The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), reiterating its commitment to strengthen global communication, today unveiled a microsite in the Portuguese language that is linked to its main London-based portal ( This is the thirteenth language site. The move shows a growing commitment not only to Portugal in the European region, but also to Brazil in the Americas region.

Brazil has emerged as the leading South American economic power with nearly 200 million people. It is the largest country in South America, both in geographical area and population, and is the world’s fifth largest country.

There is increasing interest on the part of Brazilian fisheries to enter the MSC program. The MSC employs two representatives in South America; Rodrigo Polanco who works in Spanish speaking Latin America, and Laurent Viguie in Brazil.

Portugal is recognized as one of the biggest seafood consumer countries in the world. Development of the MSC in Portugal is promoted by the MSC Iberian office based in Madrid. Laura Rodriguez, Country Manager and Carlos Montero, Responsible for fisheries are the MSC Team for Spain at Portugal. There is one Portuguese fishery in the program and 49 companies certified for Chain of Custody, mostly canning companies. More information available in Portuguese will facilitate the awareness on the program in the South of Europe and the engagement of more fisheries and seafood companies in Portugal.

The MSC main website portal is an information-rich resource that is used by journalists, scientists, companies, consumers, policy makers, and anyone seeking information about the organization.

Source MSC

The Board of Directors of CMB met pursuant to the provisions of the Belgian Code of Companies relating to the existence of conflicts of interest and authorised the company to acquire the dry bulk assets of Delphis on the basis of current market values. Delphis is a subsidiary of SAVERCO, one of CMB’s reference shareholders.

The acquisition will include a 50% participating interest in the joint venture company Ocean Capes Limited, owner of the capesize vessels Mineral Subic (2011-179.397 dwt), Lake Dolphin (2011-179.418 dwt) and Bulk Canada (2012-179.397 dwt). The remaining 50% will be held by the joint venture partner Boxlog.

The Lake Dolphin and the Bulk Canada are on bareboat charter to CMB and Boxlog, respectively. The Mineral Subic is operated by the joint venture and is currently on a ten year time charter to STX Panocean (Korea).

The Lake Dolphin is on time charter to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs also for a ten year period.

CMB will also acquire 100% of the shares of Blue Dolphin Shipping Limited owner of the handysize vessel Rio Negro (1999-20.501 dwt).

The overall price for the acquisition of 50% of Ocean Capes Limited and 100% of Blue Dolphin Shipping Limited amounts to USD 9 million and is based on the current market value of the vessels and of the two time charter contracts.

Source CMB

The Vilsund Blues East Jutland Blue mussel fishery has been certified against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) [1] environmental standard for sustainable fishing, thereby proving its activities to be sustainable and well-managed. This is the second fishery to become certified as part of the Danish company’s continuous commitment to sustainable fishing. The products from the fishery will now be eligible to carry the internationally recognized, blue MSC ecolabel, which helps consumers make sustainable choices in stores.  

Commitment to sustainable fishing practices

To successfully complete the rigorous third-party assessment, the fishery had to demonstrate healthy mussel stocks, sustainable ecosystem impacts, and an effective fisheries management system. The independent team of expert scientists did not identify any significant weaknesses but set two conditions, namely to produce a research plan and to continue to provide information for adequate monitoring of the stock.

About the fishery
The certified blue mussel dredge fishery operates in the southern Kattegat year-round. Vilsund Blue undertakes self-management of the fishery, voluntarily harvesting less than the quota allows. Last year the company harvested only 3100 MT out of a quota set at 23 000 MT, and the mussels were then sold preserved, fresh or frozen, mostly to markets in mainland Europe

The fishery is managed at a national level by the Danish Commission of Commercial Fisheries with members from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries/ Fisheries directorate, as well as local councils.

Vilsund Blue says
“We are happy that our effort to be and to remain sustainable now is something we proudly can announce loud and clear,” says Mr Sören Mattesen, Vilsund Blue.

Demonstrated commitment
“Vilsund Blue is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable fishing practices through the MSC certification of this blue shell mussel fishery. We are very happy about its staunch support of the MSC programme and look much forward to seeing MSC-labelled mussels from this fishery on the market”, says Minna Epps, Manager Baltic Sea Region, MSC.

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DANISH global container giant Maersk will increase rates US$500 per TEU on dry shipments on April 15 from the Far East to the west coast of South and Central America with rates rising $1,250 on 45-footers.

From the Far East Asia to the Caribbean the rates will go up by $560 per TEU and $800 per FEU. Maersk will also raise rates from Far East Asia to Puerto Rico by $560 per TEU and $800 per FEU.

From Far East to the US and Canada rates will increase $320 per TEU, $400 per FEU and $450 per 40-foot high cube container.

Maersk also said it would apply a $150 per TEU general rate increase in the trade from the Far East (excluding Japan) to India, effective April 1.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

SPOT rates from Shanghai to the US west coast rose 1.5 per cent to US$2,021 per FEU last week and east coast rates were up 2.7 per cent to $3,204 per FEU, according to the latest Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI).

The latest hike on the US-bound trade from Shanghai marks the second straight week of increases on the trade lane.

Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean rates held steady at $1,371 per TEU and $1,376 per TEU, respectively, after a series of dramatic rises earlier in the month.

Across all trades covered by the index the SCFI rose 0.6 per cent to 1,230.18 points.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

JAPANESE "K" Line has announced it will add two China calls - Ningbo in Zhejiang province and Da Chan Bay in western Shenzhen - to its weekly intra-Asia Jabco-1 and Jabco-2 loops, offering direct trade linkage for Japan, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

"K" Line will deploy four 2,500-TEU ships for the Jabco-1 service and another four 1,700-TEU vessels for the Jabco-2 string.

Port rotation for Jabco-1 includes Tokyo, Yokohama, Shimizu, Yokkaichi, Nagoya, Shanghai, Ningbo, Laem Chabang, Manila, Ningbo, Shanghai, and back to Tokyo. The estimated time of arrival (ETA) at Tokyo for Jabco-1 is April 23.

Jabco-2 loop will call at Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Moji, Shanghai, Da Chan Bay-western Shenzhen, Ho Chi Minh, Laem Chabang and back to Ho Chi Minh and Tokyo. Its ETA at Tokyo is April 25. Both loops take 28 days for their individual voyage.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

INTERNATIONAL shipbroker Braemar Seascope has reported that 56 per cent of new containership capacity delivered over the past two years entered the Asia-North Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades.

It said that 2.6 million TEU of newbuilding capacity has been delivered over this period with 1.5 million TEU being absorbed by the Asia-Europe trades.

In 2011 alone, "59 post-Panamax containerships, with an average capacity of 11,500 TEU, entered Asia-Europe services, adding 680,000 TEU of fresh capacity", Braemar was cited as saying in a report by the American Shipper.

"Additionally, 15 containerships of an average 8,400 TEU were delivered and deployed on Asia-Mediterranean and a developing Asia-Middle East trade lane, adding more than 125,000 TEU of new capacity."

The Asia-east coast South America route also absorbed a significant amount of the new tonnage delivered over the past two years, with 40 newbuildings entering service, including high reefer capacity vessels of more than 7,000 TEU which were introduced by Maersk Line and Hamburg Sud.

"In 2011, this emerging Latin American container route accounted for more than 10 per cent of all new capacity commissioned," Braemar said. "Another developing container trade lane, Asia-West Africa, witnessed deployment of 11 newbuildings last year, including the first of a newbuilding series of twenty-two 4,500-TEU geared vessels designed for the West African-Asian trade."

Said Braemar analyst Jonathan Roach: "For the next three years we expect another four million TEU to hit the water, which includes 150 containerships with a capacity of 10,000 TEU or more."

London's Containerisation International noted that according to Clarkson Research Services' latest Container Intelligence Monthly, the global containership fleet capacity will increase 7.3 per cent this year, with an estimated 67 per cent of the capacity to be delivered being over 8,000 TEU.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE Port of Hamburg handled nine million TEU last year, a rise of 14.2 per cent, or 1.12 million TEU, compared to 201O, achieving the fastest growth rate in container throughput in northern Europe and becoming Europe's second largest container port.

The port, which is the largest in Germany, also handled 132.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2011, an increase of 9.1 per cent compared with 2010.

Claudia Roller, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), said: "We are delighted that in 2011 the Port of Hamburg proved able to achieve above-average growth both in total throughput and container traffic. With the strongest absolute growth in container throughput, Hamburg regained market share against competing ports."

She pointed out that for 2012 the port is estimating an increase in throughput figures, but not as high as in 2011.

"By year-end the port should achieve a moderate increase in seaborne cargo. With its existing capacities, well-developed infrastructure and highly efficient port service providers, some of whom have recently won international awards, Hamburg is very well equipped to handle growing cargo volumes with its customary reliability, speed and high quality."

Furthermore, the port's CEO noted that the forthcoming deepening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe will further boost Hamburg's attractiveness as a European hub for ultra-large vessels.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

A new all-water service connecting Asia and Houston via the Panama Canal is being introduced by Cosco Container Lines Americas.

The sailing of the Gulf of Mexico Express service (GME) is scheduled to depart from Shanghai on April 29 and to arrive on May 28 in Houston, which is the service's only US port of call.

The first voyage will be undertaken by the Cosco Auckland, which will also be the ship's first deployment since joining the Cosco fleet.

The port rotation of the GME service is Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shenzhen-Yantian, Colon and Houston.

A statement from the Port of Houston Authority said its representatives have been working for more than two years on soliciting and securing the service that links ports in China directly to Houston.

It expects the new service to bring "significant" new business to Houston as demand for direct services has grown significantly as a result of a strong regional economy and a fast-growing population.

"We chose the Port of Houston because of their progressive approach to cargo handling, ideal intermodal connections and geography that easily met shipper requirements. Quay and crane configurations allow us to turn a vessel in minimum time," said Tim Marsh, vice president, North American sales, Cosco Container Lines Americas.

The new GME service joins CMA CGM's existing PEX3 service, which has been operating as an all-water service between Asia and Houston for several years.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

APS Technology Group has announced that Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) is implementing its Automated Gate System optical character recognition (OCR) solution at two marine container terminals at the ports of Manzanillo and Veracruz in Mexico.

The solution provided by APS will automate the container identification process at the exit gates of the two terminals with the collection of high-resolution images, in a bid to increase throughput and enable remote equipment inspections.

This marks the first time that APS has entered the Mexican container terminal market. Its Gate OCR solution will be integrated with Hutchison's proprietary host system to enable automatic gate processing functions without human interaction, a joint company statement said.

"We regularly look for and evaluate the latest technologies for our terminal. We selected the APS Gate OCR system as the better solution to help increase our productivity as well as to increase overall safety and security during gate operations," said Alejandro Plascencia, CIO, HPH Americas and Caribbean.

HPH's Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) is located at the Port of Veracruz and handles 80 per cent of Veracruz's container throughput and 19 per cent of all containers handled in Mexico.

Terminal Internacional de Manzanillo (TIMSA) on the west coast of Mexico handles 18 per cent of containerised cargo in the port of Manzanillo.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

HAMBURG's Rickmers-Linie, heavy lift and project liner services operator, is expanding into inland China, to be closer to industrial factories that supply nearby end-user building sites, said Rickmers-Linie chief China representative Wolfgang Harms.

"We have appointed additional liaison offices in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, Chongqing and Chengdu, the capital of Szechuan province. These three inland liaison offices will be managed for the time being out Shanghai by general manager Zhao Jin Hai. We are also strengthening our presence in the south Guangdong province with a liaison office in Shenzhen, which will be managed by Sylvia Mak in Hong Kong," he said.

Rickmers-Linie has already had for some years an inland representation in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, bordering on Kazakhstan. This office is managed from the Beijing office by Julie Zhu.

Rickmers-Linie is a specialist in global transport of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo by sea. The company belongs to Rickmer Groups, which offers diversified activities in the segments of maritime assets, services and logistics.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CEVA Logistics has signed a five-year contract with Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal, one of the biggest importers and distributors of major tyre brands.

CEVA will be responsible for the management of all Alserkal's outbound logistics and tyre distribution across the region, which will be managed from an 8,000-square-metre facility at CEVA's number four site located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Ahmad Alserkal, managing director of Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal, Bridgestone tyres division, said: "Our strategic aim is to centralise all our logistics functions, so we benefit from streamlined activities, improved operational efficiency and can focus on our core business of tyre trading, as well as building strong relationships with our customers."

John Gould, CEVA's managing director, Middle East, said: "This partnership demonstrates our ability to provide comprehensive and integrated logistics services for the tyre industry," he said.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CEVA has signed a three year contract with Italy's Hankook Tire, a global tyre manufacturer to manage, store and distribute from its hub in Somaglia, near Lodi, Italy,

Using its 6,000 square metre facility, CEVA will distribute car, light truck and truck tires across northern Italy and manage a shuttle service to Hankook Tire's main warehouse in Rome which serves the central and southern regions.

CEVA will handle 500,000 pieces across 400 product lines each year, using two incoming and several outgoing vehicles each day to reach dealers and retailers in the north of the country as well as Hankook's site in Rome, reports the UK's Transport Intelligence. CEVA will also manage reverse logistics for Hankook Tire, guaranteeing the highest efficiency and punctuality in the collection of returns.

Said CEVA's southern European chief Fabio Cecchettin: "We are well aware of the challenges that characterise this market and have developed cutting-edge solutions to manage storage, distribution and reverse logistics activities in an impeccable and fast way, which is essential in this sector."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

LUFTHANSA Cargo is adding new flights to its summer schedule, including the commencement of the service to Chongqing.

Starting March 25, Chongqing will be served with four weekly flights operated by the carrier's MD-11 freighters.

Due to the network expansion of Lufthansa's passenger services, the cargo carrier is also serving for the first time Shenyang in northeastern China and Qingdao in Shandong province.

In addition, the summer schedule increases the frequency of flights to Detroit to twice-weekly connections. Services to the US automotive capital commenced initially in January with a weekly flight.

For South America, the cargo carrier is offering twice-weekly MD-11 flights ex Frankfurt to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

Back in the summer timetable is Kolkata (Calcutta), India, with once-weekly direct flights from Frankfurt. Flights were operated to the Indian metropolis last summer, but were discontinued in recent months, a statement from the carrier said.

"We have selectively extended our route network and brought new and attractive growth markets into the timetable," said Lufthansa board member product and sales Andreas Otto. "We are expanding our presence in China, the world's biggest air freight market, and now laying on freighter connections to a total of six Chinese destinations."

Lufthansa Cargo operates 9,000 flights a week in the summer flight schedules, to serve a total of 51 destinations, including 25 destinations in Asia and eight in North America.

All freighter flights out of Germany will be based in Frankfurt. The flights to North America and Asia, which were relocated to Cologne/Bonn temporarily in the winter timetable, will also depart from Frankfurt. The cargo carrier offers flights to a total of 303 destinations in 99 countries.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

ALL Nippon Airways (ANA), Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase passenger fuel surcharges in April, according to a statement from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.

The new fuel surcharges will be HK$248 (US$31.93) for short-haul flights and HK$1,132 for long-haul flights.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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