[caption caption="The FMC final rule concludes a two-year process into an application filed by the World Shipping Council. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Container lines will no longer be required to file ‘essential terms’ of contracts with cargo owners with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) under a rule formally adopted by the regulatory...
[caption caption="Shipping industry stakeholders are debating who should bear the financial cost when certain events inside a terminal prevent the timely pickup of containers. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]The container shipping industry remains far apart on whether the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC's) proposed rule on detention and demurrage will resolve or...
ACCRA, Ghana — Senior maritime and transport officials in Ghana identified piracy and corruption as central challenges in the development of an efficient port and supply chain network in West Africa. Incidents of piracy and armed robbery were singled out by Richard Anamoo, director general of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority,...
[caption]Maersk Lebu. Credit: Fotoflite[/caption]Underscoring Southeast Asia’s new role as the world’s piracy hot spot, pirates attacked six vessels, including two container ships, in the straits of Malacca and Singapore Friday and Saturday Authorities believe the same group, comprising four to five perpetrators armed with knives, were behind all six incidents, according...
When it comes to piracy, carriers must balance the speeds and routes their vessels take with crew safety and delivering maximum efficiency to clients. Typically, ships move at slower than their maximum speeds to reduce fuel usage and increase savings for both carriers and customers alike. While these benefits are tangible,...
Shippers have plenty to worry about — including volatile pricing and cargo delays — but piracy should be less of a concern, as the number of incidents has been falling since 2010. The general decline can be attributed to renewed international efforts to combat piracy. Pirate attacks targeting container vessels fell...
[caption align="left"][/caption]A Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ship and a bulk carrier were attacked in separate but possibly related incidents off the coast of Indonesia, according to the intergovernmental anti-piracy office ReCAAP. The two incidents, which are reported to have happened within hours of each other, involved ships sailing eastbound in the Straits...
Militants loyal to ISIS could bring Somali-style piracy to the Mediterranean, threatening the world’s largest trade lane, European officials warn. It’s been 200 years since pirates operated in the Mediterranean, but recent developments in North Africa suggest the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could launch attacks on commercial and passenger...
Maritime piracy fell to an eight-year low in 2014 as a continuing decline in attacks off Somalia offset a surge in ship hijackings in Asian waters. Attacks against small tankers off South East Asian coasts saw global hijackings rise to 21 in 2014 from 12 in 2013, according to the International...
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated on JOC.com this past week, as labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association could finally be heating up. Five of the Top 10 stories on JOC.com in the past week focused on the issue. This round of...
With piracy in West Africa on the rise, a newly released report highlights how pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are far more violent than in Somalia and less-focused on ransom, requiring the industry to take a different approach to curb attacks. The set of standards, a 12-page document entitled...
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and...
European shipowners are asking the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to endorse a maritime security plan aimed at safeguarding ships around the globe. The European Commission and the European External Action Service joined forces to write the security plan earlier this year. Today, the European Community Shipowners Association asked...
Eleven sailors from the Malaysia-flag container ship Albedo held hostage for more than three years by Somali pirates have arrived safely in Kenya, according to mediators who helped secure their freedom, Al Jazeera reported. The 1,066-TEU vessel, which had a 23-man crew when it was attacked, was hijacked about 1,500 kilometers off...
Manchester - UK – Poseidon Marine Security has launched a global marketing campaign for its new product ProtectaDeck, an anti-piracy barrier for the shipping industry to protect vessels and oil rig platforms from the increased number of piracy attacks throughout the world . ProtectaDeck prevents intruders from boarding, is inexpensive, as well...
Japan’s new anti-piracy law will take effect on Saturday, 17 days after it was enacted by the Diet, the nation’s parliament, the transport ministry announced this week. The new law will allow private armed guards to board Japanese-registered oil tankers and other cargo ships in waters off Somalia and elsewhere. Under the...
Ten crew members and 25 security guards aboard a ship engaged in anti-piracy services were arrested in Chennai Oct. 18 after they failed to produce proper documents allowing them to carry weapons, Indian authorities said. The MV Seaman Guard Ohio is owned by Washington-based AdvanFort International, and flies the Sierra Leone...
Global piracy has fallen to a seven-year low, but attacks off the coast of Nigeria have surged by a third, the International Maritime Bureau said. There were 188 piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2013, down from 233 in the same period last year, and the number of hostages...
The Japanese government adopted a new anti-piracy bill at a cabinet meeting this week that would allow private armed guards to board Japanese-registered oil tankers and other cargo ships in waters off Somalia and elsewhere. The government will seek to have the bill enacted during an extraordinary session of the Diet,...
A suspected Somali pirate chief has been arrested in Belgium after he was lured to the country by police posing as filmmakers who wanted him to star in a documentary about his exploits. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Afweyne” or “Big Mouth,” allegedly has pocketed millions of dollars in ransom payments...
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Future reefer shipping growth will come from accelerating trade in exotic fruits according to Drewry, with new technology lengthening potential shipping distances and opening up markets where discretionary spend is rising. Growth in the reefer shipping trade has largely been driven by soaring demand for proteins into swine flu-ravaged Asia, but this trend is expected […]
Søren Toft has begun his tenure as MSC’s chief executive officer, helping to oversee the company’s global cargo businesses including ocean liner and logistics. He will also be a member of the board of directors of Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL), the terminals business which is majority-owned by MSC. Before joining MSC, Toft served as chief […]
Nokia has deployed a crane monitoring system for Pelindo 4 Indonesia, utilising a crane-mounted IP/MPLS router to stream 24/7 real-time data over LTE. In partnership with Kurnia Energy Engineering (KEE), the 7705 Service Aggregation Router–Hm has been deployed, which extending IP/MPLS services over cellular and WLAN networks on all the cranes across the Makassar Container […]
Navis has announced the launch of its N4 terminal operating system (TOS) as a service (SaaS) to allow its customers to seamlessly move terminal operations to the cloud. The N4 SaaS aims to provide customers a complete package as terminals of all sizes begin to explore the potential of cloud-based solutions and plan to move […]
Hamburg Port Consulting and Munich-based management consultancy Roland Berger are to jointly conduct a strategic study for the redevelopment of the Port of Beirut, following the disastrous explosion at the Lebanese hub in August. The partners are preparing a comprehensive proposal with options for a new approach in its needed reconstruction and in the operations […]
DP World has responded to scathing comments made by the Republic of Djibouti’s president, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, about the Djibouti Port dispute and its investments at the Port of Berbera. Guelleh, in an interview with Africa Today, claimed that DP World has refused talks with the Djibouti government and are not interested compensation for the […]
Companies interested in the development project of the 2m teu capacity Deepwater Container Terminal in Świnoujście, Western Pomerania in Poland, have been asked to submit offers before January 28, 2021. The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority has opened the procedure and intends to select the land lease holder and future terminal operator in the first […]
PortXL, the Port of Rotterdam’s accelerator programme, aims to initiate 100 innovative pilot projects in the port over the next year in partnership with the local sector. Many entrepreneurs who had just started out, as well as established businesses within the port area, have been dealt a serious blow by COVID-19. The innovation programme, entitled […]
A group of international shipping associations has penned an open letter to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, calling on him to take a stand for stranded seafarers. BIMCO, Intercargo, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Intertanko met virtually to discuss the continued lack of international recognition of seafarers as key workers despite 90% of global trade […]
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued letters to the three global carrier alliances requiring that certain carrier-specific trade data currently filed with the Commission quarterly, must now be submitted on a monthly basis. Shippers have recently complained about the lack of export container availability and considerably high freight rates on trans-Pacific trades, while the […]
Public and private sector leaders have set out their joint vision for a new Freeport on the east coast of the UK, focusing on the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, both owned by Hutchison Ports. Freeport East is seen as a potential strategic hub, linking UK importers and exporters and suppliers and customers […]
Pusan Newport Company has upgraded to a new version of CyberLogitec’s terminal operating system (TOS), OPUS Terminal, to enable advanced features with an added module. The advanced module feature was developed by CyberLogitec based on years of experience and research in TOS and aims to improve operational efficiency when planning terminal yard operations and container […]
Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of Abu Dhabi Ports, and TruKKer, the region’s largest digital truck booking marketplace, have agreed to work together on digital truck booking services through Maqta’s logistics platform Margo. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enables Maqta Gateway to fully integrate Margo with TruKKer’s fleet of onboarded truck drivers and trucks situated […]
Global Container Terminals (GCT) Vanterm has gone live with Navis N4 via remote assistance, marking the last of four GCT terminals to go-live with N4 in North America. Located in the inner harbour, GCT Vanterm operates in naturally occurring deep water and is considered one of the most productive terminals in the Port of Vancouver. […]
APM Terminals (APMT) Pecém has set two consecutive records this year, despite the pandemic, with a best-ever September performance and then bettering itself with a best-ever October result. The Ceará-based terminal handled 41,000 teu in September and then 46,705 teu in October, increasing its throughput by 7.9% year-on-year to total 309,051 teu for the first […]
eYard, a new cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) power optimisation engine that helps container terminal operators to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, has raised €800k (US$950k) in a new round of funding. The financing was led by Mundi Ventures, an international Venture Capital fund, with participation from Hamburg-based NLA, and two global maritime groups. Financing […]
Carrier Transicold has launched a new CO2 injection option for its EverFRESH active controlled atmosphere system for refrigerated containers to help better preserve low-respiring, high-value perishable cargo. The new option allows the container to be pre-charged with CO2 at the start of the voyage and automatically add more over the course of the trip. As […]
PSA Sines, the concessionaire for Sines Container Terminal (Terminal XXI) in Portugal, has awarded the contract for the first phase of its expansion to Mota-Engil, Engenharia E Construção, Sa / Etermar – Engenharia E Construção. This project includes the construction of another 204 m of quay at the transhipment hub, providing the terminal with a […]
Environmental groups have lashed out at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) after it approved controversial draft amendments to the MARPOL convention, which they claim will fail to bring about a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the shipping sector. Campaigners believe that the text violates the initial IMO’s GHG strategy by failing to reduce […]
Maersk improved profitability across its business and delivered strong cash flow despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing EBITDA by 39% to US$2.3bn in the third quarter. Although revenue dropped by 1.4% to US$9.9bn, the improvement in performance was based on stringent cost control, capacity management, a focus on customer offerings with greater uptake […]
Gemalink International Port (GIP), Vietnam’s largest deep-sea terminal, is on track to open in the first quarter of 2021, after receiving its last pair of ship-to-shore container cranes. GIP is a new container terminal being built in Vietnam’s Cai Mep port, at an investment cost of US$120 million. South Korean equipment maker Doosan Heavy Industry […]
A crew member of Hapag-Lloyd's container ship Nordic Hong Kong has tested positive for Covid-19 in Brazil. As a result, the Brazilian health authority has instructed the 3,400TEU vessel to perform a 14-day quarantine. Nordic Hong Kong is deployed on the German carrier's Conosur Service and Hapag-Lloyd has published the following schedule recovery plan for […]
Fuel market sentiment has received a boost from signs of improving demand from Asia’s large crude oil importers, as well as news of successful Covid-19 vaccine trials that may help contain the global pandemic and revive oil and fuel demand, according to the Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX). The World Bunker Index MABUX demonstrated firm upward […]
The Seafrigo group is strengthening its presence in the Port of Le Havre area by setting up a facility located at the Seafrigo Logistics Park. The logistics facility near Le Havre’s Red Bridge will comprise of two warehouses whose construction began last September. Each warehouse, designed for the storage of dry products, will cover an area […]
An Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel that reported a container stack collapse, on 30 November, may have lost up to 25% of its cargo as images of the collapse show a catastrophic event, with almost all of the forward cargo stacks affected. A consultant master Mariner with experience on container ships told Container News that […]
At least 27 containers have been lost and 90 have been damaged from the 2011-built Maersk vessel, Seroja Lima, due to the heavy weather in the Atlantic ocean, on 20 November, when the ship was sailing from Suez to New York. Seroja Lima is deployed on the America service of the Maersk's 2M Alliance partner, […]
eYARD, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution for container terminal operators, has raised €800,000 (US$970,000) in a new round of financing, which has been led by Madrid-based Mundi Ventures VC, with the participation of German Next Logistics Accelerator (NLA) and two maritime groups with a global presence. The latest round of financing will focus on key […]
Digital timber trade company Centersource aims to digitalise the wood supply industry with its online marketplace, the Timber Exchange (TX), which was recently launched and is aimed at freight forwarders practiced at moving timber as freight as well as sawmills and importers within the timber supply chain. The company says TX is an easy to […]
China International Marine Containers, the world’s largest container manufacturer, has stated that the shortage of containers has resulted in a slew of orders, keeping its factories busy until the end of the first quarter of 2021. While the Covid-19 pandemic curtailed factory output early in the year, demand for textile and electronics exports from China […]
Wan Hai Lines has announced the launch of a China – East India Service V (CI5) service in December aiming to expand its networks in both North China and East India. Six container vessels with a nominal capacity of 4,250TEU will be deployed on the CI5 service with the following port rotation: Qingdao – Busan […]
The chairman of a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance working group focused on hemp said that while interstate transport of the substance is legal, potential risks remain for motor carriers and drivers hauling it.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies reached an agreement to ease its oil-output cuts next year more gradually than previously planned, giving a fragile market more time to absorb the extra supply.
Elon Musk’s dizzying ascent in 2020 hit a new peak this week as he’s about to become the head of an S&P 500 Index company. That’s just days after surging to the second-richest person on the planet with a $139 billion fortune.
Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by the most in almost two months, offering some hope that the gradual recovery in the job market will continue despite a spike in COVID-19 infections and renewed business restrictions.
Freight brokers are embroiled in a contentious fight with independent owner-operators and small truckers over a federal law that brokers argue is outdated, but which the smaller businesses want to see toughened to increase access to pricing information.
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The American Society of Civil Engineers on Dec. 2 released infrastructure report cards for Maine and West Virginia, both of which reflect challenges associated with aging infrastructure and financial needs.
Many of the nation’s ports, especially on the West Coast, are reporting long delays to unload cargo ships, and warehouses near those facilities are filled as the supply chains are overloaded with goods.