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Drewry: Reefer Box Capacity to Grow 22%

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Reefer capacity on the containership fleet is expected to increase by 22% over the next five years, at the expense of a declining specialized reefer fleet, according to Drewry's latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast.   Reefer box capacity is expected to grow from 1.6 million 40ft slots in 2013 to 1.9 million slots in 2018. However, this fleet growth is not expected to adversely impact vessel utilization levels thanks to strong cargo growth.   Reefer container volumes are forecast to rise by 20.5 million tonnes over this period, 16.5 million tonnes by organic growth and 4 million tonnes at the expense of the shrinking specialised reefer industry. Overall seaborne perishable reefer trade will increase by 17% between 2013 and 2018, providing an additional 16.5 million tonnes of cargo.   “As a result of the expected cargo growth, reefer container slot utilization levels will be unchanged in 2015 and only marginally lower thereafter,” said Kevin Harding, the report editor. “Meanwhile, the specialized reefer sector is forecast to shrink further as a result of scrapping and a virtually empty order book.”   The specialized sector’s continuing market share decline was reinforced by leading operator Seatrade’s recent order for two 500 feu container vessels


Maersk Deliver Antarctica 'White Gold' to Europe

Deep-freeze ice core container: Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The 'white gold' is in the form of deep ice cores taken for scientific research from the south polar region for delivery to a Belgian university. The sensitive shipment required global collaboration across several Maersk Line teams. 
Samples of ice, or ice cores, each slightly longer and wider than a baseball bat, are regularly drilled from the sea ice of Antarctica. The cores are like gold in scientific value: each containing a multitude of microorganisms (algae, bacteria and viruses) which


HDW to Continue Use of the Tribon Shipbuilding System

HDW (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG) has signed a five-year agreement with Tribon Solutions to continue their use of the Tribon Shipbuilding System at the shipyard in Kiel, Germany. HDW will use the Tribon system for design and production of all types of naval and merchant ships. HDW has used shipbuilding systems from Tribon Solutions since 1986. HDW implemented the Tribon system in 1995. Since 1986, HDW has built more than 74 merchant and 44 naval ships such as open-top reefer container


Safmarine Enhances Reefer Technology

Ship owner and operator Safmarine’s new and improved reefer (refrigerated cargo) technology is providing transport solutions for produce previously considered to be unsuitable for shipment by sea. In April last year, Safmarine South Africa shipped the 40-foot Magnum reefer containers from Cape Town to the Far East. The containers are built to maintain a set temperature of –35 ºC in an ambient environment of up to 50 ºC. This is about 10 ºC cooler than most refrigerated containers


MCI to Launch New Reefer Technology

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Eyeing vast new efficiencies in global fresh produce and fresh-cut flower transport, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now partnering with Boston-based technology company Primaira LLC to develop an air cleaning system in Star Cool Integrated refrigerated containers. Thorough tests and trials have shown the patented technology, Bluezone, to be an efficient eliminator of molds, fungi and bacteria. Using an ozone concentration 300 times higher than otherwise seen on the market


Maersk Develops Air Cleaner for Refrigerated Containers

Eyeing vast new efficiencies in global fresh produce and fresh-cut flower transport, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now partnering with Boston-based technology company Primaira LLC to develop an air cleaning system in Star Cool Integrated refrigerated containers. Thorough tests and trials have shown the patented technology, Bluezone, to be an efficient eliminator of molds, fungi and bacteria. Using an ozone concentration 300 times higher than otherwise seen on the market


Contship Reports Improved Schedule

The Eastbound alliance shipping service between Australia/New Zealand and the East Coast North America and Europe, revamped last year with the introduction of ten 4100 teu container ships, is reporting greatly-improved schedule integrity since changes were introduced to the timetable. By removing calls at Fremantle and New York the service will be in a better position to maintain fixed-day weekly sailings and provide shippers with the


Hamburg Süd Christens Largest-ever Containership

At the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) yard in Okpo, Korea, Hamburg Süd christened the largest-ever container ship in the company's history. The "Rio de la Plata" is the first newbuilding in a series of six identical vessels each possessing a slot capacity of 5,900 TEU. At a length of 286 m, the "Rio" class is precisely one bay longer than the 5,552 TEU "Monte" class vessels. Sponsor of the "Rio de la Plata" is Marén Schröder, daughter of Dr. Ernst F


Hamburg Süd Christens Containership in China

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “Santa Barbara” at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) in Shenzhen (People’s Republic of China). Sponsor of the “Santa Barbara” was Johanna Oetker, a daughter of Dr Arend Oetker. The “Santa Barbara” was the last of a total of ten new buildings of the “Santa” class to be christened


Trade Increase Hides Specialized Reefer Vessels Uncertainty

Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast reports that worldwide perishable reefer trade increased by 52.1 million metric tons between 2002 and 2012, which represents by a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6%. Seaborne perishable reefer cargo has increased by a CAGR of 3.3% (25.6 million metric tons) from 66.8 million metric tons in 2002 to 92.4 million metric tons in 2012. The highest percentage growth continues to be seen in the exotic fruit category


Hamburg Süd Christens Third San Class Ship

Christening in Montevideo: (left to right) Captain Uwe Köhler, Roland Maier, Sponsor Elisa Maier and Frank Smet, member of the Hamburg Süd Executive Board (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its third container vessel in the new San class yesterday, officially naming newbuild San Vicente at the Cuenca del Plata terminal in Montevideo.   The new ship class in the Hamburg Süd fleet has a nominal container slot capacity of around 9


CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area


Alianҫa’s Fleet Continues to Grow

(l.-r.) Rene Wlach, Julian Thomas and Martin Susemihl, Jaques Maggi, Sponsor Luciana Pereira Quartiero, Dr. Ottmar Gast and Dr. Stefan Traumann (General Consul of Germany, Porto Alegre).

  The cabotage fleet of Hamburg Süd’s subsidiary Alianҫa has once again gained a new member. Within the scope of a customer event, the new container ship “Bartolomeu Dias” was christened on 14 April 2015 at the TECON Terminal in the southern-Brazilian port of Rio Grande


Hamburg Süd Hit by Slowdown

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 The Hamburg-headquartered shipping line Hamburg Süd was hit by the economic downturn on the carrier's key markets in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.   The modest 2 percent increase in cargo volumes is attributed to the less-than-expected improvement to the market overcapacity


Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014


Great Ships of 2014: CSCL Globe - world’s largest containership

  1312 ft. long 19,000 TEU 69,720 kW Photos: HHI

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) has built and delivered the world’s largest containership, the first of five 19,000 TEU containerships ordered from China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) in May 2013. The first containership in the series was named CSCL Globe, and it measures 1312


Crowley to Boost US Mainland-Puerto Rico Trade

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group will add a 400 FEU capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in the first quarter, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan to four sailings each week


Sea Star’s Puerto Rico Service Start Date Advanced

After announcing last week a new weekly barge service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico intended to commence on January 29, Sea Star Line has restructured assets and plans to move the start of the new service forward to January 22.   Sea Star is in the process of on-hiring 2


Arab Shipping Firm Orders 2,000 New Reefer Containers

Reefer containers. Picture by United Arab Shipping Company

Container shipping line United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has ordered 2,000 reefer containers from Daikin.  As part of the emerging global carrier’s investment in the cutting-edge, energy-efficient solutions for the carriage of frozen and chilled cargoes


ZIM Launches Monitoring and Tracking Service

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ZIM integrated shipping services has announced the launching of a new monitoring, tracking and security services package, specifically designed for valuable and sensitive cargo stowed in reefer containers. The service allows customers to closely monitor their cargo's status


Gujarat Pipavav Port Profit Jumps 16%

Pipavav Managing Director, Mr. Prakash Tulsiani

Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd. (APM Terminals Pipavav), operating one of western India’s fastest growing gateway ports, today reported a 16% jump in net profit for the fourth quarter ended 31st December 2014, as against INR 771 million in the corresponding quarter last year mainly


UASC Expands in South America

Extension of relationship with local agency partner, Ultramar, marks next phase of UASC’s growing presence in South America

  United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading container shipping line and emerging global carrier, has today appointed The Ultramar Group as its local liner shipping agency partner in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. This appointment is the latest milestone in UASC’s expanding


World’s Largest Boxship Classed by DNV GL

MSC Oscar at sea trial (Image courtesy of MSC)

 DNV GL welcomed the world’s largest containership, MSC Oscar, into class. Delivered in January by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Geoje, South Korea, the 19,224 TEU vessel has already entered service on the line’s new East-West service.  


CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

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 French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets.   Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)


Ferguson Group Expands Malaysian Operations

Singapore Business Unit Manager Simon de Koning in the Ferguson Group Singapore Yard (Photo courtesy of the Ferguson Group)

The Ferguson Group Singapore, global provider of offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, baskets, reefers, workspace modules and accommodation solutions, is investing further in its Southeast Asia fleet.   Headquartered in Loyang Offshore Supply Base






 
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