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The 20,150 TEU boxship, owned by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was completed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea in March 2017.
MOL Triumph set sail from Tianjin Xingang on April 4 and called at the ports of Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo before arriving in Hong Kong.
The ship’s maiden voyage will also bring it to Yantian, Singapore, and onwards through the Suez Canal to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. The containership will call at Hong Kong again when routing back to Tianjin Xingang.
“Hong Kong has completed the dredging of its channel to 17 metres to better accommodate mega vessels. HIT is therefore well positioned to meet the emerging needs of the cargo market with its capability to serve three such mega vessels simultaneously at our facilities,” Gerry Yim, HIT’s Managing Director, commented.
MOL Triumph, with a length of 400 meters and a breadth of 58.8 meters, is the first of four 20,150 TEU containerships ordered by MOL in February 2015 from SHI. It is deployed in THE Alliance’s Asia to Europe trade via the FE2 service – connecting China to North Europe.
The ship’s title of being the world’s largest boxship has been taken over by Maersk Line’s Madrid Maersk. The 20,568 TEU ship was delivered to the company last week. The ship is yet to be commissioned into service.
We are proud to announce you that as from March 5,2017 Loadline is approved to act as an IATA agent Our IATA Numeric Code is : 54450170003
Hope that this Agreement will be beneficial for both IATA members and all of our Partners.
Moroccan and pan-African banking group BMCE Bank Of Africa Group and Attica Holdings S.A., a subsidiary of Marfin Investment Group, have entered an agreement to operate scheduled ferry services from Morocco to Europe through the newly-established Moroccan company AFRICA MOROCCO LINKS (AML).
Attica Group will hold a 49% participation in the new company, while 51% will be held by a group of Moroccan shareholders led by BMCE Bank Of Africa Group.
The Tanger Med (Morocco) – Algeciras (Spain) route was inaugurated on June 17, 2016 with the 1988-built vessel Diagoras.
The company said that the 141-meter long ferry would be on the route by a second vessel a few days later, adding that a number of preparatory initiatives "are currently underway for the launch of additional routes between Morocco and Europe."
The annual traffic volumes between Morocco and Europe are estimated at around 4 million passengers, 1 million private vehicles and 260,000 freight units, according to Attica.
Our new exclusive Member for Morocco is LoadLine, an excellent company established in 2001 with offices in Casablanca and Tangier.
General Manager, Mr Samir Ben Mannsour who will be attending our upcoming meeting in Dubai states; Our key management has more than 20 years’ experience in shipping and throughout the years have been well involved in air and sea freight, IMO & hazardous shipments, reefer expeditions, door-to-door services, vessel agency and bulk shipments, consolidation and LCL imports, domestic haulage, warehousing & distribution."
LoadLine has previously handled 2 projects for the Saudi Royal family, moving all their belongings (involving hundreds of trucks, over-length caravans, 4x4 vehicles) from Agadir in Morocco to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The project was handled in 2 shipments and totalled 3,500 tons.
According to ITF, management at Somaport terminal is trying to impose new ways of working that are not in line with the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between them and the ITF-affiliated SNTP/UMT dockers’ union.
ITF claims that the management is now using intimidation against union members, including dismissing one worker and suspending another.
The call for government intervention comes on the heels of 24-hour strike by the local union held on January 6th.
"Although terminal workers held a strike on 6 January 2016 to protest against the management’s practices, they resumed work after 24 hours to show their good intentions and their willingness to start a dialogue with the company. In contrast, the local management shifted some vessels to other destinations despite the agreement by both parties on dialogue and social peace. This action is seen by the union as an attempt by the company to put pressure on SNTP/UMT to accept its demands,"
"The workers and their union are keen to negotiate and to find a positive solution to this dispute, and believe that your immediate intervention in this matter would be valuable as talks appear to have reached a stalemate at the local level."
The port of Casablanca is the largest port in Morocco, spanning over 450 ha. It can accommodate up to 40 ships at a time and features a commercial port, a fishing port, a marina, as well as facilities and infrastructure for launching and docking ships.
Somaport operates three terminals at the port, a container terminal, a general cargo terminal and a RORO terminal.
Among the companies that violated China’s anti-monopoly law are South Korean EUKOR Car Carriers, Norway-based Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, which received fines of USD 44 million and USD 7 million, respectively, and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, which received a reduced fine amounting to USD 6 million.
Other companies penalized were Japan’s K Line and Eastern Car Liner Ltd. and Chile’s CSAV and CCNI.
Japanese shipping company NYK was also found guilty for violating the anti-monopoly law, however, due to the company’s cooperation to NDRC’s investigation, it has received an immunity from the fine.
Both MOL and NYK said that they have taken measures to assure compliance with antitrust laws to prevent a recurrence of the matter.
The companies also announced additional training of their employees in the field of antitrust law compliance.
The investigation and penalization was conducted under China’s 2008 anti-monopoly law in an effort to force down prices Chinese consumers complain are too high.
The cargo consisted of a high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine model CFM56-7B which was transported from Casablanca, Morocco to Istanbul, Turkey.
Loaded on Turkish Airline freighter A330-200F operating from Casablanca to Istanbul, the cargo weighed 4665kg with the height of 254cm.
Steadily growing since the outset, X2 member Loadline continues to be active in the main trade-lanes having clients from various business sectors of the Moroccan economy.