Maritime News

Hapag-Lloyd says there was a 65 percent increase in improperly declared hazardous cargo it carried last year, the latest sign of how dangerous goods could disrupt supply chains through accidents such as those that took place recently in China and Brazil.

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition said a new international container weight verification rule threatens U.S. exporters with lost business and supply chain “turmoil,” and warrants a congressional inquiry.

A dozen tugboats pulled a mega-ship out of the mud of the Elbe River so that it could call at the Port of Hamburg, illustrating the pressure such gargantuan ships place on ports and rescue crews.

A 10 percent increase in traffic at Itapoá port to 512,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units driven by a 25 percent surge in chicken exports to 41,200 containers in 2015 has left Itapoá in dire need of new equipment and more capacity.

Container lines, at least in the U.S., are starting to take forceful action to prepare for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, weight verification rule.

Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.

The enforcement of the SOLAS container weight mandate for U.S. exports — if there is any — will be done by each port, and the U.S. Coast Guard will only get involved if it boards an incoming vessel and finds it doesn’t have verified gross mass for each box.

Nigeria’s navy has secured the release of the Safmarine Kuramo from pirates that hijacked the vessel Friday as it made its way from Pointe Noire, Congo to Onne, Nigeria.

Panama Canal locks expansion project
The Panama Canal Authority is shooting to open its third set of larger locks that can handle post-Panamax ships in May, but it doesn’t expect the larger locks to attract new services for several months.

Freight rates in the trans-Pacific edged lower this week as the final shipments left Asia before factories there shut down for two weeks for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Even larger declines in freight rates could take place in the coming weeks.