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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2019 on: June 20, 2019, 06:42:35 am
Hamburg-Sud have now announced that the Maersk Southern Star service will call weekly at Timaru from July. This comprises the 5,900 TEU "Rio" class, currently going through a drydocking programme with Maersk Launceston drafted in as cover while the vessels rotate through.
The Triple Star vessel Clifford Maersk has suffered main engine issues and will omit Tauranga next week.
Seasonal adjustments and a docking programme to instal scrubbers to comply with 2020 fuel emmission law changes will result in blank sailings on the MSC Capricorn service. However, ships on the New Kiwi service will make extra portcalls to maintain coverage during the period.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2019 on: June 13, 2019, 06:43:31 am
Sounds like the Rio class Timaru trial was succesful and regular calls will start soon. Pacifica will be acquiring a new coastal containership but unclear if a replacement for the Spirit or a second vessel.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2019 on: March 19, 2019, 05:25:12 pm
Seaspan Hamburg on USWC service will be replaced at Oakland 5.4 by Brobonne Bridge
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: New trip to Japan on: March 05, 2019, 05:43:55 pm
Great overview of current Japanese production Vlad, a bit taken aback though with the change in displaying Inui company colours, a company very familiar in our parts:
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2975452

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: OOCL Japan cuts and runs at dawn, 8 Feb 2018 on: February 08, 2019, 06:11:59 pm
Quite often these days the next port has specific windows for ships to be alongside, and if its missed then there could be hours or days waiting at anchor for a gap to come up. Can be especially annoying if a ship arrives after a vessel waiting because it missed its window, they get to berth first as they have a boon=king and on time. In NZ, deepsea vessels feeder cargo between ports quite freely, and this week one quite late and as the connecting vessel had to sail, the affected containers will be sitting at the terminal for two weeks waiting for the next opportunity. Cutting and running a necessary tool. Not helped by the "bigship" phenomenon which means only one option to most destinations per week, in the old days when lots of smaller ships on the route a delays may only have been a few days if the first opportunity missed.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2019 on: January 31, 2019, 05:29:12 pm
Oluf Maersk contained an engine room fire whilst at Panama Canal, however the resulting damage has necessitated full discharge of her cargo that will now be onforwarded by other vessels. She had only just returned to the OC1 service after docking.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2019 on: January 17, 2019, 05:32:09 am
Maersk Southern Star service vessle Rio de Jnaeiro made an ad hoc call at Wellington 16.1 to load empties.

CMA CGM PAD service to resume weekly calls end Feb and the Nordmaple to replace EM Corfu.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: December 12, 2018, 05:15:38 pm
Hi Simon
In a NZ Marine News article it stated the dredger Pelican was broken up on the Hastings River after being towed from Nelson. A shame this excellent source of info will soon be lost to us with the winding up of the NZ Ship & Marine Soc.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: October 29, 2018, 05:28:20 pm
Morning Mike, after initially blanking Northern Star sailings for about 8 weeks from July, it was extended to the end of the year and now Maersk have decided there will be just the one loop based on the Southern Star string to which Napier was added. Auckland was one that will now miss out, along with Wellington and Nelson, while Timaru has become part of the USA OC1 service - the Maersk / Port Tauranga / Kotahi being the saviour for that  port.So now Southern STar is being re-tonnaged from the 3,800 TEU "L" Maersk's (although they probably rated now to over 4,000 TEU) to the 16 meter longer and 8 meter wider Hamburg-Sud Rio's of 5,900 TEU. Maersk will check again when the export season gets underway if these are sufficient enough. Currently the service is calling Napier first as the draft on the bigger ships is not as significant for the Napier call as it is after having taken on a big dairy cargo at Tauranga and calls afterwards, but this will change back in a few weeks. Also the OC1 service will now call Auckland before Tauranga on the northbound leg to USA, and I think will be th eonly Maersks ervice calling Auckland.
Cheers
Brent
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Another trip to Japan on: October 18, 2018, 06:10:00 am
Enjoyed the travelogue, appreciate you sharing.
The first "ONE" containers have only recently arrived in our part of the world, not sure when any of their cherry blossom magenta ships will get downunder, certainly won't be the size category you reported. Presence currently maintained by MOL Delight and NYK Futago. 

Cheers
Brent
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: October 17, 2018, 08:37:00 am
With their service realignment to the West Coast USA, Hamburg-sud will no longer be calling direct at Suva but will offer service on the Neptune Pacific vessels Capitaine Cook and Capitaine Dampier, the extra cargo perhaps why the Capitaine Wallis is added. The Seaspan Hamburg is also joining the USA service for Hapag-Lloyd, which sees the Balao and BSL Limassol now removed from the schedule as is Cap Pasado, replaced by Melina swapping services.
On Maersks Southern Star Asia service, The remaining 4,500TEU "L" Maersks will be replaced by the 5,900 TEU sisters Rio de la Plata from December, then Rio Madeira, Rio Negro and finally Rio Bravo in mid Januray, joining the previously mentioned Rio de Janeiro.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: October 02, 2018, 05:31:11 pm
Another ad hoc cement caller is the newly converted Kondili ex Cape Knox due at Tauranga late October from Australia.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: September 19, 2018, 09:50:24 am
The Lica Maersk suffered mechanical issues at Lyttelton last Friday and she has remained alongside there since undergoing repairs. Fortuitously, the Cap Blanche had not not yet left the region after being displaced from the US West Coast/Australia so she arrived at Port Chalmers on 19.9 to load the Lica Maersk's cargo, afterwhich will head to Lyttelton to load distressed cargo there as well. Some of the Lyttelton containers were off the Lica Maersk, discharged after being loaded at earlier ports but shipping on the Cap Blanche will ensure they reach Asia a week earlier than if they had waited for the Maersk vessel to be repaired and resume service.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: September 07, 2018, 10:06:49 pm
Sorry to see Norfolk Guardian go, arguably the last of the coaster types around our coast:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2407941

The USA charter Bernhard-S was renamed ALS Jupiter on 5.9.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Updates on vessels and service changes to New Zealand in 2018 on: August 31, 2018, 07:07:30 am
Rumour of the Cap Cleveland being replaced by Nordwinter, this would be the replacements 4th name in the New Zealand trade after MOL Winter, Winter D and ANL Barega.
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