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UASC calls at DP World London Gateway with Record Load

The sunsets on another day at London Gateway. Photo:  DP World

 DP World London Gateway has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a record 18,601-teu. The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers.   Al Muraykh, a new generation of ultra-large container ships, is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length.   The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship. With thousands more stowed below deck, the ship can carry up to 18,800 containers.   The ship left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying more shipping containers than any vessel on record and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe.   Many of the goods being unloaded will be on the high streets of the UK in the coming days for the January sales.   The vessel’s ability to transport large volumes of containers to the UK means the average CO2 output per container is 60% less than any other ship, making the transportation of goods more sustainable.   DP World London Gateway Hub is located closer to key population centres reducing time and costs in UK supply chains.   “We are extremely proud to have achieved a world record breaking load on board Al Muraykh, the greenest vessel in the world and one of the largest in operation today,” said Waleed Al Dawood, chief operating officer at UASC

Lifted Iran Sanction Frees Up $2.8 Bln in Tanker Tonnage


 With recent news that sanctions against Iran are to be lifted, the world tanker fleet is due to see an additional 14.1 million DWT of Iranian tankers freed to trade globally. This tonnage is valued today at nearly $2.8 billion, according to ranks Iran’s VLCC fleet eighth in the world by value, behind Greece, China, Japan, the U.S., Singapore, Saudi Arabia and South Korea

Pension Fund Set to Scrap Plan to Bid for Daewoo

AFP reported that 's state pension fund is likely to scrap plans to bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding because of global financial turbulence. The National Pension Service the world's fifth largest, had been in talks with POSCO, GS Group and Hanwha Group to find a partner for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipyard, is also interested in Daewoo Shipbuilding, the world's third biggest yard.

Cosco, China Shipping Mega Merger Deal May Get Green Signal Soon

Photo: China COSCO Dry Bulk Shipping

 The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ.   The companies have been working out a deal for months, centered on combining the two companies’ container-shipping units. They are also looking into merging tanker, dry-bulk and port operations, the people said. 

Last Liberty Ship Leaves James River Reserve Fleet

Arthur M. Huddell is bound for Greece

The Department of Transportation announced that the last of ’s famous ships, the Arthur M. Huddell, will be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet site at , , to , on July 28, to prepare the World War II-era vessel for a cross-Atlantic tow to its new homeport in .  Greek officials say the ship will become a merchant marine museum of that nation’s shipping industry. While in , the Huddell will be berthed at the W3 Marine facility while the cross-Atlantic tow-prep is

Shell, BP 2005’s Leading Oil Tanker Hirers

Royal Dutch Shell plc and BP plc, Europe’s largest energy companies, were the leading hirers of oil tankers last year as crude prices rose to records. Shell hired 762 crude oil tankers for single voyages in 2005, accounting for 7.5 percent of the global total, according to figures compiled by New York-based shipbroker Poten & Partners. BP rose from fifth in 2004 to second, with a share of 4.9 percent. Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s top energy company, came third in the survey.

China to Build World's Largest Repair Facility

China Ocean Shipping, China’s dominant maritime firm, is investing Yuan2bn in what is envisioned to become the largest shiprepair facility in the world. The base will be in the Zhoushan archipelago in Zhejiang province, two hours’ steaming from Shanghai, which is likely to become the world’s biggest port in the coming decade providing plenty of repair work, particularly for very large crude carriers and containerships

This Day in Naval History - Nov. 29

From the Navy News Service 1775 - Capt. John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions. 1890 - First Army-Navy football game (Navy won 24-0). 1929 - Cmdr. Richard Byrd makes first flight over South Pole. 1944 - USS Archerfish (SS 311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world's largest warship sunk by any submarine during World War II.

Report: Three Carriers Dominate TransAtlantic Trade

Three new carrier groups now control 58% of the total capacity in the transatlantic container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a new quarterly report from the on-line shipping database. The fourth quarter 2000 issue of World Liner Supply shows that the merger of services and the combination of smaller carrier groups has led to a substantially higher market concentration in the North America/northern Europe container trade.

Seafaring Tradition Perhaps Key to DP World's Growth

At DP World's annual gala dinner the chairman noted the company's success was rooted in UAE's rich maritime tradition. The UAE’s rich sea-faring tradition supported and drove DP World’s rise from a local port operator to today being third largest marine terminal operator globally, said Chairman H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem addressing the recent Annual Grand Gala Dinner of DP World, UAE Region. Addressing the event held under the theme “Dreams of the Sea”

Maersk Maintains Beaching Mantra, Ignores Danwatch Views

Photo C S Rahman NGO Shipbreaking Platform

After investigative journalists have revealed the severe short-comings of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in Alang, India, the shipping giant blatantly disregards the findings. In an official statement, Maersk defends its new practice of breaking ships on Indian beaches with tooth and nail

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is.    Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in

Hurtigruten’s New Hybrid Expedition Ships Named

Image: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid powered expedition ships under construction at Kleven Yards have been named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, after two influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels

Panama Accedes to BWM Convention

Jorge Barakat Pitty (right), Minister of Maritime Affairs of Panama, presented the countrys instrument of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention to IMO Secretary General Lim on October 19, 2016. (Photo: IMO)

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.28 percent, with 53 Contracting Parties.  

Maersk Line Returns to Iran

Photo: Maersk Line

 The latest country included in the Maersk Line organization is part of the UAE cluster comprising of UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran. Christian Juul-Nyholm, Managing Director, UAE Cluster, is upbeat about this development.    He says

Countdown to London International Shipping Week

Image courtesy London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.   The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime

Nakilat Transitions LNG Fleet from Shell

(Photo: Nakilat)

Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL.  

DP World to Develop Ukraine Logistics

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with President Petro Poroshenko during their meeting in Ukraine recently.

Global trade enabler DP World has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ukraine to collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including the development of logistics capability in the country.   On a recent visit to Ukraine

Inland Waterways A Game Changer in India

Photo: Official Twitter Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Indian Minister for Road Transport Highways & Shipping,  Nitin Gadkari gave an overview of his Ministry’s achievements as well as plans for future growth.    Beginning with Shipping, he informed that while ports around the world had faced losses

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ

File photo: Navigator Gas

 Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ   Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities.   The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based

Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

U.K. shipbuilder Cammell Laird held one of the largest ceremonies in its history when Sir David Attenborough joined more than 1,000 people for the keel laying of the new £150 million polar research vessel.   Construction was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist and

Facing Criticism, Maersk Defends Its Shipbreaking Practices

Photo: © S Rahman / NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Monday it was striving to improve workers' rights at shipbreaking yards it uses in India after criticisms of hazardous conditions. The Danish company also expressed regret that a ship it sold this year, the "North Sea Producer"

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