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Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier NileDutch

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Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier NileDutch. Image: Hapag
Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier NileDutch. Image: Hapag
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Deal approved by worldwide antitrust authorities and completed between the parties // Acquisition supports Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy to grow in Africa.

Hapag-Lloyd successfully closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch). After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.

“We are very excited about closing the deal and look forward to working with our new colleagues to unlock the enormous potential that Africa has to offer”, explains Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “With the people from NileDutch joining our company, Hapag-Lloyd is noticeably increasing the number of employees on the ground in Africa. We are happy and excited to welcome NileDutch’s roughly 320 employees to the Hapag-Lloyd family.”

Depending on market conditions, Hapag-Lloyd and NileDutch are aiming to integrate major parts of their businesses already in the later part of 2021 to be able to offer the full benefits of the combined network to their customers as soon as possible.

With 40 years of experience in the market, NileDutch is one of the leading shipping companies along the West African coast. Headquartered in Rotterdam, NileDutch is present in 85 locations across the world and has 16 offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Singapore, China, Angola, Congo and Cameroon. The company also brings with it 7 liner services, around 35,000 TEU of transport capacity, and a container fleet with a capacity of around 80,000 TEU.

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Yang Ming takes delivery of one more 11,000 TEU ship

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Yang Ming takes delivery of one more 11,000 TEU ship. Image: YML
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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) has added one new 11,000 TEU container vessel, ‘YM Travel’ on 27th July, 2021. The vessel chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. was named at a ceremony held at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard. Yang Ming’s attendees joined the ceremony remotely at their Taipei office. Mrs. Chen, Shi-Kuan, Chairman of SinoPac Holdings, had the honor to officially name the ship during the ceremony and wish the ship and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages.

To further strengthen Yang Ming’s mid- to long-term operational efficiency, the company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Travel is the sixth delivered in the series. This type of vessels has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

This type of vessels adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving and reduce overall emissions. In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The new dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels from 2020. These newbulidings will lower the average age of its global fleet, reduce unit cost and achieve energy efficiency. In addition, these ships will accelerate fleet optimization to proactively cope with the challenges and stricter environmental regulations faced by the fast-changing shipping industry. The container shipping market has seen a surge in demand. During the period, the deployment of these new vessels will enable Yang Ming to maximize capacity utilization, greatly enhance its service quality, and deliver more excellent service to global customers.

YM Travel will join THE Alliance’s trans-Pacific service PS6 on July 30th, the port rotation of PS6 is Qingdao – Ningbo – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Kobe – Qingdao.

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AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo

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AAL Shipping delivered four of the largest rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in the carrier’s history to the Port of Oslo, Norway. These new generation mobile units, measuring 36 m in height and 28 m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000 deadweight ‘mega-size’ multipurpose vessel (MPV), the AAL Pusan.

The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co. Ltd (RCI) in Taicang and will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at Norway’s busiest port – a facility that handled 1.5 million metric tonnes of containers in 2019 alone. The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using the AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes (700 tonnes max lift). They were transported from China to Norway along AAL’s monthly ‘Asia – Europe Trade Route’. They will be deployed at the Port of Oslo, Norway’s main logistics hub that handles about 80% of the country’s imported containerized goods.

Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, AAL, commented; “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network. Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”

AAL operates one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s largest fleets of specialist MPV heavy lift vessels, comprising both mega-size (30,000+ deadweight tonnage) and smaller tonnage vessels. These are deployed worldwide, serving the carrier’s tailor-made tramp chartering services, regular fixed trade routes and scheduled monthly liner services.

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DCSA launches adopter programme

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Digital Container Shipping Association, a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping technology standards, in conjunction with its nine member carriers, today launched the DCSA Adopter Programme, which enables solution and service providers to validate adoption of DCSA standards based on the DCSA Self-certification Checklist (SCC). The DCSA Adopter Programme will enable customers of container shipping as well as other industry stakeholders to streamline vendor selection when seeking standards-based, interoperable solutions.

Organisations that have adopted a DCSA standard can complete the corresponding DCSA SCC, which reflects requirements for successful integration of a DCSA standard into a product, facility or service. The first standards to be available for the Adopter Programme are the DCSA Standard for the Bill of Lading 1.0 (part of the DCSA electronic documentation initiative) and Track & Trace 1.2. Checklists for other DCSA standards suitable for the Adopter Programme will be added in the future. 

Any organisation in the market for solutions or services can request evidence of DCSA standards adoption in an industry-wide standard format (the DCSA SCC) when issuing RFIs, RFPs and tender requests. In turn, vendors responding will be able to provide pre-filled documents along with the outputs of DCSA API tools demonstrating their adopter status.  

This document is the starting point for any organisation that wishes to learn more about the programme – both those that are adopting standards, and those that wish to evaluate the interoperability of potential partner companies.

“The work DCSA is doing is necessary to move the industry toward greater visibility and reliability for our members and shippers around the world,” said Jordi Espin Vallbona, Strategic Relations Manager, European Shippers’ Council. “Like DCSA, we are committed to furthering digital transformation of the container shipping industry, and over the coming year we intend to drive activities with our members in conjunction with DCSA in support of our mutual goals. We are thrilled to see that they’ve launched a free program for anyone who wants to publicly demonstrate adoption of their standards. This will make it easy for our members to choose carriers, freight forwarders, solutions providers and other stakeholders that offer standards-based services and solutions.” 

“We welcome DCSA’s continued efforts in pushing for open-source standards, which will be critical in realising a highly digitalised and connected container shipping ecosystem,” said Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. “In our recent call-for-proposal to pilot and adopt electronic bills of lading, we identified DCSA’s standards on data and processes relating to bill of lading preparation and issuance as a set of relevant guidelines for carriers and technology solution providers to adopt.”

“We have been asked by customers of the shipping industry as well as solution and service providers to make the process of identifying standards-based offerings easier,” said Thomas Bagge, DCSA CEO. “The Adopter Programme is our starting point for creating clarity around what constitutes successful standards adoption. We also wanted to focus on high priorities for shippers, such as eBL and Track & Trace, while keeping the programme free and easy for everyone to use. DCSA standards adopters now have a way to self-validate and publicly demonstrate their status as a leader in digital transformation. For shippers and freight forwarders, the programme will help them short-list solutions designed to interoperate based on DCSA standards.”  

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