Traders Sending European Gasoline Across Big Pond
More than half a million tonnes booked Europe-U.S.; more bookings could follow in May. Traders are shipping more gasoline from Europe to the U.S. East Coast ahead of the summer driving season as a steady reduction in inventories there props up prices. At least 16 tankers carrying some 600,000 tonnes of gasoline blending components including naphtha have been booked in recent days by traders including Glencore, ExxonMobil, Mercuria, Repsol and Total, shipping data shows.
ClassNK e-Certificate Authorized by Liberian Registry
Classification society ClassNK has received authorization from the Liberian Registry to provide Liberian flagged vessels with electronic certificates for statutory surveys. ClassNK is the world’s first classification society to be authorized by the Liberian Registry to issue certificates in electronic form. In order to reduce the administrative burdens associated with the sending and onboard storing of numerous certificates…
Lankhorst Fibre Mooring Lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm
Lankhorst Euronete SA is supplying fibre mooring ropes to Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering for construction of the world’s largest fish farm near the island of Froya, offshore Norway. The new concept fish farm is a pilot facility developed by Ocean Farming, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group. The aquaculture facility comprises a slack anchored, semi-submersible structure, permanently moored at a water depth of 300m by eight 130m polyester mooring lines.
Navios Acquires Two Panamax Vessels
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. ("Navios Partners") (NYSE:NMM) an international owner and operator of drybulk and container vessels, announced today that it has agreed to acquire two panamax vessels…
Vittoria Shipyard Enters International Tug Market
Vittoria Shipyard, which is one of Italy’s main constructors of military and commercial boats, has laid down the challenge to the international tug market with orders from the Russian and Algerian governments for a total value of 15 million Euros. In the case of Russia, which is known around the world for the severity of its regulations and high quality and security standards, Vittoria Shipyard will…
DHL Says Ocean Freight Rates at Turning Point
Demand for ocean and air freight has been better than expected this year, with increasing volumes and rates finally improving after years in the doldrums, executives from freight forwarding company DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said. "We're seeing relatively high demand for both ocean and air freight. We're seeing rising volumes on several routes," Tobias Meyer, chief operating officer and executive vice president for business support, DHL Global Forwarding, told Reuters.
Baltic Index Down For Sixth Straight Session
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dipped for the sixth consecutive session on Thursday on softer capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, closed down 8 points, or 0.65 percent, at 1,215 points. The capesize index lost 45 points, or 2.02 percent, at 2,184 points.
Torgy LNG Design Receives GASA Nod from DNV GL
Torgy LNG’s updated LNG Type A tank design has been granted a General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) by classification society DNV GL. The original design was the first LNG tank based on the IMO A atmospheric design to have been awarded a GASA certificate. “This review sets a new milestone for our modified LNG Type A tank design,” says Sven Halvorsen, CEO of Torgy LNG. “The results have shown significant improvements and the design concept…
Libya Coastguard Clashes With Suspected Smugglers, Four Killed
Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with the Libyan coastguard off western Libya on Thursday, spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. Qassem…
Another ABS NS Software Implementation
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has successfully implemented the ABS NS Fleet Management Software suite for Hadi Hammad Al Hammam Group, a leading service provider to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. “The NS software suite is a comprehensive fleet management solution designed to improve data accuracy to inform better decisions in the office,” says ABS Nautical Systems COO Stephen Schwarz.
Grennan Appointed President of SCAA
Devon Grennan, CEO and President of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., has been appointed President of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA). SCAA is a professional association representing spill control contractors, manufacturers, distributors, government agencies, and various qualified individuals within the industry. Grennan has served on the board of SCAA since 2012. “SCAA is a unique association that has represented our diverse membership for 44 years,” said Grennan.
One Migrant Found Dead as 1,350 Rescued in Mediterranean
Italy's Coast Guard and humanitarian ships rescued 1,350 migrants in 12 separate operations in the Mediterranean on Thursday and one person was found dead. The migrants…
IMCA Reiterates CBP Proposal Opinion
IMCA stands behind its opinion that CBP implementation of its proposal will severely damage business in the US Gulf of Mexico. Quote from Allen Leatt, CEO, The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in response to report at marinelink.com (OMSA: CBP Revocation Notice Boosts U.S. Jobs‘): “IMCA published its report on April 4 on the impact of the proposed CBP modifications and revocations to the Jones Act.
IUMI Reports Rising Frequency of Major Casualties
Rising energy claims against a reducing premium base; and the increased cargo accumulation risk onboard vessels and in port continue to challenge marine insurers. Statistics released at the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Annual Spring meeting in Hamburg last week raise a series of issues that will continue to challenge marine underwriters for the foreseeable future. The frequency of major vessel casualties rose again in 2016 for the second consecutive year.
CMA CGM Strengthening EURAF 5 Services
CMA CGM has announced the strengthening of its position on Europe > West Africa route by becoming vessel operator on its current service EURAF 5. Effective April 5th, 2017, CMA CGM operates 2 vessels on EURAF 5 between North Europe and West Africa South Range. With a weekly frequency, EURAF 5 connects Europe to Angola, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cameroon is served on a fortnightly basis.
Thessaloniki Completes 20 Years as EcoPort
EcoPorts, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published an interview with the Port of Thessaloniki, one of the first ports in the EcoPorts Network, to provide more insights in this initiative. The Port of Thessaloniki is a mid-size commodity port engaged in diverse trades, in terms of its major commercial activities, mainly cargo handling.
NOAA Honors MOL
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is pleased to announce that the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has honored MOL with an award for the company's participation in the 2016 Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) incentive program. Launched in 2016 by NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District…
Tide Carrier Under Arrest in Norway
After having been informed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and its member organisation Bellona that the Tide Carrier (now named HARRIER, aka EIDE CARRIER) had been sold for illegal, dirty and dangerous scrapping to a South Asian beaching facility, the Norwegian environmental authorities arrested the ship on Tuesday 5 April. The vessel is not allowed to leave Norway unless it is to sail to a ship recycling destination in line with international and European hazardous waste laws.
Leaders for Sustainable Shipping
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Germany’s 10th National Maritime Conference in Hamburg (4 April), which focused on issues including sustainable growth and the importance of new technologies for the future of the shipping industry. Addressing Chancellor Merkel, the Mayor of Hamburg, German Government ministers and other stakeholders in his keynote speech…
India to Establish Multimodal Terminal in Jharkhand
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj, Jharkhand. The terminal at Sahibganj is an important component of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for the augmentation of the navigation capacity of National Waterway-1 (Ganga) from Varanasi to Haldia (1390 km). Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari was also present on this occasion.