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Grand Alliance Enhances Routes

Grand Alliance enhances its Mediterranean-Asia loop M to include port call at Busan Grand Alliance is adjusting its service between the Mediterranean and Asia (EUM) in response to the increasing cargo volume. Busan will be included as a port of call in the service loop, and an additional eighth vessel will be deployed for the service. Ships deployed in EUM will be in an average capacity of approx. 6,500 TEU, replacing the present 4,400 TEU. The enhanced service will begin in week 25 of 2007. EUM will call at Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Kelang, Damietta, Genoa, Barcelona, Fos, Damietta, Singapore and Hong Kong with a transit time of 56 days. The Grand Alliance is an integrated consortium in global container shipping. Its members are Hapag-Lloyd (Germany), MISC Berhad (Malaysia), NYK (Japan) and OOCL (Hong Kong).


Grand Alliance Extends Cooperation for 10 Years

The Grand Alliance, founded in 1998, is an integrated consortium in container liner shipping. Its members are Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, Malaysia, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan, and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Hong Kong. The four member lines have extended their cooperation for ten more years. The member lines of the Grand Alliance are continuing their successful cooperation, and today Adolf Adrion, Executive Board member of Hapag-Lloyd AG, Niels Kim Balling


Grand Alliance Pacific North West Trade

Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced on Feb. 18 that they will cooperate with ZIM in two strings in the trans-Pacific trade, with immediate effect. The scope includes North China and Japan, South China, South East Asia to Canada and US North West Coast (NWX and PNX services). The services will operate on a weekly basis with a round voyage time of 42 days (PNX) and 35 days (NWX) respectively


Grand Alliance, ZIM & HMM Jointly Announce New SCE2 Service

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Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), along with Partner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) are pleased to jointly announce the new co-operation with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) within the Trans-Pacific All Water sector. The South China East Coast Express 2 (SCE2) will be launched on 12th May 2011, in conjunction with the enhancement of the established South China East Coast Express (SCE)


G6 Alliance Plans Expansion

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Koichi Muto) , a Member of the G6 Alliance has announced plans to expand their cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes. The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency. For example, on the Asia-North America West Coast trade, each G6 Alliance member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings


Casjens to Leave Hapag-Lloyd Board

Günther Casjens, a member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, is leaving the company at his own request with effect from March 1, 2004. "I greatly regret the decision, but must accept that Günther Casjens has other plans," stated Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, adding that he welcomed Mr Casjens' intention to remain linked with the company on an amicable basis. Günther Casjens joined Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1974 and has been a member of the executive


New Mega Containership for Hapag-Lloyd

Tsingtao Express deployed between Europe and Far East Hapag-Lloyd AG has expanded its fleet with another containership. The Tsingtao Express was named in Qingdao, China. It can carry 8,750 standard containers. The Tsingtao Express, named in the Port of Qingdao, is the second newbuilding that Hapag-Lloyd has integrated into its fleet in 2007. Five more vessels will follow until 2008. The Hamburg-based shipping line now has a globally deployed fleet comprising about 140 ships capable of


Survey: Box Carriers Fall Short on Reliability

Despite claims that most containerships operate on fixed-day weekly schedules, over 40% of vessels operated in liner services arrive one or more days late, according to a ground-breaking global survey from Drewry Container Shipper Insight. Drewry Shipping Consultants carried out what it believes is the liner shipping industry’s largest schedule reliability survey, based on the tracking of 3,300 vessel arrivals on 23 different east/west and north/south trade routes


Grand Circle Cruises Buys 'MV Corinthian'

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Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, informs that the company has acquired the 'M/V Corinthian', a 98-passenger, ocean-going vessel that currently operates in Antarctica.  They had chartered the ship for the past year and intend to expand the Corinthian's operations with the launch of three new small ship cruise itineraries in 2015. The ship was acquired for an undisclosed price from Travel Dynamics International, an operator of educational programs aboard small cruise ships


THE Alliance Beckons HMM

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 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is sailing into the THE Alliance. With the new charter deals  it is now “one step closer to becoming a member of THE Alliance”, from which it was excluded when the mega-alliance was announced last month.   According to  a report in Business Korea, HMM president Lee Baek-hoon met with K Line president and CEO Eizo Murakami in Tokyo to discuss the former’s joining the THE Alliance


Fundraiser Held for USS Gerald R. Ford Crew

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Blackmer, a company in positive displacement and centrifugal pump and reciprocating compressor technologies, has a relationship with the U.S. Military that dates back to 1914 when it became an official equipment supplier to the Armed Forces.  


Boskalis Secures Dike Reinforcement Project

 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that the Noorderzijlvest district water board intends to award the contract for the Eemshaven-Delfzijl dike reinforcement project to a consortium consisting of Boskalis & KWS Infra. The contract carries a value of more than €60 million


The Odd Trio: HMM, Maersk and MSC

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 In one of the more bizarre twists in the container shipping market it emerged last week that financially troubled carrier South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is in talks with the world’s two largest lines, Maersk Line and MSC about the possibility of joining them in the 2M


Will Maersk Line acquire HMM

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 There are rumours among observers that the  market leader Maersk Line is planning to acquire South Korea’s shipping major Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).   Neither company has commented on the matter. Both companies were tight-lipped today on merger talk.  


Prince Charles Places Final Section of UK Aircraft Carrier

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The second of the largest warships ever built for the U.K. Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS Prince of Wales, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales, (or Duke of Rothesay, as he is referred to in Scotland)


HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance

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 Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports.   According to Korea Herald,  Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance


Hapag-Lloyd Selects INTTRA eVGM Service

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Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA announced an agreement under which Hapag-Lloyd will connect with the INTTRA eVGM Service for facilitating compliance with new International Maritime Organization container weight requirements. 


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow


NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

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 The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik.   Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist


India Teams up with Japan, South Korea on LNG

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 India plans to form an alliance with Japan and South Korea to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) at "reasonable prices", the country's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.   India may soon rope China into the alliance as well, he said.  


Braemar Shipping Exists ICON JV

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 Braemar Shipping Services PLC on has terminated its involvement in the ACM ICON Shipping DMCC venture, announcing the sale of its 50% stake to its joint-venture partner Icon Chartering Ltd, says a report by Alliance News.   Braemar  said it has determined the venture is no longer


HMM-Hanjin Marriage on Anvil

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 The Korean government has said that  it will consider merging ailing Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Hanjin Shipping should they successfully normalize their management, according to The Korea Times.   "Once the normalization program for the two shipping companies is


CMA CGM to delist NOL

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French container shipping firm CMA CGM plans to delist Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) following its takeover of the Singaporean shipper, CMA CGM's vice chairman Rodolphe Saade told French daily Les Echos. CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping company


Inmarsat to Deliver Fleet Xpress with SpeedCast

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SpeedCast International, a provider of high-speed broadband connectivity to the global maritime industry, has entered into a strategic partnership with Inmarsat, positioning Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress service, powered by the Global Xpress (GX) network






 
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