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Chinese Container Ship on the International Market

The ship to which China owns the full intellectual property rights is on the international market for the first time, according to People's Daily. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. and Costamare Shipping Co. Greece signed a contract to build four of the 8,530 TEU container ships. The 8,530 TEU container ship is said to be the largest ever exported. Source: People's Daily Online


Los Angeles’ July Container Volumes Set Year High

The Port of Los Angeles has released its July 2013 cargo volumes. July overall volumes totaled 715,640 20-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers, the busiest cargo month of 2013. Compared to July 2012, volumes slipped 1.48%. Imports edged downward by .3%, from 371,859 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers in July 2012 to 370,745 TEUs this July. Exports decreased 4.83%, from 165,581 TEUs in July  2012 to 157,585 TEUs in July 2013.


Canal Proposes New Containership Pricing System

After nine months of informal consultations with its customers and the maritime industry, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) today announced a formal proposal to update their current vessel measurement and pricing system for full container vessels and other vessel types with on-deck container capacity. The ACP’s proposal would change the system that the Canal currently uses for the container segment – from the Panama Canal Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) to the industry standard of the


NewLead Holdings Closes Container Vessel Sale

NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:NEWL) announced that the MSC Seine, a 1990-built 2,917 TEU Container vessel, was delivered to her new owner, January 20, 2010. As previously announced, the gross proceeds from sale will be used to reduce debt and add flexibility to the balance sheet.  


Yangzijiang to Benefit From Ship Orders: Merrill Lynch

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said that it sees Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd. benefiting from potential orders after a revival of interest from container shipping firms in larger vessels. The broker’s outlook came after reports that Taiwan's Evergreen, the world's sixth-largest container shipping firm, ordered 10 vessels with a capacity of 13,800 twenty-foot containers (TEU) each. "Evergreen Marine decided to lease ten 13


Becker Marine Wins Another Rudder Order

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Becker Marine Systems receives order for 93m2 TLKSR rudders - the largest ever built. 93m2 TLKSR Rudder ordered by STX O&S for 16,000 TEU container vessels Becker Marine Systems has been elected by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to design and supply the largest ever built full spade rudders for Zodiac’s container vessels of more than 90m2. The largest rudders so far delivered by Becker Marine Systems are 85m2 TLKSR® rudders that were installed on five 14


Hanjin Starts Building Container Ship

Hanjin Heavy Industries, Corp-Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-PI), switched on the steel plate cutting machine that signaled the start of its production. The first steel cutting ceremony was held at the newly-built HHIC-PI shipyard at the Redondo Peninsula. The HHIC-PI constructed the shipyard complex inside the 480-hectare land area in the peninsula with a committed investment of $ 1 billion and is expected to create around 30,000 jobs.


T&T BISSO Refloats Container Vessel

T&T BISSO Response successfully refloated a 5,700 teu container vessel in Brazil. Led by Senior Salvage Master Ted Hosking, the T&T BISSO team lightered bunkers and used three high-horsepower local tugs in the operation. After pumping the bunkers back to the vessel and conducting an underwater survey, the crew safely delivered the vessel and cargo to its owners with no damage to the environment. (www.ttbisso


China Shipyards Benefit from Lomar Fleet Expansion

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Lomar informs it has declared a further three options to build new container vessels at Chinese shipyards, which brings the total number of newbuilding orders in hand to over 20 ships. The company has declared its final two options in a total order for six 1,100 TEU container vessels from the Yangzijiang shipyard. They are designed by leading Chinese design institute SDARI (Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute) and have much improved fuel consumption and the ability to carry


SFL Acquires Two Containerships, Settles Bulker Claim

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has announced the agreement to acquire two 5,800 teu post-panamax container vessels built in 2001/2002 in combination with long-term charters. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL over the course of the next few weeks, and the annual EBITDA contribution is estimated to be approximately $5.5 million on average during the charter period. The charters include a purchase option with profit share after five years.


Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Eyes Mega Container Ships

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Reuters - Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd, a top Chinese shipbuilder, plans to build more mega container ships for shipowners eager to cut operating costs. Yangzijiang is China's third-largest listed shipbuilder by market capitalisation and has boasted profit margins that dwarf those of


SFL Acquires 7 Containerships with Long-term Charters

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to acquire seven 4,100 teu container vessels built in 2002 in combination with long-term charters to a leading container line operator. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL over the course of the next few weeks


Latest Global Ocean Trade Shipbuilding Orders

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The past week was relatively quiet with no shipbuilding orders seen in the tankship or gas carrier sector, according to the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Details as follows: Dry bulk ships A large order of twelve firm plus eighteen option 64


Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

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In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson Hellas understand that Golden Union have declared options for three further 81


Huge China Intermodal Hub Port Starts Operations

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Chongqing Guoyuan Port, a crucial shipping centre in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, has recently been put into use. With an annual through capacity of 300 billion tons, it will be connected with Yuxin'ou (Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe) International Railway


UASC Places Huge Containership Order

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) closed a $1.3 biillion (USD) multi-tranche syndicated loan facility for the partial financing of seven 14,000 TEU container ships and five 18,000 TEU container ships. The facility is part of a larger $1.7 billion debt financing related to UASC’s announced


Port of L.A. Container Volumes up for December

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The Port of Los Angeles has released its December 2013 cargo volumes. December overall volumes increased 11.09 percent compared to December 2012. The increase is due in part to shippers moving cargo in advance of the Chinese New Year, which this year falls on January 31.


China Shipyard Delivers First 'Home Grown' Mega-Container Ship

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China's first 10,000 TEU container ship with independent intellectual property rights has been delivered from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, reports Xinhua. This ship was built for China Shipping Container Lines and is capable of carrying


Big Ship Newbuildings: Global Order Update

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Container ship newbuildings figure most active in the latest weekly news from Clarkson Hellas, with the majority of orders placed with China and Korea shipbuilders. Dry bulk carriers Clients of Diana Shipping reports Clarkson Hellas in its Weekly Bulletin have announced a further order for one 82


Korean Yard to Build World's Largest Container Ship for CSCL

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) say they have begun building the first of five 19,000 TEU container ships for China Shipping Container Lines (Hong Kong).   HHI explain that the shipowner upgraded the original order for five 18,400 TEU containerships to ones capable of delivering 600


Latest Global Deep-Sea Shipbuilding Contract Round-Up

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Far East shipbuilders scoop the pool of latest big ship newbuilding orders reports Clarkson Hellas in their latest Weekly  S+P Bulletin. Bulk carriers This week Clarkson Hellas say that Bocimar has announced an order for two firm 206,000 DWT Newcastlemax and one firm 180


Waste Heat Recovery Advances

Picture of the 80 MW extension of the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama featuring two 12K80MC-S engines and two TCS-PTG22 turbo-compound systems by MAN Diesel & Turbo

With the recent commissioning of two TCS-PTG22 units at the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama and the successful factory acceptance test of a TCS-PTG20 unit for a 4,700 TEU container vessel ordered by Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld – the second such unit to be installed on board a second such


Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail


MacGregor’s New Lashing Bridges Ordered

Lashing bridge is a vital part of the container ships cargo system. With a proper cargo system design, the ships capacity will be secured.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for lashing bridges for three 18,000 TEU container ships to be built at Waigaoqiao Shipyard in China. The contract includes the design and fabrication of the lashing bridge steel structure of approx


Port of Hamburg on Growth Course

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In 2013 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 139 million tons. That represents growth of 6.2 percent. Both general cargo handling totalling 96.8 million tons (+ 5.7 percent) and bulk cargo handling at 42.3 million tons (+ 7.2 percent)


 
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