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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


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


Hamburg Süd Boosted by CCNI Takeover

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 German shipping company  Hamburg Süd raised its revenue last year due to the acquisition of  Chilean line Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI), yet the container business still performed weaker than expected.  


Hapag-Lloyd Confirms USAC Merger Talks

File Image: A USAC containership underway (USAC)

Hapag-Lloyd is in talks to merge with rival United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the German container shipping group said on Thursday, confirming an earlier report. "The parties are basing their discussions on a relative valuation of the two businesses at 72 percent (Hapag-Lloyd) and 28


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


CMA CGM, GAC Ink Agency, Service Deal

GAC Norway has been appointed to meet the needs of CMA CGM vessels for agency, husbandry and mandatory NOx reporting at Oslo, the country capital and home to its largest port. Photo  GAC

The Scandinavian arm of the world’s third largest container shipping company CMA CGM has signed an agency, husbandry and NOx reporting agreement with GAC Norway for its ships calling at the port of Oslo. The CMA CGM Group has a fleet of 470 vessels serving 400 of the world's 521


Port of Melbourne Sale Soon

Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

 The Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says that critical laws to maximise the value of the lease of the Port of Melbourne are set to finally pass the state parliament this week, reports The Age.   The Coalition has used their numbers in the upper house to force a series of amendments to


CMA CGM Expects Market-beating Container Volumes Again This Year

Photo: CMA CGM

French-based CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said on Monday it expects its volume growth to outperform the market again in 2016 after strong expansion last year helped it cushion a slide in freight rates.  


Bigger Ships Call Port of London

Photo courtesy of PLA

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million metric tons (up 2 percent from 2014).   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said, “Last year a number of operators introduced new


Cosco Pacific, PSA Team Up to Expand Terminals in Singapore

PSA Pasir Panjang Terminal. Photo: PSA Corp

 COSCO-PSA Terminal Pte Ltd (CPT), a joint venture company formed by Cosco Pacific Limited (Cosco Pacific) and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), is investing in new container berths in Singapore capable of serving the next generation of mega container vessels.   


APM to Operate High Tech Tangier Terminal

File Image: a typical Maersk containership

The world's third largest port operator APM Terminals said it will invest 758 million euros ($858.3 million) in a new transhipment terminal in Tangier, Morocco, that will be the first automated terminal in Africa. The new container terminal will have an annual capacity of five million 20-foot


MacGregor Signs Loose Lashing Orders for Twelve Container Vessels

Photo: MacGregor (Cargotec Corporation)

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply loose lashings equipment for twelve 19,200 TEU container vessels under construction in South Korea for a European owner. The equipment is planned for delivery during 2016. The order was booked into first quarter 2016 order intake.    


Hapag-Lloyd Eyes Impact of New Grand Canal

One of the more than 34,000 employees who have been working on the huge project since 2007 (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal has linked the Pacific with the Atlantic for more than 100 years. It will soon be possible for significantly larger ships to pass through its locks. What will the expansion mean for Hapag-Lloyd?   They’re still working in Panama


EUROGATE Net Profit Up 13%

EUROGATE -Bremerhaven. The company  can look back on a good financial year Photo EUROGATE

EUROGATE can look back on a good financial year, 2015. Despite difficult market conditions the European terminal operators Group increased its net profit by 13.4 percent to EUR 73.5 million (prior year EUR 64.9 million). Container handling at the German EUROGATE locations grew faster than the


China's Acquisition of Piraeus Port a Booster for Greek Economy?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras(1st L) meets with China COSCO Shipping Chairman Xu Lirong(2nd R) . Photo: Xinhua

 Greece has formally signed an agreement to sell a 67% stake in the Port of Piraeus to Chinese shipping company China Cosco Holding Co.   Under the deal, COSCO, the fourth-largest container shipping firm and second-largest port operator in the world


Maersk to Increase Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $550 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from May 1, it said on Tuesday.  






 
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