The U.S. Coast Guard bulletin regarding compliance with the International Maritime Organization's verified gross mass requirement "seems to allow for more flexibility," says Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero.
Three of the four pre-qualified port terminal operators that will bid for control of the Corozal Container Terminal have ties to container shipping giants Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), and CMA CGM.
The 13,092-TEU containership COSCO Hope crashed into a gantry crane at Port Said as it was departing the Egyptian port, igniting a fire that spread to 20 containers and resulted in injuries to at least two people.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. today at 12:01 a.m., the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership said.
The decision is a reversal of plans announced in March, when the ocean carrier said it would deploy its flagship fleet of six, 18,000-TEU containerships between Asia and the United States West Coast starting in May.
South Korean ocean carrier Hanjin will operate all five of the 4,000-TEU vessels on the China America Express service, which is scheduled to commence in May.