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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


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


HB Rentals First Nicaraguan Project

Accommodations specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has delivered three skid units to San Jacinto Tizate, Nicaragua, for Thermasource Inc., announced Glenn Aguilar, Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing.  This is the company’s first delivery to Nicaragua. The package consists of one 8 Man Crew Quarter and two standard bedroom skid houses.  They are fully furnished and come complete with bedrooms, bathrooms


Hapag-Lloyd Changes Terminal to Long Beach

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  Hapag-Lloyd's California Central America Express Service (CCE) will shortly be switched to a new terminal at Los Angeles as follows: SSA Terminal 700 Pier A Plaza 90813 Long Beach USA First vessel to call at the new terminal will be M/V Hammonia Roma 228W/229E (DP


Maersk Axes Capacity on South America-Europe Trade

Photo credit: Maersk Line

 Danish liner giant Maersk Line has cut capacity by 10 percent on the trade between the east Coast of South America and Europe and the Mediterranean in response to the “steady decline” in market demand.   It has decided to axe the capacity as it battles with an


Crowley Deploying New Container Equipment

         Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corporation

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is deploying an influx of new container equipment, including hundreds of chassis, ISO tanks and high-cube containers, for use in the company’s services between the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America


Hamburg Sud, CCNI Deal Next Month

Containerized fleet CCNI combines a capacity of 37,980 TEUs. Courtesy: CCNI

 Hamburg Sud has entered into a long-expected purchase agreement for Chilean shipping line CCNI (Compania Chilena De Navigacion Interocea) for an undisclosed sum.    The transaction is expected to close by end-March pending approval by antitrust authorities, said Hamburg Sud


Nicaragua Building China-led Canal to Rival Panama

Nicaragua on Monday broke ground on its Chinese-led $50 billion shipping canal, a massive infrastructure project that aims to rival Panama's waterway and revitalize the economy of the second-poorest country in the Americas.   Nicaragua's government says the proposed 172-mile (278-km) canal


Doubts Linger Over Chinese-backed Nicaragua Canal

When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously. A year and a half after the $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua was


Generaly Rate Restoration by CMA CGM

  In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM group hereby informs of a Rate Restoration Program: Effective February 5th, 2015: From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports to North Europe, Med Sea, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, North Africa, Central American


Cuban Migrant Dead in Capsizing off Caymans

A Cuban migrant drowned after a makeshift vessel with four passengers overturned in rough seas off the Cayman Islands on Saturday afternoon, local officials said. The three other Cubans, all in their 20s and 30s, made it to shore clinging to two inner tubes with the help of local surfers and


USS Kauffman Deploys for the Last Time

Guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Laura Hoover)

  The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), departed Naval Station Norfolk today for the ship's final deployment and will operate in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Kauffman's final deployment also marks the last scheduled deployment by any Oliver Hazard Perry-Class


Prestige Cruises Withdraws IPO Plan

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Prestige Cruises International Inc, which was bought by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd in a $3 billion deal in September, filed with U.S. regulators to withdraw its plan for an initial public offering. Prestige Cruises, which operates under the Oceania and Regent Seven Seas brands in the


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Crowley Awards Scholarships to SUNY Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2014 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for three students of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. The recipients, who each sailed with Crowley during their studies


Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested in Florida

An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday.   Tommy Thompson was detained on Tuesday night at a Hilton hotel in west Boca Raton, Florida


APM Terminals Comes to Costa Rica

Container Terminal Picture by APM Terminals

APM Terminals, a unit of Danish-based Maersk Group, has undertaken an ambitious project on Costa Rica's east coast which will begin operating in 2018, reports Reuters.  The labor and environmental concerns had been threatening to derail the country's biggest infrastructure project


Nicaragua Atlantic-to-Pacific Canal: Big Chinese Money?

Picture Courtesy: Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd

In Nicaragua, a Chinese company is busy building what will become one of the world’s largest transoceanic canals. One of the largest engineering projects in history - They call it the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal.  Engineers say it will surpass the nearby Panama Canal in size and capacity






 
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