Shipping Majors Join CargoSmart Digital Initiative
The provider of software-as-a-service based shipping and logistics solutions, CargoSmart has announced the official execution of the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) Services Agreement with shipping majors.According to a statement from the shipment management software company, CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping, COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP), Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group have signed up with it.As per the agreement…
Riga, Qingdao Sign Port Cooperation Pact
The Freeport of Riga in Latvia has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Qingdao in China, one of the ten busiest ports in the world.According to a statement, the goal of the agreement is to facilitate trading, logistics and business partnerships between Latvia and China, boosting the exchange of information and expertise in the fields of port planning and development, port management and information technologies.“Last autumn, we transported cargo by rail directly from the City of Xi'an to the Port of Riga.
China Imports First U.S. Crude since November
An oil tanker carrying U.S. crude oil is offloading its cargo at a Chinese port on Friday, marking China's first import from the United States since late November, according to trade sources and Refinitiv data.Trade tensions between the United States and China cut U.S. oil exports to Asia to a trickle in the second half of last year. No U.S. crude volumes were recording going into China October, December and January, according to China customs.The Kara Sea, an Aframax tanker capable of carrying up to 600…
U.S. Soybean Cargo Unloaded in China
A vessel carrying U.S. soybeans has unloaded its cargo at the port of Qingdao in China on Friday, shipping data showed, amid a trade truce between China and the United States.The Star Laura, originally carrying 69,298 tonnes of soybeans loaded in Seattle, arrived at Qingdao outer anchorage in early November.The vessel's draft is now at 44 percent of its maximum depth, indicating it has emptied its load, data from Refinitive Eikon showed.The ship changed destination to South Korea in early November but came back to the port in eastern Shandong province in December…
U.S. Soybean Cargo Diverts from China Destination
A vessel carrying soybeans from the United States to China changed its destination to South Korea on Thursday, shipping data showed, amid a trade war that has decimated U.S. shipments of the commodity to the world's top oilseed importer.The Star Laura, carrying 36,000 tonnes of American soybeans loaded in Seattle in late September, was due to arrive in the eastern Chinese port of Qingdao on Wednesday, according to shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in mid-October that the size of the cargo was 69…
OOCL Introduces China Pakistan Express 3
Following its announcement of the China Pakistan Express 2 (CPX2) last week, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is all set to introduce the China Pakistan Express 3 (CPX3), another new Intra-Asia service to expand its product portfolio by providing a more comprehensive service network connecting the markets of India and Pakistan. The CPX3 provides additional sailing frequency from Central China to Mundra and strategically expands its service coverage in Pakistan. "Together with the CPX2…
MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaways
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on September 18, the MOL-operated LNG carrier Papua safely rescued four yachtsmen off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Details of the rescue are as follows: In the afternoon of September 17, the Papua received a distress relay message from the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres, while underway toward the Port of Qingdao in China from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The vessel immediately rushed to the scene and rescued four survivors at around 22:30 on the same day.
China Launches World's Largest Bulk Carrier
China launched world's largest bulk carrier 'Ore Tianjin' in the port city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported China Daily. The mammoth ore ship, built by the Wuhan subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), can carry 400,000 metric ton deadweight (DWT). It will go into service for ore transportation between China and Brazil upon delivery, which is expected in April 2018. At 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 30.4 meters deep, and a deck equivalent to three soccer fields, it's 25 meters longer than the world's largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.
“K” Line Launches China Vietnam Indonesia Service
KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) has announced its new containership service of “China Saigon Indonesia Services (CSI)”. The service will have direct port coverage from China to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Indonesia, ensuring faster transit times to Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta and Semarang compared with current transship product and expanded service network. On top of these, “K” Line will deploy a vessel by itself on this service.
China Equipments to Yamal LNG
The first shipment of a ‘core kit’ for Russia’s Yamal LNG project has set sail for northern Russia from the Chinese port of Qingdao. China's first batch of two air cooled condensing modules of LNG project are the biggest and heaviest kits being used for the project. They are set to arrive at the construction site in late June, says China Central Television. Yamal is a liquefied natural gas project located deep in the Russian Arctic. It is expected to start operating next year. 85 percent of the liquefied natural gas will be transported to the Asia Pacific market.
MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade
Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf. This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand. At the same time, MSC’s Everglades service will be renamed ‘Amberjack’ and restructured to include a call to New York, this change ensures both services will operate at optimum efficiency. All changes will be in effect from the first week of May 2016 (departing Asia).
APM Terminals Pact with Qingdao Port
Leaders from Qingdao Port Group met with APM Terminals executives in The Hague to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the APM Terminals Vado, Italy port project. Terms and investment amount were not disclosed. The MOU will create a new joint venture to invest in and work with other potential partners. APM Terminals Vado is a new terminal in northern Italy, which when opened in January 2018 will handle both containerized and liquid bulk cargoes – and integrated operationally with the existing 275…
Mega Valemax Enteres China for First Time in Two Years
Mega-ore carrier Valemax Yuan Zhuo Hai, which is owned by China Ore Shipping, has arrived Dongjiakou Port in Qingdao for unloading iron ore. This is the first entry of such a bulk carrier tonnage in the sea port of China for the past two years. Yuan Zhuo Hai is one of four 400,000dwt VLOCs acquired by China Ore Shipping from Brazilian ore giant Vale. The 400,000 dwt Valemax is expected to be part-laden, having called at Vale's Subic Bay iron ore transhipment terminal in Philippines after loading its initial cargo at the miner's Brazilian Itaqui port…
G6 Alliance: Service Adjustments Between Asia and Europe
Loop 7 service to include direct port call to Gdansk, Loop 4 to serve Port Said westbound call. The Loop 7 service will be extended by adding a direct port call to Gdansk. The Loop 4 service will be adjusted to serve the Port Said westbound call. The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, Asia and North America as well as on the Transatlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
SITC Inks Deal with Qingdao Port
SITC International signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Qingdao Port International Co., Ltd. in Qingdao yesterday in order to further strengthen the strategic cooperation in the port and logistics market. Mr. Zheng Minghui, Chairman of Qingdao Port Group, Mr. Cheng Xinnong, Vice Chairman and president of Qingdao Port Group, Mr. Jiao Guangjun, president of Qingdao Port International, Ms. Jiang Chunfeng, the vice president of Qingdao Port International ,Mr. Chen Fuxiang, Board Secretary of Qingdao Port International, Mr. Yang Shaopeng, Chairman of SITC, Mr.
Evergreen Marine Plans China-Indonesia services
The largest container shipper in Taiwan Evergreen Marine Corp will work with China's COSCO Group and China Shipping Container Lines Co to launch shipping services between China and Indonesia later this month. The three partners will assign four 2,000-2,700 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels to serve the new route. TEUs are used to measure the capacity of container vessels. The first sailing is planned to depart from Qingdao on the 20th of May, with the following the port rotation: Qingdao-Shanghai-Xiamen-Shekou-Pasir Gudang (Malysia)-Singapore-Surabaya (Indonesia)-Singapore-Qingdao.
World's Largest Container Ship Calls at Port of Felixstowe
The world’s largest container ship CSCL Globe arrives on her first visit to Europe at the Port of Felixstowe today - with hundreds of people expected at viewing points to witness the occasion. The world’s largest container ship arrives on her first visit to Europe to make her only UK call at the Port of Felixstowe. The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe is truly huge – a behemoth of the waves, a new class of vessel able to carry a staggering 19,000 standard-sized shipping containers, even more than the Maersk Triple-E fleet.
ITIC Measures against Ebola
The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has issued the following general advice related to the outbreak of Ebola. Vessels that have recently called in an affected country should contact their local agents prior to arrival at the next ports of call for the latest country specific advice regarding measures taken to avoid the spread of Ebola. ARGENTINA: Pilot companies rendering pilotage services in the River Plate have decided that their pilots will not board any vessel coming from the infected areas (Guinea…
Maersk Loads One-millionth TEU in Quingdao, China:
For the first time, Maersk Line’s throughput in the Port of Qingdao exceeded one million TEU in a single year. The full-year estimate of Maersk Line’s throughput will be around 1.2 million TEU for 2012, which is around 37% more than the 873,000 TEU of 2011. Maersk Line’s presence in Qingdao has come a long way. As recently as 1994, the carrier only moved 10,000 TEU. In less than 20 years, this throughput has grown to a million. In 2004, Maersk Line expanded the service in Qingdao to deploy direct calls for European trades…
NOL Group's Two-Berth Terminal in Qingdao
NOL Group today announced a joint venture to operate a two-berth container terminal at the Port of Qingdao. The terminal, expected to open in the second half of 2011, will be NOL’s first in mainland China. “Today we’ve taken a significant step to strengthen our presence in China and participate fully in its unprecedented growth,” said Kenneth Glenn, APL President for North Asia. Container shipping and logistics giant NOL said, together with SITC International Holdings Company Limited…