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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.  


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


MacGregor's Improved Lashings Storage System

MacGregors new 40ft flat rack system offers improved storage capacity

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has developed a new 40ft flat rack loose lashings storage system that is designed to make better use of available deck space. "An overall trend for twistlocks, stackers and midlocks is their weight reduction," explains Perttu Jokinen, Lashing Portfolio Manager, Cargo Stowage and Securing Systems, MacGregor. "This can often lead to the maximum volume of a storage bin being reached before its maximum payload


Boxship Aground Near Port of Hamburg

A Chinese container ship that is one of the world's largest has run aground on the river Elbe near Germany's largest port Hamburg but shipping to the harbour continues as normal, German marine police said on Thursday.   The stricken vessel is the CSCL Indian Ocean of Chinese shipping


CSCL Indian Ocean Refloated

On Tuesday, February 9 at around 3am, local time, the containership CSCL Indian Ocean has been able continue her voyage to the Port of Hamburg. In a joint operation, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, the Federal Water and Shipping Administration, salvage companies


Grounded Giant Chinese Boxship Freed

One of the world's largest container ships has been freed from a mud bank after running aground almost a week ago near Germany's largest port of Hamburg, German authorities said on Tuesday. The vessel CSCL Indian Ocean of Chinese company China Shipping Container Lines was pulled free by tugs


Port of Hamburg Reports Bulk Cargo Jump in 2015

Image: Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg reports higher bulk cargo throughput and strong growth in rail and inland waterway seaport-hinterland traffic in 2015 – downturn in container handling. In 2015 seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg was 5.4 percent lower at 137.8 million tons.  


Antwerp Port Sees Record Growth

Image Antwerp Port

  The port of Antwerp handled 156,515,552 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 5.5% on the same period last year. The steady growth in the volume of container freight (up 8.0% in TEU, 5.4% in tonnage) and of liquid bulk (up 7


The Triumph of the Container

A 40-foot-container. This invention opened up totally new markets to producers. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Globalization is the driving force of container shipping, as ever more goods are transported across the world’s oceans in steel boxes on ever-larger container ships. But container shipping is also what made globalization possible in the first place.  


Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening

Photo: Port Bronka

Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation.   The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts


Terex Cranes for ICTSI

Three similar cranes will be supplied to Basra

  Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Iraq for two Terex shiptoshore cranes (STS) and three Terex rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG). With this order including comprehensive services, TPS and ICTSI


Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  


Record Freight Handled by Antwerp Port

Mobility solutions for the Left bank of the port of Antwerp courtesy Antwerp Port

  The port of Antwerp is set to achieve a freight volume of more than 200 million tonnes for the first time ever in 2015. When it comes to containers Antwerp is performing extremely well this year: with expected growth of almost 8% it will easily pass the milestone of 9 million TEU


Double Record set by Antwerp Port

Port Keeps growing Courtesy Port of Antwerp

  The port of Antwerp is on course to handle more than 200 million tonnes of freight this year for the first time ever. And in container transhipment too a new record has been set, with more than 9 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) being handled


ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.  


Long Beach Tops 7 Mln TEUs

Courtesy Long Beach Port

  Propelled by six consecutive months of rising cargo volumes in the final two quarters of 2015, the Port of Long Beach recovered from systemic congestion and cargo diversion in the first quarter to deliver one of its strongest results on record


Antwerp Port Sees Record Volumes in 2015

Courtesy Antwerp Port

In 2015 for the first time in its history the port of Antwerp passed the 200 million metric ton mark for the volume of freight handled, by a wide margin. On December 31, the figure stood at 208,423,920 metric tons of freight handled. That’s 4


BAE Systems Supports Thai Navy Patrol Boat Build

Danela McFadyen, Head of Commercial, International with Captain Pichayane Tanprasert, Managing Director of Bangkok Dock (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it has signed a contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy. Under the agreement, BAE Systems will provide engineering support and advice during construction of the vessel in Thailand.






 
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