bulk carriers

Marubeni, Klaveness to create Panamax-type bulker pool

Marubeni Corporation along with the Norwegian ship owner Klaveness, agreed to establish a new pool management company named “Maruklav Management Inc”. Specifically, both sides will run a global fleet of Panamax-size bulk carriers, scheduled to start operations on 1st of April 2020.

French Navy boards bulker due to “dangerous” maneuvers

On January 1st, the French Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) Gris-Nez informed that it detected an allegedly “erratic” movement from the bulk carrier Moezelborg southwest of Boulogne. As the center said, the bulker was approaching “dangerously close” to a sandbank in the Strait of Dover traffic separation scheme.

BPA discusses bulk and inland shipping

The British Ports Association is thinking of expanding its coastal shipping opportunities and focus more on port connectivity schemes within the UK. Ports are a crucial part of the British economy, as they’re gateways for the 95% of UK’s international trade and they provide regional hubs for economic activity and employment.

New IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers

IACS published the new ‘Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT)’. The latest rules will replace the current Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers (CSR-OT) and Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers (CSR-BC). These Rules will enter into force on 1st July 2019.

ESL’s new bulkers experience technical problems

Serious technical problems with cranes slowed down the deployment of ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulk carriers, the Finland-based shipping company, part of the ASPO Group, stated. The problems in the conventional mechanics of high-power cranes, which are subject to warranty, have significantly interfered with the efficient operations of both vessels.

Dozens of bulk vessels waiting off Chinese ports due to customs delays

Dozens of ships that are carrying coal and iron ore to China are waiting outside ports to unload, as harbour authorities are taking more time than usual to clear the imports with customs officials. In fact, over 300 dry-bulk freighters are waiting to deliver into China. Of them, most affected are those carrying coal and iron ore from Australia.

St. Lawrence Seaway announces 2018 as its best shipping year in a decade

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced, on January 17, that tonnage on the waterway during the 2018 navigation season totaled 40.9 million tonnes, hitting its record as it is the highest result since 2007. Traffic increased by 7% year-one year, whereas the total vessel transits were up nearly 6%.

Port of Antwerp announced another record year

The port of Antwerp announced that it has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year.

Bahri Dry Bulk to acquire four new bulk carriers

This is part of an agreement signed by Bahri‎ in 2017 with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The credit facility will be used to finance 80% of the agreement, which was concluded on 27 August 2017. Bahri has also provided all the necessary guarantees for obtaining the loan, including a pledge of the four carriers upon delivery.

HMM CEO reveals future vision

South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine plans to double its size fleet by 2022, as part of a long-term development plan, as announced by President & CEO C.K. Yoo in his New Year message. The plan is fully aligned with the company’s recently announced ambition to create a 22,000 TEU shipbuilding plan.

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