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UASC calls at DP World London Gateway with Record Load

The sunsets on another day at London Gateway. Photo:  DP World

 DP World London Gateway has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a record 18,601-teu. The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers.   Al Muraykh, a new generation of ultra-large container ships, is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length.   The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship. With thousands more stowed below deck, the ship can carry up to 18,800 containers.   The ship left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying more shipping containers than any vessel on record and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe.   Many of the goods being unloaded will be on the high streets of the UK in the coming days for the January sales.   The vessel’s ability to transport large volumes of containers to the UK means the average CO2 output per container is 60% less than any other ship, making the transportation of goods more sustainable.   DP World London Gateway Hub is located closer to key population centres reducing time and costs in UK supply chains.   “We are extremely proud to have achieved a world record breaking load on board Al Muraykh, the greenest vessel in the world and one of the largest in operation today,” said Waleed Al Dawood, chief operating officer at UASC


Sizing Up The World’s Shipping Companies

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a truly global industry with owners based all over the world, says Clarksons Research. Interestingly, ownership is also very fragmented with over 90,000 vessels owned by more than 24,000 shipowners, with an average of around four ships per owner.    While there are a multitude of small owner companies, the relatively limited number of owners with very large fleets also exert a significant influence in today’s shipping markets.  


Lifted Iran Sanction Frees Up $2.8 Bln in Tanker Tonnage

Image: VesselsValue.com

 With recent news that sanctions against Iran are to be lifted, the world tanker fleet is due to see an additional 14.1 million DWT of Iranian tankers freed to trade globally. This tonnage is valued today at nearly $2.8 billion, according to VesselsValue.com.   VesselsValue.com ranks Iran’s VLCC fleet eighth in the world by value, behind Greece, China, Japan, the U.S., Singapore, Saudi Arabia and South Korea


Pension Fund Set to Scrap Plan to Bid for Daewoo

AFP reported that 's state pension fund is likely to scrap plans to bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding because of global financial turbulence. The National Pension Service the world's fifth largest, had been in talks with POSCO, GS Group and Hanwha Group to find a partner for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipyard, is also interested in Daewoo Shipbuilding, the world's third biggest yard.


Cosco, China Shipping Mega Merger Deal May Get Green Signal Soon

Photo: China COSCO Dry Bulk Shipping

 The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ.   The companies have been working out a deal for months, centered on combining the two companies’ container-shipping units. They are also looking into merging tanker, dry-bulk and port operations, the people said. 


Last Liberty Ship Leaves James River Reserve Fleet

Arthur M. Huddell is bound for Greece

The Department of Transportation announced that the last of ’s famous ships, the Arthur M. Huddell, will be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet site at , , to , on July 28, to prepare the World War II-era vessel for a cross-Atlantic tow to its new homeport in .  Greek officials say the ship will become a merchant marine museum of that nation’s shipping industry. While in , the Huddell will be berthed at the W3 Marine facility while the cross-Atlantic tow-prep is


Shell, BP 2005’s Leading Oil Tanker Hirers

Royal Dutch Shell plc and BP plc, Europe’s largest energy companies, were the leading hirers of oil tankers last year as crude prices rose to records. Shell hired 762 crude oil tankers for single voyages in 2005, accounting for 7.5 percent of the global total, according to figures compiled by New York-based shipbroker Poten & Partners. BP rose from fifth in 2004 to second, with a share of 4.9 percent. Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s top energy company, came third in the survey.


China to Build World's Largest Repair Facility

China Ocean Shipping, China’s dominant maritime firm, is investing Yuan2bn in what is envisioned to become the largest shiprepair facility in the world. The base will be in the Zhoushan archipelago in Zhejiang province, two hours’ steaming from Shanghai, which is likely to become the world’s biggest port in the coming decade providing plenty of repair work, particularly for very large crude carriers and containerships


This Day in Naval History - Nov. 29

From the Navy News Service 1775 - Capt. John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions. 1890 - First Army-Navy football game (Navy won 24-0). 1929 - Cmdr. Richard Byrd makes first flight over South Pole. 1944 - USS Archerfish (SS 311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world's largest warship sunk by any submarine during World War II.


Report: Three Carriers Dominate TransAtlantic Trade

Three new carrier groups now control 58% of the total capacity in the transatlantic container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a new quarterly report from the compairdata.com on-line shipping database. The fourth quarter 2000 issue of World Liner Supply shows that the merger of services and the combination of smaller carrier groups has led to a substantially higher market concentration in the North America/northern Europe container trade.


Deutsche Invest Highest Bidder for Thessaloniki Port

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German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners was the highest bidder for a majority stake in Greece's Thessaloniki Port with an offer of 231.9 million euros ($251.8 million), privatisation agency HRADF said on Monday.   The sale is a key part of the country's international


Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

File photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.  


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats


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.  


DSME Deal Non-starter

File Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 The creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) still remain undecided over afor the shipyard's latest deal, further complicating troubles for one of the country's major shipyards, Yonhap reported.   DSME  clinched a US$250 million deal to build three very


Denmark Aims to be Global Maritime Power Hub

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish Government receives recommendations from the Maritime Strategy Team on how to maintain the Danish stronghold as a maritime nation towards 2025.   The Maritime Strategy Team, headed by Chairman Jesper Lok, presents its recommendations to the Danish government


Newark Container Terminal Handles Record Volumes

Photo: PNCT

Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) handled a record number of container volumes without disruption to its customers following its January 2017 upgrade to the N4 terminal system. The move to Navis N4 is part of PNCT’s $500 million infrastructure modernization project that is expected to


New Horizons: Cruise Industry Challenges & Solutions for 2017

Image: GE

Approximately 130 million Chinese citizens travel internationally, making China the world’s largest outbound travel market in the world. With one-sixth of the world’s population, many recognize this country as a market with huge potential.  


Greece Gets Three Improved Bids For Thessaloniki Port Sale

Greece received three improved binding financial bids for a majority stake in Thessaloniki Port , its second-largest, the country's privatisation agency (HRADF) said on Friday. Last month HRADF got three bids for a 67 percent stake in Thessaloniki Port.


Shanghai Grapples with Traffic Congestion

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) zhu difeng)

The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.  


Piraeus Targets Cruise Sector

File Image: Ferries in passenger port in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) AnastasiiaUsoltceva

Piraeus Port, Greece's largest, aims to increase its cruise traffic from 1 million passengers a year up to 1.5 million in the short-term and to 3 million long-term, its managing director, Fu Cheng Qiu, said on Friday.   COSCO Shipping


High Speed Catamaran Powered by Wärtsilä Waterjets

The largest high speed catamaran to operate in the Mediterranean Sea will be powered by Wärtsilä waterjets. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the waterjets for a new high speed ferry being built by the Incat Tasmania yard in Australia for Malta based Virtu Ferries.   When delivered, this vessel will be the largest high speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean Sea


Demand for Arabian Gulf Crude Export Dips in Q1

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Seaborne demand for Arabian Gulf crude exports down 14 percent in first quarter 2017 in very large crude carriers (VLCC) and Suezmaxes.   In the first quarter of 2017, more than 2.5 trillion ton miles were completed by the global VLCC and Suezmax fleet. This was down 4


DP World, Port of Fujairah End Concession Agreement

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Dubai-based ports operator DP World said on Sunday it and the Port of Fujairah have agreed to terminate the company's concession agreement to operate the port.   DP World entered into the agreement in 2005 on a build, operate and transfer basis to expand and develop the container terminal


Daewoo Shipbuilding Bondholders Okay Bailout Plan

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Debt-to-equity swap plan is condition of $2.6 bln bailout.   South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd on Monday won near unanimous approval for a debt-to-equity swap plan in the first three of five bondholder meetings






 
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