As APM Terminals Itajaí, Brazil released more than 31,000 vehicles in September, celebrating its first year on ro-ro operations; The terminal achieved a productivity record, unloading 961 vehicles from the American Highway ship at 05.40 on September 7.
The largest container vessel ever built in San Diego, Lurline, was christened and launched by General Dynamics Nassco, on Saturday, June 15. The vessel is a 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU, 44,200 deadweight metric ton, combination container ship/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessel built for Honolulu-based Matson, Inc.
Ro-Ro and passenger services operator Finnlines announced that it is suspending its service TransRussiaExpress, due to ‘a constant deterioration on the Russian market’ the company has been facing over the last few years.
Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, launched its first next generation RoPax vessel at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. The first new vessel, to be named Stena Estrid, sailed for the first time on January 16. The vessel is to start service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020.
Nautilus International has made its list of the top ten most aesthetically challenged vessels of recent time, noting that modern ships, either having futuristic concept designs or designs to maximize cargo-carrying capacity, tend to getting ‘uglier’ in general.
Sweden’s oldest passenger shipping company Rederi AB Gotland Group named its new ro-ro passenger vessel M/S Visborg on December 9 in Guangzhou City, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province.
Finnlines, in the context of its Energy Efficiency and Emission Reduction Investment Programme, decided to lengthen four vessels in 2017, with an option of additional two. Finnlines now decided to exercise the option to lengthen two more vessels.
The MSC Group and Onorato Armatori inked a contract with Chinese shipyards Guangzhou Shipyard International and China Shipbuilding Trading, subsidiaries of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four luxury RORO cruise ferries. The signing ceremony took place at CSSC headquarters in Beijing.
Starting from April 1st 2018 the world’s first pool for dock vessels will be created. RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift will cooperate for Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-In / Float-Out heavy lift cargoes. The pool will include six geared dock vessels, operated by RollDock. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet and one from SAL.
Talking at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch presented a plan to double container handling capacity to 10 million TEUs at Garden City Terminal over the next 10 years. The new plan will enable the port to handle 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.
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