container ships

Initiatives start to ease container congestion in Manila

Asian Terminals Inc. and six major shipping lines agreed on January 19 to collaborate and carry out initiatives to mitigate the current logistics challenges that are caused due to the buildup of empty containers at the Manila South Harbor. CMA CGM, T.S. Lines, Evergreen, Yang Ming Lines, Wan Hai Lines and Hyundai Maritime, will share vessel resources to clear empty containers in Manila

Transport associations oppose to EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

Organisations representing the main maritime logistics industry stakeholders, as well as EU national maritime authorities, met on February 8 in Paris to discuss about the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation. The associations attempted to assess the validity of the BER, which provides the liner shipping industry an exemption from normal competition rules. 

Inland shipping cooperates to create Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam corridor

TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL will collaborate to establish the North West Central Corridor. This cargo consolidation aims to lead to a more reliable barge product, more sustainable transport and less handling delays at the terminals. The initiative is supported by the deep sea container terminals in Rotterdam, Port of Amsterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme Lean & Green Europe.

Yantian Express cargo still waits to be discharged

Ocean Network Express published an advisory release, according to which fire-stricken Yantian Express is still waiting to discharge the damaged containers, two weeks after arriving in Freeport, Bahamas. The vessel is expecting the port Authority to give the official approval to begin the discharge operations.

BIMCO: Container shipping will face a challenging 2019

The main theme of 2019 for container shipping will be the sharing of the higher costs that are expected in various forms towards the end of the year, as the starting line for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap is getting near. These increased costs will come either because of purchase of fuels, or because of investments in scrubbers that will enable the carriage and consumption of HSFO after 1 March and 1 January deadlines.

San Vicente Terminal in Chile receives two new STS gantry cranes

San Vicente Terminal Internacional, Chile, reached a milestone in its modernization plan on February 16. Namely, the terminal welcomed two new, state-of-the-art STS gantry cranes, part of an investment of around US$ 20 million. The cranes stand 80 meters tall, and have a lifting capacity of 100 tons at the cargo hook, along with a reach of 62 meters. This enables them to service vessels up to 50 meters in beam.

MOL Chemical Tankers holds 20% share of Den Hartogh

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced, on February 18, that its group company, MOL Chemical Tankers Pte. Ltd. holds a 20% stake in Den Hartogh Holding B.V. from Den Hartogh Beheer B.V. After the acquisition, MOL Chemical Tankers and Den Hartogh are to sign a partnership deal aimed at jointly expanding the “leading global logistics company” approach.

Port of Long Beach nears record volumes in January

The Port of Long Beach fluctuated near record container cargo levels to begin the new year. As the Port announced, it recorded a 0.1% decrease in comparison to its record January of 2018, which was also its busiest year. During January, dockworkers handled 657,286 TEUs. As for imports, they totaled 323,838 TEUs, down by 0.3%. Exports were also reduced 2.7% to 117,288 TEUs.

Port of Virginia increases volumes by 8.9%

The Port of Virginia continues to move near-peak season cargo volumes. The port’s container volume for January was 240,111 TEUs, or 134,638 containers, an increase of 8.9% compared to last year. Fiscal 2019 to date, total TEU volume is up 2.8% or 47,745 TEUs, i.e 18,365 containers. The average traditional turn times at both terminals at VIG and Norfolk International Terminals were at 41.8 and 52.6 minutes.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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