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New Company to Support Gulf Navies

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Gulf Logistics and Naval Support LLC (GLNS), a new Abu Dhabi-based company, was launched on July 27, offering a complete range of support services to maritime defense forces and other vessel operators in the GCC region. GLNS has been set up in a joint venture by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) with a 70% shareholding and the UK’s BVT Surface Fleet which will hold 30%.  Together the companies provide a powerful combination of regional presence, established naval shipbuilding and support capability, and unparalleled experience in providing through-life naval support services. Representatives from both companies today signed the Shareholders’ Agreement and Contract of Establishment of GLNS at a ceremony at ADSB’s Mussafah shipyard. The joint venture was first announced in 2008; since then the two companies have been working together to develop the necessary legal documents, prepare financial and operational business plans and form the organisational structure to allow the new company to begin operations immediately with the support of the two shareholders. GLNS will offer a range of support services across the full spectrum of integrated logistics support and training, as well as outsourcing solutions for base facilities. Potential customers will be navies, coast guards, marine police, homeland security organizations, special forces and other key commercial customers, initially in the GCC countries, Jordan and Egypt


Edison Chouest Offshore Deploys Mojix STAR

Mojix Inc. announced Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), C Logistics Division, is deploying the Mojix STAR system in a large scale RFID initiative to bring a new level of visibility, precision and operational efficiency to the oil and gas industry at their Port Fourchon, La. facility, a large scale shorebase operation which services the majority of offshore logistics for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a successful pilot of the Mojix system


Shettig Promoted to VP at Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Shettig has been promoted to vice president of the company's East Coast and Gulf contract services business. He will remain domiciled in Houston and continue to report to John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's marine services group. Shettig, who most recently served as general manager of East Coast and Gulf contract services, will now have profit and loss responsibilities for the business


Gillen Promoted - VP Engineering

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Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Gillen has been promoted to vice president of engineering for the company's petroleum services, marine services and petroleum distribution groups. Gillen, who remains domiciled in Jacksonville, now reports to both John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager, Atlantic/Gulf services, and Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Pacific/Alaska services.


HMM Elects New Officers

The Houston Maritime Museum (HMM) has elected new officers to its Board of Directors. Niels A. Aalund, Senior Vice President of Maritime Affairs for the West Gulf Maritime Association, (WGMA) will serve as Chairman to advocate on behalf of the WGMA members with local, state and federal agencies. Steve Stewart, President and Co-Founder of Gulf Winds International, Inc., will serve as Vice Chairman for the board, specializing in international logistics within the shipping industry


Harvey Gulf Makes Software Investment

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Harvey Gulf International Marine recently deployed Advanced Logistics’ marine management system SAMM and preventative maintenance module Preventer on its fleet of marine transportation vessels. The software allows a vessel to generate operational reports onboard and transmit the data to shore in real time. The technology includes electronic logs, safety and crew management, commodity tracking, fuel and lube management, GPS mapping, preventative maintenance and more


Incat and Revolution Design Awarded Design Contract by U.S. Military

Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd and Revolution Design Pty Ltd are pleased to announce they have been awarded one of three US multi-million dollar design contracts by the US Department of Defense. The Tasmanian based companies are part of an internat ional consortium responding to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV program brings together United States Navy, Army,


Crowley Warehousing, Distribution in Gulfport

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Crowley announced that it will begin offering warehousing and distribution services through its Gulf Coast gateway in Gulfport, Miss., on May 1.  The 40,000 square-foot warehouse, located next to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport at 4300 Air Cargo Road and just seven miles from the port, features approximately 20,000 square feet of dry storage and 20,000 square feet of refrigerated and frozen storage. "This strategically located distribution center is well suited to serve


TT Club Strengthens Middle East Presence

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Specialist freight transport insurance provider TT Club said it is reinforcing its presence in Dubai with a move which aims to support the Club’s existing claims team in the UAE and underlines the insurer’s commitment to what is a dynamic region and provides an additional service level to both Members and brokers in the Middle East. Julien Horn, having already been TT’s underwriter dedicated to the Middle East for some six years now


Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

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Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as saying that several warships would be sent towards U.S. maritime borders in the Atlantic although the Pentagon said at the time that it was not concerned and that many countries operated in the ocean's


Iran War Games Target Mock-up U.S. Ship

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards staged war games in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, including a gunboat attack on a model U.S. warship, in Tehran's latest display of military muscle in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports.


Top Five Most Costly Insurance Claims

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The TT Club has alerted the supply chain industry to a persistence of claims in a handful of loss types. The international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider said it has found that 66% of its claims by number and 62% by value over a five year period can be categorized into just


Milaha Reports 32.8% Q4 Net Profit Increase

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Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. increased fourth quarter net profit 32.8 percent, the company announced today in its 2014 financial results.  It will pay a 55% cash dividend for 2014, a value of 5.5 Qatari Rials ($1.51) per share. The company said it increased its net profit 10% in 2014


LTE Deployment Launched in the Gulf of Mexico

Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico.   INET said its pilot deployment will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of industrial LTE wireless broadband service and coverage when


Wal-Mart: Port Issue Impacting Supply

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is experiencing delays in some merchandise due to the West Coast port disruptions, although moves to diversify its logistics have limited the impact, the head of the retailer's U.S. operations said on Thursday. On an earnings call Greg Foran said "pockets of


Crowley Aids US Military's African Ebola Mission

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For the past six months, Crowley Maritime Corporation has provided critical logistics services in support of Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. military’s mission to fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, the company announced today.  


M&A Activity Subdued in Transportation, Logistics Sectors

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the transportation and logistics industry remained steady during the fourth quarter of 2014 according to Intersections, a quarterly analysis of global deal activity in the transportation and logistics industry by PwC US


Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy

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 Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.


BP Bid to Cut Gulf Spill fine Denied

A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. U.S


Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

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 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.


NOL Sells APL Logistics to Kintetsu

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  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


Middle East Shipping Routes Secure: U.S.

Shipping corridors used by Gulf energy exporters are not at risk from violence and political volatility in Yemen and the seizure of swathes of territory in the region by Islamic State militants, a senior U.S. naval officer said on Monday.


Maersk May Reward Shareholders as Oil Unit Suffers

Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk may announce a second share buyback scheme in its 110-year history as early as Wednesday, analysts said, allowing it to reward shareholders as its oil unit takes a battering from a slump in prices. Further divestments from its large portfolio of companies


Abu Dhabi Ship Building to Deliver 3 UAE Warships by 2016

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Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company will deliver three Baynunah warships to the United Arab Emirates Navy by 2016 and is in discussions with other buyers to sell more, its chief executive said on Monday. "There are discussions with some of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as


CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

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 French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets.   Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)






 
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