Maersk’s container ship ‘Cecilie Maersk’ had a collision with the fishing vessel ‘Le Puffin’ on August 7. The container ship was heading to Le Port, Reunion off Madagascar. Five crewmembers of the fishing vessel evacuated the boat, but ‘Cecilie Maersk’ turned back and managed to pick up the fishermen.
Maersk and IBM announced that the name of their joint blockchain venture will be named TradeLens. In addition, the joint venture now counts 94 partners. TradeLens aims to move all administrative processes and transactions associated with one container shipment to the internet.
A Port of Newcastle survey vessel has located 37 of the 81 containers that fell overboard the cargo ship YM Efficiency, on June 1, 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle, off Australia. The vessel continues the search for the remaining containers. Most of the containers were found near where the YM Efficiency lost the cargo.
UK MAIB reported a collision between the UK registered container ship, ANL Wyong, and an Italian registered LPG tanker, King Arthur, approximately 4 miles south east of Gibraltar. Both vessels suffered damage, but no injuries or pollution were reported. UK MAIB will initiate an investigation into the incident.
The Colombian Navy found more than one ton of cocaine, on board a container ship. When the authorities checked the ship’s containers, they found 1,144 kg of cocaine. The drugs and the 15 people were captured and are now under the jurisdiction of relevant authorities.
On July 26, Jiangnan Shipbuilding started the construction of CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU boxships, which were ordered in September 2017. The ships will be 400 meters in length and 61.3 meters in width, while their engines will use LNG. The steel cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, July 26 at Jiangnan Shipbuilding in Shanghai.
Asset quality, size and diversification will play a major role in the success of shipping companies over the next 18 months as higher costs, stricter environmental rules and worsening global trade relations risk might offset demand and lead to capacity reductions, a report by Scope Ratings said.
Eight containers fell off of the cargo ship APL Antwerp while conducting offload operations, on July 29, at the Norfolk International Terminal in Norfolk, Virginia. As the US Coast Guard informed, three of the containers have sunk and all other containers have been brought back to NIT.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that cargo volumes in these ports set a new record for the first half of 2018, with volumes up by 6.8% over the same period in 2017, when the previous six-month record was established. Between January and June this year, the port handled 3,450,469 TEUs.
The ship experienced a period of quick, heavy rolling for about 60 to 90 seconds. The rolling was estimated by the ship’s master as having reached angles of up to 30º to port and starboard. At about 0040, the chief officer reported several containers damaged or lost overboard.
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