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COA Appoint Panocean V-P to Board

The Container Owners Association (COA) appoints O. I. Kwon, Senior V-P, Container Business Management Division, STX Panocean, to its Board. The Container Owners Association (COA) was established in November 2004 as an international organisation representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers, worldwide. It has over 165 Members, including container shipping lines, leasing companies, intermodal operators and suppliers of a wide range of container equipment and services. Mr Kwon joins six other Directors, who represent some of the world’s largest container owners, on the Board of the Container Owners Association. "“It is a great honour – both for me personally, and for my company STX Panocean - to join the COA Board,”" Mr Kwon said. “"This position carries considerable responsibility and I will do my best to promote the COA in Asia and to support the wide range of initiatives that the COA is working on." The COA Board comprises senior representatives from some of the world’s largest container shipping lines and leasing companies, including: Maersk Line, CMA-CGM, United Arab Shipping Company, STX Panocean, Seaco Global, Triton Container and Florens Container Services.   Its newly appointed Chairman is Michael Callus, Vice-President, Container Management, at UASC.


Crowley Adds Vastly to its Fleet Cargo-Handling Equipment

New Shipping Containers: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its diverse fleet. The additional resources will allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America service areas. The equipment  includes 200 53-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 200 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 500 20-foot dry containers, 1,000 40-foot dry high-cube containers


BWTS in a Box Fits in Cargo Hold

BWTS Box Technology: Image credit MHI

New ClassNK-approved container-type Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) installation technology. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), working jointly with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), has developed installation technology of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) enclosed in a standard-size freight container for installation in the hold of container ships. The new technology will significantly reduce BWTS retrofitting turnaround time in comparison to engine-room BWTS installation


Calais Crisis Presents Liability Issues, TT Club Warns

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying illegal immigrants. While focused on the current situation in Calais, the precautionary measures recommended are generally relevant.  


ITCO Promotes Safe, Green Tank Containers

The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) will unveil a new tranche of industry knowledge on intermodal tank containers in three specialist presentations to be made at the Transport Logistic 2009 event in Munich on 12-15 May 2009. Two of the papers highlight recent studies which bring together a wide range of established knowledge to explain why tank containers are the safest, most reliable and efficient means of transporting bulk liquids, powders and gases


Following the Path of the Transport Revolution

Photo credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney

TT Club, established to fill a gap in insurance as the freight container revolutionized trade, celebrates 45 years dedicated service to the transport and logistics sector. In 1956, the first strengthened containers were loaded onto a spar deck of the converted tanker, Ideal X. This marked the fulfilment of a dream for American trucker Malcom McLean who had, since 1937, been working on how to reduce the long waiting hours for dockers to stow or unload his vehicles onto or off ships


First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD

Saxo Bank and ICAP Shipping Involved in World's First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD.   Saxo Bank, the trading and investment specialist, and ICAP Shipping, the shipping arm of ICAP plc, announced on Thursday that they were involved in the execution of the world's first electronic, voice-assisted trade of a container freight swap agreement settled in US dollars. The counterparties to the trade were Saxo Bank in Denmark as the buyer and a Netherlands-based trading house


Index-Linked Container Contracts Take-Off

Half of all index-linked contracts filed with the US Federal Maritime Commission reference Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight pricing benchmarks.   Drewry Maritime Research’s container freight rate benchmarks are the index of choice in index-linked container contracts, according to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agency also indicated that uptake of index-linked container contracts on US trades was fast growing


Asia to Northern Europe Shipping Rates Jump 177%

Photo by Maersk Line

 Asia to Northern Europe shipping freight rates for transporting containers jumped by 177.3 percent to $1.109 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, reports Reuters, quoting data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.   As all major container shipping lines implemented a price hike announced earlier, the  freight rates rose nearly three-fold.   Freight rates on the world’s busiest shipping route have tanked this year due to overcapacity in


Asia-Europe Box Rates Slip 10 pct Last Week

A Maersk containership loading at berth (File image)

Freight rates for shipping containers from Asia to northern Europe fell 10 percent to $233 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. It was the fifth consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route. Rates are at their lowest since June 19, and widely seen as at loss-making levels. Rates dropped 20 percent from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean


Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

File Image: a Maersk containership alongside (Maersk)

Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter, putting the cash rich company in a strong position as the struggling industry consolidates.


Halonen Named COO, Greencarrier Freight Services

Jarmo Halonen Photo Greencarrier Freight Services

Greencarrier Freight Services has promoted Jarmo Halonen to the role of Chief Operating Officer, with combined responsibility for the company’s air, ocean, road and rail freight activities. This is the first time the four modes have been brought under the control of one director.  


Maersk Profit Plunges

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported its profit at US$ 224 million for the first quarter of 2016, a drop of 86 percent compared to $ 1.6 billion seen in the same period a year earlier.   Hit by low oil prices and freight rates


BIMCO: Dry Bulk Recovery Will be a Multi-Year Effort

Photo:  Cosco Corporation

 In an exclusive interview with “Akti Miaouli” newspaper, BIMCO Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand, provides insight into the markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships in 2016 and what to expect going forward.  


Abu Dhabi Ports Reports Q1 Volume Surge

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi’s RoRo volumes up 31 percent; general and bulk cargo increases 13 percent; container cargo edges up 5 percent   Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

File Image: a Maersk containership underway (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. Spot freight rates on the world's busiest routes soared as a


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


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.   


60th Birthday for Container Shipping

Chart: Clarkson Research

 From its origins in the first seaborne transportation of containers on board Malcolm McLean’s Ideal-X on 26 April 1956, containerized shipment has become the glue that holds together today’s globalised economy, points out Clarksons Research.  


Venezuelan's Late Shipping Containers bill at $1bln

Venezuelan state agencies have run up close to $1 billion in debts with shipping firms due to delays in returning containers, potentially boosting the cost of importing staple goods as the country struggles with product shortages and an economic crisis.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Hamburg Süd Boosted by CCNI Takeover

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 German shipping company  Hamburg Süd raised its revenue last year due to the acquisition of  Chilean line Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI), yet the container business still performed weaker than expected.  


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


SCPA Notches Container Volume Uptick

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a 3.8 percent increase in twenty foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, with 1.45 million TEUs handled since the period began in July.   March was a solid finish to the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, with 170


Maersk to Increase Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $550 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from May 1, it said on Tuesday.  






 
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