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Hamburg Süd Order 6,500 Carrier 'Fridge Containers

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

NOL First Half Net Profit Up

Global container shipping, terminals and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) reported a net profit for the first half of 2008 (1H08) of $196 million, a rise of 45% over the same period of 2007 (1H07). 1H08 EBIT was $229 million, 30% higher than 1H07. For the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08), a period marked by deteriorating market conditions and significant cost pressures, the company reported a net profit of $76 million (19% lower than 2Q07) and EBIT of $92 million (down 18% on 2Q07).

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

BEST Sets STS Crane Record

A total of 1,471 containers were loaded and 2,080 were discharged. Courtesy BEST

  On October 27, Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved another milestone for the Port of Barcelona. BEST serviced the MSC Livorno, a 14,000 TEU vessel with 8 ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, the first time that a container terminal in Barcelona has operated such a high number

APM Terminals Opens Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion

Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion Courtesy APM Terminals

  APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th, with a formal ceremony attended by Jordanian Prime Minister His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, the Minister of Transport His Excellency Ayman Hatahet and

Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Stats by Drewy

 Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.   The number of idle container vessels has gained momentum in November and hasjumped 52 percent from

Shipping to See Further Consolidation

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 The CMA CGM's move to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), could lead to one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.   If it goes through, NOL and CMA's merger would be the biggest container shipping deal in years

Airplane Crosses the Atlantic in a Box

For the trip, the plane’s wings were removed and the body and all disassembled parts were stowed in a 40-foot cube container. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Chicago Express brings vintage Messerschmitt to the U.S.   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has transported some unusual cargo from Rotterdam to Norfolk. Securely packed in a 40-foot cube container, the vintage fighter airplane, a Messerschmitt Bf 109

STS Cranes For Liverpool2 Arrive

Liverpool2 terminal will connect directly to a major logistics and distribution hub at Port Salford, transporting containers along the Manchester Ship Canal via vessel.

A giant vessel bearing five ‘megamax’ quayside cranes sailed up the River Mersey yesterday destined for the new Liverpool2 container terminal, completing the final stage of its voyage from China.   The cranes originally set off from Shanghai in August passing south-east Asia

Yangzijiang Secures Two VLGC Orders

Image by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

 The Singapore-listed and China-based shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured new orders worth $730m, including two very large gas carriers, between September and October.   The  two 84,000 cbm very large gas carriers (VLGCs) were ordered by Shanghai Zhenrong Energy.

Global Shipping in Doldrums

Photo: Maersk Line

 Wells Fargo Securities says that headwinds face global shipping industry and the continued overcapacity means freight rate gains are less likely to stick.   "Given the continued overcapacity headwinds and easing containerized trade demand

North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in

Another Mega-Ship Facility Opens at Felixstowe

Berth 9 Extension was opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

  The Berth 9 Extension at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, has been opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. The 190-metre extension increases the port's capability to work two of the world's largest containerships simultaneously

Massive Quay Cranes for PortSynergy / Eurofos

Photo courtesy of PortSynergy / Eurofos

PortSynergy / Eurofos have purchsed a set of massive quay cranes, reportedly the largest in the world, becoming the first container terminal to operate cranes of this size.    Two cranes 54 meters high with a 72 meters outreach manufactured by Paceco España will be mounted in

Mega Cranes Commissioned at Port of Houston

First containership discharges using mammoth new equipment at Barbours Cut   The Port of Houston Authority last week commissioned the first of four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at its Barbours Cut Container Terminal.  

Steel Processing for Brodosplit Box ship Begins

Steel cutting courtesy Brodosplit

Processing of steel for Hull's 476, 477, 478 and 479 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 12 November 2015. It is the Multipurpose Container vessels contracted for the company Brodosplit Navigation Ltd. Ships will be 184.43 meters long, 27.5 meters wide and 15

Concept of Container for North Sea Route

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  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4

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