Evergreen Orders 10 More Ships
The Evergreen Group, Taiwan's largest container shipper, has signed an agreement with Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding Co. to build 10 new container vessels with a capacity of 2,800 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) to expand its fleet. The new shipbuilding plan is the second time in the past month that the shipping company has decided to add 2,800-TEU container ships to its fleet. In August, Evergreen signed an agreement with Taiwanese shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Corp.
Containership Catches Fire at Manila Port
The Marshall Islands-flagged containership MV Cape Moreton caught fire while berthed at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)in Tondo, in the Philippines on Saturday. Reports from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said smoke was first seen billowing from freight containers onboard MV Cape Moreton around 9:15 a.m. Photos from the scene show thick smoke billowing from the cargo area as firefighters battled the blaze.
China-Made Vessel Delivered to CMA CGM
A large container ship produced by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. was delivered to leading French container shipping group CMA CGM on Saturday in Shanghai, reports Xinhua. The vessel is named "Zheng He" after the famous ancient Chinese navigator. Its a 18,000-TEU container ship, designed by China State Shipping Corporation. Zheng He is the largest China has ever made and its deck is as large as four soccer fields, the producer said.
Dubai World Launches Rotterdam Terminal
DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM, has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the global supply chain with the most innovative and automated container terminal in the world. The RWG terminal s able to handle the largest container vessels afloat in the most efficient and reliable way due to its innovative character, reports Gulf News.
Finland Ports Strike on September 18
Finland's three big trade union federations plan industrial action on Friday against the government's labor reform program. Hence, Finnish ports, already suffering from container traffic declines, are set to shut on Friday 18 September. Transport Workers Union (ATK) head Marko Piirainen told state broadcaster YLE that the country will "virtually come to a standstill", reports JoC. Work is expected to halt beginning at 8:00 a.m. local time, with day-long demonstrations set to start at 11:00 a.m.
Khalifa Port Container Volume Up 41pct
At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014. With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate, is handling more cargo than ever before. Bolstered by rapid growth in polymer exports and transhipment activity across the Gulf…
China Rolls Out International Undersea Cable with ASEAN, Plans Information Harbor
China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations, says Xinhuanet. Its also setting up Information Harbor for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The government run China Unicom, one of the main telecommunications providers in the country, is cooperating with Myanmar's telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable…
Milaha Appoints New President & CEO
Qatar Navigation (Milaha), a leader in marine transportation offshore support services, port management and logistics services, has appointed Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai as its president and chief executive officer. He will succeed Khalifa Ali Al-Hetmi, who had previously announced his plan to retire. Al-Mannai previously led the commercial planning and allocation functions at Qatargas. Having spent his career with Qatargas…
Sea Breeze 2015 Concludes in Odesa
The annual U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational training exercise Sea Breeze 2015 concluded in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea Sept. 12, 2015. Maritime forces from 11 allied and partnering nations participated in the 14th iteration of Sea Breeze. This year’s exercise included training at Ukrainian naval bases, airfields, and land bases, training within the Black Sea, and an additional exercise relative construction military port.
Pettit Paint Debuts Antifouling Line for Yachts
Pettit Marine Paint, leading manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced today the release of the all-new superyacht antifouling system, the Pettit XL line.
Angeles Box Throughput up 3.8%
August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790,726 TEUs moved through the port complex. Current and historical data is available here. “The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators…
Caterpillar Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Caterpillar Inc. has been named to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), recognizing Caterpillar as a sustainability leader in the Industrial Engineering sector. This marks the 16th time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI list. The annual DJSI process involves a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance factors, assessing issues such as innovation management…
Venezuela detains three vessels for suspected fuel smuggling - navy
Three vessels suspected of smuggling subsidized fuel from Venezuela's refinery-rich Paraguana peninsula were detained this week by the country's navy, a local commander said on Saturday. Sources told Reuters on Monday that seven people had been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle diesel in a tanker owned by state oil company PDVSA. Admiral Andres Gomez, commander of a local navy unit, confirmed tanker 'Negra Hipolita' was found with an excess load of 50…