light of the current shipping downturn and to demonstrate the government’s commitment to maintain Singapore as a global hub port, MPA will grant an additional 10% concession on port dues payable by ocean going container vessels carrying out cargo works with port stay of not more than 5 days. This will be for a period of 1 year and will take effect on 15 January 2016. The additional 10% concession is granted on remaining port dues payable after the port dues concession


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

File Image (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 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.


Syscorp Focuses on Domestic Routes

Image: Shin Yang Shipping Corp Bhd

 Shin Yang Shipping Corp Bhd (Syscorp) has shifted the focus of its container shipping business to domestic routes in the face of continued volatility in the international container shipping market, reports the Star.   The leading Malaysian shipping company has realigned its focus to


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down 8 pct

The containership Maersk Kalmar. Maersk controls around a fifth of containers transported from Asia to Europe. (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 8.1 percent to $431 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.


Hijacked Singaporean Ship Released in Nigeria

The Safmarine Kuramo. Photo: Marine marchande

 The crew of a Singapore-registered container vessel, Safmarine Kuramo, hijacked off the Nigerian Coast earlier this week, were released unharmed on Saturday (Feb 6) following efforts by Nigerian authorities.   All 25 crew members on board, comprising nationals from India, South Africa


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down Sharply

File Image: The CMA CGM Containership Benjamin Franklin is built to carry nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (image: Marad)

Rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.4 percent to $932 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week to Friday, a London-based container derivative trader with access to data from Shanghai Shipping Exchange told Reuters.


Time to Expand Lanka Port, Says Maersk

Photo: Maersk Line

 Boosting Sri Lanka’s international investment profile, the world’s largest shipper Maersk Line is moving for Sri Lanka entry.   The Danish multinational Maersk Line has been the world’s largest container shipping company since 1996


Singapore's Sops to Ailing Shipping

Logo: Maritime and Port Authority

 The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singaporehas announced an additional 10 per cent concession on port dues for container vessels calling in Singapore, with port stays of up to five days, to help the shipping industry tide over the current economic downturn.  


UASC's 18,000 TEU Al Zubara Transits Suez Canal

Photo: UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Ahli United Bank, Egypt marked the passing of 18,800 TEU Vessel M.V. Al Zubara ultra-large container vessel through the new Suez Canal this week. The event is one of the first in a series of activities being organized by UASC to celebrate 40 years in


Shipping Industry Unfazed by China Sea Tension

Map: The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

 Reuters reports that China's growing military presence in the South China Sea has drawn warnings from the United States that Beijing is seeking to exert control over one of the world's most important sea lanes, but so far the shipping industry seems less concerned.  


Asia-N.Europe Freight Rates Dip 20.6 pct

File image: a containership conducting argo operationsain the port of Oakland, CA (credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney)

Rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.6 percent to $740 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week to Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Freight rates plummeted 15


MOL Launches Additional Indian Run

The new ChinaWest Coast India service  Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced launch of the new China/West Coast India service (CIS). This new service is in addition to MOL’s existing Nhava Sheva Karachi Express (NKX) service which together will enhance coverage between ports in India and China, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

File Image:Maersk

Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


MSC Monica Aground on St. Lawrence River

Pic: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 MSC Monica, Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis.   The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure


MSC Monica Refloated

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Co

 Panama-flagged container ship MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Quebec city, Canada on January 22, was refloated, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).   The 43,618 dwt container vessel was sailing from Montreal to St


Samskip Extends Shortsea Services in Norway

Photo: Samskip

Samskip has expanded its shortsea service network in Norway with Kristiansund and Molde by adding Gjemnes as its 10th port of call.   The multimodal solution provider describes the move as its latest strategic step to intensify Samskip’s presence in the Nordic region and enhance






 
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