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Evergreen to charter 11 ULCVs

Evergreen Group has signed time charter agreements with Japanese ship-owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha for 11 ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs), each with a capacity of 18,000 teu. The ships, which are scheduled to be delivered from 2018 to 2019, are 400 m long, 59 m wide and feature an optimised hull profile design plus minimum ballast water requirements to maximise cargo ... Read More »

Maritime industry debates merits of ‘cold ironing’

Cold ironing would reduce emissions at ports 
Credit: shutterstock/Alexei Novikov

Opinions varied as the British Society of Maritime Industries hosted a seminar in London yesterday to discuss whether ‘cold ironing’, which means ships using shore power, is viable, clean and cost-effective. Jeremy Rogers, sales engineer of Cavotec and Peter Selway, marketing manager of Schneider Electric both argued in favour of ‘cold ironing’, although they recognised that cost-benefit analysis must be ... Read More »

UAE’s first female crane operator at Khalifa Port

Ayesha Al Marzooqi has become the UAE's first female quay crane operator

The UAE has celebrated a milestone with its very first female crane operator at Khalifa Port container terminal. Ayesha Al Marzooqi, who is 28 years old, controls one of the port’s super post-Panamax quay cranes at Abu Dhabi Ports’ (ADP) flagship location. Al Marzooqi explained her story: “I watched a documentary about a female pilot in the UAE Air Force ... Read More »

UPDATE: New Greek government halts Piraeus port sale to China’s Cosco Group

The Piraeus Port Authority looks set to be finally sold off

Greece’s newly elected government, a coalition formed by the left-wing Syriza and the right-wing Independent Greeks party, has begun its programme of anti-austerity measures by halting the privatisation of the country’s biggest port, Piraeus. However, within days of the announcement, speculation abounded over whether the Greek stance would soften, with Chinese commerce ministry spokesperson, Shen Danyang saying: “We plan to ask ... Read More »

Indian industry calls for investment in existing terminals and supply chain

Krishnapatnam may be failing to draw cargo away from Chennai

Several speakers at last week’s East Coast Maritime Business Summit in India have called for investment in hinterland connectivity. The chiefs of Bengal Tiger Lines, Dhamra Port, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT), Sravan Shipping, JM Baxi Group and Samsara Group all called for work to be done to ensure that cargo is evacuated from terminals faster. The chairman of the ... Read More »

UASC orders 2,000 Daikin reefer units

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), has announced an order of 2,000 reefer containers from Daikin, with further units to follow this year. The containers come fitted with the Japanese manufacturer’s latest LXE 10E “H” model reefer unit, producing a 50% drop in power consumption compared to the earliest model from 2001. Ongoing investment in the units, which feature a sensitive temperature ... Read More »

UPDATE: NY/NJ terminals to re-open

Shipping terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey are set to re-open after a two-day shutdown caused by Winter Storm Juno, leaving truckers facing congestion and extended waiting times due to a backlog of containers waiting to be picked up or dropped off. “All Marine Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be opening ... Read More »

Maersk CEO: Global trade will never reach pre-crisis heights

The Danish company's CEO expects long term growth of 4-5%

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group’s chief executive has warned that global trade will never return to pre-crisis growth levels, citing western companies manufacturing goods nearer home as a significant factor. The head of the world’s biggest shipping line forecasts global trade to grow by 4% this year, noting that ten of the 13 rivals Maersk tracks made losses in the first half ... Read More »

New software enhances operations at Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports is implementing a brand new terminal operating system (TOS) which will enhance general cargo operations, significantly improving processing times and the full range of customer service offerings. Jade Software’s “Master Terminal” management software will replace Abu Dhabi Ports‘ existing systems and support the management of all aspects of general cargo operations including bulk, break bulk, project and ... Read More »