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CMA CGM confirms ULCV order while posting strong results

The APL acquisition helped to increase volumes

CMA CGM has confirmed it is ordering nine container ships with a capacity of 22,000 teu, with the first vessels to come into service from the end of 2019. The carrier expects the vessels, which will be the largest in the world. to reduce unit transport costs particularly on Asia – Europe routes. The announcement was made while the carrier ... Read More »


Global marine underwriting premiums down

Global marine underwriting premiums for 2016 fell by 9% to US$27.5bn according to the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). The decline was driven by the strong value of the US dollar compared to other currencies, general weak market conditions, general commodity prices and the state of the shipping and offshore sectors. Vice-chairman of the IUMI’s facts and figures committee, ... Read More »

Australian bill seeks to liberalise cabotage licenses

Darren Chester MP introduced the bill

A bill which would open up Australia’s cabotage market to foreign shipping lines has been introduced to the country’s parliament. Under current laws and licensing structures, Australian carriers can contest voyages applied for by foreign ships and face few restrictions, while foreign carriers have to meet a list of requirements and can only qualify for a far more limited license. ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd orders 7,700 new reefer containers

Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 7,700 refrigerated containers as it looks to build its reefer capacity following its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). Of the total, 7,000 units will be 40 ft while the remainder will measure 20 ft, with production to begin imminently. 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, which aims to slow ... Read More »

Kalmar to deliver equipment to Fiji

The machines feature SmartFleet technology

Fiji Ports Terminal Limited has ordered three reachstackers and one empty container handler from Kalmar. This order was booked in Cargotec’s 2017 third quarter order intake with delivery scheduled for fourth quarter 2017. Fiji Ports Terminal Limited manages and operates two international ports in Fiji: its largest facility, the Port of Suva, and the Port of Lautoka on Fiji’s largest ... Read More »

Daikin appoints new general manager of marketing and service

Daikin has appointed Ah Huat Goh as the general manager of global marketing and service at its reefer container department. Goh previously spent 14 years as director of technical services, global reefer trade, at American President Lines (APL) where his role focused on reviewing and developing reefer technology and cargo management available. For the 13 years prior to that, he ... Read More »

New intermodal service to Boston

A direct intermodal service connecting the Port of Saint John in Canada and the Boston market has been introduced following a business development initiative by DP World and Pan Am Railways. Michael P. Bostwick, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Pan Am Railways, said: “We will provide value to importers and exporters via an alternate gateway into the large ... Read More »

Trapac goes live with Tideworks’ Spinnaker at its LA rail terminal

The solution will support the automation of on-dock rail

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines subsidiary TraPac LLC, has successfully gone live with Tideworks Technology’s Spinnaker Planning Management solution at its container terminal in the Port of Los Angeles. Deployed to support its automation of on-dock rail operations, Spinnaker integrated with TraPac’s existing systems to effectively manage increasing rail volumes and support automated rail operations for both eastbound and westbound trains at ... Read More »

MCI  begins offering Star Cool with new refrigerant

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now offering its Star Cool reefer container with the non-flammable R513A refrigerant, which as a 56% lower global warming potential (GWP) than the traditional R134a. All Star Cool reefers produced prior to July 2017 can be adapted to run on R513A with minor modifications. All Star Cool units produced after July 2017 can be converted ... Read More »

Konecranes to service all MPET’s straddle carriers

A Konecranes Noell straddle carrier

Konecranes has agreed to perform all of the maintenance and repair work on more than 150 straddle carriers for MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET). The work will be performed by the Finnish manufacturer’s Antwerp-based service organisation on the machines, which are Konecranes Noell-branded. The aim of this agreement is to achieve consistently high availability of the entire machine fleet. Randy ... Read More »

Kalmar and Navis deliver first OneTerminal solution in Melbourne

Kalmar and Navis have completed the delivery of the first OneTerminal integrated automation solution to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) at the Port of Melbourne. The OneTerminal solution is delivered by one team, bringing together Kalmar’s and Navis’ software systems, equipment and services in an attempt to gain seamless deployment. The delivery was completed ahead of schedule at Victoria International ... Read More »