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New Joint Asia – Australia Service Beefs Up Evergreen’s Offering

June 14, 2018 – Evergreen is expanding its container transport choices for customers between Asia and Australia by teaming up with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and APL to provi180614 Ever Blissde a new weekly Central & South China-Australia Express (CAE) service. Five classic Panamax ships with capacities averaging 4,600 TEU will be deployed on the new service, two will be operated by Evergreen Line and the remaining three by HMM and APL. The first sailing is scheduled around mid-August, with regular port calls at Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

CAE will augment the line’s two current weekly services (NEAX and CAT) that call at ports in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Australia. The expansion in service offerings is in response to the increasing trade demand on the route. Australia’s economy is reported to have entered stable growth. The rising population, mainly from robust immigration, has not only promoted the expansion of the consumer and housing markets, but also the development of public infrastructure – all stimulating cargo demand on this trade.

In addition to strengthening the current Asia-Australia network coverage, the expanded capacity also provides shippers with more reliable service. Evergreen Line has long cultivated the Australian shipping market, establishing ‘Evergreen Shipping Agency (Australia) Pty. Ltd.’ in 2002. From its base of three offices located at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the line will continue to assist shippers to enhance their market competitiveness in the region.

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SAL Heavy Lift repeats success by signing Horns Rev 3 shipments

180613 MV Svenja - foundation transshipment for GeoSea

Hamburg, 13 June 2018 – SAL Heavy Lift repeats success by signing contract for shipment of a total of 49 transition pieces for the Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Farm. The contract has been signed with GeoSea NV, and underlines SAL’s performance and significant track record in the technical heavy lift transport market for complex offshore wind projects.

Once again, SAL Heavy Lift is proud to announce another success in the offshore wind project market, by signing the contract for transporting 49 transition pieces (TPs) for the Horns Rev 3 project. The assignment compiles transportation of TPs from fabrication yards in Aalborg, Denmark and Vlissingen, Netherlands to the project port of Esbjerg in Denmark. SAL’s ability to meet a very demanding project schedule made the decisive factor for GeoSea. Within a very short time, SAL must prepare a full HSSE and Quality plan, create the technical design and finalize the engineering work, execute procurement as well as fabrication of five TP grillages and one lifting tool and get the vessel ready to load the first units.

Philip Stackmann, Project Manager – SAL, explains; “We are proud that GeoSea placed their trust in us for this time-critical project. Looking at a tight time schedule, we draw on past experience and expertise to ensure a safe and successful project. With our ready-made designs for TP grillages and TP lifting tools, which can be modified to the specific needs of our clients, it was possible to meet the demanding requirements of our client.”

GeoSea NV awarded SAL the job, following the contracting of the ongoing Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm project which SAL also undertake for the Belgian marine engineering house.

Justin Archard, Corporate Director – Commercial, states; “Being trusted as business partner for such an important project by GeoSea (DEME Group), shows that SAL is a state of the art technical heavy lift carrier, and adds to our successful track record in this business segment. I am proud that GeoSea chose to contract SAL again.”

This project follows an already extensive list of similar projects that SAL Heavy Lift has executed for construction companies within the offshore wind industry. Starting with the transportation of 68 transition pieces (TPs) to the Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the summer of 2016, following a long engagement transporting 87 monopiles (MPs) and TPs for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm into mid-2017, up to the recent transport of 174 MPs and 68 TPs for Hornsea Project One shows a significant track record in this business segment. Now SAL’s MV Lone will conduct the TP transport for Horns Rev 3.

Each of the 49 TP’s measures 32,27m in height, has a dimension of 7,12m and has a unit weight of 530t.

The project will start early July and run for a period of approximately 65 days.

About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The company was founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG” and belongs to Harren & Partner Group since 2017. The modern fleet of heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers. The vessels of SAL Heavy Lift boast an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons: amongst the world’s highest lifting capacity in the heavy lift sector. As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, the company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment. 


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Portcare and Vooss Hanemann secure Evergreen Line’s Public Relations and Advertising roles in North America.

June 11, 2018 (New York): Portcare International Ltd. and Vooss Hanemann Associates, Inc., have been chosen by Evergreen Line to represent its public relations and advertising interests within North America.

Portcare International has catered to the needs of the transportation industry since 1997.  Based in the UK, Portcare has represented Evergreen within Europe as part of its client portfolio since 2013. 

Peter Owen, Managing Director of Portcare said, “The institutional knowledge we lend to the efforts of each of our clients within the transportation industry allows us to become a valued partner in the successful presentation of their business.  It is a great honor to broaden our footprint of service to Evergreen by including their North American concerns.”  Mr. Owen had previously served as publisher of Containerisation International, a leading provider of news to the transportation industry.

Vooss Hanemann Associates, founded in 1994, provides public relations, advertising and marketing services to clients across a wide range of industries.  Michael Vooss, president of Vooss Hanemann, will provide Evergreen’s day-to-day needs from the agency’s New York office.  Mr. Vooss previously served as Director of Advertising and Public Relations at Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., which had operated a fleet of more than 30 container and multi-purpose vessels.

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“K” LINE Holds Environmental Awards 2018 Ceremony

Award Ceremony held for “K” Line Group Environmental Awards 2018 on June 5, 2018.

The awards were established to honor and give recognition to outstanding environmental-preservation-contributive activities addressed by executives and employees working throughout the “K” LINE Group pursuant to the direction developed in “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050. This year, which marked the 4th time since establishment of the awards in 2015, we also accepted many entries from our group companies both in Japan and overseas. Activities of six companies and one volunteer group — one for “Grand Award” and six for “Excellence Award” — were selected from such standpoints as “originality,” “challenge level,” “degree of contribution,” “continuity” and “potential for pervasiveness” with representatives from these companies and group receiving the awards from our President and CEO, Eizo Murakami.

In addition to these existing awards, we newly established a “Sustainability Award” this year. This additional award was created to recognize companies or groups which aggressively engage in environmental activities under the principle of “K” LINE Group’s Environmental Promotion System: DRIVE GREEN NETWORK (DGN) that was started last year, and we selected two companies this year.

The “K” LINE Group will continue to broadly share environmental preservation activities addressed within respective Group companies in order that we can further advance dissemination and enlightenment of environmental preservation activities as an entire Group effort through “K” Line Group Environmental Awards. Through this emphasis on continuing to aggressively contribute to environmental preservation and biodiversity protection, we should successfully accomplish our mission, i.e., “Passing down a sustainable society and this blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation” expressed in “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050.

Awardees of the “K” Line Group Environmental Awards are as follows:

Grand Award

  • CO2 and cost reduction utilizing truck carrier
  1. “K” Line Mobaru Diamond Indonesia (KMDI)

KMDI developed a carrier car (truck carrier) which was able to load four small trucks in tandem with its client, PT Hino Motors Manufacturing Indonesia (HMMI) and has been in operation since February 2017. HMMI used to consign trucks (products) at the factory and since many of these traveled on their own, it was concerned about troubles such as damage during transportation. By developing the truck carrier, KMDI succeeded in decreasing the number of vehicles running on a road and that realized, combined with improvement of transport quality, reduction of fuel consumption. Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation of PT. Hino Motors Sales Indonesia (HMSI) that is a truck dealer, the carrier has been used for domestic long-distance delivery in their business.

Excellence Award (6) (in random order)

  • Shore power utilization for offshore support ships

K Line Offshore AS

  • Waste reduction and subsequent freight transport increase by selling waste materials

K Line Container Service (Thailand) Ltd.

  • Prevention of marine pollution with rust by scatter control and effective rinsing of tug-boats

Daito Corporation

  • Training and creating environmental awareness amongst crews

“K” Line Ship Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

  • Environmental preservation activities in Bacolod City, Bohol Island and Manila Bay

Veritas Maritime Corporation

  • Sato-yama preservation activities at Sarumachi-zuka, the “K” Line’s forest

“K” LINE Satoyama Club

Sustainability Award (2) (in random order)

  • Seagate Corporation
  • Nitto Total Logistics Ltd.
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‘Brave new world?’ – What industry leaders really think the future holds for container transport

~  A comprehensive report into the global container transport industry authored by TT Club and McKinsey ~

Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, leading international freight transport insurer TT Club, in conjunction with global management consulting firm McKinsey, have today published ‘Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043’, a wide-ranging, qualitative report summarising the passionate thoughts and opinions of industry leaders on what the future holds for the container industry over the next 25 years.

Rather than focusing on purely quantitative research and analysis of trends, the authors of the report interviewed over 30 highly respected industry leaders and experts from a wide cross section of the industry. The aim was to gain a qualitative insight into the perceptions and confidence of the people who have greatest experience in the industry and are best placed to predict the sector’s future. These included Board Members of TT Club, but importantly other supply chain professionals, financial intermediaries, law firms, and disruptors and innovators.

Following the research, TT Club and McKinsey, in ‘Brave new world?’ have drawn five broad conclusions as to where the industry is going and then have examined four specific potential future scenarios together with their implications. Two of these scenarios centre on digitalisation and two on trade development, or the lack of it.

The development of containerisation over the past fifty years is well documented. The industry is now well-established at the centre of international trade with over 90% of consumer goods (TVs, toys, clothing, furniture) and many raw materials being shipped in these metal boxes. Yet despite the success of the container, the returns for the average container liner operator or freight forwarder have lagged the cost of capital over the last two decades. There have only been a few winners who have found a sustainable recipe for value creation.

So what will change in the future or will the familiar boom and bust cycle continue? ‘Brave new world?’ reports five broad conclusions:

  1. The physical characteristics of the industry are unlikely to change, as the container and the ships that carry them will still exist over the next 25 years
  2. Trade flows will become more balanced across trade lanes as incomes converge between East Asia and developed economies, and the emerging economies in South Asia and Africa “catch up”
  3. Automation will be broadly adopted across the value chain, especially on the landside in ports, terminals, rail and trucking, to unlock significant efficiencies
  4. Digital, data, and analytics will cause a fundamental shift in the sources of value creation and customers will expect a high level of reliability, transparency and user-friendliness
  5. The industry leaders in 2043 will look very different; some will consolidate, others may change their business model. Some will be “digital natives”, either start-ups or e-commerce players optimising the container transport leg of their supply chain

Drawing together these broad conclusions, the report identifies the key sources of value creation for the industry, leading to a pivotal debate as to whether the future is fundamentally driven by trade or by digitalisation. From this, the authors derive four possible outlooks for the future in thought-provoking articulation.

Charles Fenton, Chief Executive Officer, TT Club, says:

“TT Club was founded in 1968 by some of the early adopters of the unitisation of cargo, the container. We have been keen to mark our 50th anniversary of the start of a Member-owned, mutual insurer by launching this report. From inception, TT Club has had a philosophy of listening to its Members and sharing their experiences to make the industry safer and to minimise risk whilst lobbying for and embracing change when and where it’s required.

“Therefore this piece of research, asking industry leaders what the future of the industry may look like and issuing ‘Brave new world?’, is I think a most appropriate project. We believe the container transport industry will face challenges as technology changes the environment, but we are confident that an industry that has shown itself adept at change will rise to meet these challenges.

“The container’s simplicity and modularity has made it the mode of choice for transporting many goods across the globe. This examination of the wisdom and perceptiveness of the industry’s opinion formers is, we believe, relevant in exploring how such strengths will develop the container transport environment by 2043.”

Martin Joerss, Senior Partner, McKinsey, says:

“More than 50 years after the introduction of the container, the container transport industry faces the transformative rise of digital, data, analytics, and automation. There is a range of futures where digital fundamentally changes the industry’s economics – for the benefit of both customers and industry participants – but getting there will require vision and relentless execution.”

For further details, including a full transcript of the report please visit: 

Notes to editors

About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.


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Dachser expands its range of LCL services

Kempten, June 4, 2018. As the groupage leader in the German and European markets, Dachser operates a close-knit overland transport network. But the logistics provider’s closely integrated groupage network extends to sea freight, too. In 2018, 26 new LCL (less than container load) connections will be launched. For180604 Dachser_Air_and_Sea_Logistics six of its existing services, Dachser is increasing the frequency of departures from every two weeks to every week.

The appeal of LCL services comes down to timing: by coordinating the grouping of goods and the timing of fixed container trips between ports, customers benefit from improved planning, transit times, and transparency for their shipments. For example, shipments between Bangalore and Hamburg have a transit time of 22 days.

To date, Dachser has added the following fixed routes to its LCL groupage transports: weekly LCL services from Bremen to new destinations in the US (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte); from Hamburg to India (Nhava Sheva and Chennai); and from Hamburg to New Delhi as of June 1. In the other direction, there are connections from Chennai and Nhava Sheva to Hamburg, which have been supplemented by connections from New Delhi and Bangalore to Hamburg. Another new connection is the weekly route from Shanghai in China to Santos in Brazil. And out of Antwerp, Dachser will run routes to Hong Kong, Veracruz, Singapore, Busan, and Nhava Sheva.

“Customers taking advantage of our LCL services benefit from attractive transit times, faster availability of goods at the city of destination, greater flexibility, and precise supply chain planning thanks to container management and direct sea connections,” says Günther Laumann, Head of Global Ocean Freight at Dachser.

Dachser sees great potential in expanding its sea freight network for Dachser Interlocking: thanks to the close collaboration between Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser European Logistics, the company can offer its customers fully integrated logistics solutions comprising transport, warehousing, and value-added services. Dachser handles pre-carriage through its comprehensive European network and is passing the benefits of grouping shipments on to its customers. Shipments can be tracked continuously from the supplier in Europe to a recipient anywhere in the world.


About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 29,100 employees at 396 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated revenue of 6.12 billion euros in 2017. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 81.7 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

For more information about Dachser, please visit

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“K” Line announce the delivery of 311,000 DWT-type VLCC “TEDORIGAWA”

180604 VLCC “TEDORIGAWA”Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “TEDORIGAWA”, a 311,000 DWT-type VLCC at Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (hereafter called NACKS), China on June 4, 2018.




Main Particulars

LOA                                        339.50   m

DWT                                      311,979 MT

Beam                                   60.00 m

Gross Ton                            161,483 T

Depth                                   28.90     m

Tank Capacity                    350,399.9㎥

Draft                                      21.00 m

Flag                                        Republic of Panama

Class                                      ABS


1. The vessel achieves low fuel consumption (about 20% reduction compared with our conventional VLCC) by removing Bulbus Bow, applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller.

2. A ballast water treatment system ensures ocean habitat is protected from unwanted environmental effects.

K” Line is committed to continue providing the most reliable and stable service possible to our valued customers with the highest standard of safety.

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