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Hamburg Süd Order 6,500 Carrier 'Fridge Containers

Photo credit Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd, one of the top refrigerated container carriers worldwide, has ordered 6,500 new containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s PrimeLINE® refrigeration unit featuring the new energy efficiency-boosting EDGE technology option. EDGE, which stands for Enhanced Digital for Greater Efficiency, includes a set of design enhancements that improve on the industry-leading PrimeLINE unit’s track record for energy efficiency. The EDGE option reduces energy consumption for perishable cargoes by 20 percent compared to a standard PrimeLINE unit in normal operation. The manufacturers say that Hamburg Süd also worked with them on the development of performance optimization software that provides energy savings beyond that provided by EDGE technology enhancements, while also maintaining narrow temperature-control tolerances for carrying perishable cargo. The software is included with the new Hamburg Süd units, which are being installed on 20- and 40-foot high-cube containers being used for fleet replacement and expansion. EDGE technology includes the following design enhancements over standard PrimeLINE units: Digital scroll compressor optimization – providing both digital loading and unloading and other enhancements that reduce energy demand Two-speed condenser motor – enabling operation at low speed during lighter load conditions

Crowley Adds 537 Refrigerated Containers

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group has added 537 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its fleet of equipment in an accentuated effort to serve the growing needs of its produce customers in Central America, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. All of the units received are 40-foot high cubes built to Crowley’s personalized standards. This recent acquisition will expand the fleet by 200 units in anticipation of market growth and will replace another 337 aging units

Maersk Line Art-Box Arrives in Philadelphia

Photo: Maersk Line

Frozen mussels from New Zealand to Port of Philadelphia begins Art-Box’s journey around the world to promote value of global container shipping Maersk Line, an ocean transportation company and a unit of the Maersk Group, announced today the arrival of the Maersk Line Reefer Art-Box, a 40’ high-cube, at the Port of Philadelphia marking the first voyage of the container designed to promote container shipping

Crowley Adds Third Weekly Sailing

Crowley Liner Services announced that beginning the week of March 17 it will launch a third, weekly, fixed-day sailing from Gulfport, Miss. to serve Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in Central America. With the addition of the Crowley Roll On / Roll Off (Ro/Ro) ship Siam to the service, the company will now offer southbound sailings every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Gulfport. The other Ro/Ro ships in the service include the Crowley Express and Mar Caribe.

Megaships Worsen Overcapacity in Boxship Trades

The 16,000 TEU CMA CGM containership Marco Polo (file image)

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. Megaships, which can be up to 400 metres long, seem to be here to stay, not least because so many more are already on order, the product of high fuel costs and low interest rates. But the trend towards larger vessels is not without problems especially for other

APM Terminals Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service

APM Terminals Pipavav handles RORO vessel

  With 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles loaded onto the Grand Dahlia on August 27th for delivery to Mexico, a new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav commenced. The 59,217 gross ton roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) vessel was the first to call Western India’s fastest-growing port, operated as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network. APM Terminals Pipavav announced the inauguration of Ro/Ro operations at the multi-purpose port last June after

Kursiu Linija invests in Europe

Short sea operator Kursiu Linija has expanded its European office network and invested heavily in improved IT systems in order to meet growing demand for short sea transportation linking Eastern and Western Europe. On July 1, 2005 Kursiu Linija will open its own fully staffed offices in Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Hamburg. These will be followed by a new Latvian office in Riga in August. "Kursiu Linija is now an established brand moving over 120,000 teu annually

CSI Expands Beyond Megaports

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) participating ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg are now operational. Bremerhaven and Hamburg join the already operational CSI ports of Rotterdam and LeHavre in Europe and Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver in Canada. The port of Antwerp is expected to be operational by February 25. Rotterdam became operational on September 2, 2002 and LeHavre on December 2, 2002

Kalmar New Reachstacker to Boost Performance

The New Gloria Reachstacker

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the launch of its new Gloria reachstacker specifically designed for empty and semi-laden container handling. With the ability to handle all types of containers, flat racks and single loads of up to 10 tonnes, the DRG100 is the latest addition to Kalmar's highly successful Gloria range of reachstackers. Available in two models, the DRG100-S6 stacks 6 containers high in the first row and theDRG100-S8

Caribbean’s Largest Mobile Harbor Crane Delivered

The new Liebherr mobile harbor crane LHM 600 high rise, is ready for transhipment Rostock, Germany to Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Maritime Crane has delivered the largest mobile harbor crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size.   In November 2015 Kingston Wharves ordered the first Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550 high rise version. The crane is the biggest mobile harbor crane in operation in Jamaica

Hapag-Lloyd Invests in its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Announcing further investment in container fleet, liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1

VGM Grace Period Ends October 1

File photo: Port of Savannah

The three-month settling-in period suggested by the IMO to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a ‘practical and pragmatic’ approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being

Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers

Photo by Hapag-Lloyd

With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants.   Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping

Mundra Port handles its largest Vessel


Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (Adani Ports), one of India’s largest private port developer and operator and part of Adani Group, said its Mundra Port handled the largest parcel size vessel.   Adani International Container Terminals Private Limited (AICTPL) Mundra

Carriers have Withdrawn Extremely Low Spot Market Freight Rates - Drewry

Figure 1. Major routes where rates have bottomed out (all-in rates in US$ per 40ft container)Note Rates include BAF and THCs at both ends Source Drewry Container Freight Rate Insight (

Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index, a weighted average of spot container freight rates across all major routes except intra-Asia, swung back in July by 13% to reach $1,403 per 40ft box. The global spot rate index had dropped to an all-time low of $1,113 per 40ft container in April.

New Container Equipment Prices to Fall to Record Lows

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Cheaper production and material costs as well as weaker demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows and is forecast to fall  further during 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry

Cargo Growth Forecast at Canada's West Coast Ports

The OSC 2016 forecast and planned container capacity increases on the west coast of Canada. Image by OSC

Ocean Shipping Consultants' 2016 container traffic report for the west coast of Canada forecasted that container demand through the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert would be 6.62 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) by 2030 (base case), with 5.93 million TEUs and 7

Port of Long Beach Cargo Dips

Dockworkers moved 637,091 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Photo Port of Long Beach

Container volume at the Port of Long Beach was down 7.7 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015, when harbor terminals handled a record amount of cargo. Dockworkers moved 637,091 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Imports totaled 325,608 containers, a 5

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

 Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN.    Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards

Westports Q2 Profit Up

Photo: Westports Malaysia

 Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings saw second quarter net profit jump 31% to MYR159.9m ($39.6m) from MYR122.1m in the previous corresponding period due to an increase in container volumes.   Correspondingly, revenue also climbed to RM522.6mil from RM405.3mil last year.

Moody's: Challenges Ahead for Asian Port Operators

Mundra Port. Photo: Adani Group

 Moody's Investors Service says lackluster global growth, weak commodity prices, high capital expenditure commitments and a liner industry struggling with overcapacity is testing the resilience of Asian port operators.   "While the rated port operators in Asia have scope for cost

APM Terminals Focus on Safety, Productivity

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam photo APM

Speaking on a panel devoted to “Robotics & Automation in Container Terminals” at the TOC Europe’s 40th annual industry gathering devoted to port and terminal technology and operations, APM Terminals Head of Terminal Design and Automation

Giant Cranes Delivered for UK’s New Logistics Hub

Photo: DP World London Gateway

Enormous quay cranes, which arrived at DP World London Gateway on Wednesday morning, will enhance U.K. trade infrastructure   Two more of the U.K.’s most technically advanced quay cranes were brought up the River Thames on Wednesday

Port of New Orleans Reports Cargo Surge

Photo: Port of New Orleans

More containers moved through the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal at the Port of New Orleans in March and April 2016 than in any two months in the port’s history.   According to figures released this week, 50,974 twenty-foot-equivalent units moved through the Terminal in April

DLM Launches Container Load Monitoring System

Chant Engineering announced that business partner DLM has introduced a new product for the International Shipping Industry: the Twistlock Load Cell and Container Load Monitoring System.    To increase the safety of cargo ships at sea

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