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Mammoet Sale Completed

Dutch shipping group Koninklijke Nedlloyd NV finalized the sale of its heavy transport arm Mammoet Groep to unlisted Dutch sector peer Van Seumeren Holland BV. Italy's Decafin SpA has also handed over its 33 percent stake in Mammoet to Van Seumeren, Nedlloyd said. As announced in May, the deal involves a total sum of $104.5 million, of which Nedlloyd will receive about $80 million euros.


Vopak Executive Quits Over Strategy

Dutch shipping and tank storage firm Vopak NV said a member of its executive board had resigned due to "differences of opinion" regarding the company's future. Van Westenbrugge's resignation follows that of former vice-president Roelof Hendriks, who left the company last month in a dispute over the direction of the company, Vopak said.


Vopak Reports '99 Net Down, Eyes Improvement

Dutch shipping and tank storage firm Vopak NV reported that its ordinary net profit fell by 5.3 percent in 1999, but said it expected improvements this year. Net profit from ordinary activities fell to $163.2 million, from $174.4 million in 1998, roughly in line with analysts' forecasts and earlier indications from the company of a five to 10 percent drop. The weakness was largely due to a drop in earnings at Tanker Shipping as excess capacity pressured rates


Groen Orders Two SRSV's

Dutch Shipping Company Groen has ordered two Seismic Research & Support Vessels (SRSV’s) with Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (Netherlands), part of the Damen Shipyards Group.   Maaskant has broad experience in maintenance and repair of Offshore Support Vessels. However, an order for SRSV-newbuilds is a first. Director Frits van Dongen says: ”The vessels have been designed in cooperation with Saltwater Engineering (Netherlands) to meet the needs and experiences of Shipping


Fourth Damen Stan Patrol for Mexican Navy

Photo: Damen

In the first week of August the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract for a fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Dutch ship design and shipbuilding company will supply the Mexican Navy with the design and material package with which ASTIMAR 1 (the Mexican Navy yard in Tampico) will build the patrol vessel. In addition, Damen will assist ASTIMAR 1 with technical support in order to optimize the delivery time and quality of the vessel.


FSG Delivers 'Swiss Army Knife' Cargo Carrier

Rolldock Storm: Photo FSG

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) says it has delivered a second multi-purpose cargo ship, named 'Rolldock Storm' to Dutch shipping firm RollDock BV. The two versatile new ships, Rolldock Star and Rolldock Storm are 151.5 metre-long, multi-functional, specialised ships designed to transport challenging, heavy loads which do not fit traditional cargo transport moulds. FSV explains that the vessels stand out particularly because of their maximum flexibility and offer a range of


Russia to Raise Doomed Kursk Submarine

Russia said it will announce final plans next week to raise the Kursk submarine, which sunk last year with 118 crew on board, a senior cabinet minister said on Friday. Russian authorities have promised since the nuclear-powered submarine sunk that they would raise it from its position about 43.5 miles north of the Russian port Murmansk and 328 ft. (100 m) beneath the surface of the Barents Sea. The date and technical details for the project will be set on Monday, officials said


Oceanwide Acquires Subsidiary of Barber International

Oceanwide, the leading international employment agency in the maritime field, announced today the acquisition of Norsk Bemanning AS from Barber Ship Management, a company within the Barber Group. With this acquisition OceanWide adds another subsidiary office to its already fast network of worldwide employment offices. The new subsidiary will operate under the name Oceanwide Norway AS. Norsk Bemanning is the crewing company of Barber Ship Management for their pool of Norwegian Officers


Cargo Ship Guided to Safety

The motor vessel Sea Honesty, a 534-foot Panamanian flagged cargo ship, was guided to Dutch Harbor after reporting engine trouble on its way to Shinizu, Japan, 284 miles west of Dutch Harbor. The Coast Guard North Pacific Search and Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) received a request for assistance from the Sea Honesty. In response to the request, the RCC directed Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley to accompany the vessel to Dutch Harbor for repairs.


Wärtsilä Contract with Dutch Ship Owner

Wärtsilä has signed a three-year training contract with its long-time customer Wagenborg Shipping of the Netherlands. The agreement covers the training of more than 830 of the shipping company's crew members, and will be held at Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy training centers. The training consists of about 70 courses a year. The program includes product specific instruction on diesel engines and propulsion systems, as well as customized training in electrical engineering


Port of Rotterdam 2014 Profit Dips

The Port of Rotterdam Authority said on Thursday its net profit for 2014 fell 4.9 percent to 215 million euros ($237 million) on higher financing costs. Europe's largest port has been investing for years in the construction of "Maasvlakte 2," a 1000 hectare extension


Mariner Medevaced in Alaska

An ailing mariner was medevaced from a fishing vessel in Beaver Inlet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed with the Munro on a Bering Sea patrol, departed Dutch Harbor


Coast Guard Holds Cargo Ship in Unalaska

Photo: Department of Ports & Harbors, Unalaska

 The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has detained Lindavia, a cargo vessel arrived from China, in Unalaska due to alleged environmental crimes, reports Alaska Public.   According to Kevin Feldis, who is with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the 600-foot carrier was loading up with seafood to


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the


Europe Set for LNG Supply Surge

Europe is luring twice as many liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as last year and more are expected in what is now the premium-priced market after a year-long demand slump in Asia. In just a week, seven new LNG tankers embarked for Belgian


Indonesia Mulls Maritime Ties with Netherlands

Indroyono Soesilo (Pic: Indonesian Maritime Affairs Ministry)

 Indonesian Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo has met Dutch Ambassador to his country Rob Swartbolon to discuss cooperation on maritime issues, reports The Jakarta Post.  Both has agreed to explore cooperation in various maritime issues including in developing an integrated


ABN Amro-Sinosure MoU for Shipping

Picture by ABN AMRO

 Dutch bank ABN Amro and China Export &   Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop business in the ship building sector.  ABN Amro will provide local and sector knowledge in shipping and offshore transactions


Atlantic Offshore Rescue Appoints UK Managing Director

Matthew Gordon (left) and John Bryce onboard Ocean Spey (Photo: Atlantic Offshore Rescue)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue has appointed a new managing director for its U.K. division to lead the organization from its Aberdeen base.    Matthew Gordon joined the company at the start of the year and replaces John Bryce, who is retiring but will continue to be involved in Atlantic


Container Company ECT Under Investigation

Image: ECT

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is reportedly investigating alleged market manipulation by Europe Container Terminals (ECT), the largest container company in the Rotterdam harbor.  According to anonymous sources, ACM raided ECT last summer and found it was giving priority


SBM Offshore Warns of Sharp Revenues Drop

Photo courtesy of SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore, the Dutch marine oil production and loading vessels specialist, said on Wednesday its revenue this year could fall to as low as $2.2 billion, down from $3.5 billion in 2014.   "The effects of the recent drop in oil prices are being felt across the offshore services


APM Terminals Comes to Costa Rica

Container Terminal Picture by APM Terminals

APM Terminals, a unit of Danish-based Maersk Group, has undertaken an ambitious project on Costa Rica's east coast which will begin operating in 2018, reports Reuters.  The labor and environmental concerns had been threatening to derail the country's biggest infrastructure project


Lost Fishing Vessel Wreck Located

The missing Belgian fishing vessel, which lost communications in the channel Wednesday, January 28, was located today by a survey vessel, the U.K. Coastguard and Maritime Agency (MCA) reported.   The Dutch authorities have sent to the fishing vessel wreck location a Royal Netherlands Navy


Hempel to Acquire Jones-Blair Company

Photo courtesy of the Hempel Group

Danish-based coating supplier Hempel announced a binding agreement today to acquire Jones-Blair Company. The transaction is expected to close in early March 2015, subject to regulatory approval. Jones-Blair Company, an industrial coating supplier located in Dallas, Texas


TNO, Imtech to Partner on Research and Development

The contract signing in Rotterdam by Henk Geveke (left), TNO’s General Director of Defence & Security and André Meijer, Imtech Marine’s Managing Director (Photo: Imtech Marine)

TNO and Imtech Marine have signed an agreement expressing intent to work together on research and development projects. The signing took place on January 21 at Imtech Marine in Rotterdam.   TNO and Imtech have joined forces many times over the years and see possibilities to further


World's Largest Ship Sparks Outrage

Pieter Schelte (Pic: Allseas Group)

 Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world's biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS.  The Pieter Schelte, which is so big it can lift oil rigs out of the water






 
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