Cargo Movement to and from Iraqi Ports
In compliance with the circular, DP World ports shall not accept any Imports, Export or Transshipment cargo / containers arriving from or destined to other Iraqi Ports except those mentioned above. Therefore all Shipping lines and Agents are kindly requested not to accept bookings to/from Iraqi ports other than the above, via DP World ports. Should you require any further clarification, please feel free to contact our Customer Service department.
Wake of Nautical Institute Awarded OBE
Mr Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI has been appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK’s New Year’s Honours’ List for his services to the maritime industry. Philip was elected a Fellow of The Nautical Institute in 1996, and became Chairman of the voluntary London Branch soon after. Having served in the Secretariat since November 1999, he became the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute in May 2003.
Xu Lirong to Head Merged Giant COSCO-CSG
The current chairman of China Shipping Group (CSG) Xu Lirong handed top job at $74.7bn Beijing-backed merged entity of CSG and China Cosco Group. Xu Lirong has been appointed chairman of China Cosco Shipping Group, according to statements posted by the two groups on their websites Monday. Xu is a shipping veteran and served in senior positions at Cosco for more than 30 years before joining China Shipping (Group) as president in 2011. He was promoted to chairman in 2013.
Benjamin Franklin Sails Home
The largest container ship to ever visit the U.S., the1,300-foot-long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, left the Port of Oakland Monday afternoon around 1:15 p.m. after docking at the port on New Year’s Eve, port officials said. It stopped at Los Angeles first before arriving in Oakland, and will export agricultural products and other items back to Asia, port officials said. CMA CGM, based in Marseilles, France…
Saudi-Iran Standoff and Oil Tankers
The Saudi-Iran standoff is certainly one to worry over given its ramifications for oil supply as they sit on either side of the Persian Gulf, the world’s biggest concentration of oil tankers, reports Bloomberg. The Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf is the world’s most important choke point for oil shipments, with about 17 million barrels of crude passing through daily. World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security.
“K” Line Group to Implement “K” Line Wind program
“K” Line Group (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) taking steps to improve our corporate culture and climate through the “K”-no-Kaze” (“K” Line Wind) program. Additionally, it is prepared a long-term policy for environmental conservation—called “Environmental Vision 2050”—to fulfill its responsibility to minimize our impact on the global environment. Early next month, DRIVE GREEN PROJECT, construction of a car…
The Fate of Grounded Bulk Carrier Uncertain
There is no word yet on what is to become of the bulk carrier Los Llanitos, the 38,000-tonne ship that went aground near Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, during Hurricane Patricia on October 23, says the Mexico News Daily. On Saturday, October 24, the bulk carrier Los Llanitos ran aground on rocks near Punta Graham, Barra de Navidad, some 25 nautical miles north of Manzanillo, Mexico, Pacific coast. The ship was pushed aground by hurricane Patricia.
IRISL Readies for Europe
The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) is seeking to open bureaus across Europe, says its Managing-Director Dr. Mohammad Saeidi. IRNA reports Saeidi as saying that once the arbitrary sanctions on Iran are lifted, Iranian-flagged ships can travel between Iranian and European ports. He said that imposition of anti-Iran sanctions banned Iranian ships from travelling to Europe and vessels owned by international companies from travelling to Iran as well.
Star Bulk Offloads Four Capesize Vessels
Star Bulk Carriers has entered into agreements to sell four newbuilding Capesize vessels to unaffiliated third parties for an aggregate gross price of $148mln. The vessels are currently under construction in China at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. The Vessels are expected to be delivered to the Buyers during the first and second quarter of 2016. Star Bulk, a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk…
Subsea 7 Secures Contract Offshore Egypt
Offshore services provider Subsea 7 S.A. announced today it has been awarded a contract from Burullus Gas Company S.A.E. for the platform extension and tie-in on the first phase of the West Nile Delta development of the Taurus and Libra fields by BP, offshore Egypt. Subsea 7 did not specify a precise contract value, but called the award “sizable” in the range of $50 million to $150 million. Subsea…
This Day In Naval History - January 04
1910 - USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned. 1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay. 1944 - USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French Indochina; Bluefish sinks a merchant tanker while Rasher damages another tanker. Also on this date USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks a Japanese freighter off Cape Padran…
Troy Container Lines Secures Rotterdam Agent
American-owned NVOCC Troy Container Line announced it has secured a new agent partnership agreement with Rotterdam-based NVOCC NVO Consolidation for both LCL and…
US Ports See Improved Radiation Detecting
Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is improving radiation scanning equipment used at many of our nation's ports of entry. Radiation portal monitors (RPM) now better detect radiological threats while alarming much less frequently on nonthreatening materials, resulting in big savings. The improvements, known as Revised Operational Settings (ROS), are being implemented…
Great Lakes Shipyard Completes USACE Repairs
Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has completed a multi-vessel drydocking and repair contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District Floating Plant, and all vessels were redelivered on December 28, 2015. This was the first time the Detroit District Floating Plant has been drydocked using Great Lakes Shipyard’s 700 metric ton capacity Marine Travelift. The shipyard hauled out Tug Demolen and Deck Scow BC-6576 on October 26…
Crowley Invests $25.5 Mln in Containers
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group has invested $25.5 million in new cargo carrying equipment. The units will include 325 x 20-foot chassis, 500 x 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 600 x 53-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers, 400 x 53-foot chassis and 440 generator sets (gensets), some of which are underslung and some that are nosemount. This latest upgrade to the equipment fleet follows the company’s acquisition earlier this month of 400 new 40-foot…
Nominations Sought for NOIA Safety Awards
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) announced it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Seas Awards competition. The Safety in Seas Awards…
Digital Thruster Panel for Smooth Docking
Twin Disc announces its new Digital Thruster Panel. The unit complements the company's EC300 Power Commander electronic propulsion control and Express Joystick System (EJS). Built of polished stainless steel, the Digital Thruster Panel is engineered rugged for a marine environment, making it suitable for helms, flybridges and docking stations. The ergonomic toggles are sized for easy use. It is available in dual or single versions.
DHT Takes Delivery of VLCC Newbuild
Crude oil tanker shipper DHT Holdings, Inc. has today taken delivery of a newly built 299,900 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) from Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries. The new ship, DHT Leopard, will enter the spot market as the second vessel in a series of six fully funded VLCC newbuilds to be delivered to DHT from November 2015 to October 2016. The first ship in the series, DHT Jaguar, was delivered November 23, 2015. The next newbuild is scheduled for delivery in early April 2016.
Baltic Index Nears All Time Lows on Weak China Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday inching near all-time lows, dragged down by weak Chinese demand.
Recent Vessel Sales - December 2015
Vessel sales for December 2015 (as of January 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.