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CMA CGM Acquires OPDR

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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

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 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.


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.  


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

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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


Aker Yards Now STX Europe

Aker Yards, builder of cruise and offshore vessels, changed its name to STX Europe. The name change reflects the entry of the South Korean-based STX Business Group as principal shareholder in the company during summer 2008. Effective Nov. 3, the international shipbuilding group Aker Yards, with head office in Oslo, Norway, and all its subsidiaries, will share the common brand STX Europe.STX Europe specializes in designing and building advanced cruise ships and purpose-built vessels for


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


Reflex Marine, Fano Kran Partner

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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


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Maersk Line, part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU) from Feb. 1, it said on Tuesday. Rates on the route, the world's busiest for container shipping, jumped 24.6 percent to $1,256 per TEU last week, data showed on Monday The Danish shipping company controls around one fifth of all transported containers from Asia to Europe.


Italian Navy Takes Back Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya

The Italian navy took back control on Friday of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized overnight by unknown assailants near the Libyan coast, the defence ministry said. The stretch of Mediterranean Sea has grown increasingly chaotic in recent years as hundreds of thousands of people risk


Shipping is Cutting CO2 Emissions

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 London-based shipping advisors Drewry Supply Chain Associates said that shipping liner operators have made significant inroads into cutting CO2 emissions.   In its April Logistics Executive Briefing for Importers and Exporters, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors concludes that “overall


Liner Service Reliability Jumps to 64%

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 According to Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, liner shipping service reliability on the three East-West trades showed an aggregate on-time performance of 64% in March - a five-month high.   According to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry


Hapag-Lloyd Adds North Europe-USEC Service

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 Hapag-Lloyd will open a new weekly service between North Europe and the US East Coast, the company said in its press release.     The new route – to be christened AX4 – will see a weekly run from the ports of Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Le Havre to Savannah and New York


Refineries Revolution Spurs Product Supertankers

The rapid growth of mega refineries is prompting a new class of oil products supertankers, mirroring an earlier revolution in crude oil shipping, as traders look for scale that was previously not economically viable. In the early 1970s, ships capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil


New Rescue Mission Aims to Curb Migrant Death Toll

A new sea rescue operation is to be launched in May to try to reduce the number of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers killed making the treacherous crossing from Africa to Europe, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said on Thursday.  


Knutsen is Head of Yara Downstream

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  Yara International ASA has appointed Terje Knutsen as Head of Downstream. He succeeds Egil Hogna, who has submitted his resignation. Knutsen will assume his new position on 1 May 2015. Yara's Downstream business unit manages the company's global sales


Incat Crowther Opens Europe Office

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  Incat Crowther reported it has opened an office in Europe. Located in Southampton, United Kingdom, the office has been created to support a growing European client base and meet the demand for Incat Crowther’s products and services in the region, the company said.


Hanøytangen Under New Ownership

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Bergen Group has decided to divest the company’s activity at Hanøytangen. Sale agreements have been concluded with Semco Maritime for the operational activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for the real estate. The total transaction price is set to NOK 245 million.  


Intermarine Opens Istanbul Office

  Intermarine, LLC, a transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo, has established a physical presence in Turkey with the opening of an office in Istanbul.    The new branch will operate as part of the company’s Worldwide division, offering identical breakbulk


Box Ship Freight Rates Fall on Declining Chinese Exports

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  Since February, freight rates on the three key container shipping lanes has left the erratic up and down movements behind only to slide week after week. On Friday April 10, 2015 the freight rate including ocean freight and surcharges, i.e


Container Rates Fall on Declining Chinese Exports

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Since February, freight rates on the three key container shipping lanes has left the erratic up and down movements behind only to slide week after week. On Friday April 10, 2015 the freight rate including ocean freight and surcharges, i.e


US to Become a Net Exporter of Natgas by 2017 -EIA

The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation's shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook.  


Meyer Acquires Turku Shipyard

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  The Meyer family, operating the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, and the Finnish State acquired Turku shipyard from STX Europe in September 2014. Meyer Werft took up 70 percent of the shares, and the State of Finland purchased 30 percent of the share capital through the Finnish


The Deadly Migration Sea Routes in Mediterranean, 400 Died

The Italian Harbourmaster Corps (Coast Guard) rescues migrants bound for the coasts of Italy. File Photo from Archive: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have died, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way, say Italian media.  






 
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