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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 (2) Consider and examine safety of large container ship structure ClassNK explains that the Panel has met six times so far over the course of its investigation, and is currently consolidating its findings and observations into a report, which is scheduled to be released simultaneously in both English and Japanese on the ClassNK website at www.classnk.com by the end of September 2014.


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


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


Taiwan's Evergreen Plans Mega-Containership Fleet Upgrade

Evergreen Line vessel: Photo courtesy Evergreen Lines

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.


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


Container Ship Capsizes in Belgian Port

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.


New Abu Dhabi Container Terminal Receives First Ship

Khalifa Port: Photo credit ADT

Khalifa Port commences commercial operations on schedule in support of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Khalifa Port formally received its first ship from a commercial customer on target time set in the original 100 steps construction plan.  The ship was the MSC Bari,  one of the largest and newest container ships in the world.  MSC Bari is 366 metres long, 51 metres wide, has a gross tonnage of over 153,000 tons and is capable of transporting 14,000 containers


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Advance Merger Negotiations

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

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.


Mexican Regulators Clear Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Deal

Mexican competition authority approves transaction with CSAV unconditionally; Next step for Hapag-Lloyd becoming number four in worldwide liner shipping Hapag-Lloyd announced the unconditional clearance under Mexican merger regulations for the planned integration of the container shipping activities of Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) into Hapag-Lloyd. Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV signed a binding business combination agreement in April


200 Migrants Rescued off Libyan Coast

A refined product tanker owned by Danish shipping company Torm rescued more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday and took them to Italy at the request of the Italian coastguard, the company said. The tanker picked up 222 migrants from two distressed boats off Zawiya


Maersk: No Issue in Funding Greek Operations

Photo: Maersk Line

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers despite the imposition of capital controls by Athens. Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company


CMA CGM, Chinese Bank in Finance Deal

French container shipping group CMA CGM said on Tuesday it will sign a $1 billion financing agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China. Marseilles-based CMA CGM said in a statement that the agreement, to be signed on Wednesday during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to its headquarters


European Court Ups Standards for River Dredging

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that damage to water quality must be considered when authorities approve river dredging to expand ports, in a ruling which could hinder expansion at the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg.  


Korean Shipyards Bullish on Mega Vessels

20,000 teu vessel Pic by MOL

 As the construction of ultra large container ships gained momentum, Korean shipyards are sweeping up the market, according to a report appeared in Business Korea.   Total orders of 21 container ships exceeding 20,000 TEU in capacity were placed globally from the end of last year to


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.6 pct Last Week

File image: a containership docked at a U.S. West Coast Terminal.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 23.6 percent to $658 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. The drop in freight rates on the world's busiest shipping


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from June 1, it said on Tuesday. With a fleet of more than 600 vessels


Maersk Line to Reduce CO2 Emission per Container by 60%

Photo: Maersk Line

 The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line has set itself a bold new target to cut CO2 emissions by 60% by 2020.   The company has stated that its emission reduction plan will save the climate around 200,000,000 tons of CO2


CMA-CGM to Call Port of Baltimore

International container shipping company CMA-CGM of France announced that it will begin service within the next couple of weeks to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.   The Port of Baltimore has been added to CMA-CGM’s Liberty Solo service which also includes visits to ports


Biggies to Rule Ocean, says Maersk CEO

Nils Andersen. Photo: Maersk Line

 The WSJ reports that the Danish container-shipping group is ordering more megaships even as freight rates remain low. Reason?   The world’s biggest container-shipping companies are set to dominate seaborne trade over the next few years


IACS's New Rules to Enhance Safety of Large Boxships

Safer and Cleaner Shipping Photo IACS

  The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) has adopted new Unified Requirements that will further improve the safety of Large Container Ships by enhancing consistency between pre-existing Class Society provisions in this area


Ship Finance Buys Three Boxships

Pic: Ship Finance International Limited

 Ship Finance International Limited has acquired three 9,000 teu capacity container ships that are under construction from an unrelated third party.   The Fredriksen-led company said that the three vessels are currently being constructed to a fuel-efficient design at an undisclosed yard


ECT Delta Terminal Receives Three Mega-Ship Cranes

Pic: ECT Delta Terminal

 After a voyage of more than two months, yet another three new giant  super post panamax ship-to-shore cranes from Shanghai arrived at the ECT Delta Terminal at the Maasvlakte, in Rotterdam.   The remotely-operated cranes have a lifting height of 50 meters under the spreader and


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Maersk Line 'Global Carrier of the Year'

Pic: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line has been named Global Carrier of the Year at the Containerization International Awards 2015. It also took home the Shippers’ Choice award, which is voted for by the global container shipping industry.   Maersk Line was named Global Carrier of the Year after one of






 
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