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Monday, June 23, 2014
MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller

Back to The Drawing Board for P3 Carriers As Fallout Impacts Sector

In the view of transport consultant Drewry, the Chinese regulators’ veto of the P3 Network last week is likely to hamper the much-needed stabilisation of the

June 23, 2014
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Loss-Making CSAV Revamps Liner Division to Prepare for Merger with Hapag-Lloyd
Maritime News

Loss-Making CSAV Revamps Liner Division to Prepare for Merger with Hapag-Lloyd

In preparation for its container business merging into a “new” Hapag-Lloyd this year, troubled Chilean carrier CSAV is restructuring its liner business,

June 17, 2014
Total Views: 8

Thursday, June 12, 2014
APL’s Recovery is Hobbled by Losses From 12-year Charters on Surplus Panamaxes
Maritime News

APL’s Recovery is Hobbled by Losses From 12-year Charters on Surplus Panamaxes

The extent of the decline in containership time charter hire rates in the past 10 years has been highlighted again with the sub-let of a trio of surplus

June 12, 2014
Total Views: 2

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Maritime News

Containership Activity is Increasing as Charters are Signed and Scrapping Continues

By Mike Wackett The number of laid-up containerships has fallen to a 30-month low, according to Alphaliner, which recorded just 146 ships of over 500teu idled

May 29, 2014
Total Views: 4

Friday, May 2, 2014
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Maritime News

Hanjin and Hyundai Must Sell Assets and Cut More Costs to Survive

By Mike Wackett, Against the continued toxic mix of oversupply and weak demand, cash-strapped ocean carriers are being forced to consider every creative

May 2, 2014
Total Views: 12

Thursday, April 17, 2014
lng bunkering
Maritime News

For Ultra-Large Boxships, LNG Fuel May be the Key to Cutting Costs

By Mike Wackett Bigger and bigger ships operating at slower and slower speeds across the tradelanes of the world are testament to the single-minded desire of

April 17, 2014
Total Views: 7

Thursday, April 10, 2014
marstal maersk
Maritime News

Box Carriers are in a Newbuilding ‘Arms Race’

By Gavin van Marle There is absolutely no sign that the overcapacity in container shipping is going to improve any time soon, according to a leading industry

April 10, 2014
Total Views: 5

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Berlin Express Hapag Lloyd
Maritime News

More Boxes and Lower Rates Adds Up to Massive Loss for Hapag-Lloyd

By Mike Wackett Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd’s financial performance in 2013 fell “well short” of expectations, with the ocean carrier reporting a €97.4m

March 27, 2014
Total Views: 7

Monday, March 10, 2014
OOCL Orient Overseas Container Line
Maritime News

OOCL Profits Swamped in the Wake of Bigger Ship’s Cascading Effect

By Mike Wackett Hong Kong-based OOIL saw its net profit slashed by 84% in 2013, compared with the previous year, to $47m as the influx of ultra-large

March 10, 2014
Total Views: 5

Thursday, February 20, 2014
evergreen shipping container

CKYH Regroups With Evergreen to Fight the P3 and G6 – Will CSCL be Next to Link Up?

In the worst-kept secret in container shipping, the CKYH alliance of Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping is to team up with Taiwan’s Evergreen Line

February 20, 2014
Total Views: 24

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
zim quingdao
Maritime News

Danaos Takes $19 Million Hit After Zim Restructure, but Sails Into the Black in 2013

By Mike Wackett, Greek containership owner Danaos Corporation has revealed more details of its agreement with restructured ocean carrier Zim, which saw the

February 12, 2014
Total Views: 210

Friday, February 7, 2014
mol comfort sinking
Maritime News

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Sues Shipbuilder after MOL Comfort Loss, Insurance Claims Set to Spiral

Japan’s MOL has begun legal action against the shipbuilder of the ill-fated 8,100 teu MOL Comfort, which sank in July last

February 7, 2014
Total Views: 405

Monday, February 3, 2014
nyk libra containership
Maritime News

Japanese Carriers Steam Back into the Black

The diverse business models of Japanese shipping giants NYK, MOL and K Line pulled them through to profitability at the nine-month stage, ending December 31

February 3, 2014
Total Views: 5

Monday, January 6, 2014
london gateway

Felixstowe’s Pain is Gateway’s Gain as Gales Lash U.K. Coast

With the UK buffeted by a succession of storms, it has been an ill wind that has blown London Gateway some good over the festive period with DP World’s

January 6, 2014
Total Views: 20

Thursday, December 19, 2013
gwadar port pakistan
Maritime News

Intermodal link Could See Pakistan’s Ports Handling 5% of China’s cargo

By Gavin van Marle Container throughput in Pakistan could rise dramatically if China succeeds in its ambition to build a new deepwater port in the country

December 19, 2013
Total Views: 20

Monday, December 16, 2013
evergreen shipping container

Evergreen Sells Container Assets to Boost a Sagging Bottom Line

Taiwan’s largest container shipping company, Evergreen, has joined the growing group of carriers selling assets to turn around a year of loss-making

December 16, 2013
Total Views: 103

Friday, December 13, 2013
oocl containership golden gate bridge sunset

Plain Sailing for the G6 While the P3 Alliance’s Proposal Faces Headwinds

By Mike Wackett The G6 Alliance’s plan to expand its scope on transpacific and transatlantic trade lanes is scheduled to be approved on January 16,

December 13, 2013
Total Views: 16

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Gulf Ports Must be Ready to Handle the Biggest Boxships as Cascading Swells

Gulf Ports Must be Ready to Handle the Biggest Boxships as Cascading Swells

By Gavin van Marle in Dubai Ports in the Gulf region need to prepare for much larger vessel sizes as a result of the cascading effect taking place as

December 11, 2013
Total Views: 5

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

G6 Box Carriers Expand Operations to Head Off P3 Threat to East-West Trades

The members of the G6– a merger of the New World and Grand Alliances – have announced plans to go head-to-head with the P3 network by expanding

December 4, 2013
Total Views: 3

Friday, November 29, 2013
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European Commission Collusion Probe Puts Focus on 14 Container Lines

By Gavin van Marle The 14 container lines subject to the latest EC anti-trust investigation are Maersk, CMA CGM, MSC, China Shipping, Cosco, Evergreen,

November 29, 2013
Total Views: 32


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