Iran says Maersk ship released, has left its territorial waters: ISNA



The vessel was initially diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz


File photo of the MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the world’s biggest container ship, arriving at the harbour of Rotterdam August 16, 2013. (Reuters)

Ankara, Reuters—Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world’s major oil shipping lanes, the Students News Agency ISNA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Thursday.

The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting the United States to send vessels to monitor the situation and to accompany US-flagged vessels passing through the strait.

“The Maersk container ship was released and

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El puerto de Málaga recibe al barco más grande del mundo





Europa Press | 29/04/2015 - 7:47 Actualizado: 08:29 - 29/04/15

El puerto de Málaga recibe este miércoles el Allure of the Seas, el barco más grande del mundo y gemelo del Oasis of the Seas, que ya visitó la ciudad en dos ocasiones y que atrajo la atención de miles de malagueños.

El Allure tiene prevista su llegada a las 08.00 horas y la salida a las 20.00 horas, según la información consultada por Europa Press. Después, partirá hacia Barcelona, puerto base durante toda la temporada 2015. Este buque realizará su segunda escala en Málaga el 27 de octubre.

Cuenta con capacidad para 6.300 pasajeros, una eslora de 360 metros, un alzado de 72 metros sobre el mar

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World's First LNG-Powered Containership Launched





 By Wendy Laursen 2015-04-19 17:22:02

On Saturday, April 18 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the Isla Bella, the world's first LNG-powered containership from its San Diego-based shipyard.

The 3,100TEU containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When delivered, the ships will be the cleanest of their kind and size anywhere in the world, says NASSCO. It was also NASSCO's 100th launch.

The vessels will operate on LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships. The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system.

Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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HMM Selling Its Bulk Shipping Business





South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is reported to be in talks with Taiwanese securities house Yuanta on the sale of the shipping company’s bulk shipping division.

The contract is estimated to be worth up to 350 billion Korean won (USD 315 million), according to the Seoul Economic Daily.

HMM has a fleet of 13 bulkers and expects to take delivery of eight more units until 2017.

The decision comes as South Korean shipping company endeavors to cut losses by selling assets to raise capital.

These included selling a shipping terminal in Busan, liquidation of its container terminals in the U.S. and LNG transport business in February last year among others.

World Maritime News Staff