Maritime Leaders Convene in the Caribbean
Representatives from all aspects of the maritime shipping industry met in Cocoa Beach, Fla., May 16-18 for the Caribbean Shipping Associations’ (CSA) Shipping Executives Conference.
Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping
With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight is proposing a solution it says would benefit both shippers and carriers – the introduction of ‘commodity’ status.
Engine Room Resource Management Class
SUNY Maritime College’s Department of Professional Education and Training (PET) is offering a five-day engine room resource management course, with the first round of sessions starting June 6. The class, which costs $1,050 and satisfies the 2010 gap closing requirements, will be offered through August. To sign up or receive more information, call the college’s professional education department at (718) 409-5988.
Ardmore Shipping Opens Houston Office
Ardmore Shipping has expanded its global network with the opening of an office in Houston, to be led by Holly Cummings, who joins Ardmore Shipping as Chartering Manager (Americas). The new Houston office will be responsible for expanding Ardmore’s commercial activities in the Americas and will work with Ardmore’s chartering teams in Europe and Singapore. Cummings joins Ardmore with 11 years of experience in the maritime sector…
US, Malaysia Bolster Port Security Partnership
A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Infrastructure Marine and Ports Division to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at three port facilities: Northport, Port Klang and two port facilities in Penang; Swettenham Cruise Terminal and North Butterworth Container Terminal.
This Day In Naval History: May 18
1775 - Col. Benedict Arnold captures a British sloop at St. Johns in Quebec, Canada and renames her Enterprise, the first of many famous ships with that name. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, boat parties from USS St. Louis and USS Wompatuck, under Capt. Caspar F. Goodrich, cut communication cables at Santiago, Cuba. 1902 - Marines and Sailors from the iron-hulled screw steamer, Ranger go ashore at Panama City…
Cuba's Trade Deficit Widens as Commodity Crash Bites
Cuba's chronic goods trade deficit widened by $1.5 billion in 2015 as exports fell 24 percent and imports rose 3 percent, the government said on Wednesday, in the…
Klüber Debuts Eco-compatible Open Gear Lubricant
Manufacturer of specialty lubricants Klüber Lubrication has introduced Klüberbio LG 39-701 N, an eco-compatible operating lubricant for open gear drives used in marine applications. Klüberbio LG 39-701 N is specifically designed for manufacturers and operators of open gear drives, jack-up lifting systems or other onboard equipment that is frequently in contact with sea water. Klüber said its new lubricant offers excellent adhesion to surfaces…
Israel to Use Seaborne Missiles to Guard Gas Fields
Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship…
SC Ports See Container Volume Uptick
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a 2.8 percent increase in 20 foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, handling 1.6 million TEUs since July 2015.
Inspection Features Added to PropCad Premium
It is common practice to inspect marine propellers to ensure the manufactured product meets the thickness and pitch specified by the design. PropCad Premium now introduces a tool for propeller builders and manufacturers - Inspection Maps, which allows users to create customized layout templates for measuring blade coordinates, blade thickness and local pitch. HydroComp’s Inspection Maps is a tool to aid in the measurement and inspection of marine propellers during the manufacturing process.
AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day
Host of U.S. A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness.
Canadian Oil Exports Drop, Supply Hunt on Amid Wildfires
In a sign the massive Alberta wildfire is taking a toll on oil transport, Canadian crude exports to the United States dropped 12 percent last week, while another…
New Lifeboat Station Aids Greek SAR Services
A new lifeboat station has been opened on the Greek island of Chios – with the cooperation of International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) members – to help support…
Cai Mep International Terminal Container Volume Doubles
Throughput at Cai Mep International Terminal, the APM Terminals facility in Vietnam’s Ba Ria‐Vung Tau province, southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, expanded by 130 percent in the first quarter as new service calls added in 2015 began to impact volumes. The container volume has surged by 130% to 277,303 TEUs for the first three months of 2016, as compared with the same period a year ago. This growth follows an 80% expansion in container traffic at CMIT in 2015 over the year prior, to 724,768 TEUs.
UASC, Hapag-Lloyd Merger on the Anvil?
In order to get through the crisis of global shipping, Germany-based container line Hapag-Lloyd will ally with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). HL is in talks to merge with UASC, representing the latest move in container shipping corporate consolidation, Reuters reports. Hapag-Lloyd gave no details on the talks, saying there was no certainty of a deal, though a successful merger would create a group with an estimated enterprise value in the region of EUR8 billion (US$9 billion).
Soon, the Vessel FEODORA II Can Call at Danish Ports
Soon, the vessel FEODORA II can call at Danish ports in Flensborg Fjord, the Danish Maritime Authority says a press release. At a follow-up inspection on board FEODORA II, the Danish Maritime Authority has verified that the vessel is fitted with lifejackets, liferafts and the required fire-protection. The ship of captain and shipowner Alexander Klein "is equipped with the necessary life jackets, life rafts and fire protection.
Is Container Freight Now a Commodity?
In an interview with Patrik Berglund, the Xeneta CEO says that the introduction of the "commodity" status for the container would benefit both shippers and carriers. Q- In today’s world of Amazon, Alibaba and E-commerce, have container rates (meaning 20-40’dry box) reached ’commodity’ status? Not exactly. There is a major difference between ‘cheap’ and being a ‘commodity.’ Clearly the current rates are very low…
CMA CGM Communication on VGM of Packed Containers
As of July 1st, 2016, the enforcement of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers will be applicable. A packed container will not be allowed to be loaded on board vessels to which the SOLAS Convention applies unless the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container has been provided to the ship’s master or his representative…
Experts Say Shipping Emissions Must Peak Soon to Achieve Paris Goals
International shipping and aviation will have to cap their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) soon for the world to meet the ambitious goals laid down in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, participants at a side event at the Bonn climate change conference heard today. Emissions of carbon dioxide from aviation and shipping are growing at a combined rate of 3-5 percent annually. Efforts by the United Nations…