Inspection reveals ‘inadequate lashing’ and rusty securing points on APL England

The vessel APL England has been detained in Australia over inadequate lashing, after losing 40 containers overboard off the coast of Sydney on Sunday.
After the vessel docked in the port of Brisbane, an inspection by the the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) revealed lashing arrangements for cargo were “inadequate” and securing points for containers on the deck were “heavily corroded.”
AMSA general manager of operations Allan Schwartz said: “These findings constitute a …

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‘Aggressive’ blanking brings capacity crunch, cargo rolling and rocketing rates

Container spot rates from Asia to the US soared this week as the aggressive blank sailing programmes of transpacific carriers resulted in a capacity crunch and container rollovers.
The US west coast component of today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) leapt 25% to $2,097 per 40ft, 42% higher than the same week of last year and the highest rate recorded for the tradelane for some 18 months.
The SCFI also recorded a …

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Fresh rates updates come from top shipping lines

French liner company CMA CGM Group has announced new freight of all kinds (FAK) rates from Asia, effective from 15 June and until further notice but not beyond 30 June.

North Europe includes the United Kingdom and the full range from Portugal to Finland/Estonia

At the same time, the 3rd largest shipping company will cancel as from 15 June the reefer empty equipment imbalance surcharge applicable to reefer cargo from Le Havre and Montoir in France to Asia and the emergency space surcharge from...

WinGD Wins Type Approval For World’s Biggest And Most Powerful Dual-Fuel Engines

WinGD Wins Type Approval For Biggest And Most Powerful Ever Dual-Fuel Engines

WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has received type approval for the biggest and most powerful LNG-fuelled engines ever built. Class society Bureau Veritas awarded the approval for WinGD’s dual-fuelled 12X92DF engines, the first series of which is currently being built by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and will power nine ultra-large container ships (ULCS) owned by the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics. These vessels will become the largest container ships powered by...

Major lines continue to update schedules and surcharges

Hapag-Lloyd has published an additional void sailing due to the low demand caused by the Covid-19 downturn, with THE Alliance’s transatlantic AL1 cancelling the following service:

Westbound Voyage

YM Essence 062W
Rotterdam ETS 28 May 2020
Hamburg ETS 1 June 2020
Antwerp ETS 4 June 2020
London ETS 5 June 2020

Eastbound Voyage

YM Essence 062E
Norfolk ETS 16 June 2020

THE Alliance offers the following alternative routes:

to/ from New York: AL2 and ATA service
to/ from Halifax: ATA service

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Overboard container loss investigation underway

The APL England on Wednesday was escorted to the Port of Brisbane, where Australian officials will investigate an at-sea incident in which 40 containers were lost overboard and nearly 75 others were damaged.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyors conducted an inspection of the container ship at anchorage on Tuesday and determined the vessel was structurally sound and could be safely brought into port. Two harbor tugs, one container salvage response vessel, two Queensland water...

Carbon footprint concern and rising bunker prices slow Cape routings

All three east-west vessel-sharing alliances have continued to route some vessels via the Cape of Good Hope to avoid Suez Canal fees, despite discounts that kicked in on 1 May.
However, several shippers have complained about the additional carbon footprint the extended journeys generate.
For example, a voyage from Asia to North Europe via the Cape adds some 3,000 miles and five to 10 days to the transit time, resulting in the …

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Seaworthyness probe after CMA CGM vessel loses 40 containers in rough seas

A containership off the coast of Australia lost 40 boxes overboard in rough weather on Sunday, with cargo including face masks now washing up on beaches near Sydney.
CMA CGM’s 5,510 teu APL England lost propulsion during heavy seas, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), while sailing to Melbourne from Ningbo,
The Singapore-flagged vessel was around 73km south-east of Sydney when the incident happened, and while  power was restored within …

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Forty containers fall off APL England

Face masks are among the medical supplies washing up on Australian shores following the overboard loss of about 40 containers from the APL England.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the APL England experienced a loss of propulsion amid heavy seas shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday about 73 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Sydney. The ship was en route from Ningbo, China, to Melbourne, Australia. 

The APL England was en route from China to Melbourne, Australia, when it lost...