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Over-capacity builds up in transpacific container trade

The addition of substantial new vessel capacity is widening the gap between supply and demand in the transpacific container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a quarterly reporting service of the ComPairData global liner shipping database. The results of the July 2001 World Liner Supply survey show that transpacific shipping lines have expanded capacity by 9 percent between July 2000 and July 2001, despite the slowdown in trade volumes. Total trade capacity has risen to slightly over 205,000 TEUs a week (equivalent to a yearly one-way capacity of 10.7 million TEUs) this month, from about 189,000 TEUs a week (equivalent to 9.8 million TEUs). The carriers that have added the most capacity during the last 12 months are the Grand Alliance lines (Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, OOCL and P&O Nedlloyd), Maersk Sealand and the non-alliance carriers such as Zim Israel Navigation and Wan Hai. During the last 12 months, the five largest alliance and carriers groups - the New World Alliance, the Grand Alliance, the COSCO/"K" Line/Yangming alliance, the United Alliance and Maersk Sealand - further increased their share of the entire trade's capacity. The five major carrier groups now have 73 percent of the total capacity, up from 72 percent last July. These are just some of the highlights of the latest World Liner Supply reporting service, which tracks the capacity, frequency and partnership changes of all the liner carriers and their ships


Crowley Announces Restructuring

Crowley Maritime Corp. is planning a significant strategic restructuring that will result in a more decentralized ocean cargo transportation company once the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud is complete. Having completed this assignment, P. Elliott Burnside will leave the position of president of Crowley American Transport to establish his own industry consulting service, which Crowley will utilize


Report: Three Carriers Dominate TransAtlantic Trade

Three new carrier groups now control 58% of the total capacity in the transatlantic container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a new quarterly report from the compairdata.com on-line shipping database. The fourth quarter 2000 issue of World Liner Supply shows that the merger of services and the combination of smaller carrier groups has led to a substantially higher market concentration in the North America/northern Europe container trade.


EC OKs P&O, Royal Nedlloyd Split

The European Commission approved, pursuant to the Merger Regulation, a proposed transaction by which the British port operator P&O and the Dutch liner shipping company Royal Nedlloyd reorganize their common activities in the container liner shipping business. In 1996 Royal Nedlloyd NV and Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) transferred all their respective activities in containerized liner shipping services to a newly created joint venture called P&O Nedlloyd (PONL)


Queen to Name QM2

Cunard is delighted to confirm that Her Majesty The Queen will name the company's new flagship Queen Mary 2 at a ceremony to take place in Southampton, England, on Thursday, January 8, 2004. Her Majesty will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The launch will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be a major event of worldwide interest. According to Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line: "This will be an historic occasion in the true sense of the word


China Starts Building First Luxury Cruise Ship

Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. to build a 2,000 passenger capacity cruise ship for Beijing-based Shan Hai Shu Group China has begun construction on its first large luxury cruise liner, which is included in a package of projects aimed at boosting the tourism and shipping industries of a coastal city whose ports are primarily used to handle manufactured goods for export, reports 'What's On Xiamen'. The Southeast China International Shipping Center package includes 10 projects led by


Wärtsilä Unveils New Cylinder Lubricating System

Wärtsilä Corporation has introduced a new, electronically-controlled cylinder lubricating system to meet the demand for lower cylinder oil feed rates: the Pulse Lubricating System (PLS). Developed for application in Wärtsilä RTA and RT-flex low-speed marine diesel engines, it delivers reduced cylinder oil consumption without compromising piston-running reliability. The Pulse Lubricating System makes it possible to reduce the cylinder oil feed rate compared with the existing


Crowley Promotes Clapp and Brown

Rinus Schepen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crowley's Latin America services announced that Rob Clapp has been promoted to Director of Pricing and Yield Management and Brad Brown has been promoted to Director of Finance for the Latin America liner services group. Both will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and report to Schepen. In his new position, Clapp is responsible for all contract administration, pricing and yield management activities


CMA CGM Improves US East Coast Port Coverage

CMA CGM improves the US East Coast port coverage of its CAGEMA service. The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the reshuffling of its CAGEMA Main Liner service, linking the United States East Coast and the Caribbean, effective 9th September 2011. The modifications will be as follows: *The addition of two direct calls to New York and Jacksonville, enhancing port coverage of the US East Coast. * The ports of Castries (Saint Lucia), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)


HMM Appoints ISS for Australian Business

  Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announcec that its Australian container liner business will be handled by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), effective February 1, 2015. Both HMM and ISS are working closely together to ensure that the change over to the new agency is a seamless transition with the head office of the agency situated in the same St Leonards office as at present, the companies said, adding that all Import and Export customers can expect ‘business as usual’


A Better Charter Market in 2016?

Pic: Hanjin Shipping Ltd

 Shipowners that charter out container ships to liner operators are hopeful that 2016 will bring increased demand and higher charter rates for containerships, JoC reports.    Sentiment is changing in container shipping where, for the first time in five years


Hamburg Süd Completes CCNI Takeover

Courtesy Hamburg Sud

Effective 27 March 2015, Hamburg Süd has taken over the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) including the related general agency functions of Agunsa Agencias Universales S.A


Costa Concordia Used For Mafia Drug Smuggling

Image:  Costa Concordia cruise ship

 The doomed Costa Concordia was carrying a huge shipment of Mafia-owned cocaine when it set off on its final voyage, AP reports quoting investigators who have collected evidence.   Authorities have collected phone and tape recordings that show the ‘Ndrangheta Calabrian criminal


EU Takes Tough Stance on Ship Scrapping in South Asia

Image by NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The EU is set to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches, according to news report in Reuters.   The new rules will require that EU-registered ships are only recycled at sustainable facilities, lowering the environmental and human cost of the current process of


This Week's Top Stories

     Concept art for the Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyards LNG powered towboat

  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


Crowley Ships Massive Electrical Equipment

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group recently transported two massive electrical equipment enclosures with a combined weight of 196,000 pounds to San Juan, Puerto Rico.   Crowley said the feat required shifting the company’s 580-foot triple-deck barge La Princesa


AAL Fleet to Expand, Surpass 500,000 DWT in 2015

  The AAL Bangkok (Photo courtesy of AAL)

  Global ocean transport operator AAL today announced plans to increase the size of its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.    Comprising owned and chartered vessels, the move will add needed capacity to the multi-purpose sector’s youngest and most advanced fleet


Shipping Goes to Asia: HSH Nordbank

Logo Image by HSH Nordbank Shipping Division

 Given that the Asian shipping industry is in a substantially better position than many other market participants, thanks to strong intra-Asia cargo traffic, the European shipping sector hopes that Asian investors will "come to their rescue," says HSH Nordbank’s recent survey


Global Ship Lease Takes New Containership

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) took delivery of a 2004-built, 8,063 TEU containership, the OOCL Qingdao. Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a timecharter back to Orient Overseas Container Line (UK) Limited, an affiliate of the seller, for 36 to 39 months at a rate of $34,500 per day


Smooth Sailing for MSC with GE Marine On Board

MSC Preliminary Courtesy GE Marine

  When it comes to taking thousands of passengers on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, it’s reassuring to have a name like GE ensuring you a smooth and pleasant journey.  While MSC with its next generation ships may be setting off to conquer more distant waters


Britannia Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

Britannia - image by P&O Cruises

 Britain's biggest ever cruise ship, the 141,000-ton Britannia, which was officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton has set off on its maiden voyage.    Thousands of passengers will be among the first to experience the luxury


Carrier On-Time Percentage Increased in Feb

    (Image courtesy of Drewry)

  The on-time percentage of liner services improved slightly in February, but the ships that missed their berthing window missed it by a wider margin due in large part to labor strife at West Coast U.S. ports,  according to this month's Carrier Performance Insight from Drewry.  


Cruise Industry Seeks Fortune in China

Quantum of the Seas under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard. Credit: Meyer Werft

Builders, Operators Teaming to Fill Voids In Rapidly Growing Chinese Market After an uneven couple of years punctuated by struggling economic factors worldwide, maturing markets and some highly publicized accidents and illnesses, the cruise industry is hoping to find a little “double


APM Terminals Mumbai Welcomes China Shipping

APM Terminals Mumbai team commemorating HS Paris maiden call

  APM Terminals Mumbai welcomed China Shipping Container Line’s HS Paris on March 20th, on her maiden call as part of the Middle East-Indian Subcontinent-North America (MINA) Service, jointly operated by the United Arab Shipping Company, Hanjin Shipping, CMA CGM and China Shipping


Hamburg Süd Christens Third San Class Ship

Christening in Montevideo: (left to right) Captain Uwe Köhler, Roland Maier, Sponsor Elisa Maier and Frank Smet, member of the Hamburg Süd Executive Board (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its third container vessel in the new San class yesterday, officially naming newbuild San Vicente at the Cuenca del Plata terminal in Montevideo.   The new ship class in the Hamburg Süd fleet has a nominal container slot capacity of around 9






 
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