Third 14,000 TEU Container Joins Seaspan
Hong Kong-based owner and operator of containerships Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership, the YM Winner. The new ship, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan’s third 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and fourth delivery in 2015. The YM Winner will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.
Biggies to Rule Ocean, says Maersk CEO
The WSJ reports that the Danish container-shipping group is ordering more megaships even as freight rates remain low. Reason? The world’s biggest container-shipping companies are set to dominate seaborne trade over the next few years, leaving little space for small and midsize operators to compete. This opinion was expressed by A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S Chief Executive Nils Andersen. Maersk Line, a unit of the Danish shipping and oil giant…
EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than $430,000 to four cities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve water quality in Lake Michigan. Highland Park and Wilmette, Illinois; Michigan City, Indiana; and Muskegon, Michigan, are among 11 cities across the Great…
Replica of Revolutionary French Ship Arrives in US
When the 17-story ship glided through the cool morning mist like an apparition in the Virginia town, many didn't realized that it was a replica of a French frigate that in 1780 transported General Lafayette to America to rally US rebels battling for independence. The Hermione, which carried the Marquis de Lafayette to the US colonies, sailed into Yorktown, Virginia, to kick off a series of events along the east coast.
Yangtze Ship Disaster: Nearly 400 Confirmed Dead
Nearly 400 bodies are recovered from a Chinese ship that capsized on the Yangtze River. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, were found after the ship carrying 456 people sank on Monday night. Disaster teams found hundreds more bodies overnight and on Saturday morning after pulling the overturned river cruise boat upright with cranes and gradually raising it up from the currents of the river.
Kandla Port: Scam and Corporatisation
Anti-Corruption Bureau in the state of Gujarat has ordered by a Kutch court to probe the alleged multi-million rupee scam in Kandla Port Turst (KPT), has filed a revision petition saying the case be handed over to a national agency like CBI instead, reports PTI. “Gandhidham unit of ACB filed a revision plea before the sessions court yesterday and challenged the magistrate’s order to probe the scam.
South China Sea Boils Up
The overlapping territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have recently been moving from bad to worse. Vietnam is seeking to upgrade its air defences by acquiring western fighter jets and drones, a move which would further militarize a dispute with Beijing over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Taiwan's coast guard has commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3…
Vessel Hijacked off Malaysia
The crew of the product tanker Orkim Victory was taken hostage after their vessel was hijacked by pirates eight nautical miles off the coast of Pu Aur, Malaysia, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s Piracy Reporting Centre. The tanker carrying petroleum was under way from Sungai Udang to Kuantan, Malaysia, when the 7,119 dwt vessel was boarded by armed men. The vessel was boarded in the South China Sea off Pulau Aur, Malaysia and had its oil cargo siphoned off.
SoCal Beach Stretch Reopens After Tar Ball Problem
Officials reopened a stretch of Southern California coastline on Friday after closing it because of tar balls that washed ashore, in a phenomenon authorities are…
Hurricane Blanca Weakens off Mexico, Still Headed for Resorts
Hurricane Blanca weakened to a category 1 storm on Friday but is still expected to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Blanca, the second hurricane to form off Mexico's Pacific coast this year, is about 330 miles (531 km) southwest of the major port of Manzanillo, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km), the Miami-based NHC said in a report.
Huntington Ingalls wins USN Carrier Deals
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc on Friday won two contracts worth a combined $4.3 billion to complete design work and construction of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. The first contract, a fixed-price deal with an incentive fee, was worth $3.4 billion for design and construction work on the new warship, and runs through June 2022.
Hapag-Lloyd Announces Changes to GS1 Service
With the aim to improve efficiency and quality of the service offered to you, Hapag-Lloyd is pleased to advise some important changes to the GS1 service. MSC will…
USCG Tall Ship Arrives for Norfolk Harborfest
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Norfolk Friday for the 2015 Norfolk Harborfest. Friday, June 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg…