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Kotug Christens 3 Tugs

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SNRH, the French subsidiary of the European tugboat company Kotug, christened three identical tugs in Le Havre during a ceremony which took place in front of their office at the beginning of this month. Under the attention of the Dutch ambassador H.E. Mr. Siblesz, clients and port officials the three tugs, SD Seine, SD Loire and SD Gironde where christened respectively by Ms. Veronique Lepine of Hapag Lloyd, Mrs. Carole Collot-Parison of Mitsui OSK Lines and Mrs. Turid Kjeslvik wife of Mr Harald Kjelsvik of Höegh Autoliners. With the addition of the SD Gironde the total fleet in Le Havre now consists of 6 tugs. The tugs were built by Med Marine at their yard in Eregli, Turkey. The 32 meters long and 60 tons strong tugs are equipped with two Wartsila 9L20C3 engines driving two Schottel SRP 1215 propulsion units. The tugs are completely outfitted for assisting seagoing vessels in port, coastal and deep sea towage and providing of fire fighting capability for the protection of ship and port facilities. (www.kotug.nl)


A Very Model Model-maker Expands Product Range

Museum Quality Titantic Model: Photo credit SD Model Makers

SD Model Makers expands ocean liner and cruise ship model offering. San Marcos, California based SD Model Makers announce the expansion of their Ocean Liner model and Cruise Ship model offering. From historical classics like the Titanic, Normandie and Andria Doria, to modern vessels from Disney, Carnival and Princess cruise lines. Each model comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals


Hamburg Cruise Center to Promote Seatrade

The Hamburg Cruise Center e.V., together with the cruise terminal operator UNIKAI Lagerei- und Speditionsgesellschaft mbH will promote the destination Hamburg at Seatrade. Together with five other German cruise destinations the cruise location Hamburg will present itself under the headline “Destinations Germany.” Hamburg becomes more and more important as a cruise location for shipping companies as well as for passengers. During the 2006 season 68 cruise ships called


Hamburg Süd Restructures Several Services

Responding to changing market conditions and subject to approval by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), as from February 2012, Hamburg Süd will restructure its services from North Europe and Mediterranean to Central and South America West Coast as well as to North America West Coast. The new configuration allows for an extensive service scope with connections to the worldwide Hamburg Süd network and likewise delivers significant cost efficiency – with no capacity increase in


Port of Hamburg 2012 Throughput Tonnage Down

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At 131 million tons in 2012,  total throughput in the Port of Hamburg remained slightly below the previous year. Hamburg nevertheless remains the second largest container port in Europe and consolidates its 14th place among container ports worldwide. For the Port of Hamburg, the reluctance to consume and invest apparent in Europe in the second half of 2012 especially affected throughput of imported goods. At 73.9 million tons, these were down by 3 percent


SD Builds Tractor Tug Replica Model

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San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers delivered three replica models of a 100-foot tractor tug to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash. The 24-inch scale model ship replicated the Nichols Brothers lasts build -- the second of two new 100' x 40' Z-drive ship assist tractor tugs. The tugs are the most technically and environmentally advanced equipment available. "SD Model Makers has provided Nichols with a fine-crafted model of our tractor tug


LISCR Appoints Molzahn to Manager in Hamburg Office

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Jorg Andreas Molzahn as regional operations manager of its dedicated Hamburg office. Molzahn has seagoing experience as a senior officer on tankers, containerships and passenger vessels, as well as being a qualified nautical inspector. His role at LISCR’s Hamburg office will include, among other duties


This Day in Naval History – Nov. 7

1861 - CAPT Charles Wilkes seizes two Confederate diplomats from the British steamer Trent, causing an international controversy with Great Britain (known as the Trent Affair). 1942 - Operation Torch (Allied landings in French Northwest Africa). American forces land at Casablanca. French naval forces attack U.S. Navy ships and 13 French ships are sunk without a loss to the U.S. 1956 - Navy Stratolab balloon (LCDRs Malcolm D. Ross and M


AIDA Christens 9th Ship

AIDA Cruises christened its ninth ship on 12 May 2012, marking the 823rd anniversary of the Port of Hamburg. The new vessel was christened on the Elbe in the Port of Hamburg. Following the christening ceremony, the latest AIDA ship set off on its maiden voyage. AIDAluna also departed from Hamburg on a new cruise, with AIDAblu and AIDAsol remaining.  


Martek Holds Navgard Training Sessions

UK-based Martek Marine has significantly expanded the geographic coverage of its Navgard Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm system (BNWAS) installer network, following two day-long training sessions. The training program was offered in the UK and Singapore to companies interested in installing and reselling Navgard. As a result Martek can now offer local BNWAS installation and/or reseller support in 13 different countries worldwide: China, Singapore, South Korea, India, the UAE, Spain, Portugal


Ecospeed Agent Appointed in Germany

Karberg & Schmitz GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, have been appointed as Ecospeed agents for the German territory, representing Subsea Industries and Hydrex in the sale and delivery of Ecospeed, Ecoshield and related products including service, maintenance and warranty work.


Port of Hueneme Tests Grid-Based Shore Power

The Port of Hueneme conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Pasley, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte


Hamburg Simplifies Access for Shipments

The operational parameters for the high-volume and heavy goods shipments into the Port of Hamburg, generating such significant added value, are in need of sustained improvement through efficient infrastructure and lean authorization procedures


First Ship Plugged-In to New Port of Hueneme AMP System

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The Port informs that it has conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Auxiliary Maritime Power (AMP) system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s 'M/V Cap Pasley'


Port of Hamburg on Growth Course

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In 2013 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 139 million tons. That represents growth of 6.2 percent. Both general cargo handling totalling 96.8 million tons (+ 5.7 percent) and bulk cargo handling at 42.3 million tons (+ 7.2 percent)


Hamburg Süd Christens New Containership

Together with customers and business partners, Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its containership Cap San Lorenzo at the Exolgan Terminal in Buenos Aires. The Cap San Lorenzo is the fourth containership in a series of six newbuilds for the company in the new Cap San class


AIDA Cruises Records 20% Passenger Increase in 2013

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In 2013, 763,700 guests from Germany chose to travel with AIDA Cruises – 20 percent more than in the year before. This means that the cruise company has grown twice as fast as the market as a whole. A new study by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the German Travel


FARO Debuts New X Series Laser Scanner

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    FARO Technologies, Inc., a 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology company, announced the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130. According to the manufacturer, the Focus3D X 130, the newest member of Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners


Hamburg: A Growing Cruise Hub

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Hamburg is the first German port achieving for the first time the magical 500 000 passenger mark in a single season. New facilities plan to open by June 2015, which will handle 6,000 to 8,000 passengers during a full 10-hour turnaround. Cruise industry generates huge economic impact for the port


Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On March 13, a diverse coalition of 59 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of business, maritime and labor interests signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership, Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune


Port of Hamburg Offers Environmental Discount

From left to right: Mr. Fransen (Managing director, Green Award Foundation), Mr. Wolfgang Hurtienne (Managing Director, Port of Hamburg Authority).

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) said its dedication to pursuing the highest standards of safety, quality and environmental protection led them to joining the Green Award scheme as an incentive provider for seagoing ships. From 2014, oil, product and chemical tankers, LNG and


New IT Platform at Port of Hamburg

PRISE, the Port River Information System Elbe, will soon be officially launched following a one-year trial. The new IT platform will bring together all information on ship arrivals and departures from all of the parties involved in the handling process: the terminals, pilots


Security at Sea on Agenda at Upcoming SMM Hamburg

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At the forthcoming SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg in September 2014 experts will present new security concepts for sea routes. Background Security at sea is improving: In recent months, pirate attacks on commercial ships have been repelled successfully with increasing frequency


Hamburg Süd: Business is Well Despite Market Conditions

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Overview of Hamburg Süd growth Growth in the global economy and containerized transportation by sea in 2013 was slightly below the level of the previous year. Once again, available global slot capacity outpaced container transport volume as deliveries continue to exceed the level of scrappage


CMA CGM Reshuffles Services

CMA CGM announced a revised service between North Europe and South America East Coast as from mid-April which will consist of two loops as detailed below. SAFRAN 1 will be operated with 8 x 9800 TEU vessels with the following rotation: Rotterdam - London Gateway - Hamburg - Antwerp - Le Harve


 
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