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Port Everglades Names New Chief Harbormaster

Conrad Strong, an 18-year veteran at Broward County’s Port Everglades, has been named Chief Harbormaster beginning May 23, said Port Director Ken Krauter. The Harbormaster Office includes approximately 40 professional and technical staff that oversees all vessel movements and berth assignments at the South Florida seaport. At Port Everglades, the Harbormaster Office serves as a one-stop shop that coordinates vessel agents, harbor pilots, towing companies, security and governmental agencies to ensure proper and timely vessel arrivals and departures. “We are fortunate to have someone with Conrad’s breadth of knowledge and experience available to make a seamless transition into this critical management position,” Krauter said. “It is also encouraging to see someone rise through the ranks within the Broward County and Port Everglades family.” Starting his Port Everglades career in 1986 as a Linehandler, Strong became a Duty Harbormaster in 1996 and was promoted to Assistant Harbormaster in 2001. Strong is a certified professional firefighter and has earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Prospect Hall College in Hollywood, Fla.


American Cruise Lines – Online Travel Agent Training & Certification Program

  American Cruise Lines web site to offer travel agent training, certification & marketing tools American Cruise Lines announce plans for an upcoming travel agent portal, the first of many new features to be added to the company’s new website. In an effort to maximize travel agent potential with American Cruise Lines, as well as accessibility to product information, the new agent portal, which will be available this summer, will feature the following:


ITIC Alerts Ship Agents to Latest Smuggling Scam

Smugglers are using more inventive methods to move illegal immigrants around the world, warns the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC). Ship agents are particularly at risk and may face heavy fines if they fall victim to the smugglers' scams. Earlier this year, ITIC warned ship agents about migrant smugglers who send illegal immigrants as 'crew' for ships that don't exist. While this remains ongoing problem


Vopak To Sell Dry Goods Line

Vopak NV plans to sell its dry goods line agent business to unlisted Dutch freight transport and logistics company Royal Burger Groep. No financial details of the transaction were released. "The line agent usually transports dry goods, and Vopak is more an oil and chemicals shipper," a Vopak spokeswoman said. The planned sale includes the line agent activities in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, Vopak said


ITIC Warns Agents to Beware Crew Smugglers

Fraudsters are continuing to involve ship agents in the smuggling of illegal immigrants by pretending they are joining crew. In the past twelve months, over twenty approaches to ship agents have been reported to the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), the specialist mutual insurer of transportation professionals. In the latest issue of ITIC's annual publication, Intermediary, the club notes that the majority of attempts by crew smugglers over the past twelve


FONASBA Highlights Complexity of Ship Agents’ Role

Shipowners, port users and regulators have been provided with a comprehensive and detailed overview of the many activities undertaken by port agents by The Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA).   The international association today (Monday 3 December) publishes the Port Procedures Survey (www.fonasba.com/fonasba-initiatives/fonasba-port-procedure-survey), an ambitious project which has codified the numerous separate functions required to get a ship


Multiport Extends Network with New Members

Seven new members have joined Multiport, extending its network of independent ship agents. This latest expansion means the network now has representatives in over 110 countries. The seven new members are: ScanWeco AS of Norway, TeRo Ltd of Georgia, Thocomar Gambia of Gambia, Presersa of Guatamala, Somarig of French Guiana, Ets Fauzi J Ghandour of Lebanon, Reginald Villard of Haiti. "The level of interest being shown by agents to become members of Multiport


CG, NOAA Fisheries Intercept Vessel

A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter sighted a trawler allegedly fishing for groundfish in the Rockfish Conservation Area on February 6. A National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency Fisheries Special Agent aboard the helicopter spotted the fishing vessel Astoria, Ore.-based Sara Frances using bottom trawl gear in this conservation area. Beginning January 1 of this year, fishing for groundfish in this area with bottom trawl gear is prohibited.


Intelligent Software Agents for Machinery Diagnostics

Machinery plant maintenance represents a major expense for ship operators. In addition to normal maintenance expenditures, unexpected breakdowns have a significant cost impact. Recognizing the importance of preventing equipment failures, companies continue to adopt automation for machinery monitoring at a rapid pace. Continual improvements in the price/performance ratio of automation systems have also fueled their increased use in shipboard machinery plant monitoring.


MACSEA, Electric Boat Sign Development Agreement

MACSEA Ltd, a provider of software agent technology for prognostic machinery health monitoring, has signed a Co-Operative Research and Development Agreement with Electric Boat Corporation (A General Dynamics Company) of Groton, Conn. The goal is to further develop and demonstrate advanced technology for real-time maintenance decision-making in support of a minimum manned, highly automated and networked information infrastructure on future Navy ships


Hamburg Sud, CCNI Deal Next Month

Containerized fleet CCNI combines a capacity of 37,980 TEUs. Courtesy: CCNI

 Hamburg Sud has entered into a long-expected purchase agreement for Chilean shipping line CCNI (Compania Chilena De Navigacion Interocea) for an undisclosed sum.    The transaction is expected to close by end-March pending approval by antitrust authorities, said Hamburg Sud


SCHOTTEL Opens Colombia Subsidiary

Julio Carrasquilla Martínez (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL has opened a new subsidiary in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.   Serving as managing director of SCHOTTEL de Colombia is Julio Carrasquilla Martínez who previously worked as a sales agent for SCHOTTEL do Brasil. He has a Master in Marine Technology from Delft University and


SCI's Worldwide Agents Meet

SCI’s Worldwide Agents Meet 2015

  The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Worldwide Agents Meet 2015 was this year held in the Auditorium of  it's Maritime Training Institute at Powai. The meet was attended by about 102  delegates from various agency houses  representing Far East, Indian Subcontinent


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.


SBM Offshore Warns of Sharp Revenues Drop

Photo courtesy of SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore, the Dutch marine oil production and loading vessels specialist, said on Wednesday its revenue this year could fall to as low as $2.2 billion, down from $3.5 billion in 2014.   "The effects of the recent drop in oil prices are being felt across the offshore services


CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015

Photo courtesy of Shipcruise.org

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report today and is once again projecting industry growth in 2015.   A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents


Bertling on Rapid Growth Trajectory in India

Carbondioxide absorber is one of the heaviest packages handled in India by Bertling

  As the Indian economy shows signs of green shoots Bertling Logistics India Private Ltd., the country's only project logistic multi-national has etched out strategic plans to consolidate its multifarious activities in order to gear for a major leap forward that will place it on a higher


Shippers Plan 4-day Partial Shutdown of US West Coast Ports

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Shipping lines plan a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports, starting on Thursday, amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the companies said on Wednesday.   Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be


Hafnia Tankers Eyes USD 34 Mln to Finance Fleet Additions

Courtesy Hafnia Tankers

Hafnia Tankers Ltd have entered into an agreement to acquire 4 LR1 product tankers. This acquisition confirms the commitment of Hafnia Tankers and its stakeholders to further expand the business within the product tanker segment. The vessels are:


Hamburg Süd, CCNI Ink Sale and Purchase Deal

CCNI Arica (Photo courtesy of CCNI)

Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A


West Coast Ports Reopen, Labor Sec. Arrives for Talks

U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions.


Hamburg Buy Out Chilean Shipper

Pic: Hamburg Sud

 German liner company Hamburg Sud said it expects to seal the acquisition of the container shipping operations of Chilean shipping group Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica [CCNI] by the end of March.   Earlier, Hamburg Süd has confirmed the long-awaited signing of its


COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

Photo courtesy USCG

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone


APC: NIMASA behind Anti-Buhari Adverts

Photo: Nimasa Dg and the Graduating Students of Nsdp Program

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) Friday accused the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA) of sponsoring a hate campaign against its presidential candidate, Maj- Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).    


Danish-Swedish Port Boosts Rail Freight

Photo: CMP

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has engaged in a new collaboration to increase freight traffic by train to and from Northern Harbour. The new train service starts from the Netherlands and serves Malmö three times a week.   Freight traffic by rail will now increase in Malmö and






 
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