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EU Marco Polo Program

The European Commission issued the First Call for Proposers regarding the EU Marco Polo Program. The program is intended to reduce road congestion in Europe by shifting freight transportation from highways to short sea shipping, rail, and inland waterways. Proposals under this program should be submitted by December 10. Source: HK Law


First Call of the Hyundai Bangkok

On its first journey from Asia to Europe the container ship new building Hyundai Bangkok for the first time visited the HHLA container terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg. The 6755 TEU vessel is operated by the shipping consortium New World Alliance in its AEX service (Asia- Europe Express Service). The Hyundai Bangkok" leaves Hamburg for the ports of Thamesport, Le Havre, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Kwangyang, before returning to the Hanseatic city via the ports of


Tidewater Reports 2Q Results

Tidewater reported second-quarter earnings of $104.2 million, or $1.86 per share, up from a year-ago profit of $82.2 million, or $1.42 per share. The latest results included a gain of $17.2 million, or 31 cents a share, related to an asset sale. Revenue rose in three months ended Sept. 30 to $274 million from $204.4 million in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson First Call was for a profit of $1.32 a share in the September period


GD Reports Good Quarter

General Dynamics Corp., maker of nuclear submarines, tanks and destroyers, reported an 11 percent increase in second-quarter profits, meeting Wall Street targets, on gains in its combat systems operations. The company, which is battling rival defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. to take over Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., posted net earnings of $227 million, or $1.12 per share, up from $204 million, or $1.01 per share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $1


Subsea 7 - 3rd Qtr Report

The company’s performance summary gave highlights for the quarter including: good project execution in all regions delivering EBITDA of $164.8 million; satisfactory financial result despite currency losses and mark-to-market adjustment of derivatives; and award of largest contract to date in Africa from BP in respect of Block 31 - signed first call-off contract under the framework agreement with an estimated value of $460 million.


NZ Jet Boats Collide: Drivers to be Prosecuted

Photo courtesy of Dart River Safaris

Charges have been laid against two commercial jet boat drivers following a collision on the Dart River, near Queenstown, in which a passenger suffered a broken clavicle & several others suffered bruising. The incident involved jet boats from Dart River Safaris (who do not face any charges as a result of the incident) one jet boat carrying 11 passengers and heading upstream and the other, carrying the driver alone, heading downstream


Carnival's 2Q Earnings Drop Eight Percent

Carnival Corp. on Thursday said fiscal second-quarter profits dropped 8 percent, in line with expectations, as prices for sea vacations remained tepid. The Miami-based owner of Holland America, Cunard and four other cruise lines said profits were $187 million, or $0.32 per share, for the three months ended May 31, compared with $204 million, or $0.34 per share, a year earlier. Industry analysts had forecast that Carnival, whose 45 ships dominate the $12 billion global cruise market


Christening of Rickmers Shanghai Celebrated in Shanghai

Rickmers-Linie celebrated the fifth christening in its series of nine new Superflex Heavy Multi-Purpose Container (MPC) vessels on November 8 in Shanghai. Madame Zhang Xiang Lan, wife of Mr Luo Kai Fu, Chairman of the Sinotrans Group, was the godmother of Rickmers Shanghai. The name of the ship reflects the importance and tradition of China in the business of Rickmers-Linie. The Hamburg-based company has been providing


ABB Open New RDS Oceanwide Troubleshooting Control Center

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Born five years ago, ABB’s remote diagnostics service (RDS) is still in its infancy. But this brainchild of service technology is growing fast – and its future looks bright. The quality of ABB’s marine after sales service is stepping up a notch with the opening of a new control center in Norway and the addition of remote diagnostics service (RDS) connections fitted to vessels in shipyards. Systems specialists are available from a control center just outside Oslo to


Invenia Technologies LLC – Officially Launches Medical Division

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Invenia Technologies LLC Provides Medical Kits, 24/7 Doctors Service, Telemetry – Worldwide Carmen Foy, CEO of Invenia Technologies LLC, announced today the launch of Invenia Technologies Medical Division. “Invenia’s Medical Division now provides another option in the marketplace for vessels to obtain their required medical kits and supplies, 24/7 doctor access and state of the art telemedicine equipment.  


Findland Fairway Due Law

  Based on the Finland Ministry of Transport and Communication’s maritime strategy, the Finnish parliament has announced a final and lawful decision on the new fairway due law as follows: - The new fairway due law is temporary, being effective 2015-2017


Kiel's 2014 Cruise Shipping Season Ends

Photo: Port of Kiel

Expanded terminal capacities created at Berth 1 This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel closes on the evening of October 18 when the AIDAcara sets sail for the Canary Islands. Dr. Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG), said


Evergreen Line Makes Maiden Call to Boston

ItalLunare docked at the Port of Boston

Evergreen Line’s ItalLunare celebrated its maiden call to the Port of Boston with an official first call and plaque presentation on Wednesday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced. This is the first time Evergreen Line has called Boston directly in nearly 30 years.


Pre-Mooring Safety Inspections at Trieste, Italy

The SIOT/TAL Terminal at Trieste has advised that the TAL Pre-Mooring Safety Inspection program will be modified from 1 September. The checks at road will affect: - Any ship at her first call at S.I.O.T. Terminal - Any ship of 15 years old or less


Crystal Cruises to Sail Elusive Northwest Passage

Crystal Cruises Northwest Passage

  The “World’s Best” Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style  voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle)


ZIM Reinforces Israel Express via Hamburg

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The North Europe Service 1 (NE-1) run by shipowners ZIM Integrated Shipping Services and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a liner service linking Hamburg weekly with Israel via the Mediterranean. Transport volumes have grown continuously since 2007, in all by around 21 percent


P&O Cruises’ “Adonia” Joins the Windjammers For the 1st Time

Kieler Woche attracts cruise ships

  “The Kieler Woche regatta – an international top sailing event and at the same time the biggest summer festival in northern Europe – is setting new standards and attracting in-creasing numbers of cruise ships”


USCG Seeks Prankster who Made Fake Distress Calls

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is working to track down a prankster who called in fake distress calls in Washington state that led agency officials to launch two rescue efforts that cost over $200,000, an official said on Thursday. The suspect made his first call over VHF radio on May 31


First Visit to the Port of Kiel by Mein Schiff 3

Photo courtesy of Port of Kiel

New TUI Cruises flagship welcomed at the Ostseekai. Mein Schiff 3 - the new flagship of TUI Cruises, and currently also the biggest cruise ship sailing with any German shipping company, has arrived in the Port of Kiel on her maiden visit. The new 99,500 GT


Port Of Felixstowe First Choice For Evergreen

Courtesy Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the first call at the UK’s largest container port of Evergreen’s CES (China Europe Shuttle) service. The 8,452 TEU Ever Laden launched the service from the Port of Britain in late May. The CES Service links North Europe to Asia with calls in Taiwan


Alu Design Operator Chair Lands Star Role In 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

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Norway’s Alu Design is set to make its Hollywood debut in the latest Transformers blockbuster, with the news that its MH OCH 300 operator chair has secured a role in Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age of Extinction. The seat, created for Aker Solutions in 2012


Saga Pearl 2 Visits Port of Kiel

John Parton (Cruise Director, Saga Pearl 2“) and Hans-Werner Tovar (City President Kiel)

North Germany shore trips ever more popular with passengers. The cruise ship ‘Saga Pearl 2’ of Saga Cruises arrived in Kiel this morning (Monday, May 19th) from England for her first-ever visit to the port. She sailed over night through the Kiel Canal and was welcomed at the


Second Berth Opens at DP World London Gateway

Berth 2 now fully operational as five new services start up at DP World London Gateway

G6 Shipping Alliance, Hamburg Sud and Hapag Lloyd, X-Press Feeders, Freightliner, DB Schenker, Maritime, Pentalver, & Prologis all announce new services at DP World London Gateway New shipping services are being announced as the second berth at DP World London Gateway opens for business


Boy Passenger Made Initial Distress Call from Sinking Ferry

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The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in turn forwarded him to the coastguard two minutes later


Ro-Ro Traffic: ERL Selects HAROPA

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In order to develop its business of carriage of new and secondhand vehicles from France, European Roro Lines (ERL), a company among the leaders of the ro-ro traffic bound for Africa, has selected HAROPA. Created March 1, the French subsidiary of European Roro Lines






 
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