Maersk slates exclusive new service between Montreal and Mediterranean
Already a major player on container services between Montreal and Northern Europe, Maersk has announced an exclusive weekly service with the Mediterranean to cater to rising demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.
Is RoRo Shipping the right move for vehicle transportation?
When it comes to the international transportation of vehicles, importers usually prefer one of two major shipping methods: Container shipping and RoRo shipping. Basically, either one of these is quite practical and secure when it comes to the safe transportation of your vehicle. However, there are some consideration to be made in terms of whether or not RoRo is the better of the two options. So, today we discuss the benefits and flaws of the RoRo shipping methods, as well as the difference it has in comparison with container shipping.
The law or politics?
In April 2017, a cargo phosphates was loaded on the bulk carrier NM CHERRY BLOSSOM at El Aaiun, Western Sahara. This was one of a regular shipment of phosphates sold fob by the Moroccan company, OCP SA, to the New Zealand Company Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd.
Canada’s CSL and SMT forge global cement shipping joint venture
Mounting world activity in infrastructure and other construction projects has prompted the second major Canadian bulk shipping enterprise in two years to establish a global cement shipping joint venture to broaden its revenue stream.
Port of Hueneme’s Decas predicts modest growth in 2018
Kristen Decas, Port Director & CEO of the Port of Hueneme, a Southern California port, predicts auto shipments and cargo tonnages will rise modestly in 2018.
Tipping the balance – Container ship subsidies
Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou commented recently on the state of container shipping noting that government subsidy helps to create over capacity and promotes competitive imbalance. Advocating a competitive approach, he stated that the market will sort out carriers with profitable business models.
ONE brand new company
Ocean Network Express Pte., Ltd, better known as ONE, is a brand new company. Jeremy Nixon, the CEO of the container ship operator, stressed the point in an interview with the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT) at their brand new headquarters in One East Tower in Singapore.
Yang Ming & The Alliance launch fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert
The Port of Prince Rupert, DP World Prince Rupert and CN have announced a new weekly marine carrier service at the Fairview Container Terminal. Yang Ming and its partners in THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, have added Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call on the amended PS8 trans-Pacific service this spring.
Desgagnés launches world’s first polar class, dual fuel product/chemical tanker
Quebec City-based Groupe Desgagnés has christened and launched in Montreal the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world's first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. It entailed an investment of C$50 million, including some C$9 million for the dual fuel/LNG equipment. Desgagnés operates a fleet of some 21 vessels deployed on North American, Arctic and overseas trades.
Driving the industry – HOS Rules in Flux
HR 5417 The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers or REST Act would allow drivers to stop the clock for up to three hours during their active shift.

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