Søren Skou, CEO of container shipping giant Maersk Line is keynote speaker at the 4th Cool Logistics Global conference, 24-26 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. Skou will outline Maersk’s position on the critical actions now needed to sustain the future of global refrigerated transport. Over the past decade and more, expansion of refrigerated container ocean services has underpinned growing world trade in an ever-widening range of perishable commodities, from super deep-frozen tuna to exotic fresh fruit. The refrigerated container is now by far the dominant transport mode for the complex movement of chilled and frozen cargoes across the globe. Volumes of global refrigerated container shipments are tipped to rise still further over the next few years on the back of world population growth, new demand from China, India, Russia, Middle East, Africa and other developing economies, and on-going conversion of reefer cargoes from other transport modes, including air. However, the reefer trades have not been immune from the general volatility in world container shipping. This year has seen a number of prominent carriers, Maersk included, warning of the dangers of rate erosion and spiralling costs to reposition reefer containers to demand locations, among other concerns. With little sign of significant new investment in conventional reefer tonnage, refrigerated container shipping is clearly now the linchpin for world perishables trade. Mr
Strachans, a specialist distributor of food and chandlery supplies to the offshore and marine industry, announced the pilot of a new container capable of maintaining product integrity for up to four days. The Strachans icebox uses a eutectic system, whereby eutectic beams full of gel are connected to a power supply that charges them down to temperatures far lower than the product prior to leaving the ship supplier’s warehouse
Crowley Liner Services announced that beginning the week of March 17 it will launch a third, weekly, fixed-day sailing from Gulfport, Miss. to serve Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in Central America. With the addition of the Crowley Roll On / Roll Off (Ro/Ro) ship Siam to the service, the company will now offer southbound sailings every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Gulfport. The other Ro/Ro ships in the service include the Crowley Express and Mar Caribe.
On September 1, Maersk Line took delivery of M/S Emma Maersk, built by Odense Steel Shipyard. The Emma Maersk is the first in a new series of PS-class vessels and is one of the most environmentally friendly container vessels ever built. The 397x56m Emma Maersk is able to carry 11,000 20-ft. containers (TEU). Other features include: High-scale automation and complete monitoring by advanced computer systems, enabling the vessel to be operated by a crew of just 13; Waste heat recovery system
The German containership newbuild Cap Gabriel recently made its first visit to when it docked at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The CAP GABRIEL is operated by the Hamburg Süd shipping company and, together with vessels of the Hapag-Lloyd shipping company’s tonnage, is being deployed in the Indian Ocean Service (IOS) linking Europe, the and the Indian subcontinent. The port rotation in the IOS service is: , Tilbury,, Gioia Tauro, Jebel Ali, , Mundra
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant. The $250k award will retrofit GPA-owned equipment with devices that reduce air emissions. “As an integral part of GPA’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, reducing consumption and emissions is a top priority,” said GPA’s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand.
The Finnish shipping company Oy Langh Ship Ab in Pikis has ordered two container ships for delivery in February and March 2007 from the German shipyard J.J.Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg. The ships will have a cargo capacity of 907 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units), which means that they will be among the biggest ships of this kind in Finland. The ships under construction are typical container ships for feeder traffic.
United Arab Shipping Company increases its fleet with the naming of its ninth containership newbuild from Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named it’s new 13,500 TEU containership Ain Snan at a ceremony in Hamburg, following a nine-month building phase. The last of a series of nine UASC newbuilds from the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Korea, the 366-metre-long and 48 metre-wide ultra large container ship (ULCS) has a loading capacity
NYK Global Bulk hosts onboard get-together to celebrate reconstruction of Port of Ishinomaki NYK Group company, held a get-together on board its 58,000-ton bulk carrier New Pride with guests from the Ishinomaki area in Miyagi prefecture to celebrate the installation of a new mechanical unloader (cargo handling machinery) at the port’s No. 7 Hiyori wharf and to pray for the further recovery and development of the port.
The Georgia Ports Authority unveils four electrified rubber-tired gantry cranes (ERTG), claiming to be the first to introduce this type of crane in N. America. “This transition to electrified RTGs is an important milestone for the GPA and our industry,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “This project is the latest in a series of GPA initiatives designed to increase the productivity and capacity of the port in environmentally responsible ways.”
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
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active remote container tracking units deployed on intermodal shipping containers was 137,000 in Q4-2012, up from 89,000 a year earlier. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49
U.S.-flagged container ship ‘National Glory’ kicks off the new service when she departs Houston for San Juan May 29, 2013. The new 14-day service, which is being provided by National Shippers of America (NSA), is called "Isla Verde Express" and will provide customers
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its diverse fleet. The additional resources will allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout Puerto Rico
The PrimeLINE unit from Carrier Transicold has achieved a new distinction in sustainability, becoming the first container refrigeration system with a UL Environment validation for recyclability. As validated by UL Environment using its Environmental Claims Validation Procedure 2789
Horizon Lines reports second-quarter 2012 financial results: container volume improves 3.6% from a year ago. Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer said "Our overall adjusted EBITDA performance for the quarter was better than expected, due largely to the volume gain
Horizon Lines' financial report shows volume improves 3.4%, & rate, net of fuel up 2.9% from a year ago. Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer comments on third quarter 2012 financial results: "Horizon Lines generated a 3.4% improvement in container volume and a 2
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) subsribe to shares giving it a 65% share in Hijo International Port Services Corp. International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), through its wholly- owned subsidiary Abbotsford Holdings, Inc
Maersk Tankers exits its Handygas segment by selling all 11 vessels to Navigator Gas. The divestment allows Maersk Tankers to focus on fewer segments and releases capital for future investments. Hanne B. Sørensen, CEO Maersk Tankers
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
Crowley Maritime Corp. & Customized Brokers, its Miami-based Customs brokerage company, open 'Crowley Fresh' facility. Crowley Fresh features multiple humidity and temperature-controlled coolers and is open 24/7 to store and handle perishables arriving from Latin and South America
Germany's Hamburg Süd Group has recently published its first Responsibility Report titled 'Making it our Business'. The report documents not only the ecological but also the social and societal responsibility the company exercises. At the same time it presents in a detailed and vivid way
After more than thirty three years of continuous presence in Iraq, the CMA CGM Group will open a new bonded Dry Port near Baghdad in the Abu Ghreib area, in Iraq, in June 2013. Exclusively managed and operated by CMA CGM, the Dry Port will be the only one in Iraq
Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company sponsored by Bay Grove Capital LLC, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Seattle Cold Storage (SCS) and its facilities located in the Port of Tacoma and Algona, WA. The acquisition increases Lineage’s footprint to over 13
Nordic Cold Storage announced the grand opening of the first phase of its storage and blast facility, located just minutes from the Port of Savannah. The site has over 200,000 square-feet of convertible temperature-controlled storage space and is capable of blasting more than 10 million