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Maersk Line Launches Latin America, Asia Service

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Maersk Line announced changes to its AC network with the launch of its AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia, beginning at the end of June.   According to Maerks Line, the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia, will provide greater port coverage and reduced transit times on select corridors. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line will be able to introduce a third loop to the network. While overall capacity on the AC network will remain the same, the optimized network will deliver greater value for Maersk Line’s customers, the shipper said.   “We are optimizing our Asia-West Coast Latin America network to provide our customers with faster access to their markets in order to fuel their business growth. These enhancements will benefit our customers with faster cargo deliveries and more direct port coverage,” explained Dean Rodin, Head of Trade for Latin America & Oceania, Maersk Line.    The West Coast of Latin America to Asia route is paramount to the movement of fresh goods, such as fish and fruits, to Asia, as well as imports of everything from electronics, appliances, cars and toys to ceramic tiles, steel and glass to Latin America, Maersk Line said.  


West Coast Port Dispute Reach Tenative Deal

West Coast Port Dispute Reach Tenative Deal The longshoremen and West Coast shippers have reached a tentative pact that addresses issues relating to pension benefits and arbitration procedures, including technological advancements. The agreement will allow the introduction of technology that would improve the flow of cargo through the West Coast terminals. The entire agreement which was announced late Saturday must be approved by members of the ILWU


G6 Alliance Plans Expansion

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Koichi Muto) , a Member of the G6 Alliance has announced plans to expand their cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes. The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency. For example, on the Asia-North America West Coast trade, each G6 Alliance member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings


Port of Long Beach CEO Endorses Mediation Move

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Federal mediators announced last night that they will assist in West Coast port contract talks, following a joint request from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the private terminal operators, the Pacific Maritime Association.   Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive, addressed the announcement by issuing the following statement: “We congratulate the ILWU and PMA for both agreeing to mediation


Maersk Announces New South Pacific Express

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 Maersk Line is launching a new ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America.   "We are pleased to launch our new weekly ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America. Starting from July 2016, Australian and Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of a market exclusive gateway to a number of strategic ports in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico


MOL Reshuffles US Route, Inks Car Transport Deal

At the ceremony marking the first shipment. First from right MOL Managing Executive Officer Naotoshi Omoto Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has won a contract to transport vehicles manufactured at Toyota Argentina S.A. to ports on West Coast South America and West Coast Central America. Vehicles produced at Zarate plant to be exported to the majority of the Latin American Region and this is also an economically important project backed by the Argentine government. MOL is supporting the initiative by providing reliable, efficient ocean transport service.


Evergreen Changes Pacific Schedules

Evergreen announced changes to its Pacific Coast/ Far East services in order to improve transit times and benefit customer service requirements between Asia and U.S. and Canadian ports and inland points. This week, the U. S. West Coast/Japan, Korea Service (KJW service) which utilizes 1,810-TEU "L" type vessels will call at Los Angeles and Portland on both inbound and outbound legs but will discontinue calls at Vancouver and Tacoma.


Aker Solutions' Drilling Rig Hull Sails Away from Dubai to Stord

The hull substructure for the world's most advanced drilling rig Aker H-6e has started on its 50 days journey from to Stord in .  Weighing 16 000 tonnes, equalling 16 000 cars, this is one of the largest drilling rigs to be towed.  The hull is constructed by Aker Solutions at Drydocks World's yard and will be towed to Aker Solutions' yard at Stord, situated on the west coast of . There it will be assembled with the topside facility and subject to further construction work


GL Noble Denton Expands MCI Practice

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GL Noble Denton Launches Marine Casualty Investigation Operations in Seattle.   GL Noble Denton has expanded its Marine Casualty Investigation (MCI) practice in North America by launching operations in Seattle, a primary hub for marine insurance. The new base will allow the company's team of experienced surveyors to meet the growing demand for marine casualty investigations off the West Coast of the US and Canada


Canada West Coast Ports Offer Little Relief from US Delays

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald's to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems.   Capacity is already limited at Canada's largest port, Port Metro Vancouver, which is also staring at the possibility of another crippling strike by container truck drivers.  


‘Mega-ship’ the Largest to Ever Transit the Panama Canal

(Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to-date to transit the Expanded Locks—Hapag-Lloyd's Valparaiso Express, a 10,589 TEU Neopanamax containership built specifically to take advantage of the greater capacity offered by the Expanded Panama Canal.  


Freight Rates Jump after Hanjin Collapse

Photo: Hanjin Shpiping Co

 The cost of transporting containers from ports now shows signs of recovery after the fall of Hanjin Shpiping Co after a period of down play, says a report in Business Korea.   It appears that the strategy of Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping group which cuts down


Wison Launches Floating LNG Power Plant Solutions

Photo: Wison

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a range of solutions for floating power supply. With design philosophy of “plug-in power”, all products which are named W-FSRP series (Wison-Floating Storage Regasification and Power generation) feature integrated functions of LNG loading and


AltaGas to Build First Propane Terminal on Ridley

Pic: Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

 AltaGas says it will proceed with construction of Canada’s first West Coast propane export facility. It has federal approval and long-term commercial agreements in hand.   The Ridley Export Terminal, located at Prince Rupert, B.C., will be designed to ship 1


Canada Oil Sands Asia Export Dream Faces Port Bottleneck

The bullish view for Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO), Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO) and other Canadian energy producers calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by next month to approve a major pipeline expansion to the west coast, boosting sales of land-locked oil sands crude to Asia.  


India Takes Steps To Prevent Attacks On Vessels

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo: Twitter official page

 Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer  incidents of pirate attacks.    Steps taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future are:-  


ICTSI Opens Georgia-Ukraine Feeder Service

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 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) made its first port call in Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of Gioia-Ukraine & Georgia feeder service, says International Container Terminal Services, Inc.(ICTSI).  


World's Largest Single-deck Log Ship Calls Tacoma

Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

 The world’s largest single-deck bulk/log carrier, Olive Bay, arrived Thursday at The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s West Hylebos log terminal in Tacoma.   The terminal, operated by Seattle-based Merrill & Ring Forest Products


DP World Partially Monetizes Canadian Assets

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

DP World will partner with a Canadian pension fund in a $3.7 billion investment vehicle that primarily looks at brownfield projects in investment-graded countries, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research.   The terminal operator will retain operational control of the fund with 55 percent stake


Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships

Valparaíso Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express.   Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic


ZIM to Enhance its Atlantic Network

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM)  has announced a significant upgrading of its Atlantic network, offering improved connections between US, Canada and the Mediterranean, starting April 2017, subject to FMC approval.  


Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar

Port Taranaki representatives and Sanmar’s sales director at the contract signing: Grant Squire, marine engineer supervisor; Guy Roper, chief executive; Craig Bramley, Sanmar director of sales-Australian region; and Neville Fox, head of marine services (Photo: Sanmar)

Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand.   Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive


Abidjan Orders 16 Passenger Ferries

Photo: Damen

As part of a presidential plan to reduce urban congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, 16 new passenger ferries have been ordered by Société de Transport Lagunaire (STL).   Known as the economic capital of the Ivory Coast


New Dry Dock at BAE Systems’ San Diego Yard

Photo: BAE Systems

A new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock has arrived at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard as part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast.


NASSCO Christens New ECO Tanker

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

 On Saturday, December 17, General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Liberty, the third ECO Class tanker under contract with customer SEA-Vista LLC. Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR vice president Tom Denning, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle on the side of






 
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