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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


ABS Pleased with Innovative Metals & Materials Award

Class society a member of institute awarded funds for next-generation materials research In response to today's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the awarding of funding under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) initiative to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki issued the following statement:


Ocean Cycles Pause Global Warming

AMO spatial pattern (by The Pennsylvania State University)

 The natural oscillations in the climate, which resulted in cooler Pacific Ocean waters, were partially behind the controversial global warming "pause", say researchers.   However, this in no way suggests that the planet is now cooling


Asia: LPG Shipping and LNG Pricing

Image: Navigator Gas

 While declining Asian LNG prices have reduced margins on the long-distance LNG trade, causing spot-charter rates for LNG vessels to fall, LPG shipping earnings are forecast to remain buoyant on the back of low oil prices and the absence of fuel substitution.  


Maersk Publishes Sustainability Report

Photo: Maersk

Having launched a new sustainability strategy last year, the Maersk Group has published its 2014 sustainability report, covering aspects of the group’s 2014 sustainability performance including human rights, anticorruption, responsible procurement, diversity


Investment Now Means Continued Prosperity in the Future

(Photo: United States Department of Transportation)

Our transportation network consists of different modes like roads, railroads, ship channels and ports. But when it comes to transporting food, building materials, bulk commodities, items used in manufacturing and finished products, each of those modes must be firing on all cylinders and in sync


SpeedCast Acquires Geolink Satellite Services

SpeedCast International Limited announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, part of the CETel Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.   The acquisition follows SpeedCast’s acquisitions of two satellite industry players


New Satcom Solution from Harris CapRock

Harris CapRock Communications has launched Harris CapRock One, a unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service designed to reduce customers’ voice, data and equipment management costs.   Harris CapRock One is an integrated end-to-end service that


Sandvik to Present at NACE CORROSION 2015

Sandviks new stainless steel technology (Photo courtesy of Sandvik)

Global technology engineering group Sandvik will present corrosion resistant alloys, including its new Sandvik SAF 3207 (UNS S33207) hyper-duplex stainless steel at NACE CORROSION 2015, the company announced today.    NACE CORROSION 2015


Voyager Navigation Software for German Research Vessel

Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) reported that operators Briese Schiffahrt has chosen to install its Voyager navigation software on Germany’s newest research vessel, RV Sonne.    Sonne will carry the GNS Voyager Package 3, which provides the crew with route planning capability


DNV GL Launch Joint Industry Project

Dr Jens Petter Tronskar, DNV GL Vice President and CTO of the Deepwater Technology Centre in Singapore

  Sour service fluids from wells place significant demands on pipeline material, particularly in deeper water. This can present major technical and financial challenges for pipeline operators as the fluids can cause fractures and cracks which affect pipeline performance and reliability


Buamim Addresses Offshore Support Journal Conference

Courtesy Drydocks World Group and Maritime World

  Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World Group and Maritime World participated in the "Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference" held from February 17th to 19th 2015, in London. The conference saw good participation from key global and regional speakers in the marine


NOL Sells APL Logistics to Kintetsu

Courtesy APL Logistics

  Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has sold APL Logistics (APLL) to Kintetsu World Express (KWE) for $1.2 billion in a stunning deal that gives the Singapore-listed group a net gain of more than $900 million. The KWE Group considers the establishment of a management base that can compete on a


Oversupply, China Slowdown Push Freight Prices Down

Picture credit: International Chamber of Shipping

 Freight shipping prices have plummeted to a historic low, fueled by a long-standing problem of too many ships and lower demand from China, as per a report in AFP.   However, the economists say that this is not a serious warning sign on the global economy.  


ICC partners WCGC for Annual Golf Tournament

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  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has become the Official Global Partner of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC), the largest and longest running corporate amateur golf event. The new venture is set to expand international participation, branding and media attention


ISS Appoints VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing

Tony Carter, VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has made a key addition to its Marine Outsourcing team with the appointment of Tony Carter to VP Operations – Marine Outsourcing. Tasked with optimising the company’s service delivery across the globe, Tony will report to Trond Baade


European Shippers' Council Calls on Competition Authorities to Cooperate

Pic: The European Shippers’ Council (ESC)

 Shipping alliances will lead to market convergence and will reinforce the risk of reducing service quality and sailing frequency as well as free choice for manufacturers and retailers, as well as enhancing prices, according to the European Shippers’ Council (ESC)   






 
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