• 26 Jul 2014 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 24 July, 2014

    THE 8,508-TEU Ever Loading, the sixth in a series of L-type vessels built by Taiwan's CSBC Corporation in Taiwan, has been named at the Kaohsiung shipyard.

    Evergreen vice group chairman Bronson Hsieh said the vessel's name symbolises the carrier's target for continued business success, pointing out that these ships are very flexible in fleet deployment.

    As part of the shipping line's fleet renewal programme, such vessels have been deployed across the carrier's service network, including trade routes from Asia to Europe, the Middle East and US west coast.

    In its latest development, the company said one of its sister ships launched a new Asia-US east coast service via Suez Canal.

    The group commenced its fleet renewal programme in 2010 that includes a total of 30 L-type vessels. With the delivery of the Ever Loading, the company has added the 26th such vessel to its operating fleet.

    The remaining four newbuildings will be delivered by the third quarter of 2015.


  • 25 Jul 2014 8:45 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 23 July, 2014

    The EU’s General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

    Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanakiwelcomed the Council’s green light by saying: “We want to make the growth of maritime sectors both smart and sustainable. The Directive reconciles the diverse uses of the sea and will make access to maritime space more predictable. This will help avoid potential conflicts between users, so that businesses can enjoy a more stable and assured environment, and so that we can better manage the impact of human activities on the marine environment.” The Directive is a cornerstone in the EU’s Blue Growth strategy, allowing more efficient implementation of EU legislation for both economic and environmental gain.

    With Maritime Spatial Planning, operators and developers will have greater certainty about their investments and should also see a reduction in red tape.
    Each relevant EU Member State must now transpose the Directive into their national legislation and to nominate a Competent Authority in charge of its implementation by September 2016.

    Although national maritime spatial plans must comply with a number of minimum requirements set by the Directive, countries are free to tailor the content of the plans to their specific economic, social and environmental priorities, as well as to their cultural traditions and legal context.


  • 24 Jul 2014 8:35 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 23 July, 2014

    TAIWAN's Evergreen Line is to resume services of direct connections to Far East-Southern Red Sea in a joint service with CMA CGM, UASC and CSCL on their REX 3/ARC 2 service following its suspension of services three years ago.

    The re-branded ARC service will deploy seven vessels downsizing from the 6,000-7,000 TEU range to vessels of 4,250 TEU.

    ARC turns in 49 days and rotates through Xiamen, Shenzhen-Yantian, Shenzhen-Shekou, Port Kelang, Djibouti, Jeddah, Port Sudan, Djibouti, Port Kelang and back to Xiamen.

    The first sailing from Xiamen was scheduled for July 24 deploying the 4,404-TEU CMA CGM Amber, according to Alphaliner.

    The reviving of the service will complement its existing Far East-Red Sea service (FRS) jointly operated with Cosco to focus on northern Red Sea ports.

    Evergreen's closure of its 'REX 3/SRS 2' service in May this year will be compensated by its new slot arrangement with UASC allowing it direct connections to Far East-southern Red Sea.


  • 23 Jul 2014 8:38 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 22 July, 2014

    MAERSK and Hapag-Lloyd are preparing shippers for low-sulphur fuel surcharges of up to US$150 per FEU when regulations are enforced in the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) of Europe and North America, reports London's Loadstar. So far only Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd have announced an intention to recover the extra cost of the low-sulphur fuel - currently at $900 per tonne, some 50 per cent more than standard bunker.

    Maersk Line said it will buy 650,000 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel a year, or seven per cent of its annual bunker needs, at an additional cost of around $250 million.
    As yet, Hapag-Lloyd has not indicated the level of its ECA surcharge, telling its customers they will be informed in a "timely manner". The regulations come into force in January.

    Shippers will likely point to the already considerable fuel savings that container lines have achieved as a result of slow steaming or reduced slot cots resulting from the economies of scale new mega ships provide.
    Feeders face an uneven playing field. Those using hub ports in the English Channel, North Sea and the Baltic must burn costly low sulphur fuel all the time, but those using British west coast and Irish ports are free of such regulations.


  • 22 Jul 2014 8:33 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 21 July, 2014

    MAERSK has successfully tested Belco Technologies Corporation marine scrubber technology on board the 8,112-TEU Maersk Tukang on a short voyage in the Mediterranean, reports New York's Marine Link.

    Tests confirmed the technology achieved 100 per cent compliance with United Nations MARPOL Annex IV regulations for all air and wash-water emission criteria. Closed loop testing is scheduled for the autumn.

    Over a six-day trial period in May, the vessel sailed from Algeciras to Genoa. The system is awaiting class certification, expected later this year, said the report.

    The equipment was installed on the containership last year in Qingdao, China during a scheduled drydock. The unit is designed to clean sulphur dioxide and particulates from exhaust gas emissions from a 3.2 MW auxiliary engine.


  • 21 Jul 2014 8:46 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 20 July, 2014

    THE Port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first half of the year, an increase of 2.7 per cent year on year on the back of higher container volumes and a 32 per cent increase in liquid bulk volumes.

    The box throughput was up 2.9 per cent to 4,416,132 TEU compared to the same period a year earlier, PortNews St Petersberg reported.

    Conventional breakbulk volumes fell six per cent to 5,028,876 tonnes, mainly due to the proportion of fruit imports now arriving in reefer containers instead of by conventional freight.The dry bulk amounted to 6,870,625 tonnes, a decline of five per cent squeezed by lower coal volumes.

  • 19 Jul 2014 9:23 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 17 July, 2014

    THE liner shipping industry has welcomed news that the European Commission's Consortia Block Exemption Regulation will be extended for five years until April of 2020.

    The regulation provides a "safe harbour" under European competition law for vessel sharing arrangements with a market share up to 30 per cent, reported the Daily Shipping Times of Mumbai.

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) commended the European Commission for continuing to recognise both the benefits of vessel sharing consortia to the efficient operation of shipping.

    "Vessel sharing arrangements are an established and essential part of the liner shipping networks that carry the international trade of the European Union and the rest of the world," said WSC president and CEO Christopher Koch.

    "Consortia allow carriers to provide customers with better services at lower cost, with improved environmental performance," he said.

    The commission's block exemption regulation provides legal certainty to carriers and transparency to the shipping public about the rules under which consortia operate.

    Said Mr Koch: "In this most international of businesses, it is essential that the rules are clear and that everyone has the same understanding of what those rules are.

    "The consortia block exemption regulation provides that clarity, which makes the system more efficient and more predictable. That benefits everyone involved," he said.


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  • 18 Jul 2014 8:39 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published 17 July, 2014

    THE Port of Los Angeles handled 736,438 TEU of container cargo in June, a 13.8 per cent year-on-year increase while the adjacent Port of Long Beach enjoyed an eight per cent increase to 610,516 TEU.

    Los Angeles container imports rose 16.5 per cent to 382,666 TEU, while exports rose 8.51 per cent to 160,823 TEU in June. Empties were up 13.4 per cent.

    Long Beach June imports stood at 316,054 TEU, an 8.8 per cent increase, while exports were up 4.7 per cent to 140,034 TEU. Empties increased 9.3 per cent to 154,428 TEU.

    June was the third consecutive month with year-on-year increases at Long Beach, which came in as a 2.5 per cent rise for the first six months of 2014.


  • 17 Jul 2014 8:34 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 16 July, 2014

    GEORGIA Ports Authority participation in a US Department of Agriculture pilot programme will see the launch of fruit shipments from South America, previously trucked to southeastern markets, to Port of Savannah as of September 1. Citrus fruit, grapes and blueberries will be chilled for at least 17 days prior to entry into the US to protect against fruit flies under the USDA pilot programme. The process will be done in producing countries, including Peru, Chile and Brazil, or at transshipment points such as Panama.

    The fruit will move in refrigerated containers held just over freezing during transit aboard cargo vessels, effectively cutting the time the fruit must remain stationary for treatment.

    "Bringing cold treatment to the Port of Savannah is just one example of USDA's commitment to facilitating trade while protecting American agriculture," said USDA deputy administrator Osama El-Lissy, Plant Protection and Quarantine programme.

    Besides faster delivery, the programme also cuts logistics-related emissions by reducing truck miles and allowing more efficient shipments. Trucks carrying refrigerated cargo containers may be loaded up to 100,000 pounds (truck and cargo weight) on Georgia highways, where domestic trucks may be loaded only to 80,000 pounds.

    "Cold treatment is an environmentally-friendly alternative to fumigation-based pest control methods that emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere," said APL vice president Eric Eng.

    Garden City Terminal in Savannah has a refrigerated container capacity of more than 2,600 containers. The refrigerated boxes are powered by 600 chassis plug-ins and 2,016 container rack slots. The Port of Savannah is the only port in the nation to use reefer racks on this scale.

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