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Desperate Times for Sailors Stranded by Pandemic

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Jens Boysen disembarked one of the world’s largest container ships on Thursday after 167 days at sea when he has acted not only as captain but also as doctor, dentist, mental coach and entertainment director for his stressed-out crew.Almost 200,000 seafarers like Boysen are stuck onboard merchant ships,

CMA CGM Halts Timber Exports from Gambia Over Rosewood Risk

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Shipping group CMA CGM said on Wednesday it was suspending timber exports from Gambia due to suspected trafficking of rosewood in the West African country.Demand for furniture in China has led to widespread felling of rosewood in West Africa in recent years, despite the variety being protected under

Matson's New ConRo Ship Matsonia Christened

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Matsonia, the second of two Kanaloa Class combination container/roll-on, roll-off (con-ro) vessels being built for U.S.-based carrier Matson, was christened at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, on Thursday.Peggy Forest, wife of Matson's President Ron Forest, officially christened

Maersk Acquires Customs Broker KGH

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Maersk said on Monday it had agreed to buy Sweden-based customs broker KGH Customs Services for 2.6 billion Swedish crowns ($281 million), as the container shipping group seeks to expand its end-to-end logistics services.Maersk since 2016 has sold its oil and gas business and focussed on its container

NCB Calls for Container Stowage Reforms

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The National Cargo Bureau is calling for reforms to stem the increasing number of container-related incidents caused by poorly stowed, undeclared or misdeclared dangerous cargoesThe National Cargo Bureau (NCB) – a U.S. inspection body authorized to certify compliance with Dangerous Goods regulations

Will Container Shipping Woes of the 2010s Repeat?

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Reduced volumes are currently posing a major challenge to container shipping due to the COVID-19 crisis. So far, freight rates have been held up by the massive blanking of sailings that carriers have put in place.However, even before this crisis, the container shipping industry was saddled with overcapacity carried over from the previous decade,

CMA CGM to Impose Emergency Surcharge at Cape Town Port

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CMA CGM, the world's fourth-largest container shipping line, will impose emergency congestion surcharges at Cape Town port in July due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus, it has told customers.From July 1 until further notice, it will impose a surcharge of $550 for 20-foot containers and reefers and a $1,

SeaMar Awarded Agency Contract from CMA CGM

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Frensh shipping company CMA CGM Group has awarded SeaMar with a contract to act as its agent in Port of Amsterdam during the maintenance and repair project of their container ships CC Cayenne, CC Marseille and CC St. Laurent at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion starting end of June 2020.SeaMar said

DP World Completes Integration of Unifeeder and Feedertech

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DP World announce Tuesday it has finished integrating its recent acquisitions Unifeeder and Feedertech, creating a feedering and shortsea network serving hundreds of ports across the globe.Unifeeder, which recently acquired Feedertech, operates feeder and shortsea services around northern Europe and

Hapag-Lloyd to Halt Waste Shipments to China

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German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd said it had notified customers it will stop accepting cargoes of solid waste, including scrap metal, bound for China that arrive from September 1 onward to comply with new legislation.China in April passed a law, taking effect in September, that holds carriers

Seaspan Completes Remote DoC Audit with DNV GL

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The world’s largest container tonnage provider has become the latest vessel owner to benefit from classification society DNV GL’s remote audit capabilities, as the impact of the global COVID-19 crisis continues to spur the increased use of remote survey services globally.Under a Hong Kong flag special authorization,

Containership Markets Plot Uncertain Course to Recovery -MSI

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New HORIZON Monthly report shows freight rates remain high, blanked sailings have hit charter markets and coming quarters continue to hold riskContainership markets are exhibiting contradictory signals as the global economy continues its tentative emergence from lockdown. In the first of its new HORIZON Monthly reports,

Video: New Container Moves World Record Set in Port of LA

MSC Isabella at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

The 18,465 containers moved from the ultra-large container vessel (ULVC) MSC Isabella at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles last week set a new world record for most boxes moved during a single port call.The Port of Los Angeles, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, APM Terminals Los Angeles

Released by Australia, Containership APL England Sails to China for Repairs

APL England without cargo in the Port of Brisbane, prior to departing for China where the ship will be repaired. (Photo: AMSA)

Singapore-flagged containership APL England, detained in Australia after losing dozens of containers off the country's southeastern coast in May, has been released and is sailing to China for repairs, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Friday.The ship departed the Port of Brisbane

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