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Dubai Maritime City Authority Launches UAE-German Maritime Majlis

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Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced the establishment of the UAE-German Maritime Majlis in cooperation with the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK), during a special Business Dinner hosted by DMCA in Dubai under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works & Chairman of the National Transport Authority. The dinner gathering was attended by H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority, Dr. Peter Goepfrich, CEO of AHK, Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, in addition to other senior officials from AHK and DMCA. Ahmed Butti Ahmed said, “The UAE-German Maritime Majlis reflects the importance given by the DMCA in strengthening its international partnerships in order to achieve its strategic objectives aimed at establishing Dubai as a global maritime hub. We thank the AHK for its full support for this undertaking and assure our friends in Germany that Dubai is keen to protect and prosper their maritime interests. We look forward to addressing and resolving our mutual concerns via this Majlis.” The new Majlis is of great strategic importance as it serves as an actionable platform for the UAE and Germany to exchange best practices and experiences and address mutually important


Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei.   The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry, with a wave of bankruptcies washing across the sector and major players forced to restructure, divest or scrap assets.   Many in the industry had hoped it would start to recover this year


Lehman Acquires IMECO

J.F. Lehman & Company investment affiliates acquire AMECO, provider of electro-mechanical solutions to the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors. IMECO, based in Iron Mountain, MI, is a leading independent domestic provider of turnkey marine electro-mechanical solutions for U.S Government and commercial customers.  The Company's integrated maritime solutions include the design, engineering, planning, procurement and installation of HVAC, cargo handling, electric steering


Mubarak to Build New Shipbuilding Facility in Dubai

Mubarak Shipyard

Dubai Maritime City LLC (DMC), the world-class mixed-use maritime cluster, announced the signing of long term partnership agreement with Mubarak Marine LLC. The agreement is for the development of an industrial complex project for maritime services, shipbuilding and repair worth AED 130 million.   This complex will enable Mubarak Marine to establish their headquarters as well as a major marine workshop and maintenance facility


UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

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“Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class maritime services center, with one of the largest clusters of marine insurance, ship finance, law, classification societies, ship broking, education and consultancy organizations.


Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The Ministry of Shipping

 Indian minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari has said port and shipping sector has potential to create nearly 4 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect employment opportunities over the next 5 years.   Gadkari said "all the developed countries have a vibrant port sector, but unfortunately, our maritime sector remained neglected over the years, despite having immense potential."   Recalling Prime Minister Mr


Dubai Maritime City Land Development

DAMAC Properties Managing Director, Ziad El Chaar at Signing: Photo credit DAMAC

DAMAC Properties continues its investment programme with plans to develop prime real estate in Dubai Maritime City. DAMAC’s plot of land on the sea-front at Dubai Maritime City will be home to a high-rise luxury tower of serviced hotel residences and further expands the company’s project portfolio in the Emirate. Dubai Maritime City is strategically located north of the main city centre and creek area business district, between Port Rashid and Dubai Dry Docks


Senators Murray, Cantwell Introduce American Port Legislation

Senator Patty Murray (WA)

-    Senate bill designed level the playing field for American ports competing for cargo, boost investments in port infrastructure and maintenance -    Legislation replaces the Harbor Maintenance Tax U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced today The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, new legislation that would support the American trade economy and significantly strengthen American ports


New Stainless Steel Chemical Tanker Platform

Principal Maritime Management LLC of Southport, Connecticut, a shipping company owned by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC, has formed a new platform in the stainless steel chemical shipping sector. Additionally, Princimar Chemical Carriers has acquired its initial three stainless steel chemical tankers, all of which were purchased from existing owners and are currently in service.   Princimar Chemical Carriers is focused primarily on acquiring stainless steel chemical


SIU Honors Thomas B. Crowley Sr.

Crowley’s current Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. – the son of Crowley Sr. – addresses the crowd at the Seafarers International Union dedication ceremony that named a new building in his father’s memory. (Photo: Crowley)

SIU Piney Point building dedicated in honor of the late Thomas B. Crowley Sr.   The Seafarers International Union (SIU) recently honored the late Thomas Crowley Sr. during a dedication ceremony that named a new administration building in his memory. The new Thomas Crowley Sr. Center for Maritime Services, located at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Md., commemorates the legacy of Crowley, who owned and operated Crowley Maritime Corp


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates to Improve by End 2017

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Eruonav: Sale and Leaseback of Four VLCCs

Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) entered into a five-year sale and leaseback agreement for four VLCC vessels  with investment vehicles advised by Wafra Capital Partners Inc., a private equity partnership. The four VLCCs are the Nautilus (2006), Navarin (2007), Neptun (2007) and Nucleus (2007)


Valencia to Upgrade Three Ports

PHOTO PORT AUTHORITY OF VALENCIA

Spain’s Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has unveiled plans upgrade three of its ports by 2020. The Business Plan approved at the last Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Valencia includes investments in its three ports 56.19 million euros during the year 2017 and plans to invest


Laugfs Buys Third LPG Carrier Vessel

Photo: LAUGFS Holdings

 Laugfs Maritime Services, the shipping division of Sri Lanka’s Laugfs Gas,  has purchased its third Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier vessel for USD 2.875 million, reports  Lanka Business Online quoting company sources.  


Iran, Kazakhstan Deal for Shipping JV

Photo: IRISL GROUP

 The chief executive officers of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company- signed an agreement for establishing a joint company.  


UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that


Debt Looms for South Korean Shipyards

 The top four Korean shipbuilders have 2.3 trillion won ($1.9 billion) in notes maturing next year, the most in Bloomberg-compiled data going back to 1997.    Bloomberg reports that some of them may have trouble paying debts without help from the government or group firms


Wilhelmsen, Wallenius One Step Closer to Merger

Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO Photo Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen and Wallenius have signed an agreement leading to a new ownership structure for their jointly owned investments in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, EUKOR Car Carriers and American Roll on Roll off Carrier. Signing the transaction agreement is an important milestone in the merger as


Crowley's Petroleum Transport Unit Takes the Long View

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The mantra at Crowley is “safety” and “people,” but it’s not simply words, rather embedded practice starting from the top. Robert Grune, SVP & GM, Crowley Petroleum Services talks to Maritime Reporter regarding this ubiquitous company’s historic success and


Euroseas Sells Bulker, Adds Boxship

Photo: Euroseas Ltd

 Euroseas Ltd., Greek owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that it took delivery of the M/V RT Dagr, a 1,645 teu feeder containership built in 1998.   


Dryships to Sell $200 mln of Stock to Kalani Investments

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc., an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Kalani Investments Limited, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands and that is not affiliated with the Company.   


Euroseas Sells Bulker, Adds Feeder

Courtesy Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd. announced today that it took delivery of the M/V RT Dagr, a 1,645 teu feeder containership built in 1998. As previously announced, the vessel was purchased by issuing 900,000 shares of the Company's common stock. The Company also announced that it agreed to sell for scrap the M/V


Maersk -Tyra Decommissioning to Start Next Year

DBU Platforms Tyra East Photo Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil has on 30th December issued a notification to the Danish gas market announcing that an economically viable solution for full recovery of the remaining resources in the Tyra field has not yet been identified, and that production from the Tyra field is consequently expected to cease 1


Wanax Invests in PSV Market

Photo:  S.D. Standard Drilling Plc

 Wanax AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of S.D Standard Drilling Plc, will  invest USD 5.215mln in platform supply vessels  (PSV) Opportunity III DIS.    The investment will be done through subscription of ownership interests in PSV Opportunity  III and gives Wanax AS


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates Expected to Improve

Photo: Drewry Maritime Research

The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.






 
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