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CMA CGM launches new active controlled atmosphere CLIMACTIVE reefer containers
In line with Asia Fruit Logistica 2018 in Hong Kong, CMA CGMhas launched its CLIMACTIVE solution, which it claims is the most advanced technology for the transportation of highly sensitive fruits and vegetables by active controlled atmosphere.
Equipped with DAIKIN Active controlled atmosphere system, CMA CGM says CLIMACTIVE is the latest and most advanced solution to maintain sensitive commodities freshness to destination, by faster reducing the level of oxygen inside the container. The solution is created for highly sensitive commodities that require special attention due to their biological specificities and maturation time. These include high added value products, long transit time products, and organic products.
This technology allows businesses to optimize their competitive attractiveness by maintaining the products freshness up to final destination, preventing the maturation process, extend their shelf life and preserve the products quality attributes. It also allows businesses to expand by reaching further destinations and target news markets and also has the advantage of being able to allow businesses to maintain their products organic label.
A nitrogen pump creates a real barrier against oxygen infiltration, protecting the cargo from excessive ripening and enables CLIMACTIVE to reach the optimal level of O2 and CO2 much faster. Temperature, humidity and balance between gases are also very precisely regulated, allowing optimal preservation and protection of highly-sensitive commodities.
"Following the launch of the REEFLEX innovation, CMA CGM continues upgrading its Reefer range to better meet customers needs and acquire new markets. By introducing CLIMACTIVE, an additional technology is now available for the most sensitive commodities in CMA CGM's Controlled Atmosphere offer. CMA CGM testifies again the importance of customer centricity and its ability to remain equipped with the latest innovative technologies" said Eric Legros, vp, Specialized Products and Value Added Services. No details of prices or freight rate premiums for this value-added service were disclosed.
CMA CGM Group is the world's second largest refrigerated container carrier with a reefer container fleet of 385,000 teu and 288,000 reefer plugs. Other players are also investing heavily in this lucrative and growing market. ONE recently placed an order for 14,00 teu reefer containers and has launched its own COOLvantage product at the same event.
7-star cruise docks in Mumbai for 3 days, brings tourism a boost
The Mumbai Port Trust's (MbPT) efforts to woo cruise ships received a major boost as seven-star luxury ship docked in the city while on a world voyage with 900 passengers on board.
MbPT has initiated a series of reforms to attract international cruises by giving guaranteed berths besides, discounts and easy facilitation of e-visa. The cruise season kicks off in September and will last till March-April.
MbPT's chairman Sanjay Bhatia said, "This the first time that a 7-star luxury cruise, Viking Orion, is docked in Mumbai for three days, thus giving tremendous boost to the economy of the city."
The ship had set sail from Athens and arrived in Mumbai on September 7 after leaving from Muscat. It will set sail for Goa from where it will head towards south-east Asia.
MbPT senior traffic manager Gautam Dey said, "We have targeted to get around 400-500 cruises to Mumbai every season. It is a big boost for the economy as an average tourist is expected to spend around $200-300 per day."
MbPT, in association with Indian Tourism, organised cultural shows and set up a bazaar to give the tourist a "Taste of India". The terminal is hosting folk dances and astrology sessions.
Jill Junkin of Ohio, US, who was on her first visit, was impressed by the city, "We have been travelling from Athens and Mumbai has turned out to be good for eating as well as shopping and I ended up purchasing four sarees. We enjoyed the visit to the Crawford market but honking is major disappointment."
MbPT has ambitious plan to revamp its international cruise terminal at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The development is scheduled to be completed by March 2019. MbPT does not want to let go of its cargo business, so the design ensures that cargo, cruise and public spaces are properly earmarked.
Indonesian research ship distressed in Taiwan Strait
Indonesian research ship TRINITY EXPLORER was disabled and developed portside list in the morning Sep 9 off Tainan city coast, southwest Taiwan, while sailing along Taiwan coast in southern direction, in rough weather conditions. The ship issued distress signal and requested assistance. SAR boat or boats were deployed, 18 crew went into SAR boats, 16 remained on board and managed to take the ship to Tainan harbor, where she was docked in the afternoon same day. It isn t known if she reached port under own power, or was towed.
Accident at China Navy Shipyard, 2 died 1 injured
Crane at CSSC Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard collapsed on Sep 8, killing 2 and injuring 1 worker. Collapsed crane also damaged Navy Auxiliary ship under construction at Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard, the biggest shipbuilding facility in South China, deeply engaged in China s Navy buildup. Official statement already claimed, that the newbuild s damages were slight, adding that one of killed workers died in an attempt to save valuable equipment.
Safe Bulkers to Fit Half of Its Fleet with Scrubbers
Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers has agreed with Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Cosco) a detailed schedule within 2019 for the installation of Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers in about half of its fleet.
The company will install scrubbers in five Kamsarmax class vessels, thirteen Post-Panamax class vessels and the recently acquired Capesize class vessel while it maintains an option for an additional scrubber.
Austal Confirms Ferry Talks with Trinidad and Tobago
Australian shipbuilder Austal Limited has confirmed that it is in discussions for a ferry order from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
The confirmation comes on the back of the announcement by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago that the nation s cabinet authorised the purchase of a fast ferry from Austal.
Cruise Lines Reroute Ships as Hurricane Florence Strengthens
A number of cruise lines decided to reroute their vessels due to the category 1 hurricane Florence, which gained strength on Sunday in the central Atlantic.
Namely, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line have made changes to their itineraries in an effort to stay clear of the hurricane. The companies are continuing to monitor the situation as the storm is set to strengthen.
DNV GL: Carbon Robust Approach to Meet CO2 Regulations
DNV GL - Maritime has released its second Maritime Forecast to 2050, further developing its concept of "carbon robust" ship design that now evaluates fuel and technology options by comparing the break-even costs of a design to that of the competing fleet of ships.
Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL, said that "the energy transition is undeniable … Last year, more gigawatts of renewable energy were added than those from fossil fuels and this is reflected in where lenders are putting their money."
Qatargas Signs Major Deal to Ship LNG to China
Doha-based LNG firm Qatargas has signed a long-term sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina International to supply China with around 3.4 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year.
Under the 22-year SPA, which ends in 2040, Qatargas will supply LNG from the Qatargas 2 project, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total, to different receiving terminals across China, with the first cargo to be delivered to China later this month.
When Hong Kong s container port almost missed the cargo ship revolution
"Moving Cargo in Containers," ran a headline in the South China Morning Post on January 27, 1967. "The Container Committee has recommended to Government that facilities for the handling of container ships should be established in the port of Hongkong," the story continued.
The committee, set up in July 1966, proposed the development of Kwai Chung (estimated at the time to cost HK$280 million) for containerisation.
Cargo Handling By Indian Ports Shows Impressive 5.13 Per Cent Growth In April-August Period
Major Indian ports showed a smart uptick in the quantum of cargo handled for the period April-August 2018. A growth of 5.13 per cent was recorded with 288.38 million tonnes of cargo being handled by the major ports over 274.32 million tonnes handled in the corresponding period last year.
Nigerian Ports Record Mixed Performance as Vessel Traffic Decline 2.3% in Q1
Despite efforts by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ensure the nation s ports run efficiently, Nigerian ports recorded mixed fortunes in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018.
Performance report released by the NPA during the Nigerian Port Consultative Council (PCC) quarterly meeting held in Lagos revealed that the number of vessels which called at the ports during the period shrunk by 2.3 per cent.
Sri Lanka s Port of Colombo ranks world s leading container growth port
Sri Lanka s Port of Colombo was ranked the world’s top port with the highest container growth in the first half of 2018, Sri Lanka s Ports and Shipping Ministry said in a statement.
According to international rating agency Alphaliner, the Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6-percent growth in container handling for the first half of this year, out of the top 30 global ports.
ABP South Wales Purchases New Site To Accommodate Growth At Newport Docks
ABP South Wales has purchased a 190,000 sq ft former engineering works on a 10 acre site adjacent to the East Gate at its Port of Newport.
The sale of the site, known locally as the Neptune Works, is believed to be the largest industrial property sale in South Wales so far this year.
Australia s Port Hedland iron ore shipments to China rise nearly 10 percent in August
Pilbara Ports Authority announces another shipping record as part of its August 2018 shipping figures. A new 24 hour throughput record was recorded over two tides and 14 vessels, on 22 and 23 August 2018. The new record of 2,478,219 tonnes was 79,796 tonnes more than the previous record of 2,398,423 tonnes, recorded on 2 June 2018. Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 58.4 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of August 2018. This was an increase of one per cent from the same month in 2017.