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Rickmers-Linie Secures Tonnage

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based global breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, has extended the charter parties of three vessels formerly used on its round-the-world service, Bibi, Leon and Merida, for a further three years in order to secure availability of tonnage for its monthly liner service from Europe to the Middle East and India. All three vessels are now being renamed whilst being drydocked in Shanghai. Bibi has been renamed Rickmers Dubai while Merida will become Rickmers Mumbai and Leon will become Rickmers Chennai. The first sailing of Rickmers Dubai from Hamburg and Antwerp is scheduled to take place at the beginning of July. After completion of the new nine-ship fleet for the Round-The-World Pearl String Service, this step marks the company's commitment to another important and promising trade for the transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. The company is confident that with the huge investments in infrastructure and industry taking place in the Gulf area and in India, there will be strong demand for such a service catering for non-containerisable cargo and heavy lifts.


Rickmers-Linie Appoints Brazil Representative

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in the worldwide ocean transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo recently appointed an owner’s representative in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Celso H B Pavao assumes the role as Owner’s Representative – South America, with immediate effect. Rickmers-Linie, launched its Westbound Round-The-World Service in March 2013, connecting areas of economic growth in Asia and South America and then on to North America


Rickmers-Linie Adds Vessel on Pearl String Service

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Rickmers-Linie added a 10th vessel on its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing program of investment in its services. The global breakbulk, heavylift and project specialist has taken the Rickmers Savannah on long-term charter to help it meet customer demand.     The 30,000dwt Superflex Heavy MPC Rickmers Savannah, which was delivered by Jinling Shipyard in November 2010


Contship Offers Passengers Sales

Contship Containerlines is offering passenger voyages directly to the public. The voyages are available on the Contship Aurora, Contship Australis and Contship Borealis - that Contship has recently introduced the eastbound routing of its contra-rotating services in the Europe-Australasia trade. The three new vessels are the first to be owned by Contship. Each has a total capacity of 4100 teu, including 1300 reefer plugs, making them the world's largest reefer contsinerships.


CP Ships Posts First Quarter Loss

CP Ships Limited announced an unaudited first quarter 2003 operating loss of $2 million before exceptional items, a $4 million improvement on the $6 million operating loss in first quarter 2002 and compared with $34 million operating income before exceptional items in fourth quarter 2002. Basic loss per share before exceptional items was $0.12 compared with last year’s first quarter loss per share of $0.14 and fourth quarter 2002’s earnings per share of $0.23 before exceptional items


ABB Turbocharger Service Facility for Dubai

ABB Turbocharging to open a dedicated service point in the Drydocks World facility in Dubai. This new cooperative agreement was marked formally by signing a Memorandum of Understanding at a ceremony in conjunction with the SMM in Hamburg, Germany. The agreement ensure quick turbocharger service to customers in the yard, and offer one-stop ABB turbocharger solutions at Drydocks World. According to the agreement, ABB Turbocharging in Dubai will provide international factory warranties to


Drydocks World Launches Global Offshore Services

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Drydocks World announced the launch of its Drydocks World - Global Offshore Services arm at a special ceremony organized at Dubai Maritime City, the new business units located in Fujairah and Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks Dubai.    This Division has at its disposal technical teams to be mobilized at short notice to service vessels at distant offshore locations and well-equipped workshops in the Emirates of Dubai and Fujairah to offer support services. 


BSM, Optimum Announce Joint Venture Company

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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Optimum Ship Management (Optimum) have announced the launch of a new joint venture partnership, Hanseatic Cruise Services. Based in Singapore, Hanseatic Cruise Services will provide comprehensive, world class passenger vessel management services to third-party clients around the world.    BSM is continuously working to expand and diversify its range of services. It believes that the cruise industry presents a significant opportunity for


Drydocks World and ADNATCO & NGSCO to Enhance Cooperation

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Dubai, UAE, May 4, 2011: Drydocks World, the leading Dubai-based maritime service provider, and Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company & National Gas Shipping Company (ADNATCO & NGSCO), the shipping arm of ADNOC and its Group of Companies, reviewed ways of further strengthening their trade cooperation to stimulate oil and gas industry and trade in the Middle East.  This was decided during a meeting between Khamis Juma Buamim


Drydocks World Reaches Agreement with ABB

Drydocks World reaches exclusive cooperation agreement with ABB at SMM; The Dubai shipyard to have dedicated service point for ABB turbochargers Drydocks World, the most productive shipyard in the Middle East will have a dedicated service point for ABB turbochargers. ABB Turbocharging will now have a dedicated service point for ABB turbochargers in the Drydocks World facility in Dubai, a leading international player in ship repair, ship conversion, ship building and offshore fabrication


Partners Target Improved Maritime Efficiency

Left to right: Nirmala Maharaj, David Ramjohn, Kevin Ramnarine, Dr. Zaffar Khan, Wilfred de Gannes, Michael Burke, Lucyann Henry, Capt. Tore Torsteinson and Stephanie Lezama (Photo: TTSR)

On May 25, 2016, The University of the West Indies Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB) together with the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding & Repair Maritime Cluster (TTSR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake maritime project initiatives involving research


KTB Joins the KPI Bridge Oil Group

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 KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has announced that KTB will become a member of the KPI Bridge Oil Group as of June 1, 2016.   The merger comes a year after the group’s acquisition of Denmark based Trumf


DP World to Manage Somaliland Port for 30 Years

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 DP World has reached an agreement to manage the Berbera port in Somaliland, which would allow it to become a major hub for goods to transit to and from the Horn of Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported.   DP World signed a US$442 million agreement with the government of Somaliland


Greek Shipping – Still Number One!

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Despite the many domestic and market challenges facing the Hellenic ship owning community, Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, says Clarksons Research. As the shipping community begins to gather for another Posidonia


DSC Dredge Receives President’s E-Star Award

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DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, La., has received the 2016 President’s “E-Star” Award for exports.   In a ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s headquarters in Washington, D.C


World’s Biggest LNG Buyer Becomes Seller

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 EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French power giant EDF, has signed an LNG sales and purchase agreement with Japanese LNG aggregator Jera Co Inc, one of the world’s largest buyers of liquefied natural gas.   Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co


Royal Caribbean Orders 3 Ships from STX

STX France signed three ship order. Photo STX

Following the delivery of Harmony of the Seas on May 12 in Saint-Nazaire, the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed an order for three additional vessels, one for its brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI ) and two brand Celebrity Cruises


FedEx Completes Takeover of TNT Express

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 US-based FedEx Corp. completed its €4.4 billion ($4.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch TNT Express, , with integration of the companies to start immediately.   The companies say customers will interact with each company as they always have and once the integration is complete


Dubai Partners with WOC on Ocean Sustainable Dwevelopment

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 The Dubai Council on Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) have agreed to collaborate on ocean sustainable development and corporate ocean responsibility.    The WOC is increasingly working with and through “maritime clusters” to


USNS Mercy Arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

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 Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations May 24 in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. Now in its 11th year, Pacific Partnership is a multilateral, disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.   


Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected

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Winners of International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry to be revealed at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference   Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced that the winners of its Safe Affordable


Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

Palfingers potential acquisition of Harding will help it be less dependent on the whims of the offshore energy markets. (Photo: Palfinger Marine)

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire 100% of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group


DP World Launches $1.2 bln Sukuk Issue to Cover Tender

Dubai-based ports operator DP World launched a seven-year $1.2 billion sukuk issue on Tuesday, a document from lead managers showed.   The issue, structured to be compliant with rules allowing investors in the United States to participate, will price at 237


Maritime Future Summit: Digital Shipping

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Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on September 5, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping. For the first time SMM hosts a conference dedicated to digital shipping.   Cyber Ships: What may sound like a word from a science fiction novel to


BEST Sets Container Handling Record

Image: Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST)

 Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice.    A total of eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes were deployed simultaneously for the operation






 
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