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KPIs are key to cost reductions

Posted to SHIPPINGInsight (by James Rhodes) on July 23, 2012

You may have seen the announcement, reported on MarineLink.com last week, that Maersk LIne has saved almost USD$90 million on fuel costs in three years by measuring the performance of individual ships. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were…

India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest

Posted to India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 9, 2012

Maritime regulatory authorities, the world over, are showing keen interest in the on-line examination system, ‘ePariksha’ for seafarers who appear for the certificate of competency (COC) examination. The Director General of Shipping (DGS), Ministry of Shipping…

Right whales

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2012

There are three species of right whales (four if you include the bowhead whale). These are the North Atlantic right whale, the North Pacific right whale, and the Southern right whale. They acquired the name “right” from whalers, because these whales are commonly found near land and because…

Delta Mariner

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 31, 2012

The M/V Delta Mariner was recently involved in a bridge allision on the Tennessee River near Cadiz, Kentucky. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation and it is premature to speculate as to the cause.

Asia-Europe will decide the shape of shipping in 2012

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on December 22, 2011

When Daily Maersk was announced a couple of months ago, the industry held its breath to see what the other carriers would do about it. What Maersk was offering were guaranteed transit times between certain Asian and European destinations with the payment of penalties for late delivery.

War of Jenkins’ Ear

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 15, 2011

Relations between Spain and Great Britain during the 1730’s were strained to say the least. Spain had granted to British ships extensive trading rights in Spanish colonies in the Americas and now rued the decision. There were numerous confrontations…

Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved

Posted to Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 6, 2011

The Government of India proposal to come out with the Indian Ports Bill for replacing the extant Indian Port Act, 1908 and the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 in order to meet the current operational and developmental requirements of the Indian Ports sector.

NMSAC Makes Recommendations on Seafarer Shore Access

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 20, 2011

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) met by teleconference this morning (May 20th) to finalize a Resolution on Seafarer Shore Access. The Resolution was adopted unanimously, after two amendments. One of the maritime transportation…

New TransPac Services Add Fuel to the Fire

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 10, 2010

A curious concoction is fermenting around the West Coast. The Containership Company (TCC), nominally based in Denmark, is pleased with results so far, a $3 million net loss on $21 million in revenue during the first half of its first year. Then we have Hainan PO Shipping…

Trumpeting year-on-year growth an annoying practice this time around

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on February 23, 2010

Ports and terminal operators across China are showing some impressive year-on-year container throughput growth for January. The problem is that in January last year the container throughput arrow at the ports in question was heading in the same direction as a downhill skier in Vancouver…