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Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification.    A nonprofit and nongovernmental organization (NGO), the primary goal of Friend of the Sea is protection and conservation of a sound, sustainable and eco-friendly marine habitat in the oceans of the world. To help deliver its mission, the NGO introduced a certification project, the Friend of the Sea eco-label, for companies that demonstrably operate sustainably and eco-friendly in the worldwide fishing sector including cargo vessels. A recent addition is the specialized reefer vessels transporting fish and fish products from the place where they come ashore to their final destination, anywhere in the world; this is where BMT Surveys expertise has been drawn on.    BMT undertakes the investigation in two stages: firstly, verifying the certificates and other relevant documents required for obtaining and maintaining the eco-label. Secondly, each ship is audited onsite every couple of years by BMT’s expert inspectors, to determine whether all the environmental and sustainability requirements are also met on board.


LCL Expands into Egypt

Lauritzen Cool Logistics (LCL) the logistics subsidiary of reefer vessel owner and operator NYKLauritzenCool, provides customized multi-modal and multi-destination door-to-door logistic services for perishables and reefer cargo. After establishing in major producing and consuming areas such as Latin America, South Africa, North Europe and the USA, LCL started its expansion in the Mediterranean region in January 2005 by opening LCL Iberia in Valencia.


Eimskip Adds Refeer to Fleet

Eimskip-CTG in Norway, has received its third newbuilt refeer vessel in 18 months. The vessel is built at Myklebust Verft AS in Norway. The new reefer vessel is a combined reefer and container vessel. It is 269 x 52.4 ft., with maximum cruising speed of 16 nautical miles per hour, and a deadweight of 2,500 tons. It has substantial loading and discharging capacity, about 200 tons per hour and is able to carry 1,800 pallets and 28, 40-ft. containers on deck


Leif Hoegh Profits Double

Norwegian shipping group Leif Hoegh said its improvement in operating profit - from $56.6 million from $22.9 million the previous year - was largely a result of investments in Hoegh Ugland Auto Liners (HUAL) and contract shipping in the form of gas and dry bulk and reefer vessels. "LHC expects global growth in 2001, which at the outset will dampen the demand growth in several segments in which LHC is involved," it said.


Lapponian Reefer Docks at A&P Falmouth

The Cayman Islands reefer vessel, Lapponian Reefer, has recently completed a nine day dry docking program where it underwent an extensive 10 year survey and repair work. The 11,095dwt vessel, owned by Holy House Shipping, dry docked on January 7, 2002 for works which included repairs of internal tank fractures, survey and repairs of sea valves, overhaul of the main engine, survey bearings and turbo charger overhaul. The gearbox was also opened and surveyed and the propeller blades were


World Trade in Perishable Cargo to Grow

The Drewry Shipping Consultants, latest Annual Report indicates that world trade in perishable Reefer cargo is forecast to grow to 215 million tons by 2015 of which 109 million will be seaborne. The bulk of seaborne trade will be carried by container Reefer vessels. That is partially because there is limited, and reducing, specialized reefer fleet capacity. The report indicates that rationalization has continued over the last year amongst Reefer fleets with some notable companies leaving


OT Africa Line expands Reefer Service

In response to the rising demand for specialist containers on the steadily maturing West Africa trade, OT Africa Line (OTAL) has introduced a range of 40 ft. and 40 ft. high cube refrigerated containers (reefers). These containers are a new addition to the OTAL fleet which currently comprises of 20 ft. reefers, ventilated containers, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks and open tops and 40 ft. high cubes, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks, and open tops


Port of Hueneme Receives EPA Grant

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Port staff received news that the Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to simultaneously connect to the Port’s Shore Power system. Following passage of AB 32 by the state assembly, programs were put in place to allow ships at berth in California ports to turn off


First Vessel 'Plugs In' to New Hueneme Power System

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The Port commissioned the Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Palmerston, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina during a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the Port of Hueneme’s recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. Community leaders were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’. The initial test of ‘plugging in’ a vessel is critical to assessing the performance of this new and very high voltage shore power system


Specialised Reefer Container Operators can Thrive: DMR

Stack with reefers: Photo CCL credit Danny Cornelissen from portpictures.nl

Despite growing competition from container lines, specialised reefer operators can still thrive, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast, referred to here in an extract from DMR's latest 'Container Insight Weekly'. Specialised reefer operators peaked some years ago in terms of cargo volumes and are now having to contend with falling volumes and market shares as container lines move further into their territory


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


New 11,000 TEU Ship Enters Service for Zim

Cape Sounio (Photo: Zim)

The newly built 11,000 TEU vessel Cape Sounio owned by Costamare has been deployed on Zim’s Asia South America East Coast (ASE), the Israeli container shipping company said.   The vessel embarked on its maiden voyage on from Pusan, South Korea, on May 4


CMA CGM, SEATRADE Launch Joint Reefer Service

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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


Samskip Scoops up Nor Lines

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European multimodal transport provider Samskip said it will acquire activities associated with Nor Lines AS, marking a major expansion of its shipping, transport and logistics businesses in Norway.    Subject to approval by Norway’s competition authorities


New Reefer Ship Makes Maiden Call to US

M.V. Seatrade Red calls at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA welcomed to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) the M.V. Seatrade Red on its maiden call to the United States.   The 607-foot M.V. Seatrade Red, a specialized reefer container vessel with a capacity of 2,259 TEUs and 674 reefer plugs


Ships Collide in Philippines Sea

 The reefer containership Sevilla Carrier collided with tuna fishing vessel Hsiang Yung No6 in Philippines Sea on 515 nautical miles east-south-east off Eluanbi, Taiwan on Jan 7, 2017, at 3.45 a.m local time.    The hull of the fishing vessel was breached with ensuing water ingress


Maersk Sees Strong Growth in Mexico

Photo: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line saw a 21 percent jump in cargo volumes in Mexico between January and October 2016 compared with the year-earlier period, says a report by T21.   Mexico is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the newly expanded Panama Canal and its infrastructure is undergoing a


MIDAS Service Rotation Change

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 CMA CGM announced and amendment to the port rotation of its MIDAS service.   Effective with M/V KOTA MAJU at Khor Fakkan on January 4th, 2017, MIDAS serving India and Middle East Gulf to Africa and Indian Ocean, operated with 10 vessels up to 3,500 TEU will change as follows: 


Hapag-Lloyd Names 10,500 TEU Box Ship

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Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd held the naming ceremony for its newest German flagged containership, the Cartagena Express, at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in Samho, South Korea.   “With the Cartagena Express, yet another state-of-the-art ship of our 10


Eimskip Acquires Mareco in Belgium

Mareco offices worldwide Image Eimskip

Eimskip has strengthened its position in worldwide reefer logistics services by acquiring 80% of the forwarding company Mareco N.V. The company was founded in 2002 and its headquarters are located in Antwerp,Belgium. The current management team will continue to own a 20% share in the company and


Richmond Express Starts Operation at RMT

Barge Photo Virginia Port Authority

The Port of Virginia’s new barge – the Richmond Express arrived in the Norfolk Harbor and scheduled to sail Sunday and be at Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) Monday, Feb. 6. This new barge helps reduce congestion on I-64 and wear-and-tear on the road by taking trucks off of that


Hamburg Süd Opens Dubai Office

Hamburg Süd has opened its first proprietary agency in the Middle East. On February 1 Hamburg Süd Shipping LLC commenced operations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   The company-owned agency coordinates Hamburg Süd’s business in the Persian Gulf and has taken over all


Ro-ro Vessel Fires: Risks and Recommendations

Norman Atlantic (Photo: EMSA)

As vessel fires have become more prevalent in the car/ro-ro passenger segment, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) examines these occurrences as the group voices its concerns and puts forward recommendations to mitigate the risks.  


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.  


Maersk Container Launches Cold Chain Energy Meter

Image: Maersk Container Industry (MCI)

 Maersk Container Industry is introducing an energy meter with its Star Cool refrigerated containers. Star Cool refrigerated containers are now fitted with a new embedded digital feature that offers visibility and precise knowledge of actual energy consumption.  






 
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