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First Middle East Call for Juggernaut Containership

CMA CGM Marco Polo: Photo credit CMA CGM

Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) became the first terminal operator in the Middle East to handle the world’s largest container ship, 'CMA CGM Marco Polo'. With a length of four standard football pitches (396 metres), 54 metres beam and requiring a draft of 16m, Khorfakkan is one of the few ports in the world able to accommodate Marco Polo’s massive 16,020 TEU capacity, reports 'The Gulf Today'. The ship's arrival at KCT was marked with a presentation from Gulftainer to Captain Igor Sikic of the Marco Polo and CMA CGM representatives; Dubai Agency Deputy General Manager, Prinson George and Arnaud Coudray, Commercial Regional Director for the Middle East Gulf, Yakoub Abdullah, Head of Administration at the Department Of Seaports & Customs Seaports Authority and Tareq Al-Hammadi, Administration Officer at Khorfakkan Port. The Marco Polo will proceed to its final port at Ningbo, China on 23 January 2013, having covered a total distance of approximately 20,000 nautical miles since the commencement of its voyage on 7 November 2012. It is the first of a series of three 16,000 TEU vessels from CMA CGM, that will all be named after great explorers.  

EU 'Marco Polo' Freight Transport Project

European Commission gives financial aid to encourage switch to 'greener' transport solutions Marco Polo aims to ease road congestion and its attendant pollution by promoting a switch to greener transport modes for European freight traffic. Railways, sea-routes and inland waterways have spare capacity. Companies with viable projects to shift freight from roads to greener modes can turn to Marco Polo for financial support

Industry Challenges Underscore Seatrade Convention’s Importance

The 2002 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and trade show will be held on March 11-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Fla. It will provide cruise lines and suppliers a venue to exchange ideas on marketing and management, as well as the latest advances in ship operation, technology, and vessel design. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the cruise industry is facing its most serious challenges in a decade

Hayman to Keynote AAPA Workshop

Christopher Hayman, managing director of U.K.-based Seatrade, is scheduled to provide the keynote address on January 15, at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Workshop in Barbados. Hayman is slated to discuss cruise fleet deployment trends at the opening session, at the Grand Barbados Hotel. "It is a genuine pleasure to have this opportunity, at this critical time for cruising, to interact with leaders of the port community of

Freak Wave Kills Cruise Ship Passenger, Injures Others

Freak Wave Victim Marco Polo: Image credit CMV

A cruise ship passenger has died and another was airlifted to hospital after the 22,000-tonne cruise ship 'Marco Polo'  was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel during the recent storm. The cruise ship operators, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) confirm that after a freak wave hit their cruise ship m/s Marco Polo in the English Channel during heavy weather, the ship is now in home port, London Tilbury.

WR Nominated for International Seatrade Insider Cruise Award


  WR Systems has been shortlisted for the Environmental Initiative Award. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are one of the highest accolades in the cruise industry. This year, awards will be presented in Barcelona at the Seatrade Med Party on September 17th at Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. WR’s Director of International Maritime Business, Simon Brown, will be in attendance.

UAE Merchant Marine Cadets Graduate


Merchant marine cadets from a United Arab Emirates training ship graduated at a special ceremony held during Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2008, the largest maritime event of its kind in the region, which opened Sunday, 14 December 2008. The deck cadets were the sixth batch of students of the Birla Institute of Technology International Centre for Maritime Studies and Ship Management to pass out after training on the Ras Al Khaimah-berthed training ship Sindbad.

Grandweld, New Shipbuilding Contracts

According to a June 23 report from Seatrade, Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for two 118 ft utility vessels and one 134.5 ft crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est., a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group. (Source: Seatrade)

Kiel Cruise Shipping Season Draws to a Close

As this year’s cruise shipping season draws to a close, Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG), reported that it has been a positive one. The season ends on Monday September 21st with the visit of Marco Polo. Dirk Claus said at the Seatrade Europe Trade Fair in Hamburg that “this year Kiel has been visited by many especially big cruise ships. We were able to well exceed our passenger target of 250,000 passengers

The Gulf Set to Rival China's Ship Repair Capacity

Christopher Hayman: Photo Seatrade

“The Middle East is a world-class centre of excellence for ship repair with a number of well respected shipyards already offering a diverse range of services. We are seeing new joint ventures between the region and Asia in the dry dock sector, with the Gulf set to offer the largest ship repair capacity outside of China,” noted Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, organisers of Seatrade Middle East Maritime.

UASC Wins Seatrade Award

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)  has received the ‘Environmental Responsibility’ award and ‘The Shipping Company of the Year’ award at this year’s Seatrade Maritime Awards for Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.   

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.   Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214

Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not

Damen Performs Cruise Ship Maintenance

Photo: Damen

Astor and Marco Polo receive refurbishment and class survey work   Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Reopening of the Caravel La Niña III

Delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III,

  The delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III, faithful replica of the ship of Columbus, the Caravel “La Niña III“ was held yesterday in the city of Las Palmas. Las Palmas is part of the network of Columbian cities of Spain

Maersk Predicts Container Traffic Demand Growth

Pic: Maersk Line

 As freight rates are expected to continue to decline due to oversupply, the container shipping demand is expected to grow 3-5% this year, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, chief executive of Asia Pacific region at Maersk Line.   He said supply growth as ships ordered several years ago

New Cruise Terminal at Abu Dhabi’s Port

The new cruise terminal at Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy ADPC

 The new cruise terminal at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, which will be capable of handling 2,500 passengers and three ships simultaneously, is set to become operational by the end of the year, according to a report in the National.  

First Cruise Ship from Port Metro Vancouver

First Cruise ship departs from Port Metro Vancouver this season

  The first cruise ship of the 2015 season will depart Port Metro Vancouver this weekend. An exciting and increasingly popular cruise itinerary will run back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii for the first time, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise

Mega Maritime Event in Singapore

Image: Seatrade Communications Ltd

 Singapore is gearing up to host more than 14,000 participants from over 60 countries, this month, at Sea Asia 2015 — one of the region’s largest maritime conferences and leading forum for analysis and debate on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.  

MAJ Dir. Gen. Receives Global Award

Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, was deeply honoured to receive the prestigious IMO Themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015 "Maritime education and training", sponsored by the China Classification Society

Busan Port to Meet Thriving Cruise Demand

Busan Port unveils plans to fuel booming cruise sector; Korean government backs national cruise industry   In response to Northeast Asia’s rapidly growing attractiveness as a cruise destination, South Korea’s port of Busan is bringing new facilities on-stream this year and has

Analysts Expect Rise in Reefer Capacity

Photo: CMA CGM

Reefer containership capacity to increase 20 percent by 2018 - Drewry   Though specialized reefer fleet is shrinking and shows no signs of reversing in the future, the reefer containership fleet has increased by 15 percent year-on-year and is set to grow 20 percent by 2018

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

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

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