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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Simatech Begins Coastal Shipping Service in India

Photo: Simatech Shipping

 Sima Marine, a subsidiary of Dubai-based Simatech Shipping, one of the largest container feeder servicing companies in the world operating 54 ships, has launched coastal container shipping services in India.   The coastal container shipping service will operate from Kochi connecting Mangalore in Karnataka, Goa and Mundra in Gujarat.   Simatech Shipping is one of the largest container feeder servicing companies in the world operating 54 ships with partners, including 15 of its own.   For the exclusive coastal service operations in the country, the Indian subsidiary has also acquired two 1,500-TEU container vessels, Sima Godavari and Sima Narmada, which have already started their operations now.   These ships are now sailing with Indian flag to work within the cabotage law.   Simatech Shipping-Dubai and Sima Marine India managing director C F George said the company’s prospects in the Indian coastal segment were bright, which remained untapped for a long time.“We expect that consistent service with competitive rates would attract more coastal cargo, which is currently transported via road, to the Indian ports. The Indian Government has been promoting coastal container movement by offering various incentives."   "Shifting cargo movement from road to sea will not only help decongest the highways, but also reduce pollution, cut cost and facilitate effective trade

Container Shipping Demand Remains Good: Hapag-Lloyd

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 In the medium term, demand for container shipping services should continue to rise in tandem with expected ongoing growth in global trading volume, says Hapag-Lloyd.   As a result, the container shipping industry’s medium-term growth prospects remain intact, says the company in its investor outlook for 2017.   In its latest economic outlook (April 2017), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects global economic growth to reach 3.5% in the current year. 

Asia Key to Recovery of Containerized Trade

Asian economies are leading the recovery of international container trade volumes, but strong growth across the region could see pre-recession pressure on freight infrastructure re-emerge, a senior executive of container shipping line APL told a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on May 20. “Intra-Asia is already the world’s single largest container trade,” Jason Wong, Vice President of APL’s Intra Asia trade, told the 8th ASEAN Ports & Shipping Conference

DP World London Gateway Attracting New Container Shippers

MSC Rita calling at DP World London Gateway

As Britain’s new hub port celebrates its first birthday DP World London Gateway has expanded its network of shipping links and destinations, attracting a series of new deep-sea container shipping services. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that from next month (December), its service from South Africa to UK/Northwest Europe will make a direct London Gateway call, switching from the Port of Felixstowe

New Orleans Sets Container Records in 2014

Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans sees record container volumes in 2014 The Port of New Orleans achieved record container volumes in 2014 thanks in part to the addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy contributed. According to year-end totals, 490,526 twenty-foot-equivalent units moved through the Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal during the 12 months, an 8.8 percent increase over the 2013 total of 451,057.  

Crowley Adds New Container Shipping Service

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it is launching a new weekly fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica.   The service’s two containerships will call at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Terminal, making port calls in Jacksonville on Thursdays, Port Everglades, Fla., on Fridays, and arrive in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on Wednesdays.   “We are confident this service enhancement will add a new dimension to our

Crowley Acquires 400 Additional 53' Containers

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Increases Company Equipment Fleet to More than 45,000 Units.   To better serve customers shipping cargo between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation has acquired 400 53-foot (102' wide) dry high-cube containers and 375 53-foot chassis, adding to the company's already robust equipment fleet of more than 45,000 modern units. The containers, which have a capacity of 3,931 cubic feet and 42,660 pounds, were delivered in Jacksonville last week.  

First Container Ship Call at Duke Point Terminal, Nanaimo

MV Westwood Pacific loading: Photo NPA

The arrival of the 'M/V Westwood Pacific' at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal marks the first such berthing at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia. Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have been evaluating the Vancouver Island market for some time. This trial call, with express service to Japan, Korea and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service

Commercial Ships Makes a Comeback to Iran

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 With MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has resumed vessel operations to Iran, after services were suspended in 2012 in response to trade sanctions, Some of the world’s largest container shipping lines are pursuing business in Iran, reports WSJ.   The shipping lines are planning to stop in Iran for the first time in years after the lifting of sanctions, marking a key step in the country’s return to international markets.  

44 Hanjin Ships Denied Access to Ports

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Some 44 of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's ships have been so far denied access to ports while 1 ship has been seized, Reuters reports quoting a company spokeswoman.   The 44 ships include instances where port service providers such as lashing firms have denied service, or port authorities are denying entry to ports. Hanjin operates 98 container ships.   With South Korea's biggest shipping company filing for bankruptcy protection, the vessels

TOTE Shipments to Puerto Rico up 20% since Maria

(Photo: TOTE Maritime)

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 19, TOTE Maritime’s vessels have brought cargo to the island nine times delivering more than 7,200 containers of food, water, oxygen, generators and other essential relief and recovery items, along with the island’s regular day to day commercial needs.   Through its efforts, TOTE Maritime has supported a 20 percent increase in cargo movement to the island

New Container Spreader from Tandemloc

(Photo: Tandemloc)

For years mechanical container spreader frames have been a fixture on jobsites, river ports and any other location that utilizes ISO shipping containers. While container lifting frames are well worth their size and weight in operational cost savings, they often eat into those very savings because of the expensive shipping methods firms must utilize to get the frames on site for use.   In response to this problem

Navios Acquires Two Container Vessels

File Photo: Navios

 Navios Maritime Containers, a growth vehicle dedicated to the container sector, announced today that it has agreed to acquire two 2009-built 4,250 TEU container vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $19.75 million.    The vessels are expected to be delivered to Navios Containers’ fleet in early November 2017.   Based on the current rate environment, the vessels are expected to generate approximately $1

Containership Receives a Special Welcome

To welcome the world’s largest containership OOCL Germany in Wilhelmshaven, EUROGATE employees use containers to write the ships TEU capacity 21413 near the vessel’s berthing area (Photo: EUROGATE)

The world’s largest containership received a special greeting when it arrived for the first time at Germany’s sole deepwater port.   On October 16, EUROGATE welcomed the 21,413 TEU OOCL Germany at its container terminal in Wilhelmshaven, where employees had arranged containers on the stowage area to write out the ship’s record-setting TEU capacity.   “Although we are in the meantime witnessing the world’s largest container vessels at Wilhelmshaven on

Port of Oakland Import Volume Jumps 12.6 %

Photo: Port of Oakland

 New statistics out today show that containerized import volume at the Port of Oakland increased 12.6 percent last month.  The Port reported that it handled the equivalent of 79,135 20-foot import containers.  A search of records indicates that it was the largest September import volume in the Port’s history.   “This is the peak season for container shipping, when we expect higher import volumes ahead of the year-end holidays

APL Adds Eagle GO to Suite of Eagle Guaranteed Services

Photo: APL

 As the Trans-Pacific trading season heats up, APL today launched the new Eagle GO Guaranteed product. A first-of-its-kind ocean freight guarantee, it promises equipment and vessel space on board all APL’s North America-destined services that directly call Shanghai, Ningbo and Yantian in China; as well as Cai Mep in Vietnam.   “APL’s Eagle GO Guaranteed seeks to address the concerns of equipment and vessel space shortages as the Trans-Pacific trading season goes

Konecranes for Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals

Goliath Gantry Crane. Photo: Konecranes

 Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Pte Ltd (BMCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), exercised its option to purchase a further 18 Konecranes Noell Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes.   This order follows upon an initial order for 18 RTG and 4 RMG cranes that will be delivered by the end of this year. The 18 RTGs currently on order will be delivered in two lots: 9 units will be delivered by August 2018, and the remaining 9 by end-2018

A Business Park Made of Shipping Containers

Image: Box Office Warehouse Suites

Container King of Dallas has recently signed a deal with local developer Ron Sturgeon to build 38 innovative, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art commercial spaces made from shipping containers. Box Office Warehouse Suites is due to open in the Alliance commercial real estate area in Texas.    Sturgeon explained the process: "We sandblast them, paint them nice and pretty, bring in a professional design firm, tastefully add paneling, floors, ceilings, windows, and carpeting

TOTE's Productivity Increases at Port of San Juan

Photo:  	TOTE Maritime

 TOTE Maritime continues to see an increase in overall productivity at the Port of San Juan as more and more containers leave the terminal for communities around Puerto Rico.   Monday the terminal reached 87 percent productivity with more than 330 loads of relief and commercial goods leaving the terminal.   TOTE Maritime has been working closely with a number of partners including the Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, FEMA, the Puerto Rican government

UTLC Launches Service from China to Europe

Photo: Port of Hamburg

 Russia's JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) jointly with KTZ-Express launched a new transport product for the delivery of non-hazardous chemical goods in tank containers from China to Europe as part of the regular container service U West (Dostyk-Brest).   The first train, consisting of 82 twenty-foot tank containers, loaded with butylene glycol produced by XINJIANG MARKOR CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, departed from Korla Station (China).   

JNPCT Selects N4 Terminal Operating System

Photo: PIB

 The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), one of the container terminals directly managed by India’s leading container port-JNPT, is constantly innovating and up-scaling operations to not only meet but exceed global benchmarks with an underlying commitment to provide seamless customer service and ease of doing business.    The JNPCT has upgraded its terminal operating system to SPARCS N4 platform to optimize the terminal’s operational cycle with the

Shreyas Takes Delivery of Three Vessels

Photo: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics

 Indian flagged vessel owning unit of Dubai-headquartered Transworld Group Shreyas Shipping and Logistics (SSL) announced that the company has taken deliveries of its three vessels.   In a stock exchange filing the container feeder owning and operating company said that it has taken deliveries of M.V. SSL Ganga (container vessel - 1500 teus), M.V. SSL Brahmaputra (container vessel - 4200 teus) and M.V. SSL Balaji (multipurpose vessel - 650 teus).  

Cautious Optimism on Multipurpose Shipping: Drewry

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Recovering demand for multipurpose shipping combined with improved market conditions for competing sectors will result in rising market share for the multipurpose shipping fleet and a recovery in freight rates in 2018, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Although China’s plans to curb steel production in an attempt to clean-up the air pollution blighting its cities may well slow

BBC Chartering, Jumbo Shipping Team Up in Global Project Alliance

Photo: BBC Chartering

 Two market leaders in their respective fields, Jumbo and BBC Chartering have agreed to an exclusive strategic co-operation; the “GLOBAL PROJECT ALLIANCE”, effective immediately.   This unique co-operation between two family-owned companies brings together established and reputed heavy-lift expertise and massive fleet capacity. The alliance is a mutually-shared aspiration to provide comprehensive solutions to customers on a global scale.  

Rotterdam Boosts Container Throughput

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

 The number of containers handled in the port of Rotterdam continues to grow. In the first nine months of 2017, the throughput of containers increased by 10.1 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2016, to a total of 10.2 million units (TEU).   The port’s total throughput in that same period increased by 2 percent. In addition to containers, the key contributors to this overall growth were the agribulk and breakbulk segments

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