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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Nauticor Extends its LNG Supply Network

Nauticor has extended its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply network for ships within the North Sea region and has now begun delivering to maritime customers in the Port of Rotterdam. The Dutch port is the latest location added to the firm’s LNG distribution network, adding to a growing portfolio of one of the leading suppliers of LNG as fuel for ships. The premier bunker operation by Nauticor in the Port of Rotterdam saw the containership Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei based in Haren/Ems, receive the chilled fuel.

Wallén, Scheja Join Ports of Stockholm

In the first half of 2018 two new members will augment the Ports of Stockholm Sales and Marketing force. Johan Wallén, former CEO of the container shipping company Team Lines, will become Director of Sales and Marketing and Stefan Scheja, previously Master Mariner at Tallink Silja, has already taken up his position as Ferries and Cruises Manager. “We are very happy to welcome Johan Wallén and Stefan Scheja. We are well on the way to achieving our vision of rebuilding and expanding our ports, and freight and passenger volumes are steadily increasing across virtually all segments.

The 761-foot-long heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 28 transports the first four of Tacoma's eight new super-post-Panamax cranes (Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Tacoma’s Giant Container Cranes to Arrive this Week

A heavy-lift ship carrying four of the U.S. West Coast’s largest container cranes is scheduled to travel through Puget Sound on February 23. Puget Sound Pilots are scheduled to board the Zhen Hua 28, a 761-foot-long heavy-lift ship, early Friday morning in Port Angeles and begin the journey to Tacoma. The ship will sit at anchor in Commencement Bay for a day or two before delivering the cranes to Husky Terminal at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway. The Northwest Seaport Alliance ordered eight new super-post-Panamax cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.

Aegean to Acquire H.E.C. Europe

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding share capital of H.E.C. Europe Limited (H.E.C.), the parent company of Hellenic Environmental Center S.A. and a group of companies that together provide global port reception facilities services, from the shareholders of H.E.C., for aggregate consideration of approximately $367 million, including the assumption of certain indebtedness, which consideration is payable in the form of a combination of debt…

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Inland Waterways Authority of India Engages KPMG

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has engaged consultant KPMG to study and devise a framework for operationalization and maintenance of the assets being built on NW-1 under the World Bank funded national waterways development project Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). This framework will include various institutional and operational models ranging from outsourcing to Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formulation with participating states and other authorities like Railways and Ports.

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Matson Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $3.90

Honolulu-based Matson Inc reported fourth-quarter net income of $166.9 million. On a per-share basis it has profit of $3.90. The ocean transportation and logistics services company posted revenue of $516.1 million in the period, beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $503.2 million. The  U.S. carrier in the Pacific reported profit of $232 million, or $5.37 per share for the year. Revenue was reported as $2.05 billion. Matt Cox, Matson's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer…

WMI TETA training  (Photo: SMOU)

SSG, MPA and Maritime Union to Inject $12.6 mln in Training

The Singapore maritime industry looks well-positioned for the future, with strong support from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) in the form of continued funding for the Tripartite Nautical and Engineering Training Award (TNTA & TETA) Programs worth S$12.6 million. The TNTA and TETA programs will receive funding support from SSG, MPA and SMOU. The two cadet training programs are recognized…

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Transnet Concludes Agreement for New Helicopters

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. The AgustaWestland (AW 109) helicopters, valued at around R250 million, are being procured from Leonardo S.p.A., formerly Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland. They are expected to be delivered by June 2019. This Italian global high-tech company is headquartered in Rome and is one of the key players in aerospace, defence and security.

File Image: The Madrid Maersk, a 20,000+ TEU Box ship (CREDIT: Maersk)

Maersk to Compete with UPS, Fedex

A.P. Moller-Maersk plans to expand its transport and logistics business to compete directly with package delivery companies UPS and Fedex as part of a major restructuring, its chief executive said Tuesday. Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has sold off the majority of its energy assets to focus entirely on transport and logistics. "We're building this company that is a global integrated container business, a company very similar to UPS and Fedex," CEO Soren Skou told investors at a capital markets day in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

Damen ASD Tugs 2810. Photo: Damen

Two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 for Iskes Towing & Salvage

Iskes Towage & Salvage, the leading maritime service provider based in the port of IJmuiden, Amsterdam, has taken delivery of two Damen ASD Tugs 2810. The vessels were built at Damen Song Cam Shipyards, Vietnam, and delivered last year to Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, the Netherlands, as part of the group’s strategy to position stock vessels for rapid availability in Europe. This on-demand availability was a significant factor in Damen winning the contract, with both tugs being delivered within two weeks of the contract being signed.

Indian PM Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 4th container terminal built at Navi Mumbai. Photo: Nitin Gadkari

Indian PM Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stone For JNPT Fourth Countainer Terminal

India's biggest container traffic handler Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has achieved yet another milestone in its ambitious journey to become a world class maritime hub when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the fourth container terminal, proposed to be developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 7915 Crores (USD 1.23 bln) on DBFOT basis. Modi arrived at the JNPT Helipad- accompanied by the Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways  Nitin Gadkari, the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and other dignitaries.

Tony Boemi, Vice-president, Growth and Development at the Port of Montreal, Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada, Mumbai, Sandeep Mehta, President of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone and Dominic Marcotte, Consul and Director of the Québec Government Office in Mumbai. Photo: Montreal Port Authority (MPA)

Mundra Port, Port of Montreal Sign Cooperative Agreement

On a trade mission to India, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Cooperative Agreement with Mundra Port, Gujarat State, north of Mumbai. This agreement aims to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices. Mundra Port is India’s largest commercial port. A diversified port, it handles liquid and dry bulk and more than three million TEUs in annual container traffic. It is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ).

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Ocean Yield Acquires Two Handysize Dry Bulkers

Norwegian shipowner  Ocean Yield announced that 100% owned subsidiaries of the Company has agreed to acquire two 2018 built handysize dry bulk vessels with 12-year bareboat charters to companies owned and guaranteed by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group (LDA). The net cash purchase price is USD 18 million per vessel after a seller's credit. Both vessels are expected to be delivered to the Company during March 2018. LDA has options to acquire the vessels during the charter period, with…

The Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime College offers state-of-the-art brown water training to SUNY cadets and industry professionals alike. (CREDIT: SUNY)

Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime

For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

File Image: A rendering of the The HES Terminal in the Port of Rotterdam (CREDIT: HES)

Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Front Runners in HES Terminal Sale

A consortium of infrastructure funds at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie is seen as the front runner in the sale of European bulk port terminal operator HES International, worth around 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), industry sources said. Morgan Stanley is mandated to sell the asset, two sources, whose organisations had considered bidding for it, said. They added that the expectation Goldman Sachs and Macquarie would win put off some prospective bidders. The sources, both in the infrastructure investing industry, said the growth projections provided by the company were too aggressive.

File Image: The Shell Refinery in the Port of Rotterdam (CREDIT: PoR)

Rotterdam Port CEO "preparing for the worst" with Brexit

The Port of Rotterdam is bracing for a British exit from the European Union without any deal on customs, and looking at measures such as hiring 100 extra customs agents and dozens of fresh produce inspectors. CEO Allard Castelein said he had had two meetings in the past week with "policy makers, the cabinet, the government and supporting officials about the consequences" of a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would move Britain away from EU rules. "If you have 407 days left, then you don't have time to embrace hypotheses that it will turn out pretty good in the end," he told reporters.

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BIMCO Lists Three Best Performing Bulk Terminals

The three best performing dry bulk terminals in the world are Santander and Bilbao in Spain and Quebec in Canada, according to BIMCO’s 2017 Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report. Santander was rated first in all four major categories: terminal handling of loading/unloading; terminal mooring and berthing arrangements; information exchange between the ship and the terminal and terminal equipment. The report evaluates terminal and port performance from around the world to improve safety standards and the turnaround time of ships calling ports.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Doubles Footprint in Port of Zeebrugge

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has signed a concession agreement with the Port of Zeebrugge to develop 49 hectares of land known as the Bastenaken West property located in the inner port. With this concession, in place until 2043, the company will nearly double its terminal footprint. WWL will invest about USD 20 million during the next two to three years. “The agreement marks the next step in WWL’s long-term commitment to the Port of Zeebrugge, the largest RoRo port in the world…

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Port of Hamburg Getting Ready for Future Growth

Europe's third-largest container port, Port of Hamburg, is preparing for the future with improved infrastructure and digitalization. Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: "The Port of Hamburg must become a Port 4.0 , with digitalization and how this will change supply chains. We will improve the infrastructure, implement the fairway adjustments and secure good general conditions. When extending the port it will be important to identify how Hamburg as a broad based universal port can be economically sustainable…

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Port of Antwerp Looking for Full-Time Representative in the UK

The port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, based in London, in order to keep in closer touch with the economic situation there now that Brexit is looming closer. "Antwerp Port Authority is now in search of a full-time representative to further raise Antwerp’s profile on the British market," said a press statement from the company. Attracting additional sources of trade and cargo will also form part of the new port representative’s job. With an annual freight volume of nearly 14 million tonnes (2017)…

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Rotterdam Port Hits Record Freight in 2017

The port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest, continued to grow in 2017 spurred by a significant gain in container throughput, which increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016. Particularly strong growth in container throughput of 12.3% (in tonnes) was the main driver of growth in the port of Rotterdam throughout 2017. Total cargo throughput rose by 1.3%, with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016. The increase in containers was offset by a fall in dry bulk of 2.6% and in wet bulk of 4.1%.

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Domestic Maritime Policy: It's Not Business as Usual

An hour with the new U.S. Maritime Administrator, Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., is as informative as it is refreshing. Sworn in on August 8, 2017, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the US Navy in June 1979…

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Data Integration is Powering the Future of Shipping

Seamless real-time flow of 100 percent accurate data provides organizations the ability to analyze and optimize all their supply chain processes. Data is at the heart of today’s business processes and operations. Exploiting the insights derived from the data holds unparalleled opportunities for the global ocean shipping industry to overcome its significant inefficiencies. One firm, Youredi helps industry stakeholders to digitalize and automate processes with modern cloud-based integrations.

Horizon Spirit (Photo: Pasha Hawaii)

Pasha Hawaii Concludes Horizon Spirit's Hurricane Relief Mission

Honolulu, HI-based Pasha Hawaii announced that the U.S. Jones Act vessel Horizon Spirit has returned to the U.S. West Coast after ably providing service in the Puerto Rico market to support extraordinary volumes of cargo for use in hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts. Since cargo volume can now be handled by the U.S. Jones Act vessels customarily serving the Puerto Rico market, the vessel will serve as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container business between the mainland and Hawaii. It will relieve the Horizon Reliance which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a U.S.

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Crowley Rolls Out First Freight Under $2.3 Billion DFTS Contract

Crowley Logistics reports that it has successfully executed the first cargo move under its new $2.3 billion Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract, one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest transportation services contracts. The military cargo was transported by truck Monday from the U.S. Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, which provides logistics support for the communications sector to defense personnel with services such as fabrication and manufacturing, overhaul and repair, engineering design and development, systems integration, and global field support.

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Hoppe Singapore is Operational

As per January 1, 2018, Hoppe Singapore Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hoppe Group headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, has opened. “The decision to set up Hoppe Singapore, enhancing the already existing Hoppe network in China and South Korea, proves Hoppe’s commitment in ensuring a reliable and timely response on service and spares support to customers in the region,” said Marc Rohde, Managing Director of Hoppe Marine GmbH, Germany. Hoppe Singapore is headed by Dr. Wilfred Rachan as Managing Director with his team of Service Engineers and Administration Staff.

Boxporter RMG (Photo: Konecranes)

Georgia Ports Authority Orders 8 RMG Cranes

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the USA has embarked upon the Mason Mega Rail Project that will double the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. As part of the project, the GPA has ordered 8 Konecranes Boxporter RMG cranes for the expanded intermodal container handling. Delivery will occur in two parts, one in the second half of 2019 and one in the second half of 2020. Work on the GPA’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal project in Savannah is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Port of Oakland Exports Jump 2.1 Percent

The Port of Oakland reported that containerized export volume in January increased 2.1 percent from the same month a year ago. It was the second consecutive month of export growth at the port. The increase follows a 1.8 percent decline in Oakland exports during 2017. The port said a weakening dollar contributed to the January increase, as American products are more affordable overseas when the dollar’s value declines. The port said exports of refrigerated commodities climbed in January. Pork exports jumped 20 percent last month when compared to January 2017. Beef shipments were up 18 percent.

Port of Rotterdam (CREDIT: PoR / (c) Freek van Arkel

TEU Jump Boosts Rotterdam Port

Cargo volume at Rotterdam port, Europe's largest, rose 1.3 percent to 467 million tonnes in 2017, boosted by strong growth in the container shipping business. Container volume rose 12.3 percent, offsetting drops of 2.6 percent and 4.1 percent in bulk dry goods and wet goods respectively, the port said in a statement. "The new terminal at Maasvlakte 2, but also the existing terminals and the logistics chains surrounding them all contributed", against a backdrop of growing global trade, CEO Allard Castelein told reporters in Rotterdam.

file Image: The port of Los Angeles (CREDIT Adobestock / (c) Ginton)

Port of Los Angeles Moves 808,728 TEUs in January

Last  month was the second busiest in the Port's history. The Port of Los Angeles handled 808,728 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2018, the second-busiest January in the port’s history behind last January’s record of 826,640 TEUs. While a slight decrease compared to last January’s record, it’s significantly higher than the port’s most recent 5-year January average of 683,003 TEUs. "After two consecutive years of record-breaking cargo, it’s encouraging to start 2018 with robust volumes,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

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Port Canaveral Awarded $1M Grant for Security Projects

U.S. The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure. Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY‘17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation. “Port Canaveral is a vital gateway for commerce, tourism and trade. Last year, nearly five million cruise passengers were served and six million tons of cargo moved across our docks,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO.

Dean Xeros (Photo: Principle Logistics Group)

Principle Logistics Group Names Xeros as President

Principle Logistics Group, a Fort Worth-based, strategic planning and transportation logistics and management company, has announced the hiring of Dean Xeros as their new president. In his role, Xeros will be responsible for leading an aggressive re-launch of the former Principle Transport Group, which will include the offering of a wider range and more technologically sophisticated range of logistics tools and efficiencies. Bringing more than 30 years of proven logistics, sales…

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JAXPORT's Foreign Trade Zone Opens

JAXPORT partner North Florida Warehouse FTZ, a division of JZ Expedited Companies, has celebrated the grand opening of Foreign Trade Zone No. 64’s first outdoor storage facility. The 3.7-acre facility is located minutes from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville terminals and offers flexible short- and long-term outdoor storage options for a variety of cargo including vehicles, high and heavy, tracked units, project and over-dimensional cargo, containers, breakbulk and more. The federal…

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Valentine's Day in Full Bloom at CrowleyFresh

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s cold storage warehouse and logistics services company in Miami prepared more than 35,000 floral arrangements for this year's Valentine's Day. For the past six weeks, CrowleyFresh employees have been hard at work receiving, assembling and preparing more than 20,000 flower orders, 2,500 of which also contained specialty chocolates. Additionally, the warehouse handled more than 11,000 buckets of fresh cut flowers equating to more than 100,000 bouquets for distribution throughout the U.S. for buyers who prefer to handpick individual flowers from local retail stores.

Port Indiana Burns Harbor (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana on a Four-year Growth Run

The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization's 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana handled over 10 million tons of cargo, the only four years this has been accomplished. The ports' average annual shipments in 2014-2017 totaled over 45 million tons, exceeding the previous four-year average by nearly 50 percent. Major cargo increases for the Ports of Indiana in 2017 included coal (+9 percent)…

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TRAC Intermodal Helps Fuel NY/NJ Cargo Growth

TRAC Intermodal said it has made significant investments to expand and improve the quality of its Metro Pool chassis fleet in order to support the record growth in the NY/NJ port. TRAC said it has refurbished thousands of chassis to “like new” condition to ensure customers receive the highest quality and most reliable chassis available. The refurbished equipment features LED lights, OEM tires, new brake systems, all new electrical wiring and are painted TRAC Blue. “We have upgraded over 35 percent of our Metro Pool fleet and will continue to do so until the entire fleet has been refurbished…

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Port of Piraeus Profit Up by 92%

The Piraeus Port Authority S.A. (PPA) 2017 financial report revealed profits before tax amounted to €21.2 million ($26.19 mln) compared to €11.0 million ($13.59 mln) in the year 2016, showing an increase of 92 percent. Turnover amounted to €111.5 million compared to €103.5 million in the corresponding period of 2016, showing an increase of 7.7 percent. The operations at the container terminal showed significant increase in revenue by € 7million (53.1 percent), where container throughput increased by 70.6 percent…

Pic: NYK Car Carrier (China)

NYK Cautions of Illegal Conducts in Chinese Subsidiary

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) said that it has discovered that there is a possibility that former locally hired management personnel in NYK Car Carrier (China), its consolidated subsidiary located in Shanghai. The China unit is engaged in finished car logistics business in China, had committed unlawful expenditure or embezzlement. The Company established an investigation committee (the Committee ) to investigat the aforementioned matter on February 5, 2018 (with Tadaaki Naito President Representative Director and President Corporate Officer as the Chairman of the Committee…

VLCC Kazusa. Photo: MOL

MOL Allies with NCC

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a capital and business alliance agreement with chemical tank specialist logistics provider Nippon Concept Corporation (NCC). "MOL and NCC concluded the agreement with the objective of developing a comprehensive two-way strategic partnership including both partners' group companies, and steadily enhancing their businesses," said a statement from the company. The agreement gives NCC the opportunity to globally increase…

 Captain John Murray, Port CEO. Photo:Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral Awarded $1M in Grants

The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure. Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY‘17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation. “Port Canaveral is a vital gateway for commerce, tourism and trade. Last year, nearly five million cruise passengers were served and six million tons of cargo moved across our docks,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO.

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Fitch: U.S. Port Growth Steady as NAFTA Decision Looms

U.S. ports are positioned for another solid year of growth, though the Trump administration's evolving stance on both domestic and international trade is a long-term development worth a close watch, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest sector briefing. This after a strong 2017 in which ports on both coasts saw overall growth through the year. "Moving to larger ships and implementing operational alliances have helped drive volume growth on both coasts in 2017," said Emma Griffith, Director.

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New Milestone for Nauticor`s LNG Bunker Operation

Nauticor has conducted the largest-ever LNG bunkering operation in Germany in the Elbehafen in Brunsbüttel. The hopper dredger "Scheldt River" received 85 tons of the environmentally-friendly fuel in a truck-to-ship operation this week. Additional LNG bunker operations for "Scheldt River" are already scheduled for the Elbehafen. On Monday, February 12th, Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH, has established itself once again as an appropriate location for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker operations.

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Ammar Kanaan Appointed CEO of Terminal Investment by MSC

The shipowning group Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Ammar Kanaan as Chief Executive Officer of its cargo container terminals arm Terminal Investment Limited (TiL). TIL directly manages or crosses 53 container terminals in ports of five continents. As the founder and Chairman of International Port Management, Ammar Kanaan brings a wealth of expertise and 30 years’ experience in the transport and port sectors. He has built companies focused on port management…

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Truckers in Argentina Lift Strike, Freeing Grain Exports

Truckers in Argentina ended a strike that had stalled grain exports and agreed to meet with transportation authorities later this month to resolve their differences, the government said on Saturday. Nearly 100 cargo ships were waiting on Friday to load soy and corn from Argentina's main agro-export hub of Rosario, more than a week into a truck owners strike that had brought exports to a near halt. "We agreed to meet with four (of the striking truck owners) ... as soon as they informed us that the strike had been lifted," Guillermo Campra, a director with the Transport Ministry, told Reuters.

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Several Car Shippers Face Fines for Rigging Bids

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The EU sanctions follow a near six-year investigation which started with dawn raids by the European Commission in September 2012 in coordination with Japanese and U.S. antitrust authorities. Competition regulators around…

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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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NY/NJ Cross Harbor Freight Program Enters Second Review Phase

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  awarded a $23.7 million agreement to Cross Harbor Partners, a joint venture of STV Incorporated/AKRF Inc., to undertake the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Program at the port. The aim of the Cross Harbor Freight Program is to reduce roadway congestion attributed to goods movement across the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The Tier II review is expected to take up to three years; it will provide more…

The EBRD/IMO Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday (8 February) by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (right) and the First Vice President of the EBRD, Phil Bennett. Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that it has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in an effort to help promote sustainable shipping. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and the First Vice President of the EBRD, Phil Bennett, will help promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety- and environment-focused capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors in selected countries.

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West Calcasieu Port Awards Dredging Contract

The West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners voted this week to award the contract for the dredging of the Louisiana port's west barge basin to Coastal Dredging Company, Inc. of Hammond, La.. The successful base bid of $1,334,020 was the lowest among six bids received by the port during its competitive public bid process. “The West Cal Port Board of Commissioners was encouraged to have received such a large number of bid packets for the project,” said Dick Kennison, board president for the West Calcasieu Port.

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Rotterdam Port Fund Supports Tagpoint Training

Investor Rotterdam Port Fund has taken an interest in Tagpoint Training bv, a Rotterdam technology company that has developed a unique digital platform for offering online modules for safety training. Tagpoint Training is the first to offer training that focuses on behavioral change. This makes Tagpoint innovative in the area of safety awareness training. Tagpoint Training provides high quality attractive and insightful online modules for safety training. The modules contain game elements, questions, photos, drawings, videos and exercises.

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India's Major Ports See 4.58% Cargo Traffic Growth

Major ports in India have recorded a cargo traffic growth of 4.58 percent and together handled 560.97 million tonnes (MT) of merchandise during the period April 2017 to January 2018, as against 536.41 MT handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April 2017 to January 2018, eight ports i.e. Kolkata including Haldia, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (18.36 percent), followed by Paradip (16.01 percent), Kolkata [incl.

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Pacific International Lines Start Service in Far East - Red Sea Routes

Pacific International Lines (PIL), Singapore’s leading containership operator, announces two upgraded weekly services on the Far East – Red Sea service route. Done in collaboration with Ocean Alliance, the routes named RSS and RES will commence operations in March 2018, superseding the current three services RSS, RS3 and RS5. The route will be operated with a series of 17 x 11,000 to 14,000TEU vessels including its latest newbuilds, the 11,923TEU P Class in the service. The highly efficient and versatile P Class were purpose-built for Red Sea…

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

Indian Cabinet Clears Changes in Major Port Authorities Bill 2016

Indian's  Union Cabinet has approved the incorporation of the official amendments to the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016, which is pending in the Parliament. The Amendments are based on the recommendations of the department related parliamentary standing committee. The changes sought include the number of the labour representatives to be appointed in the Port Authority Board among the serving employees of the Port has been increased from one to two, among others. The Board of…

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Argentine Truckers Strike Affects Grains Shipping

A strike by Argentine truck owners aimed at forcing an increase in hauling rates has halted grains unloading at some of the country's terminals, Guillermo Wade, manager of the Chamber of Port and Maritime Activities, said on Wednesday. Argentina is the world's top exporter of soymeal livestock feed and its No. 3 supplier of corn and raw soybeans. Wade said the trucking strike stopped some loading of cargo ships ready to transport grains from the country's main Parana River transport hub of Rosario. "As of today there are many ports that are left without merchandise", Wade said.

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Cosco Shipping Executive Murdered in Pakistan

A Chinese shipping company executive was murdered in Karachi, Pakistani on Monday in what police say appears to be targeted attack. The man, identified as Chen Zhu, the Pakistan general manager of Cosco Shipping Lines Co, shot dead while in his car in the port city of Karachi, Reuters reported. Chen suffered a single bullet wound in the head, according to police who said at least 10 shots were fired at the car. “The incident appears to be targeted attack, (it) doesn’t look like a mugging,” Azad Khan, deputy inspector general of Karachi’s south zone, told Reuters.

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Panama Canal Expects LNG Tanker Traffic to Rise 50%

The number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers traversing the Panama Canal is expected to jump 50 percent by September due to rising exports of the fuel from the United States, the head of the canal's governing agency told Reuters. After adding a third set of locks in 2016, the Panama Canal Authority expects that growing global demand for LNG will boost transit through the waterway, said Jorge Quijano, head of the authority. Demand for LNG has taken off in recent years because of abundant supplies of natural gas…

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Georgia Ports Plans 10 Million TEU of Growth by 2028

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch outlined a plan that will double container handling capacity to 10 million TEUs at Garden City Terminal within 10 years. "Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America," Lynch said. Lynch provided an overview of GPA's 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah. The GPA will soon open…

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CMA CGM Adjusts EURAF 5 Service

The CMA CGM Group announced it is reinforcing its service from Europe to West Africa through a new call at Kribi (Cameroon) and shortened transit times from North Europe on its EURAF 5 service. The new service started in January 2018. As a result, its EURAF 5 (Europe-West Africa) will benefit from a new port coverage on the following route:  Antwerp, Le Havre, Lisbon, Algeciras, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Kribi, Douala, Abidjan, Algeciras, Antwerp. Transit times will also be shortened up to 10 days from Northern Europe to Douala with a weekly direct service.

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Handforth is New CEO of Aberdeen Harbor Board

Michelle Handforth has taken over the role of chief executive at Aberdeen Harbor Board, the U.K. offshore oil and gas port. This comes after an extensive recruitment process, when Handforth, who has 20 years of board and leadership experience in global, multi-site businesses, was recruited to succeed Colin Parker as Chief Executive. Alistair Mackenzie, Chairman of Aberdeen Harbor Board, said, “Michelle is joining Aberdeen Harbor at an incredibly important time for the organisation.

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Hapag-Lloyd Opens Ghana Office

German-based Hapag-Lloyd opened a new office in the Ghana port city Tema, on February 1, 2018. Effective immediately, the company will be represented at the local level by its own customer service staff. “Africa is strongly developing just now. To benefit from this growth, it’s important for us to strengthen our presence in Ghana with our own office – and to get even closer to our local customers,” said Lars Christiansen, Senior Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd’s Region Middle East.