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Crowley Cargo Lightering Ops in Port-au-Prince

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 22 in an experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship anchored in the harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments directly into Port-au-Prince next week.   "Today's operation was an important milestone in reestablishing direct container shipments into the heavily damaged port," said John Hourihan, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager of Latin America services. "The port survey conducted Monday by a team from our TITAN Salvage subsidiary was spot on in terms of identifying a suitable location in the port where we could safely discharge the cargo."   The Crowley container ship Marcajama, which offloaded the containers, is scheduled to return to Port Everglades, Fla. over the weekend and load more relief cargo under contract with USTRANSCOM. The ship will then return to Port-au-Prince in the middle of next week and discharge containers via the proven lightering method utilizing two shuttle vessels.  


Cargo Container Security Alliance Formed

Photo courtesy of Contguard

SC-integrity, Inc. (LoJack SCI) and Contguard Ltd. announced a strategic alliance designed to provide their customers with security and real-time visibility of supply chain assets and cargo on a global basis. LoJack SCI will exclusively offer the Contguard CMU (Cargo Monitoring Unit) service for the North American market. Working together, LoJack SCI, with its SC iOn Command Center web-based user portal and 24/7 monitoring center specialists, and Contguard


India Launches Dredging Project

The Indian prime minister will inaugurate a deep sea dredging project on Saturday, called the Sethusamudhram Shipping Channel Project, to remove sand stone on two stretches along the channel between India and Sri Lanka. The new channel will have a depth of almost 40 feet and a width of almost 1000 feet for two-way traffic. When completed, the project will allow allow ships to travel between India's west and east coasts without circumnavigating Sri Lanka, saving about 36 hours in travel time


Internal Waterway Shipping 2008 Results

Now at 12.2 million tons, the volume of goods carried between the Port of Hamburg and the hinterland by inland waterway vessel in 2008 exceeded all previous levels. This marked a 1.5 percent increase on the operating results of the previous year. In Germany as a whole, the shipment of goods by inland waterway vessel in 2008 dropped by 1.6 percent. The most important goods categories were mineral oil products, gases, coal and agricultural and forestry products


Oceanteam Shipping Order PSV/CSC Carousel

Oceanteam order a new 2000/4000 ton modular carousel for offshore applications. Carousels are used for storage during transportation and installation of flexible pipe, umbilicals, risers and other products for offshore applications. The new patented OTS carousel series are designed for flexibility and quick mobilisation on standard modern PSV/CSV type vessels with limited deck load capacity for this type of equipment.


Mammoet Opens New Latin America, Europe Offices

Mammoet’s PTC200DS Crane at work for Quip - Petrobras, Brazil

Mammoet has opened a new office in São Paulo, Brazil, replacing its previous premises in the city. The new office serves as main office for the whole Latin America region.Additionally, Mammoet opened a new crane depot in Europe at the Port of Antwerp. The Latin America office, located on the first floor of EBP’s Torre A, Rua Werner von Siemens 111 in Lapa, carries a greenhouse certificate, making it one of the few in the region to have such environmental certification


Matson and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Partner

Matson Navigation Company (Matson), Matson Integrated Logistics (MIL), and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. are partnering in new guaranteed, expedited services from Ningbo and Shanghai to Long Beach and various U.S. inland destinations under a single invoice. With the new program, customers will have the option of benefiting from two new premium level service products. The first premium level service option will be offered by Matson and MIL and will guarantee the transit time and delivery


Intact Seals No Defense under Carmack Amendment

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that evidence that the seals on a container were intact is not, standing alone, a defense to a claim for damages brought be a shipper against the carrier. In the instant case, a container of shoes was being shipped from Brazil to Lynchburg, Va. The container was loaded, sealed, and weighed in Brazil. When the container arrived in Norfolk, Va


Crowley Reestablishes Second Weekly Sailing to Haiti

To better meet the needs of customers shipping to Haiti from the Dominican Republic and South Florida, Crowley Maritime Corp. has enhanced its liner container shipping services by renewing its second fixed-day sailing to Port-au-Prince from Rio Haina and Port Everglades starting this week.   After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Crowley reduced its twice-weekly service to Haiti to a single port call on Mondays due to infrastructure damage and resulting deterioration in the port's service


GSF and BIMCO Publish Standard Box Freight Document

Pic: BIMCO Headquarters

 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has joined forces with the Baltic International Maritime Council Organisation (BIMCO) to launch the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON container shipping contract.    GSF is a NGO inaugurated in the UK four years ago but which represents international shipping organisations around the globe, and BIMCO is also an NGO which includes thousands of shipowners and operators worldwide in its membership.  


US Slaps Sanctions on Singapore Shipping Firm over North Korea Links

Image: Senat Group

 The United States imposed sanctions on a Singapore-based shipping firm and its president, alleging they are supporting illicit arms imports into North Korea.   The Treasury Department said that Senat Shipping Company was providing extensive support to Ocean Maritime Management Company


Korea Plans Big for Busan Port

Photo: Busan Port Authority

Port of Busan aims to handle 13 million TEU of trans-shipment cargo by 2020 ranking it number two in the world.    A long-term vision and strategy to develop the Port of Busan into a global transshipment hub port has been announced by the Korean Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries together


Vale Coal Stacker Collapses at Mozambique Port

A coal stacker has collapsed at the Mozambique port of Nacala, dealing a blow to Brazilian miner Vale, which is aiming to start coal shipments in the third quarter of this year, three sources told Reuters on Monday. The giant piece of machinery


Major Ivorian Cocoa Buyers Boycott Local Exporters Scheme

Major cocoa buyers are boycotting a scheme in Ivory Coast aimed at guaranteeing local firms a share of the lucrative export market, arguing that these players lack the expertise and financing to ensure reliable deliveries.   A 2011 reform of the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast


Lakes Limestone Trade Tops 4 Mln Tons in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,042,766 tons in June, an increase of 6 percent compared to May, and 9-plus percent compared to a year ago, according to figures reported by the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA).  The June stone float is also the highest monthly total


Egypt, Russia Pact for LNG Shipments

Image by ESRG

 The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed an initial agreement with Russian company Rosneft to supply oil products and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments.   The document defines key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.


TT Club Urges Immediate Action on Box Weighing

File photo

Provider of insurance and related risk management services to the transport and logistics industry TT Club said it welcomes the initiative of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in its recent publication of guidelines to the industry in relation to implementing the SOLAS requirements that become


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Dips in June

Photo: LCA

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.2 million tons in June, a decrease of 6 percent compared to May, and nearly 5 percent below the level of a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) announced.


General Cargo Dominates Seaway Traffic in June

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

June was an active month for U.S. ports receiving a variety of general cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway. “What’s notable about the June tonnage numbers were increases in the export of U.S. grain to Europe and the import of aluminum and steel to the ports of Cleveland


CargoSmart Launches Big Schedules Search Engine

Photo courtesy of CargoSmart

CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, has announced Big Schedules, a new sailing schedule search platform that helps shippers and logistics service providers manage and visualize their ocean


US Imports Shifting to East Coast Ports

Photo courtesy of Zepol

Supply Chains Radically Shift From Pacific to Atlantic Ports in the First Half of 2015.   Zepol  found that a hefty chunk of businesses have switched from using Pacific to Atlantic and Gulf ports this year. Total imports along the East Coast have increased by 15 percent


Foreign Steel Cuts Lakers’ Ore Float in June

 With foreign steel now commanding nearly 32 percent of the U.S. market, it was inevitable that iron ore cargos hauled in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) would take a hit, and that hit came in June, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Cargos totaled 4


Sri Lanka to Establish Terminal for Cruise Ships

Colombo Port. Image by Sri Lanka Ports Authority

 A fully-fledged cruise terminal is to be set up at Colombo port given the increasing number of calls by cruise vessels, according to Lakdas Panagoda, chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).   The SLPA plans to convert the Bandaranaike Quay (BQ) of Colombo port into a


Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

Image: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP)

 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous


Vancouver to Install Shore Power for Containerships

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver announce funding for shore power for container vessels; installation of facilities at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals will reduce emissions and noise Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two






 
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