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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.


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.  


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.


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.


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


Cleveland Reports Persistent Cargo Growth

Photo: Lower Lakes Towing

Buoyed by increasing returns from its creation of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, the Port of Cleveland continued to see record numbers in August, particularly in containerized cargo, the port announced.   While numbers for containers were up 300 percent through June, traffic has continued to accelerate at an even greater pace since, according to the port. Compared to figures through August 2014, this year's increase now stands at 475 percent.  


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


CMA CGM Launches Direct Asia Service from New Orleans

Photo courtesy Port NOLA

 France-based CMA CGM today announced a new direct weekly container service to Asia from the Port of New Orleans Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. Part of the company’s PEX3 service, the inaugural vessel is scheduled to arrive on January 31 for service by terminal operator Ports America. “CMA CGM is proud to be expanding our presence in New Orleans, further showing our commitment to the Gulf region, and Louisiana specifically


GOC, Nigerian Army 81 Division Visit to DG, NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside receiving a plaque from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Peter John Dauke when the GOC paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA DG at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos. (Photo: NIMASA)

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed the strategic importance of security agencies to the achievement of safe and secure shipping and a viable and vibrant maritime sector for the country’s benefits.


GC Rieber Gets Extension for 'Polar Onyx'

Polar Onyx. Photo: GC Rieber

 Norwegian offshore shipowner GC Rieber Shipping has entered into an agreement to extend the fixed contract period for "Polar Onyx," according to a press release.   The agreement secures the ship until the end of August 2017


DNV GL Updates NOx TIER III Compliance Guide

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has developed a new brochure to offer a set of best practices for the design of ships subject to NOx Tier III requirements. It also offers guidance on the considerations that should be taken into account at the newbuilding stage.


Australia Conducts Amphibious Task Group Drill

 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment disembark a Landing Craft from HMAS Canberra during a major amphibious beach landing operation during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia’s amphibious capability was put to the test recently as the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters took charge of the largest amphibious assault conducted by an Australian force for 70 years as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABER.  


ClassNK Updates PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers

Photo: ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK has released its latest version of its structural design support software for container carriers “PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers.” “PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers” consists of prescriptive calculation software and direct


Wicker’s SHIPS Act Included in Defense Bill

Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. (File photo: HII)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, announced that he successfully added his “SHIPS Act” proposal to help the Navy reach its requirement of a 355-ship fleet in this year’s “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)


d’Amico Chooses Sealink Premium Plus VSAT

Photo: d’Amico Group

Telemar and Marlink to bundle VSAT, L-Band and XChange Universal Remote Access to improve on board IT network support    Italian ship owner and long-term Telemar customer d’Amico Group has selected Marlink’s Sealink Premium Plus VSAT service to enhance connectivity across


Japan Investigators Unlikely to be Granted Access to Fitzgerald Crew

The USS Fitzgerald is shown being assisted back to port after a deadly collision (CREDIT: USN / K Weierman

The United States will likely bar Japanese investigators from interviewing USS Fitzgerald crew manning the guided missile destroyer when it was struck by a cargo ship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors, a U.S. navy official said.  


Maersk Expects Client Business Back to Normal by Monday

File photo: Maersk containerships at Pier 400 in Los Angeles (Photo: APM Terminals)

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk expects client-facing operations to return to normal by Monday and is resuming container deliveries at its major ports following a cyber attack on Tuesday.   'We expect that by Monday we'll be back to something that looks a lot more like a normalised


Maritime Drives Ireland's Blue Economy

Photo:  Irish Maritime Development Office

 Ireland’s marine economy is outperforming Ireland’s general economy according to the latest Ocean Economy Report by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) of NUI Galway, with shipping and maritime transport playing a key role in driving growth.  


Alexandria is Bahri’s New Direct Port Call in Egypt

The Egyptian city will be Bahri Logistics’ third direct port call in the country after Suez and Port Said. Photo: Bahri Logistics

 Bahri Logistics, one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world and one of the six business units within Bahri, has added Alexandria to its portfolio of ports in Egypt.    The addition of Alexandria will enable Bahri to offer breakbulk and ro/ro transportation service on its


Dual Fuel Tug Delivered to Østensjø Rederi

Photo: Gondan

 After completing its sea trials program, Pax, the second dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, has been delivered to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, Dux, was delivered by the company last May.  


Drilling in Disputed South China Sea may Resume

Drilling for oil and natural gas on the Reed Bank in the South China Sea may resume before the end of the year, a Philippine energy official said on Wednesday, as the government prepares to offer new blocks to investors in bidding in December.  


Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2


CMA CGM, SEATRADE Launch Joint Reefer Service

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group and reefer transport specialist SEATRADE Group will together create a new vessel sharing agreement incorporating the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, linking Northern Europe, the East Coast of the U.S






 
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