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Seaspan Buys Fleet of 6 Containerships

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Hong Kong-headquartered Seaspan Corporation, a major player in independent containership management and ownership, has agreed to acquire a fleet of six containerships for $380 million in cash.The independent containership lessor said that the purchase of the acquired vessels is expected to be financed

Yang Ming Sees Weaker Demand

File Image: Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation

Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation takes a hit with a net loss of about USD 42 million for the third quarter and sees signs of "weaker demand" in the container market.Yang Ming said that according to analyst firm Alphaliner’s latest projections, annual capacity growth is forecast at 3.

Hapag-Lloyd Doubles EBIT for 9 Months

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German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd said that its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the first nine months of 2019 significantly increased to EUR 643 million (9M 2018: EUR 299 million).The group net result rose substantially to EUR 297 million (9M 2018: EUR 13 million).

MOL Gets AiP for Containership Bow Wind-Shield

MOL General Manager Tetsuya Yamada, center. Image: MOL

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that, DNVGL issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) to MOL and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for Bow Wind-Shield designed for Ultra-Large Container Carrier on 30th October, 2019.This newly developed Bow Wind-Shield reduces the wind resistance on hull body of while ship is running,

Hapag-Lloyd Appoints New CFO

 Mark Frese. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd AG appointed Mark Frese to the Executive Board effective November 25, 2019. On March 1, 2020, he will become the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Nicolás Burr.Mark Frese (55) was most recently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ceconomy AG, the former Metro AG.

Hapag-Lloyd Expands Atlantic Loop 3

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German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd AG announced that it is expanding fleet on Atlantic Loop 3 service between the US and Europe."Our Atlantic Loop 3 Service (AL3) fleet is growing with the addition of the 4,248 TEU vessel “Rio Grande Express” sailing between the United States and Europe,

MSC Isabella, Largest Boxship to Call in Singapore Port

MSC Isabella. Photo credit: PSA Singapore

The 23,656 teu MSC Isabella became the largest containership to call the Port of Singapore when it berthed on 10 November 2019.The MSC’s Gülsün-Class of container vessels is currently the world’s largest series of container ships.To date, MSC Isabella is the biggest container ship to call at Singapore,

S&P Upgrades GSL Ratings

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Global Ship Lease (GSL), a leading independent owner of containerships with a diversified fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships, said that  S&P Global Ratings has raised its long-term issuer credit rating.According to the London-headquartered company, its  first priority senior

Gothenburg Port Reports Steady Rise

Container handling increased by four per cent from January through September at the Port of Gothenburg. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority.

The Swedish container market had a slight downturn during H1 2019, with a 1% fall, but the Port of Gothenburg has reported a steady rise in both market share and volume.Between January and September this year, the figure stood at four per cent, due largely to continued influx of hinterland rail volumes at the port.

In a First, Container Cargo Vessel on Brahmaputra

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The first ever containerized cargo movement via Indo-Bangladesh protocol route and Brahmaputra (National Waterway -2) river will start from West Bengal's Haldia Today."In line with Government’s focus on improving connectivity to the North Eastern Region (NER), a landmark container cargo

Xeneta Expects Further Disruption in Container Rates

Patrik Berglund, CEO & Co-founder. Photo: Xeneta

Further disruption in ocean freight rates expected despite best efforts from leading carriers, according to Xeneta Container Rates Alert.Long-term contracted ocean freight rates for carriers continued their downward trend through the month of October, it pointed out.The latest freight data from the

Vessel Op Costs to Rise in 2019 and 2020

Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport at BDO, said: “The predicted 2.5% and 2.7% increases in operating costs for 2019 and 2020 respectively compare to an average fall in actual operating costs in 2018 of 1.8% across all main ship types recorded in the recent BDO OpCost study."  (Photo: BDO)

International accountant and shipping adviser BDO said total operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2019 and by 2.7% in 2020.Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that insurance is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2019 and 2020.

Hapag-Lloyd Intros IMO2020 Transition Charge

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German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IMO2020 Transition Charge (ITC) for short-term contracts.The introduction of the IMO2020 sulfur cap as of 1 January 2020 marks a milestone for the shipping industry to reduce marine pollution and become more sustainable,

Boom in Container Shipping: VesselsValue

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The Containership market has been showing some significant gains across both earnings and values, particularly in the Post Panamax and New Panamax segments, says VesselsValue.The US China trade war has had a negative impact on vessel demand. In terms of values, it’s been very much a split market,

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