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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 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)

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

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’

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

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

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)

Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean

Right to left: Gregory M. Purdy, SVP, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International; Wayne Jones, SVP MAN PrimeServ; Carlos Pedercini, VP, Marine Operations & Global Nautical Services, Royal Caribbean International; Michael Kontny, Director Sales, MAN PrimeServ; Evangelos P. Sampanidis, Associate VP, Fleet Management, Celebrity; Leonidas Lavdas, Fleet Director, Celebrity; Kimmo Heikkila, Director, Powerplant & Technical Systems; Stiliyan Dimov, Manager, Global Marine Operations

MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.   The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean

First Cruise Ships Dock at Abu Dhabi’s New Stopover

Luxury cruise liners―Island Sky and Seaborne Sojourn― make maiden calls at Island as part of international itinerary Credit : Abu Dhabi Ports

  Abu Dhabi Ports─the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has started welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover in Abu Dhabi. Two prominent luxury cruise vessels made their maiden calls

Rickmers-Linie Completes Recertification

Photo Rickmers Linie

  Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in worldwide liner services for heavy lifts and project cargoes, has successfully completed audits by DNV GL which took place between 3 and 5 November. As a consequence the company, which belongs to Rickmers Group

SSA Welcomes Decision To Extend BEO


  The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (BEO) for another five years until 31 December 2020

Global Shipping in Doldrums

Photo: Maersk Line

 Wells Fargo Securities says that headwinds face global shipping industry and the continued overcapacity means freight rate gains are less likely to stick.   "Given the continued overcapacity headwinds and easing containerized trade demand

Swiss Shipping Line and ACC Annouce Blue Alliance Shipping

Logo by Blue Alliance Shipping

 Swiss Shipping Line and Africa Car Carrier announce the starting up of their joint venture company under the name "Blue Alliance Shipping."   Blue Alliance Shipping pools resources and many years of experience of the founding companies which combine their activities in the

Nils Andersen, CEO Maersk: “Global Growth Slowing Down”

Nils Smedegaard Andersen. Photo: The Maersk Group

 Nils Smedegaard Andersen, chief executive officer at A.P. Moeller-Maersk qoted by Bloomberg as saying: "We believe that global growth is slowing down. Trade is currently significantly weaker than it normally would be under the growth forecasts we see"  

Engine Overhaul Aboard North Sea FPSO

Haewene Brim (Photo: Royston)

Bluewater-owned offshore floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Haewene Brim has undergone an engine overhaul at the hands of a team of diesel power specialist Royston Limited.   The 252m, 103,000dwt FPSO, powered by main generating sets consisting of four 5

Beware the Dangers of Cat Fines

Image: CMT

Horror stories frequently circle the maritime industry portraying tales of onboard damages induced by catalytic fines, or cat fines, used in oil processing.   All cat fines that remain in fuel oil after centrifugal separation have the potential to cause abrasive wear and damage to the engine

NYK Orders 5,500 Reefer FEUs

Photo courtesy NYK

  NYK has placed an order for 5,500 technologically advanced 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, which are more efficient and reliable than older equipment. Delivery of the new units has already commenced.   This strategic investment will ensure that NYK continues to operate one

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms

Photo: Maersk Line

China's National Development and Reform Commission  (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation.   According to local media reports

CMA CGM Slowed by Rates, Sees 2016 Recovery

The containership CMA CGM Marco Polo underway (file image)

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said freight rates should recover next year after a market downturn led to a sharp fall in its third-quarter profits.   The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk

Magleby Maersk Calls at Jebel Ali

Magleby Maersk at Jebel Ali’s Terminal 2 (Photo: DP World)

Press release - Global marine terminals operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has received the world’s largest container vessel, the Magleby Maersk, which is on its maiden visit to the region.   The management and operations team at Jebel Ali rolled out a well-drilled

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound

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