China, Australia Ports Clogged as Coal, Ore Demand Soars
Around 300 ships caught in jam that would stretch 40 miles; freight rates for biggest coal, ore carrier hit 3-yr high. More than 300 large dry cargo ships are having to wait outside Chinese and Australian ports in a maritime traffic jam that spotlights bottlenecks in China's huge and global commodity supply chain as demand peaks this winter. With some vessels waiting to load coal and iron ore outside Australian ports for over a month…
Saudi-led Coalition: Air Strikes Keep Port Open
More than 10,000 people killed in Yemeni conflict. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it would keep Yemen's Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port open for a month…
ESL Enters Smaller Vessel Class
As a part of its growth strategy, ESL Shipping has successfully entered into smaller vessel class with ice classed 3,000 dwt vessels. Baltic Carrier, Baltic Skipper and Capella joined the fleet in fall, and fourth vessel, Delfin, joined the fleet yesterday. These smaller vessels support the flexible customer service offered to existing customers, regardless of the transportation batch size, and enable ESL Shipping to expand its customer portfolio to new customers and material flows.
CJ Logistics to Merge with Affiliate
CJ Logistics Corp. (CJL), South Korea’s largest parcel delivery service company under food and entertainment conglomerate CJ Group, will merge with the group’s construction arm, Yonhap said. The merger ratio will be one CJL share for every 0.54 CJ Engineering & Construction (CJEC) share, the logistics company said in a regulatory filing. CJL said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it will grant total 529,398 shares worth 80.3 billion won ($73.9 million) to CJ Corp.
ABS to Class LNG Bunker Barge
ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018. “This project represents another significant milestone for the region in the continued development of LNG infrastructure in North America…
Professionalism on Display in Australian Fleet Divisions
With great fanfare, more than 1,500 officers and sailors have lined the decks of HMAS Canberra in the Australian Fleet’s 2017 Ceremonial Divisions. Sydney Harbour provided a spectacular backdrop as personnel from East based ships and shore establishments gathered in their finest summer uniform. The divisions were reviewed by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer who said the occasion marked a successful – and significant – year.
HMM Holds a “2018 Sales Strategy Meeting”
South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has held a “2018 Sales Strategy Meeting” to prepare sales strategies for the next year. At the meeting being held on 18-22 December 2017, approximately 150 people attended including HMM President & CEO C.K. YOO, and 50 HMM expatriates in US, EU, and Asia etc, and discussed each unit’s sales strategy and a detailed promotion plan for 2018. C.K. Moreover, Yoo also commented about a new shipbuilding plan to order 22…
Eagle Bulk Buys Ultramax Bulkcarrier
Eagle Bulk Shipping announced that it has acquired a 2015-built CROWN-63 Ultramax bulkcarrier for a purchase price of USD 21.275 million. The vessel was constructed at Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding CO.,LTD., the same yard as the nine Ultramaxes acquired by the Company earlier this year, and is of similar design. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the Company in January 2018, and will be renamed the M/V New London Eagle.
Ocean Alliance Launches Day Two Product
The Ocean Alliance has launched its new Day Two Product with an estimated 3.6 million TEU carrying capacity provided by approximately 340 containerships deployed on 41 services. The new offering will commence in April 2018. Alliance partners CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL will offer 20 Transpacific services, six Asia-Europe services, four Asia-Mediterranean services, four Transatlantic services, five Asia-Middle East services and two Asia-Red Sea services.
New Women in Maritime Network Launched
Central and Latin America celebrated the launch of a new women in the maritime network in Valparaíso, Chile (13-15 December), which joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO) family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector. Sixty two women from 18 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile…
Port of Seattle Names Metruck Executive Director
The Port of Seattle Commission has appointed retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2018. Metruck will succeed interim executive director Dave Soike, who took over following the resignation of port CEO Ted Fick in February 2017. Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role.
US Asks UN to Blacklist 10 Ships over Banned N.Korea Cargo
The United States has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The vessels are accused of "conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or illegally transporting North Korean coal to other countries for exports," the United States said in its proposal.
Hudson River Tales: PAWSA Pauses Parking Project
When marine safety collides with environmental advocacy and non-maritime business interests, the discussion can be contentious, confusing and cumbersome. In June 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) opened a public comment period regarding new anchorage zones in the Hudson River; usually a rather low-key set of issues. This proved different. Opponents jumped on the proposal – initially suggested by three…
Technology Qualification on the Route to Autonomy
ABS weighs in on the way forward for marine autonomous systems and navigation technology. The era of digitization and hyper-connectivity is taking the maritime industry on a journey as it transitions from ‘smart’ to remotely operated and then, to autonomous vessels. The OSV sector – and offshore workboats in general – may well be leading that transition, with some projections for remote-controlled vessels as soon as next year.
The Top 10 Ships of 2017
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, published since 1939, annually prints details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Here we rank from those selected in the December 2017 edition the top 10 ships of the year, according to the editors. Builder: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Builder: Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. USS Gerald R. Ford: first-of-class aircraft carrier for the U.S. Owner: U.S. Christoph de Margerie: the world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier.
Crowley Names Anderson Vice President, SSQE
Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Ketra Anderson has been named vice president of safety, security, quality and environmental stewardship (SSQE), replacing Paul Manzi, who has been named vice president of the company’s new Alaska Tankers group. Anderson, will be based in Seattle, and report to Carl Fox, senior vice president, corporate services. As vice president of SSQE, Anderson is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company's number one core value—safety.
Dominion Energy Denies LNG Contract Renegotiations
Dominion Energy Inc said on Tuesday it had no plans to renegotiate any of its liquefied natural gas sales contracts, a day after India's oil minister said state-owned gas processor GAIL (India) Ltd was renegotiating deals with Dominion and another U.S. producer. "The characterization of contract renegotiations is false ... and Dominion Energy does not intend to renegotiate contract terms in the future," the company said in a statement.
Last Saltie of 2017 to Depart Port of Duluth-Superior
The last oceangoing vessel of the year is scheduled to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior, signaling the beginning of the end of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Twin Ports and across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Weather permitting, the Beatrix is set to finish loading 12,000 metric tons of spring wheat tonight at the CHS elevator in Superior—grain bound for the United Kingdom. The 512-foot Wagenborg vessel flies the flag of the Netherlands.
Newport News Wins Columbia-Class Submarine Contract
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat worth up to $468 million to begin…
Shipping Confidence Rises to 3.5 Year High -Survey
Shipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017. Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up…