Maersk Line Enters New Vessel Sharing Agreement with MSC and MOL

-+*Maersk Line announced today it has entered into Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade. 22 vessels will serve two loops between the regions. MSC and Maersk Line will each operate six, 9,000 TEU vessels on Loop 1 […]

Time-Lapse – Building the ‘World’s Greenest Containership’

-+*United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has hailed its new ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) ‘Barzan’ as the world’s greenest containership. The MV Barzan was built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea and is the lead ship in a new series of six LNG-ready, 18,800 TEU vessels that are said to set new standards […]

Ship Photos of the Day – CMA CGM Christens Largest Ship

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-+*French container shipping company CMA CGM on Tuesday formally christened its largest ship to date, the CMA CGM Kerguelen, during a ceremony in Le Havre, France. Measuring 398 meters in length by 54 meters wide, the ship can carry a total of 17,722 TEUs – a record for the group. CMA CGM Kerguelen is the […]

MSC Makes the Leap into Social Media

Delivered in November 2014, MSC Oscar has a nominal capacity of 19,224 TEUs. Photo courtesy DNV GL

-+*MSC Mediterranean Shipping Group, a Geneva-based and family-owned company which has historically shied away from communicating with the public about their operations, while maintaining a rather uninteresting website, has changed tack this year. In January, the company relaunched their global website MSC.com, and yesterday, officially announced a new partnership with Orca Social – a company […]

Maersk Tigris Released from Iranian Control

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-+*The containership Maersk Tigris has been released today from Iranian control according to a statement from Rickmers Group, the operators of the vessel. The ship and her 24 crew were seized by the Iranians on the 28th of April while sailing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Jebel Ali. This development comes following […]

Iran, Maersk Close to Deal Over Vessel Arrest

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-+*Iran said on Wednesday a legal settlement could be reached soon over its seizure of the Marshall-Islands flagged Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz last month, according to the official IRNA news agency.

VIDEO: Hanjin Containership Hit By Fire Near Suez Canal

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-+*A giant Hanjin containership suffered a fire Friday while underway just south of the Suez Canal. Local media has identified the ship as the UK-flagged Hanjin Green Earth, a 13,100 TEU containership built in 2013. The fire broke out in a stack of containers towards the stern while the vessel was underway 48 km to […]