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Kotug Christens 3 Tugs


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. (

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

SD Builds Tractor Tug Replica Model


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

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

Hamburg Süd Wins “Electrolux Supplier Award 2014”

(l-r) Philip Oetker, Keith McLoughlin (President & CEO, Electrolux), Bjorn Vang Jensen, Dr Ottmar Gast and Gregoire Letort (Chief Purchasing Officer, Electrolux).

Hamburg Süd has been honored with the “Electrolux Supplier Award 2014” in the category “Global Logistics”.   Presentation of the prize was held at Electrolux AB’s headquarters in Stockholm in mid-November. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, and Philip Oetker, General Manager Commercial Region Europe, accepted the award on behalf of Hamburg Süd

Port of Hamburg 2012 Throughput Tonnage Down

Container Operations Hamburg: Photo credit Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V

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

Hamburg Süd Receives Panalpina Award

Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd has been recognized for the first time with the “Carrier of the Year” Award by the internationally operating transport and logistics group, Panalpina, based in Basle/Switzerland. Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, accepted the award at the shipping company’s headquarters in Hamburg in mid-January.   The Panalpina Award is the result of the “Panalpina Ocean Freight Carrier Survey 2014”

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

Hamburg: A Growing Cruise Hub


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 and destination and brings ecological responsibilities. Miami. The 2013 Hamburg cruising season came to an end on New Year’s eve

BSM to Manage 6 Maersk Line Box Ships

Photo: Maersk Line

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) announced that it will take over full management of six containerships on behalf of Maersk Line A/S. Presently managed in-house by Maersk, the six vessels ranging in size from 2,500 to 11,000 TEU. Over the next five years

Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015.   Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

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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

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

Hansa Heavy Lift Opens Office in Monaco

Press release - Hansa Heavy Lift has opened a regional office for the South European market covering France, Italy and Spain based in Monaco as part of ongoing global expansion plans. The office is managed by Walter Prosetti, Head of South Europe, Hansa Heavy Lift

Containership Catches Fire at Manila Port

Photo: Manila International Container Terminal

 The Marshall Islands-flagged containership MV Cape Moreton caught fire while berthed at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)in Tondo,  in the Philippines on Saturday.     Reports from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said smoke was first seen billowing from

Diana Containerships Adds Post-Panamax Ship

Diana Containerships Inc. announced it has taken delivery of the 2008-built Post-Panamax container vessel m/v Rotterdam yesterday through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary.   Diana Containerships entered an agreement to purchase the 6,500 TEU capacity Rotterdam in July

Vitol Supplying Bunker Fuel to Houston, Mississippi River

Press release -- Vitol announced it has begun supplying physical bunker fuel to Houston and the Mississippi River. Bunker grades RMG, RMK and DMA 0.1 percent will be marketed under the V-Marine Fuels brand, on a retail (delivered) basis in Houston.

Hamburg Süd Bolsters its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hamburg Süd

Press Release - Giving produce exporters a better way to maintain the quality of perishables in transit, Hamburg Süd, one of the top refrigerated container carriers worldwide, recently added 400 refrigerated containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH atmosphere control

Ocean Three Alliance optimize Asia-Europe routes

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM and Ocean Three partners  announced optimization on Asia-Europe routes, which aims to reduce capacity and to improve the rates efficiency.    The Ocean Three Alliance have decided to harmonize FAL2 and FAL3 in order to adapt to the current market situation between

Nominations Invited for BIMCO Awards

Award Nominations

  BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association is now calling for nominations for its prestigious awards, to be presented in Hamburg in November 2015.   Angus Frew, Secretary General at BIMCO, said, “We are looking forward to receiving nominations from

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Gothenburg Warehouse

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants informs it has opened a new warehouse in Gothenburg.   The marine lubricants supplier said it constantly strives to expand its global supply network, adding that the new site will enable reduced lead time and increased flexibility when delivering lubricants to

Hapag-Lloyd IPO Sooner than Planned

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd aims to launch preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) in September, which is sooner than it originally planned, as a result of strong financial results, says Reuters.   Hapag-Lloyd’s solid second quarter financial performance

French Cruise Company PONANT Signs GAC UK

PONANT’s ‘Le Boréal’ will be seen at ports around the UK and Ireland under GAC UK’s agency in May & June 2016

PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions has appointed GAC UK as its agent for all United Kingdom and Ireland port calls in 2016. PONANT’s 142m and 132 cabin megayachts Le Boréal and L’Austral will cruise around the British Isles and Ireland, including the Scilly Isles

BIMCO to Address Cyber Security in Maritime

Image: MarineLink

 The world’s largest shipping association BIMCO will be taking action to raise awareness about IT Security. It will focus on how to handle a maritime casualty crisis at its next annual conference in Hamburg on 18th November, 2015.  

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