Cargo

  • BULKER: Beating the recession

    BULKER: Beating the recession

    27th July 2011

    Despite the global recession and its impact on ship employment, the bulker Cardinal is still finding full employment on the bulk tramp trades. In June she loaded a cargo at Corpus Christi in the USA destined for Gabes in Tunisia.…

  • SHIPBREAKING: Good money for old ships

    SHIPBREAKING: Good money for old ships

    27th July 2011

    Indian shipbreakers are paying relatively high prices for older tonnage as Bangladeshi breakers find themselves caught up in court cases and Pakistani breakers keep a low profile in the marketplace. The 1979-built Haj Khalil (ex-Ahmos), a general cargo vessel built…

  • LNG CARRIERS: Maersk to offload LNG

    LNG CARRIERS: Maersk to offload LNG

    13th July 2011

    The Maersk group has announced plans to sell its LNG division, which operates eight liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, stating that it wishes to ‘reallocate resources to other parts of the group’. The Maersk LNG fleet has suffered through a…

  • PORT NEWS: Car carrier breaks free in gale

    PORT NEWS: Car carrier breaks free in gale

    6th July 2011

    On 16 May at about 1130 the car carrier Nordic Spirit broke her moorings on the Tyne in high winds while docked at Northumberland Quay in North Shields, and began to drift across the river towards South Shields. Gale-force winds…

  • TANKERS: Istanbul Canal to be expanded

    TANKERS: Istanbul Canal to be expanded

    30th June 2011

    Turkey plans to build a canal from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea, turning Istanbul into two peninsulas and an island in order to divert shipping from the Bosporus. The Istanbul canal will be up to 50km long, 150m…

  • COASTER: Dry weather affects cargo levels at ports

    COASTER: Dry weather affects cargo levels at ports

    30th June 2011

    Whilst most of the United Kingdom was enjoying an extra bank holiday on 29 April, maritime activity on the RMS service to and from the port of Goole was in full operation. On the afternoon tide the Wiebke D (1980/1,441gt)…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    30th June 2011

    MSC’s Lion service connecting Felixstowe with the important Asian market commenced in May to provide one of the fastest available eastbound connections for UK exporters. The service commenced with a call from MSC Bruxelles (2005/107,849gt) in May, but from July…

  • CARGO VESSEL: New feeder vessel

    CARGO VESSEL: New feeder vessel

    30th June 2011

    Canada Feeder Lines (CFL) is a Dutch shipping company founded in 2006. Going against the prevailing trend towards consolidating the company under Dutch management, Dutch-built vessels flying the Dutch flag have succeeded with several new vessels. The company anticipated a…

  • BULKERS: A modern bulk carrier

    BULKERS: A modern bulk carrier

    30th June 2011

    The outward shape of Handysize bulk carriers has changed little over the decades, but internally their design has been in constant evolution. An example is the recently completed bulker Arnica. The 56,000dwt handymax ship was completed by the Chiba Works…

  • GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    8th June 2011

    The small container ship Clonlee ran aground at the entrance to the river Tyne on 16 March after she lost power as she was entering the river. The Sietas-built Clonlee (1996/3,999gt, ex-Vera) was heading into the river at around 0100…