Tag Archives: Unipac Shipping

Felixstowe Port Welcomes World’s largest container ship!

The container ship ‘Majestic Maersk’ has been gaining much interest since she set off from the Far East a few weeks ago on her maiden voyage, and after being officially named in Copenhagen on 29 September and welcoming over 50,000 visitors on board for a tour, it’s no wonder that Felixstowe Port was a hive of excitement this week with preparations in full force
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Sea freight rates take an unexpected tumble for October!

Asia-Europe market rates have taken an unexpected tumble for October, so it would be a good time to get your bookings in before they start rising again for November sailings. Some carriers are forecasting increases up to $900 per teu next month. Usually this time of year there is an increase in freight rates as China shuts down for their national holidays, however this
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Mercy Mission as London Gateway welcomes Zim Rotterdam!

London Gateway, Britain’s newest deep sea Port and Logistic Park has opened its non operational state of the art terminal to welcome fire damaged Zim Rotterdam as she enters the UK after her traumatic voyage. The 10,000 teu ship was diverted to London Gateway from Felixstowe at short notice on Friday 13 September and is the largest ever cargo vessel to enter the Thames
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Rise in Asia-Europe box volumes expected Mid September

Shipping lines are expecting a surge in volumes on the Asia-Europe trade in the coming weeks, which will support attempts to increase prices on the trade in mid-September. The reason behind these expectations is the rush as Far East suppliers export goods from China ahead of the National Day holiday, which runs from October 1 to October 7 2013. China import export will also
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Zim Rotterdam on Fire!

It seems to be one vessel disaster after another this summer.  The latest being the Zim Rotterdam which caught fire between 23-27 August on route from Port Klang to Felixstowe. Due to arrive into Felixstowe Port on 4th September, the vessel has now berthed at Sokhna Port for further investigation and necessary repairs. This is expected to take a few days, and will now
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Container Cinema debuts at V Festival 2013!

We are all famililiar with the term “message in a bottle!” How about the term “Cinema in a shipping container?!” Thats the exact unique brilliant concept Cineworld came up with for this years V Festival! This very cool looking pop up roadshow cinema is the first of its kind and was a massive hit at V Festival 2013. Kitted out inside with 40 large
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Ship Wreck – Container Ship Sinks

5 year old container ship MOL Comfort split in two on June 17 off the coast of Yemen as it sailed to Europe from Asia after suffering catastrophic cracks to the hull during bad weather. The ship’s stern section eventually sank on June 27 before any salvage operation was attempted. The crew of 26—11 Russians, one Ukrainian and 14 Filipinos—abandoned the ship and was rescued
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Worlds Largest Container Ship – named!

The worlds first Triple-E vessel has been christened Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, in a ceremony at the Daewoo shipbuilding and marine engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. The largest ship in the world, was named after the late Mærsk Mc-Kinney Moller, who passed away in April 2012 at the age of 98 by his youngest daughter “I name you Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller,” she said. “As
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General Rate Increase (GRI) July 2013

FCL Sea freight rates for the Asia to Europe market have been the lowest they have been for quite some time, with rates dropping since May. Unfortunately, this is all set to change as all the major shipping lines have announced that they will be implementing heavy GRI (general rate increases) from 1st July 2013. We will be keeping a close eye on these
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Revival of Ports “up North”

With the South East being home to 2 large container ports large enough to house vessels, which are the length of four football pitches and the height of 14 double-decker buses, and now also home to the new Thames Gateway opening this year questions are being raised about the amount of road congestion and indeed costs involved with transporting goods hundreds of miles north
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