Swire Pacific Offshore Acquires 2 Newbuildings
Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of two new vessels, Pacific Centurion, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, and Pacific Goldfinch, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) at the dual vessel naming ceremony held on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at Loyang Offshore Supply Base. The naming ceremony was graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Joy Slosar, wife of Mr John Slosar…
Helios LPG Pool to Start Operating
Dorian LPG Ltd. today announced the commencement of operations of Helios LPG Pool LLC on April 1st, 2015. Helios LPG is jointly run by Dorian LPG and Phoenix Tankers Pte. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. Helios LPG will be operated out of offices in London and Singapore. Tim Hansen, Chartering Manager of Dorian LPG (UK) Ltd., will serve as the Managing Director of the London office and Harpal Cheema…
Changes in Aker Solutions' Top Deck
Tore Sjursen will assume the position as executive vice president for operational improvement and risk management at Aker Solutions on April 1. Knut Sandvik will at the same time replace Sjursen as head of the company's maintenance, modifications and operations business. Sjursen will be based in Oslo and be responsible for the corporate center functions Enterprise Risk Management, Tendering and Corporate Risk Committee…
APM Terminals Mumbai Welcomes China Shipping
APM Terminals Mumbai welcomed China Shipping Container Line’s HS Paris on March 20th, on her maiden call as part of the Middle East-Indian Subcontinent-North America (MINA) Service, jointly operated by the United Arab Shipping Company, Hanjin Shipping, CMA CGM and China Shipping. The 6,500 TEU capacity HS Paris completed 1,292 import and export moves in approximately 12 hours, for a berth productivity of 106 moves per hour.
Holland America Line Ships Score 100
On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100. For Statendam, the unannounced inspection was Feb. 19, 2015, at Hilo, Hawaii, during a 30-day Tahiti and Marquesas cruise roundtrip from San Diego. CDC officials surprised Nieuw Amsterdam…
Princess Astrid visits DP World
Antwerp Gateway, managed by DP World (one of the largest container terminal operators in the world) is a significant contributor to the success of the Port of Antwerp. Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority, met with Mr. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Mr. Mohammed Sharaf, respectively chairman and CEO of DP World, on Thursday during the Belgian mission to Dubai headed by HRH Princess Astrid. After the meeting both CEO’s took part in a lunch, in presence of HRH Princess Astrid.
Qatar Hikes Container Storage & Clearance Charges
Changes to sea port charges have been implemented in Qatar, as per the decision of the country's Council of Ministers. 20' containers (clear in approx. - Time starts…
Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China. According to the statement, China and Indonesia agreed to strengthen strategy and policy communication, advance maritime infrastructure connectivity, deepen cooperation in industrial investment and major project construction, and enhance practical cooperation to develop a "maritime partnership" together.
Yachting Malta PPP Sets Sail
Yatching Malta Ltd (YML) - a new public private partnership (PPP) between the government and the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) was formed with the aim of putting Malta on "the global yachting map". Prime Minister Joseph Muscat launched YML at the club's headquarters in Ta Xbiex. The PPP will be headed by the club's commodore Godwin Zammit and has a two-year rolling business plan. The RMYC-Yachting Malta Ltd (a joint venture) has a 49% stake in the long-term project while the government…
China Strengthens Maritime Ties with Pak
The Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong has pledged to deepen maritime security and military technology cooperation during his meeting with the Pakistan Navy Chief Muhammad Zakaullah. Zakaullah said that Pakistan Navy and Chinese Navy are strengthening their existing maritime cooperation keeping in view the changing regional international scenarios. Zakaullah yesterday met with Admiral Wu Shengli…
China Cosco's Profit Up 54%
The Shanghai-and-Hong Kong-listed flagship unit of China Ocean Shipping Group, China Cosco Holdings Co Ltd says that its 2014 net profit went up 54 percent y/y at 362.5 million Yuan ($58.37 million), on government subsidies for scrapping old tonnage. Excluding one-off gains, its loss narrowed 81% y/y to 1.4 billion Yuan due to slump in fuel costs and contraction of its chartered-in fleet, according to the company's stock filing on 27 March.
GAIL Seeks 7 LNG Cargoes
GAIL (India) will buy seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery from October 2015 until December 2016, according to the tender document obtained by Reuters. According to preferences and vessel sizes, the deliveries will be split between Dabhol, Dahej and Hazira import terminals. The delivery windows are October-November 15, January-February 16, March-April 16, May-June 16, July-August 16, October 16 and November-December 16.
Taiwan Boosts Yacht Export
Taiwan's yacht industry saw its first double-digit growth in nearly a decade, indicating an inspiring revival led by development and sales of larger leisure boats, reports Chinese newspaper Commercial Times. The export value of Taiwan-made yachts hit US$172 million, up 13.16% year-on-year and marking the highest growth figure in five years. This is the first two-digit figure since the aftermath of…
Damen joins World Ocean Council
Dutch-based Damen Shipyards Group has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). The global shipbuilder headquartered in the Netherlands is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. Damen works to reduce environmental impacts of shipping, by focusing on optimizing ship design and working on product innovations.