Shipping

World’s first electric ship now sailing in China

El primer barco totalmente eléctrico.

China has launched its first all-electric cargo ship. The 230-foot-long ship runs a mere eight miles per hour, but the vessel has zero emissions of waste gas pollutants. The irony, however, is that the ship is going to haul coal, more than 2,000 tons worth, in the inland section of the Pearl River.

The all-electric ship is powered with enough lithium batteries to power 40 cars—a battery capacity of 2,400 kilowatt hours. After two hours […]

Global idle fleet reduced in face of increased vessel demand

Alrededor de 74,000 TEUs fueron retirados de la flota ociosa durante la primera quincena de noviembre.

The idle fleet of container ships of more than 500 TEUs has fallen, due to capacity demand, to only 136 units, equivalent to 520,365 TEUs, as of November 13, 2017, a figure that represents 2.5% of the total fleet accounted for in units.

According to an Alphaliner report, around 74,000 TEUs were removed from the idle fleet during the first half of November, reducing the number of inactive vessels in all size segments, except for […]

Study considers Panama Canal tug safety

Seguridad de los barcos remolcadores fue revisada por TMG.

Tug operations were put under scrutiny by an article published in the Maritime Journal and written by Peter Barker. For many months the tug boats captains have complained about the working conditions and other problems related to the safety of the vessels crossing the Panama Canal.

An A-list team of international experts led by The Maritime Group International (TMG) has delivered a review of tug operations in the newly expanded Panama Canal.

The canal’s capacity […]

MOL and China Cosco Shipping to be co-owners of four LNG tankers

MOL has announced that China COSCO Shipping will participate in the subsidiary of its property that will own four LNG tankers providing services to the Russia Yamal LNG project.

Total ownership will be divided equally between MOL and China COSCO Shipping.

It should be noted that MOL has already signed long-term charter contracts for the four ships through its subsidiary.

This is the fourth joint LNG project involving MOL and China COSCO Shipping, which gives […]

Panama Canal recovers traffic

El tránsito de barcos por el Canal ha aumentado.

As of August 2017, 9,217 vessels crossed the Panama Canal, 6% more than last year, when traffic reached 8,693 vessels, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of the Comptroller’s Office.

The recent expansion of the third set of locks, inaugurated on June 26, 2016, impacted on this result.

So far this year, there has been an increase of 524 vessels that have crossed the Canal, that is, 6% higher, driven by the transit of […]

Hurricanes make operators review transshipment strategy

Los huracanes en el Caribe son una continua amenaza para las navieras.

The increasing force of hurricanes that have been hitting the Caribbean region, with severe impact on trade and operations in some of the major ports, have made large shipping companies to reexamine their hub strategies for cargo transshipment operations internationally. This was recently reported in Fairplay magazine, specializing in maritime affairs.

Under the headline, “How record-setting Hurricane Irma could impact shipping”, Fairplay’s chief editor, Greg Miller, warned that the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in […]

Panama ready to implement the Convention for the control of Ship’s Ballast Water

El Convenio Internacional para el Control y la Gestión del Agua de Lastre y los Sedimentos de los Buques protegerá el medio ambiente.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, adopted in 2004 (BWM), comes into force on 8 September, and aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ballast water and sediments of ships.

Accordingly, all ships engaged in international maritime transport must carry out their ballast and sediment water management in accordance with […]