CMA CGM to Acquire SOFRANA Unilines
CMA CGM announced it will purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a key player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade. With operations in the South Pacific region for almost 50 years, SOFRANA Unilines operates directly or in partnership a fleet of 10 vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands. Together with CMA CGM’s ANL, who already offers 16 trade lanes servicing major ports throughout Australia…
Hapag-Lloyd to Terminate NZB Service
Last Southbound Sailing: MOL DEDICATION voy. Last Northbound Sailing: MOL DEDICATION voy. With our enhanced NZA1 (New Zealand Loop A-1), NZA2 (New Zealand Loop A-2), and newly launched NZA3 (New Zealand Loop A-3) we continuously strive to provide you with quality services between New Zealand and South East Asia.
APL launches New Zealand Express II Service
APL launched a new weekly service with direct connection between New Zealand and North Asian ports: the New Zealand Express II (NZ2) service. “APL introduced the new NZ2 service to serve the China-New Zealand market in a direct and more efficient way. Compared to transshipment options, the NZ2 service provides our customers with dedicated and faster connectivity between the North Asia and Oceania markets. The direct service will enable businesses to accelerate their products’ speed and access to these markets…
Foreign-flagged Fishing Vessels Must Re-flag to Fish in NZ Waters
The move, to take place over a four-year transition period, would send a clear message that New Zealand was serious about the fair treatment of fishing crews, the safety of vessels and its international reputation for ethical and sustainable fishing practices, Primary Industries Minister David Carter and Labor Minister Kate Wilkinson stated. The announcement followed the release in March of a report by the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs), which was ordered after widely publicized cases of mainly Indonesian fishing crews jumping ship with claims of unpaid wages and physical abuse when their Korean-owned vessels docked in New Zealand.
New Zealand Ramps Up IMO Representation
Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith appointed New Zealand's first Permanent Representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Sir Lockwood, New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, recently presented his credentials to the IMO’s Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu. The Director of Maritime New Zealand, Keith Manch, also participated in the first-ever Symposium on the 'Future of Ship Safety', held at IMO headquarters in London. Mr Manch said Sir Lockwood’s appointment as Permanent Representative was an indication of the importance of maritime affairs to New Zealand.
Bulk Carrier Listing in Rough Seas
According to the New Zealand Press, the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it is closely tracking the progress of the bulk carrier Taharoa Express, which is listing after its load shifted in heavy swells. The vessel reported to Maritime New Zealand that it had a problem after its load of iron sand shifted while in rough sea about 42 nautical miles south west of Cape Egmont. The vessel is intact and not taking on any water, and all 25 crew are safe, Maritime New Zealand said. Maritime New Zealand said it was concerned and is keeping a close eye on the situation, at this point there are no reports of the vessel being in danger or distress. The Port of Taharoa pilot and loading master is on board the carrier and is overseeing its progress as it heads for Nelson.
Bellingham Marine New Zealand Celebrates 25 Years
Bellingham Marine New Zealand and its employees are celebrating 25 years of operation this year during its silver anniversary. Although much has changed since its first marina project in 1985, Bellingham Marine New Zealand has maintained the same principle throughout its 25 year history: bring to each project a commitment to utilizing proven technology and proper construction, to adopting strict quality control measures, and to conducting all transactions with a level of professionalism that is unrivalled. A quarter of a century and nearly 9000 berths later those same commitments remain the foundation of the company’s success. “Our…
New Zealand Oil Well Inspector Too Busy
According to a report from The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand has just one inspector to oversee safety in its oil exploration industry. A government-ordered review released last week found the inspectorate is significantly under-resourced. New Zealand has one inspector at least seven installations. Australia has one inspector for every three installations, Britain one for every two and Norway one per installation. (Source: The New Zealand Herald)
New Zealand’s Freight Traders Imports Drilling Rigs
Freight Traders Ltd arranged the duty free importation of two Dillmec drilling rigs into New Zealand. This included various mobilizations and demobilizations to remote New Zealand locations in the central north island. With the drilling campaigns complete, Freight Traders Ltd successfully completed re-export formalities from New Zealand over two (2) x ship charters. The most recent ship charter sailed early May 2016 from Tauranga port in New Zealand.
New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials
The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo, allowing them to be disembarked at sea. It has been built as part of Project Protector, with seven vessels planned. Officials say that it will be followed by sea trials, with the vessel due in New Zealand by the end of the year. source: Radio New Zealand
Maritime Worries Over Ship Inspections
The Maritime Union of New Zealand is concerned about the reduction in monitoring of international shipping by Maritime New Zealand, the Government agency responsible for ensuring a “safe, secure and clean” maritime environment. Less than half of “Priority 1” vessels (49%) coming into New Zealand were inspected in the 2014/2015 year, according to Maritime New Zealand’s annual report. That is well beneath the target of 70% inspections for the year, and the 82% of inspections achieved in the 2013/2014 year.
Solo Navigation Requirements, NZ
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it would need to be satisfied that a proposed solo round the world voyage by a teenage girl would not put hers or others’ lives at risk, before deciding whether to allow the voyage to go ahead. Thirteen-year-old Laura Dekker, who has a New Zealand and German passport, recently announced plans to sail solo around the world in an 26.2 ft yacht. It is understood Dekker is intending to leave from New Zealand, if Dutch authorities prevent her from leaving from Hollad. Maritime New Zealand Recreational Boating Manager, Jim Lott, said MNZ had powers under the Maritime Transport Act 1994, to detain any vessel from leaving New Zealand waters if the Director believed…
NZ Ports to Turn Away Cruise Liner
Radio New Zealand says that ports of Auckland is set to turn away one of the world's largest cruise ships after agreeing with its council-owner not to build one of two planned wharf extensions. It said, without the extension, it could not berth the Ovation of the Seas, which means the mega-liner may also drop stops at four other New Zealand ports. The cruise ship industry believes millions of dollars are at risk if extensions to Auckland's Bledisloe Wharf are delayed. After a months-long stoush…
Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence Awards 2014 recognises 18 companies
Frost & Sullivan held its inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards on 28 August 2014 at Villa Maria, presenting a total of 18 awards to companies across the industries of Food, Energy and Power, Healthcare and Information Communication Technologies. The New Zealand Excellence Awards will be an annual event to honour companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and superior performance in their respective market segments. “We are very proud to host the annual awards in New Zealand to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand companies.
Contship Offers New Slot Charters
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ITF President Weighs in on Multimillion Dollar Fisheries Dispute
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin has met with key stakeholders in Auckland, New Zealand, about the ongoing campaign to secure NZD30 million in unpaid wages for fishers in the region. The ITF has contributed to Slave Free Seas’ campaign to claim outstanding wages in the vicinity of NZD30 million through the New Zealand courts. Crumlin met with senior union representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, the Slave Free Seas advocacy group and the Merchant Service Guild as part of the Regional Maritime Federation meeting.
New Zealand: Maritime Trade is Key
Globally, shipping is on the rise – already 80-90 percent of the world’s trade is by ship; that is more than 12 billion metric tons of goods annually, shipped by 1.5 million seafarers on 50,000 merchant ships. Without shipping, the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world simply would not be possible. Shipping is especially important to New Zealand, an island that relies heavily on its vibrant maritime sector. “At least 97 percent of our trade is transported by sea – it is the crucial lifeline for our economy and way of life…
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. Tilbury, Hamburg. previously Madras. Sailings between Hamburg, the Indian Subcontinent, Australia and New Zealand will initially be every 14 days, increasing to weekly in May. from/to Australia last year. handled around 14.000 boxes (TEU) in 2006. Hamburg. chemical products and paper. Zealand are frozen meat, chemical products, textiles and fruit. paper and machines.
Hamburg Süd Christens Ship in New Zealand
For the first time in its more than 135-year history, Hamburg Süd christened a container ship in Tauranga on Sunday, 3 February 2008. Tauranga is the largest port in New Zealand. The "Cap Palliser" is one of a series of five identical 1,819 TEU charter vessels owned by the Claus-Peter Offen shipping company that are to be deployed in the Hamburg Süd Group's liner service between Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Sponsor of the "Cap Palliser" was Mary Goff, wife of the New Zealand Minister of Defense, Trade, Corrections, Disarmament and Arms Control, and Associated Minister of Finance, Hon. Phil Goff. The ship is named after the southernmost point of New Zealand's North Island.
Pariah Containership Detained in NZ
The troubled German-owned, Liberia-flagged containership 'Vega Auriga', which was last week banned by Australia from entering its ports for three months, has now arrived in New Zealand, where it has been detained, informs ITF Seafarers. The ship – described by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as a "repeat offender" for breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance – was detained in Tauranga after Maritime New Zealand found 14 deficiencies, with 11 to be rectified before it can leave. However, the Filipino crew have now received some of their back pay due; ITF inspector Grahame McLaren reports that they have received their June and July wages, although pay for August was still outstanding.
Record Number of Cruise Ships Sailing Down in NZ
New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country. 28 ships from its members' fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months - an increase of more than 25 per cent on last year's summer season, said Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. According to CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine, the visiting flotilla will make more than 600 calls to New Zealand ports between October 1…
CMA CGM Upgrades PAD Service
CMA CGM has made a service upgrade in New Zealand by adding a new call in Wellington on its Panama Direct Line (PAD) service starting November 23rd. The PAD service offers a connection between Europe, the US East coast, Australia and New Zealand via the Panama Canal. The CMA CGM Group is the first and only maritime carrier to provide a direct connection from Wellington to Europe and the US East Coast. CMA CGM answers its clients’ needs by offering a unique and innovative product on the market.
International Navy Friendships Strengthened in Crisis
The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year. Exercise NGA TAHI sought to strengthen relations and refine common operating procedures between the participating nations. Australian submarine HMAS Dechaineux exercised for three days with Anzac frigates, HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Te Mana, HMCS Vancouver and a P-3K2 Orion from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Scenarios escalated from basic tracking exercises to whole-of-force protection of a high value unit.