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MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)announced that the company now offers new direct service to West Mediterranean ports in addition to its existing North Atlantic Service. This service is being operated using five 1200 TEU capacity vessels on a weekly basis. The new service rotations are: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport, Valencia, Naples, La Spezia and returning to Boston. "This service enhancement provides more cargo space and better transit time for cargoes moving to and from Western Europe," said Nicola Arena, president of MSC (USA) Inc. "It means that we now offer three weekly services to and from Western Europe from the United States." The three services offered by MSC include the North Atlantic to North Europe; South Atlantic and Gulf to North Europe; plus their Atlantic service to the Western Mediterranean out of Charleston. In addition to the new service and progressive new routing, more cargo destined to other Mediterranean areas (via Relay Service) can be accommodated. Excellent connections are now available between U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports to East and West Coasts of South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. While the company's North Atlantic to Europe vessels will not stop in Freeport, vessels utilized in the company's North Atlantic to Mediterranean and South Atlantic to Mediterranean will call at this transshipment port for MSC


UASC Direct Services to-from North Europe

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United Arab Shipping Company announced that the AEC1 service will start new direct calls to Jebel Ali. With that UASC would be adding a direct service from/to North Europe with competitive transit times offering 17 days from the last port in Europe and 25 days from Jebel Ali to the first port in North Europe. To that effect UASC Doha has called at Jebel Ali on May 6th and 7th, 2011. UASC remains committed to offering a wider network of fast and reliable services with highly competitive


Hamburg Sud and Seago Line to Expand

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Hamburg Süd and Seago Line to expand cooperation between North Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Hamburg 1 December 2011.   With the aim of providing significantly more cost-efficient services, Hamburg Süd and Seago Line are pleased to announce that they are to enhance their cooperation in the tradebetween North Europe and Eastern Mediterranean. Both lines had responded to unfavourable market developments in this trade in August 2011 by combining their services


Hamburg Süd, Maersk to Cooperate

Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line have announced the formation of a new vessel sharing agreement. Subject to regulatory approval the two lines will establish a weekly service from Australia/New Zealand to the East Coast of North America. Twelve vessels with a nominal capacity of 2,800 TEU and a reefer plug capacity of 530 plugs will be employed. Each carrier will provide six vessels. In line with our customers' requirements the new service will offer


Mitsui Orders Three Containerships

Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. has ordered three Post-Panamax container ships for delivery between March and September 2001. The three ships, to be built by Japanese shipyard Imabari Shipbuilding Co Ltd., will have a capacity of 5,500 teu. The ships would be deployed in the company's Asia-North Europe service run with partners APL and Hyundai Merchant Marine.


LCL Expands into Egypt

Lauritzen Cool Logistics (LCL) the logistics subsidiary of reefer vessel owner and operator NYKLauritzenCool, provides customized multi-modal and multi-destination door-to-door logistic services for perishables and reefer cargo. After establishing in major producing and consuming areas such as Latin America, South Africa, North Europe and the USA, LCL started its expansion in the Mediterranean region in January 2005 by opening LCL Iberia in Valencia.


Hatsu Completes Latest Phase of Expansion

Hatsu Marine Ltd., has added two more post-Panamax container vessels, the Hatsu Crystal and Hatsu Smile, to its worldwide fleet. The 8,063 TEU C-type vessel Hatsu Crystal has been phased into the Evergreen Group’s CEM service where slots are allocated between Evergreen Marine Corp., Italia Marittima and Hatsu. The CEM service links China with North Europe and the Mediterranean, and is now served by an identical fleet of C-type vessels


European Commission to Limit Sulphur Emissions

On July 15, the European Commission published the proposed amendments of the "sulphur directive." Ministers of the EU member states and members of European parliament will begin debates on the directive in the autumn. The proposal is based on the decision made by the International Maritime Organization IMO in 2008 to set the more stringent limits of sulphur content of the bunker fuel and emissions. The severe consequences it will cause to the North Europe have become clear


Grimaldi Group Orders Five RoRo's for $430m

The Grimaldi Group ordered five Ro-Ro Multipurpose Car Carriers for its Atlantic Services. The order was placed with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of Ulsan, South Korea, and its value is at around $430 million. The first ship is scheduled to enter service in spring 2010, with the others following at a few months interval one from each other, between 2010 and 2011. They are almost identical sisters of another 5 ships contracted with Uljanik Yard of Croatia


Maersk’s Mammoth Containerships Making History

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Photographs of Maersk Line’s 18,000 TEU ships are flooding in from ports around the world as the carrier phases its giant new vessels phase into the AE10 string between Asia and North Europe.  It’s a “Where’s Waldo” with maritime characteristics. Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Rotterdam, Aarhus, Gdansk – the giant Triple-E Class ships are making history with each port call and tugboats with water cannons firing have been rolling


UASC Introduces New Asia - Europe Network

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  UASC has introduced its new Asia – Europe Network with three new services (AEC1, AEC3, AEC4), and two enhanced services (AEC8, AEC9). These services will broaden UASC’s market coverage providing direct services to additional Asian and North European ports whereby UASC will


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

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Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


CMA CGM Reshuffles Services

CMA CGM announced a revised service between North Europe and South America East Coast as from mid-April which will consist of two loops as detailed below. SAFRAN 1 will be operated with 8 x 9800 TEU vessels with the following rotation: Rotterdam - London Gateway - Hamburg - Antwerp - Le Harve


Tallink Cruise Ship Receives Maintenance at BLRT Yard

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The maintenance of passenger ferry Victoria I at Finland’s largest ship repair yard, a part of BLRT Grupp, has been finished. Scheduled maintenance of Victoria I was carried out within six days at Turku Repair Yard’s dry dock


CMA CGM Extends Black Sea/North Europe Service

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The CMA CGM Group announced the extension of its FEMEX service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade. In order to improve the coverage of the North Europe – Mediterranean trade and coinciding with a growing existing demand, the CMA CGM Group extended its FEMEX service in the Black


CMA CGM Alters Sailings for Chinese New Year

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The CMA CGM Group said it has decided to anticipate the reduced production during the Lunar New Year period in China starting on February 4, 2014, and to adjust its offer to meet reduced demand on its services out of China. To continue providing service and to maintain coverage of the range


N-Sea Acquires Stork's Subsea Business

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The acquisition of the subsea business of Stork Technical Services in Aberdeen is a next step in the realization of the growth strategy pursued by both companies and reaffirms the commitment of N-Sea to its strategy of becoming a leading Survey and IMR company, N-Sea said.


Container Ship Newbuildings: Supply May Outstrip Demand

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Ocean carriers have a pool of surplus 8,000-10,000 teu vessels looming ahead unless some thinking ‘outside of the box’ is behind recent newbuild orders, considers Drewry Maritime Research in their latest 'Container Insight'. Supply side


CMA CGM Rearranges its Services

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The CMA CGM Group announced the reshuffling of its services from Europe and Med to West Africa which will allow the Group to adapt to the market and serve the heart of Africa by Through Bill of lading (TBL) to land lock countries. Starting mid December 2013


FMC Extends Comment Period on P3 Vessel Sharing

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is accepting further public comment on the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement until midnight Friday, November 29, 2013. On October 24, 2013, A. P. Moller-Maersk A/S, CMA CGM S.A. and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A


Bureau Veritas Boosts Dutch Maritime Innovation

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International classification society Bureau Veritas said it is boosting innovation and sustainability in partnership with Dutch owners, builders and designers. Jan Smit, Senior Vice President and head of the North Europe & North America Zone of BV’s Marine & Offshore Division, said


Maersk & New Containership Economics 101

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Capacity management is firmly on the minds of Maersk executives as the largest container ships in the world steam into service.   Photographs of Maersk Line’s 18,000 TEU ships are flooding in from ports around the world as the carrier phases its giant new vessels phase into the AE10


G6 Alliance Implements Asia-Europe Winter Program

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Eight void sailings in Asia-Europe trade / Response to expected low demand.   Members of the G6 Alliance have announced the withdrawal of eight Asia-Europe sailings from late October 2013 to February 2014, in response to expected low demand over the winter season


Container Cascading is Hurting Trade Dynamics

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Ocean carriers are doing some things right to secure profitability, but cascading is now really hurting the dynamics of the North-South trades. Drewry Maritime’s latest annual Container Market Annual Review and Forecast 2013/14 highlights that while there is a good deal of excessive


Supply/Demand: Med-North America

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Mediterranean hope Trade from the Mediterranean to North America is picking up, but off a very low base, so the second quarter’s 8% growth over the first three months of the year could yet turn out to be another false dawn. Westbound


 
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