Shanghai still world’s busiest container port in 2017
Shanghai was the world’s busiest container port in 2017, according to a report by shipping consultancy service Alphaliner. Shanghai handled a total of 40 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) last year, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year.
Singapore took second place, followed by Shenzhen, which ranked third on the list with 25 million TEU. Ningbo and Hong Kong were another two ports in China that made it into the top 10.
The Alphaliner report also says that, thanks to the recovery in the global economy, the world’s busiest container ports enjoyed a 5 percent increase and recorded a total volume of 600 million TEU in 2017.
Shanghai port handling capacity breaks record - 40 million TEUs handled
The annual handling capacity of Shanghai Port surpassed 40 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) on Friday, breaking an existing world record, according to the Shanghai International Port Group.
As one of China’s largest ports, Shanghai Port started container transportation in 1978 with a handling capacity of 7,951 TEUs that year. The port’s throughput exceeded 30 million TEUs in 2011.
In December 2017, Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, the world’s biggest automated container terminal, started trial operations.
The project uses automated handling equipment designed and manufactured in China, as well as a domestically developed automated management system.
It has helped consolidate the port’s standing as the world’s busiest container port and supported Shanghai’s efforts to become a world shipping center.
Maersk Line hikes rates for all cargo for East Asia to Mediterranean trades
Maersk Line will increase Freight All Kines (FAK) rates, the liner operator said in a press release. Below are the FAK rates for a sample list of corridors, commodities and container types where the rate increase is effective. As always, please visit my.maerskline.com for a quote, or your rate sheets or contracts will provide you with full details of your latest rates.
Maersk Line will increase Freight All Kines (FAK) rates, the liner operator said in a press release. Below are the FAK rates for a sample list of corridors, commodities and container types where the rate increase is effective. As always, please visit my.maerskline.com for a quote, or your rate sheets or contracts will provide you with full details of your latest rates. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Containerships being diverted to avoid congestion at port of Shanghai
Readjusted shipping schedules and higher-than-expected export volumes have exacerbated congestion at the world’s busiest
container terminal, Shanghai. Although fog caused initial delays at Yangshan, one forwarder in Shanghai told The Loadstar the
new alliance schedules had resulted in long delays and crowded quaysides. As they readjusted to new timetables, ships had
failed to call at port at the correct times, said the forwarder, resulting in a logjam of vessels and containers. “Readjusting
alliance shipping schedules is comprehensively to blame. Space was not properly adjusted to account for this, and continued
overbooking by carriers has resulted in a build-up of containers waiting to be exported.” Another source confirmed there had
been a higher number of overbooked containers than normal being delivered. According to the forwarder, the chaos caused has
left ships stranded at outer anchorages until berths become available, with some reports suggesting delays of more than 50
hours. “One ship, Hyundai Forward, was wandering around for two days,” said the forwarder. “This is only worsening issues
with equipment storage as containers wait to be loaded.” In a statement to customers, Norman Global Logistics said inbound
container trucks were being limited to two of the four lanes feeding into the port. “An update from our Shanghai office has
confirmed that vessels are waiting more than a week, a situation made worse by dense fog which presented additional
operational challenges,” said the company. “While many of these issues are entirely out of our control, we are working closely
with the port and shipping lines to try and minimise the impact of these delays on our customers.” Shanghai International Port
Group (SIPG) attributed the congestion to “imbalanced business volumes from major container shipping routes following the
regroup of major shipping alliances”. A Maersk spokesperson told American Shipper it was working closely with Chinese ports to
address operational challenges and was “maintaining a dialogue” with its terminal partners. Forwarder Ligentia informed
customers that, to address issues surrounding vessel berthing programmes, the port authorities had temporarily shifted services
around the terminals. It added: “Port authorities announced that the port would be back to normal operating times by the end
of May.” According to SIPG, it has rescheduled calls in April and May from its Guandong and Shengdong container terminals at
Yangshan to its Hudong, Pudong and Waigaoqiao terminals. Source : the Loadstar
Shanghai port, world’s busiest, grapples with traffic congestion
The world’s busiest container port, Yangshan in China’s business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.
More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week, according to shipping software provider CargoSmart.
CargoSmart said the fog started in early April and the congestion had worsened in the past few days, with few clues to when it might ease. Average delays for ships arriving at the port jumped more than 42 percent to 53 hours between April 16 and 18 from the start of the month, it said.
“We are making efforts to adjust and coordinate the entire port’s resources and making every effort to provide customers with the fastest service,” said a spokeswoman for Shanghai International Port Group, which first flagged the situation last week in a statement on its website.
German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd told customers in a notice on Thursday that it was monitoring the situation closely and working with the port to minimize delays.
Denmark’s Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk , also confirmed that some of its vessels had been affected by the congestion. www.hellenicshipp...
The Port of Shanghai in China remained the world’s biggest container port for the second year in a row in 2015, according to statistics compiled by the Journal of Commerce.
Shanghai increased its lead over second-place Singapore—which for years was the busiest port in the world as well as in Asia, by some 5.6 million TEUs (20-foot container equivalent) over 2014, handling more than 36.5 million TEUs.
The journal attributed much of the difference, however, to a slowdown in Singapore brought about by declining Asia-Europe trade rather than growth in Shanghai. Container shipment volumes fell for the fourth consecutive year in Singapore in 2014, the magazine said.
In a report earlier in the year, Fitch-owned BMI Research concluded Singapore was unlikely to regain its position as Asia’s biggest transshipment hub, as it has largely reached its capacity. “For the port of Singapore to retain its position as the premier Asian transhipment hub and battle the port of Shanghai for first position, Singapore must continue to expand and keep up with shipping trends,” BMI wrote.
All ten of the biggest container ports in 2015 were located in Asia, and the only one of the top 10 located outside East or Southeast Asia was Dubai’s Jebel Ali. Including Hong Kong, seven of the top 10 ports were located in China.
The Port of Manila ranked 35th on the list of the 50 biggest ports, handling 4.23 million TEU of cargo in 2015.
Source: Manila Times
A feeder containership tilted during loading at Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao Port, causing 44 containers onboard the vessel to fall into the water.
The vessel, Shang Qing 3, is owned by Chongqing Shangqing Shipping.
Shanghai Maritime Salvage Center deployed three vessels for the salvage work and started traffic control near the site. The containers were all salvaged yesterday.
According to the salvage center, there was no hazardous cargo in the containers, and no casualties from the incident. splash247.com/con...
The first vessel of a series of six 42 300 tons bulk carriers ordered by Navigation Maritime Bulgare was launched in Qidong
On 8 March 2016 at the Chinese Shipbuilding Yards Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry, Qidong a ceremony was held for the launching of a vessel under a hull number HQ 135 ordered by Navigation Maritime Bulgare.
The new built vessel to be named Ruen and is the first ship from a series of six modern bulk carriers wherein the Company has invested more than 150 mln dollars.
The CEO of the Company Alexander Kalchev, Master of foreign going vessels, and the Head of the Technical Operation Department Daniel Harizanov were present at the ceremony.
The series of the Ruen type have a new ergonomic and environment friendly design by Foreship on Navibulgar order. They are highly efficient vessels with improved hydrodynamic characteristics which, leads to reduced fuel consumption up to 35% compared to vessels of the same type operated presently by Navibulgar.
Report with photo: https://www.maritime.bg/2...
China to inaugurate Yangtze River Delta ECA from April
China’s Ministry of Transport will inaugurate the Yangtze River Delta emission control area (ECA) from April 1.
Vessels berthing at ports in the area will be required using fuel of less than 0.5% sulphur content.
According to He Jianzhong, vice minister of Ministry of Transport, the compulsory ECA policy will be first implemented at Shanghai Port, Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, Suzhou Port and Nantong Port.
The ministry will later evaluate the effectiveness of the ECAs and has planned to reduce the sulphur content to 0.1% in the next three years.
In November 2015, Ministry of Transport released a plan to create three ECAs at Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Rim. The Pearl River Delta ECA is likely to be enforced in 2016, something that shipping lines in Hong Kong have led the way on. splash247.com/chi...