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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 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


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 New Containerships

Due to the dimensions of the canal, shipping companies are only able to use ships with a maximum capacity of 4,900 TEU so far. (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, liner shipping companies will finally be able to use larger vessels. Hapag-Lloyd has therefore ordered five state-of-the-art ships.   Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five modern container ships from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) for its South American trade. Each of the new ships is 333 meters long, 48 meters wide and has capacity for 10,500 standard containers (TEU)


Aliança Christens 2nd Cabotage Boxship

(l-r) Martin Susemihl, Julian Thomas, Sponsor Ro Fischer, Captain Ormindo de Paula Coelho, Frank Smet and José Salgado.

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has momentarily completed the expansion and modernisation of its cabotage fleet.   In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its


Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened

Vicente Pinzón (Photo: Aliança)

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage


Crowley Acquires 4,300 Pieces of Liner Equipment

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In response to continuing high customer demand, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group has placed orders for additional equipment, including hundreds of new chassis and containers for use in the company’s U.S., Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Central America trade lanes.


Container Equipment Costs at Record Low

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Low material costs and stable demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows where it is forecast to stay, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


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


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


UASC Launches New Europe-US Service

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 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched a North Europe - US East Coast (NEU1) service as well as an order of 3,500 reefer containers as part of its ongoing expansion phase.    The new NEU1 service has been added as part of UASC's strategic international network to


UASC Enters New Phase of Expansion

Photo: UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a container shipping line recently announced the launch of a North Europe – US East Coast (NEU1) service as well as an order of 3,500 reefer containers. The new NEU1 service is part of UASC’s strategic global network to provide customers with


CMA CGM Launches West African Service

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The CMA CGM Group announced the launch of a new service, WAZZAN, joining Morocoo to North West Africa, and improving the container shipper’s Intra African coverage.   The CMA CGM Group said the new service improves transit time between Mauritania, Senegal and Morocco by eight days


Samskip Charters Box Ship to Boost Norway Capacity

MV Alk  (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has increased capacity on Norway by chartering the 657 TEU container vessel MV Alk, built in 2004 and measuring 132.60 x 19.20 metres. Caesar Luikenaar, Trade Director Scandinavia Trade says the company has deployed the 8,015 DWT vessel on the weekly Norwegian West Coast service which


Darwin Port Charges Revised

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  Darwin Port Corporation has advised that, effective 1 July 2015, port charges will be indexed by 0.8% applying the Darwin All Groups CPI for the March 2015 quarter. With the low percentage change of less than 1% most standard port charges will see a very minimal increase and some


CMA CGM Adds Iskenderun Call on BEX Service

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The CMA CGM Group has  announced that starting June 16, a call in the South Turkish port of Iskenderun will be added to the Group’s Bosphorus Express Line (BEX). The CMA CGM Group adapts its offer to its clients’ needs and introduces a unique service between Asia and






 
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