• Crowley: Six Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s Road to Recovery is Being Made by Sea

    Mar 22, 2018 — It’s been called the most logistically challenging relief effort the United States has ever managed. When nearly Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, it left a wake of destruction that residents and emergency responders are still reckoning with. Government officials knew of Crowley’s reputation and capabilities from the company’s previous rapid expeditionary response efforts around the world.
  • British Ports Association: Likely Brexit Deal Looks Like ‘No Deal’ for Ports

    Mar 22, 2018 — Following Monday’s agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published a strategic report calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.
  • Big Mess at Port of Karachi After Container Ship Sideswipes Moored Vessel

    Mar 20, 2018 — Dozens of shipping containers have fallen into the water at Pakistan’s busiest deepwater port containership collided with a moored vessel during berthing on Monday. The incident occurred at the South Asia Pakistan Terminals facility in the Port of Karachi, where officials say approximately 55 to 60 containers fell into the water as a result of the incident, according to local media.
  • ‘It’s on’: Melbourne ports dispute set to escalate

    Mar 19, 2018 — Maritime workers returned to work on Monday after staging a 48-hour snap strike at Qube Ports’ facility in Melbourne prompting the company to fly in workers by helicopter. Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours. “Excessive 12 hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue,” he said. Mr. Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing enterprise agreement.
  • Is Southeast Asia home to the most dangerous waters in the world?

    Mar 19, 2018 — Increasing piracy, shipping accidents and political disputes have made Southeast Asia a dangerous place for seafarers. But what is the cause of these issues, and to what extent are countries in the region taking steps to solve them?
  • Shipping, data and avoiding becoming the Uber drivers of the seas

    Mar 19, 2018 — How shipping can utilise big data to avoid yet further commodisation of its service and improve safety of operations was a topic panelists at grappled with at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference last week.
  • Evolving International Container Markets Follow U.S. Lead

    Mar 16, 2018 — Two distinct markets are evolving in international container transportation with one market seeking faster delivery despite having to pay premium prices and a second market that is willing to delay delivery in exchange for lower transportation costs.
  • Insurers Brace for Multi-Million-Dollar Claims from Maersk Honam Fire

    Mar 16, 2018 — The insurance industry is bracing itself for hundreds of millions of dollars of claims from the biggest container vessel casualty to date – but some shippers will not have been insured. A Maersk spokesman told The Loadstar this week that no decision had yet been reached on the port of destination for the fire-damaged 15,262 teu Maersk Honam.
  • India: Staggering 265-fold hike in labour levy at ports killing coastal shipping

    Mar 14, 2018 — The government’s practice of continuing to charge notional labour cess on coastal cargo operations, despite the fact that most ports are now mechanised and do not require manpower for loading and unloading, is taking a toll on the country’s coastal shipping operators. Many are losing business to rail and road transport, and to ports run by the private sector.
  • Lyttelton strike not affecting Port Otago

    Mar 14, 2018 — A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
  • Shippers should anticipate a “pivot” in M&A activity this year

    Mar 7, 2018 — Mergers and acquisitions activities for ocean cargo carriers are likely to slow down in 2018, say industry analyts, as trend is likely to “pivot” to freight forwarders.
  • Expanded Panama Canal Marks 3,000 Vessel Crossings

    Mar 7, 2018 — More than 3,000 vessels have now transited the Expanded Panama Canal less than two years since the new locks opened for business, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced. The containership MSC Caterina marked the 3,000 vessel milestone during a northbound passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean last Friday.
  • Major Fire on Ultra-Large Containership Maersk Honam in Arabian Sea, Situation ‘Critical’

    Mar 7, 2018 — An ultra-large containership belonging to container shipping giant Maersk has suffered what is being described as a ‘serious fire’ in one of its cargo holds in the Arabian Sea. According to an emailed statement from Maersk Line, the MV Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT while enroute from Singapore towards Suez, Egypt.
  • Mexico On Course To Double Port Capacity

    Mar 6, 2018 — Mexico’s Programa Nacional de Infraestructura (PNI), or National Infrastructure Program, aims to double existing port capacity by the end of 2018. Currently, ports have a combined capacity of 470m tonnes, up from 260m tonnes when the plan was first introduced in 2012. The target for this year is to reach 520m tonnes.
  • Large Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast

    Mar 5, 2018 — A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.
  • Storm clouds are gathering over box line business in 2018, says Fitch

    Mar 5, 2018 — Credit rating and research firm Fitch Ratings has warned that repeating container shipping’s 2017 profitability this year “may prove challenging”. It said: “The fact that some companies are likely to have remained loss-making in 2017 highlights the ongoing weakness in sector fundamentals due to persistent overcapacity, which may undermine a longer-lasting recovery.”
  • Malaysian domestic lines weather impact of lifting of cabotage

    Mar 1, 2018 — The strongest remnants of Malaysia’s domestic shipping sector seem to have taken the impact of the relaxation of cabotage rules in June in their stride and have seen good performances from their container shipping operations.
  • Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Reaches Halfway Point

    Mar 1, 2018 — The project to deepen the navigation channel leading to the Port of Savannah has reached its halfway point with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing the outer harbor dredging. The harbor expansion project will deepen the Savannah River to 47 feet at mean low water, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels coming through the Expanded Canal to take on heavier loads.
  • Hapag Lloyd Triples Operating Profit in 2017

    Mar 1, 2018 — German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday reported its 2017 operating profit more than tripled, citing higher transport volumes and a slight recovery in freight rates. It also said that besides worldwide container transport demand and rising freight revenue, last year’s merger with Gulf peer UASC provided more efficiencies.
  • COSCO Shipping International Books Full-Year Profit

    Mar 1, 2018 — COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) recorded a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 263.9 million (USD 198.9 million) for the full year of 2017, marking a major recovery when compared to the full-year loss of SGD 466 million booked in 2016.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
  • Penang Port to spend $46m on expansion

    Feb 26, 2018 — MMC Corp-owned Penang Port is allocating MYR180m ($46m) for expansion plans this year to boost capacity to 2.8m teu from 2m teu currently.
  • Cameroon: Operations to effectively start at Kribi deep water port soon

    Feb 22, 2018 — "We’ve come to Kribi for a large concertation between actors of external trade and to take initial steps towards the effective start of operations at Kribi deep-water port." These were the words of Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, minister of transport, at the end of a meeting organized in the city from February 15-16, 2018. It was organized to install the actors of the future port community.
  • Pasha Hawaii Concludes Deployment of Horizon Spirit In Support of Puerto Rico Carriers Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Feb 21, 2018 — Since cargo volume can now be handled by the U.S. Jones Act vessels customarily serving the Puerto Rico market, the vessel will serve as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container business between the mainland and Hawaii. It will relieve the Horizon Reliance which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a U.S. West Coast shipyard.
  • Reshaped Maersk Looking to Compete Directly with UPS, Fedex

    Feb 21, 2018 — Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk plans to compete directly with package delivery companies UPS and Fedex as it expands its transport and logistics business, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, sold its North Sea-focused oil and gas business in August in a $7.5 billion deal in August as it focuses on transport and logistics.
  • Dangerous North Atlantic Storm Impacting Shipping Lanes

    Feb 20, 2018 — A developing hurricane force storm low over the west-central North Atlantic continues to move eastward at 35 knots producing winds of 55-75 knots with significant wave heights up to 12 meters (40 feet) within 180 NM south and 120 NM west of the center. This is a dangerous storm as it is tracking eastward at a fairly low latitude and is affecting shipping from North Europe and Mediterranean ports and US East Coast and Gulf ports.
  • Container lines look anew at Asian trades

    Feb 15, 2018 — Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.
  • EU antitrust regulators to fine NYK, Wilhelmsen, other car shipping firms

    Feb 13, 2018 — EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
  • HMM notches up billion-dollar loss, but carrier still plans to order more megaships

    Feb 13, 2018 — Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) slumped to a KRW1.2trn ($1.1bn) net loss in 2017. And this follows a KRW484bn loss the year before, bucking the industry trend of improved profitability. However, seemingly undaunted by the magnitude of its continued losses, the South Korean carrier is to invest $95m in 30,000 new containers and is reported to be on the verge of an order for a dozen 22,000 teu vessels and eight of 13,000 teu.
  • IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank

    Feb 9, 2018 — The IMO has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help promote sustainable shipping and ports in selected countries.
  • Disabled Containership MOL Prestige Under Tow Off British Columbia

    Feb 7, 2018 — The disabled containership MOL Prestige is under tow back to Canada after suffering an engine room fire last week that left the ship adrift off British Columbia, Canada.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • Chabahar Port lures Afghan traffic away from Karachi

    Feb 6, 2018 — Afghanistan has shifted 80% of its cargo traffic from Pakistan’s Karachi seaport to Iran’s Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports. The move comes two months after Chabahar, barely 100 kilometers from Pakistan’s Gwadar port, was inaugurated. The shift, prompted in part by a new trade tariff imposed by Islamabad, is expected to greatly reduce Pakistan’s role in the transit of Afghan goods.
  • Sabah Ports increases capacity at Sapangar

    Feb 2, 2018 — Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd will increase the handling capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) to half a million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) per annum with the launching of its two additional ship-to-shore cranes, here, Wednesday.
  • NileDutch to use predictive software to streamline empty container flows

    Feb 2, 2018 — Container shipping company NileDutch started a cooperation with the technology company Transmetrics, to streamline its empty container flows and increase efficiency.
  • A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

    Feb 2, 2018 — Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including strong business investments, increased consumer confidence, more construction and improved factory output. Freight forwarders saw strong results last year in the ocean, air and trucking sectors, as tightening supply conditions led to strong inventory demand due to restocking of shelves, partially depleted by surging e-commerce growth.
  • Port Houston Sets Record for Container Volume in 2017

    Feb 2, 2018 — Port Houston broke its record for container traffic in a year due to strength in the transportation of steel, wind energy equipment and automobiles, according to the port authority. Longshoremen processed more than 2.46 million industry-standard twenty-foot-equivalent units , or TEUs, in 2017, a 13% increase compared with 2016.
  • China Holds A Tenth Of Europe’s Box Capacity

    Feb 1, 2018 — China now controls one-tenth of European container terminal capacity – a figure that is up more than 9% from the start of the decade. That’s according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Transport Forum (ITF), which revealed that Chinese container terminals in Europe now constitute about 10% of European volume and exist in 13 European ports.
  • Ocean Carrier Trends: Will global shipping alliances restore stability?

    Feb 1, 2018 — Hedging your bets on securing capacity may be an ongoing gambit this year, say ocean shipping industry experts. The big players have only gotten bigger, but that’s no guarantee that service and reliability will improve.
  • Rand Logistics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt swap deal

    Jan 31, 2018 — Rand Logistics Inc, one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday after agreeing to a debt-for-equity swap with lender Lightship Capital LLC.
  • Port of Rotterdam reveals expansion plans

    Jan 29, 2018 — Port of Rotterdam will get another 100 hectares of land at Maasvlakte 2 as a distribution park, because of increasing demand for port-related logistics real estate. ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’ is the only available ‘greenfield’ site for distribution in the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Nigeria: Maritime Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports Nationwide in Seven Days

    Jan 29, 2018 — The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port, by Monday, February 5.
  • Port of Baltimore to Add New Shipping Service to New Zealand, Australia

    Jan 24, 2018 — A new monthly roll-on/roll-off shipping service between Europe and New Zealand and Australia will begin calling the port of Baltimore in March, officials announced Jan. 23.
  • Ocean Freight Industry Stabilized in 2017, Freightos Says

    Jan 24, 2018 — The ocean freight industry stabilized in 2017, with rates remaining relatively steady after the turmoil of 2016 from the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co., according to a report from online freight marketplace Freightos.
  • Qatar: Traffic at ports doubles post siege

    Jan 23, 2018 — Ports in Qatar have witnessed steep rise in the number of ships coming to Qatari waters since illegal blockade. The number of vessels coming to ports every month after siege has almost doubled, showing the strength Qatar’s growing maritime trade.
  • Adelaide to accommodate larger vessels

    Jan 22, 2018 — Flinders Ports announced that South Australia’s Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel will undergo a project to remove 1.55 million cubic metres of material from the shipping channel and place it 30km offshore.
  • Drewry: World Container Index inches up 2.4%

    Jan 22, 2018 — General rate increases from Asia to the U.S. East Coast gathered traction last week, with the Shanghai-New York trade strengthening by 18 percent from last week to reach $2,869 per FEU, Drewry reported.
  • China's First 20,000 TEU Container Ship Delivered

    Jan 18, 2018 — China's first 20,000 TEU container vessel COSCO Shipping Aries is undergoing sea trials at the Port of Nantong after a naming ceremony on Tuesday. The delivery sets a new record in the country as the first 20,000 TEU ultra large container ship built in a Chinese shipyard with independent intellectual property rights.
  • East Africa Ports in Fresh Push to Attract Shipping Lines

    Jan 18, 2018 — Regional ports are banking on the development of infrastructure and the ease of cargo evacuation and delivery to remain competitive. With Dar-es-salaam and Mombasa ports charging almost the same rates, shippers say competition has shifted to how fluid the ports are and the speed at which goods are delivered to end users.
  • Antwerp achieves fifth consecutive record year for container volumes

    Jan 17, 2018 — Belgium’s Port of Antwerp ended 2017 with a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. During the year, the port handled 223.6 million tons of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year’s 214.1 million tons.
  • Arctic seaports bustle as shipping on Northern Sea Route reaches new high

    Jan 17, 2018 — Figures from the Association of Russian Sea Ports show that the Russian Arctic seaports in 2017 handled a total of 74,2 million tons, an increase of 49,1 percent compared with 2016. The growth is rooted in a major general hike in Russian Arctic shipments.
  • Maersk, IBM Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

    Jan 16, 2018 — IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders.
  • Turkey to design new route to reduce Bosphorus shipping traffic

    Jan 16, 2018 — Turkey is ready to create a new the route for a planned canal, aiming to reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait, in order to transform the European part of Istanbul into an island.
  • Post-peak season carrier capacity drops marginally on major east-west trades

    Jan 16, 2018 — Ocean carrier deployed capacity during the fourth quarter of 2017 declined slightly from the prior quarter, but was up compared to a year prior, according to the latest World Liner Supply Report from BlueWater Reporting.
  • U.S. Ports Update Part 1: Expanded Panama Canal Changes the Balance

    Jan 11, 2018 — Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year, Panama Canal authorities announced that the entrepot welcomed a record 403.8 million tons—the largest amount of annual volume ever transited in its 103-year history. Industry analysts say the impact on U.S. ocean cargo gateways will soon become evident.
  • Overloaded ports weigh down Vietnam

    Jan 10, 2018 — Vietnam’s over-burdened shipping infrastructure is taking a big toll on freight operations, with the peak port authority estimating the industry loses US$2.4 billion a year because it can’t reach the country’s best docks.
  • Costs rise at Southampton as bigger ships and new services drive box congestion

    Jan 9, 2018 — Hauliers and logistics operators are warning UK shippers and consignees using the country’s second busiest container gateway, Southampton, of higher landside rates, as costs rise as a result of growing box congestion. One haulier told The Loadstar: “The problems began with the move of The Alliance services from Felixstowe to Southampton last April, which meant a lot of hauliers moving with their customers.
  • Three Japanese carriers looking forward to coming together as ONE

    Jan 4, 2018 — K Line, MOL and NYK are banking their future group profitability on the success of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) – the merger of the Japanese transport groups’ respective container businesses scheduled for April. According to reports, the trio say they expect to save ¥50bn ($440m) in costs in the first fiscal year ending 31 March 2019m and thereafter ¥110bn a year.
  • Shanghai Port Sets New World Record

    Jan 3, 2018 — The port of Shanghai has set a new world record by handling over 40 million TEUs in 2017, local media reports. Shanghai aims to become China’s leading international shipping, aviation and railway hub by 2040. The city has also set a goal of handling 45 million TEUs in Shanghai ports by 2040.
  • Global fleet capacity to bulge as more containerships are delivered in 2018

    Jan 3, 2018 — There will be a 5.6% growth in container fleet capacity this year, according to scheduled newbuild deliveries of 1.49m teu and expected in scrapping of some 350,000 teu, says Alphaliner. After 2017’s slight supply-demand rebalancing, the pent-up flood of newbuild deliveries this year will be a challenge for shipowners and container lines – especially if there is a dip in demand.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • China Sparks World Container Traffic Boom

    May 15, 2017 — Preliminary data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that world container traffic surged by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, fuelled mainly by spikes in imports and exports from China. The CTS numbers point to intra-regional trade as the primary driver of growth with volumes up by 17%, versus 7% for deep-sea traffic.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.