Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.


CMA CGM and MSC to Join Maersk’s Blockchain Platform
CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have announced they will join TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller-Maersk and IBM.

80% of scrubbers are open-loop: DNV GL
The vast majority of over 3,000 scrubber installations to ships are for open-loop systems despite concerns over washwater, with some countries banning use in their waters, according to classification society DNV GL.

Scrubber uptake for containerships reaches 16% of global fleet
According to data from Alphaliner, as much as 16% of the global containership fleet by vessel count and 35.7% in terms of capacity have been equipped with scrubbers as at end-May.

Hutchison Ports inks deal to develop Canadian deepwater container terminal
Hutchison Ports has been selected by Canada’s Québec Port Authority (QPA) to work alongside Canadian National Railway (CN) to build and operate a new deepwater container terminal known as project Laurentia.

APL bows out from Asia-Europe tradelane
After more than 30 years, France’s CMA CGM yesterday announced a significant restructuring of the group. Among key changes, APL, bought from Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek in 2016, will no longer be involved on the Asia-Europe trades.

Global freight demand to triple by 2050
According to the International Transport Forum (ITF), an intergovernmental think tank, a further rapid growth of e-commerce could increase global freight volumes by between two and 11 percent by 2050, depending on the transport mode used.