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APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks. Larger container ships with increased cooling capacity can then enter Costa Rica directly.   Costa Rica's Port Limon-Moin is ranked as the 13th largest in Latin America and fourth in Central America with a container volume of 1.09 million TEUs in 2014. Over the next 15 years is expected reefer container shipments from Costa Rica to increase from approximately 300,000 to 600.000 TEU.   APM Terminals Moin will allocate 60-70 percent of the terminal's capacity of cold storage to cope with the expected growth. The port is one of the most advanced in Latin America at the completion of the first phase in 2018.   “The future of temperature-controlled shipments is containers, and the larger containerships dedicated space to reefer cargoes. The advanced technology of APM Terminals Moin next-generation cranes will improve safety as well as efficiency, with improved environmental performance essential to handling these ships and attracting more business for Costa Rica in the port, and across the country,” said Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Costa Rica.  

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.  

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

MCI to Launch New Reefer Technology


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

As the Reefer Market Grows, Hapag-Lloyd Invests Record Volumes

Largest reefer order in Hapag-Lloyd’s history spurred by growth opportunities in the South American trade lanes Hapag-Lloyd is investing a double-digit million amount in its container fleet and has ordered 6,000 (12,000 TEU) of the latest generation of reefer containers. The Company is already one of the largest reefer carriers in the world today. This strong position will enable Hapag-Lloyd to benefit from increasing transport volumes not just on East-West trades

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

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 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

Black Market Refrigerants Pose Risk to Shippers

Svenn Jacobsen

In 2011, several refrigerated, reefer containers exploded, killing three port workers. While there has been no further tragedies since then, counterfeit refrigerants remain in circulation and still represent a safety risk.  Counterfeit refrigerant cylinders can consist of a dangerously

The Triumph of the Container

A 40-foot-container. This invention opened up totally new markets to producers. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Globalization is the driving force of container shipping, as ever more goods are transported across the world’s oceans in steel boxes on ever-larger container ships. But container shipping is also what made globalization possible in the first place.  

Siem in Profit for Q3

Photo: Siem Shipping

 Oslo-listed Siem Shipping reported a net profit of USD2.5 million (Q3 2014: net loss USD-0.2 million).    The container lines are continuing to use very aggressive pricing strategies to win market share in the reefer segment.   

NYK Orders 5,500 Reefer FEUs

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  NYK has placed an order for 5,500 technologically advanced 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, which are more efficient and reliable than older equipment. Delivery of the new units has already commenced.   This strategic investment will ensure that NYK continues to operate one

CMA CGM Upgrades Europe-Africa Service

Worldwide shipping firm the CMA CGM Group announced plans to upgrade its services joining Europe to Africa, altering its EURAF 1, EURAF 2 and EURAF 4 services with the goal of providing a more complete service offering to Africa, North Europe and the Mediterranean.  

Forth Ports Invests in Grangemouth Refrigeration Containers

Port of Grangemouth. Photo:  Forth Ports Limited

 As part of the move to boost for importers and exporters of fresh produce using Scotland’s largest container terminal , the port of Grangemouth is to receive investment from its owners, Forth Ports Ltd to increase its capacity for refrigerated containers.   

Ship of the Future: Container Feeder

(Photo: Deltamarin)

More Cargo, Less Fuel, Greater Flexibility are Design Hallmarks Deltamarin debuted a design that it dubs the first state-of-the-art container vessel of its series, the A.Delta2300. With extensive R&D the maritime design house delivers what it believes to be a 'best-in-class' design

UASC Implements Container Stowage Software

The stowage of the 18,800 TEU UASC Barzan will be supported by the software StowMan[s]. (Photo: INTERSCHALT)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG announced it will equip the fleet of the liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) with the stowage planning software StowMan[s].   Developed in cooperation with the IT University of Copenhagen and launched in September 2014

Reefer Trade Appears Unstoppable

Graphics Source: Drewry Maritime Research, Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review

 Despite a variety of adverse economic and climatic conditions, perishable reefer cargo growth appears unstoppable, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast.   Worldwide perishable reefer trade increased by 1

Shipping Lines Cut CO2 Emissions

Graphics: 2014 – 2015 Highlights: CCWG’s data-collection process for 2014 show

 The container carriers have managed to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by around one third since 2009, according to a new report.   Average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes have declined by 8

ZIM Transitions Fleet to StowMan(s) Software

Photo courtesy of ZIM

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Israel  has decided to enhance its stowage planning for its containership fleet (currently 93 ships) in the future by using the software StowMan[S] from INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the software and services provider for maritime navigation and

Hapag-Lloyd Adds 6,000 Reefer Containers

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

In order to profit from the growing reefer markets in South America and Asia, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 cutting-edge reefer containers – more than ever before in the company’s history.   Hapag-Lloyd is gearing up for the temperature-sensitive cargo business in the important

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

AT&T Network Connects Maersk’s Reefer Containers

Photo: Maersk

A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has entered an agreement with AT&T to use its Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect its refrigerated containers. In what is reported to be one of the largest industrial IoT deployments of its kind, Maersk is working with AT&T to track and monitor the

UASC Expanding its Reefer Business

Photo courtesy of UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has confirmed  that its reefer business will continue to expand. Following several initiatives including investment in new reefer units, and a cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd opening up new services to South America

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