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APL Panama Still Aground

APL Panama remains aground on soft sand some 1.5 nm south east of the entrance to the port of Ensenada, Mexico. Salvors have succeeded in maneuvering the bow of the vessel some 20 degrees towards deeper water over the past week, in order to assist the next re-floating effort. The APL Panama remains structurally intact and secure and it is hoped that another concerted effort to re-float her can be made toward the end of next week, when tide conditions are more favorable. This next stage of the operation will utilize powerful hydraulic pulling machines which will double the capacity of the strong tugs already standing by the vessel. In the meantime, the salvors have succeeded in transferring the fuel oil to a bunker barge at the port of Ensenada. Specialist anti-pollution contractors have been hired by the salvors, and are on permanent standby throughout the operation, where they will remain until the vessel is safely re-floated. The grounding occurred while the APL Panama awaited the Ensenada Pilot on December 26. The Master was not attempting to enter port without a pilot, nor was the vessel behind schedule and trying to make up time by deliberately approaching nearer the shore than she should have. An enquiry into the grounding is being conducted by the Mexican authorities, which the owners, MS ‘Mare Britannicum’ Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co+ KG, are fully cooperating with.


Danaos Delivers Second Vessel to APL

Danaos Corporation announced that during the course of the last week it delivered the vessel APL Scotland back to its charterer, APL, for a total price of $44.5m. Further, Danaos Corporation also announced that APL has declared their purchase option regarding the APL Belgium according to their existing agreement with Danaos. This represents the last out of the four purchase options APL had with Danaos. Danaos now expects to sell this vessel back to APL at the end of its charter on or about


NOL Appoints Two Senior Managers

Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, (NOL) has hired two veteran officials at Sea-Land Service as senior executives in its container transportation arm, APL. Edward W. Aldridge, currently Senior Vice President for North America at Sea-Land will become President of APL's Americas Region. Daniel J. McHugh, currently Vice President of the Americas Division at Sea-Land, will become President of APL's Asia-Middle East Region. Tim Rhein, current President and CEO of APL Limited


NOL Announces Clean-air Milestone In Singapore

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Shipping line is first to use low-sulphur fuel at port; expects 90% emissions reduction SINGAPORE: 12 APRIL, 2011 - NOL Group today announced a maritime milestone: its vessels will become the first to use cleaner-burning, low-sulphur gas oil in Singapore. The decision is expected to curb sulphur oxides emissions from ships by almost 90%. Sulphur oxides are considered a key component of acid rain.  Ash and particulate matter emissions could be reduced by 80% to 90%.


APL: Highest Honor for Marine Enviro Protection

Global container carrier APL received the United States’ Coast Guard’s highest award for excellence in marine environmental protection here today. The world’s seventh largest container carrier took home the Osprey award - the highest level of recognition within the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award, considered the premier environmental award in the U.S. maritime industry, conferred biennially.


New Container Ship Hull Design to Vastly Save Fuel

APL Container Ship: Photo credit Geo Swan CCL2

A collaboration between APL, Hyundai Heavy Industries and DNV will make APL's new ships more fuel-efficient. The new hull design will will make APL’s 10 new ultra large container ships some 20 per cent more fuel efficient per TEU compared with existing designs says DNV. The design has been optimized for an operating profile along the Far East to Europe trade route involving nine speed and draught combinations


NOL Group Announces New Appointments

Move is part of APL and APL Logistics growth strategy in region , 2 April 2008: Global container shipping, terminals and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has announced a series of key appointments in the fast-growing region. The new Vice-President for the region is Gene Seroka. He is responsible for the overall management of NOL’s APL, APL Terminals and APL Logistics businesses throughout the Middle East from the Group’s regional HQ in .


NOL Key Senior Appointments

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Group President & CEO Ronald D. Widdows announced new senior management appointments to head the Group’s APL Logistics business unit and its South Asia Region organisation. Jim McAdam has been promoted and assumes the position of President, APL Logistics, the unit of the NOL Group that provides international supply chain capabilities for customers globally. He replaces Brian Lutt who recently left the Group to pursue other opportunities.


APL Holds Full-scale Anti-terror Exercise

APL and law enforcement officials including the FBI successfully tested anti-terrorism capabilities at the shipping line’s Seattle, Washington marine terminal.  It was the seventh full-scale security exercise conducted by the global container carrier in the past six years. The day-long drill involved 200 people with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, port police and fire department


Diana Acquires Two Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX), signed two Memoranda of Agreement with APL (Bermuda) Ltd. for the purchase of two Panamax container vessels, the m/v "APL Sardonyx" and the m/v "APL Spinel". The m/v "APL Sardonyx" is a 1995-built vessel of approximately 4,750 TEU capacity and the m/v "APL Spinel" is a 1996-built vessel of approximately 4,750 TEU capacity. The purchase price for each vessel is $30 million


Four Holland America Ships to Sail SA Cruise Season

ms Statendam (Photo: Holland America Line)

From fall 2014 through spring 2015, Holland America Line will offer South America deployment with four ships positioned in the region. The line's ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Prinsendam and ms Zaandam will sail 20 voyages around the continent ranging in length from 14-68 days.


US Approved 52 Oil Re-export Licenses in Last 6 Months

The U.S. Department of Commerce approved 52 crude oil re-export licenses in the last six months to destinations other than Canada, the department said on Tuesday. The permits, which were approved between October 2013 and March, include 14 licenses for re-exports to European countries


Panama Canal to Host International Maintenance Congress

 Experts from the United States, Latin America and Europe will participate in the second Panama Canal International Maintenance Congress to be held on August 27 – 29, 2014, within the framework of the waterway’s centennial.  


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

Official photo of Commissioner Doyle

Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several


Panama Canal Locks Project Work Resumes

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said that Grupo Unidos por el Canal. S.A. (GUPC) has resumed work on the new locks project during the afternoon of Thursday, February 20. “Works have restarted this afternoon,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano


SCHOTTEL Propelled Tugs for Post-Panamax Era

Tractor tug Cerro Itamut 2 x SCHOTTEL SRP 2020 © Astilleros Armon, Spanien: Cerro Itamut – one of 14 tractor tugs for the Panama Canal Authority propelled by two SRP 2020.

The Panama Canal Authority is investing in especially powerful tugs for the Post-Panamax era: 14 tractor tugs and 13 ASD tugs with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems were commissioned in the last four years. The youngest generation of 14 tractor tugs delivered by Astilleros Armon Shipyard was recently


Panama Canal Expects Work Deal Thursday

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By Lomi Kriel, Reuters The Panama Canal Authority expects to formally sign a deal next week with a Spanish-led consortium to finish work on expansion of the waterway after a dispute over cost overruns held up completion, an official said on Friday.


FMC Commissioner Comments on Key Shipping Issues at LA Forum

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle spoke to the Global Shippers Forum in Los Angeles and discussed Ro/Ro price fixing matters; the newly approved cooperation agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; the first PVO company to take advantage of the alternative bonding mechanisms;


Checchi Named VP at MOL America

MOL (America) Inc. said that Michael Checchi will enter the position of vice president, area operations, where he will lead MOL’s equipment, intermodal services, contract management, and operations administration groups for the United States and Canada


USCG Rescues 4 from Sinking Vessel

A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued four people approximately 30 miles south of Cape San Blas, Fla., Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Panama City, Fla., received a report of a 55-foot fishing vessel, the CBS, taking on water 30 miles South of Cape San Blas with four people aboard


Nine Ships Detained in the UK During February

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during February 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During February, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K


Panama Canal Locks Contract in Effect

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The agreement between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal. S.A. (GUPC) took effect Thursday, March 20 after signature by all involved parties. As announced by the ACP on February 27, the agreement falls within the terms of the contract for the design and construction


APL Logistics Named Carrier of the Year by Barilla Pasta

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APL Logistics of Scottsdale, Arizona, provides over the road trucking and intermodal services for Barilla in the U.S.  They explain that they achieved perfect scores in categories such as on-time pick-up and delivery and load completion, exceeding requirements and expectations set by Barilla


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


FMC Commissioner Approves Amended G6 Alliance Agreement

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has voted in favor of the amended G6 Alliance Agreement.  Commissioner Doyle highlighted the U.S.-Flag international trade, U.S. mariner jobs and environmental benefits


 
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