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Noah’s Ark refloated in Qingdao

There’s a maritime revival of biblical proportions taking place in the northeast of China.

Qingdao Marine Noah’s Ark Shipping (QMNA), which operated a North China-Japan service from 2008 to 2013, plans to relaunch an intra-Asia container service, loading a feeder teu by teu.

QMNA has chartered the 1,732 teu William Strait from Germany’s Carsten Rehder Schiffsmakler und Reederei for a period of 6-12 months, according to Alphaliner.

QMNA was originally incorporated in 2008 as a NVOCC and became a vessel operating carrier in August of that year with the launch of a North China-Japan service that was taken over in 2013 by Chinese regional carrier Goto Shipping.

QMNA reincorporated itself again in Hong Kong last August.

Experts questioned the timing of Noah’s Ark’s return given how flooded the boxship market is at present.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. It strikes us that a “feeder” in this cited instance is a misnomer.

    Pier-to-pier trades to regional ports are those most appropriate for vessels loadable “teu-by-teu”

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