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Maritime industry conference and exhibition opens next week in Stamford, Conn. There’s still time to register online for SHIPPINGInsight 2014, the North American maritime industry technical conference and exhibition, which opens next week in Stamford, Conn. The event will take place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. It includes a full-day dedicated Marine LNG Symposium followed by the two-day Fleet Optimization Conference. Event highlights include: Senior executives from more than 20 major shipping companies as panel moderators and speakers 48 speakers and panelists sharing expertise and insights Two open roundtable sessions 30 exhibitors showcasing products, systems and solutions 14 networking events First annual SHIPPINGInsight Award presentation at gala luncheon Oct. 1 “We look forward to welcoming speakers and delegates next week,” said conference co-director Frank Soccoli. “The SHIPPINGInsight events are designed to give shipping professionals a unique opportunity to learn from experts, share knowledge and network with their peers from all segments of the industry.” shippinginsight.com  


Businessman To Discuss Titanic Replica

South African businessman Sarel Gous is expected to visit Belfast next week to discuss plans to build a replica of the Titanic and launch it as a commercial cruise liner. Gous reportedly paid Harland & Wolff, the builders of the original Titanic, to do a feasibility study and is traveling to Belfast to meet city council members and discuss his plans. In 1998 Gous secured the original plans of the Titanic, which was owned by the White Star shipping line


Casino Boat to be Unveiled

According to the Chicago Sun Times, pending regulatory approvals, the grand opening of the new $170 million gambling vessel at the Blue Chip Casino & Hotel in Michigan City, Ind., will be celebrated next week. It will mark the culmination of a two-year on-site construction project. The new boat will feature a 65,000-sq. ft. casino on one level and is reported to have the largest hull of any casino boat in the nation.


Suezmax Rates Set To Soar

Surging Suezmax tanker rates are set to soar if Iraqi exports come back on stream next week, shipping brokers contend. Rates for the one million barrel tankers have lifted to around 100 Worldscale points on fixtures from West Africa and the North Sea to the U.S., and on cross Mediterranean and North Sea routes, brokers said.


Asian Panamax Rates Edge Higher

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo in the Pacific market edged higher this week on the back of pre-Lunar New Year holiday grain purchases and persistent coal shipments, shipping agents said. But brokers said they expected freight rates to show signs of weakness next week as several Asian countries would be on holiday. "Chartering activity will slow down next week as many countries in the Asian region close for the Chinese New Year," said one domestic broker


Anti-Fouling Legislation Coming From IMO

Next week at the IMO in London a Diplomatic Conference will be held to finalize the details of the Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems. In particular the phasing out of tin based (TBT) anti-fouling systems will be finalized with a system put in place to assess future anti-fouling systems. INTERTANKO, together with the other main industry representatives ICS, Intercargo, SIGTTO, OCIMF and Bimco have submitted a paper to the Conference focusing on those issues which


Mississippi River Traffic Stalled

Mississippi River barge traffic near Burlington, Iowa, remained backed up on Thursday after lock 18 in Gulfport, Illinois, reopened Wednesday afternoon after a day-long shutdown, river officials said. Lock 18 was closed Tuesday morning when a breakaway barge caused two loaded barges to sink near the lock and left six other barges adrift at the dam. "We've got two barges still floating in the dam and two sunk, with the salvage unit on the way to clear it out


“Old Ship” Fears Drive Tanker Markets Higher

North Sea crude markets held steady mid last week, as a combination of high freight rates and absences at industry functions subdued trade. Dated Brent was assessed near last deal done at April Brent +95 cts, with Brent CFD swaps for this week also in that area. Next weeks CFDs are seen around April Brent +90 cts. Institute of Petroleum week in London is keeping trade to a minimum, as are high freight rates caused by an exodus of older vessels out of Europe in the wake of the Erika spillage


Valdez Port Sees Fewer Tankers After Prudhoe Problems

The Valdez crude export terminal has seen a modest decline in the number of crude tankers in recent weeks, as oil companies reduce shipments in light of the problems in Prudhoe Bay oil production, the Valdez terminal manager said Thursday. The Valdez terminal, the crude export facility at the end of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, will receive four tankers this week and about the same number next week. That's a drop-off from last week's level and from typical traffic levels


U.S. Oil Prices March Forward

U.S. oil prices resumed their upward climb on Monday, egged on by word from OPEC that the cartel had a consensus to slash output output by next week, Reuters reported By early afternoon, crude oil for February delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange was trading at $28.30 a barrel, a 35-cent rise, taking total gains in the last six trading sessions to $2.50 a barrel, or ten percent. A statement by OPEC Secretary-General Ali Rodriguez on Sunday spurred the day's advance.


Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward


HK Dockers Threaten to Strike Over Wages

A pic of Hong Kong Dockers Strike (Courtesy: Hong Kong Dockers Union Facebook page)

 The Hong Kong Dockers Union has threatened industrial action - that may involve a strike - if operators continue to ignore their demand for a 8.5-percent wage increase this year.   The union is an affiliate of the Confederation of Trade Unions and made their demands known at the start


Container Volumes Jump at Port of LA

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Year-over-year Port of Los Angeles container volumes for March rise by 17 percent; second busiest month in port’s history   March containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 17.3 percent compared to the same period last year


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


Meyer Acquires Turku Shipyard

Turku shipyard

  The Meyer family, operating the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, and the Finnish State acquired Turku shipyard from STX Europe in September 2014. Meyer Werft took up 70 percent of the shares, and the State of Finland purchased 30 percent of the share capital through the Finnish


Hearing to Examine USCG's Missions

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine how the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) allocates hours and resources among its multiple statutory missions


DOF Subsea to Launch AUV Service

Sean Halpin (Photo: DOF Subsea)

Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea will stage the European launch of a new addition to its suite of services next week.   During the Ocean Business event at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K. from April 14-16, the company will showcase its newest service


Mega-Port Trends is Failing Global Traders

Patrick Walters, Peel Ports

Peel Ports’ Commercial Director to call for radical rethink by shipping network on destination ports during address at Intermodal·Shippers and cargo owners need to take more of a role in lobbying lines to call at ports closer to the origin and destination of goods Liverpool2 to usher


Severn Provider Ready for Offshore Markets

Photos courtesy of Severn Offshore

The naming ceremony took place today for Severn Offshore Services Ltd.’s new multipurpose wind farm vessel, Severn Provider, built at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands. Following sea trials next week, the Damen FCS 2610 will be available for charter based out of Rotterdam.


CMA CGM to Add Ships, Pursue More Economies

Containership CMA CGM Marco Polo.JPG

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipper, announced on Monday plans to order three giant vessels and said higher volumes and profit last year showed its focus on economies of scale was bearing fruit. Like market leader Maersk Line


Mexico Unveils National Strategy ahead of Paris Climate Talks

image for climate change

  Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. Mexico's Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the


Indonesia, Japan Defense Agreement to Tackle South China Sea Issue

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

 Indonesia will sign a non-binding defense agreement with Japan next week when President Joko Widodo visits Tokyo for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   Tokyo is forging closer security ties with Southeast Asian nations and builds a counter-balance to China


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


German Cruise Market Looks Top Slot

Pic by CLIA Europe

 The ocean cruise market in Germany continues to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Going by current trends, Germany could rival the UK’s position as the second largest ocean cruise market.   Clia Germany revealed at ITB Berlin that 1


India's Naval Help to Small Indian Ocean Nations

Narendra Modi (by Indian Prime Minister Website)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned senior officials in the Ministry of Defence with a task to “identify” and “support” maritime needs of smaller nations in the IOR is being undertaken so as to counter the Chinese presence in the region






 
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