French Automaker Unveils Plan to Construct Sailing Vehicle Carriers

French automaker Renault has unveiled an ambitious plan to construct two wind-powered roll-on/roll-off vessels by as early as 2020. For the project, Renault has partnered with the French start-up Neoline, which was founded in 2015 with the goal of becoming the world's first shipowner specializing in sailing cargo ships. According to a press release, Renault and Neoline … [Read more...]

MSC Enters Deepsea Ro-Ro Shipping Sector

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) - The world’s second largest container shipping line, MSC, has announced plans to enter the scheduled deepsea roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) sector. The Geneva-headquartered carrier will launch a fortnightly ro-ro service between North Europe and West Africa on 19 February, with a port rotation of Le Havre-Antwerp-Dakar-Conakry-Abidjan-Le … [Read more...]

MSC Says in Talks to Buy Stake in Italy’s Ignazio Messina

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The world's no. 2 container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is in talks to acquire a stake in smaller Italian counterpart Messina, the Swiss-headquartered group said, in another sign of consolidation in the sector. Container lines are battling their worst ever downturn due to a glut of ships and weaker demand - prompting rivals to form … [Read more...]

Ro-Ro Safety Compromised By Fires and Explosions

Ro-Ro safety is a crucial issue, which was discussed by marine industry professionals at a Ro-Ro Safety Seminar held in Rome last month. Ro-Ro safety became a hot topic following the high level of casualties resulting from recent incidents. Case studies, presented at the seminar, fostered by RINA Services, Interferry and Norwegian Hull Club, resulted in … [Read more...]