Old problems, new again

August 15, 2010

If been a couple of decades now, since the big push of the 80’s and 90’s to remove (at great expense) Asbestos on ships and buildings, especially in Canada. The use of Asbestos in ship construction was extensive last century, even though it was a well known hazard to human health, as far back as the 1920. Flash forward to 2010, and this interesting notice from GL (Germanischer Lloyd) advising…


Shipping’s parking lot

March 29, 2009

I came across these incredible images taken at the beginning of the year in Singapore, simply illustrating the effects of the worldwide economic downturns. Which of course is heavily facilitated by shipping. I did another piece on the Philippines being a hot spot for laying up ships, but I think Singapore takes the cakes for the number of vessels awaiting work. According to Alphaliner, in mid March 2009, “the idle…


Respite care for ship owners

March 6, 2009

Empty Ships Flock to Subic Bay as Lines Battle Plunging RatesBy Wendy Leung and Francisco Alcuaz Jr., March 5 (Bloomberg) Subic Bay in the Philippines is the busiest it’s been since the U.S. Navy moved out 16 years ago. The traffic surge is coming from ships all carrying the same cargo — nothing. Last week, 19 vessels were anchored in the mountain-lined bay awaiting charters near an empty container terminal….


Sink or swim

November 28, 2008

Iain sent these pictures in of a LPG tanker launch in China. To me, it seems a bit of a rough launch and quite risky. Well you could certainly sustain allot of damage launching a ship that way, but I guess one must do what one must to get the job done. That’s an interesting point to ponder, what if they do some damage, do they have a drydock or…


BC Ferries moves to Cambodia

Aging Queen of Esquimalt ferry sold to buyer in ChinaVICTORIA – One of four B.C. ferries on the market has been sold.Canwest News Service, Saturday, July 12, 2008 The Queen of Esquimalt has been purchased by a buyer in China, BC Ferries representative Deborah Marshall said Friday. The company announced in January it was selling four of its oldest vessels: the Queen of Tsawwassen, Queen of Esquimalt, Queen of Saanich…

August 7, 2008

Is that a TEU in your pocket?

May 14, 2008

Cosco orders eight more boxship behemothsNacks to benefit from bulk-box deal worth $2bnJanet Porter, 12 May 2008 Lloyds List THE containership newbuilding market has burst back into life with a massive $1.3bn order from Cosco Container Lines for eight 13,350 teu vessels. The Chinese line, which already has eight 13,100 teu vessels in the pipeline through a long-term charter agreement with Seaspan, confirmed the new order late Friday after setting…


World’s largest shipyard in the works

September 29, 2007

Daehan plotting world’s biggest yard Mega-yard under construction would leapfrog three Korean rivals in global size rankings, writes Mike Grinter 12 February 2007 Lloyds List SOUTH Korean yard Daehan Shipbuilding is making its claim to greatness with the news that it is building a mega-shipyard. It has recently emerged that Daehan Shipyard has been in the process of constructing what might become the world’s largest shipyard in Haenam, South Jeolla…