VecoDigest 23/11

23/11/20170 CommentsAndrea Rondon
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Discover the most important news in the maritime sector curated and brought to you by Veconinter:

Cellular fleet hits 21m – According to the report of Alphaliner analysts, the cellular containership fleet breached the 21m TEU mark for the first time this month. It took 22 months to reach this goal, being this the slowest pace of growth since 2000. From 2000-2015, the rate of growth added a 1m TEU every 12 to 13 months. Splash247

Ports are implementing an obligatory clause towards the single customs window – The Ukrainian government has approved the instauration of a clause that makes obligatory for all companies and state organizations to use the single customs window, starting next year. PortalPortuario

Stopford: supply/demand equilibrium will be reached by 2021 – Dr. Martin Stopford, the most famous shipping analyst, told the Maritime CEO forum in Hong Kong that the supply/demand equilibrium will become favorable for shipping in 2021. This prediction would make the downturn in the shipping sector the longest recorded in more than 170 years. Splash247

CMA CGM confirms its new builds will feature LNG-fueled engines – The company has confirmed that the nine giant 22,000 TEU ships to be built in China will feature LNG-fueled Wartsila engines. This will make CMA CGM the first shipping company to equip giant containerships with this type of motorization. Splash247

Maersk fixes 22 classic panamaxes – According to the last report from Alphaliner, Maersk is currently fixing more than 22 ships of 4,000 TEU to 5,299 TEU since the second half of October. This has given a boost to the classic panamax segment. Splash247

Dalian Success Innovation orders ten 25,800dwt handy size bulkers at DSIC – Dalian Success Innovation Group has signed shipbuilding contracts for the construction of ten 25,800 dwt bulk carriers. The vessels will be built by the CSIC affiliated Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, and delivered from April 2019. Splash247 

Maersk figures container exports in Columbia in 12.5% this year – The container international trade maintains a positive rhythm according to the newest A.P. Moller Maersk reports. This is due to the two digits increase on exports that have been reached in the third term of the year, going up to 12.34% from last year. PortalPortuario

MPC Container Ships plans private placement to fund fleet expansion – MPC Container Ships has announced the retention of DNB Markets and Fernley Securities to assist the company with a private placement of new shares to raise around $150-200m. Splash247

Panama restates its merchant marine leadership with the recognition of China – Panama has received the “Most Favorable Nation” status. With this new status, the ships will receive register benefits in port rates and a preference treatment in all ports belonging to China. PortalPortuario

Paperless bills are a reality with the blockchain pilot project of Zim – Based on blockchain technology, Israel shipping line Zim has announced that it has completed the pilot of paperless bills of lading. This solution allows the secure exchange of original documents on the blockchain. Splash247

FMC names five companies operating unlicensed shipping services – The US Maritime Commission has received complaints and questions about five companies that are shipping cargo without the appropriated licenses, specially between the US and Brazil. Splash247

The APM Terminal Quetzal have been inaugurated – The Quetzal Container Terminal has been renamed as the Quetzal APM Terminals, and has started it operations in Guatemala. This new terminal has a capacity of 340,000 TEUs, and is expected to benefit the container market. PortalPortuario

COSCO Shipping Energy orders seven tankers at DSIC – Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation has signed a major shipbuilding deal with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry as part of its ongoing fleet expansion plan. All vessels are expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021, and the total value of the contract is of $553m. Splash247

Falls in container transfers in the Hamburg Port due to the Elba River dredging – The Hamburg Port informed that the increase in the container transfers are mainly due to the reforms being made in the channel entries of the Elba River. The ships are not able to bring or drop cargo in an optimum manner. PortalPortuario

Sri Lanka is set to liberalise the shipping sector – The Sri Lanka government is looking to liberalize its freight transport sector with the aim of becoming a greater regional shipping hub, just like Singapore did. Splash247

The new distinctive CMA CGM ship will have the name of Antoine de Saint Exupéry – Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of CMA CGM, announced that the future insignia ship of the shipping line will be delivered in the first months of 2018. This ship will have the name of Antoine de Saint Exupéry as a tribute to the French symbol. PortalPortuario

Maersk hits out at the shipping sector lack of ambition to tackle climate change – Maersk has lashed out its shipping line peers and the International Maritime Organization over the slow progress the sector has made to reduce the carbon footprints and pollute less. Splash247

Maersk builds 3,700 Star Cool containers for Hapag-Lloyd – Maersk Container Industry announced that it is currently working on a construction order of 3,700 refrigerated Star Cool Integrated containers for Hapag-Lloyd. A thousand of these units will use an environment friendly refrigerator. PortalPortuario

Europe must develop holistic shipbuilding strategy amid Asian competition – The Asian shipbuilding sector is too big for its European nations counterparts, reason why the latter must band together if they are to prosper. Reports acknowledges that only a clear targeted EU shipbuilding policy that offers an integrated and unified approach towards international competition will help Europe. Splash247

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