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Evergreen’s New Line from Taiwan to China

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Evergreen Line's 1140-TEU Uni-Adroit set sail across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Straits for China's northern Xingang port on December 15, 2009 opening a new era of direct ocean shipping following a ceremony at Kaohsiung harbor overseen by Taiwan's President Ma Yin-Jiu. The direct link ends a nearly 60-year suspension of such services between Taiwan and the China mainland.  The new direct service was accelerated with the election and inauguration of President Ma earlier this year. The two nations signed an agreement in November to ensure the opening of trade as beneficial to both economies. President Ma noted that Kaohsiung, one of the world's ten largest container ports, will allow Taiwan's southernmost harbor to "take full advantage of its central geographical position in east Asia" and bolster the regional economy. It is expected that all of Taiwan's international harbors will eventually be involved in a trade that will include virtually all of China's ports. Direct waterborne shipping will eliminate the need for vessels to stop at a time-consuming third point — typically Hong Kong or a Japanese island.  With annual trade between the two countries valued at some $100b, Taiwanese business groups have sought for a long time to end the ban on Taiwan Strait commerce. The Evergreen service, known as the Taiwan - North China or HBT route, will have the rotation of Kaohsiung-Xingang -Dalian-Qingdao-Kaohsiung.


OOCL, Wan Hai To Start Direct China-Mid East Route

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Wan Hai Lines Ltd. will reportedly operate a joint direct container shipping service directly between North China and the Middle East.


Jones Joins Crowley as VP

Gary Jones has joined Crowley as vice president of information technology (IT). In his new position, Jones is responsible for the strategic and tactical planning, production, deployment and maintenance of enterprise-wide technology solutions. Additionally, Jones directs the development of application and infrastructure strategies and standards, policies and procedures, quality, cost control and customer service standards


ClassNK Releases New Container Guidelines/Software

ClassNK Releases New Guidelines and Software for Container Carrier Structures.   ClassNK has released a new revised edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures – Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis”, as well as a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL(DSA) software for use in designing container carriers in line with the new guidelines.   ClassNK released the first edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures” in 2003


Cruise Ships Boosting Canadian Economy

Canada Cruise Ship Passenger Chart: Image credit NWCCA

A new economic impact study released by the North West & Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA) shows $2.38-billion generated. “We are very pleased to see growth in both overall economic impact and per passenger spending,” says Greg Wirtz, President of the NWCCA. “And we are happy to see cruise ship visits expanding into new ports in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.” In the report prepared by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), 2


Irish Ferries Launches Dublin-Cherbourg Ferry Route

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A new direct passenger car ferry service linking Dublin with the French port of Cherbourg is being introduced by Irish Ferries with the first sailing departing from Dublin on January 18. The once-weekly, year-round service – which the company’s head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said “will bring the European motorways directly into the heart of our capital city” – will depart from Dublin every Saturday (15.30) arriving into Cherbourg next morning (11.30)


Evergreen Launches New Service

Evergreen Line is to launch a new weekly service linking Asia with ports in the Eastern Mediterranean in November 2007. The AEM (Asia-East Mediterranean) service will employ seven ships of between 2500TEU and 3500TEU. The first sailing will be made by the 2824TEU Ital Ottima, which is scheduled to depart from Shanghai on 9 November. Ports of call on the 49-day rotation are as follows: Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha - Hong Kong - Tanjung Pelepas – Haifa - Limassol –


ExxonMobil Launches Bunker Quality Guarantee

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has introduced a product quality guarantee covering all bunkers supplied direct to clients. It will be marked by a new product quality guarantee logo on EMMF delivery documentation. Peter Healey, director of EMMF, says, "We observe rigorous product quality standards in all our refineries and terminals throughout the world. We also set extremely high standards in the industry for both our own and all contracted barge operations


Frosch Hires Marine/Offshore Specialty Team

Frosch is ranked as the #6 Travel Management Company in the US, with dual headquarters in Houston and New York.  To continue its growth, Frosch recently created and hired a Marine and Offshore Specialty Team with a combined 100 years of experience in crew rotation management. The team is led by Managing Director and industry veteran, Gina Crawford. Through the combination of the Frosch Corporate and Offshore Teams


Ingram Barge Hires New Senior VP

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Craig E. Philip, Chief Executive Officer, Ingram Barge Company announced the addition of Kim W. Nowell as the company’s new Senior Vice President, Human Resources. At Ingram, Ms. Nowell will have direct responsibility for overall planning and administration of both shore side and marine human resources. As part of the senior team reporting to Mr. Philip, she will provide an enhanced focus on organizational development and succession planning, as well as talent acquisition and retention


New Orleans' Biggest Cruise Ship Departs on Inaugural Voyage

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New Orleans’ largest year-round cruise ship, the 3,646- passenger 'Carnival Dream', has sailed on its inaugural 6-day cruise from New Orleans. The Port explains that Carnival is the port’s largest cruise operator with two ships carrying more than 400


Rolls-Royce congratulates US Navy on christening of USS Zumwalt

Rolls-Royce congratulated the US Navy on the christening of the USS Zumwalt, the first of its new and highly sophisticated DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class of ship. The 600 foot long all-electric ship was christened by sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers at Bath Iron Works in


Hong Kong Tin Hau Festival

The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 22 April 2014. Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan


USCG: Deepwater Horizon Response is Far from Complete

Discoverer Enterprise arrives to install the capping equipment - July 2010 (Photo: BP)

The U.S. Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) for the Deepwater Horizon Response completed the transition to the “Middle Response” (“Middle R”) process and opened active National Response Center (NRC) cases for three miles of coastline in Louisiana.


Petrobras Secures $1.8b Loan for Refinery

Petroleo Brasileiro SA borrowed 4 billion reais ($1.8 billion) in a 17-year loan from Banco Bradesco SA to help pay for work on the Abreu e Lima refinery in northeastern Brazil, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Tuesday. Petrobras


Petrobras Secures Loan for RUpdate: efinery

Petroleo Brasileiro SA borrowed 4 billion reais ($1.8 billion) in a 17-year loan from Banco Bradesco SA to help pay for work on the Abreu e Lima refinery in northeastern Brazil, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Tuesday. Petrobras


South Pole Telescope Finds Proof of Big Bang

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Several recent media reports state that the existence of the Big Bang allegedly has been proven by BICEP, a telescope stationed at the South Pole. In 2011, Mammoet replaced the bearing of this monumental instrument, which now appears to have found ‘waves of gravity’ that were rippling


USCG Searching for 2 Trapped Under Sunken Barge

The Coast Guard, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Mississippi County, Ark. Sheriff's Department, are searching for two people in the water near a sunken barge in Hickman Landing Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at


Fatigue & Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures

Learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. The course includes practical design and analysis theory applications using direct calculations and sample FlawCheck software.   


UKHO Delivers Geospatial Intelligence to the MOD

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The UKHO Defense Maritime Geospatial Services (DMarGS) capability has been launched on the UK MOD’s Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) and will be rolled out to users over the coming weeks. This capability delivers the full range of the UKHO’s Digital Defense Maritime Charts and


Petrobras HQ Raided by Brazil Police

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Brazil's Federal Police raided the headquarters of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA in Rio de Janeiro as part of a money-laundering probe, two sources with direct knowledge of the operation told Reuters on Friday. The police said they were exercising 23 search and arrest warrants in


Severe Cyclone Ita heads towards Queensland

At 3:00pm today EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was about 130km N-NE of Cooktown and 290km N of Cairns, and moving S-SW at 14km per hour.   Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, poses a serious threat to communities along the far north Queensland coast


Car-Carrier Saves South Pacific Lone Yachtsman

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A solo Canadian sailor has been rescued from his sinking yacht in rough conditions 1,250 nautical miles (2,300km) north-east of Auckland - about 600nm (1,100km) south of Rarotonga - after a mercy dash by the car-carrier 'Fidelio', reports Maritime NZ.


Pioneering Tech for Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

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James Fisher Renewables pioneers trial of innovative Ship-to-Turbine Oil Change System James Fisher Renewables conducted an innovative trial of Ship-to-Turbine (STT), an oil change system set to significantly improve safety, efficiency and reduce down time in offshore wind turbine gearbox oil


Obama Tells Putin U.S. Wants Diplomatic Solution In Ukraine

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U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that the United States preferred a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine but blasted Russia for taking actions that were not "conducive" to such a path.


 
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