A Look back on 2013

2013 - photoHere is a review of the some of the transportation highlights of 2013 that include: introduction of a new ship, airline mergers, typhoons, ships sinking, and the government shutdown. 




Maersk TripleE 250pixMaersk launches the First Triple-E.  June 2013 Named Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.  The Triple-E ships  are the World’s Largest Ships with  capacity of 18,000 TEU’s.

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MOL Comfort Sinks in Indian Ocean.  June 2013 “sailing from Singapore to Jeddah and after that to North Europe, leaving behind    hundreds of drifting containers and a huge aftershock hitting liner sector and all of the  maritime industry. ” Read more at: http://www.vesselfinder.com/news/1223-UPDATE-MOL-Comfort-Sank Copyright © Vesselfinder  


typhoon utor 2013Transportation Disrupted in China & Hong Kong by Typhoon  August 2013 Typhoon Utor was the world’s strongest typhoon of the year before it crossed the  Philippines earlier this week. Read More



AA - US merger

American-US Airways merger challenged by Justice Department  August 2013 The Justice Department unexpectedly moved to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Read More


VAT taxChines VAT Tax Confusion.   September 2013 Lack of clarity of the new Chinese VAT Tax implemented on August 1st, 2013 is causing mounting frustration for Shippers & Freight Forwarders. Read More

AFP - Typhoon Fitow Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China.  October 2013 Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China.  The typhoon has caused transport chaos as train,  coach and flight services were cancelled. Read More




Impact on International Trade from Government Shutdown

October 2013 The government shutdown has created some unknown variables in the movement of international trade. Read More


People walk among debris next to a ship washed ashore in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at Anibong in Tacloban, the Philippines on Nov. 11, 2013. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images.

Phillippines Typhoon Disrupts Transportation. November 2013 The Philippines has faced loss of life and economic devastation with Typhoon Hainan. This storm is being described as a super-typhoon with wind gusts of over 200 miles per hour with the storm front of  over 370 miles. Read More


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