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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’

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

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

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.

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

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

CEVA launches City of Energy in Middle East


  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.

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

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb on More MidEast, West Africa Liftings

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

VLCC rates from MidEast have reached a floor at W33; surging Suezmax rates could make VLCCs more attractive. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb next week as charterers ramp up tanker fixing activity from the Middle East while increased oil volumes from West Africa provided further support, ship brokers said. "Basra and Saudi Arabia cargoes are already starting to come out. Wednesday should see United Arab Emirates cargoes start

VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

File photo: Euronav

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  

Iran’s Gasoline Imports Plunge

Photo: National Iranian Oil Company

Iran's gasoline imports decreased from 12 million liters per day (ml/d) in the first half of current fiscal year to 4 ml/d currently, says Seyyed Mohsen Ghamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).  

Maersk Line Returns to Iran

Photo: Maersk Line

 The latest country included in the Maersk Line organization is part of the UAE cluster comprising of UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran. Christian Juul-Nyholm, Managing Director, UAE Cluster, is upbeat about this development.    He says

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

MacGregor Bags 7 Middle East OSV Contracts

The Shark Jaw Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won comprehensive equipment package contracts for a variety of seven specialist support vessels that will operate in the Middle East region. MacGregor will deliver deck cranes and a range of deck machinery to each vessel

VLCC Rates Under Pressure in Oversupplied Market

A EuroNav VLCC Underway (file image, Credit EuroNav)

Owners face difficulty raising rates due to discounted ships. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure next week as charterers drip-feed cargo in the face of surplus tonnage, shipbrokers said.

COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited.  

Protecting Global Maritime Traffic

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The world economy depends on safe, protected, secure and sustainable maritime traffic.    International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Chris Trelawny outlined how sustainable maritime development, underpinned by good maritime security can support improved economic development

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC (credit: EuroNav)

VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday

Jotun Continues to Grow

Image:  Jotun

 Jotun, coating solutions to the global marine fleet,  recorded sales of NOK 10.9 billion and an operating profit of NOK 1.7 billion in tn the first eight months of 2016.   To help secure long-term growth, the company continues to pursue investments in new production capacity and

Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

File photo: Euronav

Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes

Russia to Build Permanent Syrian Naval Base, Eyes Other Outposts

Nikolay Pankov (Photo: Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation)

Russia will create a permanent naval base in Syria to expand its military footprint in its closest Middle East ally, a government official said on Monday, a week after Moscow said it was considering reopening Soviet-era bases in Vietnam and Cuba.  

Kalmar Bags Gulftainer Order

Kalmar T2 terminal tractor Photo Cargotec

Kalmar signed an agreement with Gulftainer Lebanon SAL to supply six Kalmar T2 terminal tractors and one Kalmar DCF80-45E7 empty container handler. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake and the first delivery will take place in October 2016

Matrix PDM Signs Licensing Deal with GTT

Photo: GTT

 GTT's Houston-based US subsidiary, GTT North America (GTT NA), has signed a license agreement with the American engineering company Matrix PDM Engineering.   The agreement was signed at the Matrix Service Company headquarters in Tulsa, OK

Winson Oil buys VLCC for Med Storage

Buys VLCC to store gasoil in Mediterranean. Hong Kong-based trader Winson Oil has bought a very large crude carrier (VLCC) to store oil in the Mediterranean as it pushes to expand its business in Europe, two company sources said. The step could boost Asian gasoil margins if the firm enters

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