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  • Dutch police uncover 'torture chamber,' makeshift prison; 6 arrested

    07/08/2020 5:13:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 7/6/2020 | Frank Miles
    Six men were arrested after Dutch police discovered sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools, including pliers and scalpels, and handcuffs, a high-ranking officer announced Tuesday. Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding. The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals. The communications network was cracked recently by French police. Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested hundreds of...
  • $1 billion of cocaine seized in largest American drug bust

    06/18/2019 8:08:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2019
    PHILADELPHIA — U.S. authorities seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine Tuesday from a ship at a Philadelphia port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history. The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced the massive bust on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, saying law enforcement agents seized about 33,000 pounds of cocaine from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal. Members of the crew were arrested and face federal charges.
  • 'How do we survive?': fearful Californians prepare for nuclear attack

    09/15/2017 9:04:18 AM PDT · by familyop · 125 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 15 September 2017 | Andrew Gumbel in Long Beach, California
    Hal Kempfer, a noted international security expert, is getting a roomful of California public health officials and emergency responders to think about the unthinkable – a nuclear bomb exploding at the port of Long Beach, about four miles away...News out of North Korea has created a mini-bonanza for local manufacturers of nuclear fallout shelters. But more important to the vast bulk of the population, Kempfer says, is having some rudimentary knowledge of what it means to “shelter in place"...Sandy Wedgeworth, the public health emergency management coordinator, said she and her staff felt energized, not depressed, by what they learned from...
  • NASSCO launches 'green' containership

    04/21/2015 5:22:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    U~T San Diego ^ | APRIL 19, 2015 | Gary Robbins
    General Dynamics-NASSCO has launched Isla Bella, the first liquid natural gas-powered container ship that the Barrio Logan shipyard has built for the company TOTE. The 764-foot-long vessel slid down the launch ways Saturday at NASSCO, the last major shipyard on the West Coast. The company also is building a second vessel for TOTE under a contract that was signed in 2012. NASSCO said in a statement that the Marlin-class container ships “will be the largest dry-cargo ships of any kind in the world powered by LNG. The vessels ... will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to...
  • World's largest capacity container ship embarks on maiden voyage

    12/08/2014 5:37:47 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 66 replies
    gizmag ^ | December 7, 2014 | Darren Quick
    The world's largest capacity container ship has set off on its maiden voyage. Measuring 400 m (1,312 ft) in length and 58.6 m (192 ft) wide – or the size of four soccer fields for those more familiar with that alternative unit of measurement – the CSCL Globe can carry 19,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) shipping containers.
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale

    09/22/2013 12:00:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies ^ | 9/19/13
    Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale Sep 19, 2013 Enlarge Georgia Tech associate professor Elisa Riedo poses with a glass water bottle and a plastic water bottle. While container materials don't significantly affect the rate at which water pours from bottles of this size, a new study shows that the properties of containers at the nanoscale dramatically affect the viscosity of water. Credit: Rob Felt Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic. But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially...
  • Home Sweet Shipping Container: Detroit Housing Project

    11/23/2012 4:14:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Karin Halperin
    The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year. Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That’s when architects and designers, especially those with a “green” bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists’...
  • Asian shippers warn 'hostile' liners [Container Shipping]

    07/27/2009 6:23:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies · 420+ views
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | Monday, 27 July 2009 | The Hindu Business Line
    There seems to be little sympathy among Asian shippers for the plight of liner shipping; so much so that some of the Asian shippers’ bodies have expressed doubts over cries of poverty by the lines, according to Shippers’ Voice. As the shipping lines struggle to keep their heads above waters in the present economic scenario, Asian shippers warn that they will avoid shipping lines perceived to be “hostile” to them, pointing out that times are even more difficult for shippers with a large number of exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers having pulled down shutters. They are particularly sore about various...
  • LA/LB Imports Slide 22 Percent [Container Shipping]

    07/17/2009 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies · 785+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | Jul 17, 2009 | JOC Staff
    Decline deepens as first half of 2009 ends with business falling off Containerized imports at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles fell 22.3 percent in June, the steepest combined decline at the nation’s largest port complex since March, according to figures released by the ports. Loaded imported containers fell 28.4 percent at Long Beach in June from last year and imports at neighboring Los Angeles dropped 17.1 percent as the ports saw business deteriorate heading into the summer. Both ports saw imported loaded containers pull back during the month from May, when a steady improvement raised hopes of...
  • Senate Bill Would Require U.S. Flag Ships to be U.S. Built [Shipping]

    07/10/2009 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies · 1,102+ views
    Journal of Commerce Online ^ | Jul 10, 2009 | R.G. Edmonson
    Five words would change law, have big impact on ocean carriers and shippers All U.S.-flag ships in international commerce would have to be built in the United States if language approved July 9 by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee becomes law. Shippers of government-impelled cargo such as food aid, project or military cargo that require U.S. flag vessels for transport would likely incur higher rates. Experts said it would be impossible to calculate how much, but owners would have to recover the higher relative cost of building a ship in the U.S. The change — spelled out in...
  • Shipper Hapag-Lloyd may seek state aid - paper [Container Shipping]

    07/03/2009 10:07:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 3, 2009 | Peter Dinkloh
    FRANKFURT, July 3 (Reuters) - German container shipper Hapag-Lloyd (TUIGn.DE) is considering asking for state aid to help it secure its future in the face of a global trade slump, a key shareholder told a German newspaper on Friday. Such a move could not be ruled out, and financial support from the German state would "certainly make sense", Klaus-Michael Kuehne told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He controls around 15 percent of the company.
  • Evergreen to Scrap Old Ships [Container Shipping]

    06/23/2009 5:30:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies · 580+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | june 23, 2009 | Joseph Bonney
    Chairman calls excess of newbuildings 'gruesome' Evergreen Line plans to withdraw 31 of its oldest ships from service and scrap many of them to help chip away at what its chairman, Chang Yung-fa, described as a “gruesome” excess of vessel capacity in the container ship industry. The ships are 20 G-Class vessels, with capacities of 2,728 TEUs, and 11 GX-class ships, with capacities of 3,428 TEUs. The vessels were built from 1983 to 1988 for use in the round-the-world services that vaulted the Taiwanese line into the top ranks of the world’s container carriers. An Evergreen representative said the G-class...
  • U.S. Box Imports Plummet 22 Percent [Christmas alert]

    06/14/2009 5:56:48 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies · 910+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | June 9, 2009 | Bill Mongelluzzo
    Slight April gain over March gives weak signal for peak season Container volumes at U.S. ports edged up in April compared to March, but remained well below the volumes recorded in April 2008, according to the monthly Port Tracker published by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight. The second half of 2009 appears to be trending the same way the first half progressed, with containerized imports creeping up compared to the month before, but down noticeably from the same month last year. It therefore looks like the back-to-school shopping season this summer, traditionally the second busiest period on...
  • Exporters Face Container Shortage [Container Shipping]

    06/05/2009 8:42:36 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 61 replies · 1,654+ views
    U.S. exporters will see ongoing equipment shortages in the months ahead, and the container shortages could become even worse if imports from Asia do not pick up significantly during the peak shipping season. The equipment imbalance is occurring at an especially bad time for shippers of agricultural products because exports are starting to pick up after a lackluster first quarter. If exporters can not secure more empty containers for their products, the export boom will be snuffed out before it gathers steam. Agricultural exporters in the U.S. interior are at greatest risk. "Eastbound cargo isn't delivered where westbound cargo is...
  • Shipping Lines May Double Number of Laid-Up Container Vessels [Container Shipping]

    05/27/2009 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 5 replies · 595+ views ^ | Thursday, 28 May 2009
    The world’s shipping lines may double the number of idled container carriers to 20 percent of the global fleet amid a surge in new vessels and as the recession saps demand , said First Ship Lease Trust’s Philip Clausius. “It’s the start of the crisis,” said Clausius, chief executive officer of First Ship, which leases 23 vessels. “There are too many container ships coming on line and not enough demand,” he said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest container line, and other shipping companies have anchored vessels as demand to move electronics, furniture and...
  • Trans-Pacific Spot Rate Hits New Low [Container Shipping]

    05/20/2009 10:16:08 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies · 714+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | May 20, 2009 | Peter T. Leach
    Rate tumbles 3.7 percent in a week, 53.4 percent in a year Average spot rates collected by ocean carriers for a 40-foot container from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell to a new low of $949 this week, down by 53.4 percent from $2,036 a year ago, according to data compiled by Drewry Shipping Consultants in London for the weekly Container Rate Benchmark published by The Journal of Commerce. The rate for the week starting May 18 is thought to be the lowest rate ever. It was down 3.7 percent from $986 last week, when it fell below the $1,000...
  • Grand Alliance merges JCX and SCX services into one loop [Container Shipping]

    05/20/2009 9:53:51 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 1 replies · 485+ views
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | May 20, 2009 | Hellenic Shipping News
    Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have agreed to merge the SCX (South China Sea Express) and the JCX (Japan China Express ) into a single loop. Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have agreed to merge the SCX (South China Sea Express) and the JCX (Japan China Express) into a single loop. The new service will take effect from May 25, 2009, sailing from Thailand.
Grand Alliance customers will be offered the same port coverage options under the new service. One additional vessel of...
  • Pacific box lines concede double-digit rate cuts [Container shipping]

    05/17/2009 10:38:27 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies · 587+ views
    Lloyd's List ^ | Friday 15 May 2009 | Janet Porter
    US IMPORTERS squeezed double-digit rate cuts out of container lines during this year’s round of transpacific negotiations, a top industry executive confirmed today. With the majority of contracts covering the coming 12 months now signed, container lines have emerged the losers after conceding some hefty discounts compared with last year. Maersk Line chief executive Eivind Kolding described the rate reductions that ocean carriers have been forced to accept for transpacific eastbound cargo as “quite substantial”. While not quantifying how much lines such as Maersk had dropped their prices, Mr Kolding indicated that reductions exceeded 10%. The percentage drop was in...
  • New Mountain Range: Ocean Containers in China [Container Shipping]

    04/14/2009 5:52:01 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies · 967+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | Apr 13, 2009 | Peter Tirschwell
    A growing consequence of the drastic slowdown in global container trade is a massive stockpiling of empty containers in exporting countries. In Shanghai, some 200,000 containers are piled up and the situation is similar in other China ports that in normal times funnel the products of the nation's export machine to consumer markets around the world. But with trade drying up — the Drewry research and consulting firm now predicts global container trade will shrink by 5.3 percent this year —- containers are idled by the millions, and they must be put somewhere. Shenzhen, another, major port for China's exports,...