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WSS Middle East Wins World Cargo Alliance Award

Ben Jones, maritime logistics operations manager - Saudi Arabia; Russell Dinwoodie, GM Kuwait; Unni Krishnan, seafreight manager Bahrain; Avanish Bhat, sales manager Qatar, Flemming Andersen, area logistics manager – MEA; Alex Lewis, GM KSA; Gresham Vadivelu, ML sales manager Dubai; Rohit Diwan, logistics manager India; Raja Ilyas, liner manager Pakistan; Frank Olsen, GM Iraq & Jordan and Ricardo D’Roza, airfreight manager Dubai (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has won the prestigious title of ‘Best Partner 2011 - Middle East,’ which was presented by the World Cargo Alliance (WCA) at their annual conference in Bangkok earlier this month. “We are honored to have taken this title, and I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the maritime logistics team in the Middle East for their splendid work throughout 2011,” said Flemming Andersen, Area Logistics Manager Middle East at WSS. “Next, our ambition is not only to win the Best Partner – Middle East award, but to go for the Global Partner trophy as well.” WSS currently works with more than 2,800 independent freight forwarders in more than 600 cities and ports worldwide, enabling it to act as a truly global freight forwarder, and compete confidently with much larger multi-national logistics companies. More than 900 WCA members attended the WCA partner conference from March 4-11. WSS representatives from the Middle East, India, Norway and Pakistan participated in the event. “This is a great place to meet our peers for networking, build new business relationships and strengthening existing ties through more than 20,000 one-to-one meetings and practical workshops,” said Flemming.  


SPE Awards DNV GL For Its Contribution To Asset Integrity

Moss_Daemi, DNV GLs Divisional Director for Middle East, North Africa and India

  DNV GL has been recognised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as the organisation that has contributed most to asset integrity in the Middle East at the 2014 SPE Asset Integrity Workshop entitled “Changing the Culture, Raising the Bar” held on 13-14 May in Abu Dhabi. "It is a great honor and a privilege to have been given this SPE award for the best ‘Company Contribution to Asset Integrity in the Middle East’


Geodis Wilson Appoints Middle East Managing Director

Sascha Geiken

Global freight management company, Geodis Wilson, said it plans to continue growing its Middle East network and has announced the appointment of Sascha Geiken as new Cluster Managing Director for the Middle East region. Sascha Geiken joined Geodis Wilson in 2009 as Managing Director of Geodis Wilson United Arab Emirates. In his new position as Cluster Managing Director, he will be responsible UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.


Barloworld Logistics Ramping Up Middle East Ops

Frank Courtney, Barloworld Logistics Chief Executive for EMEA region.

Middle East contract logistics market to sustain 6.9 percent average growth to reach over USD 3.7 billion in 2015; Barloworld Logistics intensifies growth plans in Middle East, anchored on integrated smart supply chain solutions. Barloworld Logistics, a provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions, has announced that it is intensifying its growth plans in the Middle East as the region’s contract logistics services market expects to sustain a 6


Rolls-Royce Sets Up MTU Middle East Subsidiary

Rolls-Royce has set up MTU Middle East as a new regional sales and service subsidiary with head office in Dubai to support distributors and business partners of MTU, MTU Onsite Energy and Bergen Engines in 21 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.   In this region, high-speed and medium-speed large diesel and gas engines, drive systems and on-site power generation systems are mainly deployed in electrical power generation, the oil and gas industry


AlMansoori Joint Venture with Key Energy

AlMansoori Petroleum Services, a subsidiary of AlMansoori Specialized Engineering, regional provider of oilfield services in the Middle East, has signed a joint venture agreement with American-based onshore energy production services company Key Energy Services. The joint venture will bring several new services to AlMansoori’s capabilities in coil tubing, workover rigs, pumping/cementing, fracturing and acidizing


CEVA launches City of Energy in Middle East

City_of_energy

  CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading global supply chain management companies, today announced the official opening of the City of Energy in the United Arab Emirates. The hub, which covers an area of 27,000 sqm of warehouse space and 10,000 sqm of yard space, is strategically located in Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai and is fully dedicated to the warehousing and handling of oil and gas products for the Energy sector.


Tanker Rates Strengthened Slightly In Middle East, Asia

Freight rates for Korea-bound VLCCs out of the Middle East joined those for Japan in hitting W50 by Sept. 3, brokers said. At least one fixture of W50 was reported for Korea, up from around W47.5 earlier in the week as the Middle East VLCC market strengthened. Some 70 vessels of around 21 million tons were potentially available in the area in the next month, but a shortage of modern tonnage for September liftings suggested rates could strengthen further


New Methanol Projects to Change Chemical Shipping Patterns

Methanol seaborne trades in 1H15 and future new routes (in million tonnes). Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster

New US and Middle East methanol production capacity being added over the next two years will have serious implications for chemical shipping trade flow patterns, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Methanol is one of the top five seaborne chemical commodities accounting for 35 percent of the world seaborne chemical and vegoil trade in 2014


Long-Haul Seaborne Chemical Shipping Undermined

Chemical tankship: File photo

Growing Paraxylene (PX) exports from North East Asia to China are contributing to the fast growth of intra-Asia coastal trade, but they are undermining long-haul seaborne trade, according to Drewry’'s recently published 'Chemical Forecaster' report. China’s consumption of PX has emerged as a key driver of global Chemical shipping demand. Its annual PX import requirements tripled from 2.9 million tonnes in 2007 to 9.0 million tonnes in 2013, representing 21% annual growth over this period


Cathelco MGPS for Latest Lamprell-built Jack-up

Lamprell Rig Under Construction (Photo: Cathelco)

Cathelco will provide a marine growth prevention system (MGPS) for the latest in a series of jack-up drilling rigs to be built by Lamprell, the UAE based  leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the offshore and onshore oil and gas and renewable energy


Pressure Mounting on VLGCs Rates - Drewry

Source Drewry’s LPG Forecaster report (www.drewry.co.ukpublications)

A wave of cargo cancellations from the US is putting additional pressure on VLGC rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Two major factors have lowered VLGC rates in recent times: excessive fleet growth and weak


Investors to Acquire $1.5 bln Shipping Portfolio from NORD/LB

NORDLB Hanover

NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and KKR Credit have reached an agreement by which, subject to completion of certain conditions precedents, KKR Credit, together with a sovereign wealth fund (the “Investors”), will acquire a portfolio of performing and non-performing shipping loans


Damen Bags Jack-up Pontoon Contract

Contract signing Clive Frost and Pascal Slingerland Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) in the United Arab Emirates has won a contract to build a shallow draught, self-propelled Jack-up Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services


Tanker Outlook Dented by Middle East Refineries

Refinery throughput growth by region (000 bpd) (Source: Drewry’s Tanker Forecaster report)

A steep rise in refinery capacity in the Middle East, the world’s crude oil production hub, will diminish oil trade growth and with it prospects for tanker shipping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 


Two MOL Subsidiaries' Names Changed

Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced name changes for two of its major wholly owned subsidiaries: MM HOLDINGS (AMERICAS) INC. to MOL (AMERICAS) HOLDINGS, INC., effective July 7, 2016; and MITSUI O.S.K. BULK SHIPPING (ASIA OCEANIA) PTE. LTD. to MOL (ASIA OCEANIA) PTE. LTD


Has the Link between OPEC Production and VLCC Rates broken?

Graph: Poten and Partners

 For the tanker market, in particular for VLCCs, increasing Middle East OPEC production is typically a good sign.    Poten and Partners in its Shipbrokers Reports says that does not appear to be the case at this particular moment


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady as Suezmax Fixtures Weigh

Charterers splitting VLCC cargoes into smaller Suezmax tankers; rates to remain around $24,000 per day, below break-even levels. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on main routes to Asia are set to hold around current levels next week


Iran, Russia Rail Link as Rival to Suez Canal

Map: Iran Govt, Tansim

 Russia and Iran plan railway link through Azerbaijan that would aim to grab a share of the cargo now being shipped through the Suez Canal, reports Tasnim.    Russia’s transport minister, Maxim Sokolovm, said Tehran and Moscow are considering establishing a rail link that


LNG-Prices Slide, Middle East Boosts Imports

Photo: Cryptome

 The new new supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Sakhalin plant and weakening demand from Egypt helped snap a months-long rally. Hence Asian spotLNG prices fell this week, reports Reuters.   Meanwhile, countries in the Middle East and North Africa led by Egypt


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Fall but Bottom in Sight

File image: Credit EuroNav

VLCC owners sailing slower and idling vessels; slow market to continue into September. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit multi-year lows on Thursday, could slip further next week even as ship owners begin to resist charterers attempts to push rates lower


Navig8 Chemical Tankers Sees Income Rise

Photo: Navig8 Group

 Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc reported its net income at $9.6 million, against a net income of $2.9 million seen in the three months ended June 30, 2015.    Continued growth of the company’s operating fleet with the delivery of Navig8 Turquoise, a 49


N-KOM, Samos Steamship Ink Fleet Repair Deal

Photo: N-KOM

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore Marine (N-KOM) has signed a fleet agreement with Samos Steamship Company, under which N-KOM will be the preferred shipyard in the Middle East for the repairs of all vessels owned by Samos Steamship Company. The Greek shipping company is an existing client of N-KOM


Unipec to Shed ULCC Storage Charter

The UK-based trading arm of Beijing-backed Sinopec will give up the megatanker it booked to park crude in Asia at the onset of the drop in global prices two years ago, sources told Reuters. Unipec UK took over a lease on the TI Europe, one of just two Ultra Large Crude Carriers capable of


First US LNG Shipment Goes to China

Maran Gas Apollonia transiting the Expanded Panama Canals Cocoli Locks (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The first liquefied natural gas vessel from the lower 48 U.S. states is on its way to China, according to a Reuters interactive map on Friday, the latest sign that the expanded Panama Canal is allowing U.S. exports to reach the world's top LNG buyers in Asia.  






 
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