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Crowley Restructuring Announced

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. The company will not replace Burnside and will instead restructure its liner services into two major business units. Puerto Rico and Caribbean Liner services will be led by John Douglass, vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Services, while Central America and Mexico liner services will be led by Rinus Schepen, vice president and general manager, Central America & Mexico Services. Crowley's South America liner services will continue to be run by Frank Larkin, vice president and general manager, South America Services, until the sale of these services is finalized.

EU Extends Shipping Consortia Competition Waver

The European Commission extended for five years a block exemption allowing shipping companies to form consortia covering the transport of cargo. The Commission said the block exemption automatically covered liner shipping consortia that have a market share of below 30 percent. The decision confirmed the Commission's favorable attitude towards liner shipping consortia, which "usually allow shipping lines to rationalize their activities and achieve economies of scale

MOL (Canada) Inc. to Serve Canadian Liner Market

Effective August 1, 2013, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. will begin operating in Canada as MOL (Canada) Inc. MOL (America) Inc. and Montship, Inc. today jointly announced that their liner agent agreement will expire on July 31, 2013. Montship has successfully represented MOL’s Canadian liner services for over 53 years and both MOL and Montship are pleased with the long-standing partnership. All other agent agreements between MOL’s non-liner divisions and Montship will continue

Hamburg Süd to Acquire CCNI Liner Service

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Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) with headquarters in Valparaiso, Chile, and Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG) with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, announce that they have signed a preliminary agreement whereby HSDG will acquire the container liner activities of CCNI including the related general agency functions subject to due diligence

Coast Guard on Alert for Toxic Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency are on alert for the possible arrival of the contaminated cruise liner, SS Independence, which is reportedly heading to Guam after being refused entry in Hawaii, The Variety reported. SS Independence, which is believed to be loaded with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB and lung-damaging asbestos, is being pulled by the tug ship Pacific Hickory, on the way to India, where the 57-year-old cruises liner will be scrapped

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’

First Iran-made Liner Set for Launch

The first Iran-made ocean liner, named Iran-Arak, will be launched next week, Iran Mania reported. The Iran-Arak is the largest ocean liner constructed by a Middle Eastern country, adding that the project was undertaken by Iran Offshore Industries Company at a cost of $35 million. The vessel is one of the five shipbuilding projects implemented at the company and took two years to complete. It will have the capacity to carry 2,130 containers

Isramco Bids to Purchase Luxury Cruise Liner

Isramco, Inc., bid for a luxury cruise liner at an auction held on March 19 under order of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. The Court entered an order on March 19, 2004 authorizing the sale to the Company of the cruise liner, on an as is basis and free and clear of all liens and claims, for a purchase price of $8,050,000. The Company is required to consummate the purchase of the vessel by March 29.

Matson Monitors Cylinder Liner Wear

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The cylinder liner is a crucial part of a ship’s engine, as monitoring wear not only extends operational life but also prevents unexpected and costly repairs, with the average cost for a replacement liner at over $150,000. Matson has installed Parker Kittiwake’s LinerSCAN onto several of its vessels as part of a range of condition monitoring tools. Payback proved immediate, as on the first voyage after installation

Hamburg Port's Liner Network

Hamburg has one of the most comprehensive liner networks in Europe, which in turn means that it plays an important role as a transport hub for global cargo flows. Specialized liner traffic connects Hamburg to six continents. Over 100 container liner services travelling to destinations all over the world are based in Hamburg. One of the main markets for the Port of Hamburg are liner services from and to the Far East

Cruise Critic Awards Best Cruise Lines of 2015

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 Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its annual Editors' Picks Awards for 2015, revealing the industry's top performers in a variety of different categories.   The winners, which are selected by the online cruise guide's team of experts

Saga Cruises Orders New Ships

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 Saga Cruises has placed an order for a new cruise ship to be built by Meyer Werft in Germany with the delivery date of Summer 2019.    The deal comes with an option for a second new ship to be delivered in 2021. The 55,900 gross ton vessels will span approximately 234 metres in

Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO

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 German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015.   Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for liner services in breakbulk, heavy lift and project shipping, has appointed Wouter Huybrechts as the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc.    Huybrechts took over for CEO and President Waldemar Poulsen

Shipbuilding: Crowley's First LNG ConRo Ship on Schedule

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Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is now 25 percent complete, the company announced.

AAL Canada Opens Vancouver Office

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Press release - AAL has announced the opening of a new office in Vancouver, Canada.    This continues the company’s global expansion strategy, which has, in the same month, seen the opening of AAL Korea.  The move strengthens the company’s on-the-ground presence and

Seaspan Acquires Eighth Boxship


  Seaspan Corporation announced today that it accepted delivery of a 10000 TEU containership, the Maersk Guayaquil. The new containership, which was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's eighth 10000 TEU SAVER design containership and seventh delivery in

Cleveland Reports Persistent Cargo Growth

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Buoyed by increasing returns from its creation of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, the Port of Cleveland continued to see record numbers in August, particularly in containerized cargo, the port announced.   While numbers for containers were up 300 percent through June

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

ExxonMobil Helps Extend Ship’s Piston Ring Life

Athens-based Costamare Shipping has more than tripled the piston ring replacement period to more than 55,000 hours for containership Cosco Yantian, helping the company reduce costs and improve vessel performance.   According to ExxonMobil

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

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The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

China COSCO Orders 11 New Boxships

China COSCO has ordered 11 container ships from four Chinese shipbuilders in a $1.51 billion order that will propel the country's largest shipping line into the big league of giant vessel owners. The ships, which will have the capacity to carry up to 19,000 20-foot containers (TEU)

Hapag-Lloyd Adds 6,000 Reefer Containers

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In order to profit from the growing reefer markets in South America and Asia, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 cutting-edge reefer containers – more than ever before in the company’s history.   Hapag-Lloyd is gearing up for the temperature-sensitive cargo business in the important

ZIM Transitions Fleet to StowMan(s) Software

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ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Israel  has decided to enhance its stowage planning for its containership fleet (currently 93 ships) in the future by using the software StowMan[S] from INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the software and services provider for maritime navigation and

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