containerships

First 23,000 TEU container ship powered by LNG enters service

Marseille – The CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the largest LNG-powered container vessel in the world, yesterday joined the fleet of French carrier CMA CGM. The flagship is the first of a series of nine 23,000-TEU vessels. It will start its maiden voyage today on the CMA CGM Group’s French Asia Line (FAL) between Asia and …

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Prince Rupert and Vancouver seen increasing West Coast container market share

  The major route cost disadvantages of the U.S. West Coast gateways will likely lead to further capture of intact intermodal Asian import traffic flows by Vancouver and Prince Rupert (our photo), especially as planned terminal expansions are completed at the two Canadian ports, according to a report by the Mercator consulting firm commissioned by …

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Halifax receives largest container vessel to call at a Canadian port 

Photo Steve Farmer The largest containerized vessel to call at a Canadian port arrived today at the Port of Halifax. The CMA CGM Brazil, 366 metres length, 51 metres beam and 15,072 TEU capacity, berthed at PSA Halifax terminal. The gigantic containership would be the tallest structure east of Toronto if standing stern to bow. The …

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Québec’s big pension fund and DP World plan to invest $4.5 billion in world ports

Duke Point, Port of Nanaimo photo Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and DP World have announced they will inject an additional $4.5 billion in their joint, global portfolio of port terminals. This will raise to $8.2 billion the combined investment by the two parties since they formed their joint venture in 2016. …

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HMM Hamburg makes first call in Hamburg

With the first call of the HMM Hamburg another ship of the so-called “Megamax-24 class” headed for the port of Hamburg on September first. The HMM Hamburg is one of 12 new container ships of the South Korean liner shipping company HMM (formerly Hyundai Merchant Marine) that are being delivered since April. The mega-carrier is …

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Montreal port activity returning to normal

A week after the announcement of the August 20 truce agreement between the longshore workers’ union CUPE Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), the Montreal Port Authority  said it is very pleased to see activities resume on its docks. Within three to four weeks, we expect the backlog from the work stoppage to …

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Hapag-Lloyd confirms two crew members test COVID positive in Vancouver

  Hapag-Lloyd today reported that two crew members on board the 8,600 TEU containership Sofia Express tested positive for COVID-19 while the vessel was at anchor at the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport terminal. “Local authorities were duly notified and the mariners were immediately isolated and brought to a quarantine facility ashore. We are hoping for a …

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New collective agreement ratified between Montreal port checkers and maritime employers

By Leo Ryan, Editor Members of the union representing some 175 checkers at the Port of Montreal have approved by a large majority a new collective agreement with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), it was announced. The MEA said, “Over 87% of the Port of Montreal checkers voted in favour of the agreement in principle …

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Striking Montreal dockers and maritime employers conclude truce

Michel Murray from the CUPE 375 and Martin Tessier of the MEA exhibit signs of relief (Photo MEA)   By Leo Ryan, Editor Normal operations at the Port of Montreal are to resume early Sunday after the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the union representing 1,125 dockers today announced an agreement in principle for a 7-month truce during …

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MEA pledges not to use replacement workers for COVID-related cargo

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has announced it will not resort to using replacement workers for handling some 477 containers currently identified as COVID-related from the Port of Montreal in midst of a docker strike that has entered its 11th day. In a statement, the MEA said that an agreement was made with the longshore …

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