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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.

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

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

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

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

MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards.   Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam

MSC’s Exclusive Maple Service to Include Vancouver

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Service introduced in wake of Hanjin announcement and continues from Yantian.   MSC’s Maple service is to resume on Friday 28th October, sailing from Yantian and including Vancouver in its full rotation.   The service was first introduced in September on the Transpacific

Hanjin Talks on Long Beach Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.   The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC

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.  

MSC Invests in TRAXENS Container Monitoring

Photo: MSC

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has reached an agreement to back French start-up TRAXENS, a developer of cargo logistics solutions and creator of a container monitoring and coordination system.     Founded in 2012 and already backed by CMA CGM

Tanker, Containership Collide in Singapore

An Iranian supertanker collided with a container ship in the Singapore Strait with no loss of life or pollution despite damage to both vessels, shipping officials said on Thursday.   The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the collision took place just before midnight on

MSC Alexandra, VLCC Dream Collided in Singapore Strait

Photo: Hafen Hamburg

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore says it was notified just before midnight yesterday (Aug 4) of a collision involving Dream II VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship)  in the Singapore Strait, about 3 km South-East of Sebarok Island.

First “Neo-Panamax” Calls Port of Philadelphia

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

 The first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River.   The MSC Sofia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company

Update on MSC Alexandra, VLCC Dream Collision

Photo: Hafen Hamburg

 During the incident involving Dream II Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship) on 3rd August, 10 empty containers fell overboard. (See report in Marinelink )   Of these, five fell overboard onto the deck of Dream II VLCC and another five fell into the sea

Controversy on Hyundai Joining 2M Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.

 The world’s largest shipping alliance 2M partners - Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co  (MSC) -  have been quick to offer shippers an alternate service on the transpacific trade in the wake of Hanjin Shipping’s collapse.  

San Pedro Port Expansion Project Awarded

Ivory Coast has awarded a project to upgrade its second port of San Pedro to global shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the Bilal Group, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.   Speaking after a cabinet meeting in the commercial capital Abidjan

Hanjin, MSC Vessels Collide off Singapore

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with container carrier MSC Claudia off Singapore, say local media reports.   The incident that occurred at around 6pm last Friday caused 11 empty containers to fall overboard

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

Deviation Of MSC Services in Freeport Following Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Following the severity of Hurricane Matthew last week, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Freeport terminal operator in the Bahamas has temporarily halted operations, in order to repair cranes and ensure full safety and security within container yards.  

MSC Active in 8th World Rice Conference

Photo: MSC

 Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A (MSC) considers the the 8th World Rice Conference, in Thailand is a perfect opportunity to meet customers, detail our enhanced offering for the commodity, and provide further information about our weekly services to major rice cargo destinations around the

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