• UK shipping company announces rebrand after massive investment

    Portico has been revealed as the new brand for Portsmouth based shipping and cargo handling company, known previously as MMD Shipping Services. As a deep-sea port, with excellent transport links by road, rail and sea, Portico has secured £15m worth of investment over the next 10 years, which will dr…

  • Global Ship Lease signs new charter with Hapag-Lloyd

    Global Ship Lease, Inc. (“GSL” or the “Company”), a containership charter owner, has agreed a three-year charter with Hapag-Lloyd for the 2015-built, 9,115 TEU containership UASC Al Khor. The new charter is in direct continuation of the current charter and is expected to commence in June, 2019, with…

  • MSC, Contship Italia in talks for the largest Italian container terminal

    MSC discusses with Contship Italia in order to acquire 50% shares in CSM Italia Gate, the company that controls MCT – Medcenter Container Terminal. In addition to this, MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and …

  • HMM, CNC and RCL merge their services

    Regional Container Lines (RCL), with its partners CNC and HMM merge RCL’s current RBC5 with the CSE service from CNC and HMM into a 6 x 1,700 TEU sized vessels covering: Ningbo (Sun) Shanghai (Tue) Ho Chi Minh (Mon) Manila North (Saturday) Shanghai (Thu) Shanghai (Fri) Ningbo (Sat) Laem Chabang (Sun…

  • Grande America sank: 2,000 cars, 365 containers on board – France began clean-up operation

    French authorities began a clean-up operation on Friday, March 15, after the Italian container ship “Grande America” sank off the French Atlantic Coast while carrying 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel. Despite poor weather conditions, four ships began a clean-up operation on Friday afternoon. The 214-metre…

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Remote surveys for all DNV GL classed vessels

Leading classification society DNV GL announced on March 11 that all DNV GL classed vessels are now able to utilize the possibility of remote surveys for some inspections through the Veracity data platform. This means that for a range of surveys, a DNV GL surveyor …

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Emergency alarm test at the Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington made an announcement about an upcoming emergency alarm system trial. The Port in North Carlina will be conducting a test of its emergency alarm system on Friday, March 15, 2019 at noon. The duration of the test will be 30 seconds.

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Warwickshire introduces new containers-lifting solution

A ground-breaking piece of equipment which could save the maritime industry billions of dollars is being launched by a Warwickshire company. BLOK Container Systems’ BLOK Spreader, enables four empty shipping containers to be lifted and transported on to quaysides as a single block, potentially easing …

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New Port Houston chairman identifies his priorities

New Port Houston Chairman, Ric Campo, highlighted his top five priorities for the improvement of Port of Houston and Houston Channel. During his fist meeting, on February 26, serving as the Chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Campo emphasized on: …

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Maersk announces several blank sailings

In line with the temporary reduction in market demand, Maersk will be making adjustments to the Yoyo Service by introducing a blanking program ex Kaohsiung, effective 27th March 2019 till July 2019. To maintain service continuity during this period, Maersk will accommodate your volume on …

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Haldia Docks feels uncomfortable with upcoming new ports

Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government’s move last week to build two new ports in the eastern state, one on its own at Tajpur and the second through a partnership with Dubai’s DP World at Kulpi, will give exporters and importers alternate gateways to ship cargo …

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COS TBN 2 replaced by OOCL Kuala Lumpur

The vessel appearing on ANL’s schedules as the COS TBN 2 due on the Australian Coast 7th April has been confirmed as the OOCL Kuala Lumpur. Consequently all cargo booked for the COS TBN 2 V185N and subsequent voyages will be transferred to the OOCL …

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South African port handles largest vessel

The Ngqura Container Terminal, operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) records handling one of the biggest vessels in the history of the terminal. The vessel arrived on Sunday 24 February and TPT is loading and off-loading 2 697 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEU). This Gigantic vessel, called MSC …

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MSC adds a blank sailing on Amberjack service

MSC announces an additional blank sailing during week 14 to rationalize capacity supply from Asia to the US East Coast due to the slower demand after the Chinese New Year. A contingency plan will be in place allowing to continue to place your bookings with …

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Maersk opens new office in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar – Maersk Area Managing Director Marco Civardi and Sealand Asia Managing Director Bo Wegener cut the ribbon on March 7 to officially open A.P. Moller – Maersk’s new central city office in Yangon. Located in Junction City, one of the newest built grade-A office …

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International inland port planned in Sino-Russian borders

Hunchun, a border city in northeast China’s Jilin Province, plans to build an international inland port by 2022, local authorities have said. The planned port will serve as a regional hub for storage and shipping of goods and containers, said Wu Xianzhe, vice mayor of …

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Nairobi faces logistics nightmare

According to logistics experts, the continuing transfer of cargoes to Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD) at the current rate will cause severe congestion problems at the capital city of Kenya. Nairobi has already suffered heavy traffic, with the Kenya Port Authorities trying to find solutions. …

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APL changes its terminal in California

APL announces a change in terminal on the Eastbound leg of the Europe California Express (ECX) service. The details are as follows: New ECX rotation Southampton – Le Havre – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Los Angeles – Oakland – Los Angeles – Long Beach – Southampton Effective Vessel Voyage …

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APL to apply new GRIs

Effective 1 April 2019, APL will apply a General Rate Increase (GRI) to all Tariff and Service Contract rates within the following scope: Origin: Asia (except Japan), Australia, New Zealand, East Africa Destination: Canada, USA (except Guam, Hawaii, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) Container Type Currency 20′ …

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Large cocaine seizure at the port of Newark

Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey have seized about 3,200 pounds of cocaine in what authorities are calling the largest cocaine seizure at the port in nearly 25 years, and the second largest of all time. The drugs were found aboard …

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US gov gives Corpus Christi funding boost

Corpus Christi, Texas, USA – For the second year, the Port of Corpus Christi’s Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) was included in the President’s Budget for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Coastal Navigation Construction that was released Monday (March 11) by the White House. The Port …

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Blank sailings of the “MOL Traditon”

Hapag-Lloyd announces the following void positions as part of the Vessel Maintenance Scheme (VMS): Far East Loop 2 (FE2) MOL TRADITION voyage 007W, ETA CNTXG March 18, 2019 MOL TRADITION voyage 007E, ETA GBSOU April 25, 2019  

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Container Throughput of January 2019 by COSCO

HIGHLIGHTS: January 2019 throughput Total throughput (excluding QPI) +8.4% yoy Organic growth (excluding QPI) +7.5% yoy (1) Subsidiaries +14.4% yoy Non-subsidiaries (excluding QPI) +6.6% yoy Overseas portfolio +20.1% yoy Greater China portfolio (excluding QPI) +4.7% yoy Note: (1) Excluding Nantong.   Container throughput of port …

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“Yantian Express” update: Salvage operations are continuing

Hapag-Lloyd announces that salvage operations in Freeport are continuing as previously advised, with good progress being made. The announcement of the company: “At this point, we anticipate that the discharge and door end inspections of the potentially impacted containers remaining on board will take approximately …

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Rotterdam takes measures to control hard Brexit’s effects

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Vlaardingen and highways authority Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management), are creating five new buffer parking sites. Trucks will be able to wait there temporarily if their customs documents have not …

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