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IRISL’s New Service Makes First Call in Hamburg

Left to right: Malte Meisch, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Dr. Nasr Bateni, CEO IRISL Europe; Capt. Jörn Scheffler, Operation & Cargo Planning IRISL Europe; Rainer Fabian, CEO C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Martin Riepenhusen, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Klaus-Dieter Busch, Liners Manager Peter W. Lampke; Christian von Georg, CEO Peter W. Lampke; Mehdi Bateni, Son of Dr. Bateni (Photo: C. Steinweg / Hasenpusch)

Iranian state shipping company IRISL’s new general cargo service makes first call at C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg   During the first call by its new general cargo service, representatives of state shipping company IRISL – Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines – joined staff of the Peter W. Lampke shipping agency and Terminal C. Steinweg in welcoming the Captain and crew of the SEVGI on May 17. The new general cargo service will call monthly at Hamburg as the only port in Germany, transporting conventional general cargo in addition to containers. The multipurpose vessels deployed are equipped with shipboard cranes. Apart from Iranian ports, the new service linking ports on the Persian Gulf with others in Northern Europe will call at additional ports in the Middle East when required.   The last previous clearance of one of IRISL’s conventional vessels had taken place at C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg in May 2010. In recent years, international trade sanctions limited Iran to importing goods not affected by export restrictions. Calls by the Iranian state shipping company’s vessels in European ports were not permitted. Thanks to the resumption of foreign trade activities with Iran, especially in the export area, C

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Maersk's Samba Service Switches Ports

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

Maersk Line, container shipping line, has switched the UK call of its Samba service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on Monday, March 21.   The rotation of the service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, Algeciras, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway Port, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Algeciras and Santos.  

APM Terminals LA Makes Room for Mega Ships

Signing photo of APM Terminals and ZPMC executives Courtesy APM

The 10 STS Cranes will be the tallest in service at any American port; new LED lighting on the crane booms will increase visibility while significantly reducing energy consumption, as capabilities expand to meet the needs of larger vessels entering into th global fleet.

Wallem Handles First Cruise Ship in Japan

MSC Lirica (Photo: Wallem)

Wallem’s Agency team in Japan recently welcomed the MSC Lirica on her maiden voyage. The cruise ship recently arrived in Fukuoka (Hakata) with 1,764 passengers and 743 crew onboard before heading back to Shanghai.    This call marks both the first Japanese port for the ship in

Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

 Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment.   The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V

NYK Launches Car Transport Service to Hai Phong

NYK Initiates New Service Transporting Cars to Hai Phong Photo NYK

NYK has started a new car transport service “Ruffles Ao Dai RORO Express (REX)” linking Hai Phong in Northern Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh and Laem Chabang (near Bangkok). On October 8, the NYK-operated car carrier Modern Link arrived in Hai Phong for the first call

Bronka to be Gateway to Moscow

Photos: Port of Bronka

 Bronka Container Terminal is the biggest in the Baltic Sea, and has already accepted a call from CMA CGM, and is due another from the French liner in March of this year.   According to a report in Reuters, the new deepwater port in Saint Petersburg  aims to become Russia's major

Oman Port Targets Bigger Iran Shipping Ties

Oman aims to expand shipping and trade links with Iran and get ahead of rivals after the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran, leading port officials involved say.   Measures were lifted last month as part of a nuclear deal with world powers

Heavy Lift: Massive Gas Turbine Shipped to Turkey

Rickmers-Linie was entrusted with the transport of this 485-metric-ton gas turbine made by Siemens for a power plant project in Turkey. (Photo: Hero Lang for Rickmers-Linie)

A special loading operation has taken place in Bremerhaven, involving Rickmers-Linie’s MV Rickmers Hamburg, a 485-metric-ton Siemens gas turbine, a 465-metric-ton Siemens generator and German project freight forwarder Bertling.  

NYK Aims at Developing New Shipping and Logistics Solution

Photo:  NYK Group

Tokyo-based shipping line NYK Group (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) has decided to establish a new company, Symphony Creative Solutions (SCS) in Singapore, to develop and market new solutions in the shipping and logistics fields. NYK, along with its subsidiaries

Iranian Ships Start Calling at Antwerp port

Antwerp port

The Iranian shipping company Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) called at the port of Antwerp with one of its ships this week, for the first time since economic sanctions were lifted. The honour of being the “first” Iranian ship in Antwerp’s waters fell to the

This Day In Naval History: April 20

Official U.S. Navy file photo of of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)

1861 - Union forces burn screw frigate Merrimack and Gosport Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., to prevent Yard facilities and ships from falling into Confederate hands during the Civil War. 1914 - The first call-to-action of naval aviators is given, creating an aviation detachment of three pilots

First Call of MSC's Vessel Received at Sohar

Photo: Oman International Container Terminal (OICT), Sohar Port

 Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) received the first call of the Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s second largest container shipper with over 2.7m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year, Lana vessel at the Port of Sohar.  

KICT Welcomes MSC MEL 1 Service First Call

KICT Welcomes First Call of the New MSC Middle East Loop 1 Service Photo KICT

 MSC Lana Voy-JA618R made its inaugural call at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), marking the launch of a new Middle East Loop 1 (MEL 1) Service.  To mark the event, KICT held a maiden voyage ceremony, attended by Mr Keith Lau

Maersk Returns to Liverpool

(Photo: Peel Ports)

Maersk has been welcomed to the Port of Liverpool with a formal reception for its feeder vessel Antwerp. The event on April 27 was attended by Seago and Maersk representatives along with customers, and was followed by a port tour, including a trip to the top of the 90m Grain Tower.  

Marseille Fos Repeats Q1 Cargo Result

(File photo: Marseille Fos Port Authority)

French port Marseille Fos handled 20.17 million metric tons of cargo from January to March in a near identical repeat of last year’s first-quarter result.   General cargo rose 1 percent to 4.49MT led by container growth at Fos, which gained 3 percent for 263,038 teu

APMT Prepares for 20,000 teu Ships on Pacific

Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals, the port terminal operator arm of Danish shipping conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk A/S, has signed an agreement to enlarge 10 STS cranes at its Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles.   The 10 STS cranes will be the tallest in service at any port in the United States

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