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Hong Kong Port Losing Ground to Shenzen

HK Container Port Road:Photo credit Wiki Baycrest CC-BY-SA-2.5

In China's container terminal league table Shenzhen is overhauling HK, Dalian is the fastest growing & Yingkou vaults into top 25. Shanghai is still ahead of Singapore for top spot in the world – by some half a million boxes in the first three quarters – 24.2m teu versus 23.7m. Hong Kong, until 2005 the busiest boxport in the world, is likely to relinquish third spot to Shenzhen this year based on numbers from Alphaliner as reported by SinoShip news. Hong Kong volumes dropped 3.9% in the first nine months, making it the worst performer in the list, while nearby Shenzhen has seen growth of 3.1%. Also of note is the rapid rise of Yingkou, which on the basis of the first nine months of this year, has crept into the top 25. Chinese ports account for 11 of the top 25 ports in the world with Dalian the strongest grower, clocking a whopping 26.2% growth to jump to number 17 in the rankings. Source: SinoShip News  


This Day in Naval History - Nov. 29

From the Navy News Service 1775 - Capt. John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions. 1890 - First Army-Navy football game (Navy won 24-0). 1929 - Cmdr. Richard Byrd makes first flight over South Pole. 1944 - USS Archerfish (SS 311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world's largest warship sunk by any submarine during World War II.


This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 10

1941 - Guam surrenders to Japanese. 1941 - Aircraft from USS Enterprise attack and sink Japanese Submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II. 1941 - PBY piloted by LT Utter of VP-101 shoots down Japanese ZERO in first Navy air-to-air kill during World War II. 1950 - Evacuation operations at Wonson, North Korea, completed.


ClassNK Marks Historic World Milestone

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda.

First in Class to Hit 200 Million Gross Ton Record.   ClassNK officially announced that its register had surged past the 200 million gross ton mark on 28 May 2012. ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda announced the historic achievement at a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the London office, which was attended by many of the leaders of the maritime community, including IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu and IMIF Chairman Jim Davis CBE


Third Damen PSV Delivered to World Wide Supply

World Pearl (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Galati has handed over the third Platform Supply Vessel in a series of six to World Wide Supply of Norway. This six-ship order heralds a new era in offshore construction for Damen Shipyards Group. World Pearl is built to Damen’s entirely new PSV 3300 design. The first of the Class PSV 3300, World Diamond, was delivered in July to the Norwegian company. “Delivery of the first PSV 3300 represents a new era in Damen’s continuing offshore supply vessel


China Receives First American LNG Cargo

Apollonia passes through the Panama Canals locks on its way to Asia. Photo: Shell

 The first cargo of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to target the world’s largest energy consumer arrived Monday at the Chinese port of Yantian in Shenzhen near Hong Kong.   The cargo was brought onboard the 161,870-cbm Maran Gas Apollonia, chartered by the Hague-based LNG giant Shell, that was the first LNG tanker to transit the newly expanded Panama Canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  


Rutter Receives Wheelmark for VDR

Rutter Technologies Inc. has received authority to affix the Mark of Conformity (wheelmark) that is granted by the EU to its voyage data recorders (VDRs). The wheelmark signifies that the Rutter VDR-100 is compliant with the EU Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment, also known as the Marine Equipment Directive (MED). Now that the first date for mandatory carriage has passed (July 1st, 2002), the VDR has moved from Annex 2 to Annex 1 of the MED and the wheelmark will be required to


This Day in Naval History – Sept. 11

1814 - In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of RADM Richard Byrd, USN (Ret.). 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B


Hiab Crowns World's First Crane Champ

WCC winner Johnny Jensen (Denmark) operating the crane

  Hiab, part of Cargotec, declared Johnny Jensen from Denmark as the first ever World Crane Champion. The Competition was held today at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K. with a winning time of 2 minutes 18 seconds. Mr Jensen is taking away a prize of €25,000.   The first runner up was Tobias Bergström from Sweden, with a finishing time of 2:30, and Martin Utpatel from Germany came in third place, with a time of 2:37.  


Carnival Signs MOA for First New Cruise Ships Built in China

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The MOA is subject to several conditions including closing of the joint venture, financing and other key terms.   As part of the new MOA, Carnival Corporation’s cruise joint venture in China agreed to order two new cruise ships to be built by a newly


Shipping Traffic Resumes in Bosphorus Strait

Turkeys Bosphorus Strait (CREDIT: AdobeStock 106467797)

Traffic in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, resumed on Thursday after a brief suspension triggered by a bulk carrier suffering an engine malfunction, shipping agent GAC said. GAC said the Marshall Islands-flagged, 225-metre vessel


USCG Type Approved Technology For BWC Seaforth Mobile BWMS

BWC Seaforth USCG.jpg

Ballast Water Containers has announced its patent pending BWC SEAFORTH and BWC BUTE mobile ballast water management systems, are now available with full US Coast Guard type approved technologies including industry leading components from manufacturers Optimarin & Wartsila.


Radio Holland Turns 100

Presentation of the anniversary book A Century Radio Holland during the festive celebration of the 100th anniversary of Radio Holland on board of the ss Rotterdam. From left; Paul Smulders (CEO Radio Holland Group), Ing. A. Aboutaleb (Mayor of Rotterdam), Erik van der Noordaa (CEO RH Marine Group) and Ben Vree (Chairman of the supervisory board of RH Marine Group). (Photo: Radio Holland)

Radio Holland celebrates its 100th anniversary and announces start of anniversary year Radio Holland Group (Rotterdam) celebrated its 100th anniversary in the maritime shipping industry. The event took place on board of the historical ship ss Rotterdam


Verifavia Performs Audit for Dynacom

Photo: Verifavia Shipping

 Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has commenced a ‘pre-verification GAP-Analysis’ audit for Greek-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. (Dynacom).   


Caisse, Dubai’s DP World Ink $3.8-Billion Port Venture

Photo: DP World

 DP World announces the creation of an investment vehicle in partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of North America’s largest pension fund managers.   The investment platform totals US$ 3


Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla


Fincantieri makes First Delivery to Seabourn Cruise

Seabourn Encore is the first cruse ship to be delivered Photo Fincantieri

The handover ceremony of “Seabourn Encore”, the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships ordered to Fincantieri by the ship owner Seabourn Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, took place today at the Marghera shipyard (Venice).


ABB to Power Emission-free Electric Ferries

Conversion of the Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries to battery operation is an essential part of our environmental strategy to reduce emissions Photo ABB

ABB’s project to convert two HH Ferries’ vessels into the world’s largest emission-free ferries is gathering pace after Öresund Dry Docks was selected to carry out the work. M/F Tycho Brahe and M/F Aurora will both be fitted with 4


Scottish Ferries Contract for Parker Bestobell Marine

Ferry Valve (Photo: Bestobell Marine)

Parker Bestobell Marine, part of Parker Hannifin, has won a contract to supply cryogenic globe and check valves for two Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries (Calmac) being built at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Glasgow.   The valves will be installed in the liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel gas


First Dual-fuel LNG Car Carrier Christened

AUTO ECO (Photo: Port of Zeeburgge)

United European Car Carriers (UECC), daughter company of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, signed a contract in 2014 for the construction of two dual fuel LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers. The first vessel, de ms AUTO ECO


[Op/Ed] WRDA: Dredging up Progress

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Digging out the small ports and harbors that serve as the on-ramps to the maritime super highway is important work.   We support the WRDA language that makes our water commerce system work productively. The Presidentially-appointed Mississippi River Commission in its public meetings


From Across the Big Pond

Stan Tug 3711 - (4x) to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers (Photo: Damen)

With familiar faces, new partnerships and Houston office, Damen widens its North American profile with a flurry of new work orders.   With a flourish and a flurry of new business, Damen’s new U.S.-based office officially opened in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2016


DP World Partially Monetizes Canadian Assets

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

DP World will partner with a Canadian pension fund in a $3.7 billion investment vehicle that primarily looks at brownfield projects in investment-graded countries, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research.   The terminal operator will retain operational control of the fund with 55 percent stake


TEN Announces Four New Time Charter Contracts

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited

 Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN), a leading diversified tanker owner, has announced new time charter contracts for four vessels, an aframax, two panamaxes, and a handysize product tanker, all to major end users.    The average contract length of all four fixtures is 14


JERA Buys First-ever U.S. LNG Cargo

File Image: LNG carrier underway (Credit: Parker Bestobell)

Japan's JERA Co, the world's biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), on Thursday said it made its first-ever purchase of LNG from the lower 48 U.S. states, as part of its goal to diversify supplies. JERA, a fuel joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power






 
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