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Monday, October 15, 2018

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GAC Opens New Office in Panama

A GAC Group-owned office is now operational in Panama, providing a wide range of shipping services to vessels calling at Panamanian ports or transiting the Panama Canal.Bob Bandos, GAC’s Group Vice President – Americas, said, “As a global ship agency, GAC has a growing base of customers and prospects utilizing the Panama Canal, so it was imperative to set up our own office here. Our expansion into Panama reaffirms the Group’s long-term commitment and investment in the Americas region.

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Adidas Partners with APM Terminals

APM Terminals opened the most advanced container terminal in Mexico. Adidas has since moved the bulk of its inbound goods flow to the terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, where automated gates, an efficient on-dock rail facility and a secure gateway to Mexico City support faster cargo delivery.Adidas Mexico imports about 90% of its products from Asia, mainly Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, and Pakistan. With plans to deliver 50% of its products to store shelves within 45 days of being manufactured by 2020…

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Antwerp Port on Track to Record Sixth Year

Belgian port Antwerp said that throughput continues to register growth in the port. After record semi-annual figures, the total throughput after nine months stands at 177,026,550 tonnes – a sharp 6% increase compared with the same period last year.With these results, the port seems to be on track for the sixth record year in a row. The recent wave of investments moreover confirms the port’s appeal and reaffirms its role as a world player.Maritime throughput continues to grow.

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Saia Opens New Missouri Terminal

American trucking company Saia announced the recent completion of its new Saia LTL Freight cross-dock facility in Strafford, Missouri. Strafford is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area and is situated approximately 14 miles northeast of the city."This new terminal is double the size of our previous Springfield-area facility and will allow us to meet the needs of our shippers not only today, but for years to come," said Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Ray Ramu.

Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, Korean Register

Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS

This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…

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Dan-Bunkering Hires Five in Denamrk

A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. has announced the employment of below five Bunker Traders in the office in Middelfart, Denmark, as of September 2018.Matea Jelicic was born and raised in Croatia and holds a double degree in Petroleum Engineering and Supply Chain Management. Additionally, she brings along a vast amount of experience from different parts of the industry.Yevheniia Karyndzha is of Ukranian origin and has been living and working in Turkey for a period, providing her with great…

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ONE, Hapag-Lloyd Partner for Feeder Services

Japan's Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Germany's Hapag-Lloyd have agreed to share space on their feeder services.As the first step, the cooperation will cover specific Intra-Europe (BAX, NBS, NPX, REX, SDX, ADX, LEX) and Intra-Asia (BHX, HAS, PID) feeder trade lanes. The carriers have already ushered in a new Intra-Asia service, the Bohai Feeder (BHX) in August and will further introduce a new Intra-Europe service, the North Sea Poland Express (NPX), in mid-October to further…

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​​​​US-flag Cargo Movement on Great Lakes Dips 8%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.26 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. The September float was also 6.6 percent below the month’s five-year average.Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent compared to a year ago, LCA said.Coal loads totaled 1.25 million tons, a decrease of 33 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments of aggregate…

Boskalis Nominates van Noort as New CFO

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has nominated Carlo van Noort to be appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Boskalis at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in May 2019. The term of the current CFO, Hans Kamps, expires on the date of that same AGM.van Noort is currently financial director of Boskalis Nederland. He has held various finance positions within the three divisions of the Group over the last 12 years and is currently financial director of Boskalis Nederland.

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Record Cargo Project Loaded in Port of Venice

Two hydrocracking reactors made by ATB Riva Calzoni have sailed on board the BigLift company’s Happy Star ship, with their destination the first private Nigerian refinery owned by Dangote Refining Ltd.The high-pressure units were made both at Roncadelle, in the province of Brescia, which is the headquarters of the Lombardy company, and Marghera, in the assembly workshops owned by ATB Riva Calzoni, just a few meters from the outbound terminal. Each of the two components (pressure vessels)…

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Major Hull Section for American Harmony Moved To Launchways

American Harmony’s lower bow section has moved from Fabrication Building #4 at Chesapeake Shipbuilding to the Assembly Launchways. The second new ship in American Cruise Lines five-ship, modern riverboat series is well on its way to completion.American Harmony, like American Song (which just made its inaugural sailing earlier this month), will be equipped with every technical advancement and offer the best in contemporary design including a magnificent five-story glass atrium.

Anthony Gould AFNI FRGS,  Chairman and CEO  (Photo:Galileo Maritime Academy )

New Seafarer Training Center Opens in Phuket

Galileo Maritime Academy has this month announced the completion of its new architect designed professional crew training center and crew residence in Phuket, Thailand.The “T” shaped buildings comprise state-of-the-art training and recreation rooms, a seafarer medical center, a culinary arts and hospitality school, a three meter deep survival training pool and first class accommodation for 30 students.This central complex is located just above Yacht Haven Marina, the largest superyacht marina in Asia…

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Oil And Gas CEO: New Tech Creates Opportunity

Data from KPMG’s 2018 Oil and Gas CEO Outlook, released Oct. 10, reveals that globally, almost all oil and gas CEOs believe new technology creates opportunities. Eighty-five percent are piloting or have already implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI).However, only 59 percent feel their organization is an active disruptor in their own sector, and 57 percent feel that the lead times to achieve significant progress on transformation can be overwhelming"Technology is disrupting the status quo in the oil and gas industry.

Haiphong Port JSC, a subsidiary of Vinalines, is northern Vietnam’s biggest port company. Photo: Vinalines

Vietnam to Build Two Terminals in Lach Huyen Port

Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), the state-owned marine transporter, won approval recently to build two large container terminals at Lach Huyen Port in northern Hai Phong City in a 7 trillion dong ($302 million) project.According to Nguyen Canh Tinh, director of the state-run Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), said its subsidiary, Haiphong Port JSC, would build terminals No.3 and No.4 at the port.He said the Haiphong Port JSC used to work mainly at Hoang Dieu terminal…

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Liebherr to Supply ERTG Cranes to Montreal

Liebherr Container Cranes have secured an order for the supply of 10 electric rubber tyre gantry cranes to Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnerships. The cranes will be delivered to both the Cast and Racine Terminals in 2019.Liebherr supplied its first crane to Cast Terminal, Montreal in 1997. Since then Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnership have procured an additional four STS cranes and eight RTG cranes from Liebherr, further cementing their working relationship. In 2016, a conductor bar system was installed at the terminal…

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Oakland Betters Peak Season Cargo Volume Record

A record-breaking peak season continues at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that last month was the busiest September for import cargo in its 91-year history. That followed another all-time record in August.The port said it has handled the equivalent of 168,289 20-foot loaded import containers in the past two months. That breaks the previous August-September record of 158,320 20-foot loaded import containers set back in 2006. One more month of import growth could give Oakland…

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Synergy Group Launches iCALL Help Line

Synergy Group has launched a new counselling service aimed at improving mental health support for sea- and shore-based maritime personnel.iCALL is a free psychological helpline for the worldwide maritime community available 24/7 in nine different languages via phone, email and the chat-based nULTA App.“Numerous studies into the psychological health of seafarers have shown that large numbers of seafarers suffer from obvious manifestations of impaired psychological well being such as social isolation and depression…

The EMAC delegation with His Excellency Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, UAE Ambassador to Italy during the IBA Conference in Rome (Photo: EMAC)

EMAC Attends the IBA Annual Conference in Rome

As the Emirates Maritime Center (EMAC) is establishing roots within the maritime industry as a pivotal service provider for specialized arbitration and mediation within the Middle East region, the institute continues its obligation to ensure that legal professionals worldwide are aware of the Center’s services, vision and mission.As gold sponsors at this year’s IBA conference in Rome, EMAC’s objective is to showcase how the Center has applied lessons learnt from other like associations…

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McLoughlin Joins North P&I Underwriting Team

Global marine insurer provider North P&I Club has further strengthened its underwriting team with the appointment of a new U.K. based underwriter combined with some operational changes to a number of senior underwriting roles.Tom McLoughlin joined the team as an Underwriter last week, bringing with him a range of marine experience from his former roles with insurance brokers Marsh in London, and a significant tanker management company in Athens. Initially McLoughlin will work across all of the regional teams as he settles into his new role with the Club.Earlier in the year…

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Star Bulk Carriers Announces $310mln Loan for Vessels, 50 Scrubbers

Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has entered into a $310 million loan agreement, which includes a $70 million tranche (Green Loan Tranche) that will exclusively finance the procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to approx. 50 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet. According to a press release from the global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, DNB Bank, acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger, Facility Agent and Coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank…

Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director, Seaman’s Church Institute. (Photo: SCI)

New Mental Wellbeing Guide for Seafarers

In a joint initiative, the American Club and Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) have cooperated to produce a new guide, Caring for Seafarers’ Mental Wellbeing, due for release on October 10 in recognition of World Mental Health Day, 2018.The document provides guidance on responding to both routine and extreme stressors impacting the quality of life and safety of seafarers both ashore and afloat, and seeks to promote awareness generally of the importance of seafarer mental well being.Numerous…

Carnival Hires Bratland in Norway

Carnival Maritime GmbH has announced that Sandra Diana Bratland has been appointed Director, Destination Affairs for Carnival Group Norway, a new representative office in Bergen, as of October 1.“Norway is a strategic destination for Carnival’s Brands,” said Remco Buis, Senior Vice President Port Operations & Development at Carnival Maritime, “and we believe we can ensure better stakeholder engagement and dialogue with relevant institutions through local representation.”In this newly created role…

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that the 2018-19 academic year recipients of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship are Taylor Campbell (Class of 2019) and Reneé Tremblay (Class of 2020).Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Tremblay of Bristol, R.I., and Campbell of Altoona, Pa., for their hard work, academic excellence, volunteer efforts and the superb leadership…

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Maersk Launches Startup Accelerator

AP Moller - Maersk has launched India-focused OceanPro, a 120-day accelerator program to give shipping and logistics startups an opportunity to partner with Maersk to bring innovative technology solutions to ease the global supply chain for customers and further accelerate global digital transformation.“We recognize the immense potential of India’s technology and digital talent and are looking to capitalize on these capabilities to help the logistics industry worldwide, to reinvent itself,” said Søren Skou, CEO, A.P.

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down 5%

Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.9 million tons in September, a decrease of 5 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported.However, shipments did outpace the month’s five-year average by 4.9 percent.Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 38.9 million tons, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. The gap has been decreasing over the course of the shipping season. At the end of April, iron ore…

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DEME Appoints Luc Vandenbulcke as CEO

Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME)'s Board of Directors announced that with effect from January 1, 2019 Luc Vandenbulcke will succeed Alain Bernard as the company’s CEO.Bernard started working for the group in 1980 and has been CEO of DEME since 2006. Over the past 12 years he transformed the group from a purely dredging organization into a diversified marine engineering group with operations worldwide.Under his leadership sales figures increased from €1.1 billion to €2.4 billion (2017)…

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Expansion Begins at Port of Southampton

The latest stage of a GBP 50 million (USD 65.44 mln) expansion of automotive trade at the ABP-owned Port of Southampton has begun, said a press release from the port.Work on the latest  GBP 15 million multi-deck storage facility in the Eastern Dock will take 9 months and will create 3,000 additional spaces for vehicles to be stored. This is the eighth multi-deck at the port and this significant investment will further strengthen the port’s position as a global hub for automotive trade.Representatives from BMW Group…

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Borealis to Invest in Port of Antwerp

The Austrian petrochemical company Borealis has announced that it is to build a new production plant on its existing site in Kallo, in the Antwerp port area.According to a press release, the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant will use the very latest technology in terms of sustainable production and energy efficiency. With this initiative the port of Antwerp confirms and reinforces its role as the largest chemical cluster in Europe.The intention to build a new PDH plant to convert propane into propylene has been known for some time.

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Rotterdam Polymer Hub Pact with Port for Logistics Node

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Polymer Hub (RPH) signed an allocation agreement regarding a site for two halls for the storage and distribution of polymers.RPH will be the first logistics node in the Rotterdam port area to focus exclusively on the storage of polymers. The project is a joint initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Euro-Rhine Group and entrepreneur Geert Van De Ven.The two halls, with a combined floor area of 35,000 m² (storage capacity 550,000 tonnes) will be erected at Maasvlakte.

Julie Schoenberg (Photo: Elliott Bay Design Group)

EBDG Names Schoenberg HR Manager

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has hired Julie Schoenberg as the new Human Resources Manager. She will be responsible for the firm’s HR function, working from the Seattle office.Schoenberg joins the team with a thorough working knowledge of human resources within the marine industry. Her background has focused on compliance, HRIS, employee and labor relations, onboarding, and performance evaluations. She received a BA in Human Relations and Women's Studies with a minor in Finance from Washington State University.

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Stena Nordica Enters Service on Karlskrona-Gdynia

Stena Nordica entered service as the fourth ship between Karlskrona and Gdynia on Saturday, further increasing capacity on the route to meet growing capacity demand for freight and passengers.Previously, the route was operated with three RoPax vessels and one cargo vessel. With Stena Nordica, the route is now operating with four RoPax vessels, which will provide freight and passengers with a choice of up to four departures a day from each port. The number of departures per week is now 46 which is a record on this route."We have had strong growth in recent years…

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Milaha Achieves Five-Star Safety Grading

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has completed a best practice Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council, making it one of the very few companies in Qatar to hold the five-star grading.Commenting on this achievement, Milaha’s Senior Vice President for Support Services, Saleh Al Haroon, said, “Health and safety are of paramount importance to us at Milaha which is why we actively seek to implement best practice policies in line with international standards.

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Belships to Merge with Lighthouse Group

Norway-based bulk ship operator Belships has signed a merger plan with the Lighthouse Companies.Belships ASA has announced a merger between certain subsidiaries of Kontrari (the Lighthouse Companies) and one or more subsidiaries of Belships with consideration in Belships shares.A reference is made to the stock exchange announcement made by Belships on 6 July 2018 regarding the acceptance by Sonata of an offer from Kontrari AS and Kontrazi AS relating to a contemplated sale of 14…

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Damen Takes Second in Maritime & Aviation Sector in MT500 Rankings

Damen Shipyards Group has achieved second place in the maritime & aviation sector in this year’s MT500 rankings of the top 500 companies and institutions in the Netherlands. It also came twentieth out of 500 in the overall ranking, its best ever result.In the ratings breakdown, Damen achieved the full five stars for product leadership and employment practises. The winner in the maritime & aviation category was national airline KLM, with the Port of Rotterdam coming third.The MT500…

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Decarbonization: 34 Maritime CEOs Call for Action

A who’s who list of maritime industry executives have signed on to voice their support for a zero-carbon future in shipping.The not-for-profit foundation the Global Maritime Forum brought together a group of 34 CEOs and industry leaders from across the global maritime sector to sign a call for action and lead the industry in a transition toward decarbonization.To achieve this, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation…

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Asia Maritime Pacific Merges with Fenwick Shipping Services

Asia Maritime Pacific and Fenwick Shipping Services announced Thursday that the two companies have merged their operations.Asia Maritime Pacific is a Handysize and minibulker owner and operator, headquartered in Hong Kong, with a fleet of over 40 modern dry bulk vessels operating worldwide. It has a network of nine offices and more than 100 employees spread across the globe, including Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Melbourne, London, Austin, Douala and Santos.Fenwick Shipping Services was first established in 1973 as Wheelock Marine Chartering, and changed its name in 1985.

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Bahri Highlights Growing US Presence

Highlighting its growing presence in the U.S., global logistics and transportation company Bahri, represented by its Bahri Logistics business unit, participated at Breakbulk Americas 2018 exhibition for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, held October 2-4 in Houston.The three-day event attracted a number of visitors and exhibitors, including specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals, logistics providers, export packers, and road, rail, barge and air transportation companies, among many others.

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Braemar Shipping Service Chairman to Retire

Braemar Shipping Services announced that its Chairman, David Moorhouse, plans to retire from December 31, after nearly 14 years as a Non-Executive Director, the last three as Chairman. Moorhouse said he is willing to serve longer, if required, to facilitate the appointment of a suitable replacement. His retirement is part of a planned reduction in his business workload to facilitate his participation in another venture.The company’s Nominations Committee is leading the process to appoint a new non-executive Chairman and an announcement will be made in due course.Moorhouse commented…

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Antwerp Port-Europe Traffic Up

Traffic flows between the Belgian port of Antwerp and the hinterland market in Hungary and Austria are increasing continuously. In order to meet the growing demand, the Antwerp Port Authority is promoting the expansion of hinterland connections, especially by rail.Two regular rail connections to Hungary have been established since 2015 and rail services to Austria have been expanded from one to currently three.At a port event held near Vienna on 27 September, leading representatives…

Participants during the Inland Container Shipping Chain sector consultation on 26 September 2018. Pic:  Port of Rotterdam

Logistics Firms Bundle Freight in Alblasserdam

Port of Rotterdam Authority has welcome initiatives from companies including BCTN, Kramer and Waalhaven Group for more efficient transportation of containers between the Port of Rotterdam deepsea terminals and the hinterland.BCTN is bundling freight in Alblasserdam from its eight terminals in the Netherlands and Belgium in order to offer point-to-point services to the deepsea terminals on Maasvlakte.Kramer and Waalhaven Group are bundling cargo at their own terminals in Rotterdam…

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Consolidated Ship Repair Hires Sappington

Consolidated Ship Repair has hired marine industry veteran Brent Sappington as Marine Manager.In his new role, Sappington will oversee the execution of a diverse range of projects from ship repair and fabrication, to decommissioning and systems integration testing, to subsea and offshore construction at one of the largest waterfront shipyards in Texas.Sappington’s experience in the industry began at a young age, working on a boat off the Oregon coast with his fisherman father.

HudsonAnalytix and SQE Marine Team Up

SQE Marine of Piraeus, Greece, and HudsonAnalytix, headquartered in the Philadelphia, announced they have formed a Teaming Agreement between their respective organizations for collaboration in the broad area of maritime risk management. They will be working jointly to offer one another’s services and products to the shipping industry and to develop new offerings encompassing compliance, training and consulting.HudsonAnalytix and SQE Marine boast both diverse and complimentary capabilities and regional strengths.

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The Ostseekai Welcomes Viking Sky

Cruise ship Viking Sky sailed into the Kiel Fiord on her maiden visit to Kiel early on Tuesday morning, escorted by a water fountain display from a local tug. The ship’s arrival also marks the ninth and final occasion this season on which a cruise ship has visited the port for the first time. Nicole Claus, Cruise Shipping Director of the Port of Kiel, said, “The high number of maiden calls underscores the fact that Kiel, in addition to its function as a base port for cruise shipping, is also being utilized more and more as a jumping-off point for day trips ashore.

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Students Aim to Improve Stevedore Working Conditions

A Finland-Singapore Maritime Innovation camp was held September 23 to 28 in Singapore, where corporate partners MacGregor and PSA Corporation asked student to find a way to reduce the stress level of stevedores while working on board.The students from Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore worked on the challenge during an intensive one-week camp, with the team presentations and results announced during the closing gala.

Raimon Strunck (53) has been appointed as MV WERFTEN's Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Photo: © MV WERFTEN

Strunk Named CTO at MV Werften

Raimon Strunck (53) has been appointed as MV WERFTEN's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), taking over the newly created role on October 1. His responsibilities include project management, design, planning as well as procurement and logistics. He is a member of the senior management and reports to CEO Peter Fetten.Strunck has 24 years of professional experience in the shipbuilding industry. After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Hanover, he held various positions in the areas of project management, sales and planning, working for different shipyards in Germany and abroad.

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South Korea's SK Group to Sell SK Shipping

South Korea's large family-owned business conglomerate SK Group is planning to get out of shipping by offloading shipping subsidiary SK Shipping Co., on account of the debt burden amid an industry slowdown.According to a report in the Pulse, SK Holdings Co., the holding entity of SK Group, is reportedly seeking to sell a majority of its stake in SK Shipping to local private equity firm Hahn & Co. for an estimated 1.5 trillion won ($1.3 billion).Hahn & Company is said to be reviewing…

Hernan B. Ortiz. Photo: Glander International Bunkering

Glander International Bunkering Goes to Spain

The marine fuel and lubricant trading firm Glander International Bunkering has opened its  seventh office globally and third service point in Europe in Valencia, Spain, to  service clients in the Mediterranean and Spanish-speaking regions.As the new Managing Director of the Spain office, Hernan B. Ortiz has officially moved to Valencia from Dubai to assume this new important role.With more than 28 years of industry experience and 9 years within the company, Hernan will leverage…

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Samskip Introduces New Shortsea Route to Antwerp,UK.

Samskip is launching a new shortsea service connecting Antwerp and Hull, in an expansion of its continent-UK multimodal network that also sees it debut at Belgium’s largest port.The intermodal logistics company  said in a press release that the initial schedule offers a twice weekly short sea container service, with its first departure from Antwerp on the 12th October.The service will be operated by a 508TEU capacity vessel, sailing from ATO's multimodal terminal on Tuesday and…

Marcus Höglund (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship Eyes US West Coast Cruise Business

Naval architecture, design and marine engineering specialist Foreship has transferred a senior member of its management team in Finland to head its Seattle operation, in a move aiming to expand West Coast activities and provide a new focus for its U.S. cruise ship customer base.Marcus Höglund, Foreship Senior Vice President Engineering Services, will take up a position as Head of Operations North America, Foreship LLC with effect from October 8 to lead a team including existing staff in Seattle and in the company’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

David Harley will head up Britannia's Greek office (Photo: Britannia)

Harley to Lead Britannia's Greek Office

London based P&I club Britannia said it has finalized plans to open its Greek office in Piraeus as part of an ongoing expansion of the club’s regional hub network.The Greek office will be headed by David Harley who recently returned to the London office having established and worked for over five years as head of Britannia, Hong Kong. Harley will be assisted by newly appointed Konstantinos Samaritis, who joins from a Greek shipowner, having previously worked for both Standard and Skuld Clubs’ Greek operations.

BV Launches BV Solutions M&O

Bureau Veritas announced the launch of a newly branded and separate family of experts, ‘Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore’ (BV Solutions M&O).Aimed at the marine and offshore markets, BV Solutions M&O brings together services and people from within Bureau Veritas to create a proactive and dedicated capability, offering value to clients through technical services and solutions.BV Solutions M&O is focused on four service lines: Engineering & Risk Solutions, Asset Management Solutions…

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Pyxis Tankers Refinances Modern Tanker

Greece-based Pyxis Tankers announced that it had successfully completed the refinancing of a previous loan facility for the Pyxis Epsilon.The emerging growth pure play product tanker company said in a press release that after repayment of existing bank debt, the new 5 year secured loan provided us approximately $7.3 million of additional net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Valentios Valentis, our Chairman and CEO said:"We welcome a new lender to our company. Blue Ocean Maritime funds managed by EnTrustPermal provided us $24.0 million of new debt.

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Khalifa Port Receives ARMG Cranes

Abu Dhabi Ports announced on Sunday the delivery of the first shipments of Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Crane (ARMG) and ship-to-shore quay cranes (STS) to Khalifa Port.Shipped from Shanghai, the ten state-of-the-art ARMG Cranes and four STS Cranes are the initial batches of equipment to be installed at COSCO Shipping Abu Dhabi Terminal, the second container terminal being built at Khalifa Port due for completion at the end of this year.As innovation and automation continues to be part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ long-term strategy…

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APM Terminals Rolls-out GC3 Initiative

APM Terminals’ new Global Core Competency Centre (GC3) will ensure that the company not only continues to lead in terms of technology, but will proactively re-think how technology can drive company growth.The GC3 commenced in July with more than half of its employees already onboard, but launched officially this month in Algeciras, Spain.“The vision is to create an internal technical centre to meet the demands of our business in the areas of Terminal Operating Systems (TOS), Asset Digitization and Workforce Management,” explains Richard Ventre, Global IT Director at APM Terminals.

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DHL Parcel Opened in Terminal Amsterdam

DHL Parcel officially opened its new state-of-the-art sorting centre located on Kaapstadweg in the Atlaspark on Thursday, 20 September, informed a press release from the company.The release said that this marked the culmination of a very successful project of Aan de Stegge and WDP, with the building being completed on time and within budget."The growth of DHL Parcel calls for greater and modern sorting capacity. This capacity must be at a location that is easily accessible and that forms an optimum operating base from which recipients can be reached quickly," it said.The building is BREEAM.

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Samskip Strenghens Nor Lines Shortsea Capacity

Netherlands-based  global logistics company Samskip is restructuring the multi-purpose cargo and reefer services connecting North Sea and Baltic ports to Norway operated by subsidiary Nor Lines.A press release from the company stated: "The overhaul, effective from October 1st, 2018, will meet rising demand for reefer and project cargo services southbound and increase capacity for conventional and project cargoes northbound along the Norwegian coast and beyond to Murmansk. Two existing multi-purpose service loops increase to three."In the most obvious change…

Samskip Overhauls Nor Lines’ Shortsea Service

The Netherlands based logistics company Samskip announced it has upgraded Norwegian subsidiary Nor Lines’ shortsea service network connecting to Norwegian coasts.The overhaul, effective from October 1, 2018, will meet rising demand for reefer and project cargo services southbound and increase capacity for conventional and project cargoes northbound along the Norwegian coast and beyond to Murmansk, the company said. Two existing multi-purpose service loops increase to three.Capacity on the three-ship Nor Lines service between Baltic ports and Norway will be expanded to four vessels…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority Names Lembke Facilities Manager

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has hired Dean Lembke as its new facilities manager. He will serve as the agency’s liaison with tenants, service and government agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive safe and efficient use of all Port Authority-owned land, structures, equipment and other assets.Lembke will be responsible for establishing cost-effective, environmentally sound asset-management programs for all Port Authority properties. He also will work…

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Warsash Superyacht Academy Partners with Porto Montenegro

Solent University’s Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) is opening a brand new training facility with Porto Montenegro, in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.Porto Montenegro is home to the world’s largest superyacht berth at 250 meters, and the marina’s 450 additional berths all offer an unrivaled range of services and amenities. The fusion of world-class training at a world-class destination will make Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro a truly incredible…

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AIDA Cruises Receives Green Cruising Award

In the context of the 32rd two-day long Stuttgart Controlling and Management Forum, the Green-Controlling-Award 2018 was granted by the Péter-Horváth foundation on September 19, 2018.This year’s awardee is AIDA Cruises with its “Green Cruising” Project. Senior Vice President & CFO AIDA Cruises and CIO Costa Group Dr. Ali Arnaout accepted the price. He convincingly illustrated the innovative approaches of AIDA Cruises to present the “Green Cruising” strategy as a fundamental part of AIDA’s corporate planning and controlling.“Ecology and economy are no contradiction for AIDA Cruises…

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KNOT Concludes TC Contract for Two Shuttle Tankers

Norway-headquartered Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) has concluded a time-charter contract for two shuttle tankers with Equinor ASA for a maximum 20-year period starting in the second quarter of 2020.KNOT is a NYK Group company, in which NYK has a 50 percent share.The contract aims to use two 152,000 DWT Suezmax tankers equipped with dynamic-positioning systems built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to shuttle crude oil produced in waters off Brazil.Upon commencement of this contract…

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ZIM-MSC Connecting India and East Mediterranean Ports

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company have announced a new cooperation on the India sub-continent – Mediterranean trade. The new cooperation is due to commence on the second half of October, connecting India and major East Mediterranean ports. A press statement from the company said: "We are pleased to announce a new cooperation, offering a fast and reliable connection between the sub-continent and the Mediterranean."Rani Ben-Yehuda, ZIM’s EVP Cross Suez and Atlantic BU…

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CMA CGM Inaugurates the Incubator ZeBox

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer of CMA CGM Group  and French minister in charge of transport Elisabeth Borne inaugurated ZeBox, a new start-up incubator and accelerator in Marseilles.Initiated by CMA CGM, ZeBox is a human-sized incubator and accelerator with two objectives: Support start-ups throughout their development by immediately projecting them into an international dimension; and enable large companies to benefit from the innovations developed by these start-ups in their respective business sectors.On the occasion of the inauguration of ZeBox…

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Key People Changes in Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

International marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (AMPNI) announced that President Jonathan McIlroy will leave the Company, effective November 15, 2018.The marine fuel and lubricants  supplier announced last month  the appointment of Kostas Polydakis to the position of Chief Operating Officer, as well as his qualifications and experience.Polydakis is serving on the Company’s Management Committee, along with the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, and the Company’s Global Director of Supply and Trading. Effective November 15, 2018, Polydakis will assume Mr.

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Louis Dreyfus CEO, CFO Quit

Louis Dreyfus Company announced the surprise departures of its chief executive and head of finance on Tuesday, triggering another reshuffle at the commodities giant as it strives to recover from weak agricultural markets.The group said in a statement that Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena had resigned as CEO after three years in the post to pursue other opportunities, and would be replaced with immediate effect by Ian McIntosh, previously chief strategy officer.British national McIntosh…

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Roll-Lift Expands Crane Fleet

Roll-Lift USA added another Liebherr telescopic crawler crane to its fleet. With the purchase of this highly versatile equipment, Roll-Lift is aiming for change.Whether on a shutdown or on green field project, these machines proof their own strength. They are easy to transport and relocate, self-erecting, have narrow and wide track options, the ability to walk under pipe racks and a good lifting chart.The telescopic crawler crane LTR1220 was already introduced in 2012, but is rather new on the U.S. market.

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ZIM Improves its Cross-Atlantic Services

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has announced changes and improvements of the services between the Mediterranean and the US East Coast & Canada, ZCA and ZCI.The upgrades are planned to start in December (subject to regulatory approval), as follows:ZIM’s flagship ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA), connecting main Mediterranean ports, US East Coast & Canada, will have the following rotation: Mersin – Ashdod – Haifa – Aliaga – Piraeus – Livorno – Barcelona - Valencia – Halifax – New York –  Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Mersin ZIM Container Service Italy (ZCI), in cooperat

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Britannia Maritime Consultants Appoints Mike Hammond, Stephan Dimke

Britannia Maritime Consultants has announced two senior appointments as part of its expansion into the marine casualty response market.Mike Hammond will head up a new claims and insurance department while Stephan Dimke will provide technical support for digital navigation issues.Mike brings a formidable track record and experience to Britannia, having worked in marine claims both for shipping companies, and more recently as the claims manager for an International Group P&I club with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.Mike’s skills are already in demand…

ZIM Improves Cross-Atlantic Services

ZIM has announced changes and improvements of the services between the Mediterranean and the US East Coast & Canada, ZCA and ZCI. The upgrades are planned to start in December (subject to regulatory approval), as follows: • ZIM’s flagship ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA), connecting main Mediterranean ports, US East Coast & Canada, will have the following rotation:Mersin – Ashdod – Haifa – Aliaga – Piraeus – Livorno – Barcelona - Valencia – Halifax – New York –  Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Mersin  • ZIM Container Service Italy (ZCI)…

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Montrose Port gets Emergency Response Simulator

Ethos Empowerment has invested six figures in a new facility at the Montrose Port to deliver interactive emergency response training sessions. In addition, the company has launched its latest oil and gas process simulator which is used for both emergency response and control room operator coaching. The  simulator has been designed to play a fundamental role in offshore emergency response training. Aimed at increasing safety for personnel involved in demanding offshore operations…

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Britannia Maritime appoints Hammond, Dimke

Britannia Maritime Consultants has announced two senior appointments as part of its expansion into the marine casualty response market.Mike Hammond will head up a new claims and insurance department while Stephan Dimke will provide technical support for digital navigation issues.Hammond brings a formidable track record and experience to Britannia, having worked in marine claims both for shipping companies, and more recently as the claims manager for an International Group P&I club with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.Hammond’s skills are already in demand…

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COSCO Shipping Lines Comes to Bosnia

China's largest state-owned international and domestic container shipping and related services company COSCO shipping lines is opening its first branch in Sarajevo of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The Sarajevo office was opened within the “One Belt – One Road” (Maritime Silk Road) initiative. As its fourth regional office, it will add Bosnia to Croatia and Serbia, where COSCO already operates. The Maritime Silk Road is a sea route connecting China, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Europe and North Africa.FENA news agency quoted Meliha Mujezinovic…

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Kotug Smit Towage Takes Four Damen Tugs into Service

Kotug Smit Towage has taken four newly-built Damen tugs into service for its European harbour towage activities, in 2017 and 2018. One of this quartet, the Southampton is currently operating in the Port of Zeebrugge.The Southampton is an ASD Tug 2913 and has a bollard pull in excess of 80 tonnes. The tug is renowned for its manoeuvrability and environmentally efficient performance. The naming ceremony of the tug Southampton was performed by Lady Sponsor Mrs. Ariane Labargue, the spouse of Mr.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside has been re-elected the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA) for another term.

Nigerian Maritime: Dakuku Re-elected Chairman

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has been re-elected the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA) for another term.Dr. Dakuku who is the incumbent Chairman of the Association was unanimously elected to continue to lead the body by the member states present at the 4th conference of the continental body which recently met at the El-Sharm sheik in Egypt.According to the Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Mr.

John R. Ballard, Ph.D., USMMA's new Academic Dean and Provost

USMMA: Ballard New Academic Dean and Provost

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) installed John R. Ballard, Ph.D., as the new Academic Dean and Provost in a brief ceremony at the Academy yesterday. Dr. Ballard will serve as the chief academic officer and principal advisor to the Superintendent in all matters relating to the academic program and faculty. He will also co-chair the educational priority working group for the recently released USMMA Strategic Plan.

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ClassNK Launches PrimeShip-PSC Intelligence Software

ClassNK has released the PrimeShip-PSC Intelligence to assist the improvement of PSC performance of shipping companies, provided free of charge.Based on the database of PSC reports inputted by ship managers, shipowners, and ClassNK, the software enables users to comprehend trends of the PSC findings pointed out by each country or port, and output the tailor-made checklist in line with the trends. Furthermore, the software also provides the various functions which assist improving the ship management system of respective shipping companies as well as PSC performance…

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EU Backs European Maritime Single Window

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment, stated a ESPO Secretariat.For European ports though, reducing the administrative burden in maritime transport and facilitating trade is a top priority. ESPO wants more ambition on the harmonisation of data definitions and data sets, while maintaining the existing reporting systems, it said in a press release.This would further reduce the administrative burden and would facilitate trade.

CompactClean BWMS Receives IMO Type Approval

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval according to the revised IMO BWMS code.This approval means that the CompactClean BWMS becomes one of only two systems worldwide approved for installation on vessels also after October 28, 2020.On September 21, 2018 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received IMO Type Approval according to the IMO Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (resolution MEPC.300(72))…

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AAL Appoints Morland as Americas GM

Global multipurpose operator AAL has appointed Michael Morland to the role of General Manager Americas.Following AAL’s appointment of Marc Schutzbier as its Canadian Commercial Manager at the end of 2017, Morland’s appointment continues to strengthen AAL’s North American expansion strategy and the promotion of the carrier’s growing capacity and portfolio of highly competitive MPV services – comprising tailormade chartering solutions and scheduled semi-liner sailings that offer…

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CMA CGM Estimates Low-sulphur Rule Will Cost $160 Per TEU

Container shipping group CMA CGM said it estimates the cost for it to comply with a new global low-sulphur shipping fuel regulation at around $160 per TEU, or standard container, at current conditions.In a statement on Monday, the French firm, one of the world's largest container lines, said the cost would be absorbed by adjustment of fuel surcharges for customers.CMA CGM reiterated it would use several solutions to meet the low-sulphur standard, which will come into effect on Jan.

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ABB Acquires Logistics Tech Firm intrion

Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation ABB has completed its acquisition of intrion, with the aim of boosting its expertise in fast-growing logistics automation market.intrion is a privately owned company headquartered in Huizingen, close to Brussels, with approximately 120 employees and over a decade of experience in logistics automation solutions and services for the logistics, food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries.The acquisition was announced on July 24, 2018. The…

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Koole Terminals Acquires Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam

Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with Koole Terminals B.V. of the Netherlands (Koole) to sell its 100% ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR).The sale will generate USD 100 million of cash proceeds to Odfjell. Odfjell announced that the transaction has closed.According to  Koole Terminals, Odfjell Terminals will be rebranded to Koole Tankstorage Botlek (KTB). Located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, KTB stores both chemical and mineral oil products and operates a PID facility.John Kraakman…

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APM Terminals Gothenburg Performs Well

This year has seen record-breaking performance at APM Terminals Gothenburg and the return of major shippers and consignees to the terminal. Progress is set to continue as efficiency increases through automation, including self-service gates and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for rail and truck gates due later this year.Over the last year, APM Terminals Gothenburg has implemented a number of concrete initiatives to improve the customer experience. These include maintaining satisfactory and stable production…

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Golden Ocean Group Appoint Two New Board Members

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited IGOGL) has announced that Ulrika Laurin and James O'Shaughnessy have been elected as new board members.Ulrika Laurin has been the Executive Chairman of ship-owning company Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and the Chairman of Laurin Shipping AB, an international ship-management company.She has served as the CFO of Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and as Commercial Manager of Laurin Maritime (UK) Ltd. Prior to that, she worked with fund manager Tufton Oceanic Ltd. and with management consultant Karlöf & Partners.

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USMMA to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) will celebrate 75 years since initial dedication in 1943, at homecoming this weekend. Events scheduled include a 75th anniversary dinner, the season’s first home football game for the 2-0 Mariners, a parade by the Regiment of Midshipmen, and the ceremony of Beating Retreat.“We are pleased to welcome alumni classes, families and friends for a jam-packed homecoming weekend at USMMA, especially the 75th anniversary events,” said George Rhynedance…

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DeNike Presented with Connie Award

Edward Anthony DeNike, president of SSA Containers, a division of Carrix, received the 2018 Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) in Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday. DeNike was honored for his contributions to containerization and international trade and transportation industry over the course of the last five decades.The dinner event honoring DeNike was held in conjunction with the IANA Intermodal EXPO and attracted more than 250 people."It is no surprise that our recipient, Ed DeNike – an industry legend – has attracted a record-breaking crowd.