Iran assures future release of crew of seized containership

MSC Aries

The government of Iran is set to release all 25 crewmembers of a commercial vessel that local paramilitary forces seized earlier this month, the country’s foreign minister told local media. Hossein Amirabdollahian said that the crew of the containership MSC Aries have been granted consular access...

VIDEO: Iran seizes Israeli-linked MSC Aries

With two of its ships having previously been attacked by Houthi missiles, with one of them, the MSC Sky II, receiving damage, Mediterranean Shipping Corporation must be aware of the dangers of routing vessels through politically troubled waters. Now, as widely reported over the weekend, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy on Saturday seized the Portuguese-flagged containership MSC Aries, which is leased by MSC from Zodiac Maritime affiliated Gortal Shipping Inc., part of the Zodiac...

MSC-operated ship captured by Iranian forces

MSC told Container News that it is working to secure the release of one of its operated ships that was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Persian Gulf on 13 April.

The 2020-built 15,000 TEU MSC Aries, which the Swiss/Italian liner operator had bareboat-chartered from UK-based Zodiac Maritime for 10 years, was boarded by “Iranian authorities” via helicopter around 2.43 am local time. The ship has been diverted towards Iran.

Security company Ambrey Analytics said it...

Maersk Essen To Rejoin Regular Service After Weather Related Accident

Maersk has given clients hope their delayed shipments on the 13,100 teu Maersk Essen may get to Los Angeles within a couple of weeks, reports Splash247.

Boxes lost due to the storm

The ship suffered the fourth reported box spill in the Pacific this winter, losing around 750 boxes overboard in a storm on January 16. Since then, a fifth Pacific spill, involving the MSC Aries, has also been reported.

Rather than heading to congested Los Angeles as planned, the Maersk Essen was rerouted to APM...

Ocean container losses topple annual average in 2 months

The World Shipping Council issued an eye-opening report last July. What seemed like a steady stream of vessel fires, capesizes and container losses was in fact a small drop in the global ocean shipping bucket. A WSC study found a tiny fraction, about .0006%,  of the roughly 226 million containers shipped on the world’s oceans each year were lost. 

WSC reported on average only 1,382 containers were lost at sea per year between 2018 and 2019. So what’s going on? Between Nov. 30 and Jan. 31, more...

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