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Fairmount Pair Tows Rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil

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Super tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA.   For this job the Fairmount Sherpa and the Fairmount Expedition were mobilized to the departure location from there previous projects. Fairmount Sherpa had just delivered the rig Atwood Condor in Trinidad after a speedy crossing of the Atlantic and the turbulent waters around the Cape of Good Hope and Fairmount Expedition was successfully involved in the salvage of the ill fated container vessel MSC Flaminia.   Upon completion of this project she was prepared in Rotterdam for the towage of rig Noble Max Smith and mobilized just in time for the departure from Pascagoula. The Noble Max Smith is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Noble Corporation and contracted by Shell for a drilling campaign offshore Brazil over a three year period. Prior to this the rig was prepared at a shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA. Upon readiness of the rig, a departure meeting was held and the Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition connected their towing wires to Noble Max Smith one by one. After this the convoy began its 5,500miles journey to Niterói, Brazil. First the convoy set sail towards Bridgetown, Barbados, for a stop-over for replenishment of the tugs and the rig

TT Club Reports Positive Trading Performance

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Specialist liability insurer for the international transport and logistics industry TT Club said it had another good performance for the year ended December 31, 2012, with further increased gross written premiums, and the club now maintains its A- (Excellent) rating for the past eight years. In a statement, U.S. rating agency A M Best reaffirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a-” of Through Transport Mutual Insurance

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Announces Appointments

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC) has announced the following staff promotions and appointments effective immediately: Francesco Pansardi was named Marketing Manager, based in New York City; Tom Hughes was named National Trade Manager Transpacific Service, based in Los Angeles; Halina Rosa was named Trade Manager East Coast for the company's Transpacific service based in New York City; and Juan Wilson has been named Credit Manager, also based in New York City.

Mediterranean Shipping Company Orders New Cruise Ship

Mediterranean Shipping Company. (MSC) has announced that its cruise division, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises, today confirmed an order for a new 1,600-passenger capacity cruise ship to be built by the French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique at St. Nazaire at a cost of $250 million. Negotiations are also in progress for a second ship of the same capacity. Backed by a network of MSC owned offices and affiliated agents worldwide

MSC Celebrates Mariner Heroes

The Navy's Military Sealift Command will commemorate the Merchant Marine heroes of yesterday and today at a 2:30 p.m. Maritime Day ceremony May 22 at Pier One East on the historic Washington Navy Yard. Rear Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, commander, MSC, will host the event, and MSC fleet ocean tug USNS Mohawk will be pierside, serving as the backdrop for the ceremony. Mohawk is one of about 110 ships operating daily around the world supporting MSC's mission as the ocean transportation

MSC Announces Award Winners

Fleet replenishment oilers USNS Laramie and USNS Yukon, and rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp are the winners of Military Sealift Command’s 2008 Capt. David M. Cook Food Service Excellence Awards. MSC Commander Rear Adm. Robert D. Reilly Jr. announced the winners in a message Tuesday, Jan. 22. Laramie won the award in the large ship East Coast category while Yukon took the honor for large ship West Coast. Grasp won the award in the small ship overall category

MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)announced that the company now offers new direct service to West Mediterranean ports in addition to its existing North Atlantic Service. This service is being operated using five 1200 TEU capacity vessels on a weekly basis. The new service rotations are: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport, Valencia, Naples, La Spezia and returning to Boston. "This service enhancement provides more cargo space and better transit time for

Military Sealift Wins Award forCommand Contracting Team

Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced Feb. 1 that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) contracting team won a 2006 Navy Competition and Procurement Excellence Award for chartering ships to rescue Americans stranded in Lebanon last year. The team -- Ken Allen, Lee Anderson, Olivia Bradley, Tim Pickering, Lance Nyman, and Dan Wentzell -- worked with companies and brokers from around the world to ensure that more than 6

New Standards for Ship Construction

The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee 78th session (MSC 78) embarked on the difficult task of developing "goal-based standards" for newbuildings. MSC 78 has unanimously agreed to begin this complex endeavour at the next session of this Committee (MSC 79). The base document that will be considered is a joint submission by the Bahamas, Greece and IACS. INTERTANKO will be closely involved in this process through its Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC)

MSC Ships Support Korean-defense Exercise

A water bladder on the pier at Chinhae naval base is filled by offshore petroleum distribution system ship MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler (blue-hull ship in distance) Feb. 26 as part of a demonstration of the ship's capabilities during Exercise Key Resolve 2008. Photo by Edward Baxter, Sealift Logistics Command Far East Public Affairs Military Sealift Command personnel and ships demonstrated their ability to quickly respond to a breakout of hostilities on the Korean peninsula as part of

MSC Cruise to Homeport in China

MSC-Lirica. Photo: MSC Cruises (USA)

 MSC Cruises has announced that the MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese cruise market, through a strategic partnership with CAISSA Touristic Group.   The 2,600 passenger MSC Lirica will home port in Shanghai from May 2016 following a 60-day round the world Grand

MSC Upgrades Europe-West Africa Service

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  As part of our objective to continually improve our services to customers, MSC is delighted to announce an upgrade to its Angola Express service with a first sailing of the MV Nikolas from Rotterdam on 18th September 2015. MSC will deploy six vessels with a nominal capacity of 2

MSC India Wins MALA Award

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 For the 6th consecutive year, the Maritime and logistics awards (MALA) ceremony took place on 4th September at the Leela Hotels, Andheri east, Mumbai. The awards, which were started in 2009 by the Nikhil Modi’s Exim team, are the most prestigious awards for the shipping fraternity in

Kalmar to Upgrade MSC Terminal VLC (Valencia) Cranes

MSC Terminal Valencia - Port of Valencia, Spain

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a large contract to heighten and extend the handling capabilities of eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at MSC Terminal VLC in Valencia, Spain. The order is the largest ever for Kalmar Crane Upgrades business

WFW Advises on MSC Cruise Ship Financing

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised long-time client MSC Cruises (“MSC”) on the €1.2 billion (US$1.35bn), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing of two newbuild ‘Seaside class’ cruise ships

Fincantieri Cuts Steel for MSC Seaside

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  Geneva-based MSC Cruises S.A., and Fincantieri, today cut the first steel for its new generation of ship, MSC Seaside.   In a ceremony held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Chief Executive Officer

MSC Geneva Gets Fatter

 A revolutionary new option to scrapping for younger panamax containerships deemed too small for a tradelane involves widening the vessel rather than adding length.   The enlargement operation of MSC Geneva was held at the Chinese shipyard Huarun Dadong (HRDD)

MSC Awards Crowley Technical Management Contract

USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (Photo: MSC)

 Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its global ship management group will continue the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with a new technical management contract for six Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).  

MCS Adds London Stop to Australia Express Service

Photo courtesy of DP World London Gateway Port

The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A Australia Express Service will begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea terminal, following changes to the service. The service will now provide direct calls between DP World London Gateway Port

MSC Terminates Condor Service

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  MSC announces plans to further optimise part of its Asia-Europe network. Effective 14th September, MSC’s ‘Condor’ service, which is jointly operated with Maersk Line between Asia and Europe will cease operation. The Condor service which has a nominal weekly capacity of 9

MSC's Operations in China Unaffected


  In the wake of the explosions near Tianjin port on Wednesday 12th August, MSC confirms that Tianjin Pacific International Container Terminal (TPCT) which is used by MSC, is located 6 kilometers from the blast site at the East Port Area

Major Shipping Companies Comes to Israel

Carmel Terminal. Photo: Haifa Port Company Ltd.

 The direct line shared by the world’s largest shipping companies Maersk and MSC is coming to Israel for the first time – as part of their massive 2M Alliance.   Shipping giants MSC and Maersk have signed a cooperation agreement with the Haifa port

Woman Missing From MSC Magnifica

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 According to local news, a female passenger is currently missing from MSC Cruises‘ MSC Magnifica. The Magnifica was sailing to Izmir, Turkey when the woman disappeared overboard.    The passenger, identified as Chinese

MSC Announces First Sailing on Revised Asia Trade

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Westbound sailings to North Europe and the Mediterranean to start in September   Container shipping firm MSC has published sailing dates for its new look Asia network announced Monday, August 17.    MSC’s new East-West Network is made up of 193 vessels which operate across

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

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