Japanese Shipping

Cruise Liner News – Japan’s Venus Line to Shut Down in January 2023 – November 2022

Japan’s Venus Cruise brand will shut down its cruise business in early 2023, according to a statement from the one-ship line. The company said that the 1998 built 720 passenger capacity liner PACIFIC VENUS will sail a farewell voyage at the end of the year, cruising from Kobe on Tuesday 27th December calling in Okinawa …

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Ukraine Crisis – Ships Shelled in Black Sea – Feb 2022

The Black Sea is a critical region for agricultural traders and oil traders alike. Ukraine and Russia together account for more than a quarter of the global trade in wheat and about a fifth of corn. That trade was thrown into chaos after Ukraine’s ports closed in the wake of Russia’s invasion. With Russia invasion …

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Casualties – Vehicle Carrier FELICITY ACE fire – 16.02.2022

On Wednesday 16th February, 2022 the 2005 built 200 metres long vehicle carrier carrying various cargo including 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys amongst nearly 4,000 vehicles caught fire about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores. The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguese) airlifted the 22 crew members which abandoned the ship and survived. Meanwhile the …

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Wood Chip Carrier – 1995 built WORLD SWAN

Wood Chip Carrier is designed for carrying wood chips for paper. Unlike normal bulkers (for coal, iron ore, grain, etc.), vessels carrying a low specific gravity of chips are measured in terms of cargo hold capacity rather than deadweight capacity. This vessel is equipped with cranes, hoppers and belt conveyors for enabling efficient unloading of …

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Containers – American containership APL ANTWERP

APL, formerly called American President Lines Ltd., is a Singapore based container shipping company which is a subsidiary of the French shipping company CMA CGM. It operates an all container ship fleet, including 153 container vessels. One of APL container ships calling at Malta Freeport is the 320 metre long APL ANTWERP. She was built …

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LNG News – Japanese NYK Line boosts LNG Carrier Management – 22.10.2020

The Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) has now agreed with Total to buy the oil major’s 80% stake of the GAZOCEAN, a French ship management company based at Marseilles, France which handles operation of six LNG ships. Before Thursday 22nd October NYK Line held only 20% of the stock in Gazocean and Total held …

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