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Photo: OPDR

The CMA CGM Group has acquired the German shipping company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH & Co. KG (OPDR), CMA CGM founder, chairman and CEO Jacques R. Saadé announced during his visit in Hamburg, Germany on November 25. The closing of the transaction remains subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities. OPDR, a shipping company owned by the Bernhard Schulte Group, specializes in short sea shipping and door-to-door logistics for North Europe, Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. With its more than 200 dedicated collaborators and its network of agencies, the company connects Europe, Scandinavia and North Africa.  Farid T. Salem, CMA CGM Group Executive Officer, who led this acquisition, said, “This new acquisition reinforces the group’s presence on the growing intra-European short sea transportation market. This is a continuation of our strategy to broaden our regional network, a strategy which began with the acquisition of MacAndrews in 2002. As with MacAndrews, we plan on maintaining and developing the OPDR company, as well as creating new synergies with both MacAndrews and the CMA CGM Group”. OPDR operates five different services between: North Europe and the Canary Islands, Seville and the Canary Islands, North Europe, Spain, Portugal and Morocco, North Europe and Morocco, North Europe, Spain and Scandinavia.

Taiwan Pushes for Local Submarine Program

Image: Taiwan Navy

 Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, reiterated Taiwan's determination to push ahead with its domestic submarine program to modernize its fleet and bolster the country's defense capabilities.   Reiterating Taiwan's effort to develop its own home-grown submarine program, Ma said "we have the determination and we are definitely confident that we will achieve the goal of building submarines locally."  

L-3 M&PS Expands in Brazil, Appoints Lobo

L-3 Marine & Power Systems (M&PS) has extended its presence into the Brazilian marketplace by opening a new office and appointing key local staff. All regional operations for the new Brazilian office will be led by Jonas Henrique Lobo. Lobo will serve as the director of business development for the L-3 Marine & Offshore Brazil office, reporting directly to Brian Pope, senior vice president of business development for L-3 M&PS.

Tidewater to Acquire Troms Offshore Supply

US Firm, Tidewater, agrees with HitecVision to purchase Norway's Troms offshore, including 5 large PSV's. Tidewater say that the acquisition of Troms Offshore, headquartered in Tromsø, Norway, will expand their global footprint into the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and supplement their experience and vessel fleet operating in harsh environments, including cold climates. The Troms Offshore-owned fleet is expected to include five large

Port of Cleveland’s Express Service Underway

Photo: Spliethoff Group

With the departure of the vessel Fortunagracht out of Antwerp, Belgium over the weekend, the Cleveland-Europe Express service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe via the Saint Lawrence Seaway has officially launched. The vessel is loaded with breakbulk and containerized cargo and is set to dock in Cleveland around April 17. The Cleveland-Europe Express is the only regular, scheduled international container and noncontainerized cargo service on the Great Lakes

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound leg.   According to a media statement from the company, as of December, the French ports Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets (La Réunion) will be added to the EAX rotation on the Southbound

Mitsui, Hoegh Establish EML

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (Tokyo) and Höegh Autoliners AS (Oslo) have set up a 50/50 joint venture in Europe, integrating the existing European short sea and logistics activities of both shareholders and of Euro Marine Carrier BV. The new company, named Euro Marine Logistics NV (EML), was registered in March 2011 and has its offices in Meise (Brussels), Belgium. EML is a common carrier and started trading in the second week of June

UK P&I Club Restructures to Increase Efficiency

The UK P&I Club has announced that it is reorganizing its structure to establish UK Europe as the sole provider of direct insurance to UK Club members.   By reducing the number of separately regulated insurers from two to one, the UK Club aims to streamline governance, reduce compliance costs, and manage more efficiently the Club’s solvency capital requirements, while meeting the impending Solvency 2 regulations for insurers in the European Union.  

Reflex Marine, Fano Kran Partner


Reflex Marine continues to expand its global network of Accredited Service Centers with its latest addition, Fano Kran-Service A/S (Fano Kran) located in Denmark. Reflex Marine is a company in marine transfer solutions to the offshore, marine and renewable industries and has largely specialized in crane transfer and offshore access with its two key products, FROG and TORO, driving forward improved safety standards

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct

CMA CGMs Marco Polo at sea (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The drop came after spot freight rates on the world's busiest route dropped 39.3 percent last week, and the current rates are widely seen as loss-making levels for container shipping companies.

Pressure on Container Market Akin to 2008 Recession: UASC

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 A marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has exacerbated the pressure on shipping lines already struggling with massive over capacity, Arabian Supply Chain quotes United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) as saying.  

Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Image: GAC Bunker Fuel

 Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global bunker fuel market is likely to reach an estimated volume of 460 million tons by 2020.   

Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not

Europe-Bound Diesel Diverted to Asia

At least two tankers redirected to Singapore; Vitol floating storage vessel also heading East. Diesel cargoes which had planned to discharge in a heavily-supplied Europe have recently been redirected to Asia where the strong demand and refinery outages have constrained supplies.

Tariffs Hiked at Rotterdam Port

Port Authority wants to encourage the market to ship a lot more transhipment cargo via Rotterdam

  The tariffs which visiting sea-going vessels pay in Rotterdam will increase by 0.5% next year. That is half of the past year’s inflation rate. This is in accordance with the three-year agreement made last year between Deltalinqs, VRC

Glander Appoints Hawkins as Trader & Team Leader

Joshua Hawkins

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company welcomes Joshua Hawkins as Bunker/Lubricant Trader and Team Leader for the Geneva office.   Joshua Hawkins brings five years industry experience to Glander International Bunkering along

Port of Rotterdam Attracts Offshore Wind

Photo by The port of Rotterdam

 Up to now, the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has played a negligible role in the construction of offshore wind farms in Europe. But that is about to change. On Maasvlakte 2, Sif Group and Verbrugge International are building a dedicated offshore terminal and a production

Lithuania Opens Door to LNG Re-exports

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday approved amendments which will allow the Baltic state to re-sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the international markets, the energy ministry said.   The current laws require the country's regulated energy and heat producers to buy at least 540 million

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal

Image: AB Klaipėdos nafta

 Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA).   Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish


Verónica Alonso (Photo: SENER)

SENER Marine north America manager, Verónica Alonso, presents a paper that was written in collaboration with Rodrigo Pérez, SENER South Europe manager.   SENER engineering and technology group took active part in the World Maritime Technology Conference 2015

Maersk Looks to Raise Asia-Europe Box Rates

File image: a Maersk Containership alongside during cargo operations.

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, plans to raise spot freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Dec. 1, the company said on Tuesday. Spot rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $1

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Photo: Ecoslops

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

UASC Sees Big Drop on Asian-Europe Route

Photo by United Arab Shipping Company

 Kuwait-headquartered United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) said that marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has heaped pain on container lines already struggling with massive over capacity, reports Reuters.  

Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  

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