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Evergreen’s New Line from Taiwan to China

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Evergreen Line's 1140-TEU Uni-Adroit set sail across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Straits for China's northern Xingang port on December 15, 2009 opening a new era of direct ocean shipping following a ceremony at Kaohsiung harbor overseen by Taiwan's President Ma Yin-Jiu. The direct link ends a nearly 60-year suspension of such services between Taiwan and the China mainland.  The new direct service was accelerated with the election and inauguration of President Ma earlier this year. The two nations signed an agreement in November to ensure the opening of trade as beneficial to both economies. President Ma noted that Kaohsiung, one of the world's ten largest container ports, will allow Taiwan's southernmost harbor to "take full advantage of its central geographical position in east Asia" and bolster the regional economy. It is expected that all of Taiwan's international harbors will eventually be involved in a trade that will include virtually all of China's ports. Direct waterborne shipping will eliminate the need for vessels to stop at a time-consuming third point — typically Hong Kong or a Japanese island.  With annual trade between the two countries valued at some $100b, Taiwanese business groups have sought for a long time to end the ban on Taiwan Strait commerce. The Evergreen service, known as the Taiwan - North China or HBT route, will have the rotation of Kaohsiung-Xingang -Dalian-Qingdao-Kaohsiung.


CMA CGM to partner Adani Ports for 4th Container Terminal

CMA CGM Group has announced that it has signed with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port.  This will be the 4th Container Terminal in Mundra and will be a 650 meters terminal along with 27 hectares of back area capable of handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.


Mundra to Get Its Fourth Container Terminal

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced that it has signed with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port.  This will be the fourth Container Terminal in Mundra and will be a 650 meters terminal along with 27 hectares of back area capable of handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.  


First Iranian Ship Docks at Oman's Sohar Port

Photo: SOHAR Port and Freezone

 The first cargo ship delivering Iranian goods docked at the Omani port of Sohar,  a few weeks after Tehran and Muscat opened a new shipping route.    The vessel, titled Genaveh 12,  container with a capacity of 96 TEUs, is the first ship put into operation in the new Iran-Oman shipping line, which was opened some two weeks ago.   Iran and Oman have recently established a direct shipping line between the two countries to enhance maritime trade


Maersk Upgrades 'Triple Star' Service

Map: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line is upgrading  its  ‘Triple Star’ service by launching direct, weekly northbound connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports.   "We are optimising our ‘Triple Star’ service with the launch of direct, weekly connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports. Starting from late September 2016, Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of direct access to Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan


JNPT to Support Direct Port Delivery Facility

Neeraj Bansal, Dy.Chairman, JNPT addressing the gathering on JNPT’s initiatives for DPD. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 Indian government is exhorting importers to use the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) facility, an initiative aimed at reducing dwell time and transaction costs, reported PTI.   According to Ministry of Shipping, the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) is a major initiative of the Centre under programmes like Make in India and Ease of Doing Business and very important drive for reduction of dwell time and transaction cost.


ClassNK Releases New Container Guidelines/Software

ClassNK Releases New Guidelines and Software for Container Carrier Structures.   ClassNK has released a new revised edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures – Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis”, as well as a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL(DSA) software for use in designing container carriers in line with the new guidelines.   ClassNK released the first edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures” in 2003


New Organizational Structure for Inmarsat

New Organisational Structure for Inmarsat Brings Renewed Focus on Core Markets; Stratos, Segovia and Ship Equip Now Align Under the Inmarsat Brand.   Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has begun the process of including its subsidiary companies within a new organisational structure that will align the Inmarsat business more closely to core vertical market segments and continue to support both direct and indirect distribution of its services


Cruise Ships Boosting Canadian Economy

Canada Cruise Ship Passenger Chart: Image credit NWCCA

A new economic impact study released by the North West & Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA) shows $2.38-billion generated. “We are very pleased to see growth in both overall economic impact and per passenger spending,” says Greg Wirtz, President of the NWCCA. “And we are happy to see cruise ship visits expanding into new ports in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.” In the report prepared by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), 2


Will Container Lines Skip UK Ports on Brexit?

Photo: Maersk Line

 British importers and exporters prefer direct mainline container services calling at their national ports and tend to dislike feeder services, says a Drewry report.   Is there a risk that a politically isolated UK will no longer benefit from direct vessel calls, particularly as there is no longer any large British container carrier based in the UK to champion their cause?   Drewry believes that the container lines will continue to call directly at UK ports


Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years


New Quetzal Terminal Welcomes CSAV Traiguen

Photo: APM Terminals

 The 8,600 TEU capacity CSAV Traiguen became the largest container ship to call a Guatemalan port when it arrived at Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ) on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on April 12th, 2017, on the maiden call of German-based Hapag-Lloyd’s Mediterranean Pacific


Yang Ming Halts Container Service to Iran

 Taiwan’s troubled Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp is halting its container service to Iran, becoming the first foreign shipping line to abandon the route a year after international sanctions on Tehran were lifted, Reuters reported.  


CMA CGM Otello Largest Box Ship to Call Indonesia

CMA CGM Otello. Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM Otello has arrived Indonesia as the largest container vessel to call the country at the Jakarta International Container Terminal.    The occasion also celebrated her impending maiden voyage for the industry’s first direct service from Indonesia to the United States


APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile

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 APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port.    The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington


OCEAN Alliance Launch Announced

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CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, launches Saturday April 1st the 40 new maritime services of its new operational alliance OCEAN Alliance.    Combining this new offer of maritime services with a global intermodal and logistics offer


DSME, DNV GL Partner for Efficient LNG Carrier Design

Johan Petter Tutturen, DNV GL – Maritime Business Director Gas Carriers.  (Photo: DNV GL)

At the Gastech 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan, DSME and DNV GL presented the results of a joint development project (JDP) for the design of an innovative, efficient LNG carrier based on today’s technology.   The project focused on delivering a design which an owner can take straight


Inmarsat FleetBroadband Moves Towards IMO GMDSS Nod

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The role of Inmarsat as sole provider of satellite technology performing to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards is set for advancement, after an IMO Sub Committee decided to greenlight consideration of both FleetBroadband and Fleet One for formal approval.  


CMA CGM Strengthening EURAF 5 Services

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 CMA CGM has announced the strengthening of its position on Europe > West Africa route by becoming vessel operator on its current service EURAF 5.   Effective April 5th, 2017, CMA CGM operates 2 vessels on EURAF 5 between North Europe and West Africa South Range.  


India to Establish Multimodal Terminal in Jharkhand

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj, Jharkhand.    The terminal at Sahibganj is an important component of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for the augmentation of the navigation capacity of National Waterway-1


North Korean Coal Ships Sail Home after China Denies Cargo

A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping data shows.   Following repeated missile tests that drew international criticism


Indian Ports Initiatives to Cleanliness

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping of India have been ranked on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources with respect to port operation, office area


World's Largest Containership in Shanghai

MOL Triumph at Yangshan Port in Shanghai. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)

 MOL Triumph, the world's largest containership with a carrying capacity of 20,170 TEU, successfully arrived at Yangshan Port in Shanghai on April 10, 2017, said Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)   MOL took delivery of MOL Triumph, the first of six 20


First Ocean Vessel of 2017 Arrives at Port of Indiana

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The first ocean vessel of the year arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marking the official opening of the international shipping season. Port officials welcomed the 413-foot general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc and presented the captain with the Ports of Indiana Steel Stein.


ABS Breaks Ground on New Houston HQ

Photo: ABS

ABS has broken ground on its new global headquarters. Anchoring the CityPlace 2 development, the new headquarters will be located near the intersection of I-45 and the Grand Parkway in the Houston area.    “This is an important milestone in our 155-year-young history and






 
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