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Container ships: Evergreen names its latest
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:55

Taiwan’s Evergreen has repeated the name of one of its first ships, the 1957-built freighter Ever Lucky, for its latest L-type newbuilding. JSTaiwan’s Evergreen has repeated the name of one of its first ships, the 1957-built freighter Ever Lucky, for its latest L-type newbuilding. JSIn the late 1970s Evergreen Line, now known more formally as Evergreen Marine Corporation, was not a household name in the maritime sector. The company had been founded approximately a decade earlier, in 1968, by Taiwan’s Chang Yung-fa around a single vessel. Chang, an entrepreneur, steadily built up his fleet using a number of breakbulk freighters obtained on the second-hand market, one such being the 7,637gt Ever Lucky, completed in 1957 as Caledonia Maru.

With this ship a new trade route was inaugurated between Asia and the Middle East just as the oil boom of that period was beginning. The name chosen for the freighter was auspicious as, thereafter, Evergreen began to expand rapidly, the elderly Ever Lucky being sold for scrap in 1979 as new container ships were acquired.

 
Capesize bulkers: Bulker rates on the slide
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Capesize bulker Silver Pioneer discharging at Hamburg. Roy CresseyCapesize bulker Silver Pioneer discharging at Hamburg. Roy CresseyIn early July rates for capesize bulk carriers on Asian routes were sliding as too many ships chased too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil. At that time there were around 32 capesize ships in ballast and available for charter, with another 72 ships expected to be free before the end of July. A capesize vessel measures 289m by 45m, 90,000gt and 177,000dwt. They are not fitted with gear and are used almost entirely for carrying coal or iron ore for the steel industry. RC

 
CONTAINER SHIP: NYK orders new boxboats
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

 Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYK Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYKJapan’s NYK Line has ordered eight 14,000TEU boxships from the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United, all for delivery between February 2016 and January 2018. The vessels will be used to replace existing ships in the G6 Alliance Asia-Europe service, as well as four smaller 13,000TEU ships that are currently on charter from Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line. To be registered in Panama, the newbuildings will measure 364m by 51m and will have a deadweight of about 123,000 tonnes on a draught of 15m. This compares to the line’s existing 65,935dwt NYK Meteor class that measure 294m by 32.2m and sail on a maximum draught of 13.5m. JS

 
SHIP SAFETY: New York Bridge warning
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 ‘K’ Line’s container ship Guang Dong Bridge goes under New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is being raised to accommodate taller vessels. Lem Schaffer ‘K’ Line’s container ship Guang Dong Bridge goes under New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is being raised to accommodate taller vessels. Lem SchafferThe US Coast Guard has warned ship operators that it will likely pursue civil penalties against any vessel owner, master, or person-in-charge who provides inaccurate vessel information that contributes to a collision with the Bayonne Bridge in New York harbour. The warning comes after the bridge was struck twice over the past several months by ships with excessive air draughts.

The most recent collision demasted a ship’s INMARSAT C and Ship Safety Alert System antennas. The Coast Guard is worried that further strikes could cause injury or loss of life to construction crews that are now working to raise the 83-year-old structure and thus allow the passage of larger and taller ships. JS

 
Container ships: MSC’s largest boxboat to date
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

The world’s second largest container line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has recently taken delivery of its largest vessel. In its usual low-key approach to additions to its vast fleet, the company has just taken delivery of MSC London, the first in a series of six 15,908teu ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs), which are on long-term charter.

Following the line’s usual nomenclature for chartered vessels, the series are named after cities of the world; the line uses girls’ names for its owned vessels. MSC London will be followed by MSC New York, due to be delivered in December 2014; MSC Istanbul, due March 2015; and MSC Venice, due in June 2015. The names of the last two vessels, due for delivery in 2015, are still to be announced.

 
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