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Reefer Shipping Continues to Thrive

Despite reports stating that the specialist reefer industry continues to lose market share to the reefer container operators, cargo volumes are increasing overall and as a result the specialist reefer carriers are not suffering a reduction in cargo volume. Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd., leading maritime consultants, has released its latest Reefer report “Annual Reefer Shipping Market Review and Forecast 2007/08”. The report outlines how world reefer trade has grown from 84.6 million tonnes in 1995 to 132.7 million tonnes in 2005, a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 4.6 per cent. Based on current economic forecasts, reefer trade should show strong growth with world trade in perishables set to increase to 199.5 million tonnes in 2015. Seaborne reefer trade is also forecast to grow significantly – from 73.0 million tonnes in 2006 to 104.6 million tonnes in 2015 – a CAGR of 4.1%. The specialized reefer fleet above 100,000 cubic feet has declined in number from 878 vessels in 1999 to just 786 vessels in 2007. Conversely, the container fleet has increased significantly to a total of over 4,000 vessels as at quarter 1, 2007 with a further 1,265 on order at that time. Container capacity is predicted to increase by almost 50 per cent between 2007 and 2010. While the existing container fleet provides 1


Rebirth of Reefer Ships

Photo: Knud E. Hansen

After two RoRo and RoCon designs for CMN and BAHRI, naval architect Knud E. Hansen’s focus has moved into the reefer market. Knud E. Hansen A/S is the naval architect behind the Reefer RoRo, which has been developed in close cooperation with Reefer Intel and Stena RoRo. Reefer Intel is owned by Mr. Birger Lindberg Skov, former President of Lauritzen Reefers A/S. Thee Vessel is intended for world-wide operation as a RoRo Reefer Vessel in the banana trade with special emphasize on fast


Latvian Shipping To Update Aging Fleet

Latvian Shipping has started a renewal of its aging fleet by placing an order for six new tankers, according to the company's president. Andris Klavinsh said the firm had signed a letter of intent with Korean shipbuilders to construct tankers worth between $168 million to $210 million and is awaiting a go-ahead from the Latvian privatization agency. He declined to name the Korean shipbuilders involved. Shipping has had problems with fleet renewal due to its stalled privatization


Keppel Wins $17M Contract

Keppel Shipyard, a member of the Keppel Hitachi Zosen Group, won a $17 million contract from Blue Ice Shipping Corporation to convert a container vessel into a livestock carrier. Maysora -- a 643 x 93 x 52.8 ft. (196 x 28.4 x 16.1 m), 24,515 dwt container vessel will be converted into a fully outfitted livestock vessel with a minimum carrying capacity of 70,560 sheep and 5,640 cattle. Mr Charles Foo, Managing Director of Keppel Hitachi Zosen said


A & P Falmouth Has Good Outlook With Reefer Market

The reefer market has proved successful for A&P Falmouth throughout recent months with a total of six bookings for reefer ships from two separate owners. Falmouth is ideally located for the reefer trades on the ballast route from Northern Europe to loading ports in South Africa, Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Amer Shipping's 13,312 grt vessel the Amer Choapa was the first to enter the shipyard during July. Work completed during the 9 day docking included blasting and painting


Drewry Maritime Research: Reefer Charter Rates Thaw

Reefer market dynamics continue to change.   Drewry Maritime Research have just published their latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast 2011/12, analysing the industries make-up including; leading operators’ profiles and fleets, perishable commodities, specialised reefer and freezer fleet capacity, containerised reefer vessels, ship economics and forecasts for the future. As the burgeoning containerised reefer market continues unabated


OT Africa Line expands Reefer Service

In response to the rising demand for specialist containers on the steadily maturing West Africa trade, OT Africa Line (OTAL) has introduced a range of 40 ft. and 40 ft. high cube refrigerated containers (reefers). These containers are a new addition to the OTAL fleet which currently comprises of 20 ft. reefers, ventilated containers, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks and open tops and 40 ft. high cubes, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks, and open tops


MOL Donates Six Container Ships

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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.


Ship Operating Costs Under Immense Pressure

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If it wasn’t bad enough that demand in the shipping markets has not recovered, commodity price rises have put more than a little pressure on ship operating costs. Fleet owners and managers are certainly feeling the squeeze in 2011. Drewry has just published its latest annual analysis of ship operating costs, covering 8 vessel sectors and over 35 different sizes of vessel plus detailed operating budgets for a range of oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers, dry bulk vessels


Port of Hueneme Receives EPA Grant

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Port staff received news that the Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to simultaneously connect to the Port’s Shore Power system. Following passage of AB 32 by the state assembly, programs were put in place to allow ships at berth in California ports to turn off


Samskip Logistics Opens New York Office

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With a presence on the U.S. market since 1994, Samskip Logistics has taken the next step by opening a new US head office in New York under the management of Paul Dean.   For over two decades, the company has operated two offices in Norfolk, Va. and in Seattle


Turkish ARKAS Line Sets Course for Hamburg

For the first time a vessel from Turkish ARKAS Line is expected in the Port of Hamburg on April 20. The WANDA A is deployed in the West Africa Express Service (WAX) operated by ARKAS and Hapag-Lloyd and will be cleared at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder


New Boxes Developed to Ship Live Lobsters

Image: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Group develops AQUAVIVA, a new generation of containers to transport live lobsters   The CMA CGM Group has launched a new generation of containers which allows for the safe carriage of live lobsters in their original water in conditions maintaining their natural habitat


Hueneme Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

Port puts final touches on Shore Power Project Photo Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme launched the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System, celebrating another next step forward in reducing air emissions and minimizing environmental impact. Among the community leaders attending the ribbon cutting were Congresswoman Julia Brownley


Maersk Announces Rate Increase

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 The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line said that it will increase the rate from north Europe to west central Asia by US$100 per TEU, $150 per FEU and 40-foot high cube from March 1.   This will apply to shipments from Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia


APM Terminals Vado Orders 19 Straddle Carriers

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APM Terminals has signed a contract for the delivery of 19 advanced container handlers which will employ advanced diesel/electric power sourcing to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions for Italy’s newest container terminal.  


Interferry Acts on RO/RO Deck Fire Safety

In response to a string of major incidents, Interferry has produced operational best practice guidance for fire safety on ro-ro vehicle decks. These measures, which aim to to enhance fire prevention, detection and suppression, highlight the need for continuous monitoring


Shrinking Violets Amidst Global Fleet’s Flower Power

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research says that in many instances the shipping industry is all about growth, with trade volumes expanding along with the world economy and fleet capacity growing too.    However, that’s not exclusively the case


Ship Runs Aground in Columbia River

Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

 A 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Sparna ran aground early Monday morning in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The Sparna has taken on water in void spaces


CMA CGM Offers a New Direct Connection with La Reunion on its ASAF Service

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 CMA CGM announced that a new call at Pointe des Galets (La Reunion) will be introduced on its ASAF service, connecting Asia to West Africa, and operated with 13 vessels of 9,400 TEU.   The maiden voyage direct to La Reunion will be operated with m/v CMA CGM TANYA in Xingang on March


Crowley Continues Fleet Upgrade

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Crowley receives of new containers and related equipment as part of $32.7 million fleet optimization investment    Crowley Maritime Corp. is continuing to receive and place into service $32.7 million worth of new cargo carrying equipment


UASC Expands Further in S.America

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 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced the opening of a new joint-venture agency in Uruguay and participation in this year’s Intermodal South America exhibition, opening today in São Paulo and running until 7th April.  


Hapag-Lloyd Eyes Impact of New Grand Canal

One of the more than 34,000 employees who have been working on the huge project since 2007 (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal has linked the Pacific with the Atlantic for more than 100 years. It will soon be possible for significantly larger ships to pass through its locks. What will the expansion mean for Hapag-Lloyd?   They’re still working in Panama


North P&I Warns of Risks of Reduced Generator Capacity

North P&I Club is advising its members to be aware of the potentially severe consequences of poorly maintained or overloaded on-board generators being unable to meet the electrical demands of ships at sea. The warning comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss prevention newsletter


Valparaíso Express Class: Tailor-made for the New Canal

This is how the newbuildings will look like (Image: Hapag-Lloyd)

 The new, expanded Panama Canal is set to open soon. Hapag-Lloyd is preparing for the event by optimizing its fleet. Here, we show you what these new ships will look like.   The new Panama Canal will usher in a new era in shipping between South America and Europe






 
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