Mega Maritime Event in Singapore
Singapore is gearing up to host more than 14,000 participants from over 60 countries, this month, at Sea Asia 2015 — one of the region’s largest maritime conferences and leading forum for analysis and debate on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Singapore Maritime Foundation chairman, Michael Chia, said this year’s Sea Asia recognizes Singapore’s position as an international maritime centre and highlight the role the industry has played in the country’s growth.
India’s Shipping Market Looks Bullish
The shipping market in India could soon be out of bounds for global fleet owners as a key tender condition that tilts the scale in favour of local ship-owners is scrapped, reports Livemint. According to the rules set by the director general of shipping, India’s maritime regulator, in 2004 to extend cargo support and develop the local shipping industry, Indian ship has the right of first refusal to match the lowest rate quoted by a foreign-flag ship and take the contract.
US Navy's New Drone Named WANDA
The US Navy is developing a duck-like drone, the Flimmer (Flying Swimmer), that can both fly and swim. The drone, it says, can reach operational areas more quickly by flying over the surface of the water. In addition to both a rear-facing propeller and wings, its latest incarnation has four fins that adapt to what the robotic craft is doing. In flight, they serve as stabilizers and canard wings; in the sea, they flap to give the machine a speed boost.
Tangled: The Musical to Debut aboard Disney Cruise
Disney Cruise Line has revealed details of the new "Tangled" musical debuting on the Disney Magic. Tangled: The Musical is officially in as the latest Disney animated film to be adapted for a stage show aboard Disney Cruise Lines. Prolific composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater are writing new songs for the latest Disney screen-to-stage adaptation, Tangled, which is set to premiere aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship's voyage to the Bahamas on Nov. 11.
Chinese Dredger Sinks in Taiwan Strait, 13 Missing
The maritime bureau of Fujian province confirmed that 13 people went missing after a cargo boat capsized off Taiwan. According to maritime officials, the cargo vessel "Zhen he 168" capsized off Taiwan's Xiquan Island. However, the owner of the boat did not confirm the tragedy to police until 12 hours later. Two rescue vessels, two patrol vessels and one helicopter were sent to search for the boat. Wreckage was found on Monday evening but there is no sign of the 13 crew after two days.
Couple Found Dead Aboard Cruise Ship
Two passengers were found dead on a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide. The unidentified man and woman were in their 50s and from Cleveland, Ohio, AP reports quoting police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz. Cruz said blood was found in the cabin aboard the Ryndam, but it was unclear how the couple died. "We don't know yet whether an object was used or what the motive was," he said.
Finnish Seamen Strike Cancelled
The dispute between icebreaker crew and their employer will not now shut Finnish ports. The two-and-a-half week strike on Finnish icebreakers has ended after the parties involved approved the national mediator's latest offer to solve the dispute, less than 24 hours before a planned major escalation of the conflict. Maritime unions were prepared to shut all Finnish ports if no deal was reached, shutting down cargo and passenger transport from 2pm on Thursday.
Indian Navy Evacuates Its Nationals from Troubled Yemen
India has launched a massive evacuation program and a warship rescued more Indian nationals who were stranded in Yemen from the western Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday. As many as 349 Indians on Wednesday reached Djibouti after being evacuated on a Navy vessel from Aden, the seaport city of strife-torn Yemen, and will be brought back to India by the Indian Air Force on Wednesday night, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Low Water Levels on Lake St. Louis
Mariners are advised that due to low water levels on Lake St. Louis, the speed limit between buoys A30 to A40 is reduced to 10 knots for all vessels, upbound and downbound. Vessel speeds will be monitored closely. Two positions at 450 and 560 meters EAST of buoy A33 and at 80 meters NORTH of the SOUTH canal line. At 130 meters WEST of buoy A38 and 40 meters SOUTH of the NORTH canal line. We will monitor the water levels closely and advise you of any changes as conditions improve.
Mega-Port Trends is Failing Global Traders
The emergence of mega gateway ports is in danger of failing the global supply chain, causing congestion, adding cost and impacting on air quality and local environments, delegates at South America’s largest multimodal logistics event will be told next week. During a presentation in Sao Paulo on Tuesday 7 April, Patrick Walters, Commercial Director of Peel Ports, the UK’s second largest port operator…
Cargill wins Port Community Award
The agro-industrial concern Cargill has won the 5th Port Community Award. The agro-industrial concern with branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam also won a prize in the category shipping companies/ship’s agents/agents during the festive awards ceremony. Other prize winners were Ritra Cargo Holland (category freight forwarders/exporters/importers), APM Terminals Maasvlakte ll and RWG (category terminals/hinterland terminals) and Frankenbach from Germany (category hinterland carriers).
DP World Acquires Prince Rupert Terminal
DP World Limited today announces its agreement to acquire Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal (Fairview) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada from Deutsche Bank. Fairview presents growth opportunity in a market with attractive and growing demand. Fairview is a purpose built terminal with an efficient sea-rail link and has a current capacity of 850,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units), with a just-announced Phase 2 expansion that will take capacity to 1.35 million TEU.
Scorpio Acquires 3 Tankers
Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has recently taken delivery of three newbuilding vessels. * STI Pontiac, an MR product tanker, was delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea in March 2015. Upon delivery, this vessel began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately $18,200 per day. * STI Manhattan, an MR product tanker, was delivered from SPP Shipbuilding of South Korea in March 2015.
Fatal Blaze at Platform
Four workers were killed and 16 were injured in a fire that broke out midweek at the Pemex-operated Abkatun Alpha platform in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche. Petroleos Mexicanos, with the support of the Navy succeeded in extinguishing the blaze. Once the fire was drowned last night in Abkatun A-Permanent platform, Pemex staff yesterday several trips to ensure the entry of the authorities of the PGR, the…
Port Saint John Selects KleinPort
Klein Systems Group Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Port Saint John, New Brunswick, to install the KleinPort Port Management Information System. The Port will be using KleinPort to manage and track its operational activities and cargo data, invoice for services and perform in depth data analysis and reporting. Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John, said…