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UMM Salal First Call in Port of Hamburg

On 7 June 2011 the UMM SALAL, the biggest containership to date belonging to United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), tied up in the Port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage. The giant container ship, with a capacity of 13,100 TEU (20 foot standard containers) was handled at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH).   The UMM SALAL is 365.5 metres long, 48.40 metres wide and is equipped with over 1,000 reefer slots, making it the first of nine ships of this size to be completed in 2011 and 2012.   Together with Jörn Warwel, deputy head of the Nautical Control Centre, Günter Kuhberg, Managing Director of UASC (NWE), as well as other representatives from UASC shipping line and the terminal operator Eurogate, the Captain of the UMM SALAL, Mohammed Sajid, was presented with a plaque bearing the Port of Hamburg’s admiralty coat of arms to commemorate the ship’s first call.   The UMM SALAL and the other UASC ships are fitted with ‘Stowman’ planning software produced by Interschalt Marine Systems, based in Schenefeld near Hamburg. The software optimizes container stowage and facilitates improved use of capacity. Over and above this the UMM SALAL is equipped with the most modern environmental technology, taking a leading role in convincing environmentally friendly transport management for such giant container ships.  


Stolt-Nielsen in JVs with Gulf Navigation

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (SNSA) (Oslo Børs: SNI) said that its wholly owned subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Indian Ocean and Middle East Service Ltd. ("Stolt") has entered into two 50/50 joint ventures with Gulf Navigation PJSC.  The first joint venture, Gulf Stolt Tankers FZCO, will own six new 44,000 dwt coated chemical tankers.  The ships will be traded in the Stolt Tankers Joint Service (STJS). Technical ship management will be provided by a second joint venture


World’s Largest Containership Delivered

On September 1, Maersk Line took delivery of M/S Emma Maersk, built by Odense Steel Shipyard. The Emma Maersk is the first in a new series of PS-class vessels and is one of the most environmentally friendly container vessels ever built. The 397x56m Emma Maersk is able to carry 11,000 20-ft. containers (TEU). Other features include: High-scale automation and complete monitoring by advanced computer systems, enabling the vessel to be operated by a crew of just 13; Waste heat recovery system


Grand Alliance’s New Service Concept

The Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL are adjusting their service concept on the Trans Pacific during the main season in summer to meet customer requirements even more effectively. The East Coast South (ECS) and East Coast North(ECN) will be reconfigured to offer more diverse loading options and optimal transit time from South, North and Central China. The South China East Coast Express (SCE) will serve Taiwan and South China by calling at Kaohsiung, Shekou, Hong Kong


AlMansoori Joint Venture with Key Energy

AlMansoori Petroleum Services, a subsidiary of AlMansoori Specialized Engineering, regional provider of oilfield services in the Middle East, has signed a joint venture agreement with American-based onshore energy production services company Key Energy Services. The joint venture will bring several new services to AlMansoori’s capabilities in coil tubing, workover rigs, pumping/cementing, fracturing and acidizing


Geodis Wilson Appoints Middle East Managing Director

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Global freight management company, Geodis Wilson, said it plans to continue growing its Middle East network and has announced the appointment of Sascha Geiken as new Cluster Managing Director for the Middle East region. Sascha Geiken joined Geodis Wilson in 2009 as Managing Director of Geodis Wilson United Arab Emirates. In his new position as Cluster Managing Director, he will be responsible UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.


MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced the start of a new service linking the East Coast of South America with the Mediterranean commencing January 10, 2003. MSC will offer a dedicated directs service to and from the major ports on the East Coast of South America to ports in the Mediterranean. Additionally, the company will enhance its port coverage in Brazil with direct calls at Itajai and Parangua. A string of 6 vessels with capacities averaging 4


Evergreen Launches Another Asia/US Service

Following congestion on the US West Coast towards the end of 2004, the pressure has been on carriers to launch additional services via the Panama Canal. The Evergreen Group has responded to this challenge by introducing new services of its own and complementing these with slot charter arrangements with other carriers. Together with Cosco Container Lines (Coscon), Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) is launching a new service linking China with the southern states of the US


DGX Boosts Middle East Service Offering

Dependable Global Express, Inc. (DGX), a global ocean freight forwarder, announces the appointment of Lily Sagherian as its Business Development Manager for DGX's new Middle East Trade Lane service. Ms. Sagherian is fluent in four languages including Arabic and Armenian, and has been in the freight forwarding industry 25 years. In her last position, she was a Trade Lane negotiator and sales person where she managed three trade lanes.


CMA CGM Upgrades Asia - E.Africa Service

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CMA CGM to improve its ASEA service between Asia and East Africa with the launching of ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania. The CMA CGM Group’s Asia-East Africa (ASEA) service upgrade is scheduled to begin December 2014 with the launch of two new services. ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania, will now accompany East African markets’ growth and replace the ASEA one single service, reducing transit times from Asia and improving reliability, the company said


Ro-Ro Terminal in Assam to Boost Traffic

Image: Inland Waterways Authority of India

 The government of India said berthing operation of a vessel was carried out at the newly-constructed Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal on the Brahmaputra in Assam.   The  Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) vessel will be deployed for Ro-Ro (roll-on


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Cristobal Colon Arrives in Sydney

ESPS Christobal Colon of the Spanish Amarda arrives in Sydney Harbour. The crew of ESPS Christobal Colon will be helping to train and familiarise crews of Australias Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada's Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarisation training to Australian personnel.   Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian


Singapore Approves Japan Shipping JV

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

 The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has given the nod to a proposed joint venture between three Japanese shipping lines.   Japan’s big three shipping groups, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)


Pacific Basin Equips 99 Ships with KVH Mini-VSAT

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Dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has deployed KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband solution on its entire fleet of 99 owned ships as part of its effort to modernize ship-shore communications.   “Satellite communications continue to become more cost-effective over


THE Alliance Draws Up Financial Plans

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The members of THE Alliance announced a contingency plan in the event a member of THE Alliance suffers a bankruptcy.    The five member lines Hapag Lloyd, K Line, Mitsui OSK Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming will establish an independent trustee to manage funds to be used


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Herman Senior Orders Damen Workboat

Damen MultiCat 2712 Panda (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The Dutch family-owned tug and workboat company Herman Senior BV has ordered its 12th Damen vessel, a Multi Cat 2712. Given the very short delivery time, the new vessel will be officially launched and christened Panda on March 23. Herman Senior has a tradition of naming its ships after famous bears


GustoMSC Debuts Self-propelled Cantilever Jack-up

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The NG-5500X-LD is the latest design in GustoMSC’s series of self-propelled jack-up designs, the NG series. Based on the NG-2500X and NG-1800X designs, the NG-5500X-LD is a solution for light drilling and well intervention in a large number of mature fields in the Southern North Sea


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


BAE Systems to Modernize Cruiser USS Vicksburg

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 BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long USS Vicksburg (CG 69) under a $42.9 million U.S. Navy contract.   The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised.  


India to be Global Hotspot for Cruise Shipping

Photo: Nitin Gadkari, Official FB Page

 The government of India is working on a policy to make India a global destination for cruise shipping and efforts are on to identify such circuits, besides a slew of steps, to boost infrastructure, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.  


Expanded Panama Canal Welcomes 1000th Neopanamax Vessel

MSC Anzu as it transits the Cocoli Locks (Pacific side), becoming the 1,000th Neopanamax ship to transit the Expanded Canal. (Photo: ACP)

Less than nine months after the historic inauguration of the Expanded Canal, the Panama Canal has announced that it has welcomed its 1,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, highlighting the importance of the route and customers’ continued faith in the safe


Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

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Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see.   When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3


Potential Maritime Disaster Averted

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Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week.   Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai






 
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