Port of Beirut explosion forces diversion of vessels

Time seems to have stopped at the Port of Beirut. The Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC) vessel schedule has not been updated since Tuesday’s massive explosion obliterated Lebanon’s principal port.

The BCTC website was down in the hours following the blast, believed to have been caused by ammonium nitrate stored in one of 12 warehouses at the Port of Beirut, at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. Although the site was back up Thursday, the vessel schedule shows the arrival of the CMA CGM Lyra...


CMA CGM worker among missing in Beirut

Two tons of ammonium nitrate was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that brought down a federal building and killed 168 people. More than 2,700 tons of the chemical used in fertilizer and bombs is believed to have detonated Tuesday and destroyed the Port of Beirut, leveled surrounding neighborhoods, injured at least 4,000 people and killed more than 110. 

Officials in Lebanon are saying the ammonium nitrate had been stored in a warehouse since it was confiscated in 2014.

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Vessels redirect to other ports as strike chaos continues at Montreal

The stand-off between labour and employers at the port of Montreal saw another strike disrupting container traffic this week.
Frustrated by the situation, carriers have begun to redirect vessels to other ports.
Following the end of consecutive strikes by longshoremen and port checkers, which halted operations at the port’s terminals last week, longshoremen began another 96-hour strike on Monday, which will end on Friday.
Port checkers announced parallel action from Wednesday to Friday …

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Bangkok Bridge to get crew change says Hapag-Lloyd

Following crew testing on the Bangkok Bridge and the Ital Lirica, Hapag-Lloyd a partner in the Africa-Asia services, the carrier has announced that the Bangkok Bridge has been diverted to the Philippines for a crew change.

In an announcement on 4 August the carrier said that the 4,432TEU Bangkok Bridge which is owned by Japanese company FJ Lines is heading to Manila where the crew will be discharged and the ship fully sanitised.

Following the crew change and cleaning operation Hapag-Lloyd said...


Supply chain radar: Hapag-Lloyd – The first cut is the deepest

The extent to which capital markets can end up being a casino for supply chain actors has been fully shown by Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and its share price action in recent weeks.
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From stock to bond market woes, before its dismal equity performance the spotlight was on the fall and rise of its bigger rival, CMA CGM – for more background, please check out the first chart here, in case you …

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FMC monitors lines as SCFI breaks US$3,000 bar

Aggressive capacity management by carriers, currently being monitored by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), has pushed the US west coast Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) into uncharted territory with spot rates breaching the US$3000/FEU barrier for the first time in the history of the index.

Impressive discipline from container lines coupled with demand has belied the 33% contraction in the world’s largest economy in the second quarter of the year, pushed the index to a historical...


Two crew on Hapag-Lloyd vessels test positive for Coronavirus

Crew aboard two South African services operated by the German carrier Hapag-Lloyd have tested positive for Covid-19, with the ships now at anchorage the carrier has said it will advise customers of further developments.

A crew member on the Ital Lirica, which is deployed on the South Africa Asia Express 1 (SA1) service tested positive for Covid-19, the line reported on 31 July, the ship was en route from Ningbo to Singapore, but as a safety measure it is now at anchorage off Hong Kong.

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Evergreen joins vessel recycling initiative

Major Taiwan container ship operator Evergreen Marine Corporation has joined the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) initiative that allows ship operators to securely share vessel recycling information.

SRTI is a UK registered charity which operates an online platform for sharing information. It is funded by a number of shipping lines, with the founding partners being China Navigation Company, AP Moeller-Maersk, NORDEN, Hapag-Lloyd, Stolt Tankers and Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

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