Maersk Line announced the lay up of eight 6,500 TEU (twenty- foot equivalent unit) vessels on Dec. 4. The decision follows the recently announced changes in our Asia - Europe, Asia - Central America, and Transpacific service networks. This resulted in surplus vessel tonnage, which we will not redeploy in Maerdk’s service network. "In view of the market conditions, we have reached the point where laying up the eight vessels makes better economical sense than redeploying them. Freight rates remain under severe pressure, and in several corridors the rates do not fully cover our variable costs. Rate improvements are imperative for the industry to create a sustainable environment," said Michel Deleuran, Head of Network and Product in Maersk Line. Maersk Line said it will continue to adjust capacity in light of market developments by optimising our schedules, consolidating services, vessel sharing agreements (VSA), enhancing port productivity, economical sailing (reducing speed), and - unless current market conditions improve - additional laying up of vessels. "We make these changes to reduce capacity and save costs, while we at the same time seek to maintain or expand our service level and coverage. For example, our recently announced Asia - Europe and Transpacific service changes includes more direct services," Deleuran said.
The world’s leading maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships has reached its first service and supply agreement in the Russian river fleet market. The agreement, which was managed by the company’s team in Eastern Europe, covers delivery of a broad range of Unitor branded marine products to Volga-Neva’s 118-strong fleet of river vessels. Following several months of negotiations, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s team in St
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to supply simplified voyage data recorders (S-VDR) for 59 Teekay Shipping vessels. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit is supplying the S-VDR hardware, as well as technical support, installation kits, interface devices, commissioning and training, through its worldwide service network. The systems will be installed on the ships during drydock overhauls or, when possible, at pierside at a variety of ports around the world.
ZF Marine LLC, the North American subsidiary of ZF Marine Group in Padova, Italy has implemented some changes to its East Coast service network. To better coordinate service activities up and down the Eastern Seaboard, ZF Marine LLC will now schedule all field service activities out of its South Florida service center in Miramar, FL. Vessel owners requiring service support from ZF Marine can now dial 1-877-896-4040 and be connected to ZF Marine 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The German navigation system supplier Raytheon Anschütz has signed a new agreement with Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland. According to the new agreement, Raytheon Anschütz will supply their Integrated Bridge Systems for Wärtsilä’s total ship system solutions. “We see an increasing demand for larger ship solutions including machinery, automation and navigation", said Andreas Lentfer, Business Development Director at Raytheon Anschütz
NetWave Systems B.V. (“Netwave”) of the Netherlands acquired the Voyage Data Recorder (“VDR”) division of Rutter Inc., a public company from St. John’s (Canada) (“Rutter”). Parties concluded agreements whereby NetWave, also a manufacturer of VDRs for seagoing vessels and offshore installations, will manufacture Rutter™ VDR-100G3 systems as well as support and service all earlier models of Rutter ™ VDRs on a world-wide basis.
Wärtsilä and the German company Becker Marine Systems have entered into an agreement on the optimization of ship propulsion systems. Becker Marine Systems has annual net sales of EUR 50 million and is the leading supplier of rudders of all profiles and sizes, as well as related systems. More than 100 professionals form the Becker offices in Germany, the UK, Norway and China. The company has its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany
As part of its global network expansion plan, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced that it has taken operational responsibility of the mini-VSAT Broadband service network supporting North America and the Caribbean. These regions were previously managed under a revenue sharing agreement with SES Americom. This arrangement has been terminated in favor of a leasing agreement with SES Americom for bandwidth on its AMC-21 and AMC-6 satellites
Rolls-Royce opened its latest Marine Service Centre, in Walvis Bay, Namibia.The investment is the latest stage in the development of a global Marine Service Centre network, which brings the expertise of Rolls-Royce engineers to customers around the world. Rolls-Royce has opened seven Marine Service Centres in the last two years. The global network now includes facilities in 35 countries, enabling a growing number of customers to access engineering services
Raytheon Anschütz is expanding its presence in the U.S. navigation systems market with the opening of its San Diego, Calif.-based operations in January 2012. The business area will be co-located at Raytheon’s established facility, dedicated to the development and delivery of naval and maritime systems and technology. With the new office, Raytheon Anschütz focuses its capabilities in providing navigation systems and customer support to the U.S. maritime industry. The U.S
Yanmar said VETUS has joined the Yanmar Group as of January 1, 2013. VETUS is a well-known player in the international market for its in-house engineered boat equipment systems. By VETUS joining the group, Yanmar has acquired a serious partner to further increase its footprint in the
I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy, as even in the worst of times there tends to lie opportunity. I would not be remiss in saying there are more than a handful in the shipping community that could label conditions today “the worst of times” – simply put
ALATAS Americas is a global company with strong roots in maritime and fast growing branches in the offshore sector. MR visited Robin Thomas, VP, for his take on emerging trends in both sectors. ALATAS is a global company with roots in the maritime sector
Marine electronics specialist Maris AS has completed an ECDIS (electronic chart data information systems) technical training program to enhance support services covering North America and the Caribbean. The initiative is part of its commitment to the global distribution and service agreement with
Ongoing Expansion Supports Growing Number of Yachting and Oil and Gas Industry Customers in Southern Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Staying ahead of the bandwidth demands for its rapidly growing customer base, KVH Industries, Inc
The Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank) joins hands with China Classification Society (CCS) to support the country's shipping industry. China Eximbank and CCS agree to conduct more cooperation in future on financing services, technical risks hedging and prevention
Transas Marine has received RINA and Lloyds Register approvals to perform Radio Communication equipment survey and VDR/SVDR Annual Performance Testing. The RINA certification authorizes Transas service engineers to perform inspections of vessels’ Global Maritime Distress and Safety
Evergreen Line to launch a new container ship feeder service linking Greece, Turkey & Malta (GTM). In addition to meeting regional transportation requirements, the GTM service will connect to Evergreen Line's global service network via the port of Piraeus in Greece.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) awarded 'Freight Forwarder of the Year' prize at the Dubai Trade awards ceremony. The awards recognise the achievements of the region’s most active online performers and were attended by representatives from DP World and Dubai Trade as well as key dignitaries
Rolls-Royce, a global power systems company, has opened a new Marine Service facility in Guangzhou, to better serve its growing customer base in southern China. Rolls-Royce is expanding its marine services network in China to deal with increased customer demand
Remote Tracking, Monitoring, and Notification Systems for Cat Powered yachts and vessels are here. The organization that provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,000 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 7,680 kWe in marine generator sets
Last month, Yanmar Europe BV introduced its new Joystick Control System at the boot Düsseldorf 2013 show. This was the first introduction and demonstration to the European Powerboat market. Compared to other vessel control systems
Evergreen Line will launch its new CPM service linking South China, Philippines and East Malaysia in mid-April 2013. In addition to providing regional transportation links for shippers in three countries, the new loop will connect to Evergreen's global service network via Hong Kong.
Finland Express (FIX) will improve the Baltic region’s links to Hapag-Lloyd’s worldwide service network in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, Second weekly departure for key ports in Russia and Finland Hapag-Lloyd will launch its new Finland Express Service (FIX) on April 2 to improve links
Evergreen Line is teaming up with United Africa Feeder Line (UAFL) to extend its service network in the Indian Ocean. Evergreen announce a new ISC-Mauritius-Mozambique-Africa (IMMA) Service linking the Indian sub-continent, Indian Ocean Islands and Mozambique will be launched in late April.