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Zim to Buy Eight Ships for $1.36B

Israel Corp. subsidiary Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. said it had placed an order to purchase eight mega container ships from the South Korea’s shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The deal, valued at $1.37b, ($170m each) comes six weeks after Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced its plan to upgrade its container vessels fleet. The company had ordered eight TEU 12,600 mega containership for delivery by July 2012. The purchase will substantially increase the Israeli-based carrier's fleet when the vessels arrive in 2012. The order took the global shipping sector by surprise, since Zim had generally bought its containerships from rival South Korean's Hyundai Shipyards. Earlier this year the line purchased two 2,450-TEU containerships with an option to buy additional two. These vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2010-11. [Source:]

World’s Largest Containership Arrives in Hamburg

Photo courtesy of Port of Hamburg

The massive 19,100-TEU containership CSCL Globe has arrived in Hamburg on its maiden voyage; growth in China trade continues   The Port of Hamburg will handle a 19,100-TEU vessel for the first time, as CSCL Globe, currently the world’s largest containership operating in a liner service, is ported in Hamburg from January 13-15 on its maiden voyage deployed in the Europe-East Asia trade.   This year, China is due to again further expand its position as Hamburg’s leading

Hapag-Lloyd Names New Mega Containership

The Hanover Express, which is capable of carrying 8,750 containers, is one of the world’s largest containerships. The newbuilding was recently named in Hamburg. The patron was Gabriele Frenzel, wife of TUI’s CEO and chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd, Dr. Michael Frenzel. Naming ceremonies for large containerships are still something special even in Hamburg, and nearly 300 guests from business and politics – including the Mayor of Hamburg Ole von Beust and the Mayor of

Hapag-Lloyd Ship Named

The long-established Hamburg shipping line Hapag-Lloyd named a containership in Malaysia for the first time. The patron of the 336m long “Kuala Lumpur Express” is Ursula Adrion, wife of Adolf Adrion, member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG. The “Kuala Lumpur Express” can carry 8,749 TEU and is the second ultra-modern training ship on which Hapag-Lloyd trains its nautical and technical personnel, following the identical

Imabari Invests in Shipbuilding

Japanese Yard to Build World’s Largest (20,000 TEU) Containerships Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. secured newbuild orders with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation for eleven 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers, when delivered the largest containerships in the world. The new ships, the first of which is scheduled to be completed in early 2018, will measure approximately 400m long and 59m wide. Imabari has built more than 200 container carriers, including the 4

Deployment: The Transpacific Trade Steps Up To The Plate

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In 2015, it was the Asia-Europe route which was the focus of changing deployment trends, says Clarksons Research.   This year, it is the Transpacific trade which looks poised to drive key changes in containership deployment, with the expansion of the Panama Canal due to open in late June. In addition, there is now increased interest in the deployment of ‘mega’-boxships on the Transpacific route.  

TMT CEO Files $100m IP Suit Over Vessel Sale

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Hsin-Chi Su, Chairman and CEO of Today Makes Tomorrow Group (TMT) launched a suit in Texas federal court on July 28, 2014, alleging that a planned bankruptcy sale of three company ships, including M.V.D Whale, M.V.G Whale and M.V.H Whale, to Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. (Mega Bank) will strip him of intellectual property worth more than $100 million for each ship. According to Ken Liang's deposition at the court, Mega Bank is the agent for vulture fund Oaktree Capital Group.

Frost & Sullivan Launches Malaysia Mega Trends Report

Monitoring and analyzing Competitive Intensity, Customer Dynamics, Industry Convergence, Disruptive Technologies, Global Mega Trends, New Business Models, and Emerging Markets provides an illuminating view toward future sce

  Frost & Sullivan today launched its latest research, Mega Trends Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Mega Trends are defined as transformative, global forces that define the future world with their far reaching impact on business, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives. According to Hazmi Yusof, Malaysia Country Head and Senior Vice President of Frost & Sullivan

Another Mega-Ship Facility Opens at Felixstowe

Berth 9 Extension was opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

  The Berth 9 Extension at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, has been opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. The 190-metre extension increases the port's capability to work two of the world's largest containerships simultaneously. More than eighty ships of 18,000+TEU have already been handled at the port in 2015, confirming Felixstowe's position as the port-of-choice for mega-ships in the UK.

Mega Ships Menace for Shippers

Photo: Benjamin Franklin by CMA CGM

 The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) says that the use of mega ships and alliances remain the main problems within the shipping sector.   The popular belief is that larger ships and alliances are good for competition because of the benefits they give, but the reality is that there are added costs due to the negative externalities they impose on others, says Chris Welsh, general secretary of GSF.  

Its Official: HMM to Compete wtih MSC for Long Beach Terminal

Photo:  Long Beach Container Terminal LLC

 As Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Swiss shipping giant  Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC)  are expected to enter the takeover battle for the Long Beach Terminal in California, they will aggressively negotiate its price, reports Business Korea.  

Costamare Defers Newbuild Vessel Delivery

Photo: Costamare Inc.

 Athens-based containership owner Costamare Inc. pushes back 11,000-teu newbuildings into 2017 as it reports strong third quarter figures which topped Wall Street expectations.   It has agreed to postpone the deliveries of the remaining four newbuilding 11,010 TEU containerships

“Ottantacinque” Wins German Design Award

Render-Courtesy Fincantieri Yachts

“Ottantacinque”, the concept of the latest-generation luxury mega yacht developed in partnership between Fincantieri Yachts and Pininfarina, introduced last year at the Monaco Yacht Show, won the prestigious annual award of the German Design Council in the category

Concordia Maritime Sells Tanker Stena Supreme

Photo courtesy of Concordia Maritime

Concordia Maritim said is selling the Suezmax tanker Stena Supreme as part of a sale and leaseback transaction, which in this case means that Stena Supreme will be chartered back on a bareboat basis for 12 years, with annual purchase options from year three onwards

On the Majestic Maersk, mega-ship dreams obscure cloudy future

File Image (Maersk)

For Captain Dick S. Danielsen, the childhood dream has been to sail the world's biggest ships. The Danish seaman got his chance three years ago when he was asked to helm the Majestic Maersk, a mammoth, baby blue-painted vessel that at 400 meters (1

Otto Marine’s Two Australian Units May Wind-up

Pic: Otto Marine Limited

 Otto Marine Ltd. said three creditors filed three such applications with the Supreme Court of Western Australia to wind up  its subsidiaries in Australia - Go Inshore Pty and Go Marine Group Pty, says a report in Bloomberg.  

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea.   Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets

TPI Megaline Selects ABB’s OCTOPUS Software

Mega Caravan (Photo: TPI)

The Korean heavy lift company TPI Megaline has selected ABB’s predictive OCTOPUS marine software to ensure safe and efficient operations on one of its vessels.  Mega Caravan transports huge loads such as oil rigs and drill ships

Interview: Todd Schauer - President, American Salvage Association

Todd Schauer

Todd Schauer is Director of Operations at Resolve Marine Group, as well as President of the American Salvage Association. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture in 1991, he followed that up with graduate degrees in Naval Architecture

Indian Lighthouses To Be Solarized by December

Photo: Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships

 The Directorate General of Lighthouse & Lightships (DGLL), a subordinate organization under the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India is presently maintaining 193 Lighthouses which provide aids to marine navigation to the mariners transiting in coastal waters of India.  

Can Shipping Keep Its Big Break Going?

Graph: Clarksons Research

In today’s conditions, the shipping industry needs supply-side re-positioning to help the markets back to improved health, and increased recycling in recent years has been a clear part of this, says Clarksons Research.   However, there’s still some way to go to better times

Construction Set to Start on Jacksonville LNG Facility

JAX LNG said it has executed the remaining engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and storage facility at Dames Point near the Port of Jacksonville.   The JAX LNG liquefaction facility is expected to be

MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign to begin on October 15, targeting all MOL group-operated vessels.   MOL views safe operation as a social commitment and gives it the highest of priorities in all of its business activities

Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19.   The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by

Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  

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