New Book Targets Better Ship Design
Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design, published by The Nautical Institute, hopes to make maritime operations safer and more effective by giving ship designers an insight into how those onboard work and live. The book was launched at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) conference…
COSCO Mulls Hanjin Port Asset Purchase
China's COSCO Shipping Co Ltd may consider buying the port assets of troubled South Korean firm Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, Chinese online finance magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday. But COSCO Shipping has no plans to buy the world's seventh-largest container carrier's ships, Caixin cited the Chinese firm's Chairman Xu Lirong as saying. Hanjin Shipping collapsed last month. Earlier on Wednesday, a South Korean court said it has not yet decided whether a sale of the company is necessary. Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk and Paul Carsten
On the Majestic Maersk, mega-ship dreams obscure cloudy future
For Captain Dick S. Danielsen, the childhood dream has been to sail the world's biggest ships. The Danish seaman got his chance three years ago when he was asked to helm the Majestic Maersk, a mammoth, baby blue-painted vessel that at 400 meters (1,312 feet) is longer than a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship can hold up to 18,270 twenty-foot (TEU) shipping containers and is owned by the world's largest container shipping firm, A.P. Moller-Maersk. "If you're going to be a captain and the company asks you, do you want to be on our biggest ship in the fleet, everybody would be proud.
Maersk, Danske and Nordea to shed Ship Finance Stakes
A.P. Moller-Maersk , Danske Bank and Nordea Bank will sell their shareholdings in shipping lender Danish Ship Finance worth 4.25 billion Danish crowns ($638.05 million) to a consortium of Danish investment funds, the company said Wednesday. The company, which distributes loans to shipping companies based on vessel mortgages, will be taken over by Danish pension funds PFA, PKA as well as Nordic equity fund Axcel. The deal values the company at 4.72 billion crowns, the company said. The divestment comes less than a week after shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said it would split into two units and focus on its container shipping business.
COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, Zheng Chiping, Deputy Director of the foreign investment department of the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC and Wan Min…
Interlake Steamship Bulk Carrier Repowered
The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21. As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s fleet, the conversion of the Herbert C. Jackson represents the final phase of the company’s decade-long modernization program to create the most efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible fleet on the Great Lakes. The 690-foot Jackson is the fifth ship to undergo a major overhaul and Interlake’s fourth and last steam-to-diesel conversion since 2006. “After a successful repowering at Fraser Shipyards, the Herbert C.
Cruising To New Horizons
During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research. Whilst many of the new ‘mega-ships’ will likely be heading to sunny climes, there have been developments at the small end of the sector too, for ships venturing forth to remote and often chilly destinations. Arctic navigation was once the preserve of intrepid explorers.
South Africa Raids Boxship Operator's Offices
Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The six companies comprise local subsidiaries of Denmark's Maersk, Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company, France's CMA CGM Shipping, Germany's Hamburg Sud, Singapore-based Pacific International Line and Maersk unit Safmarine, the commission said in a statement.
China COSCO Shipping Not to Hike Freight Rates
China COSCO Shipping will not raise its shipping prices as it had planned, reports Caixin quoting shipping agency representatives at Shanghai’s port. The shipping giant has given up its plan to take advantage of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy by raising prices after a surge of international cargo prices turned out to be temporary, says the report. The shipping market witnessed a spike in prices in the first few days after Hanjin filed for court receivership on Aug. 31. One container shipped from China to the western coast of the United States…
Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion
Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The development comes as global container lines struggle in the worst-ever market conditions, caused by a glut of ships and slowing global trade, which has battered earnings and forced at least one out of business. The six companies raided comprise local subsidiaries of Denmark's Maersk…
S. Korean Court Mulls Sale of Hanjin
The South Korean bankruptcy court handling the insolvency proceedings of Hanjin Shipping Co. said Wednesday a sale of the troubled company is possible, say media reports. However, the court has yet to reach a decision. "The sale of Hanjin is one of the options we're considering. If we conclude that it's the best way to rehabilitate the company, we'll do so, " Choi Ung-young, a judge and a spokesman for the Seoul Central District Court, said. According to Bloomberg, the Seoul Central District Court has called for a meeting of officials who are evaluating the container line.
Drewry: What Next for THE Alliance?
Hanjin’s bankruptcy leaves the proposed carrier grouping THE Alliance at a size disadvantage to both its future rivals. Might a replacement be called up? Drewry says that the container shipping industry is in a state of flux at the moment and nobody can honestly say they know for certain what the landscape will look like in six months from now. Even before Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection the industry was preparing itself for big changes to the make-up of the major shipping alliances, which from April next year are scheduled to downsize from four to three.
Agility, Maersk Join to Slash CO2 Emissions
Agility Logistics, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Maersk Line, to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020. The agreement is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge, an initiative under which Maersk Line and its key customers work together to drive down harmful emissions and reduce the environmental impact of container shipping. As part of the agreement, Agility and Maersk will look for ways to cut emissions by shipping cargo on more fuel efficient ships…
Carnival Signs MOA for First New Cruise Ships Built in China
Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The MOA is subject to several conditions including closing of the joint venture, financing and other key terms. As part of the new MOA, Carnival Corporation’s cruise joint venture in China agreed to order two new cruise ships to be built by a newly formed China-based shipbuilding joint venture between China’s largest shipbuilder…
Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars
Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment. The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V. Dresden wad scheduled at Cochin Port yesterday evening (September 26, 2016). The ship is a foreign carrier of Cyprus registration, which has obtained license for coastal run between the ports in India, and is of 177 m length and 7 m draft. The Car Carrier has the circuit of Ennore-Cochin-Kandla-Cochin-Ennore…
India's GSL Delivers Patrol Vessel to Mauritius
Indo-Mauritian maritime defence Co-operation got another fillip with the delivery of first Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VICTORY, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Limited(GSL) for Mauritius Coast Guard, on 26th September 2016 at GSL. The vessel is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations. The vessel is 50 meter long, fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs…
Cable Ship Rescues 14 Fishermen near Mumbai
The crew deployed on the C.S. Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, rescued 14 fisherman in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India. Indian fishing boat FV Datta Sai sank on September 17 with 16 persons aboard, no personal floatation devices and no VHF radio. The C.S. Dependable, in transit between work sites, came across the fisherman clinging to floating debris and treading water, and all hands were called to enact an immediate water rescue. “This was a complicated and dangerous effort that required excellent communication and everyone’s commitment to this rescue, as I had to maneuver the ship to keep the men in the water away from thrusters,” said Captain Yann Durieux, Master, C.S. Dependable, TE SubCom.
FMC: Update Regarding Commission Briefings on the Status of Hanjin Shipping
The status of Hanjin Shipping and the disruptions caused by its bankruptcy to the American shipping community, as well as global supply chains, was examined closely by the Federal Maritime Commission during the closed session of the September 20, 2016 public meeting. Commissioners were briefed by staff from the Office of the General Counsel; the Bureau of Trade Analysis; the Bureau of Enforcement; and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services about a variety of developments related to the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping. Topics addressed included: proceedings in the U.S.
S.Korea: Hanjin Cash, Parent Support Should Cover Offloading Fees
Cash from top shareholder, executives should cover offload costs. South Korea's government said cash held by Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd and funds pledged by its parent group should meet the costs of unloading some $14 billion in cargo stranded on vessels operated by the troubled container line. The collapse of South Korea's biggest shipping operator late last month has plunged the shipping industry into chaos ahead of the crucial year-end holiday shopping season as dozens of vessels and their crews wait for money needed to pay for port and handling fees.
ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships
German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar. The scope of work involves a total of 220 luxury suites and corresponding corridors as well as the visual turnkey delivery of the main galley and pantries, including galley equipment and lining for all four river ships. ALMACO previously refurbished the crew accommodation and catering areas onboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart earlier in 2016…
General Dynamics AUV Detects Threats to Ship Hulls
General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV locates, identifies and maps structural issues on a ship’s hull including large ocean going cargo ships, petroleum and chemical tankers, cruise ships and military surface and sub-surface vessels without dry-docking the ship. “Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and cost-intensive part of a ship’s observation and maintenance…
Sonagol Deepens DSME's Woes
Concerns were growing again over liquidity woes of Soth Korea's largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), as the Angolan oil major Sonangol EP is likely to delay the takeover of its drill ships once again. According to The Korea Herald, DSME was planning to deliver the two drill ships to Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol by this month to receive the remaining contract fee of $1 billion. The South Korean shipbuilder has completed building two drill ships…
Shipping Confidence on the Rise -Moore Stephens
Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. In August 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.4 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This is an improvement on the 5.1 recorded in May 2016, and the highest rating for the past nine months of the survey, which was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.