First cruise vessel arrived in Halifax on April 30

The 2016 Halifax cruise season officially started April 30 with the arrival of Veendam, a Holland America Line vessel, at the port of Halifax.

With 135 vessels carrying approximately 240,000 cruise guests expected during the 2016 season, Port of Halifax is preparing for another busy year.

2016 highlights include:

• Eight inaugural calls.

• Over 30 potential shore power connections.

• Four visits from Queen Mary 2 during the 2016 season. Its first call will be July 3, 2016.

• Three visits from Disney Magic. Its first call will be September 26, 2016.

September 15, 2016 is expected to be the busiest passenger day with over 9,000 passengers plus crew expected.

October 7, 2016 is the only scheduled five-ship day.

A complete vessel posting can be found on Cruise Halifax website at cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule.

Maersk Line sails back into the black as cost-cutting compensates for drop in revenue

By Mike Wackett

Confounding the expectations of analysts, Maersk Line returned to profit in the first three months of the year. The carrier posted a net gain of $32 million, compared with a loss of $165 million in the final quarter of 2015, on the back of a year-on-year 16 per cent saving in unit costs and a 7 per cent increase in volumes.

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Maersk Line introduces remote reefer container management “game-changer”

By Gavin van Marle

Maersk Line has formally unveiled its remote container management (RCM) system for advanced monitoring of the line’s fleet of reefer containers, wherever they are in the world. The project is detailed in The inside story on how to keep it cool, a new LongRead published by The Loadstar. The RCM project, which was five years in the making, saw the line’s entire fleet of 270,000 reefers equipped with a remote container device that utilises a 3G sim card and GPS unit, as well an antenna. In addition, around 400 vessels – every one of its 270-owned and 130 long-term chartered containerships – have been equipped with a VSAT dome on the roof of the bridge, which receives data sent by a reefer’s antennae. This data is then transmitted to orbiting satellites and retransmitted to Maersk HQ in Copenhagen and back to the vessel. Once the container is on land, it links with the local mobile phone network and transits data across that.

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Idle containership fleet still growing as 2016 shapes up to be a record year for scrapping

By Mike Wackett

Laid-up containership capacity “remains at an alarmingly high level”, according to the latest review by Alphaliner and, worryingly for shipowners, there are still no signs of demand picking up. In a survey taken on 4 April, the consultant recorded 325 idle containerships at anchor – equating to 1.48m TEUs and 7.4 per cent of the global cellular fleet. According to the Alphaliner data, mothballed tonnage includes 54 vessels of 5,100-7,499 TEUs, and 55 of 7,500 TEUs and over, with their operators all desperately seeking employment for them at almost any rate.

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Seaspan has ‘no worries’ Hanjin will default on charters; while HMM wins some rate cuts

By Mike Wackett

The world’s largest containership leaser, Seaspan, says it has “no material concerns” about its exposure to troubled South Korean ocean carrier Hanjin Shipping. It said the carrier “continues to make charter hire payments regularly”, and it “did not anticipate any charter breaks”. CEO Gerry Wang said: “We have not received any request from Hanjin to renegotiate charter hires.”

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