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Evergreen’s New Line from Taiwan to China

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Evergreen Line's 1140-TEU Uni-Adroit set sail across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Straits for China's northern Xingang port on December 15, 2009 opening a new era of direct ocean shipping following a ceremony at Kaohsiung harbor overseen by Taiwan's President Ma Yin-Jiu. The direct link ends a nearly 60-year suspension of such services between Taiwan and the China mainland.  The new direct service was accelerated with the election and inauguration of President Ma earlier this year. The two nations signed an agreement in November to ensure the opening of trade as beneficial to both economies. President Ma noted that Kaohsiung, one of the world's ten largest container ports, will allow Taiwan's southernmost harbor to "take full advantage of its central geographical position in east Asia" and bolster the regional economy. It is expected that all of Taiwan's international harbors will eventually be involved in a trade that will include virtually all of China's ports. Direct waterborne shipping will eliminate the need for vessels to stop at a time-consuming third point — typically Hong Kong or a Japanese island.  With annual trade between the two countries valued at some $100b, Taiwanese business groups have sought for a long time to end the ban on Taiwan Strait commerce. The Evergreen service, known as the Taiwan - North China or HBT route, will have the rotation of Kaohsiung-Xingang -Dalian-Qingdao-Kaohsiung.


CMA CGM to partner Adani Ports for 4th Container Terminal

CMA CGM Group has announced that it has signed with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port.  This will be the 4th Container Terminal in Mundra and will be a 650 meters terminal along with 27 hectares of back area capable of handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.


ClassNK Releases New Container Guidelines/Software

ClassNK Releases New Guidelines and Software for Container Carrier Structures.   ClassNK has released a new revised edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures – Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis”, as well as a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL(DSA) software for use in designing container carriers in line with the new guidelines.   ClassNK released the first edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures” in 2003


Mundra to Get Its Fourth Container Terminal

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced that it has signed with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port.  This will be the fourth Container Terminal in Mundra and will be a 650 meters terminal along with 27 hectares of back area capable of handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.  


Port of San Diego Generates $7.6b Regional Impact

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego)

The Port of San Diego plays a critical role in San Diego County's economic rebound by pumping more than $7.6 billion a year into the region from employment, sales and purchases of goods and services, according to a recent report.   "The data confirms the Port of San Diego is a powerful regional economic engine with substantial benefits reaching far and wide," said Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Dan Malcolm


First Iranian Ship Docks at Oman's Sohar Port

Photo: SOHAR Port and Freezone

 The first cargo ship delivering Iranian goods docked at the Omani port of Sohar,  a few weeks after Tehran and Muscat opened a new shipping route.    The vessel, titled Genaveh 12,  container with a capacity of 96 TEUs, is the first ship put into operation in the new Iran-Oman shipping line, which was opened some two weeks ago.   Iran and Oman have recently established a direct shipping line between the two countries to enhance maritime trade


OOCL, Wan Hai To Start Direct China-Mid East Route

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Wan Hai Lines Ltd. will reportedly operate a joint direct container shipping service directly between North China and the Middle East.


New Organizational Structure for Inmarsat

New Organisational Structure for Inmarsat Brings Renewed Focus on Core Markets; Stratos, Segovia and Ship Equip Now Align Under the Inmarsat Brand.   Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has begun the process of including its subsidiary companies within a new organisational structure that will align the Inmarsat business more closely to core vertical market segments and continue to support both direct and indirect distribution of its services


Cruise Ships Boosting Canadian Economy

Canada Cruise Ship Passenger Chart: Image credit NWCCA

A new economic impact study released by the North West & Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA) shows $2.38-billion generated. “We are very pleased to see growth in both overall economic impact and per passenger spending,” says Greg Wirtz, President of the NWCCA. “And we are happy to see cruise ship visits expanding into new ports in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.” In the report prepared by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), 2


Cleveland Reports Persistent Cargo Growth

Photo: Lower Lakes Towing

Buoyed by increasing returns from its creation of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, the Port of Cleveland continued to see record numbers in August, particularly in containerized cargo, the port announced.   While numbers for containers were up 300 percent through June, traffic has continued to accelerate at an even greater pace since, according to the port. Compared to figures through August 2014, this year's increase now stands at 475 percent.  


Blacklisted Oil Tanker Returning to Libya

An Indian-flagged oil tanker is returning to Libya, the North African country's rival oil corporation said on Thursday, after its failed first attempt to export crude oil led to the ship being blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council.  


Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

Image: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the OECD’s Ocean Economy Database value the ocean economy’s output (measured in terms of the


KICT Welcomes MSC MEL 1 Service First Call

KICT Welcomes First Call of the New MSC Middle East Loop 1 Service Photo KICT

 MSC Lana Voy-JA618R made its inaugural call at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), marking the launch of a new Middle East Loop 1 (MEL 1) Service.  To mark the event, KICT held a maiden voyage ceremony, attended by Mr Keith Lau


UN to Start Inspecting Commercial Shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday, some eight months after announcing it would establish such a procedure.  


SCA: More Naval Vessels Protect Economy, Provide Security

Matthew Paxton, SCA President

Shipbuilders Council: Proposed Budget Enables Naval Forward Presence and Protects U.S. National Security Interests. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today recognized the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee for its robust markup of the 2017 shipbuilding budget


Krishnapatnam Port Inaugurates Maersk Salalah Service

Vessel Inauguration Function Photo Krishnapatnam port

Krishnapatnam Port inaugurated yesterday the maiden call of “M V Maersk Bentonville” as part of the direct weekly service from Krishpatnam to Salalah (Oman). The first voyage of Maersk Bentonville discharged 551 TEU’s and loaded 770 TEU’s of exports.


Scandlines’ Ferry leaves FAYARD Shipyard

Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD

The new Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The vessel will be named M/V Berlin on Tuesday 3 May 2016.   During the last couple of months the vessel has successfully completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbor


Maersk Opens Direct Cork-Cuba Service

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant Maersk — the world’s largest container carrier — began its first ever connection between northern European ports and Cuba last Friday, promising the fastest freight transit times between Europe and the Cuban port of Mariel.   


First Call of MSC's Vessel Received at Sohar

Photo: Oman International Container Terminal (OICT), Sohar Port

 Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) received the first call of the Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s second largest container shipper with over 2.7m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year, Lana vessel at the Port of Sohar.  


IMO Restricts Ship Sewage Discharges into Baltic Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels.   


Maersk Line Adds Direct Service to Cuba

Alongside in the Port of Mariel, Cuba – view from the bridge of the 2,556 TEU E.R. Cape Town (Photo: Maersk Line)

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba, beginning on Friday April 22 with the arrival of the 2,556 TEU containership E.R. Cape Town in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers from Havana.  


Thome Ship Management Selects KVH Media

Photo KVH

Under the agreement, seafarers will have ready access to a steady supply of the latest-release movies for fully licensed onboard viewing KVH Media Group, distributor of licensed films to the maritime market, and part of KVH Industries, Inc


Senate Markup Provides Funding for Oceanographic Vessels

File Image: NOAA Research / Survey vessel

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved a Commerce, Justice, Science bill that would provide $75 million to build a new Regional Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and $159 million for the design and construction of three


Norway: Oil Industry Safety Deteriorated in 2015

File image: an offshore platform in the North Sea (Statoil)

The risk of accidents in Norway's oil industry rose last year after reaching record lows in 2014, a survey by the Nordic country's safety watchdog showed on Thursday. "The results are a warning sign. They indicate that something could be about to happen with the safety level


India Instructs Disputed Tanker to Await UN Orders

India has instructed an Indian-flagged oil tanker that has been blacklisted by the U.N. not to discharge its cargo of crude oil from Libya's rival eastern government and to await instructions from the United Nations, a senior Indian government official said on Thursday.  






 
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