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AEP MEMCO LLC Doubles Headquarters

AEP MEMCO, a dry cargo barge operator will be growing its business in a new Class A office building emerging at Chesterfield Village in Chesterfield, Mo. AEP MEMCO LLC will more that double the size of its headquarters by taking two floors in the five-story, 100,600-sq. ft. Central Park Square Office I being developed by Sachs Properties. AEP MEMCO, based at Chesterfield Village since 1995, will occupy 42,000 square feet when the new building opens next year. The start of Central Park I marks the 40th anniversary of Chesterfield Village and opens the next chapter – Downtown Chesterfield – in the 1,500-acre development. Downtown Chesterfield will include a second six-story, 150,000-square-foot office structure and four pedestrian-oriented retail buildings totaling 26,000 square feet. AEP MEMCO employs 1,100 people nationwide, including 115 at it current headquarters. Knoy anticipates adding another 35 employees after the firm occupies its new headquarters taking shape on a 20-acre site in the 16000 block of Chesterfield Parkway West. The company currently operates out of 18,000 square feet of space in the Roosevelt Building at 16090 Swingley Ridge Rd.


Stena Bulk, Concordia Team to Order 10 Chemical Parcel Tankers

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As shipyards around the world struggle for business, Stena Bulk and Concordia Maritime confirmed an order of up to 10 in-house designed chemical tankers. The ships will be built at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China with deliveries beginning from spring 2014. When delivered, the 50,000-dwt vessels will be the most sophisticated in the Stena Bulk and Concordia Maritime fleet. The value of the order is $400 million if all ten ships are declared


GAC Mersey Installs UK Offshore Platform

Conwy Platform: Photo credit GAC

GAC Shipping UK completes the successful installation of the Conwy platform 40 miles off the port of Liverpool in good time The successful installation was completed only two months after a tug carrying the rig's jacket and topside - each weighing in at over 700 MT - set off from Rotterdam. GAC's Liverpool office was appointed by Dutch heavy civil engineering company HSM Offshore BV to provide an integrated package of support services to construct and hook-up the platform.


Capesize Momentum Likely To Continue Through End Of Year

The momentum in the Capesize shipping markets is likely to continue across the next month, shipping brokers said. However, continued rate strength in the New Year will depend on sentiment concerning Bocimar's intentions for the vessels it has on short term charters coming up for renegotiation from February. Current optimism in rates being maintained is based on recent timecharter fixtures of $20,500 a day for a modern bulk carrier East and $17,600 on a return trip to Europe, a broker said


Graig Group Secures Orders For Bulk Carriers

Cardiff-based Graig Group has secured seven firm orders for its modern double-hull ultra handymax Diamond 53 bulk carrier. Graig has ordered two Diamond 53's from Shanghai's New Century yard, Athens-based Thenamaris has taken two Graig orders from the same yard, and Scandinavian interests have confirmed, through Graig, three orders at Shanghai's Chengxi yard. First deliveries will begin in January 2005. A total of nine options have been granted by the two shipyards.


Russians Take Journalist To Kursk Site

Nearly a year after the Kursk submarine sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of all on board, Russia packed 99 journalists onto a ship and took them to the site of the catastrophe. The Kremlin says it wants to make the lifting of the 18,000 ton nuclear-powered warship a model of multi-media openness, after weathering fierce criticism last summer for its handling of an accident that is still shrouded in mystery. Horror at the loss of one of Russia's most modern submarines and her 118 crew


Refugees Give Greek Tour Operators an Extended Season

Placards in hand, travel agent Iakovos Bouchoris and his team scout for customers at Greece's busy Piraeus port, near Athens, where some 5,000 people arrived on Tuesday in a single day on ships from outlying islands close to Turkey.   Instead of the usual groups of German, Italian and Korean tourists, the tour operators were waiting for Syrian refugees; and rather than touring the ancient ruins of the Greek capital, they were heading north to the Greek-Macedonian border.  


Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015. The first of these ships was taken over by NAT today and renamed Nordic Light.   Upon delivery of Nordic Light’s sister ship in October, NAT will have a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two new builds scheduled to be


As Interest in LNG Surges, Regulators Struggle to Keep Pace

Joan M. Bondareff

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges and ferries has surged in recent months.  This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low sulfur rules for the North American Emission Control Area (ECA), which go into effect on January 1, 2015; and new technologies for the construction of engines capable of running on LNG.  Regulatory regimes both in the U.S


Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co.   In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier built by Japan Marine United.   Following these deliveries, Star Bulk owns seventy-two dry bulk vessels on the water, consisting of three Newcastlemax, eighteen Capesize


U.S. Backs S. China Sea Bilateral Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says backs bilateral talks; Philippines says dispute does not involve United States. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea


Piracy Drops to 21-year Low, IMB Reports

Graphics: International Maritime Bureau

 Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).  


Quick Propeller Repair Prevents Drydocking

One of the propeller blades was missing parts of its tip. (Photo: Hydrex)

Recently a team of Hydrex diver/technicians performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190-meter container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged and needed to be cropped to restore the propeller’s efficiency.   


China’s One Belt, One Road: Will it Reshape Global Trade?

Kevin Sneader and Joe Ngai discuss. Photo: McKinsey Insights

 The future of trade in Asia could depend heavily on what becomes of China’s expansive One Belt, One Road initiative, which calls for massive investment in and development of trade routes in the region.    In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, recorded in May


IMO Workshop in Morocco Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.    Participants from Moroccan governmental departments


CNO Visits Chinese North Sea Fleet

The goal of the engagement is to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan LairdReleased)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Chinese North Sea Fleet headquarters, July 20 to meet with fleet commander Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai. The goal of the five-day trip is to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies.


Ecospeed Demonstrator Vessel on Display

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation attended the first in a series of planned Ecospeed demonstration ‘roadshows’ (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation  attended the first in a series of planned ‘roadshows’ Subsea Industries has initiated to demonstrate the zero environmental impact and simplicity of cleaning hulls protected with its Ecospeed hard coating


Marseille Mega-ship Initiatives Enter Final Phases

Photo: Port Marseille Fos

The two main construction projects in the Marseille harbor area of leading French port Marseille Fos are nearing completion following a decisive stage in works costing almost €64 million ($70.6 mln) that will cater for mega-ships by enlarging the Passe Nord port entrance and recommissioning


Blohm+Voss Strengthens Team

Jean-Gabriel Tridon (Photo: Blohm+Voss)

Blohm+Voss has appointed Jean-Gabriel Tridon as General Manager and Dieter Pladeck as Finance Director for its new maintenance and refit facility in La Ciotat in the south of France.   The company has filled the two management positions only two weeks after winning the local tender of La


Fratelli Neri S.p.A. Orders Three Damen Vessels

L to R:  Dott. Corrado Neri, Director Fratelli Neri Group and Managing Director Labromare Livorno; Andrea Trevisan, Damen Sales Manager; Dott. Piero Neri, President Fratelli Neri Group; Dott. Corrado Neri, Director Fratelli Neri Group and Mr. Riccardo Sala, Broker Branchero Costa on the occasion of the contract signing for the three vessels. (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Fratelli Neri S.p.A., the family-owned, Livorno-based harbor towage company, has ordered three new Damen vessels; an ASD Tug 2913, a Stan Tug 1606 and a Stan Launch 1305, the last for its subsidiary company Labromare, which is 50% owned by Tripmare S.p.A.  


Shipbuilding’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ – A Dramatic Affair?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Down the years, shipbuilders have always entered and exited the business as cycles have progressed, but over the past decade developments have been dramatic, says Clarksons Research.   Back in 2007, 220 shipyards secured at least one order for a unit of 20,000 dwt or above in size


Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother.   Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million


Navig8 Acquires Tanker from SPP Shipbuilding

Courtesy Navig8

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. (the “Company”) (N-OTC: EIGHT), an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today took delivery of the Navig8 Pride, a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.


UK Convicts Captain, First Mate of Drug Trafficking

(Photo: NCA)

The captain and first officer of an ocean going tug boat have been found guilty of drug trafficking following the biggest ever U.K. seizure of class A drugs, the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA) announced.   The cocaine, worth an estimated potential street value of £512


Harry Diamond Celebrates 21 Yrs at WQIS

Harry Diamond, Vice President and Chief Claims Officer Photo WQIS

Harry Diamond, Vice President and Chief Claims Officer at WQIS, is celebrating 21 years with the company this year. Diamond is a graduate of LaSalle University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in social studies education and history; he also holds an Associate degree in Risk Management






 
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