Monday, 30 December 2019

Stories of the year: what shaped 2019 in Container Shipping & Trade

DP Worlds Nhava Sheva container port in India, where the company plans future port investment

By Jamey Bergman

We look back over our most read stories from the course of the last year to revisit the topics that your reading habits revealed as key drivers in the maritime industry in 2019
CMA CGM’s commitment to a newbuild series of LNG-fuelled ultra-large container ships in late 2017 sent a message to the industry, and with bunkering infrastructure on the rise, globally, LNG as a fuel is fast gaining steam in the box ship sector. Three of our top five stories focus on the subject, with the remaining pair sharing the commonality of pivotal portside investments. To read each story in full, click on the headline, the image or the link at the end of the text.

1. Box ship owners: LNG an ‘intermediate’ solution

Hapag-Lloyd’s Sajir was built to DNV GL’s LNG-ready notation
Shipowners should not wait for zero emissions solutions to become available, they should act now, according to DNV GL director of business development and executive vice president Jan-Olaf Probst.
"They can ease this transition by going step-by-step rather than waiting. That is our message ꟷ small steps are more helpful than doing nothing,” Mr Probst said, underlining the important role that LNG has as an “intermediate” solution.

2. CMA CGM launches largest LNG-powered box ship

CMA CGM: a milestone reached in the construction of its LNG-powered ship (copyright: CMA CGM)
CMA CGM has launched its 23,000-TEU LNG-powered container ship and unveiled its energy efficiency features at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard in China.
In 2017, CMA CGM chairman Rodolphe Saadé announced his decision to order nine 23,000-TEU container ships that would be the world’s first to be powered by LNG.
These new vessels will join the Group’s fleet in 2020 on the French Asia Line (Asia-Northern Europe) and will be registered in the French International Register, confirming the group’s commitment to operate under the French flag.

3. Ports driving innovation in tracking technology

Controp Precision Technologies uses infrared and electro-optics to track multiple targets
Ports of Singapore, Rotterdam and Dover are leading the way in developing vessel traffic management technology and integrating AIS, radar and radio.
Singapore Maritime and Port Authority chief technology officer Kenneth Lim says Singapore is gearing up to adopt new maritime technologies including vessel tracking and e-navigation for its vessel traffic management centre, while Rotterdam considers blockchain and Dover deals with Brexit. 

4. DP World focuses investment billions in Indian and African ports

DP World’s Nhava Sheva container port in India, where the company plans future port investment
DP World is set to build new terminals and port infrastructure in India and east Africa in the next decade to boost regional growth in maritime trade.

5. Containerships completes world-first LNG simultaneous bunkering operations

Containerships has performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering
Containerships has performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering, which allows for the concomitant bunkering of LNG and execution of loading and unloading procedures

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