Seaspan takes advantage of champagne sale

August 3, 2010

To most on the west coast, Seaspan is a prominent name, hauling barges every which way all over the coast. Now, Seaspan is also becoming quite an established name in the container ship business too. And judging from the recent spats of new build deliveries, those head honcho must have a sore hand cutting all those ribbons and breaking champagne bottles. Seaspan has taken delivery of no less than 10…


Sicily get’s kicked

June 19, 2010

Some habits dies hard. Take for instance, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.’s (MSC) adventures on the St Lawrence river. As I type this, the MSC Sicily is proceeding to Montreal under close escort of Ocean Groupe’s Montreal based tugs, Ocean Intrepide, and Ocean Jupiter. Earlier today, the MSC Sicily suffer some sort of blackout, and loss steering, while under way in the St Lawrence river. The ship went out of the…


Kayakers and container liners need a little rescue

August 21, 2009

I made a blog entry last week about Seaspan and their new ship docking tug the Seaspan Resolution, as that entry was getting bit long, I did not get to express all my observations about the company. So here is a follow up post with a Seaspan theme… The 1350 hp, 20 meter long, tug, Comox Crown, towing three loaded wood chip barges, rescued a hypothermic kayakers last week, here…


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….


Clash of the Titans

January 2, 2009

13,800 teu capacity MSC Daniela enters serviceCraig Eason, 23 December 2008 Lloyds List AS REPORTED in Lloyd’s List last week, Mediterranean Shipping Co has taken possession of its largest containership to date. The post-panamax MSC Daniela has the capacity to carry 13,800 teu. This is over 2,500 teu more than the published capacity of Emma Maersk, which gained so much attention when it was launched two years ago. MSC Daniela…


Mighty cool show

August 14, 2008

I just finished catching the second half of Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ship. If you are in North America, I am pretty sure you can catch this new series on your local cable TV signal. In Canada its on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, 21:00 hrs – which I believe repeats every four hours after, for the duration of the day. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the show and…


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…