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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 Port Volume Dips In First Half

The volume of goods shipped through Rotterdam port in the first six months of 1999 reportedly fell 3.7 percent from levels recorded a year ago to 151.6 million tons.


NOL to Help Develop a New Container Terminal

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has been advised by the Port of Rotterdam that a consortium comprising NOL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui OSK Lines, DP World and CMA CGM has been awarded the right to equip and operate the first container terminal to be developed at Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. The 156 hectare terminal will have a capacity of around 4 million TEU and is expected to be operational in 2013. NOL’s share of the consortium will be 20%.


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


North Sea Traders Eye VLCCs to Asia, Libya Caps

Fawley refinery (photo courtesy Exxon Mobil)

North Sea Forties crude differentials firmed on Tuesday as traders eyed two potential VLCC shipments to Asia, though gains were capped as the first cargo of Libyan crude was set to load since a deal with rebels to reopen ports. Traders have been watching the progress of two VLCCs - the BW Utah


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


WireCo Acquires Netherlands’ Endenburg

Company will open new crane distribution center WireCo WorldGroup Inc., the world’s leading producer and marketer of specialty steel ropes and high synthetic ropes, announced today that WireCo has acquired the assets of Endenburg B.V., a Netherlands-based company


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


Pipelayer Towed from Genoa to Rotterdam

Fairmount Glacier

Tug Fairmount Glacier has towed pipelay-vessel Castoro Sei to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from where the vessel will start her seasonal activities on the North Sea. The Fairmount Glacier hooked-up with Castoro Sei in Genoa, Italy.   The Castoro Sei is a 28


Harmonized CSR-Compliant Ship Design Support Software

ClassNK releases a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software that is fully compliant with the new IACS Common Structural Rules

ClassNK released a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software that is fully compliant with the new IACS Common Structural Rules (harmonized CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers. The new ship design support software is reported to be the first in the world to fully


UK Budget 2014 Good News for Shipping: Analysts

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Rt Hon George Osborne MP: Official photo

The UK government’s Budget 2014, issued on 19 March 2014, is good news for UK shipping as it ensures the continuation of a stable UK tax regime for shipping, as has been the case for the past few years, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.


KR Launch New CSR-H Ship Design Software

KR logo

IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs of the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H).


Canadian Minister of Industry Visits KOTUG

AJ Kooren, James Moore and Paul Jamer

Canadian Minister of Industry, the Honorable James Moore, visited the KOTUG’s Headquarters and sailed on board of the hybrid Rotortug RT Adriaan, the so-called E-KOTUG, in the Port of Rotterdam. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and the Minister of Industry


CMA CGM Reshuffles Services

CMA CGM announced a revised service between North Europe and South America East Coast as from mid-April which will consist of two loops as detailed below. SAFRAN 1 will be operated with 8 x 9800 TEU vessels with the following rotation: Rotterdam - London Gateway - Hamburg - Antwerp - Le Harve


Total Lubmarine Celebrates Naming of Trafuco 7

Photo: Total Lubmarine

New barge operated with company’s biolubricants outlines commitment to environment and ship operators in Belgium Marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has welcomed the naming of the newest addition to its fleet, Trafuco 7. The naming ceremony for the newly-built vessel took place at


Damen Pontoon Deliveries Ensure Stock Availability

Photo: Damen

13 Stan Pontoons, six Stan Tugs and four Stan Tenders come to West Africa and Rotterdam Last Friday, April 4, a shipment that left China seven weeks ago carrying 13 new Damen Stan Pontoons and 10 other Damen vessels arrived in Rotterdam. The built-for-stock pontoons and vessels will uphold


Insights - Paul Hankins, President American Salvage Association

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This month’s editorial calendar has, in part, as its focus, oil pollution, prevention and response. Or, in other words, missions and matters that cut to the very heart of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the goals of its considerable membership


IMO, Bangladesh Target Improved Ship-recycling Standards

Photo: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh have signed a landmark agreement to work together to improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry.


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Image Courtesy Fairmount

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


 
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