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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MARITIME LOGISTICS

Milaha launches Qatar - India Service

Khalifa Ali Al Hitmi

Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha port with India’s largest port Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port, located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The move will further facilitate the thriving trade activities between the two countries that have witnessed a phenomenal growth in the recent years. Unlike existing services in the market, the new weekly service by Milaha will enable direct shipments between Nhava Sheva and Doha without the need for transshipment in Jebel Ali or elsewhere, thus increasing reliability and reducing transit time and costs. With an end of the week sailing, Indian exporters will benefit from a late cut-off providing more time to bring cargo into the port. With a reduced transit time, shipments of perishable products for the Qatari market will better retain freshness and quality. Moreover, the new service may open up for new perishable commodity segments which – due to previous transit time – were previously not an option. Mr. Khalifa Ali Al-Hetmi, President and CEO of Milaha, said: “We express our thanks to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port for their support in reinforcing bilateral relations between Qatar and India that has gathered significant pace over the years

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance

Dinwoodie to Head WSS Kuwait

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    Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) appointed Russell Dinwoodie as General Manager for the company’s operations in Kuwait. Russell’s focus will be on maintaining leading market share in the region and growing its latest projects, the globally standardized Ships Agency Redefined and Ships Spares Logistics initiatives. He will also be responsible for developing product sales, which include the company’s Unitor brand of products

Gutheil Joins Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority announced the appointment of David S. Gutheil to Vice President for Maritime & Logistics. Gutheil has international and domestic experience in logistics, marketing and the transportation/shipping industries. Among his duties, Gutheil will be responsible for managing the Port of Cleveland’s maritime facilities and the implementation of marketing and trade development programs to attract new customers, carriers and cargo shippers.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Strengthens Presence in Russia

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has consolidated its legal status in Russia which will enable the global ships services provider to supply all clients in the country, including internal ports and waterways. Wilhelmsen Ships Service has had offices in all main ports in Russia for the last 15 years, but until now has only been able to service foreign vessels calling at Russian ports. By establishing a legal entity within the Russian Federation

WSS Starts Asia Expansion with Thailand Opening

Joe Peng: Photo credit WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) says it is expanding its network of supply points across Asia as it responds to an increasing level of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The first new WSS supply point, at Songkhla, southern Thailand opened in January 2014 and other locations have been identified to enable WSS to work closer to areas of emerging demand. New supply sites are under consideration in Kemaman, Malaysia, Balikpapan, Indonesia and in Myanmar.

Wilson Sons 3Q, 9Mo Report

Wilson Sons Limited reported results for third quarter 2008 and 9 months 2008. Through its subsidiaries, the company (Bovespa: "WSON11 BZ") is one of Brazil's providers of integrated port and maritime logistics and supply chain solutions. With a business track record of over 170 years, the company has developed a national network and provides a set of services related to domestic and international trade, as well as to the oil and gas industry

Increased Demand for Trained Maritime Professionals

May 22 is National Maritime Day, an observance to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by America's Merchant Marine. However, it is also a time to reflect on a growing industry that is facing needs for highly-skilled mariners. The total value of marine freight is estimated to increase by 43 percent domestically and 67 percent internationally by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Administration

WSS Makes Key Asia Pacific Appointments

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) advises that it has strengthened its Singapore-based management team with the appointment of Ms. Hege Solstad as Regional Director, WSS Asia Pacific, and Harald Lundestad as General Manager in the Singapore office. WSS say that these appointments reflect increased levels of business and a focus on expanding service provision across the Asia-Pacific region. Both individuals bring key skillsets to the WSS Asia operations

PSA Unveils Incubator Programme for Start-ups

Courtesy PSA International

PSA International Pte Ltd today announced the inception of PSA unboXed Pte Ltd (PSA unboXed), its new corporate venture capital arm with an initial fund size of S$20 million. Through its incubator program, PSA unboXed seeks to invest in and nurture start-ups that are keen to create innovative logistics solutions fusing information and communications technology including IoT (Internet of Things), cloud, data analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and optimisation

MEBA, Liberty Maritime Spat Heats Up

The Liberty Promise, another car carrier in the Liberty Maritime fleet. (Image CREDIT: Liberty Maritime)

Liberty Maritime responds to MEBA’s ‘Informational Picket’ against the U.S. flag operator.   Coinciding with Liberty Maritime’s reflagging ceremony in the Golden Triangle; The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) this week staged what they characterized as an ‘informational picket’ today against Liberty Maritime Corp., to include Liberty Global Logistics (Liberty)

Australian Navy: Getting On Board the Gap Year

Gap Year sailors watch from the flight deck as a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard, lands aboard HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of Queensland during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Defence Force Gap Year – Navy is an opportunity for young Australians to experience military training, service and lifestyle through a year-long program, with no further obligations on the participant to continue to serve.   The program allows people to experience Navy life as a ‘try before you buy’ scheme during which every opportunity is given to participants to apply for transfer to Permanent Navy workforce categories

DMA Afloats Ambitious Project Blue INNOship II

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 Digitalisation and new business models will be in focus of the research and innovation project Blue INNOship II, which was included in the recommendations of the Maritime Strategy Team.   A steering group counting participants from Danish Maritime, Danish Shipping, the Danish Metalworkers’ Union, the Danish Maritime Authority, DTU, CBS and Force Technology have – through the Danish Maritime Fund – created the basis for initiating the work through the hiring of a

Ernst Russ Acquires Ships Financed by ABN AMRO

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The Ernst Russ Group has successfully completed another transaction and acquired two container ships with capacities of 2,450 TEU and 2,785 TEU and an average age of just under 12 years.    Global Transportation & Logistics provided financing to Ernst Russ. Purchase price for the two container ships is undisclosed.   The transaction was structured and carried out by Ernst Russ Maritime Management GmbH & Co. KG as the maritime asset manager of the Ernst Russ Group

Harmonious Relationships for Smooth Sailing

HMAS Success celebrated Harmony Day at sea in 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Navy people come from all walks of life, bringing different perspectives and traditions to the modern service – a fact not lost on many on 21 March – Harmony Day.   The day aims to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity, emphasising inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging.   Like many Navy ships, HMAS Success celebrated Harmony Day whilst at sea acknowledging their own spread of cultures, races and religions onboard.    

New Venture Aims to Uproot Shipping’s Status Quo

Nisomar CEO Captain Claus Hyldager (Photo: Nisomar)

Former Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) CEO assembles senior team for launch of Nisomar, a data-driven maritime services company   With a belief that innovation in shipping has fallen well behind other sectors, new entrant into the maritime industry Nisomar has launched a range of services for ship owners, operators, brokers, charterers and financial institutions.   Nisomar said it has pioneered a method of collecting global shipping data and created proprietary technology

Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017. The vessels were built in 2013 and are ECO-design tankers. They will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products

Drivers of Logistics Industry

Keynote speaker Dr. Detleft Trefzger, CEO  Kuehne + Nagel International AG, and member of  member of the International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, speaking on the topic “Driving Forces of the Logistics Industry” at the 11th Singapore Maritime Lecture. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The end consumer who has ever-changing needs and will be the ultimate driver of all activities of the logistics industry, said Dr Detleft Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of global freight forwarding and logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel International AG.   Demand for delivery on the same or next day, increased access to products from across the world as well as a greater need for transparency of a product’s source

Diana Shipping Gets Time Charter Contracts for Three Vessels

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 Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v New York.    The gross charter rate is US$14,450 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about six (6) months up to December 29, 2017. The charter commenced on April 23, 2017.  

Foss Enlists ABS for Sub M Compliance Service

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Seattle based Foss Maritime, owner and operator of a fleet of tugs offering maritime transportation and logistics services, has awarded a contract to classification society ABS to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.   The contract positions ABS as Foss’ Third Party Organization (TPO), providing a complete suite of Subchapter M services, including TPO surveys, International Safety Management (ISM) compliance

Digitisation is Priority for FEPORT

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 FEPORT supports the approach of the Estonian presidency and believes that four priorities constitute a consistent strategy for Europe.   The four priorities are:  An open and innovative European Economy, A safe and secure Europe,  A digital Europe and the free flow of data and  An inclusive and sustainable Europe.   Besides endorsing the content of the paper that has been co-signed by 22 organizations representing different industries of the logistics chain

Crowley Names Vargas VP, Business Development

Daniel Vargas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley names Daniel Vargas new Vice President of International Business Development, prtnering with Jeffrey de la Combe to enhance Caribbean services   Veteran sales executive in ocean transportation and logistics Daniel Vargas has been appointed vice president of international business development to support the Crowley Maritime Corp. liner and logistics services groups. He will work closely with Crowley's new director of logistics in St

Bahri Pushes for Saudi Arabian Entry to IMO Executive Council

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Senior representatives from Bahri recently joined members of a Saudi Arabia delegation for board meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which took place at the agency’s headquarters in London. The meetings come as part of the Kingdom’s preparations to submit its candidacy for the membership of the IMO Council under Category (C).  Senior Bahri officials who participated in the discussions included Wael Al-Sarhan

Bahri Completes Registration Of ASLAF Under Saudi National Flag

National transportation carrier aims to register all of its 39 VLCCs by end-2017. Photo: Bahri

 National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia  Bahri announced that the Ministry of Transport under the supervision of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of ASLAF, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia.    The move reinforces Saudi Arabia’s position in the global maritime industry and gives a further boost to Bahri’s efforts to register all of its VLCCs – now numbering

HMAS Ballarat Returns Home

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Ballarat has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, to a large gathering of family and friends after completing a three month deployment to South East Asia and; participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABER off the Australian coast.   The deployment, which began in early April, was part of the Australian Government’s efforts to promote regional stability and improve interoperability between regional partners and included port visits to

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