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Hapag-Lloyd – Hamburg Süd Merger Put on Ice

The shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd have jointly concluded to discontinue talks temporarily. Hamburg Süd say they do not wish to comment publicly on the subject matter of the points under discussion. It does, however, expressly point out that the owners of Hamburg Süd – unlike the impression conveyed in various press articles – positively favour a flotation of the merged new company if certain conditions are met. The Advisory Board and Executive Board of Hamburg Süd remain firmly of the view that the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd would be of enormous benefit for both companies as well as for Hamburg as a shipping location.  


Quick Propeller Repair Prevents Drydocking

One of the propeller blades was missing parts of its tip. (Photo: Hydrex)

Recently a team of Hydrex diver/technicians performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190-meter container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged and needed to be cropped to restore the propeller’s efficiency.    Having developed different procedures for different kinds of damage, Hydrex teams are equipped and trained to make the best out of a bent or broken propeller


Study Backs Up Cruise Industry’s Commitment to Environment

The results of two recent environmental studies regarding cruise ship wastewater discharge provide new and significant scientific insight into the low environmental impacts of cruise ship operations on the marine environment. Two independent yet interrelated studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) provide a major step in understanding the environmental impact of cruise ships.


Nominees For CITIS 2002 Awards Announced

Providers in the communications and IT in shipping sector have been short-listed for innovation honors in the CITIS 2002 Awards. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner during the sixth CITIS event -hosted and sponsored by Inmarsat in London from March 18-22 - which also features a conference, seminars and an exhibition. The dinner will take place on March 19 at the Underglobe in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In addition to awards in four commercial categories


New German Shipbuilding Group Emerges

ThyssenKrupp and One Equity Partners (OEP) signed a non-binding letter of intent to combine ThyssenKrupp Werften and Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in a new group under the control of ThyssenKrupp Werften GmbH. The alliance will create a systems house with strong positions in the naval shipbuilding sector. The reciprocal due diligence reviews have now been successfully completed and the basic outlines of the new structure are in place:


New German Shipbuilding Group Emerges

ThyssenKrupp and One Equity Partners (OEP) signed a non-binding letter of intent to combine ThyssenKrupp Werften and Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in a new group under the control of ThyssenKrupp Werften GmbH. The alliance will create a systems house with strong positions in the naval shipbuilding sector. The reciprocal due diligence reviews have now been successfully completed and the basic outlines of the new structure are in place:


Iridium Wins Security Contract

ZOCA Container Security BV has developed an innovative approach to preventing unauthorized opening of shipping containers, a serious problem in today’s shipping industry. The ZOCA approach taps Iridium satellite data links to control the containers’ locking devices remotely. The ZOCA system consists of a strong mechanical tamper-proof lock, which can only be operated with a ZOCA handheld mobile device. In order to lock or unlock the container


Landmark STS LNG Transfer Achieved

Image: STS LNG Transfer (courtesy Exelerate Energy)

Excelerate Energy Performs 700th Ship-to-Ship Transfer of LNG.   Excelerate Energy L.P. (Excelerate) completed its 700th commercial Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer of LNG on January 7, 2015 in Escobar, Argentina at the GNL Escobar LNG import facility. Using Excelerate Energy's regasification vessel, EXEMPLAR and the conventional LNG carrier CADIZ KNUTSEN, 73,778 cubic meters of LNG were transferred using the double-banked LNG transfer system


ABB Turbocharging Opens Service Facility in Denmark

ABB Turbocharging announced today it will celebrate the opening of a new service facility in Fredericia, Denmark on June 12, 2014. The ceremony will also mark the completion of the amalgamation of its activities in Norway, Denmark and Sweden into a single Local Business Unit (LBU). “With TURBOCHARGING SCANDINAVIA we merge three rather small units in Norway, Sweden and Denmark into a common, more powerful organization served by a well-integrated team with focus on customer needs across


Oldendorff to Open Copenhagen Office

Photo: Oldendorff

Lubeck headquartered dry bulk shipping company Oldendorff Carriers said it plans to open an office in the maritime cluster in Hellerup, Denmark by June 2017.   The new office just north of Copenhagen will be headed by Oldendorff Executive & Board Director Jens Jacobsen, who will lead a team initially consisting of eight to 10 people. The company intends to relocate a number of people to the new location but will also look to draw on the dry bulk shipping pool of talent in


Australia Conducts Amphibious Task Group Drill

 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment disembark a Landing Craft from HMAS Canberra during a major amphibious beach landing operation during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia’s amphibious capability was put to the test recently as the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters took charge of the largest amphibious assault conducted by an Australian force for 70 years as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABER.  


SS United States Thrown a Lifeline

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

Just days away from a verdict on its ultimate fate, the historic cruise liner SS United States has received a lifeline in the form of a $150,000 donation to a fundraising effort which aims to save “America’s flagship” and restore the storied vessel to its former glory.  


Z-Drive Collaboration on the Inland Waterways Expands

(Photo: ACBL)

American Commercial Barge Line’s leadership and early adoption of ZF Marine’s z-drive propulsion technology underscores a growing trend on the inland waterways.    American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has been around a long time – since 1915


China Acquires Global Ports: FT

File photo: China COSCO Shipping

 With the aim to dominate maritime industry China has been acquiring overseas ports with huge investments which crossed USD 20 bln last year, Financial Times reported.   Beijing has spent billions expanding its ports network to secure sea lanes and establish itself as a maritime power


Boskalis, Van Oord JV Awarded Nord Stream 2 Rock Placement LOI

Photo courtesy of Boskalis

A joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Van Oord has been awarded a LoI (Letter of Intent) for rock placement services for the Nord Stream 2  project. The award was made by the project developer Nord Stream 2 AG and is a part of the construction of the planned


COMSAT Announces Maritime Cybersecurity Programs

COMSAT teleport at Santa Paula, CA.  (Photo: COMSAT)

Following a June 16, 2017, decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires ship owners and managers to incorporate cyber risk management into safety management systems established by the ISM Code, COMSAT has announced its suite of cybersecurity solutions for the maritime


Yildirim to Sell its Stake in CMA CGM

Photo: Yildirim Holdings AS

 Turkish port operator Yildirim Holdings AS has announced plans to sell its 24 percent stake in the French shipping major CMA CGM, Bloomberg reported.   The company mandated China Citic Bank Corp. to find investors from Asia or the Persian Gulf for its interest in the world’s


Boskalis Takes New Mega Cutter Helios into Service

Photo from Video by Royal Boskalis Westminster

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said its new mega cutter Helios was named and christened during a festive ceremony in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.    Boskalis said the Helios is the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger it has ever developed


Wicker’s SHIPS Act Included in Defense Bill

Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. (File photo: HII)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, announced that he successfully added his “SHIPS Act” proposal to help the Navy reach its requirement of a 355-ship fleet in this year’s “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)


Fernback to Lead C-MAP

Sean Fernback (Photo: C-MAP)

Marine navigation technology company C-MAP announced that Sean Fernback has been engaged as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Marine Solutions Holding AS and the C-MAP Group. Fernback will focus on strengthening the product portfolio and developing and implementing the company’s strategic


Hindustan Shipyard May Get $3.1bln Order

Photo:  Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 India's Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has received a proposal from United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia for a strategic partnership, The Hindu reported.   The report said that the Russian shipyard will be placing orders worth INR 200bln (USD 3.1bln)  immediately. 


Vane Brothers’ New Tug Christened

Vane tugboat New York being christened by St. Johns Ship Building Human Resources Manager Carla Newkirk (Photo: Vane Brothers)

The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, the New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla   The New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane Brothers.  


Faststream Opens New Global Headquarters

Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping (left), and Mark Charman, CEO Faststream Recruitment Group (right) (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Recruitment founder and CEO Mark Charman launched the group’s new global headquarters in Southampton alongside Guy Patten, CEO of the U.K. Chamber of Shipping, at an official unveiling event on June 21.   Faststream was established in Southampton in 1999


GoM Rigs Evacuated ahead of Storm Cindy

Image: NOAA National Hurricane Center

Facing incoming Tropical Storm Cindy, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun evacuating platforms and rigs as the storm moves north-westward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.   Data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental


Keel Laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruise Ship

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

 June 20, 2017 began the next construction stage for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first newbuild expedition cruise vessel, HANSEATIC nature. During a keel laying ceremony at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO, Karl J






 
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