Cargo

  • REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    10th March 2011

    The ship with the biggest reefer capacity currently, 1,600 reefer plugs, docked in South Africa for the first time in early December 2010. The 93,430dwt Santa Clara, which has a nominal slot capacity of 7,100TEU and a length of 299.95m,…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    10th March 2011

    The container shipping market continues to show signs of growth after a couple of difficult years. The 20 largest container lines expanded their fleet capacity by 14 per cent in 2010, with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) leading the way.…

  • CATTLE CARRIER: From cars to cattle

    CATTLE CARRIER: From cars to cattle

    10th March 2011

    Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard has completed conversion of the former car/container ship Merlion Ace into the livestock carrier Ghena for Merlion Ace Compania Naviera SA, an affiliate of Jordan’s Hijazi & Ghosheh Company. The 190m by 32.2m vessel, powered by a…

  • SHORT SEA FEEDERS: Samskip switch vessels

    SHORT SEA FEEDERS: Samskip switch vessels

    10th March 2011

    Some time ago the Geest North Sea Service was incorporated into services run by Samskip. One vessel that traded on the route was Geest Trader (1995/2,899gt). Owned by Limburg of Schuelp, Germany, she is operated by G. Kopping Reederei Gmbh,…

  • REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    10th March 2011

    Refrigerator ships have long been some of the most graceful ships at sea, but their future is in doubt as container carriers continue to nibble away at their base cargo of fresh fruit and produce. Container lines, such as Denmark’s…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Another Explorer arrives

    CONTAINER SHIP: Another Explorer arrives

    10th January 2011

    On 28 October 2010 the DP World Container Terminal in Southampton played host to CMA CGM’s latest 13,830TEU explorer class container vessel CMA CGM Magellan, which called as part of her maiden repositioning voyage from the Far East. Named after…

  • BULKER: Road salt brought in

    BULKER: Road salt brought in

    10th January 2011

    With the severe weather affecting the whole of the UK in December 2010, local authorities were under pressure to obtain sufficient quantities of road salt. With Scottish roads snow covered, help came from Peru in the shape of the bulk…

  • BULKER: Maiden voyage to Leith

    BULKER: Maiden voyage to Leith

    10th January 2011

    The new bulk carrier Crystalgate (16,950gt) made her maiden call at Leith on 15 November 2010. She is managed by Zodiac Maritime Agencies and owned by Apersal Shipping Ltd, part of the Ofer Brothers Group. The Group, through IsraelCorp, owns…

  • COASTER DETENTION: Detained at Birkenhead

    COASTER DETENTION: Detained at Birkenhead

    10th January 2011

    The Panamanian-registered coaster Most Sky was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at Birkenhead in November 2010 because of a number of health and safety issues, and the vessel was arrested for non-payment of dues in previous ports. Most…

  • PORT NEWS: ‘Big Easy’ on the rebound

    PORT NEWS: ‘Big Easy’ on the rebound

    10th January 2011

    Louisiana’s Port of New Orleans, severely damaged by hurricane Katrina in 2005, has rebounded positively since the hurricane and handled a record number of container ships towards the end of 2010, when 43 vessels called in a single month. Most…