Largest 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. Additional losses are forecast for 2009. "This is the biggest challenge the industry has faced since container ships began replacing conventional freighters nearly 50 years ago," Bonney said. Statistics compiled by PIERS (Port Import Export Reporting Service) Global Intelligence Solutions, a sister company of The Journal of Commerce, show that volume on Asia-to-U.S. routes declined 7.8 percent in 2008. The decline accelerated toward the end of the year as the recession hit full force and retailers cut back on orders. Further declines in trade volume are forecast for this year. Most of the world's trade in consumer and manufactured goods is carried in containers, which began to replace conventional freighters on international trade routes in the 1960s. Today the largest container ships carry enough cargo to fill 6,000 over-the-road trucks.
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)
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
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
Evergreen Marine Corp, Taiwan's largest container shipping company, plans to charter seven new vessels with capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to upgrade its fleet at lower unit costs, while disposing of smaller and older vessels, reports the Taipei Times, . The seven vessels — owned by Sumitomo Corp, a leading integrated trading company in Japan — are scheduled to be delivered to Evergreen in 2016 and 2017, with a 10-year term of tenancy.
Photo Credit: International Marine Consultancy According to the Herald Tribune, a large container ship capsized during loading Thursday in Belgian port city Antwerp, officials said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the capsizing of the Republica di Genova, a roll on/roll off vessel of the London-based Grimaldi Lines, was not immediately clear, authorities said. Grimaldi Group vessels carry containers and Fiat cars from Italy to Antwerp.
Talks between German containership company Hapag-Lloyd and Chilean fellow shipping company Cia. Sud Americana de Vapores SA (CSAV) about combining the container liner shipping activities are entering the next phase, Hapag-Lloyd said in a press release today. Both companies have signed a nonbinding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As the next step, the due diligence will take place, after which a binding contract could follow, Hapag-Lloyd said.
A rescue operation has been launched after a large container ship ran aground off Haisboro Sands. The vessel, The City of Sunderland, is carrying a cargo of 642 Nissan cars and is currently lying on a sand bar eight miles off the north Norfolk coast. There are 13 crew members on board. The 9,576 ton ship became stuck at approximately 2.20am this morning while on a voyage from the port of Zeebrugge to Tees Port.
The world’s second and third-largest container shipping companies have announced the signature of a major agreement. The two family-owned companies, the Swiss-Italian MSC and France’s CMA CGM, today agreed to form a broad-based operating partnership spanning several trades, including Asia-Northern Europe, Asia-Southern Africa and all of the South American markets. The agreement, which is designed to improve the two partners’ respective performance
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has placed orders worth over $2 billion for very large container ships with South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries., reports Trade Arabia. UASC has ordered five vessels of 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) each, and five 14,000 TEU vessels. The ships are to be delivered starting in late 2014. In addition, UASC has signed options to buy one additional 18,000 TEU vessel and six 14,000 TEU ships
Reuters – Chilean shipping firm Compania Sudamericana de Vapores has agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and pay an $8.9 million criminal fine to the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department informs. The Justice Department's anti-trust prosecutors said in a
Q4 net profit falls to $936 mln vs $808 mln forecast; Company will issue bonus shares. Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said 2013 net profit fell less than expected thanks to higher earnings at container shipping business Maersk Line
Hapag-Lloyd mourns the loss of former Executive Board chairman Hans Jakob Kruse, who led the company from 1973 until 1993. On February 4, Hans Jakob Kruse died in Hamburg at the age of 84. He was the chairman of the Hapag-Lloyd Executive Board for two decades from 1973 until 1993.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) responded to the interim report of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety related to the incident on June 17, 2013, involving the MOL-operated MOL Comfort, which hull broke in half. The committee was established by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure
Following the loss of the container vessel MOL Comfort on June 17, 2013, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) closed a $1.3 biillion (USD) multi-tranche syndicated loan facility for the partial financing of seven 14,000 TEU container ships and five 18,000 TEU container ships. The facility is part of a larger $1.7 billion debt financing related to UASC’s announced
Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd., India’s largest private port developer and part of the Adani Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge to act as a strategic entry port for the lucrative European market. It will now collaborate with the Belgian port to explore
The Board of Directors of CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping group, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the third quarter 2013.
A naming ceremony was held for Atlantic Energy, the newest addition to marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine’s fleet. The ceremony for the the newly-built vessel took place on November 18 at Posttrans B.V in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
As China’s international trade remains seemingly ever-growing, the country continues to seek diversified options for expanding its global trade. The prospect of Arctic shipping passages have generated much discussion throughout the industry
Britain’s new global shipping port welcomes its first scheduled vessel, the ‘MOL Caledon’ from South Africa. After more than a decade of planning and construction across three square miles of development, DP World London Gateway deep-sea port is now open & operational.
Based on both the results of its own independent investigation as well as the deliberations of the third meeting of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety held on 28 October 2013, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has released preliminary findings and safety measures resulting from the
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is one of the fastest growing energy markets worldwide, and global production capacity could be more than double by the end of the decade. Higher natural gas prices and growing efficiencies in the LNG value chain are making it economically attractive to ship LNG over
Capacity management is firmly on the minds of Maersk executives as the largest container ships in the world steam into service. Photographs of Maersk Line’s 18,000 TEU ships are flooding in from ports around the world as the carrier phases its giant new vessels phase into the AE10
International classification society Bureau Veritas will class three Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCSs) to be built for China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and chartered to French operator CMA CGM. The ships are due for delivery in 2015.