Iran to Exporting LNG via Terminals in Spain
The proposal was discussed during the meeting of Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh with the visiting Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria López. Iran was previously pursuing several major LNG projects that included Pars LNG, Persian LNG and Iran LNG. But they were later abandoned as complications grew – mostly as a result of US-sanctions that prohibit investments of liquefaction enterprises in Iran.
Record Number of Cruise Ships Sailing Down in NZ
New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country. 28 ships from its members' fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months - an increase of more than 25 per cent on last year's summer season, said Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. According to CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine…
S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes
South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source. The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group, say sources. The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings…
Indonesia Migrant Boat Tragedy Toll Hits 61
The death toll from a wooden boat that capsized last week with Indonesian migrant workers off Malaysia's west coast has risen to 61, reports Reuters. Another 20 Indonesians have been rescued. Malaysian maritime official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup says rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 37 men, 23 women and that of a young girl. "The latest findings bring the number of victims closer to the earlier target of about 70 to 80 passengers.
Ocean Three Alliance optimize Asia-Europe routes
CMA CGM and Ocean Three partners announced optimization on Asia-Europe routes, which aims to reduce capacity and to improve the rates efficiency. The Ocean Three Alliance have decided to harmonize FAL2 and FAL3 in order to adapt to the current market situation between Asia and Europe. They will offer a new optimized rotation. Instead of two services FAL2 and FAL3 will be launched service FAL23, adding the ports of call in Cai Mep Deep Sea Terminal (Vietnam), Felixstowe (UK) and Chiwan (China).
UASC Boosts West Africa Services
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched two new West Africa services, WAF2 and WAF3, to enhance schedule reliability and cater to growing demand. The new services, effective September 2015, will operate in addition to UASC’s existing WAF1 service. Lars Christiansen, Chief Trade Officer at UASC commented, “In addition to reduced transit times and enhanced schedule reliability, the new services…
Swaziland Plans Canal to the Indian Ocean
The Government of Swaziland, despite being entirely landlocked, has backed a plan to build a channel to the Indian Ocean, the latest in the 21st century’s epic round of global canal construction. Officials in Swaziland has confirmed the plans to build inland port and a canal linking it to the sea which would rival those in Panama and Suez. The project is not a hoax said Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Trade Gideon Dlamini.
Swedish Club 1H post $ 6.3 mln Deficit
In the first six months of the accounting year 2015 the Swedish Club made a deficit of USD 6.3 million. The result was affected by lower returns from both the technical- and non-technical accounts. Underwriting performance registered a combined ratio of 112% but remains slightly below 100% over a fiveyear rolling period. The result reflects the volatile nature of marine insurance. The yield of the investment portfolio was 0.3%…
ABB Debuts Intelligent Voice-activated Smart Home System
ABB, a global leader in power and automation, unveiled the world’s most advanced voice activated smart home automation system at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. This latest innovation allows consumers to use voice commands to control more than 60 home automation functions for the full range of applications in a typical residential smart home environment including lighting, heating, blind control and door communication.
Wärtsilä Propulsion for Norwegian Fishing Vessel
A new factory trawler fishing vessel being built for Norwegian marine trawling operator Halstensen Granit AS is to feature a complete Wärtsilä propulsion solution. The vessel is under construction at the Tersan yard in Turkey and the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016. The contract was signed in August. "The new vessel will be operating in challenging sea and weather conditions in the Barents Sea and off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.
'Go Freen' Joint Initiative by 5 Top Port Operators
Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – five of the world’s largest port operators, and joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), have launched the first ever joint industry initiative of this magnitude to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.
Two Kayakers Rescued in Pamlico Sound, N.C
The Coast Guard rescued two missing kayakers Sunday in Pamlico Sound, south of Oregon Inlet. Both male kayakers were found alive, conscious and wearing life jackets at about 1:20 a.m., approximately nine miles southwest of the area they initially reported their distress. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Oregon Inlet located both men, brought them aboard and took them to Station Oregon Inlet where they were both placed in the care of awaiting local EMS.
CMMI Establishes Kolkata Chapter
The formation of a chapter of The Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) last week in Kolkata comes as a major break-through. Though CMMI was formed in India in 1956, with its Head office at Mumbai, it was able to establish in 12 chapters at various cities in India such as Chandigarh, New Delhi, Dehradun, Patna, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Goa, Mangalore, Bangalore and Kochi. But…
350 Vessels coated with HEMPAGUARD Product
Just two years after its launch, leading manufacturer of marine coatings – Hempel – announces that its revolutionary award winning antifouling product HEMPAGUARD has now been applied as a full vessel coating to more than 350 ships. HEMPAGUARD was launched two years ago during London International Shipping Week 2013 after a five-year development programme, and is Hempel’s first product to use its proprietary…