Suez Canal News

05 Nov 2019

Maritime History & the Panama Canal

Grace Lines COLOMBIA transit of Panama Canal. Source: U.S.Merchant Marine Academy Maritime Museum.

The Panama Canal is a strategic crossroads for maritime traffic, and is arguably one of the most important maritime developments in the past century. Here we take a deeper dive into the history behind that famous strip of waterway.The present canal, which saw its first vessel transits in 1914, along with possible alternatives through Nicaragua and Mexico, had actually been on the minds of merchants, explorers and military/political strategists since the Age of Exploration in early 1500’s.

31 Oct 2019

Russia Presses for Northern Sea Route

Mikhail Belkin, State Policy Director, Rosatom; Dr. Torsten Sevecke, Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation; Ekaterina Demicheva, Director of Development Rusatom Greenway; Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Alexander Neklyudov, CEO, Rusatom Cargo. Photo: © HHM

Russia is advocating expansion of ports and shipping along the Northern Sea Route (NSR).The  existing excellent contacts between Port of Hamburg Marketing and Russian ports as well as the Hamburg maritime industry’s second most important trading partner in seaborne freight traffic provided the occasion for an expert session on the use of the Northern Sea Route – NSR - and development of transit freight traffic between Europe and Asia.At a meeting in Hamburg, members of a delegation…

18 Oct 2019

MSC Rejects Northern Sea Route

Pic: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second-biggest container shipping line, has decided not to use the Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia and will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes.In declaring the northern sea route out of bounds, MSC follows CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd that have similarly eschewed the commercial benefits of an Asia-North Europe option that is 30 percent shorter than the southern…

10 Oct 2019

Hammerfest LNG Ships 1000th LNG Cargo

Arctic Discoverer will carry cargo number 1000 from the Hammerfest LNG plant. (Photo: Silje Grytbakk / Equinor ASA)

Norwegian energy company Equinor reached a milestone at its Hammerfest LNG facility on Melkøya Island, “the Snøhvit plant”,  by loading the 1000th cargo of the chilled fuel.The cargo consists of 140 500 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Total sales value of all the LNG cargos since the field came on stream is in the range of NOK 130-150 billion. In addition, we have the value of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate.Arctic Discoverer is the name of the tanker that will carry cargo number 1000 from the Hammerfest LNG plant.

03 Sep 2019

2 Workers Die on Board Greek Ship in Bangladesh

NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that accident at the shipbreaking beach of Chattogram, Bangladesh killed two and severely injured thirteen. The accident occurred in the afternoon of Saturday 31 August at Ziri Subedar shipbreaking yard. During scrapping operations on the ship CSL VIRGINIA a heavy cable collapsed, hitting several workers at once. Aminul Islam, 35 years old, and Tushar Chakma, 27 years old, lost their lives.Thirteen workers  suffered severe injuries and were taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment.

19 Aug 2019

SCCT Announces Reefer Repair Hub

Pic: APM Terminals

The Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), strategically located at the mouth of the Suez Canal in Egypt, has announced its intention to open its reefer container inspection and repair hub to all brands. The terminal will also launch a dry container inspection and repair hub in October 2019.Until just over a year ago, the terminal faced unnecessary costs for moving and repositioning reefer containers with damaged panels or defects that hadn’t been recorded, said a press release from the APM Terminals…

09 Aug 2019

23,756 TEU “MSC Gulsun" Transits Suez Canal

MSC GULSUN,  the largest container ship in the world, transits the Suez Canal for the first time 9 August 2019. CREDIT: SCA

Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal Economic Zone, announced the successful transit of MSC GULSUN, the world’s largest container vessel, on its first trip through the New Suez Canal. The Panamanian ship transited the Canal with the northbound convoy, heading to North Western Europe from the Port of XINGANG.As per protocol in the Suez Canal Authority on receiving mega vessels transiting for the first time, Admiral Mameesh, presented the ship’s master with a bouquet of flowers and the Suez Canal Authority’s shield…

26 Jul 2019

INSIGHTS: Noose Tightens Around Iranian Shipping

Grace 1 remains impounded, not because of its flag but because it was suspected of taking oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, an allegation that Iran denies. Image Credit: © MarineTraffic.com

Somewhere on its journey from the waters off Iran, around Africa's southern tip and into the Mediterranean, the Grace 1 oil tanker lost the flag under which it sailed and ceased to be registered to Panama. Iran later claimed it as its own.The ship carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian crude was seized by British Royal Marines off Gibraltar, raising tensions in the Gulf where Iran detained a UK-flagged ship in retaliation.Grace 1 remains impounded, not because of its flag but because it was suspected of taking oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions…

26 Jul 2019

Vladimir Rusanov Opens Northern Sea Route

Image: PAO Novatek

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker 'Vladimir Rusanov' completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the Eastern direction, delivering an LNG cargo from the Yamal LNG project, at the port of Sabetta, to China's port of Tianjin.The 168,560 cbm vessel shipped transited the ice-covered part of the route in only 6days, setting a new record for independent passage via the NSR without ice-breaking support with cargo on board.The net voyage time from Sabetta to the destination port was completed in a record 16 days…

24 Jul 2019

Suez Canal Accounts for 8% of LNG Trade

Map: Energy Information Administration

Total oil flows through the Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline accounted for about 9% of total seaborne traded petroleum in 2017, and LNG flows through the Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline accounted for about 8% of global LNG trade."The Suez Canal and the SUMED Pipeline are strategic routes for Persian Gulf crude oil, petroleum products, and LNG shipments to Europe and North America," U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.Located in Egypt, the Suez Canal connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea…

12 Jul 2019

SHI Bags $125mln Order for 2 Crude Carriers

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries Co

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co (SHI) said  that it has clinched a deal worth 147 billion won (US$124 million) to build two crude carriers.According to a press note from the shipbuilder, as per the deal with an un-named Panamanian shipping firm, SHI will deliver the two Suezmax tankers by March 2021.Suezmax (S-Max, Suez Canal Maximum) refers to the largest ships that are capable of transiting the Suez Canal in a fully laden condition with a capacity of 130…

05 Jul 2019

Iran threatens UK in Retaliation for Tanker Seizure

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker in Gibraltar by Royal Marines."If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities duty to seize a British oil tanker," Mohsen Rezai said on Twitter.The Gibraltar government said the crew on board the supertanker Grace 1 were being interviewed as witnesses, not criminal suspects, in an effort to establish the nature of the cargo and its ultimate destination.British Royal Marines abseiled onto the ship off the coast of the British territory on Thursday and seized it. They…

14 Jun 2019

Maersk Explores Arctic Shipping Route with Russia

© Artem / Adobe Stock

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Friday it is in talks with Russia's state-owned icebreaker operator to send more goods via the Arctic, which is becoming more accessible as climate change reduces the sea ice.Russia has made developing the so-called northern sea route (NSR) - which requires new ports and heavy icebreakers to move goods - a priority, with supporters dubbing the route the northern Suez Canal.Last summer, Maersk carried out what it said was a one-off trial…

04 Jul 2019

MACN's Port Integrity Campaign in India

Pic: Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has announced the launch of a groundbreaking Port Integrity Campaign in India, with the support of the Government of India.The global business network of over 110 companies working together to tackle corruption in the maritime industry said that the campaign, which aims to reduce and (in the long term) eliminate integrity issues and bottlenecks to trade during operations in Indian ports, is a collective action of MACN, the Government of India…

01 May 2019

Panama Canal Expansion Allows More NGL Transists

Pic: Panama Canal Authority

In June 2016, the Panama Canal Authority, the body that operates the Panama Canal, opened a third set of locks that facilitated transit of larger ships, the first such expansion since the canal was completed in 1914.In the years since the canal was expanded, the largest change in petroleum flows through the canal has been the increase of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), especially propane, from the U.S. Gulf Coast to destinations in Asia. HGL represents all natural gas liquids (NGL)…

12 May 2019

Yantian Express Ready to Depart

Pic: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd says repairs have completed on board the fire-stricken containership MV “Yantian Express” in Freeport Harbour, Bahamas and will depart on Wednesday May 15th."The vessel is currently berthed at the terminal in the Bahamas. Reloading of all containers previously discharged ashore for inspection has now been completed," said a press release from the  Accordingly all cargoes, whether security has been provided or not, are now on board the Yantian Express  German-based cargo container shipping line.Dependent on final technical approval of vessel class…

29 Mar 2019

Port of New Orleans to buy New Gantry Cranes

Photo Credit/Port NOLA: Container vessel being worked by current gantry cranes at Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal site.

New Cranes Allow Port NOLA to Accommodate Larger Ships and Meet Growing Needs. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) have voted to approve the purchase of two new 100-foot gauge container gantry cranes to be used at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. “These new cranes are vital to our success and growth here at Port NOLA,” said President and CEO Brandy D. Christian. “They will increase our efficiency so we can accommodate larger and wider ships…

15 Apr 2019

IMO Includes Anti-Corruption on Formal Agenda

MACN members at the 2018 Fall meeting in London. Photo: The Maritime Anti–Corruption Network

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) showed massive support  agreeing to include maritime corruption as a regular work item on its agenda.A paper on the topic of maritime corruption was presented by the Marshall Islands with  many countries and international organizations  expressing their endorsement of a proposal to develop guidelines to assist all stakeholders in embracing and implementing anti-corruption practices and procedures at the 43rd meeting of the Facilitation Committee (FAL). The IMO will now work on a Guidance document to address maritime corruption.

02 Apr 2019

Svitzer to Deliver Two Tugs for Suez Canal

Photo by Svitzer

Svitzer, part of Denmark-based A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, has signed a 10-year agreement with the Suez Canal Authority wherein the company will provide two newbuild tugs to support operations.The the largest company globally within towage, salvage and related services said in a press release that per agreement, it has to provide two new azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs for supporting the operations in Port Said and Suez Canal."After several stages of approval and multi-disciplinary approaches…

22 May 2019

Marine Fuel: World First for Megaboxer MV Sajir

The 15,000 TEU megaboxer MV SAJIR to be converted to methane for operation (©Hapag-Lloyd)

"With the conversion of SAJIR, we are the first shipping company worldwide to convert a container vessel of this size to natural gas propulsion."  Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-LloydIn its more than 170 years of existence, the Hamburg-based Hapag Lloyd  has used all kinds of solid and liquid fuels to generate energy for the propulsion of its ships. And now the shipping company has announced that it intends to convert the propulsion system of its 15…

19 Jun 2019

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network Links to SDGs

Pic: MACN

The activities of Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)  align closely with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the definitive, internationallyrecognized framework for sustainable development through to 2030.In its 2018 Annual Report, MACN said that this  alignment allows  to track and communicate its progress in a manner that resonates with governments, businesses, funding bodies, and local and international stakeholders.Member companies can also connect…

08 May 2019

APM Terminals to Support SCCT

Pic: APM Terminals

The international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, APM Terminals said that it is working closely with the government of Egypt on the final pieces of the jigsaw that will ensure the success of Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).Once in place, it is set to regain its position as one of the most competitive ports in the South and East Mediterranean region, APM said in a press release.As part of Egypt Vision 2030, the Egyptian Government has made massive investments in infrastructure.

28 Mar 2019

Alaskaborg Completes Special Voyage

Image: Wagenborg

Netherlands-based maritime transport solutions provider Royal Wagenborg said that its vessel m.v. Alaskaborg completed a special voyage from the Baltic to the Far East.The 15,750 DWT geared vessel from the Wagenborg fleet combined a bulk cargo and project cargo in both box-shaped holds. With this voyage, the m.v. Alaskaborg again demonstrates the flexibility and possibilities of the Wagenborg fleet.First in Tornio, Finland, the ice-classed Alaskaborg loaded 13.000 tonnes of ferrochrome.

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