Port of Long Beach achieves strongest August on record

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The peak shipping season started with a roar and lifted the Port of Long Beach to its strongest August on record.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 807,704 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container cargo last month, an 11.3% increase compared to August 2020. Imports were up 11.7% to 407,426 TEUs and exports decreased 5.3% to 119,485 TEUs. Empty containers moved through the Port rose 19.7% to 280,794 TEUs.

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CMA CGM to stop all spot freight rate increases

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The shipping industry and particularly exporters and importers have been subject to heavy freight rate increases since the 3rd quarter of 2020 increasing from around $2,032/40′ in September 2020 to $10,519/40′ in September 2021.

Many customers have been complaining about the attitudes of shipping lines who they claimed were breaching contracts and demanding higher spot freight rates.

Perhaps taking cognisance of this, CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest container shipping line has taken a decision to stop all spot rate increases.

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Port of Long Beach implements “Truck Alert” program

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Port of Long Beach to offer traffic alerts with a new texting service. The ‘Truck Alert’ program is aimed at reducing delays, improve cargo movement. The port has been in the news recently due to high levels of port congestion. Apart from the increased demand in goods, the delays are also attributed to the constrained landside operations due to shortage of chassis and also ineffective utilisation of truck booking windows. 

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DP World’s BOXBAY high bay storage system completes real-world trial, exceeds expectations

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Two years after launching BOXBAY, a new high bay container storage system, DP World has completed the testing of the high bay storage concept at its first full-size facility in Jebel Ali port in Dubai.

As per a media release from DP World, more than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility, which can hold 792 containers at a time, was commissioned beginning this year.

The test is said to have exceeded expectations with BOXBAY working faster and more energy efficient than anticipated.

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Berthing delay skyrockets as operations at Ningbo container terminal still suspended

Berthing delay skyrockets as Ningbo, the 3rd largest ports in the world suspends container terminal operations due to a positive case of COVID-19.

Data provided by project44 confirms that a large volume of container ships are at anchor outside Ningbo-Zhoushan waiting for berth space.

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Wood Chip carrier Crimson Polaris splits in two in Japan

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Crimson Polaris, a dedicated wood-chip carrier operated by NYK, owned by MI-DAS Line S.A and managed Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd was swept away by strong winds while it was anchored and ran aground off Hachinohe in Aomori prefecture in Japan on August 11 2021.

The hull of the vessel eventually split in two in the early hours of 12th August and oil from the vessel has spilt into the ocean. The oil leak from the ship has reportedly spread around 15 miles but the extent of any environmental impact and quantity is still under investigation and unclear as yet.

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Transnet Port Terminals – South Africa lifts Force Majeure

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Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the State Owned Enterprise responsible for the operation of port terminals in South Africa has officially declared Force Majeure at the container terminals of Durban, Ngqura (Coega), Cape town and Port Elizabeth.

This declaration comes on the back of speculation that Transnet was the victim of a cyber-attack, something that was not confirmed by TPT till the 26th of July 2021.

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New association in West and Central Africa for Women in Maritime

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Women in maritime took centre stage at the inauguration of the Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA), the newest IMO-supported regional association for women in the maritime sector (WIMA).

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IMO welcomes WHO vaccine roadmap seafarer prioritization

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IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization‘s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies.

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DCSA releases just-in-time port call interface standards

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To facilitate implementation of its just-in-time (JIT) port call standards, DCSA has released interface standards and messaging API (application programming interface) specifications for the first 18 event timestamps defined in its JIT port call data definitions.

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Federal Maritime Commission to assess carriers’ compliance on demurrage and detention

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The Federal Maritime Commission has established a new audit program and dedicated audit team to assess carrier compliance with the Agency’s rule on detention and demurrage as well as to provide additional information beneficial to the regular monitoring of the marketplace for ocean cargo services.

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Cutting GHG emission from shipping – 10 years of mandatory rules

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2021 marks a decade of action since IMO adopted the first set of mandatory energy efficiency measures for ships.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is marking a decade of action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, since the first set of international mandatory measures to improve ships’ energy efficiency was adopted on 15 July 2011, as part of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

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UPDATE : Ever Given on its way to Rotterdam – Freedom, Freedom – Ever Given released and sailing from Suez Canal

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The sweet taste of freedom was probably being experienced by all concerned with the Ever Given as it was released by Suez Canal authorities on the 7th of July – a good 106 days after becoming one of the most talked about ships in the world, by even those who were not interested or knew about the business of shipping..

Further to the below, the update as of the 12th July is that the Ever Given is showing that it is sailing en route to Rotterdam which was its original destination before passing through and getting stuck in the Suez Canal..

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Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier Nile Dutch

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Hapag-Lloyd successfully closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch) on the 8th of July 2021.

After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.

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