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Port Saint John Cargo Volume up 15%

Photo: Port Saint John

Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John, Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume, increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017. Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016. All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017. Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.

Video: Large Ferry Pulls an Impressive Maneuver

Screenshot from video by Konstantinos Anagnostou

Aerial drone footage shows Hellenic Seaways' largest ferry, Ariadne, maneuver in the small port of Chios. Watch the video here. Ariadne, a Japanese-built RoRo passenger ferry, was constructed in 1996 and flies the Greek flag, calling ports Piraeus, Chios and Mytilini.  Length: 196 m Width: 27 m Speed: 27.5 knots Vehicles: 56 Passengers: 2,045 Cabins/Beds: 145/459

Antillean Marine Shifts Services to Port Everglades

Antillean Marine Shipping Corp., a long-time Miami River ocean carrier company, is expanding its business to Broward County’s Port Everglades. The family-owned and operated company has been one of the Miami River’s anchor marine cargo companies since 1963. The move to Port Everglades will enable Antillean to handle higher cargo volumes and transshipment opportunities with other carriers. Antillean Marine will be operating from Port Everglades Terminals (PET) with regular liner service to ports in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and Panama. Port Everglades’ officials estimate Antillean Marine will bring to the South Florida seaport over 60,000 containers annually. The first Antillean ship to call Port Everglades is the Michael J.

Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port

Photo: Qatar Ports Management Company​

Qatar’s Hamad Port announced the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list, QNA reported. HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service. It is the largest container vessel to make its maiden call in Qatar since the opening of Hamad Port. The vessel from Kwangyang Port in South Korea arrived at Hamad Port in the container terminal CT1.

China to Enforce Low Sulphur ECA in Yangtze River Delta

Photo: China MSA

Vessels calling ports in China’s Yangtze River Delta, including Shanghai, will be required to burn low sulphur fuel while at berth from April 1 this year. China’s Ministry of Transport announced in December last year plans to set up three ECAs: the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai-rim waters. The Yangtze River Delta is the first of the three major port areas to make a 0.5 percent ECA compulsory, to be enforced in Yangtze River core ports: Shanghai port, Zhoushan port…

North Korean Black-listed Ships in Russia

Image: Convenient Flags

North Korean vessels owned by Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) have been seen using Russian ports, says the NK News vessel tracker. OMM was sanctioned for its involvement in smuggling weapons through the Panama Canal in 2013. While the vessel was seen visiting the Russian port of Vanino in early July, data from Marine Traffic and ship inspection records indicate the sanctioned Hui Chon (formerly the Hwan Gum San 2) is now a regular visitor to ports in the Russian far east. The Hui Chon was inspected six times in two different Russian ports since early July.

Pump Problem Stops Ship

inoperable emergency fire pump on board.The merchant vessel Suijin, which is homeported in Panama, was boarded at the Blair Terminal in Tacoma by a Port State Control Boarding Team from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Puget Sound to conduct a routine examination. fire pump it was discovered that the Suijin’s emergency fire pump was inoperable, which is a Safety of Life at Sea violation. The Suijin was then required to take corrective action prior to departing the Blair Terminal. The Suijin temporarily fixed the pump and was given permission by the Coast Guard to proceed to their next port of call, Port Hueneme, Calif. The vessel must have the pump replaced before leaving Port Hueneme.

Vessel detained in Tacoma

The Coast Guard detained a merchant vessel Wednesday evening for having an inoperable emergency fire pump on board. The merchant vessel Suijin, which is homeported in Panama, was boarded at the Blair Terminal in Tacoma by a Port State Control Boarding Team from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Puget Sound to conduct a routine examination. The boarding team began the inspection at 11:00 a.m., while testing the emergency fire pump it was discovered that the Suijin’s emergency fire pump was inoperable, which is a Safety of Life at Sea violation. The Suijin was then required to take corrective action prior to departing the Blair Terminal. The Suijin temporarily fixed the pump and was given permission by the Coast Guard to proceed to their next port of call, Port Hueneme, Calif.

G2 Ocean Names Wallem

Image: Wallem Group Limited

Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia. The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year. Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia.

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, on its regular route calling ports in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, connecting to major Asian ports. Built at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil) and delivered in April, 2017, Cape Sounio is the largest vessel to serve in this line and the largest currently employed by ZIM.

Evergreen, China Shipping Between Asia and Pac NW

October 13, 2009-Evergreen Line and China Shipping will commence a joint weekly service linking ports in Asia to locations in the American and Canadian Pacific Northwest. The two lines say that the purpose of the new service is to use mutual slots more efficiently and share resources to provide more convenient and economic transpacific routing. Calling ports include those in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, U.S. and Canada. The rotation will be: Ningbo-Shanghai-Kaohsiung-Nansha-Hong Kong-Yantian-Pusan-Tacoma-Seattle-Vancouver-Tokyo-Osaka-Ningbo. The PNW service will be operated with six ships of 5,500 TEU with each carrier contributing three vessels.  The service will commence on October 14, 2009 from Ningbo with the ship Ever Unicorn.

MOL Upgrades CX1 Service Linking Panama, Manaus

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. upgraded its CX1 feeder service between Panama and Manaus and the beginning of independent operation on the route. The move will provide additional space on this rapidly growing trade with four 1,700 TEU ships and stabilize the schedule to boost service quality. Calling ports and transit times remain unchanged from the existing service. The expanded feeder capacity will enable MOL to accommodate additional peak season demand. “Assuming total space and operating control, MOL will be able to enhance its already exceptional service to Manaus with even more reliable relay connections and strong on-time delivery” said MOL Liner Chief Operating Officer, T.K. Konishi.

Post Panamax Car Carrier Enters Operation for WWL

Photo courtesy of WWL

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomed into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels. The ship arrived in Zeebrugge March 27. Measuring in at 36.5 m wide and 199.99 m long the Thermopylae provides the right capacity and fulfils WWL’s frontrunner commitment to the environment. The Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.

HDASCO Returns to Le Havre

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Starting February 2017, HDASCO Line provides a new commercial offer between HAROPA – Port of Le Havre and many Iranian and Iraqi ports. HDASCO Line (Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Company), also named HDS lines, is the Iranian national shipping company specialized in container transport and a subsidiary of IRISL Group (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines). This new service offers very competitive transit times: 19 days between Le Havre and Bandar Abbas for example. It will call at the following ports: Bandar Abbas…

CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization. To adapt the group’s offer to its clients’ demand, CMA CGM decided to improve its Gulfbridge service by decreasing its transit times to Colombia. The service first rotation will start on April 29, in New Orleans, with the vessel Frisia Loga. 2,500 TEUs capacity vessels will call ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and East and West South American coast calls through its Kingston transshipment. To complete its regional coverage, the CMA CGM Group uses feeder services. Those services dispatch the containers transported on the main services via transshipment ports. Calls frequency will be increased. Transit times from Kingston will be reduced.

Port Everglades Welcomes Largest Cargo Ship in Port's History

The largest containerized cargo ship in Port Everglades’ history, equal to the size of an air craft carrier, is calling at the South Florida seaport, Monday, October 22. The MSC Texas, at 1,095-feet long, 141-feet wide and 90,745-gross-registered tons, can carry as many as 8,238 20-foot containers when fully loaded at a draft of 47.6 feet. The ship is coming from Northern Europe on a weekly service into Port Everglades. Previously, the largest container ship to call at Port Everglades, also an MSC ship that came in March 2011, was 1,066-foot-long, 140-foot wide, 89,954-gross-registered-tons. MSC is one of the leading global shipping lines in the world. “Container ships are increasingly larger because it makes good business and environmental sense to carry more cargo per voyage.

First Guyanamax Ship Joins CMA CGM Fleet

NEFGUI line (Image: CMA CGM)

Container shippers the CMA CGM Group announce that the CMA CGM Cayenne, the first vessel of its three-vessels Guyanamax series, was delivered on July 21 in South Korea. The 2,100 TEU capacity vessel – including 530 Reefer containers – is 190 meters long and 30 meters wide. It was built by the Korean shipyards Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will be sailing under the U.K. flag. The CMA CGM Cayenne will be positioned on the North Europe French Guiana North Brazil (NEFGUI) line. This 42-day rotation joins directly North of Europe, the Caribbean, French Guyana and North Brazil each week.

RV Finds Astoria Accomodating

With miles of ocean, and thousands of ports from which to choose, it was no accident that the 470 foot research vessel JOIDES Resolution, an ocean depths research ship owned by TransOcean, called Port of Astoria’s Pier 1 “home” for a ten day stay. The JOIDES arrived on June 18 to load pipe and stores, and to remobilize the ship after a recent project in Japan. Two advance location scouts made earlier visits to the area, and crew members and research program representatives found everything promised of this deep draft port: An adequate labor force…

Feds Delay LNG’s Port Ambrose Application

Port Ambrose Map:  Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

The US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) have temporarily suspended their review of the proposed Port Ambrose deep-water LNG import terminal. Liberty Natural Gas’s application to build the Port Ambrose deep-water port to receive LNG in the New York/New Jersey harbour has been delayed by the MARAD after it received more than 100,000 public comments about the project’s final environmental impact study. “The purpose of the suspension is to allow the U.S. Coast…

MPA welcomes Formation of Montreal Industrial Port Zone

Zone-IP Photo Montreal Port

The President and CEO of the MPA, Sylvie Vachon, together with the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Jean D’Amour, the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, and the Mayor of the Borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Réal Ménard, today announced the signing of an agreement for the establishment of an industrial port zone (IP Zone) in Montreal. The members of the local committee mandated to establish the Montreal Zone IP are: the City of Montreal, the City of Montreal East, the Montreal Metropolitan Community, CargoM and the relevant departments and agencies.

Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

(Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme. This maiden voyage of the M/V Thalatta marks a new milestone to support the Port’s and its industry partners’ agenda. Thalatta is one of the newest high efficiency Roll on Roll off (RoRo) HERO class vessels designed to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing emissions.

Japanese FM Visits Colombo Port

SLPA Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake presenting a token of goodwill to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono while also seen are Ambassador of Japan Kenichi Suganuma and SLPA Vice Chairman P.G. Dasanayake. Photo: Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Kono was briefed by Sri Lankan government officials about a project under consideration to expand the port. The Japanese Foreign Minister  also visited the newly built control tower and the Colombo Port Expansion Project currently known as the Colombo south Port. Colombo is the largest port in Sri Lanka, which is a strategically important point in Indian Ocean sea lanes. Taro Kono was briefed by the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr.

WWL Adds Another Neo-Panamax

MV Thermis (Source: Port of Nagoya, Japan)

Themis is Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ (WWL) fourth Neo-Panamax class vessel, which means it is built for the expanded Panama Canal inaugurated June 26. Like her sister vessels, Theben, Thalatta and Thermopylae, Themis is almost 200 meters long, 36.5 meters wide and features five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The vessel can transport up to 8,000 car equivalent units. With the new draft, she can call ports with shallower depths, increasing her geographical scope of service.

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