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Libya Acquires New Tankers

Libya Wednesday took delivery of three new oil tankers at its port hosting the Refining Company in Zaouia, as part of ceremonies marking the 37th anniversary of the country`s September 1969 Revolution. Baghdadi Mahmoudi, Secretary of the Libyan People`s General Committee took delivery of the three tankers - Ibn Batouta, Gardhabia and Intissar - new additions to the Libyan Maritime Transport Company`s fleet. The tankers built in South Korea by Samaho Hundai, one of the largest ship builders in the world, under supervision by Lloyd`s of Britain, cost US$165 million each, according to industry sources. They are equipped to carry three types of crude oil, and each could unload 3,000 cubic metres of crude per hour. The tankers were purchased by the Libyan Maritime Transport Company to meet the needs of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), in pursuance of local and international standards, and for operation in all ports. They will sail between several Mediterranean ports and in northern Europe, under a long-term deal of specifications signed with NOC. Source: Angola Pres


Rolls-Royce to Supply Propulsion for Battery-Powered Ferry

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Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of its Azipull propulsion and control system for the "ferry of the future," a new vessel which will operate on battery power alone.   The vessel is being built at the Fjellstrand yard in Norway, and once in service will be operated by Norwegian transport company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal. In 2010, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport announced a tender to develop a new ferry that was 15-20% more energy


Road Transport Puts Denmark Ferry Out of the Running

Photo courtesy of Kattegatruten

Kattegatruten’s ferry services between Kalundborg and Aarhus are to end next month . The core business area for the service is truck transport and driverless cars, but for months the service has been unprofitable. "It is impossible to compete with Eastern European prices. Danish haulage companies are increasingly using Southeast European road transport companies as subcontractors. This means much lower labor costs and therefore driving across the Great Belt Bridge is more


Speedcast Secures Deal with AMPTC

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SpeedCast International Limited announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract from Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC), a provider of maritime transport services of hydrocarbon substances in the Middle East region.  SpeedCast will provide satellite network connectivity for AMPTC’s entire fleet of vessels. SpeedCast will provide each AMPTC vessel with end-to-end VSAT services that enable corporate networking, Internet access, voice communications


MOL Transports Wheelchairs for Paraguayan Children

Paraguayan Ambassador to Japan Naoyuki Toyotoshi (left) presents MOL President Koichi Muto with a letter of thanks for the company’s transport of used wheelchairs for disabled children in Paraguay.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. received a letter of appreciation from the Paraguayan Embassy, thanking the company for providing ocean transport of used wheelchairs from Japan to Paraguay, where they were delivered to needy children. This is the second time MOL has teamed up with the Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children, a certified NPO, following a project in 2010. A total of 80 used wheelchairs for children were loaded on its operated containership at Port of Yokohama and


Nakilat H1 Profit Up 10 pct

Photo: Qatar Gas Transport Co Ltd (Nakilat)

 Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, has registered a half yearly net profit of $135 million (QR490.2mn), up 10% on the same period last year.   The healthy financial results reflect “Nakilat’s strategic development, the success of its joint ventures, and the company’s resilience in the challenging economic climate”, the company announced.  


Boatracs Appoints New Personnel

Boatracs, a business unit of Advanced Remote Communication Solutions, Inc., has appointed new personnel to better service clients, and expand sales coverage in the Pacific Northwest. In newly created positions, Robert Trainor joins the company as Sales Engineer, managing activities for the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and western Canada, and Steven M. Bryan, Sr. as Manager of Projects, Design and Development. Both positions report to Charles J. Drobny Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Boatracs.


Breakbulk Africa Congress – Transnet CEO to Speak

Brian Molefe: Photo credit UBM Global Trade

Brian Molefe, CEO of Transnet, South Africa's intermodal & pipeline conglomerate, will deliver the keynote address at forthcoming African debut of the Breakbulk Africa Congress Transnet SOC is South Africa's national transport arm and the governing body for the country's rail, pipelines, ports and terminals. During his keynote address, Molefe will discuss Transnet's recently announced, four-point growth strategy, which includes plans to invest R110.6 billion (US$12


Bechtel Studies Cargo Ship Safety in West Africa

Bechtel launched a new research initiative to improve the safety of mooring large cargo ships off the coast of West Africa. The combination of heavy ocean swell, squalls and shallow coastlines can create unpredictable conditions which limit the number of dry bulkers that can be moored safely in the area. The results of this research aim to provide new mooring guidelines and systems, which will improve the transfer and transshipment of natural resources from the region.


Greencarrier Plots Energy and Projects Expansion

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Greencarrier Shipping & Logistics AS said it is planning to expand its services to the oil and gas industry, appointing a new head of the energy and projects business unit and opening an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Scandinavian company, which offers the full range of freight forwarding and logistics services, has identified project forwarding and the energy industry as two of its main target areas for growth in 2014.


Growth in the Leased Container Equipment Fleet to Slow

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 Following markedly slow growth of just 3.5% in 2015 due to decreased rental demand, the global leased container equipment operating fleet is forecast to increase by little more than 1% in 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing Industry Annual Report 2016


Rickmers Maritime Gets Breathing Space

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 Marine transport company Rickmers Maritime has been offered a credit facility worth USD 260 million in order to cover bank debt. The carrier is also considering converting its debt to bonds worth more than USD 70 million as part of an ongoing restructuring of the listed company's debt burden


Barcelona Port Encourages Partnering for Development

The Port of Barcelona is pursuing an active policy to increase the competitive edge of its customers, fostering the development of efficient and operational services that respond to their needs for international shipping and logistics services


Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders


Ruscon Sees Cargo Boost Despite Russian Downturn

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Though Russian ports have seen a general decline in the number of containers handled, multimodal operator Ruscon reports it has seen its own numbers rise. Ruscon, a subsidiary of Russian container transport company Global Container Service (GCS), said it handled 65


Honeywell to Automate Finland's First LNG Terminal

The liquid natural gas terminal under construction in Finland. Image credit: SkanGas

 Honeywell has announced that it has received a contract to supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) automation controls and tank gauging systems for Finland’s first LNG import terminal.   The new terminal will efficiently supply natural gas to marine vessels and


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (Courtesy Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar)

  On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven its capability to support Qatar’s national strategy for economic diversification.


Colombo Port Boosts Volumes

Photo: Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd.

 The Chinese-built Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), which opened for business in 2014, has made significant gains in container handling last year surpassing 1.5 million TEUs, according to local media.   The Terminal has set a record in 2015 with handling 1


UPS Oposes CP-NS Merger

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 UPS, one of North America’s largest intermodal shippers, has told federal regulators that it is against Canadian Pacific Railway's (CP's) proposed acquisition of Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS).   UPS' thumbs-down has dealt a severe blow to CP's $28 billion bid to acquire U.S


Strong Growth in Container Traffic between Austria and Hamburg

In 2015 around 295,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria by rail. That represents a 9.3 percent gain, setting a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria


Blue Brother Supply Vessel Launched

Blue Brother (Photo credit: Franco Ortolani)

A new launch for Vittoria Shipyard in Adria (Italy). The ceremony for Blue Brother took place in the waters of the Canalbianco-Po River.   The supply vessel will be leased out to Bambini di Ravenna, which is one of the most important maritime transport companies in Italy


Transport via Northern European ports more sustainable

Scatter plot of CO2 emission per TEU per day for vessels according to size and year of build.

On the European continent, the Alps form a natural barrier for international transport. Containers can be transported to Southern Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland cheaper as well as more sustainably via North European ports than via Southern European ports


UK Treasury Deletes 3 Iranian Shipping Lines from Sanctions List

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 The UK Treasury deleted names of three Iranian martitime companies active in maritime transportation from its list of entities entitled to financial sanctions.  As per report by IRNA British HM Treasury has announced that following the EU


Maersk Break-Up Soon ?

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 A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, in its strategic review, is considering several options including a two-way split into an energy and a transport company, says a Bloomberg report.   According to Danish daily Berlingske, the shipping group is likely to break up into transportation and energy


Japanese Yards Mull Shipbuilding Alliance

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Four major Japanese shipbuilders are in discussions to form an alliance in hopes of riding out the industry slump.   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced in a press release today that it has entered talks with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd






 
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