Banana producer Chiquita Brands International will sell 12 refrigerated cargo ships for $227mto an alliance of Eastwind Maritime Inc. and NYKLauritzenCool AB. The deal will allow Chiquita to lease back 11 of the ships for at least 7 years, with an option for 5 more years and the other ship for 3 years with an option for 2 more years. The sale includes eight reefer ships and four container ships. Source: Reuters
J. Lauritzen bought Cool Carriers AB for $35.4 million from Norwegian shipping group Leif Hoegh & Co. ASA, a step in consolidation of the reefer vessel market. "The acquisition will be financed through a capital injection of 215 million crowns ($25.5 million) from the parent company J. Lauritzen Holding," it said. Reefer vessels are equipped with refrigeration facilities to transport perishable foodstuffs. The takeover of the Swedish-based group, effective January 1, 2001
Norwegian shipping firm Star Reefers has agreed with Japan's NYK to create a new joint pool and marketing company owned 50 percent each. The new company will be called NYK Star Reefers Ltd. and will control a combined fleet of 74 refrigerated vessels currently owned by the two firms, Star Reefers, formerly called Swan Reefer Inc., said in a statement. "This merger is a further step towards greater consolidation and regrouping of the owners in the industry -- which has experienced a number of
Leif Höegh & Co. ASA (LHC) has sold four "Crystal" class reefer vessels to Reederei F. Laeisz (2 vessels) and Thien & Heyenga GmbH on private terms. The "Crystal" vessels are built in 1992 and have a cargo capacity of 375 000 cbft. Delivery to the new owners will take place during the third quarter. The sale of these last wholly owned reefer vessels is concluded in accordance with the company's strategy to exit the reefer segment. After the sale LHC owns 36% of two reefers.
Trym Jacobsen has joined Green Reefers ASA as the company's new managing director, replacing Erik Thulin. Jacobsen has been employed with Green Reefers ASA since 1991 and is currently holding the position as CFO.
CMA CGM (America) LLC announced that they will launch a new dedicated export reefer customer service desk on March 30, 2009. The new Export Reefer Customer Service Desk will be based in the Norfolk, Virginia office, and will give export refrigerated cargo customers access to a dedicated team of customer service representatives that can help customers place or modify bookings, track and trace cargo, process documentation and/or assist with problem resolution.
Ugland International Holdings Plc reportedly entered into agreements to restructure Norway-based refrigerated vessel (reefer) operators Swan Reefer ASA.
Maersk Line has announced the implementation of QUEST, which will enable a significant reduction in the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of refrigerated containers (reefers). QUEST (Quality and Energy efficiency in Storage and Transport) is a software solution, providing a new temperature control regime. The reefer container can cut the energy consumption used for cooling with up to 50% without impacting the quality of refrigeration solutions
LauritzenCool and NYK Reefers will start a cooperation as from January next year. This new partnership involves both a tonnage sharing agreement and NYK Reefers taking a 50% share of LauritzenCool Logistics. This partnership will create economies of scale and sharing of resources as well as increasing the ability to offer even more complex logistic solutions at competitive prices. Tonnage sharing LauritzenCool AB and NYK Reefers Ltd. have entered into a long-term
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the donation of six 20-foot reefer containers to the Soma-Futaba Fisheries Cooperative Association as part of its support activities for the disaster-stricken areas. The freezing and refrigeration facilities at the fishing port were destroyed by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The reefer containers MOL donated will serve as a temporary refrigerated warehouse for chilled and frozen seafood awaiting transport.
The liner services group will offer ocean-freight customers a second weekly southbound sailing from Port Everglades, Fla., to Nassau, Bahamas. The new Saturday sailing day, starting Saturday, March 23, 2013, will give customers an additional option for the transport of their goods
Come Jan. 1, 2014, the maritime industry in California faces a looming reality: ships must link up to port alternative maritime power (AMP). “Compliance is not optional,” said T.L. Garrett, vice president of Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
The majority of the crew of a ship that have gone unpaid and lacking in basic human requirements finally flew home over the weekend. For the last few months nine Pakistani crew onboard a reefer, the MV Belita, have been stranded in Port Victoria in the Seychelles.
Sea Star Line, LLC said that it has increased its refrigerated container fleet by 25% in the past year to better serve the Puerto Rico trade. Sea Star is also in year two of a five year refrigerated equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea
Auto Marine Transport contracts Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Korea (Samjin) to build a series of pure car & truck carriers (PCTC's). Auto Marine Transport, a tonnage provider created with the assistance of Siem Car Carriers, sign an intiial agreement with the shipyard to build eight
The seventh L-type containership for Evergreen Line, launched and named at Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. The new ship was christened by S.S. Lin, the Evergreen Group's First Vice Group Chairman, and the ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs
Cavotec wins Alternative Maritime Power (SMP) shore power equipment orders at Port of Los Angeles (POLA). Cavotec AMP systems enable vessels to switch off their engines while docked and to connect to shore side electricity. Services such as power supply for reefer containers, lighting, heating
Seaco announce appointment of Jeremy Matthew as Group CEO and Paul Merritt as Group COO. The appointments follow the retirement of Dave Amble as CEO of the HNA owned enterprise. Jeremy Matthew, the group’s current CFO will take over as CEO with immediate effect and will be supported
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) purchased 116,000 plastic balls for a trial to test & increase the effectiveness of its refrigerated containers in delivering fresh produce. The balls were adapted so they would respire in much the same way as fresh fruit and vegetables do
Evergreen's Eighth New 8,452-TEU Ship Christened. Ever Leader, the eighth L-type containership of Evergreen Line, was christened by Bronson Hsieh, the Evergreen Group's Second Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard today
Hamburger Lloyd holds Singapore naming ceremony for the China-built 5000 TEU container ship 'RHL Fidelitas'. The 5000 TEU container vessel RHL Fidelitas, was built by Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industries shipyard and is the third ship of this kind in Reederei Hamburger Lloyd’s fleet.
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Maersk Container Industry calls for tougher enforcement of European environmental legislation regarding reefer containers. "We urge the European Commission to ensure enforcement of existing EU legislation regarding insulation foam in reefer containers," says Peter K
Maersk Line’s largest container vessel, had an ingress of water into the engine room & terminated the voyage at Suez Container Terminal. According to a statement issued by Maersk, the vessel had just commenced its southbound voyage through the Suez Canal en route to Asia when water
LR classed Alexandros and Aristotelis are the first of five new 5,000 teu new ships, all to be delivered from HHI Gunsan by June 2013, that sees Capital expand its operations into the container sector. Capital Shipmanagement has marked the delivery of their new containerships