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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


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


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


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.


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.


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


Maersk to Boost Asia-Euro Box Rates Sharply

File Image (Maersk)

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, plans to raise spot freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Sep 1, the company said. Spot rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $1,000


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 27 pct

Image: file photo (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Larger Ships, Demand Driving Port Investment Boom

APM Terminals Mobile Alabama (Photo: APM Terminals)

Rising global container port demand and ever larger vessels are driving terminal operators to make significant investments in additional capacity, according to the Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Report 2015 published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


CMA CGM 2Q Post Higher Profit

CMA CGM

  In the second quarter, CMA CGM demonstrated the strength of its business model by significantly outperforming the market, despite a sharp fall in freight rates and industry overcapacity:   * Volumes carried during the second quarter increased by 6.2% year-on-year, to 3


Wärtsilä X92 Engine for Mega Boxship

The Wärtsilä X92 engine at the Factory Acceptance Test in February 2015, which took place at the Ulsan engine works of Korean licensee Hyundai Heavy Industries.

  The first in a series of 'mega-class' container vessels being built for French Ship owner CMA CGM will be powered by the Wärtsilä X92, low-speed, 2-stroke engine. The vessel is to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines


Hapag Lloyd IPO Valued at Over $5.5 Bln

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 A flotation of a minority stake could value the world's fourth-largest shipping group German-Chilean Hapag-Lloyd AG at more than 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) and could take place as early as autumn.   Hapag-Lloyd AG has already mandated investment banks Deutsche Bank AG


Scottish Exporters Bullish on New Shipping Service

BG Rotterdam. Photo: B.G. Freight Line B.V

 As the shipping operator BG Freight Line is set for a new freight service connecting the links, Scotland’s food and drink, chemical and manufacturing industries are looking for a boost.   BG Freight Line, wholly-owned by Clydeport owner Peel Ports


CMA CGM to Resume Service to Iran

Photo: CMA CGM

The world's third-largest container shipping group, France's CMA CGM, said on Monday it would resume operations to Iran following the deal between Tehran and world powers over the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program.   "Following the recent positive developments involving Iran and


CMA CGM Vivaldi Docks at Halifax Port

CMA CGM Vivaldi. Photo by CMA CGM

 The Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, may be getting a new lease on life with the arrival on August 3 of the CMA CGM Vivaldi at Halterm International Container Terminal.    The 8478-TEU, 334-metre long Vivaldi is the largest container vessel to berth at Halterm and on Canada’s


Container Ships Make Slow Return to Iran After Nuke Deal

The first international container ships began arriving in Iran this week after the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, yet many ship owners remain wary of resuming business until sanctions are removed - still some months away. Iran had depended on foreign ships for much of its imports


APM Terminals Acquires Reefer Terminal S.p.A.

Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal to be upgraded, and operated as a single unit with the new deep-water semi-automated container terminal scheduled for completion in January 2018

  APM Terminals and GF Group are pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of Reefer Terminal S.p.A. by APM Terminals has been completed today.  Terms and price were not disclosed.   Reefer Terminal, the largest refrigerated terminal in the Mediterranean for more than thirty


Maersk Unveils $1 billion Share Buy-back Program

Photo: AP Moller-Maersk

 Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk, which operates the world's largest container shipping line,  has revealed another huge share buy-back scheme a year after it launched its current programme.   Maersk will buy back up to $1bn (DKK 6


China's Mega Shipping Merger Moves a Step Closer

Photo: Cosco Group

 The merger talk between two state-run shipping conglomerates Cosco Group and China Shipping Group is on strong footing on on Beijing’s command.   According to sources, the companies would release an outline plan within three months


Ship of the Future: Container Feeder

(Photo: Deltamarin)

More Cargo, Less Fuel, Greater Flexibility are Design Hallmarks Deltamarin debuted a design that it dubs the first state-of-the-art container vessel of its series, the A.Delta2300. With extensive R&D the maritime design house delivers what it believes to be a 'best-in-class' design


Maersk Cuts Growth Forecast

Photo: Maersk Line

 Though the Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk posted higher-than-expected earnings, it has cut its forecast for global trade growth and abandoned several medium-term profit forecasts, as per a report in FT.   Maersk overcame low oil prices and freight rates in its container






 
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