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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Becker Intros New Sail Tech

Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems is now taking another step forward – wind operated vessels."We will see different hybrid systems on board vessels in the future. There will be ships and services where sailing provides a real option for supporting propulsion," said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.Becker is developing a highly efficient wing sail, which will generate significant forward thrust on commercial vessels. The operational profile of the vessel will have to be adapted and weather routing is an important part of it…

Grand Orion in the port. Pic: MOL

First MOL Car Carrier Vessel Arrives in Cambodia

The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)-operated car carrier Grand Orion has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia.The Japanese shipping company said in a release that the car carrier called at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and discharged about 12,000 tons of construction machinery. It was the first call at a Cambodian port by an MOL-operated car carrier, it added.In commemoration of the first call, Grand Orion Capt. Denis C. De…

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NYK Group Aims to Stay Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green

NYK president Tadaaki Naito in his New Year’s speech required the employees to execute the medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green” announced in March of last year.He chartered out  the three basic strategies in the medium-term management plan.Under the first step of “Optimizing the business portfolio,” the fundamental revision of the dry bulk business and success of the integrated container shipping line ONE have been set forth as the two key elements.In the dry bulk business…

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Stink Bugs Drive Car Carrier from Port

Biosecurity New Zealand has directed a vehicle carrier to leave New Zealand waters following the discovery of stink bugs and other regulated pests.Biosecurity officers intercepted 3 live and 39 dead brown marmorated stink bugs and 69 other dead regulated stink bugs after the Carmen arrived in Auckland from Europe on Wednesday morning.The vessel was carrying a range of vehicles from Europe and the United States."The interceptions indicated the cargo was likely to be infested with stink bugs.

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Drewry: Car Carrier Sector Recovering Despite Rising Uncertainty

Car carrier shipping is expected to continue its recovery from the trough of 2016, supported by improving utilization.But increasing localisation and the threat of trade wars will slow finished vehicle cargo growth, while carrier operational efficiency will be challenged by the emergence of new trades and ports of call, according to the Finished Vehicle Shipping Annual Review and Forecast 2018/19 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.Seaborne trade in finished vehicles has recovered strongly from a low in 2016, recording growth of approaching 6% in 2017 to 37.5 million ceu.

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Shipping’s Half Year Report: Extra Classes Needed?

With the industry hoping for better “grades” after the “effort” of recent years, this week’s Analysis updates our half year shipping report showing a ClarkSea Index up 9% y-o-y but still below trend since the financial crisis (see Graph of the Week). After comments of “must do better” and “showing potential” in recent years, do the statistics suggest “extra classes” will again be needed over the summer holidays?Progress But No Time To Relax!Our ClarkSea Index (comprising tankers…

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Inland Waterways Authority of India Releases Ship Designs for River Ganga

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).This marks attaining of a critical milestone in the growth of the country’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector as it will help overcome the unique navigation challenges river Ganga throws due to its complex river morphology, hydraulics, acute bends, shifting channels, meanders and current.It will serve as an…

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Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics Begins Operations

Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics - a joint venture operated by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Yusen Logistics and ANJI Automotive Logistics (ANJI) - has begun service under a new name.NYK and Yusen Logistics will use this collaboration to begin efforts to expand their supply chain logistics, particularly in the areas of auto parts logistics and finished car logistics.Until recently, the company had been known as NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd., a joint venture founded in 2004 by ANJI (51%) and NYK (49%).Over the past decade, NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd.

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Several Car Shippers Face Fines for Rigging Bids

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The EU sanctions follow a near six-year investigation which started with dawn raids by the European Commission in September 2012 in coordination with Japanese and U.S. antitrust authorities. Competition regulators around…

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NYK Cautions of Illegal Conducts in Chinese Subsidiary

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) said that it has discovered that there is a possibility that former locally hired management personnel in NYK Car Carrier (China), its consolidated subsidiary located in Shanghai. The China unit is engaged in finished car logistics business in China, had committed unlawful expenditure or embezzlement. The Company established an investigation committee (the Committee ) to investigat the aforementioned matter on February 5, 2018 (with Tadaaki Naito President Representative Director and President Corporate Officer as the Chairman of the Committee…

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European Commission Fines Four Car Carriers $486.5mln

The European Commission (EC) said Wednesday that it had fined four maritime car carriers 395 million euros (U.S. $486.5 million). Four shipping companies – CSAV, K Line, NYK and WWL-Eukor – have been fined by the EC for collusion in operating a cartel on the car carrier trades, in breach of EU antitrust rules. All companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the cases. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said:"The Commission…

PCTC Emerald Ace. Photo: MOL

European Commission Exempts Mitsui O.S.K. Lines from Penalty

The DG Competition of European Commission (EC) announced that several companies including MOL breached European competition law with respect to car carrier services. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines  (MOL) and other shipping companies have been investigated by the EC due to the suspicion of competition law violation. MOL has fully cooperated with the EC during the investigation. Though the EC announced that they found the violation of European competition law and imposed fines, MOL and its subsidiary companies were exempted from all penalty including the fine because EC granted MOL an immunity.

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MOL: New Stowage System for Car Carriers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. introduced an upgraded stowage planning system for car carriers called “MOL-CAPS”. The MOL-CAPS system generates a voyage-by-voyage stowage plan that determines where to stow specific vehicles in consideration of different factors, such as the onboard structure, the type of vehicles being transported, and calling ports. The company introduced MOL-CAPS in 1999, and will adopt this new version for the next-generation car carriers, the FLEXIE series, which will be delivered starting in March 2018.

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MOL Announced Delivery of Beluga Ace Car Carrier

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has taken delivery of the first car carrier of the next-generation “FLEXIE” series, the Beluga Ace, which was built at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The vessel features six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers. This allows the Beluga Ace to more effectively meet demand for more diversified vehicle and high and heavy cargo transport, MOL said. The hull design is a complete departure from current car carriers, MOL said.

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Mori Named Sales Manager at APS Stevedoring

Long Beach based stevedoring company APS Stevedoring LLC announced the appointment of Nick Mori as its manager of sales and marketing.Reporting to President John Hering, Mori will be focused on customer service, rate negotiations, promoting the company, and acquiring new business for APS Stevedoring.Mori began his maritime career in 1989 with Mitsui OSK Line, holding positions in pricing and marketing. He transferred to Hyundai Merchant Marine’s pricing department in 1994 in order to remain in Southern California.

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KotugSmit, MOL Team up for Smart Operations

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions) and KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) signed long term towage agreements, effective early 2017. The two have agreed upon a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton. With this strategic partnership, both organizations aim to boost operational performances by benefiting from smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable information.

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NYK to Pay $20 Mln for Cartel Conviction

Australia has fined and convicted Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for operating as a cartel in relation to the transport of vehicles into the country, its competition regulator said on Thursday. The charges relate to the transportation of motor vehicles to Australia between 2009 and 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision (ACCC) said in a statement. A new law in Australia criminalised cartel behaviour in 2009, although the activity had been going on since at least February 1997, the ACCC said. "The cartel ...

Quadriga project ship model (Photo: Lloyd's Register)

Project to Build World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship

Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will…

PCTC Emerald Ace Photo: MOL

MOL Breached South Korean Antitrust Law

The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea (KFTC) announced on August 21, 2017 that several companies including MOL have breached South Korean antitrust law with respect to car carrier services. "MOL and other shipping companies have been investigated by the KFTC due to the suspicion of antitrust law violation. MOL has fully cooperated with the KFTC during the investigation," said a press statement from the company. Though the KFTC announced that they found the violation of South Korean antitrust law and imposed a fine, MOL and its subsidiary company, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co., Ltd.

The "Gaia Leader" Ocean Carrier. Photo: NYK RORO

FTC Fines Global Car Shipping Firms USD 37.8mln

South Korea's antitrust watchdog Fair Trade Commission (FTC)  has imposed a combined 43 billion won (US$37.8 million) in fines on nine global auto shipping companies for bid rigging and price fixing, reported Yonhap. According to the FTC, the nine car shipping companies colluded between August 2002 and September 2012 in global biddings offered by car manufacturers that they should “respect” existing contracts of one another so as not to compete. The nine car shipping companies are Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K.

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K Line to Develop Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Ferry

Japan's shipper giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha (K Line Kinkai) will work on a joint study for what would be Japan’s first LNG-powered ferry. "K Line Kinkai and K Line) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling," said a statement from the company. K Line Kinkai has been studying introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG…

The Swan Ace calling at the Port of Kisarazu. Photo: MOL

MOL Car Carrier's First Call at Port of Kisarazu

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that on August 31, the MOL-operated car carrier Swan Ace (capacity: 6,400 standard passenger cars) called at the Port of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture and loaded 800 used vehicles. It was the first call for MOL-operated car carriers of Japan – East Africa trade. On the same day, the cargo owner, port officials, and other guests attended a commemorative ceremony at a hotel in Kisarazu City. Vast used vehicle export yards are clustered around the Port of Kisarazu.

Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line)

Toyota Backs Japanese $1.8 Bln LNG Vessel Order

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe, according to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei. The company has backed an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each, as it  is preparing for the environmental regulations that will go into force in 2020. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping are expected to be in the running for the contract, which is estimated to be approximately $1.83 billion.

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MOL Research on Marine Rotary Machineries

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced plans to work with Asahi Kasei Engineering Corporation (AEC) on a project to verify predictive detection of abnormalities in marine rotary machineries using vibrating sensors. The research will focus on the use of vibrating sensors to monitor the condition of key auxiliaries, such as pumps or purifiers, on a car carrier and VLCC that are under construction, using analysis software. The participants expect this project to create not only a standalone onboard monitoring system…

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Cars Transported by Sea up 5% in '17

Clarksons Research on the oceangoing car carrier sector finds that 20.5 million cars were expected to be traded by sea in 2017, up by 5% year-on-year. Further Clarksons found that the overall global car carrier fleet was expected to grow slowly in full year 2017, to 781 vessels or 3.96 million car equivalent capacity. The current car carrier orderbook is at 6% of the fleet in capacity terms and $2.1 billion in contract value; 63% of capacity owned by top ten owners; and  charter rates still under pressure but recently recording limited improvements. www.clarksons.com

Port Canaveral Welcomes First Post-Panamax Vehicle Carrier

The new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels made an inaugural visit to Florida's Port Canaveral recently. The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL’s Brooklands, is the first of its kind to call on Port Canaveral. With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL’s Brooklands is the largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its first U.S. port of call, following transit through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal. “The arrival of MOL’s Brooklands here marks a new chapter for our cargo operations.