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Maersk Line Awarded Navy Energy Conservation Contract

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), to assess and apply Advanced Waste Heat Recovery (AWHR) technology to Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships. The contract involves a two-phase approach. In phase one, MLL will conduct a detailed analysis to determine which MSC ships will generate the greatest return on investment from the use of AWHR technology. Based on the findings, MLL may then lead the installation of such systems in phase two. AWHR systems capture energy from the hot exhaust of ship engines and use the heat as a source of power to reduce fuel consumption, which is a ship's single largest operating cost. The systems also cut emission of CO2, sulfur and nitrous oxides, and particulate matter.  

Shipping Corp appoints New Director of Bulk Carriers, Tankers

Capt. Sunil Thapar has been appointed as Director of Bulk Carriers and Tankers as of January 2011. He is a holder of Master (Foreign Going) Certificate of Competency issued by Ministry of Shipping and MSc (Shipping Management) from the World Maritime University, Malmo Sweden. He is a life member of the Company of Master Mariners of India. (Source:

Kvichak Completes Navy MPF Utility Boats

Photo credit: Bill Sutton Kvichak Marine Industries completed the construction and delivery of 10 each MPF utility boats for the United States Navy. The 40-ft. high-speed landing craft replace the Navy’s existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions. The 40 x 14 ft. landing craft have a loaded cruise speed of ~25 knots and a lightened flank speed of ~40 knots

USNS Bridge Joins MSC Fleet

USS Bridge became the last of four U.S. Navy Supply-class fast combat support ships to leave commissioned service for an even more active role with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command at a formal transfer ceremony June 24. Now known as United States Naval Ship Bridge, she joins more than 30 civilian-crewed ships providing combat logistics services to the Navy fleets worldwide. USNS Bridge, which as a Navy ship was crewed by a complement of 544 active-duty Sailors

Port Everglades Welcomes Largest Cargo Ship in Port's History

The largest containerized cargo ship in Port Everglades’ history, equal to the size of an air craft carrier, is calling at the South Florida seaport, Monday, October 22. The MSC Texas, at 1,095-feet long, 141-feet wide and 90,745-gross-registered tons, can carry as many as 8,238 20-foot containers when fully loaded at a draft of 47.6 feet. The ship is coming from Northern Europe on a weekly service into Port Everglades.

Proposed Mega-Containerships Alliance 2M: Analysis

Carrier Shares of Effective Vessel Capacity from Asia to North Europe, June 14: Image DMR

Maersk and MSC have just announced a mega vessel sharing agreement that will replace their failed P3 alliance early next year. It will be smaller, and compare well in size with the G6 and CKYH alliances – but what about CMA CGM? Drewry Maritime Research consider the question in their latest 'Container Insight Weekly' excerpted here as follows: Maersk and MSC have taken on board China’s objections to the P3 alliance by coming up with a new vessel sharing arrangement called 2M

MSC Supports Operation Deep Freeze

MV Ocean Giant

MSC ships underway in support of annual  Operation Deep Freeze Antarctica resupply mission. Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant departed Port Hueneme, Calif., loaded with nearly seven million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building supplies, vehicles and electronic equipment and parts, Jan. 17.   MSC-chartered tanker ship MT Maersk Peary departed the European area of operations in December

NASSCO Starts Third T-AKE Ship

Graham Dodd, NASSCO’s Director of Steel, and Mike Trimble, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ship’s Project Manager, pose with Navy Captain Mike Stanton, Commanding Officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, and Mrs. Jennifer Stanton, who made the first cut on the ship’s first steel plate to signify the start of construction of the T-AKE 3. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company began construction on the third ship in the T-AKE program

Strong Half Year for Antwerp Port


  The port of Antwerp handled 104,529,242 tonnes of freight in the first six months of this year, up 6.4% on the same period last year. The strong performance during the half year was mainly due to the impressive growth in container freight (up 9.5% in TEU and 7.4% in tonnage) and in liquid bulk (also up 7.4%). However, the conventional breakbulk volume lagged behind the overall growth. Containers and breakbulk

Another Ship to Join MSC Fleet

MSC Cruises has signed a contract ordering one ship and taking out an option for another. The confirmed buy is the fifth ship order for the line. The cruise line, which has its North American headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, said its contract with Chantiers de l'Atlantique is for a Panamax ship. The new ship is to be delivered in March 2008. MSC Cruises already had contracts with Chantiers de l'Atlantique to build two Panamax and two post-Panamax vessels

Kalmar to Upgrade MSC Terminal VLC (Valencia) Cranes

MSC Terminal Valencia - Port of Valencia, Spain

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a large contract to heighten and extend the handling capabilities of eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at MSC Terminal VLC in Valencia, Spain. The order is the largest ever for Kalmar Crane Upgrades business

MSC India Wins MALA Award

Photo by MSC - Mediterranean Shipping Agency AG

 For the 6th consecutive year, the Maritime and logistics awards (MALA) ceremony took place on 4th September at the Leela Hotels, Andheri east, Mumbai. The awards, which were started in 2009 by the Nikhil Modi’s Exim team, are the most prestigious awards for the shipping fraternity in

MSC Upgrades Europe-West Africa Service

Port Rotation Rotterdam-Antwerp-Bassens (Bordeaux)-Sines-Casablanca-Las PalmasLas Palmas-Conakry-LuandaDakar-Rotterdam

  As part of our objective to continually improve our services to customers, MSC is delighted to announce an upgrade to its Angola Express service with a first sailing of the MV Nikolas from Rotterdam on 18th September 2015. MSC will deploy six vessels with a nominal capacity of 2

MSC Cruise to Homeport in China

MSC-Lirica. Photo: MSC Cruises (USA)

 MSC Cruises has announced that the MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese cruise market, through a strategic partnership with CAISSA Touristic Group.   The 2,600 passenger MSC Lirica will home port in Shanghai from May 2016 following a 60-day round the world Grand

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

MSC Announces First Sailing on Revised Asia Trade

Photo: MSC

Westbound sailings to North Europe and the Mediterranean to start in September   Container shipping firm MSC has published sailing dates for its new look Asia network announced Monday, August 17.    MSC’s new East-West Network is made up of 193 vessels which operate across

Woman Missing From MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica Photo:  MSC Cruises

 According to local news, a female passenger is currently missing from MSC Cruises‘ MSC Magnifica. The Magnifica was sailing to Izmir, Turkey when the woman disappeared overboard.    The passenger, identified as Chinese

Major Shipping Companies Comes to Israel

Carmel Terminal. Photo: Haifa Port Company Ltd.

 The direct line shared by the world’s largest shipping companies Maersk and MSC is coming to Israel for the first time – as part of their massive 2M Alliance.   Shipping giants MSC and Maersk have signed a cooperation agreement with the Haifa port

MSC's Operations in China Unaffected


  In the wake of the explosions near Tianjin port on Wednesday 12th August, MSC confirms that Tianjin Pacific International Container Terminal (TPCT) which is used by MSC, is located 6 kilometers from the blast site at the East Port Area

MSC Terminates Condor Service

Courtesy MSC

  MSC announces plans to further optimise part of its Asia-Europe network. Effective 14th September, MSC’s ‘Condor’ service, which is jointly operated with Maersk Line between Asia and Europe will cease operation. The Condor service which has a nominal weekly capacity of 9

MSC Ship Rescues 11 Mariners from Sinking Vessel

Photo: Crowley

Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea.   While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19

MCS Adds London Stop to Australia Express Service

Photo courtesy of DP World London Gateway Port

The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A Australia Express Service will begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea terminal, following changes to the service. The service will now provide direct calls between DP World London Gateway Port

MSC Awards Crowley Technical Management Contract

USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (Photo: MSC)

 Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its global ship management group will continue the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with a new technical management contract for six Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).  

MSC Geneva Gets Fatter

 A revolutionary new option to scrapping for younger panamax containerships deemed too small for a tradelane involves widening the vessel rather than adding length.   The enlargement operation of MSC Geneva was held at the Chinese shipyard Huarun Dadong (HRDD)

Crowley Takes Over Management of MSC Ships

USNS Victorious (Photo: MSC)

Crowley strengthens relationship with U.S. Navy, completes turnover of Military Sealift Command T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet   Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its global ship management group completed the turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now

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