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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Port Of Kaohsiung News

Evergreen Extends Lease at Port of Kaohsiung

Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan) Ltd, which currently operates two large container terminals in the Port of Kaohsiung, has extended its lease on the newer facility at Container Terminal No 5 for a further 11 years and one month. The lease extension contract, which covers the period from December 1, 2007 to December 31, 2018, was signed by President Jack Yen and by Ming-Hui Shieh, Director-General of the Kaohsiung Harbour Bureau at a ceremony held in Kaohsiung and attended by Government officials, senior management from other shipping companies and many prominent executives representing the Southern Taiwan business community. This container terminal occupies over 400,000m2 of land and provides three berths (Piers 79, 80 and 81) with a total quay length of 815m.

Evergreen Affirms Commitment to the Port of Kaohsiung

Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan) Ltd, which currently operates two large container terminals in the Port of Kaohsiung, has extended its lease on its Container Terminal No 4 facility (Piers 115 and 116) for a further 10 years. The lease extension contract, which covers the period from 1 March 2008 to 28 February 2018, was signed by EMC’s President, Jack Yen, and Director-General of the Kaohsiung Harbour Bureau, Ming-Hui Shieh, at the Evergreen International building in Taoyuan on 27 December. Container Terminal No 4 opened for business in 1987 on a 206,480m² site with a total quay length of 596m. The berths are served by six post-Panamax gantry cranes, 26 rail mounted gantry cranes and six empty container stackers.

APL Enhances Asia–Latin America Network

APL Gwangyang. Photo: APL

APL, ocean carriers, providing world-class container shipping and terminal services,  has announced the launch of the Quetzal Express (QEX) service, a new weekly service that directly connects the key markets of China, Mexico and West Coast South America. APL, part of the CMA CGM said that the QEX service promises the industry’s fastest transit time of 22 days from South China to Mexico. It is also the only service that offers a direct connection from Taiwan, Central and South China to Puerto, Quetzal and Guayaquil.

ZIM Seven Stars Express Service to Add a Kaohsiung Call

Image: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

ZIM is pleased to announce that starting November 2017, ZIM’s popular Seven Stars Express Service (Z7S) will add a call in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, offering unique advantages to customers, said a company press release. The service includes: Direct access to New York Maher terminal, Unique product linking Kaohsiung and Wilmington, NC, Fast transit time from Wilmington and Savannah; A premium product for USA exports to Taiwan, Calling Terminal 5, Pier 77/78 in Kaohsiung, for easy access from main manufacturing areas and End of the week departure from Kaohsiung.

Taiwanese Contract for Van Oord

Major Taiwanese dredging contract for Van Oord

Van Oord has been awarded the dredging contract for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II in Taiwan. The client is the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC). The contract value amounts to approximately EUR 130 million. The preparations have already started and the execution period runs until January 2018. The project involves the dredging and reclamation of 37 million m3 of sand for the extension of Kaohsiung Port. Van Oord will deploy one of its largest trailing suction hopper dredgers.

It’s Electric: Charging Asia’s First E-ferry

(Photo: Cavotec)

Innovative charging technologies connect Asia’s first e-ferry to electrical power, eliminating emissions and dramatically reducing operating costs. The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and that entered service last year, is fully electrically powered. This follows the introduction of a hybrid ferry earlier in 2017. The charging solution was supplied by Swiss based engineering firm Cavotec, who said the technology ensures safe, fast and efficient connection of the ferry to electrical power at the Kaohsiung berth.

Taiwan Greets German Gas Hydrates Research Ship

R/V Sonne: Photo courtesy of Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Observation

The research ship 'Sonne' has arrived in Kaohsiung to help Taiwan scientists explore for gas hydrates off the country's SW coast. The research ship docked at the Port of Kaohsiung, where local experts led by National Taiwan University oceanography professor Saulwood Lin and researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Germany shared ideas on the potential energy source, reports Focus Taiwan. Interest in this new energy source comes at a time when Taiwan is debating its energy future…

Companies Align to Form Taipei Port Consortium

Taiwan's Evergreen Marine forged an alliance with three local counterparts on Friday to bid jointly for a container port project in Taipei Harbor. Evergreen Marine, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., Wan Hai Lines and Evergreen Transport said in a joint statement they would set up the Taipei Port Consortium to issue the bid. Evergreen Marine and Evergreen Transport, members of the giant Evergreen transportation conglomerate, would own a combined 50 percent of the new company, which would have initial paid-in capital of T$800 million. Wan Hai would hold 40 percent, and Yang Ming would own 10 percent, the companies said. The estimated T$20 billion port project…

APL Expands Intra-Asia Service Network with New Services

Photo: APL

APL is expanding its Intra-Asia service network with the launch of a new Japan Taiwan 6 (JT6) Service and an upgraded Japan Thailand 2 (JT2) Service. The new JT6 Service links the markets of Japan, Taiwan, South China with the Philippines. The upgraded JT2 Service is enhanced with 7 additional ports of call in the key hubs of Japan, Taiwan, South China and Thailand. “APL is committed to keep levelling up our shipping services and market connectivity so that our customers can better access existing and new markets with ease, reliability and speed.

Taiwan Cuts Bunker Fuel Prices $10

Taiwan's Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) has cut spot bunker fuel oil prices to $171 per ton from $181 effective from Tuesday. The posted prices were for spot 180 and 380-centistoke bunker fuel delivered to ships at the ports of Kaohsiung, Keelung, Hualien, Taichung and Suao. Its term price was $3.00 lower at $168 for both grades at the same ports. Spot and term prices of marine gas oil (MGO) were reduced to $312 and $309 per ton, down from last week's $314 and $311, respectively. Marine diesel oil (MDO) was set at $306 and $303, for spot and term respectively.

MSC Updates 5 Services between Asia and N.America

Map: Mediterranean Shipping Company

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced revisions to its five services operating between Asia and USA West Coast/Canada. In an effort to provide improved services to our customers, MSC is pleased to announce revisions to its five services operating between Asia and USA West Coast/Canada. All changes will come into effect from the middle of December, with departures from Asia. MSC’s Pearl and Jaguar services will remain unchanged. ‘New Orient’ and ‘New Eagle’ services will be respectively renamed ‘Orient’ and ‘Eagle’.

Evergreen, China Shipping Cooperate on Trades

The Evergreen Line and China Shipping Container Lines have agreed to cooperate on Asia-US West Coast, Asia-Europe and Asia-Mexico-US East Coast containership services commencing June 2009. The agreement was signed by First Vice Group Chairman of the Evergreen Group, S S Lin and Chairman of the China Shipping Container Lines, S D Lee on 27 May in Shanghai, China. Evergreen upgrades its Hong Kong, Taiwan-US West Coast service (service code: HTW for Evergreen and AAS for CSCL) of five 8,000 TEU vessels. Kaohsiung - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Yantian -Los Angeles -Oakland - Kaohsiung. China Shipping upgrades its North/Central China to US West Coast service (service code: CPS for Evergreen and AAC for CSCL) of five 8,000 TEU vessels.

Taiwan Tanker Spill Minimal, Says Operator

The Greek operator of the Panamanian-registered oil tanker Devon confirmed that the ship had leaked oil off the southern Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung, but said only a small amount was spilled. Earlier port officials had said a one km long spill had been left in the Taiwan Strait after the ship was found to be leaking oil when it approached a dock. "The spillage was minimal - no more than two barrels at most," a spokesman for Piraeus-based ship operator European Navigation Inc. said. The 269,895 dwt vessel was anchored in port, and an investigation was being held into where the leak had originated, he said. An improperly closed valve was suspected as a possible source.

New Mega Containership for Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AG has expanded its fleet with another containership. The Tsingtao Express was named in Qingdao, China. It can carry 8,750 standard containers. The Tsingtao Express, named in the Port of Qingdao, is the second newbuilding that Hapag-Lloyd has integrated into its fleet in 2007. Five more vessels will follow until 2008. The Hamburg-based shipping line now has a globally deployed fleet comprising about 140 ships capable of transporting a total of over 467,000 boxes. The Tsingtao Express bears the old name of Qingdao, by which the city is also still known in Europe today. The Tsingtao Express will be deployed in the context of the Grand Alliance.

China Merchants' Guestimate Container Terminal Growth

China Merchants HK AGM: Photo credit the company

China Merchants Holdings (International) Company recently held its AGM in Hong Kong and the Vice-Chairman predicted figures in the company's container terminal operation interests. The Company's Vice Chairman Li Jianhong, Managing Director Hu Jianhua, Deputy Managing Director Zheng Shaoping and Deputy General Manager & CFO Zhang Rizhong were interviewed by journalists after the AGM. Mr. Li Jianhong said: "This year from January to May, the company's container throughput growth is higher in north than south. The Mainland China and overseas overall growth is 9.2%.

G6 Alliance Announces Port Rotations

Members of the G6 Alliance  released details on port rotations for the proposed service expansion to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes, announced in early December last year. Subject to the completion of regulatory review process, the 17 services are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2014. “The G6 Alliance monitors market developments closely and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve our service offerings,” member carriers said in a statement. “With the introduction of the Asia – North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic services, the G6 Alliance will further strengthen its position to meet shippers’ demand for more comprehensive, seamless and efficient services with competitive transit times.

Ocean Alliance Launches Day Two Product

(Photo: OOCL)

The Ocean Alliance has launched its new Day Two Product with an estimated 3.6 million TEU carrying capacity provided by approximately 340 containerships deployed on 41 services. The new offering will commence in April 2018. Alliance partners CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL will offer 20 Transpacific services, six Asia-Europe services, four Asia-Mediterranean services, four Transatlantic services, five Asia-Middle East services and two Asia-Red Sea services. “Ocean Alliance…

Evergreen, Wan Hai Lines Enhance Asia Services

Evergreen Line has reached an agreement with Wan Hai Lines to exchange slots on Evergreen's NSA/NSB services, as well as Wan Hai's KSS/KVS services with effect from Feb. 22, 2009. The agreement between the two Taiwanese ocean carriers will enhance Evergreen's service network in the intra-Asia trade. The impacted services have the following port rotations:The NSA service rotation is as follows: Osaka - Kobe - Iwakuni - Moji - Hakata - Taipei - Taichung - Kaohsiung - Nansha - Shekou - Hong Kong. The KSS service rotation is as follows: Penang - Port Klang - Pasir Gudang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Kaohsiung - Keelung - Inchon - Kwangyang - Pusan- Keelung- Kaohsiung- Hong Kong- Singapore- Port Klang-Penang.

G6 Alliance Enhances Asia/North America Service

In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced service enhancements in the Asia – North America (Pacific Southwest) trade. The CC2 service will be upgraded to include a permanent Pusan call. Transit times from other origins will remain unchanged. The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, Asia and North America as well as on the Transatlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line. The SC1 service will be upgraded to include an additional eastbound Kaohsiung call.

Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Wan Hai to Launch CIX Service

Evergreen Marine Corp, Hapag-Lloyd Container Line and Wan Hai Lines are to launch a weekly service linking India with Hong Kong, Shekou and Kaohsiung at the end of April. This will be known as the CIX (China - India Express) service to aid the fast-growing trade between India and southern China. The three lines are deploying four ships, each able to load approximately 1,200 TEU. Wan Hai will contribute two vessels and the other lines one vessel each. The first sailing will be provided by Wan Hai’s Bermudian Express from Kaohsiung on April 30. The port rotation is as follows: Kaohsiung - Hong Kong - Shekou - Singapore - Port Klang - Colombo - Mumbai (Nhava Sheva) - Port Klang - Singapore - Kaohsiung

OCEAN ALLIANCE Sets Out Network

Photo: CMA CGM

Members of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, COSCO Container Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line,  signed a document entitled the Day One Product, which sets out the proposed OCEAN ALLIANCE’s network, including port rotation for each service loop. The Day One network intends to deploy around 350 container vessels with an estimated total carrying capacity of 3.5 million TEUs to provide one of the most comprehensive service coverage in the market on the following trade lanes. The vessel deployment details for each service loop, will be released around end of this November.

Evergreen Expands Asia-South Africa Network

To offer a more comprehensive service on the Asia-South Africa trade, Evergreen Line will adjust its existing joint service with COSCO as well as contribute vessels to the service currently operated by K Line, MOL and PIL. Both moves will take effect in October. Evergreen will deploy two 4,200 TEU vessels on both the FAX service operated by COSCO and Evergreen as well as the ASA service, becoming joint service partners with K Line, MOL and PIL. This development of strategic cooperation with Evergreen's service partners will increase the line's frequency of sailings on the Asia-South Africa trade from weekly to twice weekly and add Keelung, Xiamen and Port Klang to its service network.

HMM Acquires Four Terminals From Bankrupted Hanjin

Phto: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has entered into a contract with Hanjin Shipping and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (MTIL) to acquire Hanjin Pacific Corporation’s 100% stake in terminals in Tokyo and Kaohsiung. Hanjin Pacific Corporation (HPC) which is owned by Hanjin Shipping (60%) and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (40%) operates terminals at ports in Japan (Tokyo) and Taiwan (Kaohsiung). Total acquisition price is about KRW 15 billion ($13.15 million) including a purchase and security deposit on the lease of the Tokyo port.

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