Shipping containers are defined as containers that facilitate the transport and carriage of goods without the need to unload and/or reload the cargo at intermediate points. These containers are large rectangular boxes made of a special corrosion resistant grade of steel and are characterized by high strength and durability. Containers are generally made up of aluminum and steel. The size and type built of each container comply with specifications and regulations formulated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Shipping containers are classified into three main categories, namely dry containers, reefer containers, and tank containers. Dry containers are the most commonly used containers and are used in the transportation of bulk cargo, whereas reefer containers are used for transporting perishables such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, among others. Lastly, tank containers are cylindrical containers fitted in a rectangular steel frame. These containers facilitate intermodal transport of liquid chemicals and other liquids from one place to other. There are, however, other types of containers that cater to specific needs, such as containers for transporting out-of-gauge cargo. These may be either platform type or open-top containers, among others.
The Container Owners Association – the international organization representing container shipping lines and container leasing companies worldwide – has appointed Mr O I Kwon, Senior Vice President – Container Business Management Division, STX Panocean Co Ltd, to its Board of Directors. Mr Kwon joins six other Directors, who represent some of the world’s largest container owners, on the Board of the Container Owners Association.
Starting next year, the price to ship a container across the Atlantic ocean is to soar, as container shipping lines on the Atlantic will be seeking hefty rate increases s next year. Rates for 20 foot containers heading westbound to U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific ports would rise by $600 from January 1, 2000, carriers in the Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement (TACA) said. For 40 and 45 ft units the increase would be $750, they said
The container ship Seaboard Voyager lost four of its containers approximately 18 miles north of Puerto de Tanamo, Cuba, Wednesday 2:18 p.m. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Miami received the report from the ship's master at 11:30 a.m. yesterday that Seaboard Voyager encountered rough seas and bad weather off the Cuban coast and four containers became loose. The Coast Guard instructed the master to anchor the ship off the coast of Miami so safety inspectors could make sure the ship
As a result of market instability in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line is announcing the following general rate increase, effective 1 April 2009. The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the East Coast and Gulf Coast of North America: • $160 per 20 ft dry container • $220 per 40 ft container/high cube/45 ft container/reefer The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the West Coast of North
The Container Owners Association (COA) appoints O. I. Kwon, Senior V-P, Container Business Management Division, STX Panocean, to its Board. The Container Owners Association (COA) was established in November 2004 as an international organisation representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers, worldwide. It has over 165 Members, including container shipping lines, leasing companies, intermodal operators and suppliers of a wide range of container equipment and services
The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) will unveil a new tranche of industry knowledge on intermodal tank containers in three specialist presentations to be made at the Transport Logistic 2009 event in Munich on 12-15 May 2009. Two of the papers highlight recent studies which bring together a wide range of established knowledge to explain why tank containers are the safest, most reliable and efficient means of transporting bulk liquids, powders and gases
Hong Kong Port cargo throughput increased by 3% over a year earlier to 64.5 million tonnes, while outward cargo volume increased 7% in Q1 2012 The HK Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) has released statistics on vessels, port cargo and containers for the first quarter of 2012. In the first quarter of 2012, total port cargo throughput increased by 3% over a year earlier to 64.5 million tonnes. Within this total, inward port cargo recorded virtually no change at 35
Classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) is offering container carriers additional flexibility to load more containers on deck, while maintaining required safety levels. With new route specific loading calculations, GL can assist container lines to accelerate cargo operations in ports and maintain a higher degree of loading flexibility. Based on long-term statistical data on wave conditions, GL has developed a new class notation for route dependent container stowage
Lion Containers Ltd. announced that it has joined Achilles FPAL, the supplier management community supporting the European oil and gas industry. Achilles FPAL is a community used by major buying organizations within the oil and gas sector. It enables the oil and gas sector to use Achilles' proven supplier prequalification system to identify, prequalify and assess suppliers for tender opportunities and minimize risk within their supply chains
The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says
One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.
The European Commission said on Friday it had cleared French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance. The announcement confirms a Reuters report on April 21 about the impending approval.
Approximately 121 pounds of heroin and eight pounds of cocaine were discovered in a shipping container of vegetables that was moving from Ecuador to Miami, Fla. through the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, N.Y. During a routine container inspection on January 7, U.S
CMA CGM Group develops AQUAVIVA, a new generation of containers to transport live lobsters The CMA CGM Group has launched a new generation of containers which allows for the safe carriage of live lobsters in their original water in conditions maintaining their natural habitat
Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has agreed terms with E.R. Schiffahrt, a Hamburg-based ship management company with activities in container and bulk segments, to supply Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) and the GNS navigation management software, Voyager.
The number of TEUs shipped to Ports of Stockholm increased by five percent over the first quarter of 2016. During the first quarter of 2016 there was a five percent gain in TEU numbers at Ports of Stockholm compared to the same period of the previous year
Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba, beginning on Friday April 22 with the arrival of the 2,556 TEU containership E.R. Cape Town in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers from Havana.
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) deadlines that went into effect on June 1 and December 1, 2015, respectively, have had a significant impact on U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors.
Leading marine coatings manufacturer, Hempel, announces - after only two and a half years on the market - its award winning innovative fouling defence product Hempaguard has now been applied as a full vessel coating to 500 ships.
Cosco Pacific Ltd.'s first-quarter ended 31 March 2016 net profit rose 31.4% from a year earlier on the back of a one-off gain. Turnover sank 2.27% yearly to US$129 million. On yearly basis, its net profit shot up 105 per cent to US$702
Worldwide shipping group CMA CGM announced that it is the main partner of the Monumenta 2016 art exhibition in Paris. CMA CGM has decided to be at the heart of the creation of the masterpiece, by providing its containerships
Four carriers have announced a new OCEAN Alliance to start next year. Where does this leave those carriers left behind? To the surprise of many it was announced last Wednesday that four carriers – CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines
DP World Limited today held its Annual General Meeting for the year ended 31 December 2015. DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, made the following statement regarding operational performance in the first quarter of 2016.