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Seabulk Towing Appoints Rogers as Senior Vice President of Marketing

Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rogers will be responsible for Seabulk Towing's overall marketing program and the coordination of customer initiatives for each of Seabulk Towing's divisions including Port Everglades Towing, Port Canaveral Towing, Tampa Bay Towing, Mobile Bay Towing, Seabulk Towing Services-Port Arthur, and Seabulk Towing Services-Lake Charles, as well as the offshore towing business in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. In addition to maintaining positive working relationships with existing customers, Rogers will aim to build Seabulk Towing's customer base by identifying and developing prospective domestic and international new business opportunities that fit into Seabulk Towing's development strategy. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Rogers began his maritime career as a deck officer with Texaco, moving up the corporate ranks to senior positions with tanker fleet owner/operator OMI Corporation, Southern Ship Management, and most recently, the world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation. He is well-known within the maritime industry and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Propeller Club of the United States.

MOL Enhances CSW Service between Asia and East Coast South America

Map by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL, President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the enhancement of its Asia and East Coast South America trade by merging existing CSW and SW2 services to form a new CSW service.   The existing CSW and SW2 services, which are operated jointly by MOL, Maersk Line (ML) and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), will be merged into a new enhanced CSW service to strengthen the coverage between the major trading hub of Asia and key ports in the east coast

Asian Nations Push for More Exposure in Cruise Market

The Port of Shanghai is getting a new cruise passenger terminal. Southeast Asian nations are teaming up on a Web site for cruise travelers. Officials from China are using the 2008 Olympics to promote a triangle of northern cruise ports. And don't forget about us, says Taiwan. Here's Asia, cruising's new frontier. Accordng to The Ledger, representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attended the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference this week

Cruise Lines Contribution to Economy Boosts

The North American cruise industry generated $20.4 billion in economic activity within the United States in 2002 – nearly a ten percent increase from 2001 – according to an annual study by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). Commissioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), the study details cruise lines’ economic contributions and examines the extensive links that cruise lines have with major U.S industries.

North Norway Port Booms as Arctic Ocean Base

Port of Kirkenes: Photo credit Port Authority

Kirkenes is becoming an important port for vessels conducting seismic surveys in the Arctic search for fossil fuels. Geographical proximity to the oil and gas fields and developed infrastructure draws companies to this North Norwegian town. One of the companies making a profit on the increased activity in the Arctic is Henriksen Shipping. Since the Agreement on Delimitation of the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean came into force

New Device Fires a Painless Warning Shot to Boaters

The US Coast Guard implements a new non-lethal signaling, warning device in Long Island Sound. The Coast Guard is implementing the use of a non-lethal signaling and warning device to support the service’s ports, waterways, and coastal security mission in Long Island Sound. The LA51 signal and warning device is considered a safer alternative to the current warning devices used by Coast Guard personnel. It is a shorter range round

New Service - Port Everglades to Amazon


Bringer Lines, a Miami-based air and ocean shipping company, is beginning a new service from Port Everglades to the Amazon region of Brazil with Japanese cargo shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd , better known as “K” Line. “The Broward County Commission has long recognized the trade opportunities created by having an oceangoing shipping service to Brazil as Florida’s leading trade partner

CSAV New Car Carrier Service From Port Everglades

Photo courtesy Port Everglades Dept./Corporate & Community Relations

Chilean line Compañίa Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) started its first vehicle carrier service at Broward County's Port Everglades. CSAV's new Pure Car Carrier (PCC)/Pure Truck Carrier service sails every other week from Port Everglades using Florida International Terminal, LLC, (FIT) for cargo handling. "This is the second new shipping service that CSAV has started at Port Everglades this year. This signals a positive boost to the trade in South Florida

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports    Abu Dhabi Ports─ the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate─ informs it has received the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (IPSO) certifications

CMA CGM to Reshuffle its India Middle East Gulf Route


 In a continued effort to provide increased reliability and quality services in a challenging environment, CMA CGM will reorganize its services connecting India Middle East Gulf to East Africa strategic markets.   Starting mid July 2016, NOURA EXPRESS and SWAHILI services new configuration will provide significant improvements: Positive developments for reefer cargo from Port Victoria direct to India and to Europe with a weekly frequency instead of fortnightly.  

Hanjin Containership Set to Dock in Vancouver

A container vessel that spent months sitting off Canada's west coast due to the collapse of a major South Korea shipping company is set to dock in Vancouver on Thursday, port and union officials said.   The Hanjin Scarlet, with nearly 800 containers on board

Fitch: US Ports Exposed to Shippers via Terminal Operators

File photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hanjin Shipping's and Outer Harbor Terminal's (OHT) bankruptcies this year have raised questions about the legal separation of joint venture terminal operators that are often lease counterparties for U.S. ports, Fitch Ratings says. These events highlight potential risks that must be balanced

New Port Approach Guides for Singapore

Photo: UKHO

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched three new Port Approach Guides with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).   Singapore is a major maritime hub for international and domestic ship owners and managers

Port of Houston Expecting Record Cargo Year

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

“We fully expect to top last year’s container volume with another record year in 2016,” said Roger Guenther, Port of Houston Authority Executive Director, speaking to the Port Commission during its latest meeting.   The Houston Port Authority said it has handled more than 1

Adani Ports PAT Grows by 61%

Karan Adani Karan Adani CEO, APSEZ   Photo Adani

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and the logistics arm of Adani Group, today announced another stellar operational and financial performance for the quarter and half year ended September 30, 2016.  

Rotterdam Port Throughput Slips

Courtesy Port of Rotterdam Authority

Compared to the excellent first three quarters of 2015 (+5.4%), cargo throughput in the same period this year fell by 1.9%. The decrease was particularly strong in coal and iron ore. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Each of the different sectors in the port has its

Intermodal terminal moves to Gothenburg Port

Freight terminal in central Gothenburg moves to the Port of Gothenburg Photo Gothenburg Port

Plans are in place to move the freight terminal currently located in the central city of Gothenburg to the Port of Gothenburg. The switch will allow a higher proportion of transport by rail instead of road. At the intermodal terminal, in the city centre of Gothenburg

Panama Canal Authority, Peel Ports Form Alliance

Peel Ports Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson (seventh from left) with the Panamanian delegation (Photo: Peel Ports)

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter gears up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November.  

German Shipping Firms Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: Sap Marine

 Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty today to an environmental crime in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden and United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.

CMA CGM to Reorganize PHOEX and BEX Lines

Photo: CMA CGM

 In order to improve the quality and reliability of its services on the Asia-East Med trades, CMA CGM has decided to initiate a Winter Program by temporarily merging its PHOEX and BEX lines in one string.   The new rotation wil be: Pusan - Shanghai - Ningbo - Chiwan - Port Kelang -

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,258,269 tons in September, a decrease of 5.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Shipments trailed the month’s five-year average by even more, 15.3 percent.

US Awards $4.85 Mln for Waterways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Program is to expand the use of U.S

MSC Updates 5 Services between Asia and N.America

Map: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced revisions to its five services operating between Asia and USA West Coast/Canada.   In an effort to provide improved services to our customers, MSC is pleased to announce revisions to its five services operating between Asia and USA

Port Security Training Drills in Argentina

Photo: Naval Prefecture Argentina

 The Naval Prefecture Argentina, following the guidelines of the Ministry of National Security, held this morning the annual exercise PEMADOCK (Plan Major Emergency Area Port Dock Sud) in order to achieve rapid and effective response to a potential loss of the extent that the activity proposed

SA Ports Gears for Cruise Season

Queen Elizabeth Photo SA Ports

South Africa’s ports are ramping up for another busy cruise season with at least14 luxury cruise lines and 20 vessels of varying sizesset to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities. The 2016/17 South African cruise season kicks off on 1 November

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