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European Shippers' Council Calls on Competition Authorities to Cooperate

Pic: The European Shippers’ Council (ESC)

 Shipping alliances will lead to market convergence and will reinforce the risk of reducing service quality and sailing frequency as well as free choice for manufacturers and retailers, as well as enhancing prices, according to the European Shippers’ Council (ESC)    It also has called for greater data monitoring by national competition authorities following recent announcements regarding shipping line collaborations which, it claims, are bringing “the container liner market one step closer to total convergence”.   The increased collaboration between the French container ship operator CMA CGM and Germany’s Hamburg Süd will bring the container liner market one step closer to total convergence, the European Shippers’ Council warns.   The Brussels-based organization wants a focus on “operational and juridical links between ship owners” and the “correlation between price modification and capacity modification”.   ESC, which represents the logistic interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, argued that the situation will “neither improve trade nor the growth of economies”, stating:” This new global partnership underlines the fact that the maritime liner competition should be seen from a global perspective and not at regional level.  

Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new

NG: Maritime Laser Demo System Proves Capabilities

Northrop Grumman announced that it recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. According to the company, shore-based tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme proved the MLD system's ability to track small boats at long ranges and in a marine environment. "Tracking tests were part of a larger program designed to demonstrate laser weapon system

Zero Emissions Ship a Step Closer

Photo credit Scandlines

German Greens MEP Michael Cramer welcomes news that development of the world's first hydrogen-fuelled ship has come a step closer. Cramer was speaking at the presentation of "project zero", an initiative designed to develop the first ship generating zero greenhouse gas emissions.
, reports The Parliament. Scandlines, the Danish-German ferry company, wants to develop a ferry servicing a short, 100km route between the two countries, which would be powered, in a sense, by wind

Shipwreck Salvors, Seafarer, Get New Work Permit

Lantana Cannon: Photo credit Seafarer

New permit is an important step in the excavation process by Seafarer Exploration Corp. of an historic shipwreck site located off Lantana Beach Florida. The permit was issued pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and represents an important step in Seafarer's quest to excavate this exciting shipwreck site.

USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

  The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica. The men aboard the go-fast began jettisoning packages overboard after the Dependable began pursuit. The Dependable launched its small boat and stopped the suspect vessel after employing disabling fire against one of the outboard engines

NOAA Awards $315K for Great Lakes Restoration Program

A Great Lakes restoration initiative has received a grant of $315,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Awarded to the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute and administered by Michigan Sea Grant, the grant will be used to develop science-based restoration priorities and understand successful

Northrop’s ASDS Launched from Host Submarine

The U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) and the U.S. Navy's USS Greeneville (SSN 772) have accomplished the last significant test of the ASDS system prior to its Operational Evaluation the successful launching and recovery of the system from a host submarine. For this most recent system test, ASDS Boat 1 successfully completed multiple launch and recovery docking scenarios with the USS Greeneville

$9.5M for Manhattan Ferry Service

New York area commuters will soon benefit from direct ferry service between Elizabeth, NJ, and lower Manhattan thanks to a $9.5 million federal grant awarded to County of Union, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta said. The Elizabeth ferry project will contribute to the expansion and improvement of transportation services to Lower Manhattan by providing a much needed link for Manhattan residents who work in the rapidly growing Elizabeth area.

UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau Takes Shape

A UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau is one step closer to becoming a reality, according to the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). Over recent months, the ICS has organised a number of meetings with leading bodies in the UK transport industry including the Chamber of Shipping, Freight Transport Association, BIFA, Road Haulage Association and British ports' groups, all of which have given the bureau their full support. The next step is to secure funding from the UK government.

Höegh Autoliners Appoints Agents in Finland

Joachim Lagerstedt Managing Director Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

  Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from 1 December 2015.   SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri

Höegh Names SSL as its Agent in Finland

Pic: Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

 Höegh Autoliners appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, which has already worked with the Norwegian ocean carrier in Sweden and Norway for several years, as its agent in Finland, effective Dec. 1., 2015.   SSL is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited

EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.  

DONG Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Image: DONG Energy

DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain.   The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities

Shell Seeks Removal of Activists from Oil Rig

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday in a protest against Arctic drilling.

BlueTEC Platform Ready for Generation

Tidal BlueTec platform (lowres)

  The first BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform was formally named by the Mayor of Texel, the Netherlands this morning. The floating platform, which holds tidal turbines below the sea surface, will soon be positioned near the island of Texel – supplying clean electricity to the Dutch grid

New Dry Bulk Facility at Khalifa Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

New AED 20 million facility will pack and transport dry bulk products for petrochemical and mineral manufacturers    Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the groundbreaking of Schmidt ME Logistics’ new facility in Khalifa Port’s industrial, trade and logistics zone, Kizad

New DPO Training from Kongsberg

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

New Kongsberg Maritime and DNV-GL DP Operator Training Scheme Enhances Competence and Reduces Time to Certification   Kongsberg Maritime has become the first global maritime training provider to offer a new DNV-GL approved Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) training scheme at its training

Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

Arctic Challenger Photo Greenpeace

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information

San Leon Signs Moroccan Rig Deal

Deal signed for Rig for its El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya licence

  San Leon Energy signed a rig contract for the drilling of the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco. The rig contract has been signed with Entrepose Drilling for the Cabot 750 rig. The well is expected to spud in the second half of August 2015

Port Everglades Project Step Closer

Ports Chief Executive Steven Cernak told about the projects long-awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Broward County's Port Everglades is moving forward with a plan to widen and deepen its channels, but there are still several steps to go before construction begins, the Port's Chief Executive Steven Cernak told elected officials and business leaders during an event to celebrate the

Pier Demolition Makes Way for Ferry Terminal

Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation

Pier removal to eliminate 4 percent of toxic creosote left in Puget Sound   Demolition of the Mukilteo tank farm pier has begun. The work makes way for a new terminal to replace Washington State Ferries’ existing, 60-year-old facility in Mukilteo

China's Mega Shipping Merger Moves a Step Closer

Photo: Cosco Group

 The merger talk between two state-run shipping conglomerates Cosco Group and China Shipping Group is on strong footing on on Beijing’s command.   According to sources, the companies would release an outline plan within three months

UDS Strikes Deal to Build Dive Support Ship in China

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel.

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel. Even though the oil market remains in the doldrums, Singapore-based UDS is powering ahead with tis strategic plan to

Vroon Group Implements Seanique


  Vroon Group, an international shipping company, has announced on-target progress in the implementation of Seanique, SOFTimpact’s Maritime Software Solution based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, catering for the Vroon Group’s operations in crewing and payroll across the entire fleet

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