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World’s first LNG powered container ship launched

More than 2,600 people watched the ship's launch

The first container ship in the world to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been launched. More than 2,600 people gathered to watch the 3,100 teu Isla Bella take off from San Diego, California, where it was built by US-based shipmakers General Dynamics NASSCO. The 233 m long ship is the first of two identical ships to be built ... Read More »

CMA CGM to buy at least three 20,000 teu vessels

CMA CGM is set to make the step-up to 20,000 teu vessels

French shipping line CMA CGM is in talks to buy at least three 20,000 teu container ships at a total cost of around $420m. Deliveries will start in 2017 according to Wall Street Journal sources, with the vessels set to be utilised between Asia and Europe on the world’s busiest ocean trade route. South Korea-based Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction ... Read More »

Call to curb size of ships calling at Santos

The Port of Santos's ability to safely handle large vessels has been questioned

A group of Brazilian pilots are asking national port authorities to limit the length of vessels permitted to call into the country’s largest container port, Santos. A ship owners’ representative warned of dire consequences if the navigators have their way. President of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of national pilots’ association Conapra, Claudio Paulino, said it wants to see a 266 ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd enters East-West trade through UASC co-operation

Hamburg Süd have entered a slot exchange with UASC on several routes

German shipping company Hamburg Süd has entered the east-west trade through signing a “global co-operation agreement” with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The two shipping companies, the world’s 11th and 18th biggest respectively according to Alphaliner, have agreed a slot-exchange which will give Hamburg Süd slots on several UASC routes. Specifically, these are four Asia-US West Coast loops, one Asia-US ... Read More »

Investment in Northern route between Asia and Europe announced

The Arctic ocean could become an attractive sea-route all-year round

Russian authorities have announced details of several infrastructure investments in the project to make the Northern route between Asia and Europe attractive to shipping lines all year round. The RUB75bn (US$1.1bn) project has been made possible by global warming and would cut three weeks off normal sailing times between East Asia and Europe. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been tasked ... Read More »

CMA CGM acquires OPDR

The French shipping line CMA CGM has announced the acquisition of the German short-sea shipping operator Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR), owned by the Bernhard Schulte Group. The move is part of CMA CGM’s strategy to manage the short-sea feeder services for its oceangoing vessels; in recent years the world’s third largest shipping line has acquired a number of similar sized short-sea ... Read More »