Felixstowe Box Congestion Spreads to Southampton Right in Time for the Holidays

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The UK’s two biggest container ports appear to have hit crisis level. UK retailers potentially face weeks of delays in getting their Christmas stock onto the shelves in time for the peak consumer spending rush. Moreover, UK exporters to Asia can virtually forget about getting containers shipped in November, due to carriers blanking a … [Read more...]

Port of Southampton to Lose Call by Maersk/MSC Asia-Europe Service

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) - The 2M alliance of Maersk and MSC is to leave the UK port of Southampton. It has announced it will drop the call at the country’s second largest container gateway by the Asia-Europe AE1/Shogun service the carriers jointly operate. A spokesman for Maersk told The Loadstar: “The reason for withdrawing the Southampton call was because we … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – World’s Largest Boxship Makes Maiden Call in Southampton

The Port of Southampton welcomed its largest ship to date this week with the arrival of the 19,224 TEU ultra-large containership MSC Maya.  The MSC Maya is part of Mediterranean Shipping Company's 'Oscar-class' ships, which together hold the ranks as the biggest of the new bread of mega-containerships being built by carriers to increase efficiency on the world's … [Read more...]

Two Men Narrowly Escape Capsized Tug in Southampton

Two crew are lucky to be alive after narrowly escaping a capsized tug just before it sank Monday night in strong winds and poor visibility near Southampton, England. RNLI and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency report receiving a distress call at about 8:15 p.m. Monday saying that a commercical tugboat had capsized at the Fawley marine terminal in Southampton … [Read more...]

Hoegh Osaka Safely Back in Southampton Port

It's been an eventful three weeks for Hoegh Autoliners' pure car and truck carrier MV Hoegh Osaka and all of those involved in the response. On Thursday evening, the 51,770 gross ton vessel was safely delivered alongside Berth 101 in the Port of Southampton following a four hour tow from the Alpha Anchorage and approximately 20 days after the vessel was intentionally … [Read more...]