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Monday, February 19, 2018

Central America News

Rick Meidel (Photo: Crowley)

Meidel Joins Crowley Fuels in Alaska

Rick Meidel has joined Crowley Fuels as vice president and general manager, responsible for the performance and day-to-day operations of Crowley’s Alaska division. Meidel previously spent 32 years with ExxonMobil in downstream lubricants, retail fuels marketing, refinery optimization and natural gas and co-generation power commercialization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. In his new role, Meidel will be based in Anchorage and report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager.

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New Program Improves Used-vehicle Export Process

A pilot Vehicle Validation Export Process Program that kicked off in Florida  earlier this month allows shippers to submit original vehicle export documentation electronically instead of delivering physical copies to a local customs trade office. The automated program, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the country, was launched with the help of Crowley Maritime Corp. and is currently being offered in Port Everglades, Fla. to exporters shipping used vehicles from South Florida to destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

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CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud Launch Americas Service

French container shipping company CMA CGM announced the launch of its new service between the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, to be operated in collaboration with the German shipping company Hamburg Sud. Starting May 24, CMA CGM will offer a weekly service with coverage to/from the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, enabling the agri-food industry in Central and South America to export to North American markets.

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CMA CGM Services to Asia and Mexico, Central America & WCSA

In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient services from Asia to Latin America, CMA CGM wishes to inform about the improvement of ACSA services linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. Port coverage will increase and will be improved with: Pusan EB call, Balboa EB and Coronel on ACSA 2. CMA CGM will keep providing the most efficient services to link Asia to West Coast Latin America and Caribbean: 4 unique direct services from Asia to Mexico…

The AC5 Eastbound Service. Map: Maersk Line

Maersk Line to Start New Asia-Latin America Service

Maersk Line announced the launch of the new Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America services. The service will provide Maersk Line’s customers with new direct products for Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil. It will reduce transit times and offer greater port coverage, while maintaining the network’s leading reliability. The new service will begin operations at the beginning of April 2018. To improve its product offering and optimise its Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America (AC) network, Maersk Line will add a fourth loop to the network at of the beginning of April.

Olivier Lavau-Wira

ISS Targets Growth in South, Central America

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider has appointed Olivier Lavau-Wira as Vice President Sales, Marine Solutions, for its South and Central America region. Of French nationality and educated in Paris, Olivier has been based in South America since 1996 where he started his industry career working in shipping operations in the Port of Talcahuano, Chile. He has worked in various commercial management roles in Peru, Argentina and Chile, latterly working for Agencia Maritima Internacional (Ultramar Holding).

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CMA CGM Rolls Out Asia-West Coast South America Offer

CMA CGM has  announced the launch of the new service offer between Asia and West Coast South America, the most comprehensive offer on the market between these two strategic areas. - 4 direct weekly services between Asia and West Coast South America and the Caribbean (NEW ACSA1, NEW ACSA2, NEW ACSA3 et PEX2). - The largest port coverage in Asia, in South America and the Caribbean with 29 ports called. - The best transit times on the market between Asia and West Coast South America.

Hamburg Süd Expands in West Coast Central America

Effective from 4 September 2011, Hamburg Süd will expand its coverage of West Coast Central America by joining APL in a two loop service concept (WECA). - String 1 (WCX – WECA1) will deploy three vessels of 1.300 TEU nominal capacity and has the following port rotation: Balboa – Puerto Quetzal – Lazaro Cardenas – La Union – Puerto Caldera – Balboa – Paita – Guayaquil – Balboa. Hamburg Süd will be providing one vessel. - String 2 (MCX – WECA2) will deploy one vessel of 1.100 TEU nominal capacity and has the following port rotation: Lazaro Cardenas – Acajutla - Puerto Quetzal – Lazaro Cardenas.

ABS Americas President and COO James Watson (imaage: ABS)

Realignment at ABS Americas

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the realignment of its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This realignment strengthens localized leadership to help ABS members and clients take advantage of expanding opportunities. “ABS recognizes that the expansion of the Panama Canal, increased Arctic operations and growth in LNG markets present pivotal opportunities for our members and clients…

Sigmund Rismyhr

ISS Appoints New GM for Central America

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, has announced the appointment of Sigmund Rismyhr as General Manager for Central America. Sigmund began his career in the shipping industry on liner vessels, starting with Barber Lines, in 1972. Since then he has gained extensive shipping and logistics experience working in managerial roles around the world, particularly in Asia, the US and South America. His roles have included Managing Director for a leading global logistics company and most recently as Executive Vice President for a major agency in Panama…

Ships to stop off in the UK for the first time following improvements to the line’s North Europe to Central America service rotation. Photo: DP World London Gateway Port

CMA CGM Opts for DP World London Gateway

CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service is to begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port following enhancements to the rotation. It means that this particular service will be calling in the UK for the first time on Friday, January 6. Dedicated to reefer transport, the service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica.

Crowley's Michelle Pacheco Rivera: Photo credit Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley's New LCL Service: Puerto Rico/Central America

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Caribbean logistics group is now offering regularly scheduled, weekly less-than-containerload (LCL) services to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, & select countries within Central America. The new service utilizes Crowley vessels and allows for added accountability by giving customers a single point of contact within Crowley, ensuring that their cargo movement is managed and monitored effectively and reliably. This new service moves freight from San Juan…

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Hamburg Süd to Launch New Asia-Americas Service

Beginning in April, Hamburg Süd is launching a new service network between Asia and South America West Coast, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Concealed behind the service names ASPA and ASCA will then be a completely new product to replace the present partnership with other liner shipping companies (Vessel Sharing Agreement) in this trade. Customers will benefit from additional direct connections, higher sailing requencies, greater flexibility as well as shorter transit times.

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Hapag-Lloyd Changes Terminal to Long Beach

  Hapag-Lloyd's California Central America Express Service (CCE) will shortly be switched to a new terminal at Los Angeles as follows: SSA Terminal 700 Pier A Plaza 90813 Long Beach USA First vessel to call at the new terminal will be M/V Hammonia Roma 228W/229E (DP voy86728/87293) ETA Long Beach March 3, 2015.  

Jessica Davis (Photo: ISS)

ISS Opens New Americas Office

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it has expanded its operations in North and Central America with the opening of a new office in Anchorage, Alaska.    The new office will give ISS a physical presence in this strategically important area of Alaska, with the team focusing on offshore logistics in support of the regional oil and gas industry.    Jessica Davis has been appointed as Port Manager for the Anchorage office. With 12 years’ experience in the shipping industry, Jessica previously worked in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  

Kimberly Wakeman, vice president, Customized Brokers; Nelly Yunta, vice president, Crowley; Edgar E. Baldizon, commercial director, Linea Vegetal Tecpan SA; Joseph Napoli, chief of staff, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD); Patricia Millon, vice president, Centurion Cargo, Perishable Goods & Imports; and Ernesto Rodriguez, chief, MDAD Marketing Division. (Photo: Crowley)

Florida’s First Ocean-to-Air Perishables Shipment

Crowley and its subsidiary Customized Brokers, in cooperation with Miami International Airport (MIA), have facilitated Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables transshipment from Guatemala to Amsterdam. The first transshipment included nearly 10 tons of snow peas from Guatemala. The refrigerated cargo arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., aboard Crowley’s cargo ship Tucana J, was trucked to MIA, then departed for Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo yesterday. Crowley, Customized Brokers and MIA were instrumental in helping to implement this new perishables shipping program with the U.S.

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities. Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018. The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks. Larger container ships with increased cooling capacity can then enter Costa Rica directly. Costa Rica's Port Limon-Moin is ranked as the 13th largest in Latin America and fourth in Central America with a container volume of 1.09 million TEUs in 2014.

Seaboard Marine Vessels at the Port of New Orleans Photo Seaboard Marine

Seaboard Marine Expands Services from U.S. Gulf

Seaboard Marine will launch a new weekly service commencing on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from New Orleans connecting U.S. exporters to Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica in addition to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The expanded service, which previously served only North Central America, will now provide U.S. importers and exporters in Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica with fast, direct transit to the United States Gulf. Jose Concepcion, Seaboard Marine Vice President…

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US Seeks Faster Approval of Small-scale Natural Gas Export

The United States is proposing to speed up approval of small-scale exports of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), the U.S. Department of Energy said in a statement released on Friday. The department said the proposed rule would "expedite the review and approval of applications to export small amounts of natural gas in the emerging small-scale LNG export market," which it said includes the Caribbean, Central America and South America. To date, most applications for export approval have been for larger-scale natural gas exports…

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Crowley Adds 400 Refrigerated Containers

As produce farmers across the Americas gear up for the peak winter produce season, Crowley has added 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet to accommodate their needs. The 40-ft containers were delivered last week at Puerto Limon in Costa Rica and will be distributed throughout the Central American countries Crowley serves within the next couple of weeks. The state-of-the-art units were purchased to accommodate future growth and to replace older units. The new Carrier PrimeLINE containers offer scroll compressor technology (inspired by the chamberednautilus shellfish).

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal. “In addition to the existing locks, cruise lines now have the option to include the Expanded Canal as part of their itineraries,” said the Panama Canal’s international trade specialist Albano Aguilar. In April 2017, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder became the first cruise ship to ever transit the Expanded Canal.

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Maersk Gains Approval for Hamburg Sud Takeover

World No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for its acquisition of Hamburg Sud (HSDG) after agreeing to pull the German company out from five consortia on trade routes to address competition concerns. The bid by Maersk, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , underscores the wave of mergers in an industry struggling with over-capacity and slowing global trade. Hamburg Sud will withdraw from the consortia on trade routes connecting northern Europe to central America…

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Zim Rejigs Organizational Structure

Israel’s shipping firm ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has launched an extensive program aimed at changing its organizational structure. The change is based on the company's business plan to focus on profitable trade areas in which ZIM enjoys competitive advantage. Company's management said that the aim of the program is to build a lean and agile enterprise, attentive to the needs of customers and market trends. The shipping operator will transform the regional branches to create three business units that will report directly to the head of the company.

Pegasus J, one of two ships slated to serve Crowley’s new route (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Adds New US, Central America Service

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced it will begin offering weekly, fixed-day, full and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping and logistics services between Wilmington, N.C., Guatemala and Honduras, effective with the northbound sailings on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22, respectively. The new lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) service is designed to give customers an additional, more northwardly Atlantic Coast destination for cargo entering the U.S. from Central America, ultimately adding flexibility to the supply chain while reducing total landed costs, Crowley said.

Twins Johnnatan and Milton Rada were the first to complete their ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers at the newly approved training centre in Panama. Photo: V.Group

Marlins Approved Test Centres Open in Panama, Ethiopia

Marlins, V.Group’s training business, has approved two new test centres in Panama and Ethiopia. The test centre in Panama is the first Marlins approved test centre in Central America. The centres – E4Seafarers in Panama and Andromeda Marine Surveying and Consultancy PLC in Ethiopia will offer both Marlins UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) approved STCW testing and certification as well as English language testing. Bisrat Hailu, general manager, Andromeda Marine Survey and…

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Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships

Crowley awarded three Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to California Maritime Academy students Alesi Alapa, Todd Michel and Sean Sabeh during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute's Connie Awards presentation in Long Beach, Calif. On Oct. Chris Peterson, Crowley's vice president of marine operations and also a former Cal Maritime graduate, presented the exemplary students with the scholarship awards. Alapa, Michel and Sabeh were all recognized for their strong academic records, financial need and for their interest in a maritime career.