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Cavotec Wins Major Container Terminal Cable Reel Order

Cavotec wins major cable reel order for Sri Lanka container port. Cavotec has won a substantial order for power and spreader cable reels for ship-to shore (STS) container cranes from the world’s largest port equipment manufacturer ZPMC. This project will see Cavotec electrical power and spreader cable reels fitted to 12 STS cranes for the China Merchant container terminal in the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The cranes form an important element of the Colombo South Harbour Development Project, a $500-million initiative that is set to considerably enhance the capacity of Sri Lanka's main port. According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, the programme is the largest foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka to date. The first 600m quay of the container terminal is scheduled to become operational in 2014, while the remaining two stages of the programme are to be completed in 2016. “This project reinforces our position as a trusted supplier to leading OEMs such as ZPMC. The considerable size of this order is also strongly positive for Cavotec,” says Gustavo Miller, Managing Director of Cavotec Shanghai. Cavotec products include automated mooring systems, shore power technologies, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised cable reels and steel chains.

Tata Steel is crowning glory of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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  Today’s naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone in Tata Steel’s 12-year involvement in the project. In that time the company has supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel and developed three entirely new grades of lighter and stronger steel specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy. Tata Steel will also supply steel for the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.

APL Outlines Supply Chain Security Plan

On July 7, a supply chain security expert from global container carrier APL outlined practical steps that would help achieve an improvement in the safety of international trade at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Symposium. Focusing on the topic of Total Supply Chain Security, Earl Agron, Vice President of Security for APL, told the high-level audience of government, military and industry leaders in Singapore that the five key steps that would help improve supply chain security

Del Monte Reefer Headed in for Fix

Philippines-based Keppel Cebu Shipyard, part of Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured the drydocking and repair contract for Del Monte’s 7,079 dwt reefer Lerida Carrier. This vessel is managed by Cyprus-based Dobson Fleet Management. The reefer arrived at the shipyard at the beginning of this week after unloading a cargo from Japan. Repairs are expected to take eight days to complete Work on the NK-classed vessels includes propeller and tailshaft survey

Signal Yard Upgrades Secure Drilling Rig Project

A subsidiary of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has awarded dockside shipyard work on the Ocean Baroness semisubmersible-drilling rig to Signal International, LLC. The rig is currently docked at Signal’s Pascagoula Mississippi East Yard undergoing mooring chain inspection and chain locker repairs, general steel renewals, piping upgrades and ABS survey work. Ongoing enhancements at the East Yard have enabled Signal to accommodate large semisubmersibles, such as the Baroness

CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

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  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom, the opening marks CEVA’s third Center following the launch of Centers in Jacksonville and Singapore. The Centers demonstrate ‘real world’ logistics innovation through supply chain optimization and enhanced visibility

Port of Tacoma Submits Application for C-TPAT

The Port of Tacoma has submitted its application to become a member of the U.S. Customs' C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program. C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative designed to strengthen supply chain security and border security through cooperative relationships with members, which include air, rail and ocean carriers, brokers and manufacturers. Program membership was recently extended to terminal operators and port authorities.

GMATS Announces New Curriculum

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GMATS to expand global supply chain and maritime security curriculum. The Global Maritime and Transportation School is introducing two additional courses, as follows:   Fundamentals of Importing and Exporting   As a foundation of the Global Maritime and Transportation School's expanding Global Supply Chain and Cargo Security curriculum, the Fundamentals of Importing and Exporting is an essential two-day course that will give the student a basic understanding of importing

Global Supply Chain Security

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In this timely work, James Giermanski describes the advent and subsequent development of security operations in the global supply chain, outlining the respective contributions of governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders to this worldwide concern.   Global Supply Chain Security explores the potential impact of port-related catastrophic events in the United States and their effects worldwide, concentrating, in particular

Hoover, First Reserve Announce Partnership

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Hoover Container Solutions has entered into an agreement to partner with First Reserve, the largest global private equity firm exclusively focused on energy. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   One of the global industry leaders in oilfield fluids container solutions, Hoover operates worldwide through 15 facilities in North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia

P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing

UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an  international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the

Gondon Shipyard Expansion Underway

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Spanish shipbuilder continues expansion and improvement process at several of its facilities targeting increased productivity Gondan Shipyard announced it has completed a new stage of improvement and expansion at its facilities in Figueras

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

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 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

Sacyr Says Will Deliver Panama Canal expansion on Time

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 The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016.   The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)

Kværner Verdal AS Selects AVEVA Bocad

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Press release - Kværner Verdal AS has selected AVEVA Bocad Steel and AVEVA Bocad Offshore for use at its design and fabrication yard in Verdal, Norway. Kværner required a specialized structural steel design solution that provided out-of-the box functionality and powerful integration

New System for Marine Pipe-joining Applications

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 Viega LLC, a provider of pipe-joining solutions, announced the availability of the Viega SeaPress system for a variety of marine pipe-joining applications from potable water, to fuel, to fire sprinkler.   The Viega SeaPress system is a 90/10 copper-nickel alloy suited for seawater

Steel Cut for Norwegian’s Next Cruise Ship

A steel cutting ceremony signaled the beginning of construction for Norwegian Cruise Line’s next cruise ship. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Marking the beginning of construction of the second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, a steel cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, September 15 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss

VOSS Fluid: Tube Connection Technology

The VOSSFormSQR tube forming system provides connection of stainless steel and steel tubes above and below deck. (Image: VOSS Fluid GmbH)

For connection of stainless steel and steel tubes above and below deck, VOSS Fluid provides the VOSSFormSQR tube forming system. The solution is certified for marine and offshore applications, even frequently-changing assembly personnel achieve process-reliable connections.  

Great Lakes Ore Trade Dips in August

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.9 million tons in August, a decrease of 19 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).   LCA said the ore trade was suppressed by continued high steel imports levels

LGH Expands Equipment Rental Fleet

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Lifting Gear Hire (LGH), a company providing lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale, announced the addition of several new products to its equipment rental fleet.   Joining the company’s rental portfolio is a 4x4x2 Gated Material Basket, as well as several new rigging rollers

Cadmatic, NCG Combine Business Operations


Press release - Cadmatic and Numeriek Centrum Groningen BV (NCG) have combined their business operations and continue as one company.   Cadmatic Oy has acquired all the shares and business operations of Numeriek Centrum Groningen BV (NCG). This is valid from the 16th of September 2015.

Great Lakes Cargo Volumes Down in August

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Foreign steel, vessel repairs and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Great Lakes float 10 percent in August, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the

GTT’ Mark V Earns DNV GL General Approval

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its new containment system Mark V has been granted General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) by classification society DNV-GL.  

AT&T Network Connects Maersk’s Reefer Containers

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A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has entered an agreement with AT&T to use its Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect its refrigerated containers. In what is reported to be one of the largest industrial IoT deployments of its kind, Maersk is working with AT&T to track and monitor the

Insufficient Steel Found in Panama Canal Locks Sill

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The seepage found in the Panama Canal’s third set of locks is said to be the result of an inadequate amount of steel reinforcement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today.   ACP said it was informed by the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the

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