Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cosco takes biggest container line title from Maersk after a bumper Q3

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A 23% increase in containers lifted allowed Cosco to steal the top spot from Maersk Line in the third quarter.
The Chinese carrier loaded 5.49 million teu, compared with the Danish carrier’s 5.26m.
According to Alphaliner’s liftings league table, the Chinese line loaded 23% more containers in Q3 than in the same period of 2016, whereas Maersk carried 2.4% fewer, its booking systems temporarily stymied by a cyber attack in the summer that caused a 12-day IT shutdown.
Maersk chief executive Soren Skou revealed that the carrier’s liftings in the first two weeks of July slumped as shippers booked cargo with its competitors.
Nevertheless, even allowing for a loss of say 200,000 teu, Maersk would probably still have been toppled from its long-held position as the biggest carrier by volume.
And adding soon-to-be-acquired OOCL, which carried 1.6m teu in Q3, suggests 2018 could see the Chinese liner as a permanent fixture at the top of the liftings league.
Even Maersk’s upcoming takeover of Hamburg Sud will only add about 4m teu a year to the total, and that figure could even be lower depending on the impact of the regulatory restrictions in certain trading regions.
Meanwhile, CMA CGM, which maintained its operating performance top position in Q3 with an ebit margin of 10%, is also challenging the once-untouchable Maersk Line on volume growth.
CMA CGM saw its liftings jump 11.6% year-on-year in Q3 to 4.98m teu, another new record for the French carrier. And its recent newbuild order of nine 22,000 teu+ ultra-large container vessels confirms its aggressive growth strategy under the new leadership of Rodolphe Saade.
Hapag-Lloyd sits behind CMA CGM in fourth position in Alphaliner’s liftings table, with 2.81m teu, but it is likely to be relegated next year when Japanese container lines K Line, MOL and NYK merge their total of about 3.6m teu into the Ocean Network Express (ONE) in April.
Apart from Hapag-Lloyd, which saw its year-on-year liftings surge by 44.2%, due to the inclusion of the merged UASC business, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) was the biggest gainer in Q3.
The restructured South Korean carrier recorded a 41.1% increase in its liftings compared with 2016, to 1.05m teu, ranking it as the eighth biggest container line in Alphaliner’s league table.
Nevertheless, all the carriers could be relegated by one place if MSC, second only to Maersk Line in terms of deployed capacity, was to disclose its liftings.
The privately owned MSC, has always declined to reveal any operational or financial numbers. However sources suggest that it could have carried close to 6m teu in Q3 as it benefited from its 2M alliance relationship with Maersk.

Port Of Felixstowe By John Cooper

  All the above photo credits to John Cooper

John Cooper


John Cooper from Kesgrave, Suffolk. Photos and Forums on Suffolk here 

Exploring the OOCL UNITED KINGDOM vessel

At the end of September, OOCL commemorated the christening of the latest 21,413 TEU containership to join their fleet this year and last Friday they kindly invited one of the Tuscor Lloyds team to visit the Port of Felixstowe to help them celebrate the vessels maiden voyage.
Named the OOCL UNITED KINGDOM, the vessel is one of the carrier’s ‘G Class’ vessels which are known to be the world’s largest by carrying capacity. The OOCL fleet is planned to contain 6 vessels in total and OOCL United Kingdom is the 4th vessel after OOCL Germany / Hong Kong / Japan.

“The shipbuilding process is a complicated one. From hull form design, machinery selection, fabrication to assembly, the shipyard must be able to bring a concept on paper to become a technically sound and economically viable product for the shipowner, the shipyard, the makers and sub-contractors. Adding on the fact that many aspects of this class of vessels are in fact record-breaking, be it size or machinery capacity and output, I think SHI should be very proud that it has achieved this goal in the safest and most efficient manner.”

Mr Alan Tung 
Chief Financial Officer , OOCL 
On Friday, Nathan Lang, who is a part of our Operations team had the unique opportunity to enjoy a mini-tour of Felixstowe port and to visit & board the OOCL United Kingdom. What was his impression of this brand new mega vessel? Let’s hear him out:
‘’The day consisted of a mini-tour of the port and then a visit to the vessel where we got to board and visit the captains bridge; once on board the vessel, there was a lift available up to the captains Bridge, or you could walk up the stairs; I took the stairs both up and down; it was 9 x stories & safe to say walking down was easier than walking up. On the bridge, the captain kindly gave us his time to explain different aspects of the vessel/operations and to answer questions across a range of topics that included DG cargo/Reefer Cntr’s/Breakbulk cargo – crew welfare + revealing that the vessel had its own football pitch as one of the facilities available for the crew! The port also presented the captain with maiden voyage plaques for the vessel.
It was an incredible experience and gave a unique insight into port & vessel operations. Prior to boarding I felt like an ant looking up at the vessel and the masses of stacked containers and when on board, looking out from the captain’s bridge in the windy conditions, wasn’t for the faint-hearted’’
Nathan Lang
Tuscor Lloyds

Click on the picture to see the slideshow with more photos from the event!

Here's our privileges and bastards

Here's our privileges and bastards. Fortunately there are no wounded. Mafi nor specialists below. Here the blind spots are paid expensive.



Siempre estibando.  ✊
Entre Europa, África y América
Joined August 2013

Privileges of the stowage, sons of bitches. 2nd accident of the day. Sailor falls from the deck to the dock wall and falls into the water. Possibly deceased. 2 sailors attend it in the water.

Maersk Mc Kinney Møller swings for Felixstowe Berth 9 with two Svitzer tugs. 29th November 2017

Photo credit Peter Westcott

Maersk Mc Kinney Møller swings for Felixstowe Berth 9 with two Svitzer tugs. 29th November 2017

The first ship to be built out of 20 in the Triple E Class, Maersk Mc-kinney Moller arrives to the Port of Felixstowe. Two Svitzer tugs assist with a port swing for Berth 9. 29th November 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

400m length CSCL INDIAN OCEAN departs port of felixstowe 29/11/17

Published on 29 Nov 2017

on a very cold and breezy wednesday morning the ultra large 400m length cscl indian ocean departs felixstowe berth8 and heads off for the suez canal.

Port Services Reg "consigned to the dustbin"

The European Union’s Port Services Regulation will be "consigned to the dustbin" in the UK due to Brexit, shipping minister John Hayes has said

The European Union’s Port Services Regulation will be "consigned to the dustbin" in the UK due to Brexit, shipping minister John Hayes has told members of the UK Major Ports Group.
Addressing the UKMPG reception held in the House of Commons, he described himself as a "resolute, committed and determined champion" of the ports sector, and said he would work to make sure there were no unnecessary regulatory burdens on the industry.
"You need to be absolutely sure and confident that you have a strong voice in government batting for ports and shipping, and particularly for our ports in the world that follows Brexit; this is a great opportunity for the ports sector," he said. "Of course, there will be challenges – there always were going to be. But we can take advantage of this opportunity. The capacity of ports to invest and adapt and respond to changing market conditions is very much a part of the industry."
Ports should be recognised not only because of trade but because of the difference they make to their localities, the businesses they serve, the employment they create and the skills they spawn, said Mr Hayes. "The whole economy is based on your ports. We need to explain and elucidate and evangelise the difference that ports make to our whole economy."
James Cooper, chairman of UKMPG and chief executive of ABP, said the importance of trade needed to be "hardwired" into the UK government’s policies and decision-making. Post-Brexit, he said: "We have an opportunity to set up a regulatory framework for the UK’s unique port sector – such as repealing the EU’s job and investment-killing Port Services Regulation at the earliest possible opportunity."

Durban’s Beaches Are An Absolute Mess Right Now [Video]

Tens of hundreds of thousands of millions of nurdles are washing up on beaches spanning the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline – and it won’t be long before they make their way down the coast to the Cape peninsula.
What is a nurdle, you ask?
Well, my friend, a nurdle is a small moon-shaped pre-plastic pellet used by industries as a raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.
They arrived on the shores after Durban’s massive storm last month, which saw more than one container ship break free from its moori Tens ng in the harbour.
One such ship lost its load, and, according to Daily Maverick, at least two “severely ruptured containers of plastic pellets (nurdles) fell overboard and was allegedly left submerged in the harbour for almost 24 hours”.
Once recovered, however, the containers allegedly [above] sat uncovered on a Transnet jetty, allowing for further leakage of nurdles into the port, reports News24:
“They each contained 990 bags of low and high density polyethylene (plastic pellets) packed in 25kg bags. The total tonnage lost is estimated to be 49 tons,” said DEA spokesperson Zolile Nqayi.
And this is just one example the bags contained:
Although the plastic pellets aren’t toxic, once released into “the marine environment they attract harmful substances (pathogens) that can have negative impacts on marine species including seabirds and turtles which mistake the pellets for food”:
Within a day, millions of little moon-shaped nurdles started washing up on Durban’s beaches. There is a possibility that nurdles have contaminated the coast as far north as Richards Bay and have also entered the south-flowing Agulhas current.
A little map to show you the extent of the Agulhas current, which could bring the nurdles down to the Cape:
And this is a map, from Coast KZN, which shows where nurdles have been found so far – yup, all the way down to Hartenbos Beach, near Mossel Bay:
Let’s take a look at a few scenes – this from Durban beach:
Plastics SA has now likened the possible ecological impact of the expansive nature of the nurdles to an oil spill. Take a look at just what the Umlalazi Nature Reserve, 130km north of the scene of the crime, looks like:

Here’s a still:
Plastics SA also said it would “ultimately be the responsibility of Sabic, as the owner the spilled cargo, to cover the costs of the clean-up”:
One of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), will foot the bill for clean-up operations following a massive spillage of raw plastic pellets in KwaZulu-Natal waters. So says Plastics SA’s sustainability director, Douw Steyn, who has been engaging with Sabic representatives in the wake of the recent Durban harbour cargo spill.
Overall, three containers from the MSC Ines were lost in the water. It’s cases like this that exemplify how important it is to get marine insurance when transporting goods, as you never know when – or what – disaster will strike.
One local freight company with the expertise and buying power to get the best rates from A-rated underwriters is Berry & Donaldson. They ensure the best possible cargo cover for their clients at cost effective prices.
But maritime insurance is just the tip of the cargo ship when it comes to the services that Berry & Donaldson provides.
With over 50 years of operations, their freight-forwarding services, whether airfreight or sea freight, full containers or part-containers, breakbulk or perishable cargo, has all the experience in dealing with international logistics operators.
If you find yourself coming across a nurdle or tens of hundreds of thousands of millions, then try pick them up.
Here are a few tips on how to do that the most effectively:
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