Maersk persists in Iranian-owned containers ban

Maersk has announced it will continue not to accept any Iranian-owned containers on its vessels, applying potential fines and penalties in such cases, in a decision which is effective from 2020. “Potential fines and penalties apply to all parties, including you, who facilitate the transit of Iranian-owned containers,” highlighted the Danish carrier, which noted that Iranian […]

Port congestion: don’t you dare blame the dockers!

“Dockers never stopped,” highlighted Terje Samuelsen, European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) Dockers Section Chair, and Berardina Tommasi, ETF Policy Officer for Dockers. The Covid-19 pandemic showed the vital importance of dockers to our society. Dockers have a key role in the supply chain – without port workers, the essential goods and medical supplies would have […]

2M Alliance announces blank sailing in Shanghai

2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will implement a blank sailing in its AE55/Griffin service due to the current challenging market situation generating global port congestion and schedule delays across the supply chain. “These accumulated delays are currently causing gaps with the line-up and resulted in Asia departures been spread apart […]

Bangladesh forms taskforce to settle export backlog

The government of Bangladesh has formed a taskforce to take measures to immediately resolve the problems presently the shippers are facing in shipments of outbound containers from Chittagong. The taskforce was formed at a meeting held on 7 July among shipping ministry officials, shippers and other stakeholders including the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA). Representatives from […]

ZIM confirms long-term chartering deal for 70000TEU

The Israeli container carrier ZIM has confirmed its agreement with Canada-based vessel owner, Seaspan Corporation, for the long-term charter of ten 7,000TEU liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel container vessels. ZIM will pay approximately US$1.5 billion in total with the company’s President and CEO, Eli Glickman, stating that “Since going public, and further evidenced by this […]