Cargo

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…