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Port of Tauranga has confirmed three new weekly container services

It will add an additional 130 vessel calls a year New Zealand's port of Tauranga has confirmed three new weekly container services that will add an additional 130 vessel calls a year. Pacific International Lines (PIL), Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line- all long-term customers of the port- have enlarged their services at Tauranga.Singapore-based PIL will launch a new service coming out of the West Coast of US, calling Melbourne, Sydney then Tauranga before heading to Brisbane, Taiwan and China. This new service will being calling Tauranga in July.Geneva-based MSC will add Tauranga into the rotation of its existing Noumea service. The Tauranga calls will start in June. Maersk Line, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, will extend its current NZ1 service and from August will include Tauranga in the rotation to the international transhipment hubs of Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas.This weekly service will replace the smaller Pacific Island service that currently calls at Tauranga on a fortnightly basis. "These changes will... provide increased shipping options to importers and exporters through the direct Tauranga calls and transhipment opportunities to destinations worldwide," Tauranga port said in a statement.Source: Seatrade-Asia

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Maersk Tankers to deploy CommBox on 70 vessels

Aims to reduce cost routing and to coordinate file transfers, e-mail, and internet access Maersk Tankers is to install the CommBox communications management system from KVH aboard 70 vessels.This group of 70 ships is in addition to 50 existing CommBox-equipped vessels that joined the Maersk fleet following its acquisition of Broström tankers in 2010.The system will be used on the 120 vessels for least cost routing and to coordinate file transfers, e-mail, and internet access for both business and crew use."Maersk Tankers is the largest product tanker owner in the world, and as such, they recognise the need for dynamic network management onboard commercial vessels," said Morten Aasen, managing director of KVH Norway AS."The CommBox is the right solution for these vessels - it will allow Maersk captains and IT managers to closely monitor use of each vessel's onboard satellite communications systems, ensuring good performance at a reduced cost.""With the CommBox QuickWeb and QuickCrew software modules, internet access increases, which benefits crews in their leisure time. In addition, crews get floating e-mail accounts that will travel with them even if they switch vessels."KVH says that CommBox technology is now in use on more than 900 vessels worldwide.Source: Digital ship

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Danish vessel ran aground in southern Vietnam

Unexpectedly change of travelling direction to avoid hitting a fishing boat A 367-meter-long Danish container ship named Grete Maersk with a loading capacity of 115,000 tonnes went aground off Vung Tau coast in southern Vietnam Tuesday morning when it was on the way to Malaysia.Investigation showed that when approaching the sea buoy number 5 around Thi Vai harbor the vessel had to unexpectedly change its travelling direction, heading for the coast, to avoid hitting a fishing boat which suddenly got in its way.Big waves and strong winds helped the inertia to send the ship straight to the coast.It has been stuck in there so far despite efforts by local authorities to refloat it.The ship should have anchored in Vung Tau for one day only but the incident has kept it stay longer than initially planned, which caused much delay and damage to the ship owners and customersSource: Tuoi Tre

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