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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Amur Gets ExxonMobil Contract

ExxonMobil has awarded Amur Shipbuilding Plant a $140 million contract to refurbish the Orlan platform. Reuters reports that the Russian plant, Amur, will modernize the platform in order to start extraction at the Sakhalin oil offshore deposit in Russia’s far east. ExxonMobil operates the Sakhalin-1 project, where work on the platform is anticipated to begin in June.

China Shipping 21,000 teu Order for SWS

Image: China Shipping Group

 China Shipping Group's CSCL has agreed a deal to bareboat charter up to 11 units of 21,000 teu containerships, of which five will be options exercisable after six months of charter for the first six ships, says local media reports.  

Kizad Attracts Investment from Binghatti

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports signs SMA with Binghatti to set up food and beverage production plant catering to MENA market    Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has signed a standard Musataha agreement (SMA) with Binghatti Holding

Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2).   From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

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.

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

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

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

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

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

MacGregor Hatch Covers for Six Boxships from Japan

Hatch cover courtesy MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract for the design and delivery of key components and the fabrication of steel structures for the hatch covers on board six 14,000 TEU container vessels under construction at Japan Marine United's (JMU) Kure shipyard

4 STS, 14 ARMG Cranes for APM Vado Terminal

APM Terminals Vado Italy port construction site aerial photo1a

  APM Terminals signed an agreement for the construction and delivery of four Ship-to-Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and 14 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) for the new APM Terminals Vado terminal now under construction on Italy’s Ligurian coast

Antwerp Port Sees Record Growth

Image Antwerp Port

  The port of Antwerp handled 156,515,552 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 5.5% on the same period last year. The steady growth in the volume of container freight (up 8.0% in TEU, 5.4% in tonnage) and of liquid bulk (up 7

MSC Silvia Joins Fleet


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company today took delivery of the MSC Silvia, the latest of a brand new class of 9,400 TEU container ships from the leading ocean carrier. Following today’s inauguration ceremony in Shanghai, MSC Silvia will join the Empire service between the Far East and US

Hapag-Lloyd Upgrades WMX Network

Enhanced West Africa Network – West Africa Mediterranean Express

  Hapag-Lloyd informs about the upgraded West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX) effective December 2015. We are pleased to inform you about our upgraded West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX). As of December 2015, we will have a substantial increased allocation on the WMX service

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