container industry

Unions demand Dockers’ Clause full support

Dockers unions, shop stewards and legal advisors met in Rotterdam, forming a team of legal advisors ensuring that the Dockers’ Clause that entered into force in Europe and Canada on January 1, 2020 will be correctly implemented.

Ukrainian ports handled more than 1 million TEU containers in 2019

According to a recent statement, the Ukrainian seaports exceeded the volume of container transshipment of 1 million TEU at the end of 2019, for the first time in the last 10 years. According to the operational data of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA), one million and three and a half thousand TEU containers were handled in the ports for the whole of 2019; this is more than 18% higher than in 2018.

Lithium batteries caused the fire onboard Cosco Pacific

In light of the unexpectedly fire in Cosco Pacific’s cargo hold containers, authorities came in a conclusion of the causes that started the fire. Specifically, China Cosco Shipping has identified that the the main reason was a spontaneous combustion of misreported lithium batteries cargo.

APM Terminals Mumbai exceeds two million TEUs in 2019

APM Terminals announced that its Mumbai terminal handled more than 2 million TEUs throughput for the second consecutive year in 2019. Commissioned in 2006, the terminal remains the only Indian container terminal to have achieved this record in a calendar year. 

Containership experiences fire in its cargo hold containers

On 4 January 2020, the containership knows as “Cosco Pacific” reported unexpectedly fire in its cargo hold containers. Specifically, the vessel was en route from Port Klang Malaysia to Ngava Sheva western India when the fire started and had to reroute.

EU shipowners critique new container lashing directive

The European Transport Federation (ETF) is asking for changes on lashing operations concerning the people who take part in them; Now, European short-sea and feeder ship operators are challenging efforts by the ITF to redefine container lashing as a cargo handling activity in order to bring it under the control of unionized dockers.

Port of Salalah hits 4 million TEU record in December

The Port of Salalah, Oman’s major regional gateway port, hit an all-time record container volume of 4-million TEUs in December 2019, marking also a 19% year-on-year volume growth, according to data provided by APM Terminals. 

Watch: How the container market evolved in Q4

BIMCO’s chief market analyst, Peter Sand, provides his view on the current state of the container shipping market paying attention to the developing trade war and tariffs and their impact on the container shipping industry, which seems to experience barriers in comparison to 2018.

China’s container index marks a 10.2% increase

On December 13, the Xinhua News informed that the China Ningo Containerized Freight Index (NCFI) marked a significant increase in the Europe & Mediterranean routes for this week, as according to the Ningbo Shipping Exchange, the spring festival cargo boosted the needs and demands for shipment.

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