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MarAd Launches Short Sea Shipping Site

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has initiated an Internet site devoted to Short Sea Shipping. MARAD also confirms the US Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will be joining Canadian Minister of Transport Lawrence Cannon and Mr. Cesar Patricio Reyes Roel, General Coordinator on Ports and Merchant Marine, Secretariat of Communications and Transport, Republic of Mexico at the North American Short Sea Shipping Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 18-20. Source: HK Law


HUAL To Strengthen Short Seas

HUAL, one of the major global car carrier operators, has decided to split its short sea activities into two entities in order to enhance and expand service to short sea customers in Europe. HUAL has served the European short sea market through its French subsidiary Cetam SAS covering both pure car- and combined car/trailer segments. The activities in Cetam will now be split in order to further support growth in the two segments individually and meet the requirements from different categories


Toronto Welcomes First Short Sea Shipping Barge of 2006

On March 26, a cargo of heavy automotive production machinery was transferred from the Federal Manitou at the Port of Toronto onto a barge destined for Port Stanley, Ontario thereby initiating the 2006 short sea shipping season. Earlier that day, the Federal Manitou was honored on its arrival as the first ocean-going cargo ship of the shipping season into the Port of Toronto. Its cargo was specialized automotive production machinery manufactured in Germany and loaded onto the Federal Manitou


President Bush signs Marine Highway Legislation

On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program within the federal government. Under the new law, marine highway or "short sea" transportation refers to the carriage by vessel of cargo in containers, loaded on the vessel by cranes or by means of wheeled technology. Specifically, the new law requires the establishment of a program and the designation of


Canada to Fund Short Sea Shipping Project

The Honorable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honorable Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Alberni, and Mr. Robert Bennie, Chair of Nanaimo Port Authority, today announced funding for a short sea shipping project in British Columbia, further bolstering Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI).


Short-Sea Shippers Warn of New EPA Rules' Unintended Consequences

Rod Jones: Photo credit CSL Group

A new well-intentioned maritime fuel regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to crowd roads and increase onshore air pollution, maintain shipping industry leaders Rod Jones and Bill Terry, President and CEO of the CSL Group and of Eagle Rock Aggregates, respectively. They explain that the rule requires the use of high-cost, ultra-low sulfur fuels in ships operating within the 200 nautical mile (nm) boundary of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA).


Seatruck supports Mersey shiprepair

Heysham-based Seatruck Ferries has drydocked its freight ferry MV Moondance with newly formed North Western Ship Repairers, using Birkenhead's Bidston dock. The dock is not far from the Camell Lairds facility, and North Western is led by John Syvret (ex-MD of Camell Lairds. Seatruck is the first company to use North West for a full drydocking. Kevin Hobbs MD of Seatruck, says, "We are delighted that North Western has stepped in to offer the quality service that we require


New Intra-Europe Container Service Debut

Founded in March 2004 and based in Antwerp, Belgium, Delphis NV is a new company that will be active on the intra-European transport market. Delphis is targeting customers in need of European transport solutions : direct shippers, forwarders, deep sea lines and tank/bulk container operators. Delphis' first service is a new short sea container shipping connection between Gdansk (Poland) and Hull (UK). The 370 TEU mv "Smaragden" will be deployed on a weekly basis between these two ports


UK Port Orders 14 Cargotec Straddle Carriers

UK based Forth Ports orders the carriers for its upgrade of the London Container Terminal (LCT) at Tilbury. Forth Ports is investing in substantial equipment and site upgrading to LCT to ensure customers continue to receive a first rate and enhanced service. It is also integrating LCT with the busy short-sea terminal, also located at Tilbury. Part of the investment plan is the purchase of 14 new Kalmar ESC 450W straddle carriers from Cargotec.


Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'

Ferry Isefjord: Photo credit Western Marine

A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of  modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route


Short Seas in the Long Run

Built by All American Marine, the 83’ aluminum fast cat designed by Teknicraft Design is hydrofoil-assisted and cruises at 27 knots.

Building for the possibility of shortsea shipping involves many variables. The novel concept of rebirthing short sea shipping into what it once was or could be, may remain just that, a novelty. It would be paramount to overcome the “my way


Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

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With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American


Canadian Shipowners Applaud Government's Icebreaker Response

Robert Lewis-Manning: Photo CSA

The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) says it is extremely pleased that the Government of Canada is responding to the need for additional icebreaking support on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway, as with another icebreaker, key cargo such as wheat, will move to market quicker.


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


EU Backs Study Methanol Marine Fuel Study

The European Union will support with €11.2 million from the TEN-T Program a study followed by real life trials to look at the use of methanol as a possible maritime fuel of the future. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority


Russian Shipyards Deliver Tugboat, Short-Sea Bulk Carrier

Neva Leader: Photo credit Nevsky Shipyard

The sixth short-sea multi-purpose bulk carrier for North-West Shipping Co., named 'Neva Leader' has been delivered by the Nevsky Shipyard, as part of a project by Marine Engineering Bureau-Design-SPb, JSC. The tugboat RB-401 was built by Pella Shipyard for port operations in Kalingra


UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year


Heidmar Names van der Zijde CEO

The Board of Directors of Heidmar has announced the appointment of Hans van der Zijde as Heidmar's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. van der Zijde graduated from the Nautical Academy of Rotterdam in 1985 and subsequently studied Maritime and Logistic Management there, graduating in 1992.


DNV Asks: What Will the Alernative Fuel Mix for Shipping Be?

DNV Photo: LNG Arctic Discover

DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 per cent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions


DSV Launches Turkey-UK Intermodal Service

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DSV has launched an intermodal service between Turkey and the U.K. to add to its portfolio of road, air and short-sea services between the two countries. “We have seen an increasing interest in intermodal services as shippers seek more cost effective ways of sending their goods


DNV GL Reports on the Future of Fuels

LNG Arctic Discoverer (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 percent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions


Erik Thun Orders LNG Cargo Ship

Image: Ferus Smit

Swedish shipping company Erik Thun A.B. has granted Shipyard Ferus Smit the order for building an LNG powered cargo vessel, with two more units on option. The first vessel will be delivered in autumn 2015 from the yard in Westerbroek, Groningen.


Crossing the English Channel by Ferry Preferred to Chunnel

Image credit P&O Ferries

More people used ferries to travel from the UK to the continent last year although cross-Channel numbers are still down on those of decade ago. According to the Department for Transport's recently released annual Sea Passenger Statistics the number of short sea international ferry journeys


SNAME Meeting on Financials of LNG

SNAME announced its seventh technical meeting for the 2013-2014 season, during which Dr. Panagiotis Zacharioudakis, Senior Researcher at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), will speak on the subject of “The Financials of LNG


Real Marine Highways for Real Intermodal Solutions

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The Columbia/Snake River System defines shortsea shipping, and promises much, much more.   Lewiston, Idaho, is perhaps best known to tourists as the turnaround for a Columbia River cruise or the jumping-off point for a trip to Hell’s Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge


 
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