The crew of the containership Yantian Express have been successfully evacuated as the fire in containers on its deck “significantly” increases in intensity.

The crew of the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express are battling a fire on the vessel in the Atlantic but are being hampered by poor weather conditions.

A containership operated by Ocean Network Express (ONE) successfully rescued a distressed sailor on board a yacht within hours of receiving a distress call.

Maritime professionals and interested onlookers will have been equally astonished at the recent pictures following the curious collision off Corsica, with the Tunisian ro-ro ferry Ulysse buried up to her bridge in the side of the containership CLS Virginia. A universal question, asked by everyone, would have been – “How on earth did they manage to do that?”

The SMM show this year saw more developments being made in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ultra large container vessels (ULCV), with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd (DSIC) and classification society DNV GL announcing a joint development project (JDP) agreement to develop a new 23,000 teu vessel. The JDP is focused on delivering a design which is ready for construction and reflects upcoming market trends and upcoming regulations.

Newbuilding orders across most shipping markets have started to drop off after a whopping $10bn was committed in the first quarter of 2018, but the prevailing trends suggest little has changed from the boom and bust cyclical mentality of ship owners aided and abetted by the prevailing attitude of financiers, according to VesselsValue.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding is keeping up its steady pace of order building, taking in new orders for nine vessels worth a total of $578m in May alone.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced that starting 1 Jun, it will allow transit of post-panamax containerships with a beam of 51.25m, up from 49.00m today, and with it the transit of 20-row wide boxships up from the current limit was of 19-rows.

Cosco-managed Piraeus port entered a new era this week when it handled its first 20,000 teu plus containership, the newbuilding Cosco Shipping Taurus, on 26 February.

As it continues the expansion of its boxshipping services Milaha has acquired its largest container vessel to date.

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