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New intermodal solution for the Djibouti- Ethiopia corridor enhances MSC’s East Africa offering

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New intermodal solution for the Djibouti- Ethiopia corridor enhances MSC's East Africa offering. Image: MSC
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MSC announced the newly established intermodal route between Djibouti & Ethiopia. As the first MSC intermodal service in Ethiopia, it is a key milestone for progress in the region.

Ethiopia is the origin land of coffee and currently the world’s fifth largest coffee exporting country, the largest in Africa. Ethiopia also has a fast-growing textile/garment export industry.

The new solution combines road and rail transport to facilitate smooth imports and exports out of landlocked Ethiopia.

MSC offers two weekly services, connecting our global network to the Port of Djibouti, Ethiopia’s main gateway:

  • The PETRA service: Connecting China, Far East, Southeast Asia and all cargo routed via Singapore to Djibouti
  • The NWC IPAK service: A direct connection to North Europe, and a connection to the US, MED, and IPAK regions via our regional transshipment hub King Abdullah Port.

Key transit times from Djibouti via road for imports:

  • Addis Ababa: 3 days
  • Hawassa: 4 days
  • Modjo: 3 days (no service to dry port)

Key transit times to Djibouti via rail for exports:

  • Indode Rail Station: 1 day by rail
  • Modjo Rail Station: 1 day by rail

As MSC is one of the leading carriers in the region, we are constantly seeking to expand our services, and the Ethiopian Hinterlands is one of the fastest growing corridors in the East Africa region. The new solution enables stronger relationships between MSC and our customers, as we can provide more complete logistics solutions in the region.

Soji Thomas Korah, General Manager of MSC Ethiopia, says “We have been enthusiastically exploring our options for the past few years, and are excited to offer this intermodal solution that we believe will add value to MSC service. The Far East, Southeast Asia, U.S, IPAK, & NWC are all key markets for both Djibouti and Ethiopia. Our new intermodal services will be vital for coffee and garment export shipments to these regions.”

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Yang Ming adds new TEU container vessel, YM Trillion

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Yang Ming adds new TEU container vessel, YM Trillion. Image: Unsplash
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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. has added one new 11,000 TEU container vessel, ‘YM Trillion’. The vessel is chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. YM Trillion was named and delivered to Yang Ming at a ceremony held at Imabari Marugame Shipyard.

To further strengthen Yang Ming’s mid- to long-term operational efficiency, the Company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. With the delivery of YM Trillion, all fourteen 11,000 TEU ships have joined Yang Ming’s fleet. These newbuildings will lower the average age of Yang Ming’s global fleet and enhance vessel deployment. With environmental features, these eco-friendly ships will accelerate fleet optimization, reduce unit cost and offer greater transportation service.

This series of vessels has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

This type of vessels adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving and reduce overall emissions. In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The optimal dimensions can enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

YM Trillion has been deployed on Yang Ming’s Trans-Pacific service PN3, which will meet customer needs, and maximize capacity utilization. It is expected that the vessel will further strengthen the competitiveness of Yang Ming’s global fleet and service network.

The port rotation of PN3 is Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Tacoma – Pusan – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong.

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MELL’s two vessels made successful maiden calls at the Tibar Bay Port

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MELL's two vessels made successful maiden calls at the Tibar Bay Port. Image: PIL
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Mariana Express Lines, a subsidiary of Pacific International Lines, announced that two of its vessels Kota Dunia and Selatan Damai, made successful maiden calls at the new Tibar Bay Port over two days to support the operational trials of this new deepwater port. This new development, built in compliance with globally recognised environmental standards, aims to deliver performance and productivity which are comparable with the largest seaports in the world

Over the two-day test phase, the efficiency of the digital operating systems of the terminal shone through as the port handled nearly 1,000 containers on board both ships. With new optimised port call practices, the port call process in future is expected to be even shorter and more efficient, thereby bringing savings while reducing carbon emissions for shipping lines.

Lee Chin Giaf, General Manager, MELL said “MELL has served Timor Leste for over a decade. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to show our commitment to the growth of Timor by deploying two of our vessels to participate in the testing of the country’s new world-class facility. We look forward to working closely with Timor Port and Bolloré Ports on the successful development and launch of the new port as part of its ambition to drive stronger economic growth for the country. ”

Laurent Palayer, CEO of Timor Port SA said “MELL and Bolloré Ports enjoy a long standing relationship underpinned by close co-operation over the last decade and with the opening of Timor Bay, we will further strengthen our partnership to bring economic progress to Timor Leste.”

Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer, PIL added, “Asia is a key focus region for PIL, and our subsidiary MELL enables us to specialise in certain niche routes within Asia Pacific. Timor, with its central location in Asia and proximity to the large Asian market of Indonesia, has immense development potential. PIL and MELL are confident that Timor will continue to grow from strength to strength and we stand ready to meet the needs of our customers for enhanced connectivity to Timor and other parts of Asia.”

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MacGregor to deliver container lashing systems for Hapag-Lloyd

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a significant order for delivering container lashing systems for twelve 23,500+ TEU container vessels for Hapag-Lloyd. The vessels will be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea.

The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2022 third quarter orders received. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered to the owner between the second quarter of 2023 and the fourth quarter of 2024.

“Cargo system plays a very important role in the efficient operation of the container ship. Hapag-Lloyd and MacGregor have worked together closely and developed the optimum cargo system for this vessel series to ensure the best cargo efficiency. Placing this order with MacGregor was the first choice for us,” says Lutz-Michael Dyck, Senior Director, Strategic Asset Projects, Hapag-Lloyd.

“Hapag-Lloyd is a highly appreciated and strategic customer for MacGregor. Over the years we have worked together closely to find ways to improve the cargo efficiency on existing ships and newbuildings. In this project, we have been collaborating on concept design and cargo system configuration from the very early stages. I am very proud that Hapag-Lloyd trusted us with this order,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor.

Hapag-Lloyd is currently the world’s fifth largest container carrier with 253 container ships totaling a capacity of 1.8 million TEU. Hapag-Lloyd is known for its dedication to efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.

MacGregor is a leader in sustainable maritime cargo and load handling with a strong portfolio of products, services and solutions, all designed to perform with the sea.

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