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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Countdown of the world’s top 10 ports

The world’s largest and busiest ports handle significant amounts of cargo every year. This involves much co-ordination and organisation to ensure that containers are moved in and out of the port as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Below are the top 10 busiest ports in the world by TEU volume:
In 2013, Tianjin port took just over 13 million TEU, which is a clear 700,000 TEU more than the previous year.
(Source: Forbes)
Jebel Ali handled some 13.64 million TEU in 2013. Work is currently being carried out at Khalifa PortAbu Dhabi to develop its capacity too.
(Source: All About Shipping)
8. Port of Guangzhou, China
15.31 million TEU was handled by Guangzhou Harbor in 2013, up from 14.74 million TEU in 2012.
(Source: Forbes)
7. QingdaoChina
Qingdao handled 15.52 million TEU in 2013, a massive increase from the 14.5 million figure reocorded in 2012.
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(Source: Sea News)
6. Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, China
The Ningbo-Zhoushan Port handled 17.33 million TEU in 2013, up from the 16.83 million in 2012.
(Source: Forbes)
5. Busan Port, South Korea
2013 saw enormous TEU volumes of 17.69 million TEU, up from the 17.04 million in 2012.
(Source: Hafen Hamburg)
4. Hong Kong
Previously, the Port of Hong Kong was the largest of China’s ports by TEU volume, according to Forbes. However, volumes began to decrease as more ships were re-routed to Northern China. In 2013, 22.35 million TEU were handled at Hong Kong’s port, down from 23.12 million in 2012.

(Source: Forbes)
Shenzhen is the second largest Chinese port. 23.28 million TEU were handled in 2013, up from 22.94 million in 2012.
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(Source: Chec.bj.cn)
2. Singapore
In 2013, the Port of Singapore recorded 32.63 million TEU compared with the 31.65 million in 2012 and 29.94 million TEU in 2011.
(Source: Forbes)
The busiest Port in the World
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Source: Daily Mail
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Friday, 21 November 2014

MSC Cordoba, MSC Ilona at Felixstowe, 21 November, 2014

Published on 21 Nov 2014
MSC Cordoba outbound, MSC Ilona inbound at Felixstowe, on the morning of 21st November, 2014, with other traffic.

WATCH: Containers Topple Like Dominoes from Ship in Shanghai

A containership berthed at the port of Shanghai lost as many as 30 containers overboard after the stacks toppled over like dominoes for apparently unknown reasons. The timestamp on the port’s surveillance video shows the incident happened on Wednesday morning, 12 November 2014. As you can see, plenty of containers were damaged, but luckily nobody was reported injured in the incident.


Maersk Line Named Shipping Company Of The Year

Maersk Line won the award for continuing to drive sustainability in shipping by cutting emissions and helping its customers lessen the impact of their supply chains. The introduction of Triple E ships in 2013 and 2014 have set new standards on energy efficiency, while the company’s existing fleet is being retrofitted with new technologies to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance.

In 2013 Maersk Line reduced CO2 by 12% in the same year that it grew by 4.1%. One Judge commented: “Maersk Line’s reliability, innovation and commitment to exceeding customer expectations is testament to what makes them a carrier of choice for many of the world’s automotive manufacturers.”

Photo credit to Andrew McAlpine

David Browne, sales director at Maersk Line UK and Ireland, collected the award on behalf of the company, and said “We work with some of the biggest automotive manufacturers in the world, and we are delighted that has been recognised with this award. We are committed to supporting our customers’ businesses and helping them grow, and would like to thank them for their continued support.”
Maersk Line, which recently announced it had made USD 685 million profit in Q3 2014, works with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Ford, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and General Motors. In 2014 it was recognised by Ford for its work on the environment and CSR at the Ford World Excellence Awards in May 2014, the first carrier to ever receive recognition.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Maersk back in Southampton - more detail

Maersk Line will return in Southampton after the shipping giant dropped the port for Felixstowe four years ago.
The DP World Southampton has been included as part of the re-configuration of 2M rotations (with alliance partner MSC). Having retained a Felixstowe stop, the Asia-Europe AE9 service will call in Southampton and in Mediterranean ports along the route.
Meanwhile, the CMA CGM deal, which covered Southampton for Maersk, has been ended. Furthermore, the 2M partners are in process of terminating vessel sharing agreements with other carriers.
According to sources of Lloyd's List, the decision of Maersk to add Southampton to the rotation came after requests from customers.
In 2015, Maersk will offer six Asia-north Europe services. Four of those will call into the UK with port of Felixstowe included in all and DP World Southampton in one.

Freight and Road Haulage Interests Demand Priority Registration for River Thames M25 Crossing

Cash Payments at Dartford Thurrock Bridge and Tunnels Cease This Month but HGV's Need to Resolve Payment Issues 

UK – Encouraged by the success of the London Congestion Charge scheme which has seen automatic number plate recognition technology enable both payment and the prosecution of transgressors, the government will remove the option to pay in cash at the Dartford Thurrock crossing from the end of this month. Now road haulage and freight interests are asking for priority for commercial fleets when it comes to registering vehicles for automatic payment.
Anyone familiar with the M25 bottleneck will know that most drivers have always blamed the delays when crossing over the River Thames via the Queen Elizabeth bridge or under by way of the twin tunnels on congestion at the toll plazas themselves. When the government revealed in 2011 that its idea of ‘congestion’ was anything above a twelve mile tailback, the point where the tolls would be waived to free up traffic, it was subjected to ridicule and the subsequent consultation has led to this latest policy.

From 6am on November 30 new ‘free-flow’ system will allow drivers to pay the crossing charge either using a pay-as-you-go service, or the pre-pay Dart Charge account for which registration has now commenced. This replaces the existing DART-Tag and is reckoned to save users up to a third on every crossing, Existing DART-Tag account holders will be credited for their outstanding funds once they have registered so users should ensure their current details are correct as advices of the changes will be forwarded to them. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has wholeheartedly backed the change with Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, saying:
“The free-flow technology at Dartford cannot come soon enough for the freight industry. On behalf of our members the FTA has long been asking for this system to be introduced as this is the appropriate way forward in order to reduce a good deal of administration costs for the freight industry in dealing with tolls, charges and queues at the crossing.
“Whilst the FTA regards the introduction of the Dart Charge registration as good news for users of the Dartford Crossing, we also recognise that this has come at a difficult time for the freight and logistics industry, being the busiest time of year in the run-up to Christmas. We will therefore, be looking for priority for commercial fleet registration as the system goes live today. We will of course be encouraging our members to benefit from the discounts available to them through this system.”
The government now has a Dart Charge weblink which will enable people to transfer their DART-Tag account, setup and manage a standard or commercial account or apply for a local resident discount. Highways Agency Project Manager, Nigel Gray said:

“I am pleased to confirm that Dart Charge will be introduced at the Dartford Crossing on Sunday 30 November. Dart Charge will help speed up journeys so it’s great news for the tens of thousands of drivers who use the Crossing every day and for the economy. From today drivers can set up a pre-pay account and get a discount on every crossing once the new payment arrangements begin.”

5 Ship Collision Accidents Caught On Cam

Collisions of ships is a scary and unfortunate event which no one wants to encounter at sea. However, accidents do take place as a result of human error or other unforeseen circumstances.
Several ship accidents have taken place at sea or port, of which, some have been captured on camera by passengers, crew members from other ships or by people working on ports.
Checkout five such ship collision accidents caught on cam below.
1. A 57,000-tonne bulk carrier “Beks Halil” steaming out of Singapore collides with a smaller bulk carrier while passing the Strait of Singapore. The incident was caught on tape by crew members from another nearby ship. The incident took place sometime in 2013.
2. In Santa Marta, Colombia a Bulk carrier hits a moored container vessel while berthing. The bulk carrier’s bow also hit a pilot boat which was tied up to the pier, which caused enough damage to sink it.
3. A ship smashes into dock and then collides with another ship which was already berthed.
4.A ferry while leaving a port crashes with another ship resulting in total destruction of one of its lifeboat, which almost breaks into pieces before falling in the water.
5. A ship at high speed collides with another vessel. The ship’s horn can be heard loud in the video, however, it seems the vessel with speed must have lost control which lead to such situation.
NOTE: Marine Insight does not have enough information to verify these videos and cannot vouch for their accuracy. The article is intended only for education purpose and Marine Insight does not support/propagate activity or views shown in the videos.
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