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Crowley to Add RoRo to Central America Liner Services

To better serve shippers needing more vessel space and unsurpassed schedule integrity, Crowley Maritime Corporation's Latin America liner services unit will add a new larger, faster Ro/Ro ship to its Central America northern zone service effective Jan. 26. The Stena Shipper, a 19-knot ship with 150 FEU trailer spaces, will replace the M/V Tolosa, which can carry about 105 FEU trailers at 17 knots. She will initially be deployed in Crowley's U.S. East Coast - Central America northern zone service, which features four southbound sailings a week linking Port Everglades, Fla., with Santo Tomas, Guatemala and Puerto Cortes, Honduras. San Salvador, El Salvador and Managua, Nicaragua are served overland via Santo Tomas and Puerto Cortes respectively. Sailings from Port Everglades occur Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Crowley Announces Restructuring

Crowley Maritime Corp. is planning a significant strategic restructuring that will result in a more decentralized ocean cargo transportation company once the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud is complete. Having completed this assignment, P. Elliott Burnside will leave the position of president of Crowley American Transport to establish his own industry consulting service, which Crowley will utilize


Donnelly Appointed President, Wärtsilä North America

Frank W. Donnelly has been appointed President, Wärtsilä North America, Inc. He is also continuing as Vice President, Power Plants in Wärtsilä North America. After graduating from Rice University, Houston, Texas, Donnelly began his career with the French engine manufacturer, SACM, as its head of North American operations. During this period, he focused primarily on offshore generation for semi-submersibles and standby power for nuclear plants.


Trade Program Results in $3.3m New Trade Between U.S. – Guatemala

The Trade Capacity Building Institute in New Orleans, in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce Guatemala and the Hispanic Chamber of Louisiana, reported a recent trade mission resulted in more than $3.3 million in new business for four Guatemalan small- and medium-sized businesses and Louisiana trading partners. Several other companies represented on the mission are currently negotiating new business contracts, as well.


ISS Appoints New GM for Central America

Sigmund Rismyhr

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, has announced the appointment of Sigmund Rismyhr as General Manager for Central America.   Sigmund began his career in the shipping industry on liner vessels, starting with Barber Lines, in 1972. Since then he has gained extensive shipping and logistics experience working in managerial roles around the world, particularly in Asia, the US and South America


Triton Builds upon Recently Launched Service

Triton Overseas Transport, a global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and international freight service provider, today announced the recent launch of a less-than-container-load (LCL) export service from Houston to destinations throughout Central America and the north coast of South America.  The newly launched service enhances Triton’s sailings to the growing trade regions and provides reliable, fast transportation at competitive rates to its international customer base


Proposal to Increase U.S. vessel Tonnage Duties

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a Press Release stating that, as part of the budget reconciliation process, it will propose that vessel tonnage duties be increased. Under the proposal, the duty on a vessel arriving from a foreign port in North America, Central America, the West Indian Islands, and the Bahamas Islands would be increased from 2 cents per ton to 4.5 cents per ton, not to exceed 22.5 cents per ton in a single year


ACCL Adds New Itineraries for 2000

Known as the original smallship cruise line, American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL), has established 25 new itineraries for the year 2000. Included in the new schedule are: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; seven-day Belize/Barrier Reef; Chicago/Upper Mississippi; and Great Lakes/Quebec City. Able to hold between 84 and 100 passengers each, ACCL's three-vessel fleet Grande Caribe, Grande Mariner and Niagara Prince kicked off the new year in Central America and the Caribbean


Cruise West Announces Adds Ships, Itineraries

Cruise West announced that it has acquired the Yorktown Clipper and the Nantucket Clipper previously part of the Clipper Cruise Line fleet. The 138-guest Yorktown Clipper and 102-guest Nantucket Clipper are U.S.-flagged coastal cruise ships that will join Cruise West's fleet of American-owned vessels. The new ships will sail the 2006 itineraries on the East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America that were already published by Clipper Cruise Line


Inchcape Continues Expansion in Mexico

In the latest in a succession of new launches, Inchcape Shipping Services has opened up additional offices in the Mexican ports of Coatzacoalcos, Dos Bocas and Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. ISS Regional Managing Director for North and Central America, Lars Westerberg, said “We commenced our operations in Mexico with a Greenfield operation with Octavio Armas as our Country Manager based in Mexico City


Crowley Recognizes USMMA Midshipman Berto

USMMA Midshipman Kevin Berto and Bren Wade, Crowleys manager for marine compliance

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently presented U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Midshipman Kevin Berto with the Maritime Security Enhancement Award during the Academy’s award convocation. Berto received the award, which was established by Crowley in 2003


PPG to acquire Consorcio Comex

  PPG Industries, a world leader in protective and marine coatings, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. (Comex), an architectural and industrial coatings company with headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico. The transaction is valued at $2


Seattle-Based Coast Guard Cutter Gets New Commanding Officer

Capt. Laura Dickey (left) and Capt. Brendon McPherson (right) shake hands after McPherson relieved Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle

Capt. Brendon McPherson  relieved Capt. Laura Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area


Treasure Hauled from SS Central America Shipwreck

Gold coins and a gold box lie in situ on the site of another shipwreck (Black Swan) site salvaged by Odyssey Marine Exploration (Photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration)

Odyssey Recovers Over 13,500 Silver and Gold Coins as Well as Gold Ingots, Dust, Nuggets and Jewelry From SS Central America Shipwreck; Newly Released Inventory Provides First Look at Time Capsule of Gold Rush-Era Treasures Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc


Maersk’s SeaLand Sets Leadership Team

SeaLand, the newly founded intra-Americas regional carrier of the Maersk Group, announced today the appointment of its executive team which the company sais will fulfill its mission of delivering greater service stability and commitment, as well as a higher level of customer-focused service


ISS Network Expands to Venezuela

Photo courtesy of ISS

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its network in Central and South America with the opening of ISS Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz. Port Manager, Aldo M. Limongelli, who brings 38 years of experience in maritime operations such as chartering, bunkering, stevedoring, transportation


ISS to Support Petrobras Expansion

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)  has had its port agency and tanker husbandry services contract significantly enlarged by Petrobras.   The Brazilian government-owned energy giant, which already uses ISS in Brazil, Chile, USA, Asia Pacific and China


SECNAV Visits Arizona for JHSV 8 Naming

SECNAV at Yuma: Photo Navy, Public Affairs

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus attended a ship naming ceremony for the future joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) 'USNS Yuma' (JHSV 8) in Yuma's Gateway Park. Mabus chose the name 'Yuma' as a tribute to the residents of the Arizona city and their close ties with the military.


Treasure Hunters Return to "Ship of Gold"

J. Childs painting of SS Central America sinking in 1857. (National Maritime Museum, London)

A deep-ocean exploration company is seeking to recover a lucrative haul of gold aboard the shipwreck of the SS Central America, nearly 160 years after it sank off the coast of South Carolina in a 1857 hurricane. The work that began this week follows a long court battle over treasure salvaged


Crowley Awards Scholarship to Williams-Mystic Students

Photo (left top): Alex Dion, Alex Youngs, Rebecca Newman, (left bottom) Amanda Ketting-Oliver, Garett Weston, Christian Blakesley

Six Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program students have been awarded scholarships by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Alex Youngs, Garrett Weston, Alex Dion, Christian Blakesley, Rebecca Newman and Amanda Ketting-Oliver were each chosen as a result of their academic excellence


Chinese Billionaire Backs Nicaragua Canal Plan

Panama Canal: File image

Wang Jing, the enigmatic businessman behind Nicaragua's $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, shrugs off scepticism about how a little-known entrepreneur can be driving a huge transcontinental project, insisting he's not an agent of the Beijing government


Chiquita Shipping Operations Return to New Orleans

Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange hands out Chiquita Bananas following the brands announcement to return its shipping operations to the Port of New Orleans . Pictured from left are Joe Accardo, Executive Director of the Ports Association of Louisiana, Port Commissioners Robert Barkerding, Jr. and Michael Kearney, and LaGrange.

Chiquita Brands represents Port of New Orleans’ biggest container shipping win with a project that will increase container volume by roughly 15 percent and create 270 to 350 new jobs in New Orleans Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Chiquita Brands International Inc


Stolt-Nielsen, Trafigura Partners in Bitumen Terminal

Photo courtesy of Stolt-Nielsen

Trafigura Beheer BV, an  international commodities trading and logistics company, has announced that it has joined forces with the global bulk-liquid transportation, storage and distribution services firm, Stolt-Nielsen Limited, to develop a new bitumen distribution centre at Stolthaven


JAXPORT announces expansion of RO-RO services from NYK Lines

JAXPORT

  NYK Line is expanding its roll-on/roll-off service to and from Jacksonville to include connections in Asia. Beginning in June, these new connections will enhance NYK’s existing Ro/Ro service to the Middle East with the carrier increasing sailings to three per month from JAXPORT.


PPG Completes Acquisition of CSI

PPG Industries announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Canal Supplies Inc. (CSI), a privately-owned, Panama-based distributor of protective and marine coatings to customers in Central America. Financial terms were not disclosed.






 
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