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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


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


APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks. Larger container ships with increased cooling capacity can then enter Costa Rica directly.   Costa Rica's Port Limon-Moin is ranked as the 13th largest in Latin America and fourth in Central America


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


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.


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


Seaboard Marine Expands Services from U.S. Gulf

Seaboard Marine Vessels at the Port of New Orleans Photo Seaboard Marine

Seaboard Marine will launch a new weekly service commencing on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from New Orleans connecting U.S. exporters to Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica in addition to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.  The expanded service, which previously served only North Central America, will now provide U.S. importers and exporters in Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica with fast, direct transit to the United States Gulf.


Volvo Penta Expands in Americas

Trained personnel for the Marine Service Network Expansion

Service technicians from five countries just completed an in-depth two-week training class conducted by Volvo Penta of the Americas in Panama, as part of an ongoing program to expand and upgrade its marine dealer network in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  


MOL Reshuffles US Route, Inks Car Transport Deal

At the ceremony marking the first shipment. First from right MOL Managing Executive Officer Naotoshi Omoto Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has won a contract to transport vehicles manufactured at Toyota Argentina S.A. to ports on West Coast South America and West Coast Central America. Vehicles produced at Zarate plant to be exported to the majority of the Latin American Region and


Two MOL Subsidiaries' Names Changed

Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced name changes for two of its major wholly owned subsidiaries: MM HOLDINGS (AMERICAS) INC. to MOL (AMERICAS) HOLDINGS, INC., effective July 7, 2016; and MITSUI O.S.K. BULK SHIPPING (ASIA OCEANIA) PTE. LTD. to MOL (ASIA OCEANIA) PTE. LTD


Port Manatee Inks Del Monte Lease Extension

An extended lease agreement could keep Del Monte fruit imports coming into Port Manatee for two more decades. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee says it has signed an agreement to keep Del Monte fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years.   Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the deepwater Florida seaport since 1989


Maersk to Increase Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $550 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from May 1, it said on Tuesday.  


Crowley Scholarship for Three Texas A&M Students

Scholarship for the three cadets Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2016 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships are helping to further educational opportunities for three students of Texas A&M University, all of whom are enrolled in the college’s License Option program and have expressed an interest in pursuing a


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


Maersk Line Launches Latin America, Asia Service

Image: Maersk Line

Maersk Line announced changes to its AC network with the launch of its AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia, beginning at the end of June.   According to Maerks Line, the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia


US Navy Updated Zika Virus Infection Guidance

The aedes albopictus mosquito is the primary carrier for the chikungunya virus, also known as CHIK, in the temperate climates of the United States. While Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall officials test regularly for the presence of West Nile Virus in local mosquitoes, joint base residents can take a number of preventative steps to help stem mosquito breeding and activity near residences on the joint base. (U.S. Army photo)

Navy Medicine released updated Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 121/16, May 26, communicating current information, travel precautions, and risk reduction measures to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. "The updated NAVADMIN includes the latest Centers for Disease Control and


Panama to Transform its Role with Canal Expansion

Photo: Knowledge@Wharton, The Wharton School

 Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania journal, says that the transformation Panama Canal expansion project will bring to Panama’s domestic economy and society have been largely overshadowed by the historic expansion.  


CMA CGM to Improve its PEX 2 Service Between Asia and the Caribbean

Map: CMA CGM

 In order to continue offering the best dedicated service from Far East to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, CMA CGM is glad to inform its customers about the new rotation of its PEX 2 service.   As from m/v CMA CGM NEW JERSEY voy


Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

Photo: Crowley Maritime

Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain


Port of Barcelona Looks to Panama, Cuba for Growth

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

Panama and Cuba, both in the midst of growth and international expansion, are examples of two different economic models that are helping to attract foreign companies through government initiatives providing investor security.   Seeking to generate business opportunities and strengthen


APL Extends West Coast 5 Service

West Coast  5 North Bound

APL announced today that its West Coast 5 (WC5) service will be serving the additional ports of Corinto, Acajutla and Puerto Quetzal in Central America, enhancing direct connectivity between the Port of Los Angeles and the Latin American markets.  


Six dead in Mexico as Earl Triggers Landslides

Tropical Storm Earl Image Weather Underground

Six people died in eastern Mexico on Saturday after they were buried in landslides caused by intense rainfall from the remnants of now-downgraded Tropical Storm Earl, an emergency services official said. The six deaths involved two separate families in eastern Veracruz state






 
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