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Cargo misdeclaration is the cause for many container fires

Cargo fires represent potentially catastrophic risks. The crew is in great danger when a fire breaks out on their ship and every unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire increases the risk of serious harm to people, the environment and property. Most container fires are associated with cargo misdeclaration, which becomes a first line of defence against the risk of fire.

Watch: Two boxships collide in Karachi port

The 6350-TEU ‘Hamburg Bay’, operated by Eastern Pacific Chipping, collided with the 8000-TEU ‘Tolten’, operated by Anglo-Eastern Germany GMBH, while the latter was maneuvering on arrival at Pakistani Karachi port, causing the fall overboard off of at least 21 containers into the water, on Monday.

Fire erupts on another Maersk container ship

A fire in a cargo hold was reported onboard the ‘Maersk Kensington’, on Thursday evening, while the ship was en route from Salalah, Oman, towards Suez. All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained. The cause of the container fire is currently unknown.

USCG monitors the containers that fell from Maersk Shanghai

The US Coast Guard, NOAA and Environmental Protection Agency informed that they are monitoring the tracking and assessment of approximately 76 stray cargo containers about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, after they fell off the cargo ship “Maersk Shanghai”.

The effect of Chinese New Year on container rates

As the Chinese New Year took place a while ago, the year of the Dog may affect container rates in the coming months. Even though the Chinese New Year was somewhat later in 2018 compared to 2017, the increase is similar to what the market reported last year.

MSC containership collides with DFDS Ro-Ro ship off Vlissingen

The Ro-Ro cargo ship Primula Seaways and the container ship MSC Madrid collided on March 3 in Vissingen, as both ships were heading in the same direction; MSC Madrid to Antwerp and Primula Seaways to Ghent. The Netherlands authority is currently conducting an investigation about the accident.

Panama Canal welcomes 3,000th Neopanamax transit

The Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, surpassing the initial traffic expectations. The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this morning traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

HMM to launch new service connecting Asia to North Europe

South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine announced that it will launches a new Asia-North Europe Express service in April. HMM will use ten Panamax vessels in AEX service and its first sailing begins on April 8th. HMM has in its plans to order eco-friendly mega containerships in the 1st half of 2018.

Diana Containerships sells Panamax vessel for scrap

Greece-based shipping company Diana Containerships Inc. announced that it has signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to sell the 2006-built vessel “New Jersey” for demolition, on an “as is where is” basis.


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