Following its takeover of UASC German container line Hapag-Lloyd is putting newbuilding orders on hold for the next few years.

While the there is an inherent attraction to order megavessel newbuildings in the current financing and market environment, it is still unclear as to how they benefit the lines.

Three vessels that grounded in the Port of Durban have been refloated, including the containership MSC Ines that blocked the entrance to the port. However, port operations remain suspended.

Severe weather has wreaked havoc on the Port of Durban grounding three vessels with an MSC containership blocking the harbour entrance.

MSC and Zim will again be operating a seasonal Black Sea service from November.

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has snagged six of the 11 megamax containership order by MSC.

Following today’s reports that MSC has ordered 11 units of 22,000 teu from Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), latest statistics from Alphaliner on what it calls ‘megamax’ containerships of 18,000 to 22,000 teu reveal some curious coincidences between ordering patterns of individual lines and alliances.

Niche container carrier Wan Hai Lines was the most reliable in Q2 as overall reliability for the sector improved according to analysts SeaIntel.

MSC it is actively monitoring the situation in regard to three vessels it has on time charter from bankrupt Rickmers Group.

MSC set the record for the largest container ship to ever call an Israeli port last Friday.

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