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Siem Renews Contract for Seven Reefers

Photo: Siem Shipping Inc

 Norwegian liner Siem Shipping Inc. has won a one-year contract renewal for a regular weekly service from Ecuador to St. Petersburg, Russia. The contract extension for the service covers seven reefer vessels.   The service, which employs seven vessel, is largely for banana trades and has been renewed for an additional year.    The company did not, however, disclose any further details on the value of the contracts or expected start date.   Star Reefers has been operating between Ecuador and Saint Petersburg for years and recently introduced an interim stop in Vlissingen, Netherlands.   The  Oslo-listed reefer player has started 2016 strongly with a near eight-fold increase in first quarter net profit. Net income for the quarter was $3.9m versus the $500,000 seen a year ago.   The improved result was driven by a near 10% year-on-year increase in revenue to $47.5m, while costs only increased 4% to $8.6m.  

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”.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Maersk Line Orders 14,800 New Reefer Containers

File photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 new reefer containers in 2016, driving the average age of its 270,000 unit reefer container fleet down to 7.9 years.   Part of the reefers replace older equipment, and add to the 30,000 reefers acquired by Maersk Line in 2015.  

Evergreen Line Expands Adriatic-Israel Service

Photo: Evergreen Shipping Singapore

 Evergreen Line is to partner with COSCO in operating a joint Adriatic - Israel (AIS) Service. The new initiative opens up the corridor between North Adriatic ports, Piraeus and Israel, and provide direct and speedy service to customers.  

Hapag-Lloyd Invests in its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Announcing further investment in container fleet, liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1

Samskip Completes Reefer Acquisition

One of five reefer vessels now acquired by Samskip Logistics - renamed Samskip Arctic (Photo: Samskip)

Silver Green AS, owned 50% by Samskip, is changing its name to Silver Sea AS to mark the finalization of a series of ownership changes. The new name reflects a consolidation by Samskip of its position in the reefer vessel segment, including the strengthening its ownership in the company and direct

CMA CGM to Reshuffle its India Middle East Gulf Route


 In a continued effort to provide increased reliability and quality services in a challenging environment, CMA CGM will reorganize its services connecting India Middle East Gulf to East Africa strategic markets.   Starting mid July 2016

Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification. 

Maersk Line's RCM for Shipping Refrigerated Goods

Image: Maersk Line

 Shipping refrigerated goods?  Maersk Line's Remote Container Management ensures the ideal environment for your shipment, claims the company.   " We’re always looking for ways to improve cargo care on behalf of our customers

BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with

Maersk Line's Innovative Smart Reefers

Image: The Maersk Group

 Have you heard about Maersk Line's smart reefers that can listen and talk? Cutting edge technology that reduces risk in customer supply chain, claims Maersk Line.   "We’re always looking for ways to improve cargo care on behalf of our customers

Samskip Acquires Euro Container Line AS

Norway Ports Map (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has completed the acquisition of Euro Container Lines AS, building on a strategy for growth in the Nordic area to make its largest ever acquisitive move in Norway.   The ECL acquisition aims to strengthen Samskip’s position in the Norwegian market by enhancing the speed and

Growth in the Leased Container Equipment Fleet to Slow

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 Following markedly slow growth of just 3.5% in 2015 due to decreased rental demand, the global leased container equipment operating fleet is forecast to increase by little more than 1% in 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing Industry Annual Report 2016

APL Satellite Tracking Service Gets Smarter!

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

 Taking live monitoring of reefer cargoes beyond temperature and humidity tracking, APL is introducing real-time oxygen and carbon dioxide monitoring capabilities to its industry-pioneering satellite tracking system, SMARTemp.   

Perishable Reefer Trade Growth to Remain Strong

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Despite many adversities for the maritime sector over the last year, seaborne perishable reefer trade increased in 2015 – and is forecast to grow further still in 2016.    By 2020, seaborne reefer cargo will reach a staggering 120 million tonnes – increasing by an

Freight Rates in Europe-ECSA Trade Continue Declines

Preliminary data; All data includes dry, reefer and tank cargoes Source Datamar

Container volumes from North Europe and the Mediterranean to the East Coast of South America have now fallen in 26 of the previous 28 months, with the latest statistics from Datamar showing that shipments fell by 8% year-on-year in July. It is the smaller Med to ECSA trade that continues to

Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers

Photo by Hapag-Lloyd

With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants.   Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping

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