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SC Ports to Invest US$123-Million in 2014 Plan

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board of Directors approve its fiscal year 2014 financial plan. During its regular monthly meeting, the Board approved the SCPA's fiscal plan for the coming 12 months. From July 1 to June 30, capital spending of $123 million will fund major infrastructure investments such as the new container terminal at the former Navy Base, new equipment to handle the increased size of ships in the port as well as other upgrades to existing facilities.   The largest single area of spending is for the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, SC, with $29.1 million planned to cover the remaining SCPA share of the project. The new facility is slated for a September 2013 opening. "Our public seaport system is an economic engine, spurring opportunity all across South Carolina," said Bill Stern, chairman of the SCPA Board. "The inland port will further expand the port's connection to the Upstate and will drive job creation and investment to that region." The financial plan also projects a nearly six percent increase in container volume on the strength of new, weekly services commencing this summer and increased volume from existing services.  


Tognum Has a New Major Shareholder

approximately 22% stake in Tognum AG – which it held through the company Seeker Rekees S.à r.l. – to Daimler AG. Daimler’s Supervisory Board approved the acquisition of this shareholding. Furthermore, Daimler AG has informed us that it intends to acquire a blocking minority (25% plus one share) in Tognum AG. The entire transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust and other authorities.


Vessels Change on Route

A conventional ferry will replace one of the PacifiCats on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route starting February 1 to allow the fast ferries to be phased in more gradually, BC Ferries' board chair Michael Francis and president Bob Lingwood announced. The BC Ferries' board of directors has reviewed the fast ferry implementation program, taking into account concerns of reliability, customer issues and financial considerations


NY/NJ Port Authority Launches New Cargo Distribution Plan

Use of Barges, Trains to Move Cargo Will Reduce Truck Traffic, Improve the Environment The Port Authority launched a unique barge and rail cargo distribution network that will provide jobs and economic activity for the region, speed the flow of goods to consumer markets in the region and help reduce highway truck traffic. The Port of Albany will become the first Northeast port to participate in the program. The Port Inland Distribution Network will move containerized cargo by barge or


Board Approves Waterborne Security Barriers

Authorizing the expenditure of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Port Security Grant Funds, the Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an agreement with Siemens Building Technologies for waterborne security barriers. The $2.9m design-build agreement includes the design, fabrication and delivery of 10,000 feet of floating security barriers. The Port of Los Angeles is taking the lead on this joint Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach project which was approved in Round 3 of the


Harvey Gulf Announces Plans for 3 New LNG-Powered Boats

new Harvey Gulf tonnage depiction

Initial deal worth $165 million; $300 million for 6 additional newbuilds and another $500 million for acquisitions also approved.   Harvey Gulf International Marine announced Saturday that it will sign a deal for three LNG vessels to be built by Signal Shipbuilding. At a Harvey Gulf board meeting held on Satruday afternoon, the Louisiana-based operator's management team approved the $165 million deal, said Harvey Gulf International Marine Chairman & CEO, Shane J. Guidry


NTSB Reauthorization Act Approved

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved S. 579, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Reauthorization Act of 2003. The bill would authorize appropriations for the NTSB through 2006, including $76.7 million for FY 2003.


GL: New shareholder Structure to Safeguard Independence

At a shareholders' meeting, Germanischer Lloyd's Executive Board announced the successful defense against the hostile takeover bid by a French competitor. The binding purchase offer by the Hamburg entrepreneur Günter Herz, with secure long-term perspectives for the Society, met with the approval of shareholders who were willing to sell. More than 40% of the shares changed hands. The Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd has already approved the transfer of these registered shares.


Alphatron Introduce Onboard PABX System

Image credit Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine introduces the Alphaconnect Hybrid, a type-approved on board Telephone System (PABX) with integrated IP facilities. The new Alphaconnect 48/128 hybrid uses well known Alphaconnect technology in combination with cable saving IP technology to provide internal marine communications. The Alphaconnect Hybrid offers: • 24 DNV approved analogue stations expandable up to 256 • 24 VoIP telephone ports with POE expandable up to 500 and more


All Items Approved at Stolt-Nielsen Meeting

Photo courtesy Stolt-Nielsen Limited

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that all agenda items were approved and all nominated directors were elected at its Annual General Meeting of shareholders held yesterday in Bermuda. The final dividend for 2013 of $0.50 per common share recommended by the Board of Directors on February 7, 2014 was also approved and will be paid on May 8, 2014 to shareholders of record as of April 24, 2014. stolt.com  


ICS Welcomes IMO Progress on BW Issues

Peter Hinchliffe

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention


IMO to Review BWM System Type Approval Guidelines

As proposed by INTERTANKO and its industry partners, the IMO has agreed to commence a review of the ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval guidelines (G8) and at the same time agreed not to penalise those owners who have already installed BWMS that are approved in accordance with the


MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

Photo: IMO

Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters has been reached with the approval by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International


IMO’s MEPC Addresses BWM Convention Issues

Sampling to check for invasive species​ in Batumi, Georgia. The resolutions adopted by the MEPC address type-approval of ballast water management systems and port State control. (Phot: Fred Haag/IMO)

IMO’s environmental committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force Measures to assist in accelerating the entry into force and implementation of the key international convention designed to eradicate the global spread of harmful


Aker Solutions Demerger Registered

Photo: Aker Solutions / Rolf Estensen

The consummation of the demerger of Aker Solutions ASA (the existing Aker Solutions) was registered with the Norwegian Registry of Business Enterprises after the close of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on September 26, 2014. The separation of Aker Solutions into two independent companies


GasLog Closes First Option Vessels Dropdown

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  GasLog Ltd.  announced today the closing of the sale of two modern liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, the Methane Jane Elizabeth and Methane Rita Andrea, to GasLog Partners LP for an aggregate price of $328 million (the “Transaction”)


Marorka Opens Offices in Copenhagen

Ole Skatka Jensen (Photo courtesy of Marorka)

Marorka announced it is currently expanding following a substantial injection of funds. The expansion plan was approved and Marorka will extend its worldwide network in 2014. As a result, Marorka has opened Copenhagen offices in August 2014 and offices in Dubai and Athens will be strengthened


Colombia's Oil Sector Rejects Proposed Tax Reform

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  Colombia's oil sector on Saturday hit out at a proposed tax reform that the government has presented to Congress, arguing that higher duties on corporate earnings would damage the already troubled driver of the economy. A bill was presented to Congress on Friday that seeks to raise an


Kvidal Named Yara Int'l Acting CEO

Torgeir Kvidal is appointed Acting CEO of Yara International

Torgeir Kvidal is appointed Acting CEO effective 7 October 2014, and Jørgen Ole Haslestad has resigned as Yara CEO. "Yara's Board have concluded that Haslestad is not the right person to lead the company going forward, also in light of the on-going talks with CF Industries


Cost Blowouts on Norway's New Oil Developments

Goliat FPSO, Photo courtesy of Eni

Several key oil and gas developments in Norway will cost much more than earlier expected and fields with approved development plans are now seen 10 percent more expensive than originally planned, the oil and energy ministry said on Wednesday.


ICS Lobbies on BWT Issues on Eve of IMO Meeting

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its member national shipowners’ associations are  engaged in a flurry of lobbying on the eve of a crucial meeting at the IMO next week that could effectively chart the course ahead on the Ballast Water Treatment System issue for maritime


Quebec Stevedoring enters 2nd US Port

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  This partnership between OBPA and QSL will create jobs and new maritime transportation opportunities by consolidating international trade in the Port of Ogdensburg. Quebec Stevedoring boosts the port's handling capacity with the expertise


Protecting Shippers from Ebola Outbreak

Image: Martek Marine

IMO Response to Ebola Outbreak The IMO have reacted quickly in response to the international emergency recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In September the IMO issued an international circular ‘3484’ calling for a united


Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancing

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors voted today to provide up to $161 million to support the combined refinancing of four previous economic development projects, as well as approved the acceptance of a Homeland Security grant. At its monthly board meeting, the Port approved:


RH Petrogas’ Gets Green Light on Fuyu 1 Block

The approved ODP allows KRL to operate and drill up to 1,008 wells in Fuyu 1 Block over a course of five years. RH Petrogas Limited, which is engaged in the business of exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, said that the Group’s Overall Development Plan for the






 
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