container ships

Crane collapses after being hit by container vessel

On Monday 9 December, a huge ship-to-shore container crane collapsed after being hit by the container ship “APL Mexico City”. The collision took place in the port of Antwerp, with the container vessel being unmoored, since its mooring had broken due to squally weather.

DNV GL approves Hudong-Zhonghua largest gas-fueled vessel design

The shipbuilding company, Hudong-Zhonghua was awarded with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate from DNV GL for its largest gas-fueled 25000TEU Ultra Large Container vessel (ULCS) design at the CSSC booth. The award ceremony was held at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai.

Do you know how many types of ships exist?

There is a wide range of different vessels. The international dry cargo and tanker markets are immense and are served by numerous ships of several types and of various sizes. Some of them follow standard designs and can carry a variety of cargoes while others are more specialized and able to carry commodities which the standard vessels cannot. According to the UNCTAD, in early 2019 the total world fleet stood at 95,402 ships accounting for 1.97 billion dead-weight tons (dwt) of capacity.

Moin Terminal receives Costa Rica’s largest containership

APM Terminals Moín welcomed the MSC Sara Elena, the largest container ship to ever berth in Costa Rica, measuring 300m long with a capacity of 8,000 TEUs, in November. The vessel was in port for just under nine hours, including the obligatory first call celebrations. Exports of key Costa Rican exports, such as pineapples and bananas, were loaded onto the Sara Elena which sailed for Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Guide on container’s certification for safely securing cargoes

ABS has issued a guide for the certification of container securing systems advising that when special containers are used for unique cargoes that have reduced or increased load capacities, limitations should be considered when stowing them onboard ship and when determining permissible tier and container stack weights.

Kolkata Container Terminal achieves October throughput record

PSA Kolkata Container Terminal, a subsidiary of PSA International Pte Ltd, set a new record of 61,755 TEU in October 2019, at Netaji Subhas Dock, Kolkata Port Trust, also setting another record cumulative total of 3 million TEUs, achieved from the beginning of the terminal’s operations in November 2014. 

Pilbara Ports Authority throughput marginally increases

Pilbara Ports Authority informed that it has delivered a total monthly throughput of 56.5 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of October 2019. This throughput was a 2% decrease compared to the same month in 2018. The total throughput for the 2019/20 financial year to date is 232Mt, which marks an increase of no more than 1% from the same time last year.

Container throughput in HHLA increased 4%

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued its positive performance in the first nine months of 2019. Container throughput increased moderately because of the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired last year, and improved slightly at the Hamburg terminals. What is more, an important rise in container transport was achieved.

Jaxport achieves new cargo record for 2019

Jacksonville, the biggest container port in Florida, achieved record volumes in containers, vehicles and overall tonnage throughout the fiscal year 2019. The port moved more than 1.3 million TEU containers, representing a 5% growth than the previous year.

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