Japan’s Imoto Lines unveils hybrid feeder boxship concept

Rendering of Imoto Lines' proposed hybrid coastal feeder containership

Japanese shipping company Imoto Lines has unveiled the first image of a coastal feeder containership that will be fitted with a hybrid electric propulsion system. The 499GT, 200TEU vessel will feature both installed and swappable containerised batteries as well as generators. The propulsion will...


ONE to get larger terminal in Kobe port

Ocean Network Express (ONE) will get a larger terminal in Japan’s Kobe port, after one of its shareholders, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), agreed to expand its existing Kobe International Container Terminal.

MOL currently leases KICT at berths PC-15/16/17 on the South Pier of Kobe’s Port Island, along with Sankyu Inc., Sumitomo Warehouse and Nickel & Lyons. Port Island is being expanded and undergoing functional reinforcement as part of the Port Island Phase 2 Development Project.

MOL said that after...


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...


Storm-beaten ONE Apus berths in Japan

Now that the ONE Apus has berthed in Japan, investigators can begin to sort through what could be thousands of damaged containers on the ship’s deck. This is in addition to the 1,816 containers reported lost at sea.

Ocean Network Express reported 1,816 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) fell from the ONE Apus as it sailed from Yantian, China, to Long Beach, California, last week. 

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Fireworks among dangerous goods lost from ONE Apus

Fireworks, batteries and liquid ethanol were inside the 64 dangerous goods containers that went overboard with more than 1,750 others from the ONE Apus last week. None of the containers has been sighted.

In one of the single worst cases of container losses on record, 1,816 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) were lost overboard after the year-old Apus reportedly encountered severe weather at about 11:15 p.m. Nov. 30 en route from Yantian, China, to the Port of Long Beach in California, the...


Port of Kobe sees decreased container traffic

The volume of containerised shipments handled at the Port of Kobe in 2019 fell 2.7% from the previous year to 2,864,145TEU  according to preliminary figures released today. Oceangoing shipments amounted to 2,185,294TEU, down 1.5%. Exports accounted for 1,178,487TEU, down 2%, while the remaining 1,006,807TEU was import cargo, which was down 1%.

In December 2019, a total of 235,198TEU were moved to and from Kobe, down 6.9% year on year. International freight totalled 182,472TEU, down 5.9%, of...


Containers to/from Kobe decrease in H1

The Port of Kobe handled a total of 1,431,468 TEUs of containers in the first half (January-June) of 2019, down 4% from a year earlier, according to the city of Kobe’s Port and Harbour Bureau.

International shipments amounted to 1,101,875 TEUs, down 1.2%, consisting of 593,980 TEUs of exports, down 2.1%, and 507,895 TEUs of imports, down 0.1%. Domestic containers accounted for the balance of 329,593 TEUs, down 12.3%. Those shipped from Kobe totaled 141,263 TEUs, down 9.3%, and those to the port,...


Kobe’s container throughput falls in Q1

Accumulated container lifting at the Port of Kobe in the first three months (January-March) of 2019 (on a preliminary basis) shrank from a year earlier, going down 3.1% to 711,207 TEUs. However, oceangoing containers managed to improve a minute 0.7% to 547,859 TEUs. In breakdown, exports grew 0.4% to 296,078 TEUs, while imports also increased year on year, hiking 1% to 251,781 TEUs. 

In contrast, domestic containers incurred a double-digit contraction of 13.7%, amounting to 163,348 TEUs. More...


Box throughput at Kansai Ports slide

The Port of Osaka handled 145,014 TEUs of containers in February, down 6% year on year. Exports of loaded containers accounted for 33,538 TEUs, up 9%, while imports in general plunged 11% to 72,526 TEUs. Empty containers totaled 38,950 TEUs, down 9%. 

In the first two months (January-February), 327,900 TEUs were moved to and from Osaka, which remained nearly unchanged from the corresponding months of 2018. As for loaded containers, 60,266 TEUs were exported, down 1%. Imports also almost leveled...


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