50,000 TEU... the Future or Not?









BY TOM BEBBINGTON 2017-11-09 19:11:06

In a recent report from the McKinsey Consulting Group there was a fascinating article about imagining the container shipping industry 50 years from now. I think they may be right to assume that 50,000 TEU vessels will come, but I think this will be much sooner than 2067.

From a technical and naval architecture standpoint, there isn't any limit on the size a container ship can be. There are currently three major limitations that a shipping line has to consider when building new vessels: terminal infrastructure limits, draft restrictions and length overall.

Currently there are vessels sailing close to the 22,000 TEU mark. This is something that was unimaginable 10 or 15 years ago. I'm

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Maritime Subsidies Do They Provide Value for Money?



The International Transport Forum The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organisation with 60 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is politically autonomous and administratively integrated with the OECD. The ITF works for transport policies that improve peoples’ lives. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy. The ITF organises global dialogue for better transport. We act as a platform for discussion and prenegotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We

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The case of the Spanish Navy during the interwar






Torn apart by a civil war

The case of the Spanish Navy during the interwar is one of a fleet from a major player torn apart by a civil war. The only closest example could be the American Secession war, at a very large scal, or more recently, the French case in WW2 where the fleet was split between the Free French and Vichy loyalists. But the case of the Armada is unique, in which modern cruisers, destroyers, gunboats, submarines and aviation were involved in a modern in-fighting between the Republicans and Nationalists.

This story is about the state of the Spanish Armada after WW1 (where the country remained neutral), new construction programs and modernizations, and of course the divide between the two sides from 1936, ships captured, battles, and losses until 1939. This will be concluded by the Armada under Franco during WW2 and naval programs of that era.





State aid: Commission approves maritime transport support schemes in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Sweden

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules five schemes to support maritime transport in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Sweden. The schemes encourage ship registration in Europe and contribute to the global competitiveness of the sector without unduly distorting competition.

The Commission adopted five separate decisions, concerning

  • the introduction of a tonnage tax and seafarer scheme in Estonia,
  • the prolongation of a tonnage tax and seafarer scheme in Cyprus,
  • the introduction of a new seafarer scheme in Poland,
  • the prolongation and extension of a seafarer scheme in Denmark, and
  • the prolongation of a seafarer scheme in Sweden.

The Commission assessed the five schemes under EU State aid rules, in particular its Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport (the “Maritime Guidelines”) and established that all schemes are

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Pilotos de Marina Mercante, los novatos que más cobran tras los médicos


Según Ciencia e Innovación, un recién titulado recibe 34.290 euros de salario bruto





REDACCIÓN / LA VOZ 06/09/2019 05:00 H

Quienes allá por el 2013 se sentaron por primera vez en las aulas de las facultades de Náutica y Transporte Marítimo -hombres en su inmensa mayoría-, hoy, con su título debajo del brazo y dados de alta en una empresa, se encuentran entre los asalariados con la base de cotización más alta después de los que han obtenido el grado en Medicina. Es lo que se desprende del estudio de Inserción Laboral de los Egresados Universitarios que ha publicado el Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, que sitúa en 33.977 euros la remuneración bruta que recibe un piloto de la Marina Mercante, solo

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