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European delegations’ visits - boost bilateral ties

Posted to European delegations’ visits - boost bilateral ties (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 27, 2013

India plays host to yet another major delegation after the just concluded visit of the eight-member Danish delegation led by Nick Haekkerup, Minister for Trade and Economic Affairs, Denmark having visited the Dadri facility of APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.

SPNM’s crosses 1st milestone at its 2nd annual meet

Posted to SPNM’s crosses 1st milestone at its 2nd annual meet (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 21, 2013

The Shipping Professional Network in Mumbai (SPNM) seems to have jumped up the popularity graph from day one of being launched with every function since its inception two years ago seeing ever larger numbers attending their quarterly networking events.

Rates hit lowest levels ever, GRIs reach for record highs – go figure

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 10, 2013

Here's the story so far ... European demand for containerized imports from China vanished as the continent melted down into a steaming pile of sovereign debt. Meanwhile, the ever-optimistic and market share protecting shipping lines continued to place orders for new ships.

INMEX INDIA still rides high

Posted to INMEX INDIA still rides high (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 9, 2013

Having withstood the test of time for over a decade, INMEX INDIA considered to have successfully consolidated and grown, was however, not able to effectively buck the downturn this year. The event now being held since 8 October to culminate tomorrow…

Less With Less

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 7, 2013

The annual meeting of the National Waterways Conference, held in the last week of September at Savannah, GA, held little in terms of certainty for attendees. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Major General Michael Walsh told those present…

The power play starts at Los Angeles

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 26, 2013

When a minor cog in a political machine starts asking whether jobs will be lost at a port because of the drive for greater efficiency, you know there are real problems ahead. That in essence is the situation facing Los Angeles following the…

Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on November 22, 2013

Well into the nineteenth century, many believed that the region of the North Pole was open water, surrounded by floating ice. If one could only locate an opening in the ice, it would be possible to sail from the temperate region to the North Pole and possibly out the other side.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on November 5, 2013

The fluyt or fluitschip was one of the first ocean-going ships built exclusively for commerce. Previously, ships tended to be built to perform the dual role of fighting battles and carrying cargo. Thus, their construction was fairly robust and they carried cannons, ammunition, and combat personnel.

Drilling vessel Chikyu

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 10, 2013

The Japanese deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu is the first riser-equipped drilling vessel in the world designed and built for scientific work. It is capable of drilling in waters of up to 2,500 meters (8,125 feet) in depth. Its primary mission is to drill through the 7…

Talking With the Experts About Maritime Safety Culture - What is it And How to Improve It?

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on September 2, 2013

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Regional Scale Nodes Project

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 9, 2013

The University of Washington is leading the Regional Scale Nodes Project for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Observatory Initiative. The cabled underwater research facility is being constructed off the Oregon and Washington coasts.

Shippers will be squeezed by Cape Town deviance

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on July 23, 2013

The Suez is important not only to the Asia-North Europe/Med trade but also to growing volumes of Asia cargo heading for the US East Coast. Drewry Maritime Research compiled a report last week on what the impact on the lines would be if the East-West waterway were blocked.

Stad ship tunnel

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 10, 2013

In a move reminiscent of the Athos Canal, built 483-480 BC at the direction of the Persian Emperor Xerxes, or the Corinth Canal, built in the 1890’s by the Greek Government, Norway has tentatively approved construction of a tunnel through the…

Transhipment business model no good for Hong Kong

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on May 7, 2013

Some ports lend themselves, via geographic location or strategy, to transshipment. Singapore, for instance, had a throughput of 31.6 million TEUs in 2012, but more than 90 percent was comprised of containers in transit. Geographically, Singapore…

Torrential rains to bring salvaging bonanza

Posted to Torrential rains to bring salvaging bonanza (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 1, 2013

In recent years, there have been a number of high profile salvaging and wrecks removals on the Indian coast, particularly in Mumbai port. The MSC Chitra, which collided with MV Khalijia and the naval vessel INS Vindhyagiri that caught fire when…

Hutch port boss weighs into docker strike

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 30, 2013

Hutchison Port Holdings is not accustomed to being in the public eye. As the world’s number one container port operator, HPH has been happy conducting its business quietly and under the media radar. In the past, attempts to elicit comment on…

Ideal X

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 26, 2013

On 26 April 1956, the ship Ideal X departed Port Newark, New Jersey on a voyage to Houston, Texas. The ship had been launched in 1945 as the T-2 tanker SS Potrero Hills. The ship had made many voyages in the intervening eleven years, but this was different.

Civil engineers update their report card on ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 31, 2013

In what is essentially an update of a 2012 report, The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded a C grade to the nation’s seaports and their efforts to keep up with essential maintenance and improvement. Much of the report I covered in…

CG 36500

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 19, 2013

The US Coast Guard motor lifeboat 36500 is the only one of the many hundreds that were built between the 1930s and the 1950s to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. On 18 February 1952, during a severe winter storm off Cape Cod…

Ship emissions an afterthought at Hong Kong cruise terminal

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 6, 2013

When it comes to infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, environmental concerns are rarely allowed to stand in the way. The grossly wasteful and pointless Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is a case in point, and we do not have the slightest doubt…