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Monday, June 27, 2016
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Maritime News

‘Bizarre Twist’ as HMM Tries to Woo 2M Alliance

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The debate on the reasoning behind the potential alliance grouping of the 2M’s Maersk Line and MSC and the financially

June 27, 2016
Total Views: 32

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Expanded Panama Canal Seen Greatly Increasing Insurance Risk
Maritime News

Expanded Panama Canal Seen Greatly Increasing Insurance Risk

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ahead of the official opening of the $5.25bn expanded Panama Canal this Sunday, the insurance industry is preparing

June 22, 2016
Total Views: 181

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
‘Megaship’ Cost Advantages Seen Disappearing Due to Low Oil Prices and Overcapacity
Maritime News

‘Megaship’ Cost Advantages Seen Disappearing Due to Low Oil Prices and Overcapacity

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – The continuing cost-per-slot supremacy of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) was called into question by speakers

June 21, 2016
Total Views: 65

Sunday, June 19, 2016
Ship Scrapping To Set New Record
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Ship Scrapping To Set New Record

By Mike Wackett (TheLoadStar) Ship scrapping appears set to hit record levels this year, according to shipbroker and services firm Clarksons. In its

June 19, 2016
Total Views: 92

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
First Post-Panamax Containerships Headed to Panama Canal, Leaving Workhorses to Bow Out
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First Post-Panamax Containerships Headed to Panama Canal, Leaving Workhorses to Bow Out

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The first post-panamax containerships are on their way from Asia to the US east coast on enhanced services going via the

June 15, 2016
Total Views: 645

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Maersk Says Eurpean Commission Should Be ‘More Realistic’ With Ship Scrapping Guidelines
Maritime News

Maersk Says Eurpean Commission Should Be ‘More Realistic’ With Ship Scrapping Guidelines

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) Maersk Line has responded to criticism from an environmental group accusing it of using flags of convenience to bypass EC

June 9, 2016
Total Views: 6

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Ship Scrapping Accelerates Ahead of Panama Canal Expansion Opening
Maritime News

Ship Scrapping Accelerates Ahead of Panama Canal Expansion Opening

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The number of container vessels sent to breakers’ yards so far this year will shortly eclipse the total demolished in

May 31, 2016
Total Views: 144

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Maritime News

Maersk’s Chase for Market Share Partly to Blame for Rate Slide

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Maersk Line’s aggressive growth strategy in the first three months of this year was a contributing factor in the 23%

May 26, 2016
Total Views: 12

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
shipping containers
Maritime News

IMO Urges ‘Pragmatic’ Approach for Launch of New Container VGM Rules

By Alex Lennane (The Loadstar) – The IMO has urged regulators to take a “pragmatic” approach to the new SOLAS VGM requirements for the first three

May 24, 2016
Total Views: 44

Monday, May 16, 2016
Hapag-lloyd containership
Maritime News

Drewry Warns New Container Alliance May Have “Too Many Cooks in its Kitchen”

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – “Alliances are only as stable as their member carriers,” was maritime consultant Drewry’s first comment on plans

May 16, 2016
Total Views: 8

Monday, May 9, 2016
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Maritime News

Despite ‘Early Gains’, Container Lines in for Another Year of Losses, Says Drewry

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Despite Maersk Line’s better-than-expected $37m first-quarter net profit, Drewry today reiterated its view that ocean

May 9, 2016
Total Views: 13

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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News

Cash-Strapped Hanjin Shipping in Last-Ditch Plea to Shipowners

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The chief executive of Hanjin Shipping, Tai Soo Suk, has written to owners of the ships it has on charter – and

May 4, 2016
Total Views: 14

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
CMA CGM Containership. Photo credit: CMA CGM
Maritime News

New Challenges for Mega Groups as Ocean Alliance Prepares for Launch

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen and OOCL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a

April 20, 2016
Total Views: 26

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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Maritime News

Grim Outlook for Liner Shipping as Continued Weak Market Pushes Carriers to the Brink

By Mike Wackett, (The Loadstar) – The shock waves from the collapse of a top-20 container line such as Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) could be the

April 19, 2016
Total Views: 8

Monday, April 18, 2016
‘Mega-Ships’ Present Mega-Sized Challenges for Ports and Shippers
Maritime News

‘Mega-Ships’ Present Mega-Sized Challenges for Ports and Shippers

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – According to the latest data collated by Dynaliners, there are 37 ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) of over 18,000

April 18, 2016
Total Views: 67

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Idle Containership Fleet Still Growing as 2016 Shapes Up to Be a Record Year for Scrapping
Maritime News

Idle Containership Fleet Still Growing as 2016 Shapes Up to Be a Record Year for Scrapping

By Mike Wackett, (The Loadstar) – Laid-up containership capacity “remains at an alarmingly high level”, according to the latest review by Alphaliner

April 13, 2016
Total Views: 96

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Suez Cuts Transit Fees for US-Asia Ships to Combat Allure of Cape of Good Hope
Maritime News

Suez Cuts Transit Fees for US-Asia Ships to Combat Allure of Cape of Good Hope

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has reacted to the increasing number of backhaul voyages being routed to Asia via the

April 12, 2016
Total Views: 22

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
One in Five Countries Still Haven’t Identified Authority Over New Container Weight Verification
Maritime News

One in Five Countries Still Haven’t Identified Authority Over New Container Weight Verification

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – A new survey of ship agents and brokers has discovered that nearly 20% of countries signed up to IMO international

April 6, 2016
Total Views: 8

Monday, April 4, 2016
Drewry Questions Viability of ‘Megaships’ as Carriers Focus on Cost Cutting
Maritime News

Drewry Questions Viability of ‘Megaships’ as Carriers Focus on Cost Cutting

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – If losses continue and ocean carriers persist in focusing only on reducing costs rather than improving revenue per teu,

April 4, 2016
Total Views: 43

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Slow-Steaming Still Cheaper Despite Record Low Bunker Prices
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Slow-Steaming Still Cheaper Despite Record Low Bunker Prices

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Following Korean carrier Hanjin offering express container shipping services on two major tradelanes, industry analyst

March 31, 2016
Total Views: 66
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