ABS Teams with Industry Leaders to Improve Containership Safety

Classification society ABS announced Thursday it is teaming up with members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS)  to develop actionable recommendations to help mitigate risks posed from the stowage of dangerous goods on containerships. Established in 2011, CINS is a shipping line initiative meant to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the … [Read more...]

New Container Line Association to Tackle Digital Standardization in Shipping

Some of the world’s top container shipping line are banding together to form an association seeking to drive new digital technology standards to boost efficiency for shipping lines and customers. The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) was officially launched in Amsterdam on April 10th after gaining regulatory approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission … [Read more...]

U.S. West Coast Ports Suffer ‘Tariff Hangover’ in First Quarter

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - US west coast ports suffered most from a “tariff hangover” effect in 2019’s first three months, said Drewry Maritime Research in a new research note today. Transpacific imports were down some 19% on the previous quarter and by 3% year on year. However, PIERS data for the first quarter did record growth for Asia to US east and Gulf coast … [Read more...]

Carriers Shudder at France’s Proposed Speed Limit for Ships

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - Container lines have objected to French calls for the IMO impose mandatory speed limits for ships. The French proposals, submitted at the end of last month and seen by The Loadstar, call for a two-step approach of short-term measures to cut GHG emissions in shipping. They include regulating ship speeds on a sector by sector … [Read more...]

Global Warming Effects Presenting a ‘Major Challenge’ to Carrier Schedules in Asia

By Sam Whelan in Singapore (The Loadstar) - Typhoons and other adverse weather events are playing havoc with carrier schedules, presenting a “major challenge” to the industry as it aims to recover from the record low levels of schedule reliability. According to Jeremy Nixon, chief executive of Ocean Network Express (ONE), global warming has triggered more adverse and … [Read more...]