French Oil and Port Workers Vote to Begin New Strikes
Oil sector workers of French CGT and FO unions voted on Monday to begin a strike at Exxon Mobil's 240,000 barrels-per-day Port Jerome refinery in northern France, the unions said in a joint statement.
KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique
KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN), effective May 5, 2016. The RT Magic and RT Spirit welcomed the largest bulk carrier Shining Dragon, to assist her safely to her berth. The Rotortugs, pioneered by KOTUG and featuring three separate azimuth propulsion units to provide improved vessel safety…
Pioneer Marine Cancels Drybulk Newbuildings
Pioneer Marine Inc., a shipowner and global drybulk handysize transportation service provider, has terminated the last two newbuilding contracts for Green Dolphin 38…
Weight for Delays
Drewry survey finds that confusion reigns over new container weighing rule with most stakeholders expecting some delays after its implementation in July. There is just over a month to go before new safety regulation comes into effect that will mandate container weighing from 1 July, but at the eleventh hour there is still much confusion over how shippers and forwarders will be able to comply. Overweight…
BEST Sets Container Handling Record
Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice. A total of eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes were deployed simultaneously for the operation, achieving a peak Vessel Operating Rate of 221.3 moves per hour. Guillermo Belcastro, General Manager of BEST, said: “BEST is the only terminal in…
Sovcomflot IPO Soon
The long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) of Sovcomflot, which runs one of the world’s largest tanker and gas carrier fleets, has moved a step closer. Economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was quoted by local Russian news agencies as saying that the government might get around RBL24bn ($357m) roubles from selling a 25% stake in the nation’s top line, Sovcomflot. He said the IPO would happen this year.
DSME Reveals Additional Self-Restructuring Plan
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has revealed an additional self-restructuring plan amid the falling shipbuilding orders. The company’s creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank, will now decide on the new self-rescue plan which proposes a further cut in DSME’s workforce and wages, as well as temporary closure of docks, the Korea Herald reports citing industry sources.
Container Weight Regulations
Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping. But now, according to a report in the WSJ, IMO says ‘practical and pragmatic’ three-month grace period would calm exporter fears of widespread backups.
DSME, Sovcomflot Delay Delivery of First Arctic LNG carrier
South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Sovcomflot have agreed to delay a liquefied natural gas carrier being built for the Yamal LNG project in Russia. According DSME statement the vessel, which was originally scheduled for June this year re-set the delivery date, will now be delivered in January 2017. No details have been disclosed on the reasons of the delay. In March 2014…
Subsea 7 Awarded $1bn Wind Farm Offshore UK Deal
Subsea 7 S.A. informed today the details of the major(1) contract award that was first announced on 20 May 2016 . The contract was awarded by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL)(2), for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Beatrice wind farm turbine foundations and array cables, offshore Scotland, UK. Located in the Outer Moray Firth, the Beatrice wind turbines will generate 588 Megawatts of power once the wind farm becomes fully operational in 2019.
Mumbai Port to Revamp Int'l Cruise Terminal
Mumbai, May 23, 2016: Mumbai has a real opportunity to be developed as an international cruise terminal, said Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman MbPT at a day-long conference organized by the Urban Development Committee of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) in association with Apli Mumbai titled “Mumbai’s PortLands – from Vision to Action” on 23 May 2016 at the BSE in Mumbai. Addressing the gathering Mr.
ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels
ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this savings corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars. The gearless, steerable propulsion system reduces fuel consumption by up to 20% and achieves decimeter accurate maneuverability without the aid of tugboats.
Korea Express Orders Two Quaymate M50 Cranes
Xiamen, People’s Republic of China, 24 May 2016 – Terex Port Solutions (TPS) notches up another success for its Terex Quaymate M50 mobile harbour crane. After the first machine in the world completely manufactured and assembled by the Chinese site of TPS in Xiamen was shipped to Australia in March this year, the leading South Korean logistics service provider CJ Korea Express (Korea Express) has now ordered two Quaymate M50 mobile harbour cranes for different terminals.
Wood Group Bags Statoil MSA
Wood Group has been awarded an evergreen master services agreement (MSA) by Statoil to support the life cycles of its offshore and onshore facilities. Work and services covered by the MSA include engineering studies, detailed engineering, procurement services and management assistance services. “This MSA reflects Wood Group’s strong relationship with Statoil,” stated Robin Watson, chief executive. Wood Group has supported Statoil for many years.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Could be More Active
The Atlantic Ocean could be gearing up for an active hurricane season, meaning North American residents may want to pay attention. In recent years, single hurricanes…
TORM CFO Zacho Resigns
Mads Peter Zacho, Chief Financial Offer at TORM, has resigned to become Chief Executive Officer at J. Lauritzen A/S. Mads has been with TORM since 2013 and will remain with the company for a transitional period to effect an orderly handover of his responsibilities, TORM said. Senior Vice President Christian Søgaard-Christensen, currently TORM's Head of Corporate Support and part of the Senior Management Team, has been named as acting CFO. Christian has been with the Company since 2010.
Eastern Launches MPSV for Harvey Gulf
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched M/V Harvey Blue-Sea (Hull 250) on April 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. of New Orleans, La. The Harvey Blue-Sea is the second of two 340’ Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine. The launching event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern employees, several representatives from Harvey Gulf and guests in attendance.
Fast Ferry Delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company
Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd. and CoCo Yachts B.V. announced that the second of the two new fast ferries, Hai Jing, was delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company on April 22, 2016. During the sea trials a top speed of 38 knots at full load was measured. According to the builder, special attention has been given to ensure high level of outfitting in the passenger accommodation, both on main and upper deck.
Maersk Line Launches Latin America, Asia Service
Maersk Line announced changes to its AC network with the launch of its AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia, beginning at the end of June. According to Maerks Line, the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia, will provide greater port coverage and reduced transit times on select corridors. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line will be able to introduce a third loop to the network.
FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations
French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations. Formerly the Columbia Queen, the Louisiane is undergoing a multimillion dollar refurbishment to reflect a French-inspired ambience to embrace the rich history of the areas she sails that were once known as French America.