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SHIPPINGNEWS ROUND-UP more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com


Traviata sets a new benchmark in terms of energy efficiency, according to WW Ocean.


NEWS in BRIEF


BBC regains MPV top spot BBC Chartering has reclaimed its title as the world’s largest multipurpose operator by deadweight from China’s Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers, according to Dynamar’s latest report.


Zeaborn to take control The Zeaborn Group has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in Zeamarine – the joint venture with Intermarine that was established in May 2018. If approved by the antitrust authorities, the most recent transaction will see Zeaborn take full ownership of the company.


Innovative Traviata joins WW Ocean fleet


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allenius Wilhelmsen has added the ro-ro vessel Traviata to its fleet. With a capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars and electrically


hoistable deck panels, Traviata is the second in a series of four post-Panamax Hero-class vessels to join the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet. “The vessel class is setting a new benchmark in


terms of energy efficiency, improving consumption by approximately 15 percent, resulting in considerably reduced emission levels


compared with similar vessels in the global fleet,” said Michael Hynekamp, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean’s (WW Ocean) chief operating officer. The third Hero-class vessel is scheduled for


delivery later this year and the fourth in early 2020. The first in the series of newbuilds, Titus, entered service in June 2018. Traviata’s first ports of call will be in Japan, loading in Omaezaki and Higashiharima. It will then sail on the Asia-North America trade route.


MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping and Universal Africa Lines (UAL) have launched a joint multipurpose service from Europe to East Africa. The service will start with


monthly sailings and will accept containers, breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes.


UAL strengthens ties with MACS and BOCS In the USA, MACS has


appointed Universal Africa Lines, America (UAL, America) as its sales agent in Texas, effective June 1, 2019. MACS’ Gulf Africa Line


services to and from Southern Africa, and its Stinnes service to and from Europe, will


continue to be handled in-house by its offices in Houston and Savannah. Meanwhile, UAL and BOCS


Bremen Overseas Chartering and Shipping are combining their respective liner services and vessels that operate from Europe to West Africa.


Thorco Projects calls on Bluetracker


Thorco Projects has selected Navis’ Bluetracker to monitor and analyse the performance of 12 of its vessels, including


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owned and chartered units. The system, according to


Navis, will provide greater visibility of charter party


compliance by monitoring operational speed versus fuel oil consumption, as agreed upon with the charter party.


dship newbuild in service dship Carriers’ latest newbuild multipurpose vessel, Mick, has gone into service as the company continues its fleet expansion programme initiated in 2018.


Höegh adds Mackay call Höegh Autoliners has expanded its services in Australia with the addition of a port call in Mackay, North Queensland.


Spliethoff adds five ships The Spliethoff Group has confirmed the acquisition of a further five Hansa Heavy Lift vessels.


SAL sets up Spanish entity SAL Heavy Lift, in partnership with Grupo Davila, has established a new entity that will represent the heavy lift shipping line in the Spanish market.


BigLift teams up with CY The Netherlands-based BigLift Shipping has agreed to cooperate with South Korea’s Chung Yang Shipping (CY) in the heavy transport sector.


Cargow in Teesport service Cargow has started a bi-weekly service to Teesport in the UK, connecting the port with the west coast of Norway, east coast of Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland and Rotterdam.


Jill joins Fred. Olsen Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has signed a long-term time charter agreement with Falcon Global that will see the jack-up vessel Jill join its fleet.


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