In February 2019, the global container port throughput index declined to 114 points, after reaching 131 points in January, according to Drewry’s latest assessment for April 2019. This was mainly due to the Chinese New Year celebrated in February 2019 which dampened activity levels.
The new CEO of South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine wants to improve relations with Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company of the 2M alliance. For this reason, Jae-hoon Bae will visit the two companies to strengthen their ties. Currently, the company has an agreement to swap container space with Maersk and MSC on trades between the Far East and US, which will expire in a year.
ONE announced that ONE APUS, with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, was successfully delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. The ship will be used n East Coast 4 service, under THE Alliance. ONE APUS is also equipped with the world’s first ‘dual rating system’ technology in the main diesel engine. A wide window is also adopted for widened visibility, helping the view of ship operators from the wing of the vessel’s bridge when berthing and unberthing.
North Carolina Ports welcomed Monday its first-ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington. The Singaporean-flagged container ship, ‘Kota Pekarang’, is the largest capacity-wise to call the port to date. The ship’s visit comes on the heels of the arrival of North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane.
ABS is cooperating with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines. After a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines will be published. The collaboration gathers key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks container ship owners and operators face when stowing dangerous goods.
German seaports handled 304.7 million tons of seaborne goods during 2018. This is an increase of 1.7%, in comparison to 2017, as the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced in the beginning of this week. In addition, the number of goods which German seaports received from other ports rose by 2%. Moreover, the shipping of goods from German seaports over the world’s oceans grew slightly by 1.8%.
A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express have established the Digital Container Shipping Association in the Netherlands, after gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission in March. Thomas Bagge is the CEO and statutory director of the DCSA. The association has already started working on enhancing standardization, digitalization and interoperability.
The Port of Oakland reported a positive first quarter, as the March container volumes increased by 10% in comparison to same month last year. This rise can be attributed to the fact that shippers are trying to get ahead of potential new tariffs in the US-China trade war. Until the end of March, the Port handled 612,151 TEUs, compared to 587,356 TEUs during the same period in 2018. This is a 4.2% increase.
China had six of the world’s 10 largest container ports in 2018, stretching from its north to the south. This is the result of China’s 1 trillion yuans investment since 2012, aiming to enhance the facilities in the country’s ports. What is more, China’s external trade, including both imports and exports, increased to US$4.55 trillion last year, which marks a rise of around ten times since joining the WTO.
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will continue paying attention on the way that ocean carriers pass on additional fuels costs that have occurred due to IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. The regulation could increase fuel costs by as much as one third. FMC is mainly aiming to make sure that ocean carrier bunker charge adjustment formulas are clear and definite, FMC Chairman Michael Khouri informed.
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