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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 average of 2.5% per annum, according to the latest edition of the Reefer Shipping Market Review and Forecast 2016/17, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   While future seaborne cargo growth levels are lower than those of the last decade (3.1%), such increases will have a direct effect on both container lines with reefer capacity and specialised reefer operators.    With over 400 containerships with reefer capacity yet to be delivered, and possibly more still to be confirmed, Drewry looked at the effect this will have on capacity utilisation. Based on the confirmed orderbook, reefer utilisation will actually improve as a result of the increased seaborne cargo volumes and rising market share for the reefer containership mode.   On the other hand, with a reducing specialised reefer fleet, not only will this mode see its cargo volumes decrease, but also its market share will reduce year-on-year. Nevertheless, it currently provides around 5% of overall reefer capacity yet carries in excess of 23% of total seaborne perishable reefer cargo – and is set to continue to “punch above its weight”.  


J. Lauritzen Buys Cool Carriers

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


Star Reefers, NYK Enter Agreement

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


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 worldwide transportation access and reach. The service consists of a weekly sailing making five direct port calls in North Europe to the principle ports of Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam


APM Terminals Acquires Reefer Terminal S.p.A.

Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal to be upgraded, and operated as a single unit with the new deep-water semi-automated container terminal scheduled for completion in January 2018

  APM Terminals and GF Group are pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of Reefer Terminal S.p.A. by APM Terminals has been completed today.  Terms and price were not disclosed.   Reefer Terminal, the largest refrigerated terminal in the Mediterranean for more than thirty years handling 600,000 pallets per year, is also a world-class terminal for the handling of containers (275,000 TEU, 510 reefer plugs, 14.5 meter depth and 465 meter of quay) and general cargo.  


UASC Places Order of 3500 Reefer Containers

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading container shipping line and emerging global carrier, has ordered another 3,500 reefer containers, after ordering 2,000 units from Japan’s Daikin Industries in January, says a report in JOC.   The order marks the second milestone in the expansion of UASC’s reefer services and reiterates the company’s ongoing investment in the most cutting-edge, energy-efficient solutions for the carriage of frozen and chilled cargoes


Ugland In Restructuring Deal With Swan

Ugland International Holdings Plc reportedly entered into agreements to restructure Norway-based refrigerated vessel (reefer) operators Swan Reefer ASA.


Contship Takes Delivery of Australis

The Contship Australis, the second of three newbuildings destined for Contship Containerlines' Europe-Australasia services has been delivered and will enter service on December 17 in Auckland. Built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, the capacity of each ship is 4,100 teu, including 1,300 reefer plugs - making them the biggest reefer container ships in service. "The new ships are some of the most advanced in the business offering technological improvements both for the


Leif Höegh & Co. Concludes Exit From Reefers

Leif Höegh & Co. ASA (LHC) has sold its 36% shareholding in Lady Navigation Inc. to Frigo Navigation Ltd. on private terms. Lady Navigation Inc. owns the two reefer vessels Lady Racisce and Lady Korcula. The "Lady" vessels were built in 2000 and have a capacity of 590 000 cbft. Transfer of the shares in Lady Navigation Inc. to the new owner was concluded on 30 June and marks LHC's final exit from the reefer segment. LHC sold its commercial reefer operation, Cool Carriers, to


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. As the world’s biggest container shipping company, we play an important role in cold chains all over the world, and our care means your cargo has a safe passage from field to fridge


CMA CGM Improves ECS Service

Map:  CMA CGM

 CMA CGM is pleased to announce an improved service offer directly connecting North Europe with Central America. The enhanced ECS service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market, linking Rotterdam from Costa Rica in only 14 days and adding London as a port of call in 15


NYK Procures 4,700 Refrigerated Containers

photo by NYK

NYK has placed an order for 4,700 additional brand-new 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, and the delivery of the new containers commenced in November. NYK procured 5,500 of the same type of containers last year, and the average age of company’s fleet of over 40


CMA CGM Rolls out Adrimed Express Line

Map: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, has announced the new service offer Adrimed Express which directly links the ports of the Adriatic Sea and Egypt.   This innovative, fast and reliable service links Egypt, Malta, Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia


Grangemouth Port sees Record Volume

Derek Knox, Port Manager for Grangemouth in the port’s busy reefer container compound. Photo Port of Grangemouth

The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container facility has enjoyed one of its busiest seasons, with over 50,000 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) being handled at the port in the last two months. This four-year high is the result of a buoyant fresh food export season utilising the


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.   


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


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


Maersk Line Returns to Iran

Photo: Maersk Line

 The latest country included in the Maersk Line organization is part of the UAE cluster comprising of UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran. Christian Juul-Nyholm, Managing Director, UAE Cluster, is upbeat about this development.    He says


Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

(Photo: Eimskip)

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in


APL Expands Latin America Service Network

Photo: APL

 APL has announced the launch of the Colombia Bridge Express (CBX) Service – a weekly feeder service which connects the major markets of Colombia and Kingston in Jamaica.    Via APL global linehaul services at the key transshipment hubs of Cartagena and Kingston


Colombia: Refrigerated Containers Drive Foreign Trade

Photo: Maersk Line A/S

 Maersk Line just published its Colombia trade report for the third quarter of 2016.   Total reefer share of Colombia's exports increased to 21% in Q3 2016 - up from 12% in 2015 - with pineapple and banana the strongest performing products.  






 
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