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Israel’s Haifa port has taken the country’s first call from the 2M Alliance’s AE12/TP2 loop, from 10,000 teu vessel Gustav Maersk, the largest ever to dock at an Israeli port.

MSC has added a call at DP World-operated London Gateway on its Australia Express Service, making the new fastest direct connection between UK and Australia, according to MSC.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line have signed a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) for Asia-South American East Coast trades.

The rapid rise of the mega-containership of 18,000 teu and above has radically altered the landscape of mainline container shipping.

Reederei NSB has successfully widened panamax containership MSC Geneva in what is claimed to be the first project of its kind, at the Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) in China.

The Saudi Ports Authority's flagship facility, Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), will retender concessions to its north and south terminals in around 2017, its top official tells Seatrade Global.

IMO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) as well as associated amendments to International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

Approval of 2M by US regulatory authorities will allow Maersk Line to return to plan for at least the next two years based on the deployment of triple-E ships on order and no more. But a head-on clash with a newly formed competitor may be in the works.

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has given the go-ahead for the proposed 2M container carrier alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) could overtake Maersk Line to become the world’s largest container shipping company by 2016 according to analyst Alphaliner.

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