Canadian marine shipping endorses international CO2 reduction targets

Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is endorsing proposed international targets to reduce marine shipping’s carbon emissions per tonne-km by 50 per cent by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Canadian Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipowners are committed to environmental protection and fully endorse this proactive global approach to reducing the carbon footprint of marine shipping,” said Bruce Burrows, President of CMC. “Similar to the airline industry, marine shipping is an international business and it is important that we have one global solution to the challenge of climate change.”

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French navy contract puts federal contracts in Ocean Group sights

By Mark Cardwell

Ocean Group has landed a four-year contract for the repair and maintenance of a small French Navy vessel that patrols the waters around the sparsely-populated French archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, just south of Newfoundland. A spokesperson for the Quebec City-based dredging, towing, salvage and ship repair company hopes the modest contract with a foreign power will help land larger ones with the federal government here at home.

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‘Enough is enough’ – CMA CGM unveils cancellation fee for no-show boxes

By Gavin van Marle

CMA CGM will levy a cancellation fee on European shippers and forwarders that do not deliver their containers for booked services to Indian subcontinent, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea ports. In remarks that echo some of the problems carriers were having with space on the eastbound trades out of Europe, the French carrier said “no-shows” were preventing it serving other shippers.

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Shippers squeezing margins ‘pushed carriers toward bigger ships and alliances’

By Alex Lennane

Container shipping lines shrugged off accusations that bigger ships and alliances would lead to less choice and less supply chain resilience, and argued that instead, shippers had brought these changes upon themselves. Olaf Merk, of the International Transport Forum, explained to delegates at Transport Logistic in Munich how the recent changes in the liner industry could lead to a negative outcome for the supply chain. “There is a pathway where bigger ships and vertical integration give rise to the concentration of ports and cargo, and they will have less leverage as the shipping lines get more powerful.”

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Airlines and shipping step up to maintain supply lines as Qatar battles blockade

By Alex Lennane

As Qatar battles major boycotts, Oman’s ports of Sohar and Salalah are set to handle its regional sea trade, while airlines, including Iran Air, are carrying large quantities of food imports. Since early June, when seven countries cut ties to Qatar, carriers have been working out new routings to avoid a direct link between the UAE’s ports and Qatar’s. With container hubs at Jebel Ali, Khar Fakkan, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi no longer able to ship directly to Qatar, Oman is set to become the key transit point.

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ULCVs will ply the transpacific trade, but the ports are not ready for them

By Mike Wackett

Despite a near doubling of the number of 13,000 TEU-or-above vessels deployed on the transpacific Asia-US west coast trade this year, the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex remains unprepared for the introduction of 18,000 TEU-plus ULCVs, according to Drewry. In its latest analysis of the route, Drewry Maritime Research said the number of 13,000 TEU vessels on the transpacific increased from 21 in January to 36 in May as carriers cascaded more large tonnage from Asia-Europe trades to accommodate fresh deliveries of ULCVs. And the lines are likely to cascade even more large tonnage to the transpacific as more ULCVs for Asia-Europe are received.

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A windshield on a containership saves fuel and cuts emissions, says MOL

By Mike Wackett

Japanese ocean carrier MOL has successfully completed testing a windshield on the bow of one of its containerships, which it claims has saved fuel and reduced CO2 emissions by around 2 per cent. The windshield was installed on the 2010-built 6,700 TEU MOL Marvel in September 2015 and was monitored during its service on the Asia-North America east coast route.

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Japanese liner shipping trio becomes ONE, ready for launch next spring

By Mike Wackett

The container businesses of K Line, MOL and NYK will operate under the tradename Ocean Network Express (ONE) from 1 April next year. In a joint statement on May 31 the Japanese trio said: “The move will allow Ocean Network Express to better meet customers’ needs by providing high-quality, consolidation and enhancement of the three companies’ global network and service structures.”

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MOL Triumph, world’s largest containership, delivered

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that it took delivery of the world’s largest containership, MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. on March 27, 2017.

MOL’s newest vessel, the first of a fleet of six 20,000 TEU-class containerships for the company, was named MOL Triumph in a ceremony at Samsung in South Korea on March 15, 2017. At 400 metres in length and 58.8 metres in width, MOL Triumph is currently the world’s largest containership. With a capacity of 20,170 TEU, the vessel is the first 20,000 TEU-class containership deployed in THE Alliance’s Asia to Europe trade via the FE2 service.

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