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Seaspan, Cosco Agree to $1.9b Lease

According to Bloomberg, Seaspan Corp., will lease eight container vessels to a unit of China Cosco Holdings Co. for $1.9b. Cosco Container Lines Co., will pay a daily fee of $55,000 a vessel during the 12-year contract, Seaspan said. The Seaspan vessels are designed to carry 13,100 standard containers measuring 20 ft. in length, among the largest ships of their kind. They are scheduled for delivery in 2011. Source: Bloomberg


Five Newbuildings for Hapag-Lloyd in 2007

In 2007, Hapag-Lloyd will integrate three newbuildings each capable of carrying 8,750 standard containers (TEU) as well as two vessels each of 4,250 TEU capacity into its fleet, enabling it to keep pace with the expected growth in global container transport. With the combining of services in the context of the integration of CP Ships, acquired at the end of last year, as well as the cascading of vessels in the various liner services


Hapag-Lloyd Names New Mega Containership

The Hanover Express, which is capable of carrying 8,750 containers, is one of the world’s largest containerships. The newbuilding was recently named in Hamburg. The patron was Gabriele Frenzel, wife of TUI’s CEO and chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd, Dr. Michael Frenzel. Naming ceremonies for large containerships are still something special even in Hamburg, and nearly 300 guests from business and politics – including the Mayor of Hamburg Ole von Beust and the Mayor of


World’s Largest Containership Named

Colombo Express, the world’s largest containership at 1099 ft. (335 m) long, 141 ft. (43 m) wide, and able to carry 8,750 containers, was recently named. The patron of the new Hapag-Lloyd flagship was Christiane Krumnow, wife of the supervisory board chairman of TUI AG, Dr. Jürgen Krumnow. “Global container transport remains a growth market,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG. “Today’s volume of 71 million standard containers is forecast to grow to


Crowley to Launch New Haiti Service

Crowley Liner Services announced today that beginning September 12 it will launch weekly, fixed-day service from Port Everglades, Fla., to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Vessels will depart from Port Everglades every Friday, call Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, every Tuesday, arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, every Wednesday, and return to Port Everglades every Friday. Crowley will use the Lift On / Lift Off (Lo/Lo) ship, Olympos, and offer customers the


GSF and BIMCO Publish Standard Box Freight Document

Pic: BIMCO Headquarters

 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has joined forces with the Baltic International Maritime Council Organisation (BIMCO) to launch the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON container shipping contract.    GSF is a NGO inaugurated in the UK four years ago but which represents international shipping organisations around the globe, and BIMCO is also an NGO which includes thousands of shipowners and operators worldwide in its membership.  


Container Ship Docks at the Port of Hamburg

At the beginning of September the new flagship of the Chinese shipping company COSCO Container Lines Ltd. docked at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. The Cosco Asia with its slot capacity of 10,062 TEU, is the largest container ship to have entered the Port of Hamburg to date. The unloading and loading of the containerized cargo was handled by HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). This container giant with a length of 1,145 ft. is deployed by COSCO


Marit Maersk Visits Port of Hamburg

Having been constructed and christened at the Danish shipyard of Odense, the Marit Maersk, a giant container ship built for the Maersk Line shipping company, called at the Port of Hamburg for the first time on its maiden voyage. The ship's length of 1,204 ft makes it 49 ft longer  than any container ship that has ever called at the Port of Hamburg in the  past. Ships with a slot capacity of up to 11,000 TEU (20 ft standard  containers) are increasingly being put into service


Internal Waterway Shipping 2008 Results

Now at 12.2 million tons, the volume of goods carried between the Port of Hamburg and the hinterland by inland waterway vessel in 2008 exceeded all previous levels. This marked a 1.5 percent increase on the operating results of the previous year. In Germany as a whole, the shipment of goods by inland waterway vessel in 2008 dropped by 1.6 percent. The most important goods categories were mineral oil products, gases, coal and agricultural and forestry products


When Bigger Ships Can't Hold on to Records

MSC Oscar (Pic by Mediterranean Shipping Co)

 The credit of being CSCL Globe for being the world's biggest container ship remained for a little over a month until the arrival of the MSC Oscar.  MSC Oscar, sailed from a shipyard near Busan, South Korea, became the world's largest container ship last month, just weeks after the previous record holder, CSCL Globe, was launched.   The MSC Oscar, operated by Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Co., is slightly shorter but is able to carry 124 more containers


UASC Names Ultra-large LNG-ready Containership

M.V Barzan (Image courtesy of USAC)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named container vessel M.V. Barzan at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea today. The ship, the largest in UASC’s fleet to date, is part of the industry’s first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel fleet.  


Hapag-Lloyd Sees Profit Jump in Q1

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd generated a profit in the first three months of this year, and concluded the first quarter with a profit of EUR 128.2 million (prior year period: EUR -119.1 million). EBITDA reached EUR 283.6 million (prior year period: EUR 2.9 million) and the underlying EBIT was EUR 160


Container Industry Competence Standard Launched

Seagull Maritime launches Container Industry Competence Standard

Seagull Maritime AS has launched the Container Industry Competence Standard (CICS), an assessment and training system covering container vessel operations. The program aims to bring new consistency to competency on-board containerships, following a similar breakthrough from Seagull in the dry bulk


Hamburg’s Seaborne Cargo Throughput Up in Q1

Photo: Port of Hamburg, © Glaubitt

The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6 million tons (up by 0.1 percent) in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7 million tons (up by 12.3 percent) and container transport between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11


Hamburg Achieves Record Throughput in 2014

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg achieved its best-ever result in 2014, reporting total throughput of 145.7 million tons, representing growth of 4.8 percent. Up by 6.1 percent at 102.7 million tons, general cargo throughput was outstanding. A 1.7 percent increase in bulk cargo throughput to 43 million tons


ClassNK to Research on Brittle Crack Arrest Design

Brittle crack arrest steel on the upper deck and hatch side coaming

  ClassNK announced that it will carry out a joint research project aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships.   As container ships increase in size, so too does the thickness of the steel that is used. The preventative measures for brittle fracture become


World's Biggest Container Ship, the MSC Oscar, at Port of Felixstowe

MSC Oscar at Felixstowe (Photo credit: Port of Felixstowe)

 World's biggest container ship, the 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.   Clemence Cheng, chief executive of Port of Felixstowe, said it was a "very happy day" for the port.   


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

Image: Singamas Container Holdings Limited

 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

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  Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.       Aimed at both manufacturers and operators of equipment in the


Hapag-Lloyd Improves Safety of Dangerous Goods Transportation

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Last year, Hapag-Lloyd discovered 2,620 cases of incorrectly declared dangerous goods that were prevented from being shipped. Dangerous goods experts at Hapag-Lloyd investigated over 162,000 suspicious cases which were recorded using a newly developed watchdog software.  


DBR Container Gensets for Jan De Nul Vessel

Photo courtesy of DBR

DBR are currently putting together a 40 foot DNV 2.7-1 container generator set for a vessel owned by Jan De Nul Group. After delivery in Q3 2015, the customized generator set will be put into action on offshore trenching operations. DBR will divide the standard container into three separate


BlueTEC Platform Ready for Generation

Tidal BlueTec platform (lowres)

  The first BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform was formally named by the Mayor of Texel, the Netherlands this morning. The floating platform, which holds tidal turbines below the sea surface, will soon be positioned near the island of Texel – supplying clean electricity to the Dutch grid


The Boom Continues at Antwerp Port

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  The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 51,023,670 tonnes in the first three months of this year, 5.9% more than in the same period last year. The container volume experienced rapid expansion of 8.5%, while liquid bulk for its part continued to show solid growth (up 4.7%).


Hamburg Süd Hit by Slowdown

Pic: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg-headquartered shipping line Hamburg Süd was hit by the economic downturn on the carrier's key markets in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.   The modest 2 percent increase in cargo volumes is attributed to the less-than-expected improvement to the market overcapacity


BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”

Port of Hamburg

  BIMCO and the Global Shipping Forum have now launched a new standard contract – named “SERVICECON” – which simplifies and harmonises terms and conditions for container volume contracts between shippers and carriers.






 
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