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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


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


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

CCNI Antillanca (Photo: CCNI)

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


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


SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

(Image: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)

A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016.   Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States for years has quietly awaited rescue in Philadelphia.   Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. (now Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and designed by legendary  William


Hanjin Shipping Opts for Debt Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd

 South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd will work with lenders to restructure debt after years of weak demand resulted in losses and cash erosion, reports Bloomberg.   The board of Hanjin Shipping decided to file for receivership and give creditors authority to manage the company


Hanjin to Divest Assets

Image: Hanjin Shipping

 The South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping plans to generate USD 357 million from asset sales.    South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity plans to sell items such as dry bulk activities while the debt-stricken shipping group negotiates with shipowners for a


Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company,  rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives.   The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned


UK Navy Warship Escorts Queen Mary II

HMS Defender with RMS Queen Mary II (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy warship HMS Defender provided escort duties for transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary II through the Gulf of Oman. The Type 45 destroyer, dwarfed by the enormity of the cruise liner, is equipped with an array of weaponry and radar tracking systems to ensure the safe passage


Demand Boosts Container Market Outlook -MSI

File photo: Chamendra Wimalasena

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from MSI suggests a more positive market outlook for the container shipping sector in 2016 than the analysis of most of its peers.   Though its supply-side predictions are broadly aligned with those of Drewry and Alphaliner


Wan Hai Surpasses Maersk in Profit

Image: Wan Hai Lines Ltd

 The Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai takes the plaudits with carriers' operating profit margins according to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015.    The report shows that, Wan Hai is the most profitable container line


This Day In Naval History: April 8

1823 - The barges USS Mosquito, USS Gallinipper, and sloop-of-war Peacock chase the pirate schooner, Pilot, which is driven ashore off Havana, Cuba.   1848 - The first U.S. flag is flown over the Sea of Galilee when Lt. William F. Lynch sails in an iron boat up the Jordan River


Mixed Prospects for Container Shipping

Photo: Cosco

 The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International (MSI) makes a more optimistic forecast on the demand side.    Though its supply-side predictions are broadly aligned with those of Drewry and Alphaliner


APM Terminals CEO Calls for Port Industry Changes

Kim Fejfer (Photo: APM Terminals)

 APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer addressed the challenges facing port operators in today’s volatile market as well as the requirements for success, calling for investment, consolidation and rationalization in the port industry.  


Hamburg Port's Rail Network Sets European Benchmark

Courtesy Port of Hamburg

In their “Best route market study for containerised imports to South Germany”, published at the beginning of March, the Drewry Group’s supply-chain consultants investigated via which ports containers imported from Shanghai can be transported fastest and cheapest to southern


Turkish ARKAS Line Sets Course for Hamburg

For the first time a vessel from Turkish ARKAS Line is expected in the Port of Hamburg on April 20. The WANDA A is deployed in the West Africa Express Service (WAX) operated by ARKAS and Hapag-Lloyd and will be cleared at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


Hamburg Süd Boosted by CCNI Takeover

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 German shipping company  Hamburg Süd raised its revenue last year due to the acquisition of  Chilean line Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI), yet the container business still performed weaker than expected.  


Bahri, Rickmers-Linie Ink Charter Deal

Bahri Rickmers-Linie in Charter deal

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based specialist for project and heavy lift liner services and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (trading as Bahri Liner) have recently signed a space charter agreement. The agreement covers the ports on the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as well as ports in


60th Birthday for Container Shipping

Chart: Clarkson Research

 From its origins in the first seaborne transportation of containers on board Malcolm McLean’s Ideal-X on 26 April 1956, containerized shipment has become the glue that holds together today’s globalised economy, points out Clarksons Research.  






 
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