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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

Neptune Lines Appoints Agent in Arabian Gulf

Photo: ISS

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed agent for Neptune Lines’ new Arabian Gulf short sea car transportation service in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.   As agents for Neptune Lines in these three countries, ISS will provide full port agency, vessel husbandry and liner services, as well as vehicle documentation, on the new Arabian Gulf short sea service.  

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

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

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).

Setting Sail for 2017: A New Boost for European Shipping Policy

Photo: Danmarks Rederiforening

 On the 8th of December European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) launched their proposals for the European Maritime Strategy 2017, which proposes actions in fields of short sea shipping, lifelong careers in the maritime industry, European leadership globally, sustainable shipping and smarter regulation.   2017 has been set out to be the European maritime year by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and hence

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).

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

One Small Step toward Sustainable Coastal Shipping

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Short sea shipping is alive and well on America’s East Coast.   In the United States, counties and states directly on the shoreline constitute less than 10 percent of the total land area (not including Alaska), but account for 39 percent of the total population. From 1970 to 2010, the population of these counties increased by almost 40 percent and are projected to increase by an additional 10 million people or 8 percent by 2020

New Hamburg Terminal for OPDR

Aerial view of the Süd-West-Terminal (SWT) in the Port of Hamburg (Photo: OPDR)

The short sea shipping expert OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, will call a new terminal in the Port of Hamburg: the C. Steinweg Group’s Süd-West-Terminal (SWT). The first OPDR vessel will call the SWT on October 11th 2016. The Süd-West-Terminal is a highly flexible

Developing a Roadmap for Green Coastal Shipping

Revolt, an electric-powered, zero-emission and unmanned ship concept, will also be included for further development within the Green Coastal Shipping Programme. Photo: DNV GL

 The Norwegian authorities’ target for 2030 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to what they were 40 years earlier. By doing so, Norway will set the direction for the shipping industry and continue to be a front-runner.  

BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with

Big Names Unite to Push LNG as a Marine Fuel

Picture of the SeaLNG group Photo SeaLNG

Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, ENGIE, ENN, GE, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc. and Wärtsilä are among firms that are part of a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG

CO2 Emissions Reduction Should Apply to Entire Shipping Industry

Photo:  European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA)

“We believe that shipping, together with all other industry sectors, must be part of the solution to limit the increase in global temperature, as we clearly are a global contributor to carbon emissions,” said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) President, Niels Smedegaard

Rolls-Royce Outlines Visions for Autonomous Shipping

Remote controlled ship concepts (Image: Rolls-Royce)

A new whitepaper from the Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) outlines the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality.    “This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when

OPDR Shuffles TANCAS Service


OPDR has updated its established TANCAS service, connecting two Moroccan ports with three ports in Northern Europe. Starting on June 21 in Rotterdam, the revised service offers improved transit times while maintaining high schedule integrity.  

Transport Minister Visits Liverpool2 Development

Transport Minister Andrew Jones (right) with Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director at Peel Ports, overlooking the port (Photo: Peel Ports Group)

U.K. Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP visited the Port of Liverpool Monday, May 16 to view the latest developments at Liverpool2 as the terminal approaches its opening.   The Minister, who has responsibility for the strategic roads network and ports

ECSA Calls for Short Sea Shipping Friendly Framework

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.  

First Shippers Sign on Rolls-Royce Autonomous Ship Project

Finferries 65 metre double ended ferry, the Stella, which operates between Korpo and Houtskär in Finland will undertake a series of tests of sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) project, led by Rolls-Royce, introduced the project’s first commercial ship operators: ferry operator Finferries and dry bulk cargo carriers ESL Shipping Oy. The announcement came at a conference presenting the findings of the

Heavy Lift: Topside Module Delivered for Yadana Gas Field

Photo: BigLift Shipping

SapuraAcergy awarded BigLift Shipping the transportation contract for a wellhead production topside module for the offshore Yadana gas field, off Myanmar. BigLift loaded the module in Ulsan, Korea, and transported it to the Yadana field, where SapuraAcergy’s S3000 would lift it off and

Croatian Shipyard Wins RoRo Ship Orders

(Photo: CLdN RoRo SA)

Making good on it's announcement in the autumn of 2015 to ambitiously expand its RoRo fleet, CLdN Ro-Ro SA confirms that two additional ships have been ordered, with options for another four, through the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik.  

2015 a Record Year for the Port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona ended 2015 with positive results in its key traffic indicators, with record figures in foreign trade and certain strategic cargo segments such as vehicles and motorways of the sea.   Containers are a key traffic and a good barometer of the economic environment

European Shipowners Showcase Short Sea Shipping

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations

 The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) presented its new brochure on the merits of short sea shipping during  a high level meeting organised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council.   The intention behind this new initiative is to revitalise the EU’s

LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

JT Cements LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay.

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