Cargo

  • OPEN-HATCH BULKERS: Multiple orders for open-hatch carriers

    OPEN-HATCH BULKERS: Multiple orders for open-hatch carriers

    10th March 2011

    Three owners have ordered open-hatch ships recently, a vessel type developed in the 1960s for handling forest products as well as containers, but now seeing wider employment. Saga Shipholding of Norway, a subsidiary of Japan’s NYK, has ordered a series…

  • SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    10th March 2011

    Mid-November 2010 saw the winter start to take its toll on coastal shipping. Arklow Raider was leaving the Irish port of Drogheda on 16 November with a cargo of cement for Swansea when she ran aground at the mouth of…

  • SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    10th March 2011

    The Chinese 20,763gt cargo ship Cleantec (2009) and the German container ship Frisia Rotterdam (2004/25,406gt) collided in the North Sea at the north-western tip of Denmark. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel Cleantec was carrying 10,000 tons of fertiliser and 30,000 tons…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    10th March 2011

    Last year will go down as a bad one for the car carrier shipping sector. Vessels were either laid up or sold to reduce operations. However, the year ended with signs of improvement, although car carriers were still finding their…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    10th March 2011

    A rare caller at Brixham on 20 October 2010 was the container ship CMA CGM Laperouse. Built in 2010, the 157,092dwt Explorer class vessel was on on the joint FAL 5/Maersk AE8 Service, which runs between Ningbo to Northern Europe,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…