Dockworkers block automation of vehicles in West Coast ports

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The powerful US dockworker union ILWU has succeeded in slowing the development towards automation in Los Angeles and Long Beach. A new law holds that environmentally-friendly vehicles in the ports must not be fully automated or remote controlled in order to secure subsidies.

Shipyards confirm talks for giant MSC order

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Yet another large order for as many as 11 container ships to MSC is currently being negotiated and settled in South Korea, inform the country's shipyards – but the carrier has not confirmed the order, for which the tense relationship to North Korea allegedly figures as a joker.

This is why CMA CGM will hand a major order to China

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According to ShippingWatch's sources, CMA CGM will place its hotly-discussed order at Chinese yards for nine of the world's largest container vessels within a few weeks. It is part of a package which will benefit both China and the French carrier. Port and terminal rights are allegedly part of the deal.

Moody's has renewed faith in the shipping industry

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One of the world's leading rating agencies, Moody's, once again believes in the shipping sector which no longer has negative prospects. There are positive expectations to the container and dry bulk segments, shows a report from the firm. It is a whole other story for tanker carriers.

Communication helps shape the new Hapag-Lloyd

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Communication plays a key role in the transformation of 170-year-old Hapag-Lloyd, explains communications director Nils Haupt. From external branding, communication with politicians and consumers to the internal shaping of a company. This is the latest article in ShippingWatch's series about communication in the maritime industry.

Media: CMA CGM gearing up to order new mega-vessels


Rumors of a tonnage expansion have surrounded France's CMA CGM for some time, and now several media report that the carrier will soon place an order for a series of container ships with capacities upwards of 22,000 teu, which would be the world's biggest container vessels so far. The carrier remains silent.

Hanjin still haunts Greek shipowner Danaos

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Greek Danaos is still struggling with fallout from the collapse of Hanjin, to which the container shipowner had chartered several vessels. Meanwhile, the market will remain under pressure from the many mega-vessels, says CEO John Coustas, who does not expect recovery anytime soon.

Last week's top stories on ShippingWatch

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This summer week brought several key stories. ShippingWatch reported on the Danish Attorney General's indictment against Lars Møller of OW Bunker. The first half year results of bulk and container bode well for the two sectors. And the new Dan-Bunkering CEO unveiled his ambitious growth target.

Drewry lowers expectations for Intra-Asia

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The anticipated growth in container volumes on the intra-Asian routes will be smaller than previously estimated, writes analyst firm Drewry. But the routes will still "make a significant contribution" to the global container growth this year, notes the firm.

Family-owned PIL could be next acquisition candidate

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Analyst firm Alphaliner points to Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) as the most obvious acquisition candidate among the four carriers currently not part of the major alliances in the container market. However, the owning family told ShippingWatch in May that a sale was not in the cards.