Wilhelmsen Ships Service has announced the finalisation of the acquisition of Eurokor Logistics, a ships agency, logistics and forwarding company based in the Netherlands and Belgium, which took place on April 1st. Bård Bjørløw, Vice President Europe at Wilhelmsen Ships Service said: “The Netherlands and Belgium are key strategic locations for our customers and Eurokor will be a valuable addition to our ships agency and logistics expertise in this market. We need to continuously adjust our company’s offer to meet our customers’ needs and wants and Eurokor has demonstrated first class capabilities in agency and bulk cargo. With their freight forwarding expertise, they will strengthen our offers to customers handling dry, wet and break-bulk cargo.”
THE world's biggest ships will soon join CSCL, Evergreen, CMA CGM and UASC's Far East to north Europe AEX 7/FAL 2/AEC 8 services with ships between 10,000 to 14,000 TEU, increasing the strings capacity 30 per cent, reports Alphaliner. After phasing out the 8,500 to 9,500-TEU ships on the route, replacements will be the 13,100-TEU Unn Salal, sailing from Shanghai on April 30; the 14,074-TEU CSCL Venus, to sail from Shanghai on May 7; the 14,074-TEU CSCL Jupiter, to sail from Shanghai on May 21; the 14,074-TEU CSCL Mercury, to sail from Shanghai on July 22 and later to be joined in late May by the 14,074-TEU CSCL Star, now engaged in the AEX1/CEM service.
The AEX 7 rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Shekou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian, Port Klang, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Port Klang and back to Shanghai. The FAL 2 calls at Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian, Singapore, Port Klang, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre.
THE last eight-week rotation on the Far East-North Europe route - the CSCL/Evergreen AEX 1/CEM service - will switch to slow steaming on April 20, thus making the trade lane the first to be entirely taken up with once novel fuel saving technique, reports Alphaliner. A 10-week transit is now typical because of the rise in bunker prices, which makes slow steaming attractive to shipowners and operators because fuel burn is much reduced at lower speeds. Over the last five years, transit times have increased 22 per cent, or two more weeks on the route, said Alphaliner.
Evergreen Line, Wan Hai Lines, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Seacon have announced Thursday a weekly Asia East Africa (AEF) joint service. The new AEF service will commence on 24 April using six ships with capacity between 1,200 teu and 1,350 teu. Evergreen and Wan Hai will supply two ships each and MOL and Seacon will provide one each. The Evergreen Damali will initiate the week AEF service from Singapore on a 42-day port rotation to Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and back to Singapore.
Höegh LNG (HLNG) has today entered into a firm Letter of Intent (LOI) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the delivery of two 170,000 cbm Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs). In addition to the delivery of two firm vessels, the LOI with HHI includes 2 + 2 optional vessels. The new built FSRU’s are based on HLNG’s in house design, "Höegh FSRUTM", and is a generic FSRU with 170,000 m3 storage capacity and flexible regas capacity, such that it will meet the technical requirements for the long list of new floating regas projects around the world.
Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and a member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, announced that Maersk Drilling signed a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for the construction of two ultra deepwater drillships. The drillships are scheduled for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2013, respectively. The total project cost for the two drillships is close to $1.3 billion. The 228 meter long drill ships will be able to operatein water depths up to 12,000 ft (3,650 m) and will be capable of drilling wells of more than 40,000 ft (12,200 m). With an advanced positioning control system (Dynamic Positioning System) the ships will automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves up to 11 meters and wind speeds up to 26 meters per second.
CMA CGM has revealed that there have been 11 pirate attacks on its ships in the Indian Ocean since the beginning of the year. A company speaker told the group was concerned about both the increased frequency of attacks and the increased aggression being shown by the pirates.He said none of the attacks attempted this year had been successful, but that the group’s vessels had been fired at and bore the impact marks to prove it.
Chinese COSCO, the shipping division of China’s biggest shipping group, has turned a 2009 loss of 7.47 billion yuan into a 6.86 billion yuan ($1 bn) profit for 2010. Containers handled by China COSCO increased to 6.2 million TEU, up 18.7% year-on-year while the company carried 280.1 million tonnes of drybulk cargo commodities which is up 3.15% on 2009. The company said in a statement that new ships would add 1.3 million TEU in capacity during 2011.
Gianluigi Aponte, President of the MSC Group, has been presented with the Seatrade Personality Award for 2011 (sponsored by ClassNK). The award is in recognition of his outstanding achievement in developing over 40 years, one of the world’s leading shipping groups, combining the world’s second largest container shipping fleet with a modern fleet of cruise vessels operating worldwide, a growing presence in the Mediterranean ferry sector and in port and terminal operations too.
New liner service to West Africa - Hapag-Lloyd is offering from this month a new weekly service between North Europe and West Africa (WAX). With West Africa Express (WAX), the following ports are underway: Antwerp, Hamburg, Thames port, Antwerp, Dakar, Lagos-Tincan, Tema, Abidjan San Pedro, then Antwerp. First departure is on 6 April from Hamburg on the ship "Portofino".