US based Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) invests US$1bn in eight new vessels
US based Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), part of Maersk Group, has invested US$1bn in eight newer and larger containerships to upgrade its ocean transportation services provided to its US military, government and commercial customers. MLL says its new vessels, Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Memphis and Pittsburgh, will improve the quality of service to the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea from the US East Coast. 'Maersk Chicago' was the first reflagged ship of the eight vessels. All eight vessels, which are around 10 years younger than the outgoing ships, will join the Maritime Security Programme (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).
The "Seeponton 1" reached the port of Bremerhaven on May 9 at 6.30 p.m., being towed by the tugs "Wal" and "Steinbock". The casualty command thus ended its work on this issue once it was berthed.
Europa 2 at Steubenhöft before being christened in Hamburg
The "Euroa 2" docked at the Steubenhöft in Cuxhaven on May 9, 2013, from 7-11 a.m. to take on board 600 guests for its voyage Elbe upstream to Hamburg, where the ship was to be christened on May 10 off Blankenese.
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John Angelicoussis is Greece’s largest shipowner, running a fleet of 97 ships comprising the full range of tankers, LNG carriers and bulk carriers, ranging from capesize through aframax to a lone panamax. Under the banners, Maran Tankers, Maran Gas and Anangel Maritime Services, the Syngrou Avenue, Athens-based operation weighs in at 18.79m dwt and is growing. As all but three ships, a bulker and two LNGs, fly the Greek flag, in dwt terms the Angelicoussis fleet ranks as 14th on the list of fleets by flag, wedged between Japan and Norway and ahead of Germany and South Korea. Of course, remove the fleet from the Greek-flag fleet and Greece drops from sixth, the world’s highest national flag, to nine, just below China.
Costa offers first ever round-the-world cruise from China departing March 2014
One of the leading international cruise lines, Costa, is to offer the first-ever round-the-world cruise from China in 2014 in cooperation with a local partner, Shanghai Airline Tours. Departing from China’s biggest cruise hub Shanghai on 22 March, Costa Atlantica will provide an 83-day journey calling at 23 destinations in 16 counties.
“As a pioneer of the cruise industry in China, we are always challenging ourselves to bring more innovative holiday options to this market. China’s first round-the-world cruise is a perfect example of this and is the lynchpin of our Asia strategy over the next couple of years. It heralds a new milestone in China’s cruise industry,” Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and ceo of Carnival Corporation Asia, said. [SinoShipNews 10/05/13]
Yang Ming takes delivery of new container vessel YM Unicorn
YM Unicorn, an 8,626 TEU ful-container vessel built for Yang Ming by CSBC CORP., TAIWAN, was delivered and named at a ceremony held at CSBC Kaohsiung Shipyard on May 3, 2013, the shipping company's news release said. YM Unicorn is the last of five 8,626 TEU full-container vessel built for Yang Ming by CSBC CORP. This type of vessel is eco friendly. It features fuel-saving and high capacity, and also can contribute to environmental protection. With the deployment of this new vessel, Yang Ming can enhance the comprehensive service and provide better service to customers.
Gulftainer welcomes the new Yang Ming service to Sharjah with YM Xiamen
Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned port management and logistics company, welcomed the Yang Ming YM Xiamen to Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) for the first call of a brand new service, said in the company's press release.
The YM Xiamen arrived for what will be scheduled weekly visits to SCT on the new Gulf feeder Service (TGS). The Gulftainer team were responsible for the movement of 377 TEUs, completed in just over three hours.
Interlake Steamship moves toward upgrading its fleet to energy efficient, more environmentally friendly LNG fuel, said in the company's press release. The company has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with Shell to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support Interlake’s conversion of its vessels to LNG as the main propulsion fuel. When converted, these ships are expected to be the first LNG-powered ships on the Great Lakes and among the first in the U.S. With a goal of converting the first vessel by the spring of 2015, Interlake is already working through engineering and design, seeking regulatory approval and securing financing. Shell would be Interlake’s exclusive supplier of LNG for each converted vessel.