New Puget Sound Cruises
American Cruise Lines announce the addition of a new itinerary for 2013 – Puget Sound and San Juan Islands . Offered aboard the 100-passenger American Spirit, roundtrip cruises from Seattle will showcase the most beautiful inland waterways on the West Coast. Puget Sound, which will include the San Juan Islands, will be the newest offering in American Cruise Lines’ Pacific Northwest cruise collection, which includes Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Columbia & Snake Rivers. Inaugural cruises are slated to begin on April 6, 2013.
Greek Court Sets New Deadline for Royal Olympic Cruise Lines
Royal Olympic Cruise Lines announced that the Greek court administering the section 45 proceeding regarding its subsidiaries has allowed the company an extension until Thursday, February 12, 2004, to reach agreement on a plan of restructuring with the holders of at least 51% of outstanding obligations. The company is in negotiations with its major creditor, Fortis Bank, which itself holds more than 51% of the total obligations. In addition the company announced that it has put all administrative staff in Greece on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the court ruling and discussions with financial institutions and various creditors.
Maersk Line Enhancemenents
Maersk Line announced the extension of its Far East - West Africa FEW1 service to include Shanghai and Ningbo in China. Maersk Line offers direct calls to the West African ports of Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin), and Pointe Noire (Congo). The new FEW1 rotation is: Shanghai (China), Ningbo (China), Nansha (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Pointe Noire (Congo). The first call in Shanghai will be the Maersk Norwich (voyage 0901), which will arrive on 11 March 2009. Maersk Line also announced a series of enhancements and adjustments to its Europe - Middle East & South Asia network. In addition Maersk Line announces changes to Europe - Middle East & South Asia services.
Scan Med to Call Piraeus
Maersk Line announced a new direct service between North Europe and Piraeus (Greece). The company will include Piraeus in its Scan Med service. The new rotation will be Gothenburg (Sweden), Bremerhaven (Germany), Felixstowe (United Kingdom), Antwerp (Belgium), Piraeus (Greece), Haydarpasa (Turkey), Ambarli (Turkey), Izmir (Turkey), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Felixstowe (United Kingdom), and Gothenburg (Sweden). The first vessel to enter the new rotation is Maersk Barcelona, departing Gothenburg 23 June 2007 and arriving in Piraeus on 3 July 2007.
Maersk Line General Rate Increase
Maersk Line announced that unsustainable rates and continued improved demand led to rate increases effective 1 May 2009. The filed increases are as follows on eastbound services from Northern Europe, North Africa and Mediterranean to the Middle East and South Asia: - USD 100 per 20' dry container - USD 200 per 40' dry container The increase applies equally to all cargo and commodities, excluding reefers.
General Rate Increases, Transatlantic Trade
Since rates are at an unsustainable level in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line announced a general rate increase effective 1 September 2009. The company said the rate increase is necessary to continue to operate its services with the same level of reliability. The filed increase is as follows: • $400 per 20 ft container • $500 per 40 ft/high cube/45 ft container The increases apply equally to all Eastbound and Westbound cargo moving between the US & Canada and Northern Europe.
Maersk Closes South Sea Island Service
Maersk Line announce that the ‘Tahiti Express’ service to/from French Polynesia will close down at end of April 2013. The last vessel sailing on the Tahiti service is the BC San Francisco, 1317, expected to depart (ETD) from Auckland (New Zealand) on 23 April 2013 and expected to arrive (ETA) at Papeete (French Polynesia) on 29 April 2013. Maersk add that they regret the inconvenience this may cause, will make every effort to assist regarding the service change.
SFL Sells its Holding in Horizon Lines
Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has sold its holding of notes and warrants in Horizon Lines, Inc. for net cash proceeds of approximately $72 million. In April 2012, Ship Finance received $40 million of Horizon Lines second-lien notes and 9.25 million warrants in Horizon Lines in connection with a termination of the charters for five container vessels. Thereafter, the second-lien notes have accumulated interest on a non-cash basis at a rate of 15 percent annually. In November 2014…
Carnival Cruise Line Shuffles Ships
A few weeks after Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to move the Carnival Liberty and Breeze to Galveston, the cruise line announced the future homes of the Carnival Triumph, Elation, and Fascination. The moves will take place in 2016. The Carnival Triumph will re-position to New Orleans and join the Carnival Dream in April 2016. Carnival officials say that because a cruise from New Orleans is more than just a cruise. The city itself is an attraction. "People love coming here. They spend a lot of dollars in the city," said Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz.
Five Shipping Lines Agree to Form Alliance
Through its U.S. General Agent, Solar International Shipping, Yang Ming Line announced that five major Asian steamship lines have agreed to form one of the largest cooperative international sea container transport efforts among steamship lines. The new alliance for a cooperative worldwide network will consist of: COSCO Container Lines Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., and Senator Lines GmbH. Management for the group agree that the only way to provide the best possible service to customers in the container shipping industry is by means of optimization of each carrier?s assets and rationalization of their serivces on a global basis.
NYK Line to Join GT Nexus
NYK Line announced that it has signed an agreement to join the GT Nexus Network. GT Nexus provides the Internet-based technology behind the GT Nexus Network, an industry web portal that allows global businesses to perform freight shipping transactions with multiple ocean carriers on a single platform. The GT Nexus Network now includes three Japanese maritime shipping companies. NYK Line joins MOL (Mitsui-OSK Lines) and "K" Line as network participants. The three carriers provide the majority of containerized ocean shipping capacity serving Japan and are among the largest Asian-Pacific carriers. GT Nexus and NYK Line have been working for the past several months on integration and connectivity activities in support of common customers.
'K' Line: Change of Executive Officers
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line) announced changes to executive officers. “K” Line has promoted Senior Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi to the position of chairman of “K” Line India Private Ltd., Executive Officer Aka Hiraoka to counselor of “K” Line Logistics Ltd., and Executive Officer Tomoyuki Okawa to chief executive officer of “K” Line Offshore AS. Tomoyuki Okawa will provide assistance to Energy Transportation Business, in charge of Tankers, General Manager of Energy & Off-Shore Business Planning Group. Tomoyuki Okawa has joined “K” Line in 1983.
Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation. According to local media reports, NDRC investigators have been combing through emails and files at many liner carrier offices since Friday. In September 2015, the Chinese government said that lines had been charging too much for things like bills of lading custody fees, port fees and document fees. In response, the shipping lines announced that they would cut several of these surcharges.
Troy Container Lines Secures Rotterdam Agent
American-owned NVOCC Troy Container Line announced it has secured a new agent partnership agreement with Rotterdam-based NVOCC NVO Consolidation for both LCL and FCL import and export consolidation services. “NVO Consolidation has an all-star team of logistics professionals from the Rotterdam market,” commented Chris Hellow, Troy’s COO of Imports. “I am very excited about this new partnership and looking forward to working closely with the NVO Consolidation team to further enhance services in the Rotterdam market.” In announcing the agreement, Troy Container Line said it anticipates continued demand as a full service provider to and from Europe, and will continue to develop services in this trade lane, as well as around the world.
South Atlantic Express Service Enhancements
Maersk Line announced the full extent of revisions to its current South Atlantic Express (SAE) service including the addition of calls to the Port of Savannah and the Port of Wilmington. This service also signals the initiation of Maersk Line service to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a four-day transit from Santo Tomas and full gate availability on Saturdays in Wilmington for pickup and deliveries. As previously announced, this weekly service reflects omission of the northbound call to Miami, and removal of service to the Port of Charleston from the schedule. The Miami adjustment will become effective with the sailing of the Maersk Tarragona, voyage 0908, departing Santo Tomas on 8 February 2009.
G6 Alliance Announces Asia-Europe Cancellations
The G6 Alliance, which consists of members APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line, announced the cancellation of two Asia-Europe sailings in response to seasonal changes in market demand. These two void sailings are in addition to those previously announced in October 2013. The G6 Alliance continues to offer services between the Far East and Europe covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and to make service adjustments where necessary.
Maersk Chooses DCT Gdansk
Maersk Line announced that with effect from December 1, it will switch its Polish operations from BCT in to the new deepwater container terminal DCT Gdansk. Maersk Line said: “After many years of good cooperation with BCT Gdynia, the time has come to explore new possibilities with DCT Gdansk, allowing Maersk Line to continue to offer its customers a reliable product while maintaining a high level of efficiency and cost effectiveness. “By moving to DCT we have secured the possibility for our customers to continue to grow along with Maersk Line in Poland. Through an open dialogue we will continue to engage our customers in determining the optimal terms of our services in order to cater for our future growth and cooperation.”
Farrell Lines 2 Additional U.S. Flag Vessels
Farrell Lines announced the addition of two U.S. flag roll-on, roll-off vessels into its fleet, the Alliance Beaumont and Alliance Charleston. These ships complement the Alliance St. Louis and Alliance Norfolk, which have been U.S. flag vessels since February 2008. The Farrell Lines fleet now consists of four roll-on, roll-off vessels. The Alliance Beaumont was brought under the U.S. flag on February 21 in Dubai, and this vessel will participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The Alliance Charleston was reflagged on February 12 in New York. Both vessels have 710,000 sq ft of total stowage capacity, representing 7,900 car equivalent units and over 250,000 sq ft of deck space for military cargo.
Maersk Line Asia Pacific Appoints Gray
Maersk Line announced the appointment of Katie Gray as the new Regional Process Excellence Manager for the Asia Pacific region. Katie will be overall responsible for driving a portfolio of Process Excellence (PEX) strategies, initiatives and plans through effective end-to-end project and change management. Katie assumes her new role with immediate effect and is based in Singapore, reporting to Jesper Praestensgaard, Chief Executive of Maersk Line Asia Pacific. Katie joined Maersk Line in 1994, holding various positions in the United Kingdom and Copenhagen.
Troy Container Line Opens New Station in Savannah
Troy Container Line announced it will open a new container freight station on June 1, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia. Located just eight miles from the Port of Savannah, the new CFS location is strategically placed between Charleston and Miami, and offers enhanced convenience and service to the South Atlantic marketplace. The 175,000-square-foot facility includes 47 dock doors and a C-TPAT approved security system. It marks Troy Container Line’s twenty-first warehouse location in the continental U.S. and will conveniently serve the local market, as well as customers across six continents. “At Troy Container Line, we continually evolve to meet the needs of our growing client base,” commented Patricia L. Fitzgerald, COO of Exports. “In conjunction with our Charlotte, N.C.
New RoRo Added to SC Line Fleet
SC Line announces the addition of another 1/4 ramp RoRo vessel into its fleet, MV 'Mosel Ace'. In line with its strategic and strengthening position in the Americas, SC Line introduces Mosel Ace to serve initially the US East coast from Baltimore to Zarate where it would reposition in the short term to call specific ports between Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. The new ship is 176m in lenght, 31m breadth, and of 12,743 dwt, equipped with a 120 mt 1/4 ramp. SC Line S.A. is a Vessel Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) registered with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
New Mississippi Riverboat Launched
American Cruise Lines announced today that it launched the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. Immediately after being launched Sunday into the Wicomico River, tugboats nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed. “This is a significant milestone in the construction process and also for American Cruise Lines,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines.
American Cruise Lines Names New Riverboat
American Cruise Lines announced the name of its new Mississippi paddlewheeler – America – currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md. The America is American built, flagged and crewed, which is symbolic of the true all-American experience provided by American Cruise Lines. America is being prepared to launch into the Wicomico River early next week, and will be moved to Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed. The America will be American Cruise Lines’ eighth ship and its second brand-new vessel this year, scheduled to begin sailing the Mississippi River in early 2016.