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Sea Containers Being Investigated

The law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran announces that a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in the United States District Court for Southern District of New York against Sea Containers Ltd. and certain of its officers and directors on behalf of purchasers of Sea Containers securities between March 15, 2004 and March 24, 2006, inclusive, Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran is investigating similar claims at this time and welcomes inquiries from potential class members concerning their rights and interests in this matter. The lawsuit alleges that Sea Containers violated federal securities laws by issuing a series of false or misleading public statements regarding the sale and restructuring of its ferry division and related impairment charges. On November 3, 2005, the Company announced that it would entertain offers for its Silja Oy Ab ferry division as its SeaStreak business, which would result in an impairment charge of $99 million related to the future sales. It additionally announced a $32 million impairment charge based on newly identified assets had been identified as impaired. On March 24, 2006, the Company shocked the market by announcing that: (1) it would be take a $500 million impairment charge as the result of: the sale of its entire ferry business, rather than the previous announced sale of the Silja Oy Ab division, and classification of additional containers as impaired; (2) as a


Sea Containers Completes Sale of Ferry Business

Sea Containers Ltd. announced that it has completed the sale of its Baltic ferry subsidiary Silja Oy Ab to Estonian ferry operator AS Tallink Grupp. The sale, which was announced on June 12, was subject to receipt of regulatory approvals from Finnish, Swedish and Estonian competition authorities, all of which have been granted. The consideration for the sale of Silja's core business is $563m and 5m ordinary shares in Tallink equivalent to $22m


Adriatic Fast Ferry Service has Record-Breaking Year

Sea Containers has announced a record breaking year for the Ancona, Italy - Split, Croatia joint venture route. The seasonal service (June-September) carried nearly 59,000 passengers and 13,250 vehicles representing an increase of 52 percent on the previous year. The craft has been moved to Ravenna, Italy for its winter lay-up. The service will resume in June 2003 until 15 September. David Collins of Sea Containers passenger transport division said: "The success of the route has


Sea Containers Reports 3Q Results

Sea Containers Ltd. passenger and freight transport operator, marine container lessor and leisure industry investor, today announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2002. For the quarter, net income was $17.9 million ($0.84 per common share diluted) on revenue of $547 million, compared with net income of $6.6 million ($0.35 per common share diluted) on revenue of $356 million in the year earlier period


NorFerries Eyes Silja Line

Norwegian shipping investment company NorFerries said it wanted to buy Finnish ferry company Silja Line from US-stocklisted Sea Containers. Silja Line runs ferries in the Baltic, mostly from Helsinki to Sweden and Estonia. The ferry line carried around five million passengers last year. NorFerries, known mostly for setting up routes for cargo ships and passenger ferries, is offering $671m for Silja Line. Bermuda-based Sea Containers said last year that it wanted to sell off Silja Line and


Sea Containers Declares Cash Dividends

The Board of Directors of Sea Containers Ltd. today declared quarterly cash dividends on the Company's Class A and Class B common shares. The dividend will be US$0.025 per share on the Class A common shares and US$0.0225 per share on the Class B common shares. Class B common shares are convertible at any time into Class A common shares. The dividends will be payable February 20, 2004 to shareholders of record February 5, 2004.


Japan Joins Container Security Initiative

The U.S. Customs Service and Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau announced in Tokyo today, the sealing of the declaration of principles to participate on a pilot basis in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorist weapons in ocean-going cargo containers. Under terms of the declaration announced today, U.S. Customs officers will be stationed on a pilot basis at the ports of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Yokohama


Singapore Joins U.S. Customs CSI

Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, today announced the signing of a declaration by the government of Singapore to join the Container Security Initiative (CSI), a key U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent global sea cargo from being exploited by terrorists to inflict harm on America and other nations of the world. "I congratulate the government of Singapore for becoming the first Asian port to join the U.S. Customs Container Security," said Commissioner Bonner


PD Ports Welcomes Four New RTG Cranes to Teesport

The four new RTG (rubber-tyred gantry) cranes delivered to Teesport today are a key component of the current £16.7million expansion of the container terminals at Teesport and represent the biggest single equipment investment in the port since the container terminal opened in 2003. The Konecranes RTGs, manufactured in Finland and Poland for a total investment of around £5 million, are the first of their type to be supplied by Konecranes in the UK and will allow PD Ports to


Emerson Acquires Marine Controls Business From Johnson Controls

St. Louis, Mo. – Emerson today announced that it has acquired the Marine Container and Boiler business of Johnson Controls Inc., enabling Emerson Climate Technologies to expand its refrigeration technology and solutions offerings in the global transportation sector. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Johnson Controls’ Denmark-based Marine Container and Boiler business supplies controls for optimal operation of refrigerated sea containers and marine boilers


SIPG to Acquire Jinjiang Shipping

Image: Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals Co., Ltd

 Shanghai-listed Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) is currently considering acquiring part of the equity stakes in Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping, a container shipping company mainly engaged in China-Japan routes, as part of the group’s comprehensive development strategy.  


TransAtlantic Speed Record: Will it Ever be Broken Again?

The Incat built high speed catamaran Hoverspeed Great Britain, which broke the record winning  the Hales Trophy on 23 June 1990, held the record and the owners held the Trophy, until 1998 when another Incat built ship Catalonia took the record in June 1998, then just a month later in July 1998 yet another ship built by Incat, CatLink V broke the record.

Will the prestigious TransAtlantic speed and endurance record ever be broken? Should it? Twenty five years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by a ship built in Australia.   


SIPG to Acquire 79.2% of Jinjiang Shipping

Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals. Photo: SIPG

 Shanghai International Port Group Co (SIPG) is all set to acquire 79.2% stake in intra-Asia container line Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping for up to RMB1.94bn ($312.58m).   SIPG plans to buy a 48% stake in Jinjang Shipping currently owned by Shanghai International Group, as well as a 31


Pentalver Opens London Container Facility

Pentalver’s new site located next to London Gateway’s port gates (Photo: London Port Authority)

U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced.   Plans for the site – which will be built in two phases – were revealed in January and


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


Cummins Launches QSK60 Power Emergency Genset

Cummins QSK 60 generator

Cummins announced the latest addition to the C Power product line, the QSK60 C Power (CP) emergency generator set. Engineered by the Cummins Center of Excellence for the demands of offshore applications, the QSK60 C Power genset is driven by the QSK60 marine auxiliary engine with MCRS fuel system


Multi-Purpose Common User Facility At DP World London Gateway

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  In another milestone in the development of its London Gateway Logistics Park, DP World has announced Buckingham Group has been awarded the contract to build the Common User Facility (CUF).   Following a period of ground preparation and development of key infrastructure by DP World


Increased Safety With Mandatory Weighing Of Containers

Last week, the IMO approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea. The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board.  


Perils of Heavy Ship Containers Debated

Chris Evans speaking at the WISTA-UK Forum (Credit WISTA)

Maritime experts are torn on how to curb the menace of overweight shipping containers, which cause severe accidents at sea and on the roads. The difficulties of resolving false declarations of the weight and content of boxes were underlined during a panel discussion at the WISTA-UK Liverpool Forum


Hammond Commends DP World London Gateway

RT Hon Stephen Hammond MP and London Gateway Team

The UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Wimbledon MP, Rt. Hon. Stephen Hammond MP has paid a visit to DP World London Gateway to congratulate the team on their success. During Hammond’s last visit in January 2013


Port of Rotterdam Throughput Up by 0.6%

  The port of Rotterdam achieved steady results in the first half of the year. Total throughput increased by 0.6% compared to the first half of 2013. The throughput of crude oil increased by 3.3% while that of mineral oil products decreased by 13.5%. The throughput of coal grew by 9


DP World London Gateway Attracting New Container Shippers

MSC Rita calling at DP World London Gateway

As Britain’s new hub port celebrates its first birthday DP World London Gateway has expanded its network of shipping links and destinations, attracting a series of new deep-sea container shipping services. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that from next month (December)


Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

Photo: Sea Star Line

Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014


Captain, Officer of Containership Detained after Deadly Collision

The captain and first officer of a Kuwaiti container ship have been detained for four days after their ship collided with a fishing vessel in the Red Sea, killing 13 Egyptians, a public prosecutor said on Tuesday.   The prosecutor said on Monday that initial enquiries showed the fishing


Sea Star Continues Puerto Rico Investments

Tim Nolan, Sea Star President

Sea Star Line, LLC has entered an agreement to on-hire another barge to add to its current service package for shipments from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.   The new asset has the capacity for 320 dry units and its initial departure is scheduled for the first week of April






 
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