A container ship carrying 285 containers capsized in the early hours of the morning of Saturday, October 19, on the Long Tau River, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Local media report that just before the midnight of Friday, October 18, the pilot notified the local VTS center of an issue occurred with a container. The 132-meter (433-foot), 657 TEUs VietSun Integrity vessel listed shortly after that and sank almost two hours later.
The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) informed of a claim, highlighting the need for shipping agents to respond promptly to shippers’ requests or encounter financial risks. The case regarded a container of frozen beef carried on a liner service between Australia and China.
The overall freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp increased from January through September 2019 by 1.1% in comparison with the same period last year. The container volume rose by as much as 6.4%. On the other hand, the slowdown in the world economy cut the growth rate of more volatile trade flows.
Traxens informed about the development of the first standards for smart container data exchange, that were published by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) aims to deliver internationally standardized messaging, in order to enable the use of smart container data.
An ultra large container vessel (ULCV) collided with a small chemical tanker off the Port of Piraeus, Greece on September 26. According to initial information, two of the 13 crew of the tanker sustained injuries, while no injuries were reported on the container ship.
The industry association Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) published its first Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations to improve the existing safety measures, providing practices and procedures for safe container ship operations.
India’s export-import trade is expected to slow down in the coming months, as Maersk said in its April-June India trade report. The latter indicated that India’s containerised trade growth slowed to 1%, compared to 9% in the same period last year.
Abu Dhabi Ports revealed strong operational performance with significant volume growth in the first half of 2019. The company, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, said its success was driven in part by concession agreements signed with maritime firms, such as Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and COSCO SHIPPING Ports.
The US Port of Oakland announced it saw a 20% increase in its refrigerated export volume in the past year, handling 119,756 TEUs of refrigerated exports from August 2018 through July 2019, which was up from 99,740 in the same period a year ago.
Greek law enforcement authorities have seized more than 100 banana containers at the Port of Piraeus, after locating more than 120 kg of pure cocaine on a ship arriving from Ecuador. This is part of an investigation initiated in early August by Greek authorities.
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