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ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.   The ClassNK Technical Committee is made up of representatives from the shipping and shipbuilding industries as well as scholars and experts to discuss matters relating to the establishment and revision of technical rules and guidance.   In response to the MOL Comfort containership casualty in June 2013, ClassNK established The Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, which comprised of shipbuilders, shipping companies and people with relevant knowledge and experience, to investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence and the structural safety of large container carriers. The results from the investigation and ClassNK’s action plan were released in the Investigation Report on Structural Safety of Large Container Ships in September 2014.   On the other hand, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Committee on Large Container Ship Safety released recommendations of requirements for large container ships in its Final Report in March 2015.   Furthermore


MOL Comfort Loss: ClassNK Report Due Soon

MOL Comfort prior to sinking: Photo India Coast Guard

Japanese ship classification society ClassNK says that in response to the casualty of containership “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17, June 2013, it established an 'Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety', comprised of leading experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions. The Panel was charged to carry out the following course of action: (1) Investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence


Laid-Up Container Ships

A sharp contraction in world trade has idled more than 200 container ships, threatening the survival of many companies, according to The Journal of Commerce. "The slump in container shipping appears certain to extend into 2010 or beyond. Some companies won't survive," said Joseph Bonney, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Commerce. Carriers operating from Asia to Europe, the world's busiest container trade route, are expected to lose up to $5b this year


China, France Sign deal Shipping

Photo: CMA CGM Group

 Industrial cooperation is high on the agenda during Premier Li Keqiang's stay in France. China's deals with the world's third largest container shipping group - CMA CGM was highlight.    "July 1st will be a milestone in our Group’s history. The Chinese Prime Minister’s visit is a great recognition of the unique links our Group has developed with China, a strategic country in the Group’s development history


Maersk Line: Market Share Down a Touch in 2017

Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company and a part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk group, sees its capacity market share slipping to around 14 percent in 2017 from 15.9 percent now, according to presentations. Between now and 2016, the company says it expects to keep up with market growth and retierated it would spend about $3 bilion a year until 2020 in new vessel orders as well as new containers and on maintainance


UASC calls at DP World London Gateway with Record Load

The sunsets on another day at London Gateway. Photo:  DP World

 DP World London Gateway has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a record 18,601-teu. The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers.   Al Muraykh, a new generation of ultra-large container ships, is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length.   The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship


Sungdong Shipbuilding Wins $583M Order

According to a Jan 31 report from Reuters, South Korea's small and medium-sized shipbuilder Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd  won orders worth $582.6m to build six large container ships. (Source: Reuters)  


Wreck Removal Costs More Nowadays

Insurers, Lloyd's of London, say in a new report that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is rising as ships grow in size. The report, 'The challenges and implications of removing shipwrecks in the 21st century', warns that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is spiralling and the increase in removal cost is often passed to insurers, reinsurers and ship owners. Recent examples of expensive wreck removals include the container ship Rena which sank off New Zealand in 2011


Korean Yard to Build World's Largest Container Ship for CSCL

Shipyard workers: File picture

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) say they have begun building the first of five 19,000 TEU container ships for China Shipping Container Lines (Hong Kong).   HHI explain that the shipowner upgraded the original order for five 18,400 TEU containerships to ones capable of delivering 600 more containers, and thus these new ships will be the largest container ships ever built they claim. The new container ships will feature 77


MacGregor, Maersk Team Up to Develop Container Securing Systems

Courtesy Maersk Line

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and Maersk Line, part of the Maersk Group, have agreed to cooperate on the development of the next generation of container securing systems. MacGregor, leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions, and Maersk have had a cooperation within securing systems since the container ship sizes started to grow from feeder sizes to the present ultra-large container ships. "Maersk Line is the world's leading container shipping company


New Safety Initiative at LA's APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Photo APM

  A new safety initiative at the world’s largest proprietary container terminal, APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, has resulted in the implementation of revised yard layout and procedures to enhance the safety of the 2,000 to 3


Evergreen Group Chairman Dies at 88

Dr. Yung-Fa Chang (Photo: Evergreen Group)

Evergreen Group founder and Group Chairman Dr. Yung-Fa Chang passed away at the age of 88 in Taipei on January 20, 2016. Dr. Chang was born in 1927. He founded Evergreen Marine Corporation in 1968 with just one secondhand general cargo vessel, and by 1985


Boxship Fleet Growth is Slowest in 25 Years

A large, modern containership underway. (credit: UASC)

Global container ship capacity is expected to increase by 4.6 percent in 2016, the slowest growth rate in more than 25 years, giving some relief to an industry hammered by oversupply, consultancy firm Alphaliner forecast on Tuesday. Freight rates have plunged


CMA CGM Steps Up Iran Presence

File Image: the CMA CGM Ben Franklin

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping group, will expand its presence in Iran after signing a landmark deal on Thursday with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). Many Western businesses are seeking to invest in Iran, a nation of 80 million people


ABB Services Over 300 Turbochargers for CSCL

Photo: ABB

New service contract covers a further 113 turbochargers     ABB Turbocharging, part of the power and automation technology group, announced it has signed its third and largest Operation Performance Package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL)


APM Terminals Gothenburg Welcomes World’s Largest Container Ship

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company Luxemburg S.A

 The MSC Maya, the fourth of 20 Oscar-Class Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), arrived at APM Terminals Gothenburg on December 21 from the Port of Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk Line/Mediterranean Shipping Company AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in the


APM Terminals Gothenburg Welcomes Largest Box Ship

MSC Maya calls APM Terminals Gothenburg Photo APM

  The MSC Maya, the fourth of 20 Oscar-Class Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), arrived at APM Terminals Gothenburg on December 21 from the Port of Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk Line/Mediterranean Shipping Company AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in


DP World London Gateway Port Welcomes Largest Box Ship

UASC Al Muraykh bow Courtesy  UASC

  UASC’s MV Al Muraykh has sailed to UK’s new premier hub port and logistics park carrying a world record 18,601 TEU.   London, UK, 2nd January 2016:- DP World London Gateway Port has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a recorded 18


Benjamin Franklin Sails Home

Photo by Port of Oakland

 The largest container ship to ever visit the U.S., the1,300-foot-long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, left the Port of Oakland Monday afternoon around 1:15 p.m. after docking at the port on New Year’s Eve, port officials said.   


ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.  


Danish Delegation in Iran Eyes Shipping, Energy Deals

Danish companies are eyeing a series of energy and shipping projects in Iran following a visit this week by the country's foreign minister, local news agencies and officials said on Tuesday.   The Danish foreign ministry said its minister, Kristian Jensen


Commercial Ships Makes a Comeback to Iran

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 With MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has resumed vessel operations to Iran, after services were suspended in 2012 in response to trade sanctions, Some of the world’s largest container shipping lines are pursuing business in Iran, reports WSJ.  


Port Bronka Inks Long-term Cargo Deal with CMA СGM

Port Bronka investor Fenix LLC and shipping company CMA СGM last month signed a long-term agreement for handling and storage of container cargo.   CMA CGM is the third largest container shipping company with a total fleet capacity of 1,807,298 TEU


Time to Expand Lanka Port, Says Maersk

Photo: Maersk Line

 Boosting Sri Lanka’s international investment profile, the world’s largest shipper Maersk Line is moving for Sri Lanka entry.   The Danish multinational Maersk Line has been the world’s largest container shipping company since 1996


Maersk Line Tops World Shipping in 2016

Graph: Alphaliner - TOP 100

 Maersk Line, a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, has retained its position as the world’s largest container shipping line, according to Alphaliner.   It is still the world’s largest ocean carrier by capacity but its closest rivals






 
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