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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


Geodis Wilson Appoints Middle East Managing Director

Sascha Geiken

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


LPG Carrier Makes First Commercial Transit through Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

On June 27, the expanded Panama Canal opened for commercial transit, and Lycaste Peace, a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier operated by NYK, was the first vessel to complete a commercial passage through the new locks.  


Latin America Ports to Berth Larger Vessels

Photo: Maersk Group

 Foreign trade and energy have boosted economies throughout the Americas. From the USA, to Argentina, Ecuador and the Bahamas, Maersk is helping unleash the region’s potential by facilitating the flow of goods around the globe.  


Northern Lights Opens Branch Office in Louisiana

Rick Stinson (Photo: Northern Lights)

Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, La, to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators.     The new Northern Lights Gulf branch


Panama Canal Expansion: Impacts on the Bunker Industry

Photo: Monjasa

The total volume of the Panama bunker market has increased in recent years as price levels are becoming increasingly competitive to U.S. bunker hubs like Houston, New Orleans and New York.   In 2015, reports indicate that approximately 5 percent of the global trade passes through the Panama


DMCA Showcases Local Maritime Leadership

Dubai Maritime City. Pic: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) showcased Dubai's global maritime leadership in the presence of a high-level delegation from City of Glasgow College who commended the manner in which the outstanding experiences of the UAE maritime sector has transformed it into an internationally


VL-exit?

Graph: Gibson Shipbrokers

 Earlier this week spot returns in the VLCC market touched their lowest level since October 2014, with TCE earnings for Middle East/Japan (TD3) falling close to $20,000/day, says Gibson Weekly Tanker Market Report.   The current weakness has been essentially driven by the build-up of


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday


Expanded Panama Canal Nears Inauguration

Graphics: Panama Canal Authority

 As the global shipping industry facing tough weather, the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama canal is set to open Sunday (June 26), reports AP. The deeper, wider channel is designed to accommodate the world’s growing fleet of mega cargo ships and expanding trade between North


Tracking Global Piracy Trends

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Piracy has existed since the conception of shipping, and pirate attacks on vessels continue to disrupt trade, raising vessel security concerns and impacting the operation and insurance costs for ships, says Clarkson Research Services.  


ABB Opens Integrated Operations Center in Singapore

Photo: ABB

 ABB is opening a new integrated Operations Center in Singapore, the third facility of its type and first in Asia, which will allow the company’s engineers to follow the sun across the globe. Typically, at the end of the working day


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist


Rapido Gee: 42m Utility Vessel Delivered

Photo: Incat Crowther

Rapido Gee, a 42m steel monohull utility vessel, has been delivered and is currently in transit to the Middle East. The vessel will be operated by Rashied Marine Services in the service of offshore platforms.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Strategic Marine


IRISL launches Direct Container Service from Incheon to M.E.

Courtesy IRISL

THE Incheon Port Authority said a regular container service connecting the port directly to the Middle East has been launched for the first time, backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). According to MANA,The Iranian state-run IRISL will deploy its 5


Hapag-Lloyd Warns of Preventive Actions by China

Photo Hapag-Lloyd

Further to Hapag-Lloyd's information to their Customer circular issued in 4th March 2016 on the preventive actions of Zika virus for all cargoes entering China, the company has now provided an updated list of origin countries. All shipments from the following countries (indicated below) shall


East-West Shippers See Acceleration in Container Contract Rate Cuts

Image: Drewry

 Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes fell by another 18% between February and May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight






 
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