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LNG Tanker Al-Ghuwairiya Berths at Ras Laffan

According to a report from AmeInfo.com, a significant milestone was reached on 21st June 2011 when the LNG tanker "Al-Ghuwairiya" berthed at Ras Laffan to load her LNG cargo bound for Canaport, Canada. The Qatargas chartered vessel is one of the new generation Q-Max LNG tanker able to load a full LNG cargo of 260,000 cubic meters. The vessel is owned by the Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat).   Source: AmeInfo.com  


Kursiu Linija Sells Eimskip Share

Kursiu Linija sold a further 20-percent share of its equity to Icelandic transport company Eimskip. The move gives Kursiu Linija additional financial power and paves the way for expansion plans. Following the increase in Eimskip’s stake, Kursiu Linija will be run by a four-man board consisting of Bragi Thor Marinosson, Bjorn Einarsson, Stefan August Magnusson and Kursiu Linija founder and former managing director Arijus Ramonas


Daewoo Gets 690m Qatar LNG Order

According to reports, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co has secured an order worth 690m from Qatar Gas Transport Company to build three liquefied natural gas carriers. The vessels will be delivered by April 2009. The shipbuilder plans to boost its annual production capacity of LNG carriers to 15 from eight ships now by 2008. Source: Forbes


QGTC Awarded Charters for Six LNG Carriers

Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) announced that it has been awarded 25 year time charters by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (II), (QGII) for six 'QMax' LNG carriers of approximately 265,000 cubic meters carrying capacity each. These will be the largest LNG carriers ever constructed. According to AME Info, the ships will be ordered from Korean shipyards Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries


An Argentinian Shipbuilding Revival

Pictured is whats reported as El Astillero Punta Alvear de Argentina. (Photo: Courtesy http://thebulletinpanama.com)

According to a blog on the Bulletin Panama (http://thebulletinpanama.com), there is a boatbuilding revival happening in Argentina. The export of tugs and barges by Astillero Punta Alvear marks the revival of the Argentine shipbuilding industry, creating both foreign exchange and jobs with skilled labor and knowledge that was in danger of being lost after years of inactivity, as reported on http://thebulletinpanama.com


Brazilian Grain Trucker Blockade Continues, Threatens Harvest

Truckers protesting high diesel prices in Brazil used road blocks to restrict the flow of soy, corn and other commodities in a key grain-growing region for a third day on Friday, threatening what is expected to be a record harvest. A group of transport companies and independent truckers are blocking the flow of goods on the main highway and other major roads in Mato Grosso, a center-west state that is Brazil's top producer of soybeans and a major source of corn and livestock.


OSG Names Largest LNG

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has named the LNG Carrier Al Gattara, marking a new generation of Q-Flex Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, said to be the world’s safest, most advanced and largest ships to transport this critical energy source. This vessel is the first in a series of four sister ships to be delivered to OSG Nakilat, the joint venture between OSG and Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat). The ship’s sponsor, Mrs


ABS Nautical Systems Grows

ABS Nautical Systems, one of the leading providers of integrated fleet management software for the maritime industry, announced another year of record growth in 2010. ABS Nautical Systems signed 83 new clients with a combined total of 1053 vessels overall. In the month of December, 18 new customers were signed – a number that roughly equates to a new contract signed daily. New clients signed across the globe include Chevron, Reederei Offen, Hapag-Lloyd, Donnelly Tankers Management


ITF Inspectors Visit Ships for Support in Walmart Campaign

ITF Protest: Photo credit ITF

ITF inspectors visit ships to ask captains and companies to raise concerns about the way Walmart treats its US staff. The ITF is urging shipping firms carrying cargo owned by US retail giant Walmart to raise concerns over its treatment of US warehouse workers and warning of impending industrial action at the company over the coming holiday period. They are likely to to embark on industrial action on 23 November in protest over poverty pay and the downgrading of working conditions.


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, specialized in providing offshore support services. The new vessel is property of the shipowning company Adriese di Navigazione, which is also the holding company of the group the Vittoria Shipyard belongs to


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

Photo: UPS

 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


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


Container Equipment Costs at Record Low

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Low material costs and stable demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows where it is forecast to stay, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Uber Boats Seek to Bypass Istanbul's Road Traffic

Image: Uber

With the towering bridges that span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from Uber aims to capitalise on Istanbul's infamous road congestion.   In partnership with local sea transport company Navette the Uber Boat venture is unlikely to net a significant chunk of the


Lifejacket Donations to boost Safety in Torres Strait

Donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program

  Marine safety in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area is getting a boost with the donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) School Based Maritime Safety Education Project.


2GO Mulls 25% Hike in its Revenue

Image:  2Go Group

 2GO Group, Inc. plans to boost profit by a quarter this year amid a sanguine outlook on its logistics, distribution, and express courier businesses, a company official said.   The company has set a P1.1-billion ($0.04billion) net income target this year


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


World’s Dry Cargo Transport Rate Nosedives

Pic: Maersk Line

 The recession, gradually engulfing the world commodity production, has become apparent amid the dynamics of rates for international dry cargo transportation, reports abc.az   The key shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26


CMA CGM-led Consortium Win Box Terminal Bid

Kribi Container Terminal

The consortium formed by CMA CGM, Bolloré and CHEC won the bid process initiated by the Cameroonian government Following the bidding procedure initiated by the Cameroonian government, the consortium formed by the French companies - CMA CGM and Bolloré - and the Chinese CHEC (China


Tsuneishi to Invest in Indonesia Shipyard Business

Photo:  Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation

 Japanese shipbuilding and maritime transport company Tsuneishi Holdings will invest up to $40 million to open ship repair services in Indonesia amid increasing efforts by the government to boost the archipelago's maritime industry, reports Jakarta Globe.  


Ruscon Sees Cargo Boost Despite Russian Downturn

(Photo: GCS)

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.






 
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