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CMA CGM Launches Baltic Levant Express Service

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CMA CGM’s new Baltic Levant Express service offers direct connection between Saint Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean region   Starting May 9, container shipper CMA CGM has launched the new Baltic Levant Express service, offering a direct connection between Saint Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean region.   Dedicated to the Eastern Mediterranean region - Northern Europe trade, the new service links four major Northern European ports Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp and le Havre to the main Eastern Mediterranean ports Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin and Aliaga. Alexandria is now directly linked from le Havre in nine days.   Spanish citruses and vegetables producers will now benefit from new export solutions to Northern Europe thanks to new calls in Valencia and Cartagena. Transit times see Cartagena linked to Tilbury in five days.   Thanks to transshipment connections offered with other Group’s services in Valencia and Tangiers, West African, North American and South American markets are connected to the Eastern Mediterranean region with transit times shortened by a week and a single transshipment.   Six 1,750 to 1,850 TEU-capacity vessels will operate the following rotation: Saint Petersburg, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Malta, Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin, Aliaga, Valencia, Cartagena, Tangiers, Tilbury, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Saint Petersburg


New Container Line Includes Hamburg and the Black Sea

CMA CGM Lavender

The French shipping company CMA CGM is expanding its range of liner services from Hamburg and including Black Sea ports in its schedule for the first time. Today, the CMA CGM Lavender sails on the extended FEMEX 1 Northern Europe-Mediterranean full container service from HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg. Passing through the Bosphorus, for the first time she will also be calling at the Black Sea ports of Samsun (Turkey), Novorossiysk (Russia) and Constanta (Rumania)


German Port 'Gateway to India' Celebrates Trade Link

'Port Anniversary' in Hamburg, Germany with India – partner country of the world's largest port festival The German trade hub recently opened the 'Gateway to India' at Hamburg's Port Anniversary, the world's largest port festival. Once again, both countries displayed their close relationship as India presented itself to more than 1.5 million visitors at the India Festival Highlights of the 823th port anniversary included the spectacular christening ceremony of the AIDAmar


Sharp Surge in Russian Traffic via Hamburg

Feederschiff auf dem Köhlbrand

Russia is the second-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of seaborne container handling.   With a total volume of approx. 675,000 standard containers (TEU) handled between Hamburg and the Russian ports, the volume of container traffic was up by a further 13.3 per cent in 2012, consolidating the lead in foreign trade with Europe and overseas via Hamburg. This positive trend is also attributable to Russia’s decision to join the WTO


Port of Hamburg Reports Bulk Cargo Jump in 2015

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The Port of Hamburg reports higher bulk cargo throughput and strong growth in rail and inland waterway seaport-hinterland traffic in 2015 – downturn in container handling. In 2015 seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg was 5.4 percent lower at 137.8 million tons.   In Hamburg as a universal port, growth in bulk cargo throughput was maintained in 2015. In this important handling segment, total volume of 45.5 million tons represented growth of 5


Hamburg Port's Rail Network Sets European Benchmark

Courtesy Port of Hamburg

In their “Best route market study for containerised imports to South Germany”, published at the beginning of March, the Drewry Group’s supply-chain consultants investigated via which ports containers imported from Shanghai can be transported fastest and cheapest to southern Germany, i.e. Munich, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Ulm and Nuremberg. In almost all markets under consideration, Hamburg comes out better than Rotterdam, Antwerp and the southern ports in the Mediterranean


New Container Liner Services from Shipping Company

A new liner service from shipping company CMA CGM The French Line is connecting Hamburg with Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Malta, La Spezia, Tilbury, Hamburg. On the return leg the service's 13 ships of 2,500 to 2,800 TEU container capacity also call at the port of Chennai, previously Madras


Seaconnect Offers New Feeder Service

The shipping company SEACONNECT, located in Klaipeda, Lithuania, offers a new feeder service from Hamburg to St. Petersburg. Every five days the two feeder shipsBetsy S and Cartagena call at the container terminals Burchardkai, Altenwerder and/or Tollerort of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) or at the container terminal Hamburg of Eurogate. In St. Petersburg loading and unloading takes place at the Northern Wharf Russmarine Terminal and at the Petrolesport (PLP) Terminal


Port of Hamburg Receives Eight Newbuildings

Cosco Belgium

The Port of Hamburg receives the first of a total of eight 13,380-TEU COSCO newbuildings at HHLA’s Container Terminal Tollerort.   Delivered at the end of February, the completed containership Cosco Belgium  will berth in Hamburg on April 11. Operating under the Hong Kong flag, this ULCC is 366 meters long, 51 meters wide and when fully loaded has a draft of 15.5 meters. She is the first of altogether eight 13


Port Conference Comes to Hamburg

© HHM / Michael Lindner

This year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg from June 1-5.   International representatives from business, politics and science will gather in Hamburg to debate changing demands and alternative actions required in our times of globalization and climate change. The conference will focus on the smartPORT concept developed by the host of the conference, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). During the five-day conference delegates will get to hear about what Hamburg


APM Terminals Wins South America Calls on New Asian Service

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 Direct services between Asia and the East Coast of South America will begin port calls at APM Terminals Buenos Aires, Argentina, and APM Terminals Itajaí, Brazil.   The joint service deployed by Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, ZIM, Hyundai and Hamburg Sud prefers their vessels call APM


Aumann Named CEO of Oman Drydock

Stephan Aumann (Photo: Oman Drydock Company)

Stephan Aumann has been appointed by ASYAD (formerly Oman Global Logistic Group) board of directors as the new CEO of the Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C. in Duqm/Oman. Aumann assumed the role June 15 and replaced the former CEO Jin Han Lee (DSME)


Antwerp Port Container Freight Up by 2.5%

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 The port of Antwerp handled 111,385,518 tonnes of freight during the first six months of this year, 2.8% more than in the same period last year.    Container freight once more performed well after a number of exceptional years, with an increase of 2.5% in terms of tonnage and 1


Rotterdam Port Throughput Up by 3.9%

Photo: Kees Torn, Port of Rotterdam

 With an increase in throughput of 3.9%, the port of Rotterdam can look back a good first half year. There was growth in eight of the ten market segments. The only falls were in the volumes of mineral oil products and other liquid bulk.   


Bomin Affirms Commitment to Baltic Bunkering Market

The Bomin Group, a global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today reaffirmed its commitment to providing physical bunkering products and services in the Baltic, including Rostock, Germany’s largest Baltic port. In line with the company’s new regional hub structure


Maersk Gains Approval for Hamburg Sud Takeover

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World No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for its acquisition of Hamburg Sud (HSDG) after agreeing to pull the German company out from five consortia on trade routes to address competition concerns. The bid by Maersk, part of Denmark's A.P


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


AIDAperla Delivered to AIDA Cruises

Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, with Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO MHI (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of the 12th vessel of its fleet, AIDAperla, from Japanese shipbuilder Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).   The vessel was commissioned April 27 at a ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan in the presence of Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group; Felix Eichhorn


Maersk to Pay $4 Bln for Hamburg Sud

File photo: Hamburg Sud

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line will pay 3.7 billion euros ($4.02 billion) for its acquisition of smaller German rival Hamburg Sud, it said on Friday.   Combined, the two companies will be able to realise annual operational savings of about $350 million to $400


London Eyes Top Maritime Center Slot

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 London has risen from sixth place overall in 2015 to fifth place this year the world’s top maritime centre in Menon Economics’ Leading Maritime Capitals of the World report for 2017 – despite the uncertainty of Brexit.  


KotugSmit, MOL Team up for Smart Operations

Photo courtesy of KotugSmit / Andrew Sassoli-Walker / Dietmar Hasenpusch

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions) and KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) signed long term towage agreements, effective early 2017. The two have agreed upon a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing


Hapag-Lloyd Celebrates 125 Years in Montreal

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 125 years ago, the steamship “Cremon” set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. Hapag-Lloyd will be celebrating this anniversary in Montreal today with the shipping company’s customers and other partners.  


Port of Hamburg Volumes Up 1.7% in Q1

Photo: Port of Hamburg

 In the first quarter of 2017, the Port of Hamburg’s total throughput was up by 1.7 percent at 35.4 million tons.    Growth in Germany’s largest universal port was therefore slightly above the average 1.6 percent for the other major North Range ports of Rotterdam


Hapag-Lloyd's Newest Ship Named Guayaquil Express

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony in Hamburg for the Guayaquil Express, the fourth of five newbuildings in its 10,500 TEU class.    The patron is Christine Kühne, wife of Klaus-Michael Kühne, majority shareholder and Honorary Chairman of Kühne + Nagel International AG


Hamburg Süd Ugrades for Pharmaceutical Reefer Market

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The transportation of pharmaceutical products in reefer equipment is subject to the particularly strict guidelines of the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) scheme.   Hamburg Süd will be meeting the requirements with regard to calibration processes as of July and therefore be






 
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