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Svitzer Orders Pair of Damen ASD Tugs

On September 10, Svitzer and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem signed a contract for the construction and delivery two Damen ASD Tugs 2411. Although Svitzer already operates a few Damen Tugs in their fleet of over 500 vessels, this contract represents the first direct order. The deliveries are scheduled for respectively end July and end October 2008. Both tugs will have a bollard pull of approx. 70 metric tons and will be built according to the UK MCA requirements and are well equipped for various port operations.


Broere Shipping Wins Dow Deal

Broere Shipping won a contract from Dow Benelux, a unit of U.S. group Dow Chemical Co., to transport 800,000 to 900,000 tons of fluid chemicals per year to various ports in Northwest Europe.


USCG Implement Security Guidelines

Vice Adm. Ray Riutta, commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, instructed Coast Guard Captains of the Port west of the Rocky Mountains to apply the guidelines as an interim step while new regulations are being developed by Coast Guard Headquarters, a regulatory process that may take a year or more. While Coast Guard Captains of the Port currently have authority to take actions based on security threats, the new guidelines provide consistency among the various ports and address the


Duarte Tapped as AAPA 2013 Chairman

Armando Duarte-Peláez, AAPAs next chairman of the board.

AAPA Elects Armando Duarte of Santa Marta, Colombia, As 2013 Chairman. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—representing the interests of seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere—this week during its Centennial Spring Conference board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.—elected Armando Duarte-Peláez as its next chairman of the board. Mr. Duarte- Peláez’s one-year term will begin the last day of AAPA’s 101st Annual Convention


Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside, while workers at Port Metro Vancouver and in the surrounding area covered their faces with scarves as they streamed out of their offices. By early evening, firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control and residents were allowed to


Taiwan’s Evergreen Resume Traffic in Iran's Shahid Rajaee Port

Image: Evergreen Marine Corp

 Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp. has authorized one of its huge container ships to berth at Shahid Rajaei port in southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, reports Press TV.   Ebrahim Idani, director general of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Department, was quoted by Iranian media as saying on Tuesday that the fifth-generation container ship, Ever Legion, has started its journey from China’s Shanghai port and will call at various ports in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia


U.S. Ships Complete Neptune Warrior Coalition Course

Three ships led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 24 departed Faslane, Scotland, March 11, having completed Neptune Warrior, a coalition course off the coast of Scotland with ships from the United Kingdom and Germany and aircraft from France. Capt. Carl W. Cramb, commander, DESRON 24, led the three ships, USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Barry (DDG 52), and USS Elrod (FFG 55), during their transit to Scotland and then commanded one of the international Task Groups during Neptune Warrior


WiFi Wireless Ready for ort Security Duty

WiFi Wireless, Inc. will now take orders for its WFSCT System. The proprietary system is lauded as a solution for securing cargo ships and containers in and out of U.S. Ports. The solution is designed to satisfy and solve key issues dealing with the task of containers and cargo security for ships coming in and out of our ports improving cargo security, reliability and safety. The company recently announced that it has been in discussions with various port authorities.


Towing Solutions Awards Tractor of the Year Award

For 2006, Towing Solutions awarded the Tractor of the Year award to the 5,080 hp “reverse tractor” (ASD) Dolphin Class designed by Robert Allan Ltd. These boats are owned and operated by Foss Maritime Co. of Seattle, Wash. When Foss Maritime considered adding more tractors to their fleet, they first evaluated the vessels in their current fleet in an attempt to identify additional potential towing requirements in the various Ports that they serve


TEN Exercises Options for Product Carriers

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has exercised options for two handysize, double hull, 1A ice-class tankers, with carrying capacity of 37,000 dwt each. The vessels have a contract price of just under $30 million per ship and are scheduled for delivery in March and June of 2007. These vessels are sister ships to the newbuildings announced in January of this year. The vessels are to be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries at their Mipo shipyard


India to Double Ports Capacity to 3000 MT

Nitin Gadkari. Pic: PIB

 India is set to double its ports capacity to 3000 million tonnes (MT) by 2025,  the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said.    The capacity of ports stood at 1,500 MT in 2015. He also said that an investment of Rs 60,000 crore will be made in the port sector by May 26 this year


India to Develop Port in Bangladesh

Image by Bangladesh Awami League

 India is planning to establish a port in Bangladesh, says the Minister for Shipping, Nitin Gadkari.   A high-level committee will be sent to the neighbouring country in this regard. "A shipping ministry delegation led by a joint secretary will visit Bangladesh next week to study


Essar Ports Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Essar Ports

On the back of increased production by its anchor customers, Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has registered significant growth in cargo handling over the last three months. In March 2016 alone, EPL’s four operational ports handled total cargoes of 6


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


Mexico's main Pacific Ports Reopen

A tree felled by wind is seen after the passing of Hurricane Patricia in Casimiro, Mexico October 24,

  The major Mexican cargo port of Manzanillo was set to reopen at 4 pm (21:00 GMT) on Saturday, a port official said, after avoiding the worst of Hurricane Patricia, which slammed into the country's Pacific coast but caused less damage than expected.


Bright future for Bunkering at Indian Ports

Bunkering Conference in session

  Hinode’s 5th Annual conference on the Outlook for bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India clearly acknowledged the fact that India was well on its way to becoming a Bunkering destination. Lack of infrastructure, duties, quality of bunkers, etc


New Industrial Director at Port of Rotterdam

Yvonne van der Laan (Photo: Marc Nolte)

Yvonne van der Laan will commence her duties as Director of Process Industry & Bulk Goods at the Port of Rotterdam Authority starting February 1, 2016.    Van der Laan will succeed Bas Hennissen, who left in 2015. She brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the


Port Security goes High Tech in South Africa

The newly renovated control room at the Port of Durban boasts state-of-the-art video walls for added visibility across the port.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) introduced a new port security system valued at more than $53 million to safeguard customer cargo, port users, as well as Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors.   Richard Vallihu, Chief Executive at TNPA


Greece Formally Approves Cosco's Bid for Piraeus Port

Photo: Piraeus Port Authority

 The Greek privatization fund TAIPED formally accepted the binding bid submitted by Cosco Pacific for the majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), while the port company’s stock posted a significant increase on the Athens bourse in response to the Council of State’s


Sanmar Celebrates 40 Years

Image: Sanmar

Tugboat builder and operator Sanmar Denizcilik is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. More than 150 tugboats benefiting from its wealth of experience are presently in operation on international seas, the company says.   It was in the year 1976 that Orhan Gürün


Chinese yards to Deliver RAmparts Tugs

Construction at Sanlin Shipyard Photo Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. has been hard at work in the Chinese market for the last few years, not only for various shipyard clients, but also for local owners. In addition to major international ports in China such as the Ports of Ningbo, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen


Chennai port, Belgium sign MoU

Photo: Chennai Port

 The Chennai Port Trust has signed a fresh memorandum of understanding with the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium), reports the Hindu.   "Belgium is working towards getting an agreement between the ports of Zeebrugge in Belgium and the port of Chennai as part of its efforts to take part


ICTSI Income Drops 68%

Photo ICTSI

        §  Throughput grew 5% to 7.8 million TEUs         §  Revenues down 1% to US$1.051 billion         §  EBITDA improved 2% to US$450.0 million  


Shell, Rolls-Royce, MAN Ink LNGi Deal

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled Ships at DNV GL – Maritime

DNV GL’s new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi) aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. Leading LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including, Shell


Godrej Conferred AILBIEA's Lifetime achievement Award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries (at left) receiving the award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries Ltd., was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA) during its 15th Anniversary celebration held on 1st April 2016 in Mumbai. 






 
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