Maritime

  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • What is the Typhoon Mangkhut fallout on shipping and the supply chain?

    Sep 19, 2018 — Typhoon Mangkhut is currently the largest storm in the world in 2018, and it’s impacting a region that is the center of manufacturing and shipping. The effects will be felt by industries, companies, and consumers across the globe.
  • Portugal Stevedores to Stage 24-Hour Strike

    Sep 18, 2018 — Portuguese stevedoring unions are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on September 20, bringing the port operations in Leixoes and Lisbon to a halt.
  • Maersk Container Vessel First to Take Arctic Shortcut

    Sep 18, 2018 — A shipping vessel operated by the world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk, has for the first time managed to sail through Arctic waters off northern Russia, Danish public broadcaster DR reported Sept. 17.
  • Panama Canal Head Expects Fewer China, U.S. Ships if Trade War Escalates

    Sep 17, 2018 — Fewer ships from China and the United States could use the Panama Canal if trade tensions escalate between the two economic giants, but the dip could be offset by grain exports from north Brazil, the head of the organization that operates the waterway said.
  • Hakovo claims a first with global electronic bill of lading backed by P&I clubs

    Sep 17, 2018 — Singapore start-up Hakovo claims to be the first digital freight marketplace to offer an electronic bill of lading (e-bill) for containerised cargo.
  • Maersk warns customers they must help pay its bigger fuel bills after 2020

    Sep 17, 2018 — Facing an extra fuel bill of more than $2bn a year, as a consequence of the IMO 0.5% sulphur cap from 2020, Maersk Line set to introduce a new bunker surcharge mechanism. “In order to allow customers to predict, plan and track how changes in fuel price will impact total shipping freight, Maersk Line will introduce a simple and predictive bunker adjustment factor (BAF).”
  • Transshipment at India’s ports surges after cabotage reform

    Sep 12, 2018 — Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.
  • South Africa’s Transnet to Deepen Durban Port to Accommodate Larger Ships

    Sep 12, 2018 — South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels. Transnet aims to complete the work by 2023.
  • U.S. FMC clarifying ‘reasonable’ demurrage, detention fees

    Sep 11, 2018 — An ongoing Federal Maritime Commission investigation hopes to bring much-needed clarity to how marine terminal demurrage and ocean carrier detention charges are levied on shippers to ensure the nation’s oceanborne commerce moves efficiently.
  • Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo ranks world’s leading container growth port

    Sep 11, 2018 — According to international rating agency Alphaliner, the Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6 percent growth in container handling for the first half of this year, out of the top 30 global ports.
  • TT Club says still more needs to be done to ensure container safety

    Sep 10, 2018 — As the IMO’s sub-committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers meets in London this week, TT Club is demanding urgent action on container safety. The major problem is mis-declared dangerous goods, it says, and suggests it leads to a major container fire every 60 days on average.
  • Hurricane Florence driving 'life-threatening' conditions toward US east coast

    Sep 10, 2018 — Freight shipments could be delayed on the US east coast this week, which is expecting a major hurricane to hit. Hurricane Florence should hit the Carolinas on Thursday, causing rough seas and strong rip currents, along with a potentially “disastrous” level of flooding.
  • Asian Piracy Figures Down but Threat to Vessels Under Way Remains

    Sep 7, 2018 — The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) has produced a comprehensive report showing a total of 40 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia during the first half of the year, a 15% decrease when compared to the first six months of 2017 and the lowest number of incidents reported among the 10-year first half reporting periods between 2009 and 2018.
  • India: Govt sets terms for older cargo terminals at major ports to shift to a new rate regime

    Sep 7, 2018 — The government has opened a four-month window for public-private-partnership (PPP) cargo terminals at major port trusts operating under a restrictive rate regime of 2005 to migrate to a market-driven pricing structure finalised in 2013 for new projects and has set terms and conditions for the shift.
  • ILA locals overwhelmingly approve contract extension

    Sep 7, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association said that members at ports from Maine to Texas on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a six-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).
  • Pushing the edge in container handling through technology

    Sep 4, 2018 — The container shipping industry is becoming increasingly competitive and complicated and leading terminal operators such as Hutchison Ports are taking steps through the use of technology to serve their customers better as well as cut down inefficiencies.
  • Panama Canal modifies transit reservation system

    Sep 4, 2018 — The Panama Canal has announced changes to its Transit Reservation (booking) System for Neopanamax vessels, effective October 1, 2018.
  • Here Comes Gordon: Gulf Storm Expected to Make Landfall as Hurricane

    Sep 4, 2018 — State and local governments in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon, which is moving quickly through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall as a minimal Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday evening along the north-central Gulf coast.
  • Delay-hit Felixstowe loses another service as CMA CGM switches Epic 1

    Aug 31, 2018 — CMA CGM heaped further misery on the port of Felixstowe this week by announcing it would withdraw one of its services from the gateway. The Epic 1 rotation, which connects Northern Europe with the Indian subcontinent, will instead use London Gateway as its UK port of call.
  • Now OOCL switches services to Southampton, as Felixstowe delays drag on

    Aug 29, 2018 — OOCL has piled further pressure on Felixstowe, announcing it is leaving the UK gateway while “severe” operational delays continue to plague the port’s IT systems. OOCL said its North Europe-Turkey route (NET) would instead use Southampton as its UK port of call.
  • Port of Oakland raises cranes to welcome new generation of container vessels

    Aug 27, 2018 — Four ship-to-shore cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) – the busiest terminal at the Port of Oakland – are 27 feet taller following completion this week of a year-long, crane-raising project.
  • Port Congestion Surcharge in Bangladesh

    Aug 24, 2018 — Considering present congestion in Bangladesh ports, CMA CGM reminds its customers of the implementation of a Port Congestion Surcharge as follows: Effective August 20th, 2018 (B/L date) for all imports into Bangladesh (except US trades: September 20th, 2018)
  • Record Low Water Levels on the Danube Hinders Shipping in Hungary

    Aug 23, 2018 — Water levels on the Danube dropped to record lows on three sections of the river in Hungary on Wednesday due to a recent drought, hindering passenger cruise ships and causing losses to freight shipping companies.
  • Major Hurricane Lane Barrels Toward Hawaii

    Aug 23, 2018 — Hawaii residents already reeling from months of explosive eruptions from Kilauea volcano braced on Wednesday for Hurricane Lane, which was bearing down on the U.S. island chain with high winds and lashing rains and the potential to trigger flooding and landslides.
  • Coast Guard Issues Hurricane Watch for Hawaiian Ports

    Aug 22, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a storm watch for Hawaii's seaports in expectation of the arrival of Hurricane Lane, which is expected to turn and advance towards the Hawaiian Islands later this week. Port Condition X-Ray is in effect for ports on the island of Hawaii, including Hilo Harbor. This Coast Guard designation means that winds above 39 mph are expected within 48 hours.
  • Mumbai Maersk sets world record in loading highest number of containers, surpasses 19,000-TEU mark

    Aug 22, 2018 — The Mumbai Maersk, operated by APM Terminals Mumbai, has set a world record in loading the highest number of containers, surpassing the 19,000-TEU-mark, the shipping line has said. The vessel loaded 19,038 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) setting a new world record, which is a fete not only for a Maersk vessel but also for any vessel in the world, the shipping line said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • The world's biggest shipping company is about to try out a new route.

    Aug 21, 2018 — Denmark's Maersk (AMKBY) said Tuesday it plans to send the first container ship from East Asia to Europe via the Arctic Ocean. The newly built Venta Maersk is set to leave the Russian port of Vladivostok later this month. It will sail through the Bering Strait and over the top of Russia en route to St. Petersburg, taking what is known as the Northern Sea Route.
  • PKA to increase container tariffs

    Aug 20, 2018 — Port Klang Authority (PKA) announced today that the 2nd phase of the increase in Port Klang’s container tariff which was due to be implemented on 1st September 2018, will be deferred to 1st March 2019.
  • MSC Containership Loses 13 Containers Overboard Off South Africa

    Aug 15, 2018 — The South African Maritime Safety Authority has issued an urgent warning to vessels east of South Africa to be on the lookout for cargo containers that reportedly fell from a containership off the coast of Durban a week ago.
  • Port Klang defers rate hike six months till March 2019

    Aug 14, 2018 — Port users at Malaysia's Port Klang’s will get a six-month reprieve as the government deferred the planned 15% tariff hike from September 1 this year to March 1, 2019.
  • HMM stays bullish as it sinks deeper into the red, and vows it can cut costs

    Aug 14, 2018 — HMM recorded a net loss of $215m in the second quarter, taking the South Korean ocean carrier’s deficit to a massive $371m at the half-year stage. Like many of its peers, the carrier was hit hard by the rising cost of fuel and was unable to recover sufficient bunker surcharges to mitigate the impact of a 27% hike in bunker prices.
  • Yang Ming the latest carrier to see its bottom line sink into the depths

    Aug 13, 2018 — Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming has become the latest container line to report a heavy loss in the second quarter of the year, posting a net deficit of $129m. It means that all three members of THE Alliance vessel-sharing agreement have now posted negative results for the period.
  • Port of Felixstowe fiasco - what went wrong?

    Aug 13, 2018 — The latest statement published on the port’s website said the performance of the new TOS “continues to stabilise” and that productivity was at 80% of the level it had before going live with nGen.
  • Major fire in Port of Antwerp triggers disaster plan

    Aug 13, 2018 — A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.
  • Big spike in containership lay-ups mid-peak season a worry for owners

    Aug 9, 2018 — Alphaliner’s bellwether containership idle tonnage data has recorded a big spike in vessels being consigned to lay-up, shifting the supply-demand balance back in favour of the charterer. The consultant said the capacity of the idle tonnage fleet had risen to 341,000 teu by the end of July, representing 1.6% of the total global cellular fleet.
  • Freight forwarders slam Port of Felixstowe on no compensation

    Aug 9, 2018 — Responding to a statement by the owners of the Port of Felixstowe that its recently introduced new terminal operating system (TOS) is now “stable”, BIFA director general Robert Keen said: “Our members still face significant problems at the port with shipping lines cancelling calls; or operating a cut-and-run policy, where the ship leaves before all containers that are booked are loaded, or discharged. Those members are also experiencing knock-on effects at other UK ports where vessels are being diverted, causing additional cost and disruption.”
  • DP World Acquires European Logistics Firm Unifeeder for 660 Million Euros

    Aug 9, 2018 — On Tuesday, Dubai-based DP World announced plan to acquire 100% of Unifeeder, the largest container feeder and growing shortsea network operator in Europe, for 660 million euros. DP World said the acquisition from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority shareholders will help enhance its presence in the global supply chain and broaden its product offering to its customers, namely shipping lines and cargo owners, helping reduce inefficiencies and improve the competitiveness of global trade.
  • Peak Season Promises Better Box Freight Rates -MSI

    Aug 8, 2018 — After a pattern of divergence at the start of the year, July saw a modest realignment between charter and freight markets as liner operators react to cost pressures and the wider industry awaits the impact of the potential trade war between the U.S. and China, according to the latest Container Shipping Forecaster from MSI.
  • Trade wars unlikely to stop container growth

    Aug 3, 2018 — Tariff and trade wars are a concern but the medium-term outlook for global container port demand growth is positive thanks to strong underlying economic momentum across the world’s major economies, according to Drewry.
  • Tackling misdeclared cargoes and containership fires

    Aug 3, 2018 — The issue of container fires started as a result of misdeclared dangerous cargoes remains a serious one for the sector and since 2011 some 17 container lines have come together as the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) to try and tackle the problem.
  • Damaged Car Carrier Makassar Highway Reaches Port in Sweden

    Aug 3, 2018 — The damaged car carrier Makassar Highway has been moored in Oskarshamn on Thursday after salvors completed its emergency tow from open waters of the Baltic Sea. The 139-meter car carrier ran aground last Monday, July 23, off Loftahammar, Sweden.
  • Can the world's ports and terminals take the strain as container throughput rises?

    Aug 1, 2018 — “Cautious investor sentiment towards greenfield container terminal projects” could lead to steeply increasing box terminal utilisation and a possible decline in port productivity. According to Drewry’s latest five-year container port demand forecast, volumes are set to increase on average by just under 6% a year. This would add 240m teu to global container port throughput by 2022 – 45m teu a year – “broadly equivalent to the size of the world’s largest container port, Shanghai”.
  • Ghana’s ports to serve landlocked countries

    Aug 1, 2018 — The government has announced plans to implement the “First Port Duty Rule” in Ghana’s ports by the end of the year to tackle increasing smuggling arising from diverted transit goods supposedly meant for landlocked countries.
  • Data standardization is the need of the hour in the maritime industry

    Jul 31, 2018 — Various maritime management solutions are cropping up in the industry and help connect shippers, maritime carriers, and their affiliated partners, improving efficiency and visibility across the supply chain. Regardless of this, the industry continues to be bogged down by red tape and as the number of parties involved in a single transaction increase, stepping up the need for accountability is vital.
  • APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

    Jul 31, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon.
  • China invests in 42 overseas ports under Belt and Road project

    Jul 30, 2018 — Chinese companies have participated in the construction and operation of a total of 42 ports in 34 countries under its Belt and Road initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport. These ports include Piraeus Port in Greece, Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka and Gwadar Port in Pakistan and China has also signed 38 bilateral and regional maritime agreements covering 47 countries along the Belt and Road trade routes.
  • Cosco caught in new cyber attack as email and telephone systems go down

    Jul 25, 2018 — Cosco’s UK systems are down following a cyber attack which affected its US operations late last night. The company’s Pier J Terminal at the Californian port of Long Beach was the first to be affected. The port said it was monitoring the situation, while local media reported that it did not seem as severe as a previous cyber attack on Maersk.
  • Overcapacity, Not Trade Wars, to Blame for Falling Demand on Asia-US East Coast

    Jul 25, 2018 — Oversupply of shipping capacity rather than trade wars caused the recent rationalisation in transpacific and Asia-US east coast container services, with US tariffs on Chinese goods largely hitting non-containerised goods, so far.
  • New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk in Gulf of Guinea

    Jul 24, 2018 — The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.
  • Amid Trade War, Rare Hedge Fund Bet Targets the World’s Biggest Shipping Firm

    Jul 24, 2018 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is in an unusual place this year as the world’s biggest shipping company finds itself the target of an attack by hedge funds. The global economy is now firmly in the grip of an escalating trade war.
  • 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.