Malta Freeport Terminals welcomed the first ever LNG-fueled container ship to visit Malta during the course of the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam. The ‘Containerships Polar’ discharged more than 560 containers during its call to Malta.
Port Tampa Bay welcomed its biggest container ship ever, the CMA CGM Dalila. The vessel is 1,096 feet long, 141 feet across the beam and can carry up to 8,469 TEU shipping containers. CMA CGM Dalila is also the first ship in a new service planned to arrive on weekly basis from Asia.
According to Port of Los Angeles’ statement, it moved 828,662 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in May, the busiest May in the Port’s 112-year history. The volumes reflect growth of 7.8% in comparison to the same period last year.
Traxens, a company that provides high-value data and services for the supply chain industry, informed that it will equip the Indonesian NVOCC company, PT TKSolusindo, with smart reefer containers.
South Carolina Ports Authority announced on June 11 that it achieved its strongest May on record. Namely, the Port handled 204,457 twenty-foot equivalent container units handled last month. Fiscal year-to-date TEU volume has increased by 9.7%, with 2,192,689 TEUs handled since the Port’s fiscal year started in July.
In its latest Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club focuses on a case regarding three stowaways. Namely, the crew of a container ship that had left from Lagos discovered three people sitting on the rudder. The stowaways had used a small rowing boat to reach the vessel and had managed to climb up the rudder and then into the rudder trunk.
Malaysia’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas announced a new recent milestone when ‘Monaco Maersk’, one of Maersk’s 2nd Generation Triple-E vessels, left the port with the record load of 19,284 TEUs. This surpassed the record load of 19,190 TEUs achieved by ‘MOL Tribune’ vessel in February this year.
Adriatic Gate Container Terminal, the Croatian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) at the Port of Rijeka, is set to realize an expansion plan up to mid-2020 that is expected to facilitate the berthing of vessels with a length overall of up to 400 meters.
As emerging technologies are enhancing ship routing, navigation is getting faster and safer, while there are new possibilities for mega-container ships and fully autonomous ships to sail the high seas in the coming future. Ship routing has been steadily improving, as the shipping industry successfully mitigates several issues.
Hapag-Lloyd presented its new real-time container monitoring program ‘Hapag-Lloyd LIVE’. The program offers real-time GPS location, temperature information, and power-off alerts, among other services. In an initial effort, the company is retrofitting its entire reefer fleet of some 100,000 containers.
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