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That’s Not Coming on Board!

Hapag-Lloyd for example refuses to transport turtles on board the ships (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

There’s hardly anything that can’t be shipped in a container. However, for ethical reasons, Hapag-Lloyd refuses to transport certain goods.   Anyone who regularly transports goods for third parties, as a shipping company does, could theoretically just sit back and let the customers shoulder all the responsibility for whatever crosses the oceans in containers – as long as no laws are broken.   But having not been content with doing business that way for many years, Hapag-Lloyd has compiled a list of the goods that it won’t transport for ethical reasons. Among the items on the list are animals that deserve to be safeguarded even if they aren’t yet protected by international laws. For example, Hapag-Lloyd categorically refuses to transport whale or dolphin meat as well as any products made from them. The same goes for customers wishing to ship sealskins or hunting trophies, such as lions or other large animals. Whenever such requests are made, they are met with a simple but friendly: “Sorry, but that doesn’t come on board our ships!”   Hapag-Lloyd likewise refuses to transport turtles or mink skins, and it even goes further than the legal regulations in place by also excluding genetically modified microorganisms. Sure, anything can be written on paper, you might say, wondering if all of these rules are also really observed


CMA CGM Receives the Highest Score

In January 2013, the Group-owned CMA CGM fleet was rewarded by state ports (Port State Control), the highest score for its fleet in recognition of the fleet’s compliance with international regulations regarding safety at sea, technical / regulatory compliance and pollution prevention. For this ranking, port national authorities verify the state of vessels, the level of maintenance, the quality of the crew, procedures in place for the management of safety and pollution.


New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


Maersk Asia/US E.Coast Service to Transit Suez, Not Panama

Maersk Line, will stop using the Panama Canal to transport goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast as bigger ships make Suez more profitable. Maersk Line will send through Suez Canal a vessel that can carry as many as 9,000 20-foot boxes at a time, instead of using two 4,500-box-vessels through Panama Canal, Soeren Skou, Maersk Line chief executive officer, informed Bloomberg in Singapore. The last sailing through Panama will be on April 7 and the first service through Suez will be a week later


Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port

Coast Guard Inspection: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard


NORTH P&I CLUB Publishes Guidance On Sanctions For Shipowners

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The ‘A’ rated, 150 million GT North of England P&I club has published new guidance for shipowners on how to avoid being caught out by the increasingly complex ‘patchwork’ of international trade sanctions currently in force worldwide. Writing in the club’s newsletter ‘Signals’, head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, ‘Trade sanctions are at the forefront of modern diplomacy and can be imposed by individual countries or supranational bodies


AAPA Chief Weighs in on WRDA

Jerry Bridges, AAPA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

AAPA Chairman Testifies Before Senate Committee on Water Resources Development Act; Testimony emphasizes importance of investment in waterside infrastructure.   Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, testifying today on behalf of AAPA before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stressed the need to authorize new navigation projects to keep the Nation competitive in


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of container ships on an annual basis this year for the first time in at least 20 years. The container shipping industry has been struggling with over capacity because of there are too few goods to


Stockholm Norvik Port Construction to Start

Stockholm  Norvik Port Image courtesy Ports of Stockholm

The planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, just north of Nynäshamn, is extremely important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the Stockholm region. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, construction and operation of the port requires a legal ruling. Today the Swedish Supreme Court issued a positive ruling by deciding not to allow permission for an appeal to be heard


ECSA Calls for Short Sea Shipping Friendly Framework

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.  


60th Birthday for Container Shipping

Chart: Clarkson Research

 From its origins in the first seaborne transportation of containers on board Malcolm McLean’s Ideal-X on 26 April 1956, containerized shipment has become the glue that holds together today’s globalised economy, points out Clarksons Research.  


Stockholm Ports Set Record

TEUs shipped to Ports of Stockholm increased by five percent Courtesy Ports of Stockholm

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


Transport via Northern European ports more sustainable

Scatter plot of CO2 emission per TEU per day for vessels according to size and year of build.

On the European continent, the Alps form a natural barrier for international transport. Containers can be transported to Southern Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland cheaper as well as more sustainably via North European ports than via Southern European ports


Iran, Switzerland Sign Mou On Shipping

Photo: Iran - Switzerland Chamber of Commerce

 The Islamic Republic of Iran and Switzerland signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of shipping and sea transport cooperation, Irna reported.   Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development in a statement said an agreement had been signed with the MSC


BIMCO: Recommended Amendments To Bunker Contracts

Pic: WP Marine

 As widely reported in the maritime press, the United Kingdom's Supreme Court has granted an expedited hearing to Product Shipping & Trading's case against the collapsed OW Bunker (the Res Cogitans).    The hearing will take place on 22 March in London and will deliver the


US Trade Deficit Widens as Exports Hit 5.5-year Low

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in January as a strong dollar and weak global demand helped to push exports to a more than five-and-a-half-year low, suggesting trade will continue to weigh on economic growth in the first quarter.    


Indian Budget Proposals for Maritime Sector

Pic: Shipping Corporation of India

 Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley in Union Budget for financial 2016-17 (Apr-Mar) has announced imposition of 14% service tax on services provided by domestic shipping companies transporting goods from outside India.    “The service tax on services provided by shipping


Sixteen Tons of Beer for Brooklyn

The beer in the stowed container (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

In 1966 North German Lloyd (NDL) carried out Germany’s first multimodal door-to-door shipment. The customer was delighted as cargo could no longer ‘get lost’ on the way. An interesting, almost forgotten story from the beginning of the container era.  


Avoiding Snags from Container Weighing Rules

Thomas Juchum (Photo: EUROMOVERS International)

Moving company network making sure new legislation does not stop transferees having a smooth relocation   Every human resources professional who is involved in relocating key staff internationally will know how important the smooth movement of household goods can be for transferees


Peel Ports Wins Carmen Award

L - R The Master Carman, Mr Mark Griffiths; The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans; Patrick Walters, Group Commercial Director, Peel Ports; Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive, Peel Ports

Peel Ports has been recognised for its commitment to environmental stewardship in the delivery of its Manchester Ship Canal project by the prestigious and historic Carmen Awards.   The awards, which honour exceptional achievement in industry and individual enterprise


US Trade Deficit Widens, but Exports on the Rise

File Photo: Alex Sergienko

The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in February as a rebound in exports was offset by an increase in imports, the latest indication that economic growth remained weak in the first quarter.   The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the trade gapincreased 2.6 percent to $47


XL Catlin Unveils Cargo Insurance Policy

Anne Marie Elder (Photo: XL Catlin)

XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business has introduced its first new marine product, an insurance policy to offer cargo insurance coverage on a domestic, foreign or worldwide basis.   According to Anne Marie Elder, Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business


Oil Glut Leaves Supertankers in a Huge Jam

It may be the world's biggest traffic jam.   As ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered.  


KR Upgrades KR-CON with Dangerous Goods Search Function

Classification society Korean Register (KR) announced the release of its latest KR-CON software. The essential software tool, now in its 14th edition includes an enhanced and increasingly critical dangerous goods program, which has been developed in-house, as one of its key functions.  






 
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