Tuesday, March 28, 2017
mol triumph

MOL Triumph Delivered: Introducing the World’s First 20,000 TEU Containership

Japanese container shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the MOL Triumph, the new ‘world’s biggest containership’ and the first ‘megaship’ to pass the 20,000 TEU threshold. ...

March 28, 2017
Total Views: 126

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

APM Terminals: $200 Million Investment to Bring ‘Megaships’ to Port of New York and New Jersey

APM Terminals on Wednesday revealed plans to bring so-called ‘megaships’ to the Port of New York and New Jersey with a massive increase to its infrastructure investment plan at its...

February 22, 2017
Total Views: 72

Friday, September 30, 2016
Maritime News

Megaship MSC Eloane Delivered to Ocean Yield

Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield has taken delivery of the MSC Eloane, a 19,500 TEU megaship built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The vessel has commenced a 15-year...

September 30, 2016
Total Views: 4

Monday, September 26, 2016
Maritime News

Aboard Majestic Maersk, Megaship Dreams Obscure Cloudy Future for Shipping

By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) – For Captain Dick S. Danielsen, the childhood dream has been to sail the world’s biggest ships. The Danish seaman got his chance...

September 26, 2016
Total Views: 3

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Maritime News

Megaships May Be Too Big Not to Fail -View

By Justin Fox (Bloomberg View) — It was always going to be tough for the world’s container shipping lines — accustomed to decade after decade of growth in the volume...

September 14, 2016
Total Views: 17

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Maritime News

Does Sinking Shipping Market Mean End for Ultra-Large Newbuild Orders?

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) — As ocean carriers reel from a disastrous first half this year, they seem to have lost lost their appetite for ordering ultra-large container vessels...

August 3, 2016
Total Views: 9

Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Maritime News

ClassNK Calls for Upgraded Steel Plate Tolerance in Mega-Ship Construction

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Japanese classification society ClassNK is claiming a “world-first” breakthrough finding in the required crack arrest toughness of steel plates used in the construction of...

July 28, 2016
Total Views: 436

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
MSC Oscar

Wärtsilä Engines to Power Six 21,000 TEU Containerships

Finnish marine engine manufacturer Wärtsilä says it will be providing the engines for six 21,000 TEU containerships being built in China. Wärtsilä announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a...

July 5, 2016
Total Views: 5

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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 at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event...

June 21, 2016
Total Views: 8

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Maritime News

Future Looks Bleak for Ultra Large Containerships -View

By Adam Minter (Bloomberg View) — In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. port. Five more mega-vessels were supposed to...

June 14, 2016
Total Views: 16

Friday, May 20, 2016

International Shipping Crisis – What about the Professional Mariner?

By Captain George Livingstone [su_box title=”Author’s Note”] I have accepted an invitation from the good folks at gCaptain to become a contributing writer, this being the inaugural column. Briefly, I am an...

May 20, 2016
Total Views: 39

Monday, April 18, 2016
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Maritime News

More Mega Ships Predicted to Call at Key Shenzhen Hub

By Kyunghee Park (Bloomberg) — Billionaire Li Ka-Shing’s Hutchison Port Holdings Trust predicts more mega ships will call at its Shenzhen port to move cargo from the key Chinese export...

April 18, 2016
Total Views: 2

Maritime News

Qatargas, UASC, and Shell Sign MoU to Develop LNG as Marine Fuel

Qatari natural gas producer Qatargas, United Arab Shipping Company and Shell have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the development of liquified natural gas as a marine fuel...

April 18, 2016
Total Views: 11

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 teu in operation, with a staggering...

April 18, 2016
Total Views: 38

Monday, April 4, 2016
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, the container liner industry “could...

April 4, 2016
Total Views: 18

Monday, March 14, 2016
Maritime News

Study: Megaships Not Good For Economies of Scale

A simulation study on the operational and financial impacts of ‘megaships’ with a carrying capacity of more than 18,000 TEU on lines, terminal operators, ports and other supply chain stakeholders by global...

March 14, 2016
Total Views: 91

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ultra Large Containerships: How Big is Too Big?

By Capt. George H Livingstone, The recent grounding of the Ultra Large Container Vessel “CSCL Indian Ocean” got me thinking again about the relatively recent, quantum leap of container vessel...

February 16, 2016
Total Views: 374

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Another ‘Megaship’ Grounds in Europe

An ultra large containership had to make a controlled grounding in the Solent Saturday night while on its way to the port of Southampton, the second incident this month involving...

February 14, 2016
Total Views: 68

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Maritime News

Ship Photos of the Day – Record-Breaking 18,601 TEU Arrives in UK

One of the world’s largest containerships arrived in the UK on New Year’s Day carrying a world record load from the Far East. The UASC-owned MV Al Muraykh was loaded...

January 5, 2016
Total Views: 4


Are U.S. West Coast Ports ‘Big Ship-Ready’?

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) — Christmas saw the 17,859 teu CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin become the largest container vessel ever to call at a US port when it arrived...

January 5, 2016
Total Views: 5