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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


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


Container Growth Up at GPA

Photo: GPA

Geargia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.    The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the start of the calendar year, an additional 365,097 TEUs. Twenty-foot equivalent container units grew by 4.4 percent (13,353 TEUs) in August alone, for a total of 315,175 TEUs.  


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


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 G√ľnter 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  


IMB: Beware Commercial Impact of Cyber Attacks

Courtesy ICC

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking shipping and maritime companies to be vigilant to the potential commercial impact that cyber-attacks can cause. IMB says that cyber security is not only about trying to identify and to prevent systems on board ships from getting hacked or


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Hapag-Lloyd Agrees on Merger Terms with UASC

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping line Hapag Lloyd AG on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement on terms and conditions of a business combination agreement with Arab peer United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).   The deal, which would involve all shares in UASC being moved to Hapag-Lloyd


UASC and Hapag-Lloyd Merger in the Last Leap

File Image: United Arab Shipping Company, Hapag-Lloyd

 A merger between United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)  and German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd will create a shipping group that is the 5th largest in the world and will give Hapag-Lloyd access to bigger ships on the important Asia to Europe trade route.  


China VLCC Sells Two VLCCs

Photo: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd

China Energy Transport Co., Ltd. (China VLCC) has sold two secondhand VLCCs to an unrelated third party for a total price of $117.5mln.   China VLCC is 51 percent owned by China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and 49 percent owned by Sinotrans & CSC Group.  


S.Korea Shipbuilders' Lead creditors back Asset Sale, Cost Cuts

The lead creditors of two of South Korea's biggest shipbuilders have provisionally approved plans by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries to raise up to $4.2 billion in asset sales and cost cuts, people with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday.


Diana Containerships Announces Reverse Stock Split

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that its Board of Directors has determined to effect a reverse stock split of the company’s common shares, par value $0


Los Angeles Port Approves $1.17 bi Fiscal Budget

Port of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.17 billion fiscal year (FY) 2016/17 annual budget for the Port of Los Angeles.   As in years past, budget allocations closely align and support the four key objectives of the Port’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan


Shippers Need Practical Steps to Achieve Cyber Security

Rob Kenworthy (Photo: GTMaritime)

GTMaritime, provider of shipboard software solutions, says too many shipping companies have yet to take basic precautions for cyber security onboard ship.   While cyber security has become a hot topic on conference platforms and industry events around the world


USN's Oceanography Warrant Officers to Make a Return

Aerographers Mate 2nd Class Howard Bigby, assigned to the strike group oceanography team from Fleet Weather Center San Diego Photo USN

The Navy is bringing warrant officers back to Naval Oceanography in 2018 after a 28-year hiatus. In late March, the Navy Personnel Command released the message, NAVADMIN 079/16, reestablishing the program and at the same time disestablishing the Oceanography Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program


Piraeus Port Shareholders Approve COSCO Deal

Photo: Piraeus Port Authority

Piraeus Port shareholders approved a new concession agreement with Chinese shipping giant COSCO on Friday, bringing Greece a step closer to concluding the sale of a majority stake in the port. Greece agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in the port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros


Piraeus Port Shareholders Okays Sale to COSCO

Pic: Port of Piraeus

 The buy-out of the Greece's Piraeus Port by Chinese shipping giant COSCO is closer to completion, as shareholders approved a new concession agreement, reports Reuters.   Greece had already agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in Piraeus to COSCO for $415.7 million


Skytech's BB75 Ka-band Antenna Ready for THOR 7 Services

Telenor Satellite announced that is has approved the BB75 Ka-band antenna, produced by telecommunications company, Skytech, for use with Telenor’s new THOR 7 Ka-band payload.  Skytech is the latest antenna supplier to receive approval from Telenor Satellite for its recently launched


Oman Signs Pacts with Ship Classification Bodies

Photo:  Ministry of Transport and Communications

 Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has signed agreements with three ship classification societies for small ships that do not abide by international treaties, said a report in Times of Oman.   The agreements were signed with the British (Lloyds Register of


Star Bulk Sets Terms on Reverse Stock Split

Pics: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Athens-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp has determined to effect a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of the Company's common shares.    The Company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and granted the Board the authority to determine the exact split ratio and proceed with the






 
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