Maersk Line Appoints GAC for Husbandry Services
Maersk Line, has appointed GAC to provide husbandry services for its vessels calling at Hong Kong. Maersk Line is part of the Maersk Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. It operates 608 container vessels and has 374 offices in 116 countries. The company employs 7,100 seafarers and 25,500 land-based employees. Under the two-year contract, which commenced on July 1, 2015, GAC will handle more than 1,000 calls by Maersk Line and MCC vessels per year at all ports and terminals in Hong Kong.
Kalmar to Refurbish 2 Ship-to-Shore Cranes
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order to retrofit both electrically and mechanically two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for Alexandria Container & Cargo Handling Co.
Swedish Patrol Boats Refit with Kongsberg Sonar
As part of a rebuild and lifetime extension program for five Swedish Navy patrol boats, Swede Ship Marine will install new Kongsberg Maritime sonar systems to replace the previous model SIMRAD SS576 sonar first installed in 1996 on board the Tapper-class (or Bevakningsbåt 80). At 22 meters in length and a displacement of 62 tons, the Tapper-class Fast Patrol Boats operate in extremely shallow water and require sonar capable of high performance in such environments.
Beijing, Moscow Discuss O&G Exploration in Arctic
Beijing and Moscow discussed the potential participation of Chinese companies in natural resources exploration in Russia's Arctic, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.
C-NAV Upgrades DP Vessel Software
C-Nav, a division of C & C Technologies an Oceaneering International Company providing dynamic DGNSS Precise Point Positioning systems, has introduced a newly upgraded version of its C-Scape software. C-Scape provides independent, real-time monitoring of dynamic positioning (DP) systems, while simultaneously providing operations overview of other vessels infield and subsea infrastructures via multilayer AutoCAD files.
Diana Extends Containership Time Charter
Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary…
Containerships Chooses Eniram for Energy Management
Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry Eniram Limited announced that it has been selected by short sea end-to-end operator Containerships to help optimize vessel performance and reduce fuel consumption. Containerships COO, Frederic Leca, said, “Our constant focus on reducing our emissions via improved consumption is very much in line with our company environmental strategy (LNG vessels, LNG trucks and extensive use of intermodality).
Sea Burials Gaining Popularity in Japan
New England Burials At Sea LLC (NEBAS) enters Japanese USA Market with “high in demand” sea burials. NEBAS founder, Captain Brad White reports that Japan has a new and genuine interest in New England, and it is not related to Blue Fin Tuna, but burials at sea. Kenji McCulley, Associate Producer General Bureau for America of NHK, Japan’s national television network, Japan Broadcasting Corp., stated…
US Imports Rising Ahead of Back to School Season
Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports is expected to increase 7.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers stock up for the busy back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. “Now that West Coast ports have recovered from the congestion caused by the recently settled contract dispute…
USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game
The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. According to the Coast Guard, boaters can expect no wake zones, interruptions and closures to maritime traffic.
Pemex Boosts Gasoline Imports in Wake of Shortages
Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex is ramping up gasoline imports and boosting domestic production at two major refineries after fuel shortages led to long lines…
MacGregor Equipment Package for Chinese Bulkers
MacGregor informs it has secured an order to supply MacGregor equipment packages for two 38,000 dwt bulk carriers in China. The order was booked into second quarter…
Australian Navy Drug Seizures Top $1.7 bln in 2 Years
In its sixth haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $41 million AUD ($30.5 million USD), off the East coast of Africa. Under the auspices of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the latest haul brings the Australian Navy’s total seizures in the Middle East region over the last two years to an estimated street value of $2.3 billion AUD (approximately $1.7 billion USD).
Brazilian Corn Cargos Bound for Southeastern US
Cargill Inc next week is likely to load 50,000 tonnes of Brazilian corn bound for the United States, shipping data showed on Wednesday, in what is expected to be…
Uber Boats Seek to Bypass Istanbul's Road Traffic
With the towering bridges that span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from Uber aims to capitalise on Istanbul's infamous road congestion. In partnership with local sea transport company Navette the Uber Boat venture is unlikely to net a significant chunk of the company's Turkey revenue, but it is further evidence of the strategy underpinning its offerings - making it easier to transport anything, in any way, by first booking a pickup through a mobile app.
Maritime Security Experts Meet in Cleveland
For maritime security experts, there were many lessons learned after the 2011 Republican National Convention in Tampa. That’s why those experts are meeting now in Cleveland, the site of the 2016 RNC to learn from the professionals who planned and executed the maritime safety and security efforts for the Tampa event. The Republican and Democratic conventions are considered national special security events (NSSE)…
Severe Tropical Storm Linfa near Hong Kong
Standby Signal No.1 is in force in Hong Kong, in anticipation of the possible impact of Severe Tropical Storm Linfa, GAC reported in its Hot Port News bulletin.
Maritime Solutions for the Big Apple’s Growth
Like most of our Nation’s major urban areas, New York City is experiencing growing pains. The Big Apple’s rising population means surging needs for freight and services, which have made congestion a common reality for the city’s more than 10 million daily commuters. However, New York has long had a transportation ace in the hole – its geography and access to water. New York City is positioned on a series of islands right in the middle of New York Harbor…
Maritime Crime Still Rising in Southeast Asia
New figures show that Southeast Asia continues to dominate maritime crime incidents globally, with 120 reports of piracy and maritime crime instances occurring in the region since January 1, 2015, an increase of 22 percent compared to the first six months of 2014, according to figures from U.K. maritime intelligence and operations company Dryad Maritime. Of these reported incidents, 12 were vessel hijackings – an increase of three compared to the same period last year.
GE Tech Enables Shore to Ship Energy Feed
GE Energy Management has signed a contract with French electrical engineering company Cegelec in Brittany, France to supply a complete static power solution for the French Navy.