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Horizon Lines Experiences Minimal Disruptions from Earthquakes

Horizon Lines reported that the earthquake measuring magnitude 6.6, and several strong aftershocks including one measuring magnitude 5.8, that struck the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday morning has not significantly impacted its operations. Inspections conducted Sunday found all cranes fully operational and minimal impacts to the Port of Honolulu. Power was restored late Sunday and a Horizon Lines vessel, the Horizon Pacific, made its normally scheduled port call and was successfully worked last night.


Gulf Platform Fire: Two Missing Four Badly Burned

Coast Guard search continues for missing personnel following blaze on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico The fire on a shallow-water drilling oil production platform began while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, reports Associated Press, and was brought under control within hours. Eleven people were taken by helicopter to area hospitals or for treatment on shore by emergency medical workers. A sheen of oil about a half-mile long and 200 yards wide was reported on the


RFID Tracking for US Visitors

In an experiment, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track immigrants entering and exiting the country, according to a Hindu Business Line report. The RFID is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. Beginning July 31, the experiment applies to people without green cards entering the US with a visa to work, study or tour


ACL Sees 2Q Profits Tripled

American Commercial Lines reported that the company’s second- quarter profits nearly tripled on strong sales. The Jeffersonville-based company posted net income of $17.7m, compared with $6.03m during the same period a year ago. Sales increased 20 percent. The company announced last month it plans to hire 1,100 people over the next three years. (Source: Star report)


Horizon Lines Report Container Volume, Revenue, Up in Q3 2012

Horizon Lines' financial report shows volume improves 3.4%, & rate, net of fuel up 2.9% from a year ago. Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer comments on third quarter 2012 financial results: "Horizon Lines generated a 3.4% improvement in container volume and a 2.9% increase in container revenue, net of fuel surcharges, for the third quarter, relative to the same period a year ago," said Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer


Disney Tops Cruise Line Rankings in New Poll

Image courtesy of Disney Cruises

While overall customer satisfaction with cruise lines is high, nearly one in five customers experience a problem while on their cruise, according to the J.D. Power 2013 Cruise Line Satisfaction Report. Key findings: Disney Cruise Line (871) ranks highest in overall satisfaction among cruise line brands, followed by Royal Caribbean (838).   Price (53%) and past experience with brand (39%) are the two primary reasons for selecting a cruise line.


Containershipping Takes a Nosedive

Plunging rates for chartering container vessels that carry consumer goods means a slowdown and losses for shipping lines in what is traditionally their busiest time of the year, according to a report on Bloomberg.com. As reported earlier today on MarineLink.com, MOL has revised its FY2011 downward, projecting a revenue drop of 6.3% from previous guidance. According to the Bloomberg report, fees for hiring vessels have fallen 9


Maersk Gains From US Military shipments

Maersk gains from US military's US$ 11.5 billion war shipments Maersk, owner of the world’s largest shipping line, has benefited the most from the U.S. military’s dependence on commercial lines, according to a report in 'Longshore & Shipping News'. The company, based in Copenhagen, received almost half the military’s $1.82 billion in contracts last year to ship supplies and equipment around the globe, most of it tied to Iraq and Afghanistan


Japan Ship Operator to Slash Bulk Ship Newbuild Orders

Daiichi Chuo K.K. may cancel ship orders, pare its fleet & sell new stock after getting emergency financing from shareholder Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. To help weather a slump in dry-bulk rates the company is in talks about canceling or delaying 10 of 60 on-order dry-bulk vessels as it heads toward a second straight annual loss, reports Bloomberg. The report adds that Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K., Japan's largest shipping lines


$1.7 billion NOL Up for Sale. Will Hapag-Lloyd Buy?

Photo: NOL Group

 Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund Temasek Holdings has put Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) up for sale, says a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report.   The WSJ reported that Temasek was in talks with one buyer in recent months but the two sides could not agree on a price for the loss-making company. The WSJ put NOL's market capitalization at 2.3 billion Singapore dollars ($1.7 billion).   The report, citing unnamed sources


Boat Migrant Rescues Surge as Calm Seas Return to Mediterranean

Ships manned by humanitarian organisations, the Italian navy and the coast guard helped rescue more than 2,000 boat migrants on Thursday as calm seas returned to the Mediterranean prompting a surge in departures.   The Topaz Responder


Maersk's New CEO Appointment Raises Prospect of Break-up

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

Danish shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk could split up into separate companies, its chairman said on Thursday after naming Soren Skou, the head of its container business, as chief executive.   Maersk shares rose more than 10 percent on the news with investors betting on a break-up


Bronson Hsieh Leaves Evergreen to Head Yang Ming

Bronson Hsieh. Pic by  Evergreen Group

 Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh has been appointed chairman of rival Taiwan carrier Yang Ming Marine.   Yang Ming Marine Transport, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet size, approved Hsieh’s appointment, reports said.  


Orca Energy ESS to Power Fish Farm Support Vessel

All Electric Fish Farm Support Vessel Photo Orca Energy

Grovfjord Mek. Verksted AS (GMV) has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a fish farm support vessel called GMV ZERO. GMV will utilize Corvus’ next generation Orca Energy ESS to support the vessel’s entire energy requirements


Maersk Fights to Stay on top as Containership Downturn Deepens

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller (Photo courtesy Maersk)

Denmark's Maersk Line is fighting to remain the world's no.1 container shipping carrier as a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Asia, creates new challengers trying to grab a bigger share of a depressed market. Maersk itself hasn't made a major acquisition for more than a decade


Wan Hai Orders Eight New Containerships

Pic: Wan Hai Lines

 Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai Lines has placed an order for eight 1,900 teu box ships worth a total of $212 million - $236 million.   Wan Hai said that the vessels will be built by shipbuilder Naikai Zosen Corp.  


Indonesian President to Assert Sovereignty in Islands Visit

The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters.  


Orca ESS Retrofit for Norwegian Research Vessel

Image: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected by Halvorsen for the retrofit of the fisheries and environmental research vessel MS Johan Hjort.   Halvorsen Power System AS has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Maersk Line's Remote Control Management

Image: Maersk Line

 One of Maersk Line's  innovations turns the reefer container into a digitally connected device!   "At Maersk Line, we’re always looking for ways to improve cargo care on behalf of our customers. As the world’s biggest container shipping company


HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports.   According to Korea Herald,  Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance


Tracking Global Piracy Trends

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Piracy has existed since the conception of shipping, and pirate attacks on vessels continue to disrupt trade, raising vessel security concerns and impacting the operation and insurance costs for ships, says Clarkson Research Services.  


China Dismisses South China Sea Support Doubts

China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday brushed off doubts about how many countries have offered support for its position in a case brought by the Philippines over Chinese claims in the South China Sea, saying the number of nations was growing daily.


Skou Replaces Andersen as Maersk CEO

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk)

Danish shipping and oil company A. P. Moller-Maersk has appointed Soren Skou, head of its container shipping unit Maersk Line, as new chief executive for the group replacing Nils Smedegaard Andersen who has been in the job since 2007. Soren Skou will remain as CEO of Maersk Line in addition to


Maersk Chairman: Company Could Be Split Up

Michael Pram Rasmussen (Photo: A. P. Moller-Maersk)

A. P. Moller-Maersk's chairman says that the Danish shipping and oil conglomerate could be split up in several companies, after it on Thursday appointed the head of its container business as new chief executive.   "The question is whether we should be a large group






 
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