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Shippers not satisfied with surcharges and transit times, survey says

The level of satisfaction regarding container carriers among exporters, importers, and freight forwarders reduced marginally, according to the third annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council. The 249 shippers and forwarders who participated in the survey rated the service of container shipping lines with a score of 3.1 on average.

APM Terminals increases rail connectivity for its terminals

APM Terminals reports that its new rail connections between a number of deep-sea terminals and the hinterland has made the transmit of products faster and safer, while in the meantime decreases the environmental impact. APM Terminals Pipavav, one amongst India’s multipurpose ports, accomplished a rail connection to its Kanpur Inland Container at the end of 2018. This gave to customers the chance to connect more efficiently to the gateway port.

Russian wheat exports keeping a steady pace during December

Despite the ups and downs on wheat exports, Russian shipments kept a steady pace until the end of 2018 because of the absence of export restrictions from the country’s authorities. In other words, Russian wheat exports experienced an unprecedented increase to 1.2 million tonnes the last week of December. Yet, the trade is expected to be lowered the holiday season, between Dec 30 to January 8, as stated by Reuters.

Panama Canal expects 234 cruise ships this season

Panama Canal expects approximately 234 cruise ships to pass through its locks during the 2018-2019 season, which begins on Friday, 5 October, with the passage of the ‘Seven Seas Mariner’, traveling from the west coast to the east coast of the United States.

Panama Canal: Modifications of the transit reservation system

The Panama Canal announced changes to the Transit Reservation System for neopanamax vessels, from 1st October 2018. Among the main issues addressed were the need to increase the number of LNG vessels per day, and adjustment of the booking periods based on the needs of the LNG industry.

US Alternative Planning Criteria on western Alaska

The US Coast Guard has extended the Network’s and the 1-Call’s non-tank vessels’ APCs until 2021. The Network’s tanker APC approval was extended through 31 December 2018. Operators should be aware that the US Coast Guard has not approved the renewal of Alaska Response Corp APC, which expired on June 30, 2018.

Panama Canal lifts LNG transit restrictions

The Panama Canal is set to provide additional transit opportunities, by lifting self-imposed daylight and encounter restrictions  for LNG vessels, starting from 1 October 2018, the deputy administrator Manuel Benitez announced on the sidelines of a conference in Washington, on 28 June.

Ship transits in Greek Corinth canal halted after rockfall

Greece closed the Corinth canal on Monday, temporarily blocking the transit route for ships, due to a rockfall that followed heavy rain. The 6.4-km canal serves about 11,000 vessels a year, mainly commercial ships and pleasure yachts, offering a short transit from southern Italy to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

2000th Neopanamax transits Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has welcomed the 2,000th Neopanamax vessel transit through its expanded locks, just 15 months after their inauguration, the Panama Canal Authority informed. The 9,504 TEU boxship ‘COSCO Yantian’, measures 351 meters in length and 43 meters in width.

Largest capacity boxship transits Panama Canal's expanded locks

On August 22, the Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to ever transit the expanded locks, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt. The Neopanamax containership, which began its voyage from Asia, will be making stops along the U.S. East Coast.

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