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ACL Sells Global Materials Services

American Commercial Lines LLC sold its ownership interest in Global Materials Services LLC to Mid-South Terminal Company, L.P. for $14 million cash. This transaction gives Mid-South Terminal Company, L.P., headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, 100% control of Global Materials Services' network of 24 river-served terminals in the United States and 1 in Europe. Richard L. Huber, Chairman of ACL, said “We are pleased that we were able to transfer our interest in this operation to our partner. This transaction allows us to continue our progress toward emerging from Chapter 11 with a focus on our core business. The proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay off the remaining balance of our DIP term loan financing.”


ABS Strengthens Materials Capabilities

Michael Wheatcroft has been promoted to the new position of Assistant Chief Engineer for Materials and Chief Metallurgist.

Responding to the introduction of new materials within the structure and components of offshore units, naval vessels and specialized ships such as ultra large containerships, ABS has strengthened its technical and engineering capabilities in this area with the appointment of a global materials engineering team. The team will also provide in-field support to the society’s surveyors attending the significant growth in the number of equipment suppliers.


DMI and FORCE Technology Join Forces

Danish Maritime Institute (DMI) and FORCE Technology have joined forces. The new name for the merged company will be FORCE Technology. DMI provides consultancy and know-how to the marine industry with services including: Ship and offshore model testing, numerical analysis and simulations, wind tunnel testing of ships and offshore structures, simulator based training, and development and sales of simulators In addition to using own facilities DNI undertakes several assignments for clients


Intertek Addresses Global Mercury Pollution

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Intertek will tackle the issue of mercury pollution across industries during the “International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant” (ICMGP) in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 28 to August 2, 2013. Intertek will showcase expertise in detecting, monitoring and controlling mercury, supporting industries such as food, consumer products and oil and gas. Recent Harvard studies have shown that mercury is a long term problem


V.Ships Signs with Spill Center for Global Vessel Spill Support

Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental claims management and emergency response support for transportation clients at risk for releases of hazardous materials, has expanded its program to include global cargo-carrying vessels, according to Tom Moses, president and founder of the company. V.Ships, a ship management company with a network of 18 offices worldwide, provides shipowners with a range of management and support services for oil tankers, chemical tankers


NSA, Rickmers-Linie Partner for Puerto Rico Service

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National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades and Puerto Rico, has partnered with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers and greatly expand break bulk service opportunities to the island. Rickmers-Linie will also serve as general sales agent for National Shipping in North America. The NSA vessel service, called the Isla Verde Express, connects the U.S


Hempel to Increase Prices 5 to 15%

The sharply increasing raw material costs and their influence on the global economy now forces Hempel to react. The oil price has been increasing and is currently at a record high. The majority of raw materials used in the paint industry are oil related. Paint raw materials such as epoxy resins have, over the past months, increased markedly, some even as much as 30%. Due to the general positive trend in the world economy, the price of metal is also under pressure


Northrop Grumman - Sub Nav Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a delivery order for the fifth year of a five-year contract to provide technical, logistics and material support for navigation systems installed on U.S. Navy ships and submarines. The delivery order, valued at $15.5m, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit by Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., under a firm fixed-price performance-based logistics (PBL) contract.


Boskalis Orders Mega-Cutter Dredger

A large dredger: Photo Wiki CCL

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has ordered a new self-propelled megacutter from IHC Merwede. This self-propelled cutter suction dredger, with a total installed power of 23,700 kW and a pump ashore capacity of 15,600 kW, is a replacement investment. The total investment amounts to around EUR 170 million and construction of the vessel is expected to take more than three years. Boskalis explain that a cutter suction dredger is a vessel that dredges while being held into


R&M Group Merges with Sea Level Marine

l.t.r.: Thomas Grunwald (R&M USA), Darelynn Prejean, Barry Lee (Sea Level Marine)

R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to the company’s global client base. By aligning resources, customers will benefit from the ships’ lifecycle services and enhanced portfolio, combining Sea Level's established offerings with R&M Group's portfolio, along an expanded network of resources across the globe.   Based in Miami


POSH Bags Shell FLNG Contract

Photo: PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd.

 Singapore’s offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has been awarded a contract to support Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility using its semi-submersible accommodation vessel the “POSH Arcadia”.  


ABP orders Two Gottwald cranes

Terex Port Solutions will supply two Terex Gottwald Modell 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant to Associated British Ports.Photo ABP

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Associated British Ports (ABP) for two electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant. The leading British port operator has ordered the two machines for its terminal in Immingham


DMCA Showcases Local Maritime Leadership

Dubai Maritime City. Pic: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) showcased Dubai's global maritime leadership in the presence of a high-level delegation from City of Glasgow College who commended the manner in which the outstanding experiences of the UAE maritime sector has transformed it into an internationally


New Era of Global Trade with Expanded Panama Canal

The first commercial transit of a Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Panama Canal (Photo: ACP)

The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business.   During the official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 jubilant Panamanians, Canal employees


Wärtsilä Offloads its WinGD Stake to CSSC

5X72DF engine cut-out view. (Photo: Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD))

In a prepared statement China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wärtsilä announced that Wärtsilä transferred its 30% shareholding in Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD), headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, to CSSC


Panama Canal Conducts Trial Through Expanded Cocoli Locks

ACP Owned crane ship Oceanus successfully transits the new Pacific facing Cocoli Locks on Monday Photo ACP

Today, the Panama Canal conducted another successful trial transit in the Expanded Canal. The transiting vessel, a U.S.-built crane ship named the Oceanus, was maneuvered through the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks by Panama Canal Pilots Fernando Jaén and Ricardo Varela.   


CO2 Emissions Reduction Should Apply to Entire Shipping Industry

Photo:  European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA)

“We believe that shipping, together with all other industry sectors, must be part of the solution to limit the increase in global temperature, as we clearly are a global contributor to carbon emissions,” said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) President, Niels Smedegaard


APM Terminals Focus on Safety, Productivity

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam photo APM

Speaking on a panel devoted to “Robotics & Automation in Container Terminals” at the TOC Europe’s 40th annual industry gathering devoted to port and terminal technology and operations, APM Terminals Head of Terminal Design and Automation


Transition to the 0.50% Global Sulphur Cap

Photo: International Bunker Industry Association

 The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is expected to decide on the timing of the global 0.50% sulphur cap for marine fuels in October this year, based on the result of a low sulphur fuel availability study required under MARPOL


Negative Outlook for Global Shipping Industry: Moody’s

Photo: Global Shippers Association (GSA)

 Moody's Japan K.K. says that its outlook for the global shipping industry over the next 12-18 months is negative.   "The negative outlook reflects our expectation that earnings will worsen, with freight rates likely to remain depressed amid ample supply," says Mariko Semetko


PGS, Radio Holland Expand Service Agreement

Ramform Tethys represents an enormously stable platform with outstanding seakeeping characteristics.(Photo: PGS)

Norwegian marine geophysical company PGS has extended its non-exclusive service agreement with Radio Holland for navigation and communication services onboard nine seismic vessels in its global fleet. Radio Holland is known in the maritime industry for its NavCom and Maintenance services through


Trelleborg Debuts New Dredging Hose in China

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation is now manufacturing a pre-bend rubber dredging hose in China – the only one of its kind available in the country, according to the manufacturer.   Currently exclusive to Trelleborg’s Chinese manufacturing operation


Merger: Survitec Joins Forces with WMS

 Survitec Group announced a transformational deal with the Marine Safety business of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (WMS), in which WMS will transfer into Survitec all related safety products and services, including Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions


Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Wins Innovation Award

M/V Estraden vessel with two rotors fitted (Photo: International Windship Association)

Judges describe world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology as “unlike anything else and…truly innovative”   Norsepower Oy Ltd., the developer of the world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology


Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo






 
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