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Sweeney Promoted to VP of Far East Operations at Crowley

Effective March 1, 2004, Alex Sweeney will assume the position of Vice President of Russian Far East Operations. In his new position, Sweeney is responsible for the management of the BETS Sealift to Lunskoye, Sakhalin Island and the tow of the Orlan from Sov Govan, Russia to Ulsan, Korea. He will report directly to Steve Peterson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Energy and Marine Services and will work closely with Chris Peterson, General Manager, Contract Services, who has commercial responsibility for those contracts. Sweeney joined Crowley in 1980 and has over 20 years experience in marine operations for Crowley on the east and west coasts. In 1995 he was promoted to the Director of Atlantic Operations and in 1999 was relocated to Valdez and promoted to the position of General Manager, Valdez Services in 2000, he was named Vice President of the Valdez business unit. In 1997, he Sweeney was presented with the Thomas Crowley Trophy, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s highest honor. He earned his undergraduate degree from City University in Seattle and completed his MBA in 1995.

Dry Bulk Trends

Change Of Sentiment Seen In Atlantic Sector The dry cargo freight market saw a 15 point decline in the Baltic Panamax Index to 1,595, which was largely caused by a change of sentiment in the Atlantic, brokers said. March tonnage in the U.S. Gulf was struggling to obtain previously fixed levels and rates to the Far East in particular were lower, they added. Capesize rates remained steady but handy sizes were in stronger demand world-wide and there were signs that the hitherto depressed

Braemar Appoints New Director

Graeme Temple, Regional Director

Braemar Technical Services (Incorporating The Salvage Association) announced the appointment of Graeme Temple to the role of Regional Director for its Far East region.   Graeme will take responsibility for strengthening the company’s surveyor network in this important region and further developing relationships with the London and International Insurance markets as well as the local Singapore and other Far East Insurance markets

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

Hamburg Port's Liner Network

Hamburg has one of the most comprehensive liner networks in Europe, which in turn means that it plays an important role as a transport hub for global cargo flows. Specialized liner traffic connects Hamburg to six continents. Over 100 container liner services travelling to destinations all over the world are based in Hamburg. One of the main markets for the Port of Hamburg are liner services from and to the Far East

Shipping Majors Expand Cooperative Setup

CMA CGM Jules Verne (Photo courtesy CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group announced a new cooperation setup with current partner Maersk Line, APL and OOCL on three existing Far East to Indian Subcontinent services (CIMEX 2/FM3, CIX, CIX3), starting in February 2014. In a Slot Sharing Agreement that also includes partners as Emirates Shipping Line, Hamburg Süd and Regional Container Lines, 18 vessels with a total capacity of about 17,500 TEU’s will be deployed on the three Far East-Indian Subcontinent services.

Westbound Tanker Markets Strengthening

Westbound tanker markets from the Middle East are strengthening while eastern charterers take a break, brokers said. Mideast-U.S. Gulf rates are running at about W80-85 ($17.50 per ton) for VLCC liftings and from West Africa about W90 ($9.25) - up a couple of Worldscale points on last week. But rates to Far East have eased back to the mid W90s ($10.75 to Japan) after climbing past W100 last week.

SembCorp Gets BP Shipping Deal

Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has entered an agreement to repair the Far East fleet of BP Shipping Ltd. for an indeterminate amount of time. Sembawang Shipyard managing director Heng Chiang Gnee said the company expects to refit and drydock about 12 of BP Shipping's fleet of 30 in a typical year. He said he expected a typical contract value of about $1.2 to $1.7 million to repair each of the vessels

Russian Naval Base Uses Nuclear Subs For Electricity

Frequent power cuts on the remote Kamchatka peninsula have forced Russia's military to fire up reactors on nuclear submarines to provide electricity to bases there, an admiral said. Admiral Valery Drogin told the official Rossiiskaya Gazeta government newspaper that even the strategic nuclear missile bases on the Pacific Ocean peninsula were now being powered by reactors on board the submarines. Power stations in Russia's Far East suffer from chronic fuel shortages because of the high cost

Product Tanker Stays Strong In Mideast

The New Year started much as the old left off with product tanker markets strong Mideast-Far East and Tran-Atlantic but weak elsewhere. LR2 tanker rates for Mideast-Japan jumped five and ten Worldscale points on successive days, according to brokers.

Transas Support for Philippines MET

Simulator Courtesy Philippine Lifesaving Equipment Inc.

  The rapid growth and development of the Philippine maritime training market caused a dramatic increase in demand for state-of-the-art simulation systems compliant with the latest MARINA and CHED training requirements. Being the leading provider of the maritime simulation and training

Palau Ship Registry Eyes Asia Expansion

Jai Acharya (Photo: PISR)

With the opening of three new offices in Asia, The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it is pushing ahead with a growth strategy intended to place the Palau flag among the region’s foremost ship registers.  The newly opened offices in Qingdao and Dalian, China, and Tainan

Asia-Europe Rates Further Contract

Photo: Maersk Line

 Major container shipping rates plummeted again this week, with declines on the trunk Shanghai-Europe routes falling at record amounts,  says Shangahi Containerised Freight Index (SCFI).   A eport in ASC  says that the SCFI for Far East to North Europe dropped by a staggering

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

© Rickmers

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for liner services in breakbulk, heavy lift and project shipping, has appointed Wouter Huybrechts as the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc.    Huybrechts took over for CEO and President Waldemar Poulsen

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

 Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.    Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled

IUMI's Focus on Education, Communication, Lobbying

IUMI President, Dieter Berg

  At the highly anticipated International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) annual conference,  IUMI President, Dieter Berg, detailed a number of key initiatives that will  continue to raise the organisation’s profile and political influence on an international level.

Dry Bulkers - Spot Market

Dry Bulker: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Capesize - With the Chinese away from there desks during the final part of the week, conditions slowed down considerably with rumors of fixing out of West Australia already showing softer numbers.    Nevertheless, the Pacific basin was still closing on a week-on-week rise thanks

Fleet Growth Weighs on Product Tanker Earnings

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Healthy returns enjoyed by the product tanker market in recent years are under threat as impending fleet growth is expected to reduce the sector’s earnings over the medium term, according to the Product Tanker Market Annual Report 2015 published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Georgia Hooks Trident Seafoods

Trident Seafoods new production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., includes an 88,000 square-foot manufacturing floor overlooked by 18,000 square feet of office space and another 20,000 square feet of support area. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products annually for the U.S. market.   "We are excited to add Trident to our family of customers

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

 The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov.   "Today

North Korean Black-listed Ships in Russia

Image: Convenient Flags

 North Korean vessels owned by Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) have been seen using Russian ports, says the NK News vessel tracker.   OMM was sanctioned for its involvement in smuggling weapons through the Panama Canal in 2013.  

Can Chinese Steel Support Freight Markets?

Is China’s steel exports enough to support the freight market?   No, it’s not enough, you will need lower Chinese iron ore production too in order to keep growing imports of iron ore into China that will support the dry bulk freight market

MSC Ship Rescues 11 Mariners from Sinking Vessel

Photo: Crowley

Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea.   While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19

SCCT All Set for Suez Traffic Growth

The Suez Canal Container Terminal, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, is increasing annual throughput capacity to 5.4 million TEUs, the largest in the Mediterranean

  The Suez Canal Container Terminal, located east of the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, at the convergence of the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, is preparing for an even larger role in global trade as the expansion of the man-made waterway linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas

Hanjin Starts Calling at SOHAR

Photo: SOHAR Port and Freezone

 Sohar Port and Freezone has added South Korea’s container line Hanjin Shipping to its list of global shipping lines offering direct links to this Omani deepsea port.   Hanjin started its container service to Sohar from Far East

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