Carnival to Build Two New Cruise Ships with Fincantieri
Two new ships to be built for company’s Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands will help meet growing demand for cruise vacations and enhance the fleet. Carnival Corporation & plc announced that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build two new cruise ships with final contracts expected to be executed in early 2017. The two new ships are designated for the company’s Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands. With the new agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.
Polar Star Arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea. By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice, the Polar Star assists in the annual delivery of operating supplies and fuel for two of NSF's three U.S. research stations in Antarctica. The Polar Star is America’s only operational heavy icebreaker that is capable of conducting the Antarctic resupply mission.
HMM Acquires 20% Stake in Long Beach Terminal
South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) said it will buy a fifth of the company that runs the biggest container terminal at Long Beach Total Terminals International terminal (TTI), Calif., the U.S.’s second-largest port. HMM announced that its board of directors decided to buy a 20-percent stake in TTI and equipment-leasing firm HTEC for a combined US$15.6 million. HMM will now become the No. 2 stakeholder in TTI after Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC). TTI operates terminals at Seattle and Long Beach.
Bahri Profits Fall
National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil shipper for Saudi Aramco, made a net profit of 327.8 million riyals ($87.4 million) for the three months to Dec. 31. That compares with 566.4 million riyals in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ending December 31, 2016, Bahri has reported a net profit of SR1.76 billion ($469.3 million). The company registered net revenue of SR6.78 billion ($1.8 billion), and earnings per share (EPS) of SR4.48 for the year, it said in a statement. -Lower spot market rates in general and specifically in Oil transportation.
Cosco Hands Over Salvage Vessel, Bulker
Cosco Corporation Singapore said that Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard Group Co, a 51% owned unit of its subsidiary, has recently delivered a salvage lifting vessel to its Chinese customer and a bulk carrier to its European customer. De Bo 3, the 17,000 dwt salvage lifting vessel, was handed over to its Chinese buyer. It measures 159.6 meters in LOA (length of all), 38.8 meters in breadth and 10.9 meters in depth. Myrto, the second ship, 81,600 dwt bulker has a length of 229 meters and a width of 32.2 meters was delivered to to its European buyer.
COSCO Shipping Holdings to Buy Qingdao Port's Shares
COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International (QPI) announced to enter into the Transaction Agreement, pursuant to which COSCO Shipping Ports will make strategic investment in QPI. Taking the proposed New H Share Issurance plan of QPI into consideration, the Subscription Shares will represent approximately 16.82% of the issued share capital of QPI, and COSCO Shipping Ports’ shareholding in QPI will increase to approximately 18.41% in total. Shanghai China Shipping Terminal Development Co., Ltd.
LNG Icebreaker Polaris Bunkers in Pori
Polaris, the newest icebreaker of the Finnish icebreaking service company Arctia, set out from Katajanokka, Helsinki, for icebreaking duty in the Bothnian Bay and arrived January 10 for bunkering at the Skangas liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Pori, where the vessel received approximately 700 m3 of LNG. “Polaris arrived via Utö through the Turku Archipelago to the Skangas LNG terminal in the Tahkoluoto harbor in Pori. The Pori terminal is located by a deep and wide fairway, so it was easy to access and we kept on schedule.
US Coast Guard Provides Security for Trump Inauguration
U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Thursday. Crews from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams New York and San Diego and Coast Guard Cutters Chock and Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District.
Harley Marine Names Two ATBs
Harley Marine Services has named two articulated tug and barge (ATB) units currently under construction at Gunderson Marine (barges) and Conrad Shipyard (tugs), respectively. The vessels include two 116 foot tugs and two 80,000 barrel barges. The tugs, each being built at Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, La. are 116 feet long with a beam of 36 feet. Each vessel is equipped with two GE Tier 4 propulsion engines, for a total of approximately 4,560 horsepower, and two John Deere Tier 3 generators. These cutting edge engines reduce NOx and particulate matter. The vessels are each equipped with a Markey tow winch and bow and stern fendering. Built at Gunderson Marine of Portland, Ore., the barges are 430 feet long with a beam of 76 feet with a carrying capacity of 80,000 barrels.
Shippers Avoid New "pirate hotspot" west of Philippines
Piracy has surged in Sulu, Celebes Seas; waters part of route carrying iron ore to Asia. A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing shipowners to divert vessels through other waters, stoking their costs and extending the time it takes to transport goods such as Australian iron ore to key Asian destinations. There have been 16 attacks since last March on ships in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, through which about $40 billion worth of cargo passes each year, according to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
COSCO Shipping Denies OOCL Bid Reports
Rumors that COSCO Shipping Corp plans to bid for Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are incorrect, a spokeswoman for the Chinese shipping giant said on Friday. "We deny these rumors," she told Reuters. On Wednesday, the Caixin newspaper reported that the company would participate in bidding for the unit of Orient Overseas International Ltd, alongside Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp and France's CMA CGM. Reporting by Brenda Goh
Shoreham Port staff given paediatric first aid training
With over half of Shoreham Port's employees already trained in adult emergency first aid the port offering paediatric first aid training has enabled individuals to feel more confident about delivering first aid outside of the workplace, especially if they have children or babies in their family. The Port welcomed back First Aid Co-ordinators Eddie Seaborne MBE and Karyn Ashcroft from St Vincent College this week to deliver paediatric first aid training to a number of port staff and their friends and family.
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Likely to Slide
Chartering activity could slow down in March due to refinery work; growth in tanker fleet could climb 6.5 pct, pressuring rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to fall next week as charter activity from China slows ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, ship brokers said. Rates on the West Africa-to-Asia route have already started to slide probably because of the Chinese New Year impact, said Ashok Sharma, managing director, BRS Baxi Far East, Singapore. "I feel the Middle East has plateaued.
Kalmar Bags DP World's Container Handlers Order
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded an order to supply DP World's flagship terminal, Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, with the new generation empty container handlers. The order for 13 units has been booked into Cargotec's 2016 fourth quarter order intake. The deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2017 and they are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. Commenting on the order, Suresh Ananthanarayan, Kalmar's Key Account Manager for DP World, said: "This is the first order of Kalmar's new range of empty container handlers for the Middle East & Africa region.
Port Klang's throughput surge to 13.2m TEU
Port Klang Authority stated that Port Klang registered a positive growth of 10.8% in 2016 in container handling compared to 2015 with a total of 13,169,577 TEU’s, Northport handled 3,223,544 TEU’s while Westports handled 9,946,033 TEU’s. In terms of import container throughput, Port Klang handled 2,063,736 TEU’s,registering growth of 3.6 % compared to 2015’s performance - Northport handled 802,993 TEU’s while Westports handled 1,260,743 TEU’s in 2016. TEU’s compared to 2015; Northport handled 760,148 TEU’s and Westports handled 1,278,379 TEU’s.
WSF to honor crew for saving Captain’s life
Members of the media are invited to join in recognizing the Washington State Ferries (WSF) crew who saved their captain’s life after he collapsed at the helm of the Chetzemoka on Christmas Eve. WSF’s highly trained crew will be honored by Deputy Secretary of Transportation Keith Metcalf and the head of Washington State Ferries, Lynne Griffith. The crew will also be presented with Life Ring awards. The program will begin on Friday, Jan. 20, on the 10:55 a.m. sailing from Point Defiance to Tahlequah.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady
Brazil-China rates hit 15-month high for second time this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady or slip slightly next week after unexpectedly climbing this week on strong cargo volumes, ship brokers said. "It is a case of two oceans. In the Atlantic, Vale has been active from Brazil, and volumes from Saldanha Bay in South Africa are steady," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday. "In the Pacific, it's a waiting game with owners and charterers haggling over a 50 cent difference in the freight rate," the broker added.
HDASCO Returns to Le Havre
Starting February 2017, HDASCO Line provides a new commercial offer between HAROPA – Port of Le Havre and many Iranian and Iraqi ports. HDASCO Line (Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Company), also named HDS lines, is the Iranian national shipping company specialized in container transport and a subsidiary of IRISL Group (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines). This new service offers very competitive transit times: 19 days between Le Havre and Bandar Abbas for example. It will call at the following ports: Bandar Abbas…
COSCO 'bidding' for Orient Overseas
Chinese conglomerate Cosco Group is in talks to acquire smaller rival Hong Kong-based rival Orient Overseas Container Line Co. ( OOCL), Chinese media outlet Caixin reported quoting people familiar with the matter. The state-owned China COSCO will compete with Evergreen Marine Corp. from Taiwan and France’s CMA-CGM SA in the takeover bid, but COSCO was more likely to win the deal, a source from COSCO told Caixin. A representative at COSCO Shipping's media relations department said the company wasn't aware of the bidding.
Odebrecht Tries Again to Shed Colombia River Stake
Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht is looking to dispose of its entire stake in Colombia's Magdalena River navigability project, as the company battles corruption allegations across Latin America, an official told Reuters. Odebrecht had last year planned to give up most of its 87 percent stake in the Navelena consortium, tasked with the 2.5 trillion peso ($854 million) effort to increase cargo capacity on the river, sending the government on a fruitless months-long search for a replacement. But the company later decided to keep a majority of its share after Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui bank said it would finance $250 million of the project.
Hanjin Shipping's Sale of Total Terminals Okayed
Bankrupt South Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won U.S. court approval at a hearing on Wednesday for the $78 million sale of its stake in U.S. terminal operator Total Terminals International LLC, overcoming objections of container companies. "My decision is to approve the sale," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood said, adding he would approve the transfer of the sale's proceeds to South Korea. The container companies are creditors of Hanjin and were concerned whether the shipping line was getting top dollar for its 54 percent stake in Total Terminals…
Optimizing Aberdeen's Harbour Expansion Design
A £350m ($431m) development plan to expand Aberdeen Harbour was approved on December 19, 2016. HR Wallingford has been involved in the project from its initial concept stages in 2010, and will be working with Aberdeen Harbour Board right through to construction, and undertaking modelling work for the approved contractor, Dragados UK Ltd. The new facilities will include 1,400 meters of new quay, with a water depth of up to 10.5 meters. Construction will begin in early 2017, with the project due to be completed in 2020.
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association 2017 Conference
“2017 may be the global breakout year for ferries,” says Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA). She takes this viewpoint because of the tremendous expansion of ferries in India, Philippines, Thailand, new beginnings in West Africa, and the high profile expansion of the Citywide ferry service in New York City, where the WFSA’s third conference on International Ferry Safety and Technology conference will be held on May 11-12, 2017.
Ivory Coast's Main Port Shut Down
Paramilitary gendarmes firing in the air sealed off access to Ivory Coast's main port on Wednesday, forcing companies including cocoa exporters to close down, as weeks of unrest in the security forces showed no signs of easing. President Alassane Ouattara, who is also facing a wave of public sector strikes, ordered his defence minister and military chiefs to hold urgent talks with members of the security forces about their grievances in a bid to quell the instability. Ivory Coast has emerged from a 2002-2011 political crisis and civil war as one of the world's fastest-growing economies but the violence, which began with an army mutiny nearly two weeks ago, has hit its image as a post-conflict success story.
PDVSA Terminal 'recovering' after Oil Spill
Shipping operations at one of three docks of Venezuela's main crude exporting port have "recovered" after a "minor" oil spill occurred over the weekend, state oil company PDVSA said on Wednesday, without saying how big the spill was. A spill occurred while loading a vessel bound for India at Jose port's eastern dock, union and shipping sources told Reuters on Tuesday, and also affected other tankers close to the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Nave Quasar, chartered by India's Reliance Industries. PDVSA confirmed the spill on Wednesday and said the situation was under control. "Expert oil industry workers activated a contingency plan over the weekend after a minor incident occurred in the maritime terminal, where an oil spill happened during loading operations," PDVSA said in a statement.
Maersk CEO: Listing of Energy Unit Most Likely
A. P. Moller-Maersk's Chief Executive Soren Skou sees a listing of the company's energy unit as the more likely option, he said in an interview with Bloomberg. He said that the company was still working on finding solutions for the energy unit and is looking at all options but that a stock exchange listing of the unit is probably "the more likely option". Skou replied "yes" when asked if a stock market listing looked as if it would make the most sense at the moment. Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper…
Felixstowe Port Launches IMO Maritime Day theme
The theme for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) World Maritime Day 2017 has been launched by the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe. "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has as key objectives improving cooperation between ports and ships and developing a closer partnership between the two sectors. It will seek to raise global standards for the safety, security and efficiency of ports, and for port and coastal state authorities…
Rotterdam Offshore Expands Operational Capabilities
As of January 2017, Rotterdam Offshore Group has started to upgrade their facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam. ROG has acquired the neighbouring land and buildings to their existing premises allowing the significant expansion of their quayside, storage as well as office capabilities. ROG will now be able to accommodate vessels up to 320 m in length where previously the maximum vessel length was 200 m. In March 2017, the project to demolish the existing company buildings will begin and the construction of the new state of the art office and workshop will start.
OPC, CHEC ink deal for Puerto Cortes expansion
Operadura Portuaria Centroamericana SA de CV (OPC) has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the first phase of the expansion of the Specialized Container and Cargo Terminal in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The first phase covers the construction of a 350-meter long berth with a controlling depth of 15.5 meters, two trestles that will be connected to the existing yard, and dredging of the bay up to 14 meters deep. The new berth will be equipped with two super post-Panamax quay cranes, bringing OPC’s total number of quay cranes to six.
Environmental Discount for More Vessels at Gothenburg
Last year, one in three ships at the Port of Gothenburg received an environmental discount on the port charges. This represents an increase of 83 per cent on the previous year. Heading the discount list are Donsö-based shipping companies Tärntank Ship Management AB and Furetank AB, whose vessels are powered by liquefied natural gas. The Port of Gothenburg rewards vessels that are environmental high performers. One in three vessels that called at the largest port in Scandinavia last year were classified as green according to the industry environmental indexes.
Antwerp Finishes 2016 with 2.7% Growth
The port of Antwerp handled over the past year 214 057 529 tons of goods. Which is 2.7 more than the previous year. Container volume up 4.1%: At 4.1% the growth in container volume is even more pronounced: after 12 months the figure stood at 117,909,533 tonnes of containerised freight. Expressed in terms of standard containers (twenty-foot equivalent units) the total of 10,037,318 TEU has risen above the 10 million TEU mark for the first time in the history of the port. However there were negative figures in 2016 for conventional breakbulk (down 2.0%) and dry bulk (down 9.1%).
CMA CGM Strengthens Asia-East Coast South America Links
French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. The group will thus provide two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America, one of the best offers on the market. They will offer optimum port coverage across Asia (Northern, Central and Southern Chinan and South Korea and South East Asia) and South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay). From South America, CMA CGM will provide very competitive transit times, especially for the export of refrigerated goods from Brazil and Argentina, to Hong Kong, China and South Korea.
LNG Ferry Megastar Nears Completion
The construction of Tallink’s new LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar is nearing completion at the Meyer Turku shipyard, where the vessel is receiving finishing touches before transporting its first passengers January 29, 2017. The €230 million ferry is powered by three 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 12V50DF and two six-cylinder Wärtsilä 6L50DF four-stroke dual-fuel gensets. Megastar will run primarily on LNG, though it is also able to run on marine diesel. Megastar will sail the Helsinki-Tallinn route for Tallink, who says the 212-meter-long, 49,000-gross-ton ferry can carry up to 2,800 passengers.
PDVSA Operations Impacted by Crude Spill
Shipping operations at one of three docks of Venezuela's main crude exporting port were halted after an oil spill occurred while loading a vessel bound for India, union and marine sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The spill, which happened over the weekend and whose size has not yet been disclosed, also affected other vessels close to the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Nave Quasar, chartered by India's Reliance Industries, the sources added. Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, which operates the terminal, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reporting by Marianna Parraga
HMS Global Maritime Appoints Jaenichen as Chief Operating Officer
HMS Global Maritime, owner and operator of the American Queen Steamboat Company as well as 85 other U.S. flagged vessels, welcomes former Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of the U.S. Department of Transportation as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation…
Navios Partners Sheds 13,100 TEU Boxship
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. announced the completion of the previously announced sale of the MSC Cristina, a 2011 South Korean-built Container vessel of 13,100 TEU. The vessel was sold to an unrelated third party for a total net sale price of $125.0 million. Approximately $100.0 million of the sale proceeds were used to repay bank debt.
OSM & Forland Shipping Extend Cooperation
OSM has announced that Norwegian operator of offshore construction vessels (OCV), Forland Shipping of Bergen, has awarded the company full technical management of their two OCV’s, Fugro Saltire and Lewek Inspector. OSM already provides the crew to the vessels. Says Forland Shipping’s managing director, Bjørn Kristian Jæger: “Being a small shipping company operating in a very challenging market, we have to minimalize our operational cost, at the same time as we sustain the traditionally high performance of our vessels.
2017 Med Migrant Deaths Up Sharply
At least 219 migrants and refugees are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean already this year, more than double than during the same period a year ago, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. Following interviews with four survivors of a weekend shipwreck, the agency said nearly 180 people were feared to have been aboard a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya, not 110 as earlier thought. "So it's almost twice the number of casualties which brings the year total already two weeks into the year to 219 deaths on the Mediterranean…
U.S. Coast Guard, Industry Respond to GoM Ro/Ro Fire
The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are responding to the report of a vessel on fire approximately 150 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Monday. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. from the National Command Center of an electrical fire in the engine room of the motor vessel Alliance St Louis. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew who conducted an over flight of the vessel and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished by the crewmembers. No injuries or pollution has been reported. The Alliance St. Louis is currently on emergency power and drifting approximately 135 miles southwest of Southwest Pass with 20 crewmembers aboard and safely accounted for.
IMO Exhibition on Safe Sea Oil Transport
The 50 years since the grounding of the tanker Torrey Canyon in 1967 have seen dramatic and sustained reduction in major oil spills from ships, thanks to cooperation between Governments and industry. The story of how that incident served as a catalyst for positive change is told in a new exhibition which was launched on Monday (16 January) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of international shipping and the prevention of pollution from ships.
European Shipping Week Speaker Announced
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Union and Visiting Fellow at the College of Europe, will be the guest speaker at the European Shipping Week Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher Hotel in Brussels. Ambassador Gardner, who has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to US-European affairs, will speak on the important subject of ‘US-EU Relations: Looking Back, Looking Forward’. Welcoming the news, Patrick Verhoeven…
Seaway Records Longest Navigation Season
After opening the 2016 season on March 21, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed on December 31, enjoying a navigation season of 286 days. This performance ties the record first established in 2008 and matched in 2013 for the longest navigation season. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation recorded a total of 35 million tonnes of cargo transiting the Seaway’s locks in 2016. Grain movements posted a strong performance for a third consecutive season, contributing 11 million tonnes of the total and continuing to track well above the five-year average.