• 11 Oct 2014 11:06 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 10 October, 2014

    A helicopter appeared in the sky over the North Sea. It was 7 a.m. on a Wednesday this summer, and the helicopter circled in a wide arc before hovering above a ship traveling south at about 15 knots. At more than 1,300 feet long, the ship, the Mary Maersk, was hard to miss. It is longer than the Eiffel Tower is high, and the Mary and its sister ships are the biggest container ships in the world.

    Feet appeared first from the helicopter, then a pair of Levi’s, and gradually a man was lowered by rope onto the ship’s deck. His job was to pilot the ship down a narrow dredged channel in the Weser River, toward the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.

    Later that morning, the Mary would undertake the largest-scale act of parallel parking ever undefined or at least since the last time it docked, the day before, in Gothenburg, Sweden. As companies look for more efficient ways to move freight from factories in China to consumers in Europe, the Mary is among the newest giants, known as the Triple-E’s. Owned and operated by A. P. Moeller-Maersk of Denmark, the world’s largest container shipping company, the Triple-E’s went into service last year, muscling their way into the $210 billion container industry. They have also gained a following: Hobbyist spotters watch for the Triple-E’s and post pictures online, and Lego has created a mini version with 1,516 bricks.


  • 10 Oct 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 8 October, 2014

    EUROFOS, France's largest terminal at the port of Fos near Marseilles, will receive 12 Cargotec electric straddle carriers in February. The new electric straddle carriers will expand and partly replace the terminal's existing fleet of Kalmar and Sisu equipment, said a statement from the manufacturer.

    The straddle carriers are capable of stacking 40-ton containers three high and comply with the latest exhaust emission regulations.
    Eurofos CEO Nicolas Gauthier said: "The new electric straddle carriers will help us cut fuel and maintenance costs, and provide our employees with an even safer and more comfortable working environment.

    "Expanding and renewing our fleet with the best solutions available is an important part of our plans for future growth and will ensure we can continue to provide customers with good productivity and high service quality."
    The order also includes Kalmar's SmartFleet process automation, which improves port operational transparency and reduces downtime through real-time analysis of on-board performance data, predictive maintenance capability and remote maintenance analysis.


  • 09 Oct 2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 8 October, 2014

    JAPAN's MOL Liner Ltd and El Baraka have formed a joint venture company in Egypt to support and develop customer relations for the shipping line's container division. The decision is part of a strategy for MOL to grow closer to customers and to identify business opportunities within Egypt.

    The new offices located in Cairo, Port Said and Alexandria started operations on October 1. MOL area director Jochen Veldmann said the company made the decision to move to a joint venture arrangement in this important market to have people solely dedicated to the company. Its previous partner in Egypt had been Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).

    "We will be much better positioned to respond to customer needs, improve service quality, and offer full-network coverage in the region," said Mr Veldmann in a company statement.
    MOL, El Baraka and ISS will work closely together during the transfer of operations to ensure a smooth transition and ISS will continue to support the Japanese shipping company's business in East Africa where cooperation in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has existed for years.


  • 08 Oct 2014 9:09 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 7 October, 2014

    KALMAR, part of Cargotec, is to supply four 45-ton capacity reachstackers in February in Hutchison's UK port of Felixstowe, 70 miles northeast of London.

    The reachstackers will be supplied with a telescopic Bromma spreader, which incorporates fully integrated overheight legs for out-of-gauge cargo handling.
    "The lifting boom attachment options and rotation possibilities allow the driver to improve the work efficiency of the unit," said Kalmar's British marketing chief Dave Patterson.

    The Kalmar has already supplied the Port of Felixstowe with eight reachstackers, three loaded container handlers and 15 empty handlers already in use.

    The Hong Kong-owned port is the UK's busiest container port, handling 3.7 million TEU annually.


  • 07 Oct 2014 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    New improvements to the UAE’s visa system are boosting Dubai’s cruise sector and medical tourism in the emirate. The ruling, which has taken effect on August 2014, introduces a multiple-entry tourist visa for cruise passengers and entry permits for medical tourists and their companions.

    The so-called multi-visa costs UAEd200 (about € 40 or US$ 50) and remains to be handled exclusively by tour operators, so passengers don’t need to care about papers nor wait in rows once at destination. Dubai being home port of many vessels, the emirate expects to receive not less than one million cruise tourists by 2020, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

    Only during last season –November 2013 to April 2014–, Dubai welcomed 300,000 cruise passengers, of which more than a half also visited Abu Dhabi and other nearby destinations. For Hamad bin Mejren, Director of Business Tourism at DTCM, the multi-visa “reduces costs for passengers arriving to Dubai and taking a cruise from Mina Rashid to neighbor ports, or a short break to Oman or Saudi Arabia and returning to Dubai”, he stated. Thus, the new visa allow travelers coming from growing tourist emitters –such as India, China, Russia, Brazil, or South Africa– to travel around many Gulf countries with a single permit. Main ports in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Ras al Khaimah are planning to expand or have started the works already. Dubai’s Mina Rashid Cruise Terminal will also increase its capacity from five to seven vessels at once, which will raise its disembark ratio to up to 14,000 passengers a day.


  • 06 Oct 2014 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 5 October, 2014

    THE Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has posted its Bunker Contribution (BUC) for all cargo between North Europe and the Med and the South American west coast and Central America including Venezuela to be applied from November.

    From north west Europe to the Med and South America west coast (SAWC), the surcharge will be EUR520 (US$650) per TEU and EUR595 per reefer TEU.

    From SAWC to north west continent (NWC), Med and onward relay, the surcharge will be US$775/TEU and US$875/reefer TEU.

    From NWC and the Med to Central America/Venezuela the charge will be EUR420/TEU and EUR495/reefer TEU.

    And from Central America/Venezuela and onward relay, the surcharge will be US$675/TEU and US$775/reefer.


  • 02 Oct 2014 5:27 PM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 30 September, 2014

    FULL Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status has been awarded to the Port of Felixstowe, making it the first port to achieve accreditation nationwide. The European Commission introduced the AEO initiative through the Union Customs Code in an effort to simplify procedures and secure international supply chains, reported American Journal of Transportation.

    Said Hutchison Ports UK CEO Clemence Cheng: "It recognises the robustness and consistency of the port's procedures, giving customers and UK Customs comfort that the high standards required to achieve accreditation are maintained.
    "It is becoming increasingly important to cargo owners that everyone involved in the international supply chain is able to demonstrate the highest standards of customs simplification, safety and security," said Mr Cheng.

    The AEO certificate is an internationally recognised quality mark issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs giving surety that the holder's role in the international supply chain is secure, and that their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.


  • 01 Oct 2014 2:39 PM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 30 September, 2014

    The "SCF Yenisei", being loaded with 27680 tons of crude oil, collided with an unknown underwater object on Sep 26, 2014, at 1230 LT in the Obskaya Guba Bay on the river Ob mouth at the Arctic coast.

    The vessel suffered breaches in the forepeak area, including a portside ballast tank, with ensuing water ingress. On Sep 27 the tanker moved to Sabietta for temporary repairs where the breaches were sealed by divers. On Sep 28 the vessel left Sabietta and headed for Murmansk.


  • 30 Sep 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 29 September, 2014

    FINLAND's Containerships has ordered two more dual-fuel engine 1,400-TEU vessels to add to its short-sea fleet, the first in Europe to be run on liquefied natural gas.

    "Our new ships will not just meet, but exceed, all environmental standards in the sulphur emission control area," said Containerships CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.

    The ships, costing US$380 million and delivered in 2017 from Chinese yards, will use LNG, but will also run on standard bunker, with loading 639 45-footers and 300 reefer boxes.

    Containerships will be chartering the ships over the long term, with the owner and technical manager being GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, reported American Shipper.


  • 29 Sep 2014 4:30 PM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 28 September, 2014

    ASIA exported 1.325 million TEU to the US in August, an increase of five per cent year on year and exceeding the 1.3 million-TEU mark for the first time since September 2007. According to a report released by the Japan Maritime Centre (JMC), from January to August, a total of 9.6 million TEU was moved on the trade, up 5.6 per cent year on year.

    It is expected housing and consumption in the US will continue to experience high demand after September, keeping containerised shipments from Asia from decreasing severely. As such, the JMC projects that a new record will be set this year, if a monthly average of 1.2 million TEU is maintained, said the Japan International Freight Forwarders Association. The JMC said exports from Japan swelled 4.2 per cent from a year earlier to 54,000 TEU in August, enjoying a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive month.

    Exports from China rose 4.2 per cent to 878,000 TEU in August, thanks to increases in electric appliances and other goods. There were 3.9 per cent more containers - 914,000 TEU - from mainland China and Hong Kong. South Korean volume rose eight per cent to 63,000 TEU and Taiwan traffic was up 16.6 per cent to 51,000 TEU.

    Shipments from Southeast Asia increased year on year for six consecutive months, growing 6.3 per cent to an all-time high of 172,000 TEU, the JMC said. Those from Vietnam also improved for six straight months, soaring 16.4 per cent to 64,000 TEU. The JMC report indicated that exports from southern Asia improved 7.9 per cent year on year in August to a record 70,000 TEU. Those from India were a major driving force, surging 13.6 per cent to 49,000 TEU.

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