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UN Review of Maritime Transport 2009

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its Review of Maritime Transport 2009, suggesting that the global economic downturn and financial crisis slowed growth in world seaborne trade, while an increase in the supply of vessels has kept freight rates depressed: The year 2008 marked a major turning point in the history of the world economy and trade. A tightening of credit brought about by the global financial crisis and reduced demand for goods and shipping services lead to a decelerated growth in international seaborne trade in 2008. At the same time, the supply of new vessels continued to grow. This growth was the result of vessel orders placed before the financial crisis, when the industry was still expecting continuing high growth rates in demand - which did not materialize. As the world's shipping capacity continues to increase, the industry finds itself confronted with a surge of oversupply and tumbling freight rates. These challenges are further compounded by other developments, including maritime security at sea and the need to address the climate change challenge. The Review of Maritime Transport is an annual publication prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat. Over 80% of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the Review provides valuable statistical information on this sector as well as other transport modes. Key developments reported in this year's Review


Rotterdam, Gothenburg Join to Speed Up LNG Bunker Supply

LNG Port Alliance Signing: Photo credit Mark van Schouwen 

The largest port in Europe & the largest port in Scandinavia, sign an alliance to push availability of LNG as maritime fuel. The Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Gothenburg both located within the SECA area in northern Europe where stricter rules governing sulphur in maritime fuel are due to be introduced in 2015 aim is to have infrastructure for LNG bunkering available once the sulphur regulations come into effect.


Port of Rotterdam Selects New U.S. Rep

RMPM has appointed Mr. Michel Heeneman as its new Rotterdam Representative in the USA. Heeneman (35) is from Dutch origin but lives since his university training in the USA. Since 1993 he worked for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, Nedlloyd Flowmasters (Danzas Corporation) and Road Air/Phoenix International. The USA Rotterdam Desk will be transferred from New York to Chicago. Adress: Port of Rotterdam, 8770 West Bryn Mawr - 13th floor, Chicago, IL 60631. Tel. 001 773 867 8060


Star Princess Opens in Rotterdam

On May 12 the Star Princess arrived at Rotterdam at 9.30 a.m. With this the Rotterdam cruise season is officially opened. The ship owned by the American shipping company Princess is almost as big as the biggest cruise ship in the world; the Queen Mary 2 and had 2600 passengers aboard. It came from Le Havre and headed for Oslo the same night around seven o’clock. The Star Princess is one of the nine ships owned by Princess calling in at Rotterdam


W&O Opens Second European Facility

W&O, the United States’ largest supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, opened its newest facility in the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, expanding global availability of products and services to better serve European and Asian customers.  The new facility in Rotterdam is strategically located in the geographic center of the Port of Rotterdam complex for the efficient delivery of services and distribution of


GL Strengthens Inland Waterway Focus

GL Coordinator Ruben Roeleveld.

Germanischer Lloyd has appointed a new Business Development Manager (BDM), Tom Dorsman, and a dedicated Technical Coordinator, Ruben Roeleveld, specialising in Inland Marine. Mr. Dorsman will provide a dedicated sales specialist for the inland waterway vessel (IWV) market. Mr Roeleveld will be responsible for coordinating activities between plan approval surveyors, field surveyors, business development managers and clients. Mr


Rotterdam Harbor Dues Rise

Port senator Wim van Sluis will propose the Rotterdam Municipal Council to rise the harbor dues 2004 with two percent. This equals the rate of inflation. Last two years the dues were frozen to support the rate-pressed shipping industry and the competitiveness of the port. According to mr. Van Sluis the condition of the shipping industry has improved so much that a rise should be possible. He came to this conclusion after a/o consulting the


AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen Expands Transport Law Team

AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen, one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands, is expanding its transport law team. Effective October 15, three partners and three associates are joining AKD from the Rotterdam office of law firm NautaDutilh. The three partners joining AKD are Vincent de Brauw, Erik Klinkhamer and Frans de Vries Lentsch. Also making the move are Emily Derogee van Roosmalen, who heads up the Netherlands arbitration platform


De Vries State Harbour Master of Rotterdam

Photo courtesy Port of Rotterdam

René de Vries has been appointed (State) Harbour Master of Rotterdam, taking office on 1 March 2010.  That is the date on which the current Harbour Master Jaap Lems retires. The port of Rotterdam is not unknown territory for De Vries. He began his career with the Port Authority in 1982, as crew member on one of the patrol vessels.  Through the years, he has progressed to his present position, as manager of the Traffic Planning & Operations department, which has 220 staff


World's Largest Vessel to be Assembled in Rotterdam Port

Pieter Schelte: Rendering courtesy of Allseas

‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014, informs the Port of Rotterdam. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The length, in combination with the massive width


Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and


‘Landmark Year’ for RS in 2014

For Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), 2014 marked the 101st year of its activities. The classification society said 2014 also marked a landmark year, as the construction of the world's first Arctic LNG carrier began to RS class. The new 300-meter-long ship carrying liquefied natural gas


USCG Updates Rules for Arrival/Departure Notices, AIS

Final rule on vessel requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System published in Federal Register   U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) headquarters issued a statement announcing the publication of the final rule on Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and


Shippers Must Monitor Greek Government Changes

Michael Kotsapas (photo: Moore Stephens)

Moore Stephens says shipping must monitor developments in wake of Greek government change   International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says it is too soon to say whether the Syriza party’s victory in the country’s elections could, as some fear


Damen Delivers Pontoon to Kristiansund Taubåtservice

Image courtesy of Damen

Kristiansund Taubåtservice has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Pontoon 4113. At 41 meters in length and 13 meters across, the Stan Pontoon joins the company’s existing fleet of three barges.   Kjetil Kvande Hansen at Kristiansund Taubåtservice AS commented


US Judge: BP Spill Smaller Than Feared

Photo: BP

BP Plc will face Clean Water Act fines for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill of up to $13.7 billion, less than a maximum of $17.6 billion it could have been fined, after a judge ruled on Thursday the size of the spill was 3.19 million barrels.  


Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas

Photo: Fairmount Marine

Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine.   Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots


California Fines 4 Shipping Firms

  The California Air Resources Board has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the


Ottawa Bars Use of 'Buy America' Rules at Ferry Project in Canada

The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation


Rotterdam Port Back to Growth

Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority

After two consecutive years of negative volume growth, Europe’s busiest box port Rotterdam was back on the growth trail in 2014, as container throughput grew 5.8% to 12.3m teu.  The different market sectors performed quite dissimilar. The break-bulk, with 12


S.Korean Ferry C/E Overcome by Fear, Panic

The chief engineer of the doomed Sewol ferry who was jailed for 30 years for leaving behind two injured crewmates believed they were dead and had acted in "a state of extreme fear and panic," his lawyer told a South Korean appeals court on Tuesday.


ITF Repeats Call for Rotterdam Dialogue as Dockers Protest

Paddy Crumlin (Photo courtesy: ITF)

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)  called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port


New UK Tax Could Hit Offshore Sector

Sue Bill (Photo courtesy: Moore Stephens)

Companies in the offshore maritime sector could be among those hit by a 25 percent Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) charge under draft UK legislation scheduled to enter force in April 2015, international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said.


Rotterdam Port Opens Secure Trailer Car Park

second secure trailer car park

  The Port of Rotterdam Authority has opened a second secure trailer car park on Theemsweg in the Botlekgebied, which enjoys a central location. There are 107 slots for loaded and empty trailers. The Theemsweg facility is a follow-up to the first dedicated trailer car park in the


World's Largest Ship Sparks Outrage

Pieter Schelte (Pic: Allseas Group)

 Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world's biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS.  The Pieter Schelte, which is so big it can lift oil rigs out of the water






 
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