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SITC orders another two feeder ships from Yangzijiang for $29m each
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:31

SITC has placed an order for two additional 2,400 teu containerships from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for $29m each or a total of $58m.

The order, for the ships with a requirement to have a minimum container intake of about 34,800 tons, is scheduled for delivery in September and November 2020 respectively, SITC said in a stock market announcement.

SITC had earlier placed another order for an initial two similar vessels last year and at the beginning of this year followed that up by taking options on two more with Yangzijiang.

The latest pair of newbuildings come at a slightly higher price to the $25m per vessel SITC paid with its previous order.

Intra-Asia specialist SITC has steadily been acquiring assets in recent months and said the newbuildings would “enable the Company to expand its self-owned fleet of container vessels to meet the increase in demand for the Company’s services”.

In August 2017 it placed a $68m order for four 1,011 teu containerships with Korea’s Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering.

MCC to make three weekly calls to Haiphong’s new terminal
Monday, 09 July 2018 03:52

The new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT), the first deep-sea port in North Vietnam got a boost with MCC Transport committing to start regular calls with three weekly services.

The addition of HICT port strengthens MCC’s commitment in enabling new trade opportunities for its customers and the region, Maersk’s intra-Asia line said in a press release.

“We strongly believe in the future growth of North Vietnam. By calling HICT with three weekly services, we can offer our customers the widest coverage from the start which is expected to provide them more opportunities for business all over the world," said MCC Transport cco Naresh Potty.

HICT is the first terminal in North Vietnam with a deep draft of 14m allowing large container vessels to call the port directly. This development will not only boost the economic growth of the region but will also open business opportunities from/to the rest of Asia.

MCC was the first to call HICT on May 23 and with positive feedback from customers and stakeholders, MCC decided to officially add HICT to its weekly services NV4, SE1 and SE2 to boost trade between Vietnam, China and rest of Southeast Asia.

First calls of the NV4 and SE2 services are due in at HICT on June 27 and the first call of the SE1 is on July 7.

The former two are dedicated north and central Vietnam feeder services into Hong Kong and Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas respectively while the third service covers southern Indochina ports Ho Chi Minh, Laem Chabang and Sihanoukville to feeder into Maersk’s Southeast Asian hubs in Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas.

HICT’s strategic location connects cargos to most inland waterways and coastal roads to Quang Ninh and the northern provinces of Vietnam. Also, MCC expects a smoother operation with HICT as the port’s favourable location will lessen the impact of tidal fluctuation or seasonal draft limitation. All these make HICT not only beneficial for customers but also for the continued growth of North Vietnam.

CEVA appoints head of e-commerce
Friday, 06 July 2018 01:44

CEVA Logistics has appointed Niels Weithe to the newly created position of global head of eCommerce.

He will be based in Germany and will report directly to chief operating officer of contract logistics, Brett Bissell.

He joins CEVA from Arvato where he was president of its consumer products division and led the team which built up Europe's leading eCommerce service company.

He brings more than 25 years' experience of this fast-growing market segment to his new role and will assist CEVA in expanding its B2C solution based on its strong and established global network.

"Niels' knowledge and expertise in this field will enable us to extend that all important B2C solution on top of our existing B2B capabilities and then enable us to fully support an omni-channel ecosystem for our clients wherever they are based.  We warmly welcome him to our team," said Brett Bissell.

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