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GAC Keeps Shipping Moving in Egypt

  As political developments continue to unfold in Egypt, GAC is playing its part in keeping shipping moving in the country, Group Vice President for Africa, Russia & Central Asia, Erland Ebbersten is assuring clients.   Despite the unrest, transits through the all-important Suez Canal have continued as normal, and port operations are being conducted as much as possible under the circumstances, he said from his Cairo office.   The biggest challenge that GAC and its clients faced was the shut-down of access to internet and mobile phone networks during the first week of the crisis.   “Alternative means of keeping in touch with clients had to be immediately established,” said Ebbersten. “Emails to GAC Egypt were re-routed to colleagues working abroad at the time, who coordinated with their colleagues locally, to maintain a flow of accurate, up-dated information to clients. Faxes and some land-lines were still working, so those colleagues were able to print off and fax the emails to the relevant office in Egypt.   “The lack of internet interrupted our usual banking procedures, so we liaised closely with the banks and quickly set up emergency telephone banking with high security measures to ensure that Suez Canal transits and other operations dependent on the swift movement of funds continued as normal.”  

Damen Responds to Evolving Fishing Practices

Photo: Damen

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam meets fishing sector’s growing needs by performing electric pulse fishing conversions   As European fishing policies evolve, so fishing techniques advance. One of the latest technologies available is electric pulse fishing. In line with European Union regulations, a proportion of the Dutch fishing fleet is currently permitted to utilise this innovative method. With a view to supporting a sustainable North Sea fishery, Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Enterprise

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has successfully redelivered the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy after an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The redelivery took place May 7 after successful sea trials. "This accomplishment is the result of a lot of hard work by the shipbuilders of Northrop Grumman Newport News and by the Navy," said Bob Gunter, senior vice president, Aircraft Carrier Programs

Back to Work in Dennis' Wake

A transportation operator at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard directs a 100-ton material transporter carrying a 13,800-volt power substation past a Goliath gantry crane. The substation, moved to avoid Hurricane Dennis, was set back in place in preparation for shipyard work that will resume Tuesday.

LHWCA Statute of Limitations

In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the one-year statute of limitations under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) does not commence to run until the claimant knew or had reason to know that the injury was likely to impair his earning capacity. In the instant case, plaintiff hook man injured his back while working in a shipyard in 1993. He was temporarily out of work, but then worked regularly for four years

NOIA Applauds Passage of HR 1229


Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the approval of HR 1229, `Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act': “We applaud the bi-partisan passage today of HR 1229, `Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act'.   The legislation is important to oil and gas companies because it lays the foundation for consistency and reliability in the offshore permitting process

New Maritime Exhibition Planned

Cyprus’ MIE Group, Limassol, is arranging an exhibition of marine equipment managers and services (East Med Marine Exhibition) during 7-8th April next year (2005) at the Hawaii Grand Hotel & Resort, Limassol. Backed by the Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works, the exhibition will not only have exhibitors that use MIE as their agent in Cyprus, but also other marine equipment and service companies. Some 45 companies have already signed up for this exhibition

Gibdock Completes Work on Spirit of Adventure

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Gibraltar-based Gibdock has recently completed a drydocking contract for UK-based Saga Holidays. Last month, the niche cruise operator docked the 9,570gt, 139m long Spirit of Adventure for a 10 day program of works, including steel repairs to the bulbous bow and a comprehensive external clean and repaint. Richard Beards, Gibdock Commercial Director, comments: “This is another important breakthrough for the yard, as it is the first time we have had the opportunity to work for Saga

Fugro Extends Contract with McDermott

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  Fugro has been awarded a three-year extension to its existing contracts with McDermott Middle East, Inc. The contract covers the provision of survey, positioning, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and diving services in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia. Engineering and construction company McDermott currently operates two major work barges in the region as well as a large number of other support vessels.

General Ship Repair: A Family Affair

A Lynch Legacy  From L to R: Michael Lynch, Ryan Lynch, Charles “Chaz” Lynch, Charles F. “Derick” Lynch & Cary B. Lynch.

The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore water front for nearly a century, continues to build a strong business while preparing for fourth generation ownership.  General Ship Repair Corporation is as ubiquitous of a presence on the Baltimore waterfront as Under Armour, Domino Sugar and “Natty Boh.” General Ship Repair has stood strong for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924

Out of the Eye ... & Staying There

Joseph Keefe

I have never been in a hurricane. That’s a fact. Actually, my wife likes to say that whenever there is any kind of natural disaster, I’m typically nowhere to be found. And, when I think about it, I realize that she is right. Whether by accident or by design

Suez Canal Pacts with SCCT-Maersk

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 Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, signed a settlement agreement with the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT-Maersk), says Daily News Egypt.    Egypt is also planing to complete a side channel in East Port Said, near the Suez Canal.  

Pressure on Container Market Akin to 2008 Recession: UASC

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 A marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has exacerbated the pressure on shipping lines already struggling with massive over capacity, Arabian Supply Chain quotes United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) as saying.  

Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Courtesy Canada.Ca

  Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming, which he has promised will show the country is serious about tackling the issue.

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Donors to Bangladesh: Raise Infrastructure Spending

Bangladesh should raise spending on infrastructure to $12 billion annually, particularly in energy, transport and ports, development partners have told it, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Monday.   Bangladesh currently spends just 3 percent of GDP in this sector.  

Norautron Group AS acquires Hatteland Display AS

 We are excited about becoming a part of the Norautron Group, said Trond K. Johannessen, President & CEO of Hatteland Display

Norautron Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Hatteland Display from Herkules Capital. Hatteland Display's history dates back to 1989, and the company is now a leading designer and manufacturer of high-end rugged displays, panel computers

Electronic Charts on a Paper Scale

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JRC and Alphatron Marine have launched a new digital AlphaChartTable comprising of a dramatically increased 46-inch touch display where routes can be planned on a “paper chart” scale.   By use of the digital chart table, navigators are now given an intuitive and user friendly

NYK, YLK Hold Joint Training Program

Participants at the Jointly Held Training Program for Staff from around the World

  From October 19 to 23, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. jointly conducted their 2015 Global NYK/YLK Week, a training program targeting NYK and YLK staff from offices around the world. Twenty-five overseas staff members — 12 from NYK and 13 from YLK —

Kenya Building Cruise Terminal at Mombasa

East Africa's biggest port of Mombasa will spend 100 million shillings ($980,392.16) to build a new cruise ship terminal aimed at boosting tourism, port management said on Wednesday. Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean struck a major dent into cruise tourism in the region

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.

Greece Delays Piraeus Port Sale

Greece has pushed back the date for the submission of binding bids for the sale of its biggest port Piraeus (OLP) by two weeks to Dec. 15 upon investor request, the head of its privatization agency said on Thursday.   China's Cosco Group

Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy

A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.   Slower coal and iron ore demand from China - the world's biggest industrial importer - have battered

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Maersk Looks to Raise Asia-Europe Box Rates

File image: a Maersk Containership alongside during cargo operations.

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, plans to raise spot freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Dec. 1, the company said on Tuesday. Spot rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $1

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