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Kestrel Liner Agencies, SSL Extend Logistics Cooperation

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics appointed as agent for Scandinavia and the Baltics by Kestrel Liner Agencies /Tropical Shipping   Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) and Kestrel Liner Agencies / Tropical Shipping have agreed to extend their cooperation to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. SSL will add these countries to Sweden, Norway and Finland where it already acts as representative agent for Kestrel and Tropical.   Kestrel and Tropical Shipping specialize in services to and from the Americas, with offices throughout both North and Latin America. Kestrel manages the full range of services, including container (both fcl and lcl), breakbulk and ro-ro cargo.   Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, a privately owned company, offers many services including liner agency, port agency, freight forwarding and project logistics.   Joachim Lagerstedt, MD of Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, said, “We are delighted to further increase our cooperation with Kestrel / Tropical Shipping. It is part of our continued ambition to keep expanding our business and to represent more liner services in Scandinavia and the Baltics.”  

Passage of Cyclone: Australian Ore Ports Reopening

As the tropical cyclone 'Christine' has now weakened, affected northwest Australia ore-loading ports are set to reopen informs GAC, as follows: Dampier and Port Walcott Berthing of vessels to be confirmed once the appropriate channel inspections have been carried out, sea conditions are within safe operating parameters for berthing and the Terminals are ready to start loading again. At this stage, first vessels to berth will be vessels that pre-loaded prior to terminal closure.

Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall on Hawaii

The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday with strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The center said Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii. Iselle is being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach Hawaii on Monday. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bill Trott)

Maersk Line Introduces Sustainable Container Floors


New Maersk Line procurement policy for container floorboards aims to reduce demand for illegally logged tropical hardwood Today, Maersk Line announced a new policy to refrain from purchasing containers with floors made of uncertified tropical hardwood. “Illegal logging is widely recognised as a serious threat to forests, people and wildlife. We feel obligated to use our purchasing power to push for higher standards and ensure that the timber we use for container floors come from

Cruise Ships Prepare for Hurricane

Five Miami-based cruise ships have changed their itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Chris. Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands as Tropical Storm Chris threatens to intensify. Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas, which plans to return to Miami by August 5, skipped a visit to St. Maarten and will arrive in Nassau on August 4, a day earlier than planned

Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea

Bulk carrier at wharf: Photo CCL

A tropical cyclone intensifying off northwestern Australia was on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines after causing giant shipping ports to close. Vale declared 'force majeur' and iron ore prices rose world-wide, reports Reuters. Shipments of millions of tonnes of iron ore were suspended from the west Australian ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Cape Lambert ahead of Cyclone Christine, a category three tropical storm, making landfall.

Gustav Blows Buoys Off Course

The Coast Guard has begun the job of repairing numerous navigational aid discrepancies throughout the Outer Banks after damages resulting from Tropical Storm Gustav. U.S. Coast Guard small boat stations throughout the Outer Banks performed preliminary surveys Wednesday and discovered nine navigational aids with discrepancies in Ocracoke Inlet and two discrepancies in Hatteras Inlet. Coast Guard Aids To Navigation Team Cape Hatteras has worked to repair some of the discrepancies.

Waterways from Matagorda to Galveston Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has reopened waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay following their closure due to Tropical Storm Bill.   The USCG informs it has lifted the Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts, and has opened the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay, at 6 a.m. Wednesday.   Port Condition is back to normal as set by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston.

T/S Henri Forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Henri, the eighth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. The storm was located about 250 miles (405 km) east-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Henri is moving toward the north at nearly 5 miles per hour (7 kph). "Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours

Caribbean Storm Likely to Strengthen, Veers Away from US

A low-pressure system moved over Puerto Rico on Friday and is expected to veer northeast away from the U.S. East Coast but still has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "There's a good chance that this system could develop into a (tropical) depression within the next 48 hours," said David Roberts, a Navy hurricane specialist with the NHC.

Choi-Wan to hit SE Japan

Tropical Storm Choi-wan Courtesy NASA

  Tropical Storm Choi-Wan, located near 21N/158E yesterday (4 October), is forecast to move WNW-NNW over the next days and intensify to a very large typhoon. A large area of HIGH to VERY HIGH sea, significant 7-14 meters, will affect the waters southeast of Japan from 7 October and spread

U.S. East Coast Threatened by Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin was gaining strength on Thursday as it moved toward the Bahamas, with forecasts still inconclusive on whether the storm would slam into the U.S. East Coast or head out to sea without making landfall, the Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane Joaquin Continues to Strengthen

Image: NHC

Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, continues to strengthen and is likely to develop into a major hurricane in the next couple of days as it moves toward the Central Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.  

Damen’s New Yacht Range Sails to the Extremes

Image: Damen

Damen’s new SeaXplorer yacht range brings true capability to expedition yachting, from extreme polar to remote tropical areas.   The world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts has been launched by Dutch shipbuilder Damen and its luxury

Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

Image: NOAA

Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters.   The center of Fred is expected to pass near or over the

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Ignacio is east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and not expected to pass north of the islands until Monday night and Tuesday

  Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1

USCG Reopens Key West Ports After Erika Dissipates

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and tropical storm watch

  Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Key West, Florida, ports, terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating. All port facilities in South Florida may resume normal operations

Panama Canal Suspends Draft Restriction

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has lifted scheduled vessel draft restrictions brought on by lingering draught conditions in the region.   The ACP had previously set restrictions of 11.89 meters Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) to take effect September 8 due to the effects of an El

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  

Draft Restriction at Panama Canal Postponed

 Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued an updated Advisory to Shipping to alert all Canal shipping agents, owners and operators that water conditions at this time do not warrant the need to institute a second draft restriction, which was tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2015

Danny Strengthens into First Hurricane of 2015 Atlantic Season

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season on Thursday even as the storm remained relatively small and far from affecting any land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.   Winds from Danny were gusting up to 75 miles per hour (120 kph)

Atlantic May See First 2015 Hurricane, 'Danny' Strengthens

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Danny is on track to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season by Friday and could approach the Caribbean islands by the late weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.   It is still too early to predict whether Danny

USCG Prepares Ports of Saipan, Tinian for Heavy Weather

Coast Guards prepare PORTS OF SAIPAN, TINIAN

  In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard captain of the port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday.

Drought Causes Draft Restrictions in the Panama Canal

Photo: ACP

Draught conditions have led the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to set draft restrictions for vessels operating in the canal.   ACP described the restriction as temporary and preventive measure due to the El Niño climate phenomenon resulting in periodic warming of the tropical Pacific

El Nino Onset May Impact Panama Canal Drafts

Gatun and Alhajuela lakes

The Panama Canal Authority closely monitors the water levels of Gatun and Alhajuela lakes on a regular basis due to the importance that these resources have for transit operations. With the onset of the 'El Nino' phenomenon, great efforts have and are being invested in forecasts and estimates

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