Maritime

  • China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port sees record container throughput

    Dec 13, 2018 — Annual container throughput has hit a record-high of 25 million standard containers at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port in east China’s Zhejiang Province, the port’s operator said. As of November, the port’s annual cargo throughput had exceeded 1 billion tonnes, up 7.4 percent year on year, according to Zhejiang Seaport Group, the operator.
  • FMC to standardise container detention and demurrage across the US

    Dec 10, 2018 — US shipping regulatory body the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is to introduce revised rules covering container detention and demurrage practices across the country after commissioner Rebecca Dye released the results of an eight-month investigation into how carrier and container terminal apply the charges.
  • How should ports prepare for autonomous shipping?

    Dec 6, 2018 — The British Ports Association recently published a report in which it encouraged UK ports to consider the implications of autonomous ships on their operations.
  • Container industry’s overcapacity struggle will continue

    Dec 3, 2018 — The container shipping industry “will continue to struggle with overcapacity, notably for larger vessel segments,” says Danish Ship Finance in the latest edition of its twice-a-year Shipping Market Review. In addition, it says low freight rates and surging fuel costs are depressing the profitability of liner companies.
  • Visiting Three Ports, Ferry Successfully Completes Fully Autonomous Test in Norway

    Nov 30, 2018 — Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested the fully autonomous operation of a ferry on a route in Norway in what is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation for a vessel of this size.
  • Containership Scrapping Gathers Pace Ahead of IMO 2020

    Nov 28, 2018 — In the last 30 days, 23 container vessels have been sold for scrap – nearly half the number sent to breakers’ yards in the past year.
  • Landmark Call to Thailand Port as Largest Ever Container Ship to Visit the Country Takes on Freight

    Nov 27, 2018 — A landmark was reached at the weekend when the ONE Columba called at Laem Chabang Port, making it at 145,647 gross tonnes the largest ever container ship to berth anywhere in the country. The vessel is 364 metres and with a carrying capacity of 14,053 TEUs.
  • India: Port and dock workers to join strike on Jan 8-9

    Nov 27, 2018 — The Water Transport Workers Federation of India has decided to join hands with other sister federations in the port sector to oppose the move to bring the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016 in the winter session of Parliament. It was also decided to participate in the two-day nationwide strike to be held on January 8 and 9 at the call of 10 central trade unions.
  • Brexit: UK to retain leadership in Maritime Services, vows Minister

    Nov 19, 2018 — Whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the UK intends to remain “the undisputed leading global hub for Maritime Services,” Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani told attendees at the Maritime London/IMIF annual dinner on Monday evening.
  • Revitalised Panama Canal Eyes Expansion of Port and Logistics Capacity

    Nov 15, 2018 — Following a strong year in terms of growth in vessel transits, the Panama Canal Authority is once more turning its attention to building port capacity as well as new zones for increased logistics activity. Authority administrator and chief executive Jorge Quijano said that, while vessel transits were its primary business barometer, ports activity had become increasingly important to the country as a whole.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks, Survey Shows

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. maritime industry as a whole is not prepared to respond to today’s cyber threats, putting it at severe risk of being targeted, according to a new maritime cyber security survey of key maritime stakeholders.
  • Final demurrage and detention report on track

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission remains on schedule to deliver the final report of recommendations from its demurrage and detention investigation, known as Fact Finding 28, by Dec. 2, said Commissioner Rebecca Dye.
  • India starts inland waterway container service

    Nov 7, 2018 — India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
  • Industry questions new box ship blockchain network

    Nov 7, 2018 — Yesterday’s announcement that five shipping lines and four terminal operators are to form a consortium to develop a Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) has raised more questions than it answered.
  • Nearly Half of All 2018 Scheduled Deliveries Still at Yards

    Nov 6, 2018 — There are 1,966 vessels which have deliveries dates scheduled for 2018. However only 1,100 have hit the water so far this year, meaning 44 percent of the 2018 orderbook is outstanding, according to VesselsValue.
  • Information sharing key to fighting cyber crime

    Nov 5, 2018 — The maritime industry needs to undergo a cultural change concerning the sharing of information on cyber attacks, Chris Henny, senior technical advisor – maritime, Airbus Defence & Space, told the Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition & Conference in Dubai on Tuesday.
  • Maritime braces for the next cyber breach

    Nov 5, 2018 — Security experts warn that a much more damaging incident than the AP Moller-Maersk NotPetya attack could be just around the corner.
  • Crane Collapses in Heap of Metal at Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Nov 2, 2018 — A large gantry crane at South Africa’s Port Elizabeth collapsed in heap of metal during strong winds Tuesday morning. The collapsed resulted in damage but no injuries were reported, Transnet confirmed. It said an engineering team assessing extent of damage.
  • Export-Bound Shipping Container Explodes at Port of Los Angeles Terminal

    Nov 2, 2018 — U.S. officials are investigating an explosion inside an export-bound shipping container at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal on Tuesday evening. As a result of the explosion, the terminal was evacuated and officials investigated additional containers believed to be carrying the same scrap metal.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Annual Tonnage Record in 2018

    Nov 1, 2018 — The Panama Canal has set a new annual record for the total amount of tonnage that passed through the waterway over the course a fiscal year, recording a total tonnage 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) in FY 2018. This amounts to a 9.5 percent increase compared to 2017, when 403.8 million PC/UMS passed through the Canal.
  • Uber for empty containers could solve repositioning challenges

    Nov 1, 2018 — Technology startups are focusing on reducing the empty container problem, a challenge that costs the container shipping industry about $20 billion per year. At any given time, about one-third of the ocean containers in circulation are empty, and the average container spends nearly half its life idle.
  • Slowing growth and more new ULCVs widen container supply and demand gap

    Oct 31, 2018 — According to Alphaliner data, 1.21m teu of new container tonnage hit the water in the first 10 months of this year, of which 83% was for ships of 10,000 teu and above.
  • Sri Lanka: Defining challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal

    Oct 29, 2018 — The Port of Colombo has been ranked as the world’s fastest growing port among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018. In the wake of this positive sign it is important defining the challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal.
  • Bugs could be the biggest issue in container shipping since VGM

    Oct 29, 2018 — The International Plant Protection Convention is investigating concerns that parasites and other invasive species are being spread globally on the outside of containers, contributing to the demise of local ecodiversity.
  • Speed limits for box ships the best way to hit emissions target, IMO told

    Oct 26, 2018 — Mandatory speed limits could be shipping lines’ best hope of achieving the IMO’s 2030 emissions reduction targets. Shipping officer for lobby group Transport & Environment Faig Abbasov told The Loadstar slow-steaming could “single-handedly” achieve the target.
  • Cancelled sailings prop up Asia-Europe spot rates, but demand looking uncertain

    Oct 26, 2018 — The Asia to North Europe component of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 4.7% uplift in spot rates this week to $761 per teu, underpinned by a raft of cancelled October headhaul sailings by carriers.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks

    Oct 25, 2018 — Rapidly evolving technologies deployed throughout the U.S. maritime industry to increase efficiencies and competitiveness present significant cybersecurity risks, which the industry is unprepared to shoulder.
  • Proposed Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades Would Double Pilot Costs for Carriers

    Oct 23, 2018 — A proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services at Port Everglades, Florida will raise average pilotage by more than 100 percent on average for shipping lines that call frequently at the port, according to an analysis by Crowley Maritime Corporation, the port’s largest tenant.
  • Nigeria: Surcharges due to congestion at Lagos ports

    Oct 19, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform its partners and colleagues of an increase of additional charges implemented in Lagos on all import and export shipments, following heavy port congestion which has lasted for several months.
  • Aqaba New Port set for digitisation

    Oct 17, 2018 — Jordan’s Aqaba New Port will see all ship and goods movements, warehouse management and logistics fully digitised in a project with a contract volume worth millions of euros. German company INPLAN Software Solutions (INPLAN), which provides software solutions for ports, terminals and maritime logistics firms, has won a tender for the venture, which will be realised in several phases and is anticipated to last two years.
  • Barges and rails viewed by New York City as a means to get trucks off city streets

    Oct 15, 2018 — Several projects to shift truck traffic on to barges, and several other more general goals to meet the same target, are part of the Freight NYC project that is being implemented by New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.