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Containership Hits Keelung Port’s Gantry Crane
Friday, 19 January 2018 01:53

A German-flagged container ship, Hansa Meersburg, crashed into a gantry crane as it was berthing at Taiwan’s Keelung Port on Monday night.

The port operator said the 175 m-long container ship was trying to berth at Terminal 11 when it hit the TWD100 million (USD3.3 million) gantry crane, causing it to collapse.

A worker suffered "'moderate" injuries and more than 80 boxes on the container ship were damaged.

The port authorities immediately launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.A statement said investigators sealed off the scene around the terminal to gather evidence and avoid any oil leak caused by the collision.

The collapsed gantry crane will be removed following the necessary safety procedures and the container ship is not allowed to leave the port before the initial investigation is completed.

IHS Markit Maritime AIS tracking data showed that Hansa Meersburg was sailing from Xiamen, China, on 8 January 2018, to Osaka in Japan.

Hansa Meersburg (1,740 teu) was built by Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2007 and is operated by Cheng Lie Navigation, a subsidiary of CMA CGM Holding. It is owned by Germany's Leonhardt and Blumberg, according to IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal.

Vietnam to spend US$970 million by 2030 to develop inland box depots
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:29

VIETNAM needs VND9 trillion to VND15 trillion (US$397-US$661.5 million) to develop inland container depots (ICD) over the next three years and a total of VND20 trillion to 22 trillion to build ICDs across the country over the coming decade.

This is part of the government's newly approved master plan for Vietnam's inland container depot development to 2020 with a vision to 2030, reports VietNamNet Bridge.

The new initiative aims to help inland container depot systems meet increasing demand for export-import transport, boost sea port capacity for goods clearance, ensure the safety of goods and ease traffic congestion in urban areas.

The inland container depots will be developed into hubs for organising goods transport and providing logistics services. By 2020 inland container depots are expected to handle 15-20 per cent of the volume of containerized goods, with a total capacity of four million to 6.84 million TEU per year.

The figures are forecast to rise to 25-30 per cent and 12 million to 17.6 million TEU per year, respectively by 2030.

Six ICDs in the north are planned in the coastal economic zone of Hanoi - Lao Cai economic corridor, Hanoi - Lang Son economic corridor, the economic zones in the northwest and southeast of Hanoi, and the Hanoi-Thai Nguyen/Cao Bang economic corridor.

Six ICDs in the central and central highlands are planned for the highway nine economic corridor, highway 19 economic corridor, Da Nang Thua Thien Hue - highway 14 economic area, the central highland region, Nghi Son economic zone, highway eight economic corridor, and highway 12A economic corridor.

Three ICDs in the south will be built in the economic zones in the northeast and southwest of Ho Chi Minh city and the Mekong Delta Region.

Over the next three years the work will focus on developing inland container deports along transport corridors connecting to large seaports such as Hai Phong port in the north and Cai Mep-Thi Vai port in the south.

Investment priority will be given to ports close to industrial clusters and parks, export processing zones, logistics centres and international border gates.

Figures from the Ministry of Transport show that Vietnam currently has 20 ICDs.

Hyundai Merchant Marine plans to double vessel capacity by 2022
Monday, 15 January 2018 02:08

HYUNDAI Merchant Marine (HMM) plans to double vessel capacity by launching mega ships by 2022, CEO Yoo Chang-Keun told employees in a New Year's address.

HMM is the latest of several carriers to announce plans for increased capacity and mega containerships. Maersk Line, CMA CGM, MSC and MOL have already put vessels of 22,000 TEU or more into service.

Mr Yoo said HMM hit the four million TEU mark in 2017 from three million TEU lifted in 2016, reported American Shipper.

"I am convinced that these achievements have laid a solid foundation for our long-term plan where we continue to consider ways of doubling our vessel capacity by 2022 including the launching of mega containerships as we deem the environmental regulations in 2020 as a golden opportunity for our resurgence," he said.

Industry experts have predicted protectionism and instability, said Mr Yoo, and in order to meet capacity goals, he issued several directives, including the launch of competitive products in the east-west trade lanes with expanded coverage in Asia via the K2 cooperation.

The K2 consortium was formed earlier in 2017 with two smaller South Korean carriers - Heung-A Shipping and Sinokor Merchant Marine - for moving cargo within Asia.

In 2017, HMM ordered two 11,000-TEU vessels and announced plans to issue rights to raise $620 million in October to add ships to its fleet and buy stakes in shipping terminals in North America and elsewhere.

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