Maersk will invest even more in reefer

The success of Maersk's ambitious end-to-end plan – which will see the company covering all aspects of a journey – depends on the development of the lucrative reefer market. That is where the focus must be, says the new head of Logistics and Services, Klaus Rud Sejling, to ShippingWatch.

Eimskip hires banker as new CEO

Iceland's biggest container shipping liner Eimskip has found its new CEO. He comes from the bank Íslandsbanki and replaces the former CEO, who will move on to lead the company's activities in the US and Canada.

Maersk raises a warning flag to the port of Hong Kong

Four port companies wants to enter a collaboration in one of the world's largest ports, Hong Kong. Now, the port's largest customer, Maersk, has sent a warning to the authorities who are evaluating whether competition is threatened.

Maersk introduces random container inspections

As part of the tightening of rules for shipping high-risk cargoes following the tragic fire on Maersk Honam, Maersk will inspect randomly selected containers in several US ports. The new initiative will be a pilot program at first, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.

Mexican border wall slows down container carriers' new initiative

Maersk and its peers' efforts to create joint standards have hit a wall that slows down the process. But it has been decided that the new standardization initiative will be headquartered on "neutral ground," spokesman André Simha tells ShippingWatch. Amsterdam looks like a solid candidate.

Liner companies have less appetite for mega-ships

Fewer orders for ultra-large container ships make Drewry project "a much brighter" development between supply and demand in the container market. But there are still too many ships, and a trade conflict put a damper on growth.

Samskip implements Brexit surcharge

The Icelandic container carrier expects customer demand for having goods shipped to the UK will increase in the coming months ahead of the country's withdrawal from the EU. The liner company is implementing a Brexit surcharge in order to be able to keep up with the higher demand.

Storm interferes with MSC Zoe cleanup

A storm has disturbed the cleanup of Dutch beaches on which 21 containers and debris have washed up the past week after container ship MSC Zoe lost large parts of its cargo on Jan. 2. See more pictures of the cleanup, in which civilians and the military participate, here.

Half of shippers do not choose the cheapest option

Almost 50 percent of shippers do not choose the cheapest freight option when booking containers online, shows new Seaintelligence report. However, there is a limit to how much of a premium freighters can charge.

MSC will pay for cleanup after lost containers

The container carrier has hired a company specializing in salvaging to coordinate the cleanup efforts following the loss of 270 containers in the North Sea. The cleanup will not be complete until the last container has been recovered, says MSC.

Container caught fire on Hapag-Lloyd vessel

Wednesday, a container caught fire on a Hapag-Lloyd vessel, the flames spread to several other containers on the ship. Fire-fighting activities were launched immediately, and everyone on board are unharmed, writes the carrier in a press release.

Maersk to lay off 2000 at Chinese container factory

Maersk's container manufacturer MCI will shut down a factory in China, as the company will focus on reefer containers going forward. The shutdown will affect around 2,000 employees, or almost half of all MCI employees, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.

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