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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mediterranean Shipping Company News

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Hapag-Lloyd: U.S. Probe Ends with no Obligations

Germany's Hapag-Lloyd is cleared of a U.S. Department of Justice probe into the practices of container shipping companies, with no charges brought, a spokesman said on Tuesday."Hapag-Lloyd was informed that the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division is closing its investigation without charges against the company, its affiliates or any other current or former employees," he said.This followed similar statements by bigger rivals Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company…

During the ribbon cutting ceremony marking the formal inauguration of BICT’s multifaceted expansion program. Photo: ICTSI

ICTSI Expands Batumi Container Terminal

Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has inaugurated the newly-expanded Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Georgia.The expansion encompasses both the waterside and landside areas of the multipurpose terminal, intended to optimize the processing of existing cargo flows and install additional capacity to accommodate new business.Marking the importance of the occasion, the inauguration was attended by Giorgi Kobulia…

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Conley Box Terminal Breaks TEU Record Again

The Port of Boston’s Paul W. Conley Container Terminal set a new all-time record in 2018 for volume for the fourth year in a row. The Port of Boston is the main artery of Massachusetts’ consumer economy, with imports and exports serving as vital catalysts for growth, investment and opportunity. More than 1,600 businesses across New England use the Port of Boston for importing and exporting goods.Conley Terminal handled 298,036 TEUs during 2018, serving as an efficient alternative to other U.S. East Coast ports for New England cargo.

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Chemicals Found on Dutch Beach after Container Spill

A load of dangerous chemicals that fell off one of the world's largest container ships into the North Sea washed up on a Dutch beach on Thursday, and more debris was expected to land overnight, officials said.The Dutch Defence Ministry said the loss of 270 containers from the freighter MSC Zoe on Wednesday, some of them thought to contain hazardous chemicals, was one of the biggest incidents of its kind, they said.It was unclear how many of the containers sank to the sea bottom…

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Port of Valencia Pilots IoT with MSC and Traxens

French start-up Traxens and  MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is cooperating with its partner in a pilot project in Valencia to use an Internet-of-Things (IoT) network to improve the operational efficiency of the port.MSC is already working with Traxens, which provides data and services for the supply chain industry, on smart container solutions using IoT for customers around the world. The use of such real-time tracking technologies brings unprecedented visibility of cargo flow from door-to-door…

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California: MSC Pays $630K for Air Quality Violations

Swiss container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) paid $630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Regulation.According to CARB, the violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.The investigation by CARB revealed more than 2500 violations for both the Oakland and LA/LB fleets for failing…

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MSC Annouces Container Train between Trieste and Giengen

Global container shipping lines MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the launch of a new dedicated train set-up between Giengen (a.d. Brenz) and Trieste, starting mid of November 2018.This stand-alone solution finally offers an A-B connection between metropolitan area of Ulm and the Adriatic, as the fastest gateway to/from Asia and the Mediterranean.The terminal in Giengen is operated by the leading European home appliance manufacturer BSH Hausgeräte GmbH. BSH…

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Mombasa Port Receives Largest Container Vessel

Port of Mombasa of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) pilots has received Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) container vessel MSC Maxine  master one of largest container vessel to dock at the facility.The port has registered a new performance record of 1450 moves within an eight-hour shift in the container operations, said a press release."The record was set by MSC Maxine in her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Wednesday beating the previous record of container carrier Livorno of 1265 moves registered late June this year…

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Abu Dhabi Ports, MSC Join with Silsal for Blockchain Solution

Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary Maqta Gateway said that it is to carry out its first testing of international blockchain solution Silsal with a maritime operator in partnership with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in shipping and logistics.Silsal provides a seamless and secure link between stakeholders across the trade community using the electronic ledger system.As a major carrier, MSC will provide vital information and feedback on the international pilot project…

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MSC, TRAXENS Pact for Smart Containers

The container shipping and logistics giant MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is increasingly introducing smart container solutions for customers at many locations around the world, using IoT solutions developed by its partner TRAXENS.MSC is committed to equipping 50,000 dry cargo containers in the coming months to meet the growing demand from shippers for TRAXENS solutions, said a press release from the company."MSC’s partnership with TRAXENS will enhance supply chain management for shippers through unprecedented visibility of dry cargo flow from door-to-door…

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MSC Adds New Rail Service in Spain

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is launching a new rail service to bring agricultural cargoes from Spain closer to the international markets.The transportation and logistics company said that the new service runs will improve links between Seville and Cordoba (Spain) and destinations in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Far East, beginning in October 2018. It is expected to run at least twice a week from both Seville’s inland maritime port – Puerto de Sevilla – and Cordoba’s cargo rail terminal and the port of Valencia…

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ZIM-MSC Connecting India and East Mediterranean Ports

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company have announced a new cooperation on the India sub-continent – Mediterranean trade. The new cooperation is due to commence on the second half of October, connecting India and major East Mediterranean ports. A press statement from the company said: "We are pleased to announce a new cooperation, offering a fast and reliable connection between the sub-continent and the Mediterranean."Rani Ben-Yehuda, ZIM’s EVP Cross Suez and Atlantic BU…

Al Durel, Director of Operations, Port Freeport (Photo: Port Freeport)

Port Freeport Invests in LED Lighting

Bright Light Systems (BLS), a Georgia-based manufacturer of energy-efficient LED luminaires and wireless lighting controls, recently completed Phase 1 of the transition to high-mast LED lighting along with the Bright Light Management System (BLMS) software for Port Freeport.“Port Freeport is continually evaluating innovative technologies that will support sustainable operations. The energy-efficient LED lighting and controls solution from Bright Light Systems supports our commitment to sustainable energy management and reducing our carbon footprint…

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MSC Orders Specialized Reefer Containers

Shipping company MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company will lease 2,000 containers chilled by Carrier Transicold's innovative, natural refrigerant-based NaturaLINE refrigeration system. The first of its kind, the NaturaLINE unit solves the problem of how to use refrigerants effectively and efficiently – to transport valuable items such as perishable food and pharmaceuticals – while helping to protect the environment. The system utilizes repurposed carbon dioxide (CO2), the refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential (GWP) among all container refrigerants currently in use.

Oakland Port Manager, Mr. Michael McMahon and West Coast Port Operations General Manager, Mr. Stan Kwiaton, received the award on behalf of MSC from National Marine Sanctuary leaders, at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary campus in the Presidio of San Francisco. Photo: MSC

MSC Honoured for Whale Protection Measures

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries, off the US Pacific coast, has recognized the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) positive work in reducing vessel speeds for a cleaner environment and better marine wildlife safety.The purpose of this speed-reduction program is to improve air quality, reduce risk of fatal whale strikes, and protect whales within National Marine Sanctuaries. Award…

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ZIM, Maersk Line and MSC Partner on Asia-US Trade

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services and the members of the 2M Alliance, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), announced a new strategic cooperation on the Asia – U.S. East Coast trade.At present, MSC and Maersk Line operate five loops and ZIM operates two loops on the trade.Starting early September 2018, the parties will operate together five loops between Asia and the U.S. East Coast. ZIM will operate one loop while the other four are operated by 2M. The parties will swap slots on all loops.Eli Glickman…

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MSC Expands Intermodal Shipping at Trieste

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is enhancing intermodal connections via the port of Trieste, Italy, to improve transit times for shippers moving cargo between Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. The new “MSC Graz-Trieste Runner” shuttle train, operated together with Cargo Center Graz, connects Trieste with Werndorf, Austria, once a week. The service is the first direct connection between Trieste and Werndorf and its schedule is coordinated with MSC’s Far East Phoenix ocean-liner service to ensure optimal timing for intercontinental cargo delivery.

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Abu Dhabi Ports Signs a 30-year Deal with MSC to Build Terminal

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to build a new container terminal at its Khalifa Port.Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has spent billions developing the port, which opened in 2012, as part of ongoing efforts to diversify its oil-rich economy.Khalifa Port is on a man-made island roughly half-way between the centres of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south from Dubai’s huge Jebel Ali port.Construction of the new terminal will include deepening berths to make Khalifa Port capable o

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Cargo Ships Slow Transits to Curb Emissions, Protect Whales

Partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales have announced results from the 2017 program and publicly recognized the 11 shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds to 12 knots or less in two regions. For the first time the program included speed reduction zones in the San Francisco Bay Area in addition to the Santa Barbara Channel region. The voluntary incentive program started July 1 and ended November 15, 2017. Automatic Identification System (AIS)…

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MSC Improves Cargo Transit Between Seville and the Atlantic

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in transportation and logistics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new freight rail service between Seville, Spain, and the Atlantic, beginning 4 April 2018. The service is expected to run daily between Seville’s inland maritime port – Puerto de Sevilla – and the major coastal port hub of Sines, Portugal, with a capacity of more than 100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) per return journey. Shippers will have the possibility to obtain customs clearance for cargo at Seville’s inland maritime port…

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US Trucking Market Impacts MSC Services

Due to supply problems in the U.S. trucking market dating back to mid-2017, carriers including Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC have been forced to reduce door delivery in some parts of the country. MSC is continuing to conduct door deliveries for shippers in many regions, where market conditions allow this. "In some congested areas we can only continue to provide these services in a timely way by modifying our tariffs or adding surcharges on certain bookings. We continue to offer full port-to-ramp services in the U.S.," said a statement from the company.

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MSC Says It's Not Targeted By Australia Vessel Ban

Following Australia's move to ban the containership MSC Kia Ora for unpaid crew wages, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company said in a statement that it does not oversee the maintenance, or the workforce, of the chartered banned vessel, Kia Ora. The statement follows the news that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from entering or using Australian ports for three months. According to AMSA, the ship's operator Vega-Reederei failed to ensure that crew were paid their wages in full and on time…

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Laurence, which arrived Thursday, is the largest container ship to call at The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 46 in Seattle. Photo NWSA

Largest Containership Visits NWSA’s Terminal

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Laurence, which arrived Thursday, is the largest container ship to call at The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 46 in Seattle. The Laurence has capacity for almost 13,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs). If laid end-to-end, the 13,000 TEUs would stretch to the top of Mount Rainier 18 times, a distance of almost 50 miles. At 1,200 feet long and 159 feet wide, the Laurence is about as long as two Space Needles laid end to end. Larger…

Company to fit MSC newbuildings with both main and auxiliary engines Photo by MAN

MAN D&T Scoops 11 MSC Vessel Order

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order from MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company for 11 × 23,000 TEU container vessels equipped with 11 × MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 main engines. Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) will construct six of the vessels while Daewoo Shipping Marine Engineering (DSME) will construct the remainder. Bjarne Foldager, Vice President – Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “This order underlines the positive, long-term business relationship between MSC and MAN Diesel & Turbo.

an MSC Containership in port (CREDIT: Port Haifa)

Shipping Firm MSC Stops Trade with Sanctioned Russian Entities

The world’s number two container group Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has stopped any new potential trade with Russian entities that were sanctioned by the United States, the Swiss headquartered firm said on Tuesday. The United States imposed sanctions on April 6 against Russian entities and individuals, to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other "malign activity". "MSC immediately instructed its worldwide agencies not to engage in any new contracts involving U.S.

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GCI Acquisition Fetches Extra Money for Seaspan

The Hong Kong-based containership lessor Seaspan Corporation reported a net profit of $67 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 as revenues rose 11.7 percent to $244 million compared with the same 2017 period. The addition of operating vessels from the buyout of Greater China Intermodal Investments (GCI) led to higher revenues. The company has informed that it has completed accretive acquisition with an implied enterprise value of $1.6 billion of the remaining 89% that Seaspan did not own of GCI.