Indonesia, Malaysia to Discuss Maritime Issues
Malaysia and Indonesia will discuss maritime issues, including the detention of Malaysian fishing vessels as well as their common sea borders. The countries will continue discussions to find solutions to the maritime boundary issues through the existing mechanism, according to Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. He has met his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi for high level talks. Anifah Aman…
China Exim Bank, SWS Sign $312m Financing Deal
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), a yard owned by the industrial conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has secured a US$312million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to build three 18,000 teu containerships. The deal marks the first time that SWS will be building large containerships of 18,000 teu in capacity. The new buildings will be deployed on the main Asia-Europe trading lanes and the charterer is one of the world’s top three biggest lines, according to CSSC.
DB Schenker, Maersk Line to Cut CO2 Emissions
DB Schenker Logistics and Maersk Line have signed a six-year strategic agreement on reducing CO2 emissions from ocean freight. The partnership emphasizes the companies' shared commitment to sustainable growth, says a press release by DB Schenker. Maersk Line will undertake to reduce the CO2 emissions of every container it ships on behalf of DB Schenker Logistics between now and 2020 by 20% compared to 2014 levels.
A&P Contracted for Navy Tanker Maintenance
A&P Group, the UK’s largest ship repair firm has bagged a £15 million military contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Navy support group’s new fleet of tankers. The Cornish shipbuilder will customize and maintain the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s four new tankers, which are due to come into service from next year, for at least three years. The announcement was made by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during a visit to A&P Falmouth at the port's docks this morning.
Cargoes Soar at Hamilton Port
Total cargo volumes were 10,526,732 metric tonnes (MT) in 2014, representing a 5% increase over 2013. The port welcomed 157 ships from overseas in 2014, with the balance (462) operating within the Canada/US Great Lakes. Overseas tonnage was 2 million tonnes, a gain of 39 percent year-over-year and the highest volume of overseas cargo in a decade. The Port of Hamilton is the largest port in Ontario.
Revisions Proposed for Seaway Practices and Procedures
Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices…
The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit
Sign-up for this year’s most in-depth exchange of information and best venue for BWT stakeholders to network and meet regulatory peers is underway. Infocast’s 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit will take place in Long Beach, CA, from February 3-5, 2015. The Summit will host Regulators, Ship Owners & Operators, Shipbuilders, Water Treatment Specialists, Marine Equipment Suppliers, Port Authorities…
Britain to Ban Fracking in National Parks
Britain said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had…
ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach
The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction. The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the commercial marine salvage industry, serving as the definitive spokesman for this industry in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in North…
Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Sets Shipping Record
The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments…
New Chemical Handling Service from Ferguson Group
Tank, Fluid Solutions and Bunded Storage for Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Introduced at Gap Ridge, Karratha. Ferguson Group Australia, global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules, has introduced a range of chemical services from its new base in Gap Ridge, Karratha WA. The purpose built base in Gap Ridge, Karratha was designed with integral chemical storage and handling facilities.
Training Coastguards is Key to Tackling Piracy
Training and mentoring of coastguards in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia is essential if coastal nations are to have effective control over their Territorial Waters and Economic Zones, says maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training Ltd (MAST). Furthermore, if Western Governments continue to cut back on defense spending, these nations will be increasingly reliant on their own resources to provide security in international waters adjacent to their territorial limits.
Libya Forces Tanker Away from Supplying Rival Government
Libya's recognized government said it forced a tanker from delivering fuel to its rival administration, diverting the vessel to its own territory by threatening an air attack on it.
BP Freezes Pay in 2015 to Cut Costs
BP is freezing base pay across the group this year, the latest in a series of steps by oil majors to cut costs in response to sinking oil prices. Over the past year…
Metcalf to Succeed Cox at CSA Helm
Kathy J. Metcalf will assume the role of president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), succeeding Joseph J. Cox, who will retire on May 31, 2015, though will continue to assist the organization on various issues in an advisory capacity. Captain Bruce Fernie, chairman of the CSA board, said“[Metcalf] has been with CSA for 17+ years and brings a solid background of seagoing service and…
KR Launches Software to Aid ECA Compliance
The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program to assist vessels with fuel oil change over when complying with the new low sulphur regulations.
Study Examines Impacts of Inland Waterway Investment
The National Waterways Foundation (NWF) has commissioned and released a two-year study to examine the U.S. inland waterways’ national economic return on investment and the need for and benefits of an accelerated program of waterways system improvements that sustain and create American jobs. The study, conducted by the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky and entitled “Inland Navigation…
Winter Storm Closes New York/New Jersey Terminals
All marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey are expected to close around 3: 30 p.m. today and remain closed all day tomorrow as a severe winter storm…
InterMoor Completes Juniper Mooring Installation Contract
InterMoor has completed a mooring and foundation installation campaign for bpTT’s Juniper gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago, reportedly the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date. InterMoor provided engineering and design services to identify a reliable and cost-effective mooring solution and performed configuration studies as part of the mooring analysis.
Huisman Cranes for New Maersk Subsea Support Vessels
In December 2014, Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service. The first vessels, Marin Teknikk design MT 6027, are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016. The contract between COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard and Huisman…