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Heavyweights ITF Back Action on Container Weighing

The ITF is calling on governments and industry bodies to back a proposed amendment that will tackle the dangers posed by unweighed or mis-declared shipping containers. The amendment – to the existing Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) – will be tabled at the present meeting of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub–committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers.The meeting will decide if the weighing of packed shipping containers will be made mandatory.
 The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has been lobbying for nearly a decade for a compulsory international system of container weighing to be introduced in ports. Currently there is a reliance on self regulation by shippers.

The ITF proposal stipulates that there should be an international law requiring mandatory weighing of loaded containers, a process in place to address misdeclaration of container weights, and that ships’ masters should be able to refuse to load un- or misdeclared containers.
 The ITF amendment is supported by the United States and Danish governments as well as industry bodies including The World Shipping Council (WSC), and The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). The ITF is urging other country and industry representatives to demonstrate their commitment to worker and public safety standards by backing the SOLAS amendment.


Japan Orders $1.8B in LNG Tankers

According to a Bloomberg report, Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., Japan's two largest shipping lines, will join Qatar in ordering $1.8 billion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to carry the fuel to North America. The ships will be built in as yet-unnamed South Korean yards. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Japan's third-biggest shipping company, Iino Kaiun Kaisha Ltd. and trading house Mitsui & Co. are also among the investors, according to the report.


Softlink Bundles WIN Connectivity in Cloud ERP Logi-Sys

Softlink’s Cloud ERP platform Logi-Sys for freight industry now includes WIN connectivity, enabling users to communicate with other WIN-connected forwarders. Amit Maheshwari, CEO-Softlink, said, “WIN’s unique value proposition is connecting forwarding agents to their agent partners who use completely different systems. By adding WIN interface to Logi-Sys, our customers can share information electronically with their key overseas partners


At Hamburg port E-mobility Project, BESIC enters crucial phase

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  Ten battery-operated heavy goods vehicles now transport containers between ships and the yard at the highly automated handling facility in the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). The aim is to charge the batteries of these container transporters when the grid has a surplus of renewable energy generated in northern Germany. The first battery-powered heavy goods vehicles in the world went into use at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) back in 2011


Terex Port Solutions Delivers 1,000th Straddle Carrier

The 1,000th diesel-electric Terex® straddle carrier at the celebrations on 11 July in the Terex Port Solutions facility in Würzburg

  Landmark machine goes to long-time customer North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH & Co Würzburg, Germany, 11 July, 2014 – A ceremony today marked the departure of the 1,000th diesel-electric straddle carrier from the Terex Port Solutions (TPS) facility in Würzburg. The celebration was attended by the straddle carrier’s new owner as well as the Terex team members who built the machine. The landmark machine is going to long-time customer North Sea Terminal


New Berlin, Hamburg Water Transport Routes

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On Monday, 03 August 2009, the first containers that were brought from Berlin to the Port of Hamburg via the new Elbe-Spree inland waterway were unloaded. The line operated by the Berlin Hafen- und Lagerhaus AG in cooperation with Konrad Zippel Spediteur GmbH from Hamburg will now be used for transports from City-GVZ Berlin Westhafen to the Hamburg container terminals and vice versa every week. The inland water vessel MS Shir Khan has a transport capacity of 54 TEUs (standard


Container Weighing a Task for Shippers Not Terminals: ESPO

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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) says it welcomes the recent decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that containers must be weighed before being stowed on board ship; however it  stresses that the weighing of containers should not burden port handling activities. ESPO explains that the verification of a containers’ weight can indeed play an important role in enhancing safety in maritime transport and the whole transport chain


Demand Rising to Keep Stuff Cool on Ocean Voyages

Søren Skou, CEO of container shipping giant Maersk Line is keynote speaker at the 4th Cool Logistics Global conference, 24-26 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. Skou will outline Maersk’s position on the critical actions now needed to sustain the future of global refrigerated transport. Over the past decade and more, expansion of refrigerated container ocean services has underpinned growing world trade in an ever-widening range of perishable commodities


Columbia Coastal Christens Super Barge

U.S.-flag container feeder barge operator, Columbia Coastal Transport added Columbia Elizabeth — one of the largest container barges ever built — to its fleet. The 912 TEU barge, which was christened in Portland, Ore., is ready to transport empties, full container and project cargoes moving between the U.S. west coast, gulf coast and eastern seaboard ports. Completing the 5,900-mile journey from the west coast to the eastern seaboard through the Panama Canal


Columbia Group Announces Two New Companies

The ownership of Columbia Coastal Transport, a container barge operator on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, announced the addition of two new companies to its Columbia Group of Companies. Palmer Industries, Inc., a logistics company in Port Newark, has been acquired and will be named Columbia Container Services at a grand opening ceremony to take place on July 1, 2003. Also added to the Columbia Group of companies is Columbia Intermodal, a full container trucking company based in Port Newark


TOTE Receives $324.6m Title XI Loan Guarantee

Rendering courtesy of TOTE

New vessels will create jobs, increase amount of cargo moved between Florida and Puerto Rico U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the approval of a $324.6 million Title XI loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., to finance the construction of two container ships that


Maersk CEO Appointed to UN Advisory

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Morten Engelstoft, CEO of Services and Other Shipping, said CO2 issues will be on his agenda as a newly appointed member of a UN High-level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The cause to champion CO2 reduction in shipping has been given a boost from a Maersk Group perspective


Specialised Reefer Container Operators can Thrive: DMR

Stack with reefers: Photo CCL credit Danny Cornelissen from portpictures.nl

Despite growing competition from container lines, specialised reefer operators can still thrive, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast, referred to here in an extract from DMR's latest 'Container Insight Weekly'.


South Carolina Ports Container Volume Up by 13%

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  SC Ports Authority reported container volumes up 13 percent fiscal year to date, a strong start to the first two months of the fiscal calendar. The SCPA handled 163,970 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in August, in increase from 144


PierPass' New President Responsible for Ports of LA & Long Beach

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New president John Cushing’s role gives him responsibility for PierPass programs to relieve congestion and improve air quality at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He takes over the role of president from Bruce Wargo, who has led PierPass since its founding in 2004 and remains CEO.


Cargo Container Security Alliance Formed

Photo courtesy of Contguard

SC-integrity, Inc. (LoJack SCI) and Contguard Ltd. announced a strategic alliance designed to provide their customers with security and real-time visibility of supply chain assets and cargo on a global basis. LoJack SCI will exclusively offer the Contguard CMU (Cargo Monitoring Unit) service


Portsmouth Marine Terminal Reopens Today

Portsmouth Marine Terminal Reopens Today

  The Port of Virginia marks an important milestone Monday 14th September as Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT), closed for nearly three years, reopens to cargo operations. At 8 a.m. on Monday, the terminal will begin receiving trucks carrying containers for export


Post-Panamax Ship Delivered to Diana Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v YM March, a 2004-built Post-Panamax container vessel of 5


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fall 6.6%

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.6 percent to $1.055 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Giant Reefer Ship Makes Maiden Call in Rotterdam

Cap San Lorenzo (photo courtesy of the Port of Rotterdam)

Hamburg Süd’s Cap San Lorenzo docked for the first time in the port of Rotterdam on Thursday, September 4. At the Euromax Terminal, the captain was presented with the traditional port plaque   associated with a maiden call


ABS to Class LNG-fueled Nordic Hamburg Containerships

Patrick Janssens: Photo ABS

Leading provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, ABB, says it has  been chosen to class two LNG-fueled containerships to be built in China for German owner GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg. The 1,400 teu vessels will feature dual-fuel propulsion enabling them


MN 100: Kirby Inland Marine

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55 Waugh Dr, #1000 Houston, TX 77007 Tel: (713) 435-1000   Email: customerservicerep.klm@kirbycorp.com Website: www.kirbycorp.com President: William G. Ivey The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States


Latest Ocean-going Shipbuilding Orders

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A number of orders are reported by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, with contracts being signed across the Dry Bulk, Tanker and Container markets. Dry bulk carriers Activity has been focused amongst the small/midsized vessels with Empros Lines reported to have signed up


GDP v TEU: DMR Analyses the Interplay

Container cranes: Photo courtesy of ABB

The strength of first-half 2014 container flows from Asia to Europe flies in the face of the macro-economic data coming out of Europe, says Drewry  Maritime Research (DMR) in their latest ‘Container Insight Weekly’, excerpted here.


New Technical Director at Khalifa Container Terminal

Manager and operator of the first semi-automated terminal in the Middle East, Khalifa Port Container Terminal, says it has appointed Mr. Mohamed Al Afeefi as Technical Director. Mr. Al Afeefi, who has been working in the oil & gas, aviation and energy intensive industries for the past 15






 
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