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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated after Blaze on Board

Almost 200 passengers and crew on a cruise along the Danube river had to be evacuated from their vessel on Monday when a blaze broke out on board, the Austrian fire service said. The passengers, who were on a trip with German river-cruise line A-Rosa from Linz to Budapest, were taken off and moved to a nearby ship after the blaze started close to the village of Schoenbuehel-Aggsbach in Lower Austria, a fire brigade spokesman said. No-one was hurt. Twelve fire trucks and several boats with around 150 fire fighters fought the blaze before bringing it under control after two hours. Five ship crew members who tried to extinguish the fire were treated for smoke inhalation in hospital, a spokesman for the Red Cross said.

Kalmar Bags order from ÖBB-Infrastruktur

cargo handling equipment for general cargo and intermodal operation at the Ă–BB-Infrastruktur AG terminal

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a valuable order from long-standing partner Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) to supply cargo handling equipment for general cargo and intermodal operation at the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG terminals at Wolfurt, Wels and Wien Süd in Austria. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2015 second quarter order intake, with delivery scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter. The range of equipment includes seven Kalmar Gloria reachstackers for intermodal handling, three Kalmar TT 618i terminal tractors and one Kalmar DCG 160-12 forklift.

OMV & Gazprom to Build South Stream in Austria by 2016

Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee

Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee and Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive Officer of OMV inked a Shareholders Agreement for the South Stream Austria joint project company. The document was signed in Vienna today during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Republic of Austria. The Agreement envisages the parties' cooperation while constructing the Austrian section of the South Stream gas pipeline with the annual capacity of 30 to 32 billion cubic meters running from the Hungarian border to the end point in Baumgarten.

Rotterdam Most Important Port for Austria

In 2002 Rotterdam was Austria's most important port for the fifth time in a row, with a throughput of 3.5 million tons. This was 9.6% more as compared to 2001. The marketshare rose slightly to 35.6%. The port of Koper (Slovenia) was second again with 2.3 million tons. Austrian imports via Rotterdam rose 12%, to 2.9 million tons. Exports declined slightly, with 1% to 623,000 tons. Source: Rotterdam Briefs

Strong Growth in Container Traffic between Austria and Hamburg

In 2015 around 295,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria by rail. That represents a 9.3 percent gain, setting a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria. The proportion of containers on this route transported by rail exceeds over 90 percent, making rail the leading mode of transport. “Austria is a model destination in efficient and environmentally friendly hinterland transport via the Port of Hamburg. About 40 container block trains per week operate between Hamburg and Vienna. Altogether more than 80 container trains connect intermodal terminals in Austria every week with Germany’s largest port…

Austria to Sue if EU Regulator Clears UK Nuclear Plan

Nuclear plant

Austria will take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) if it approves Britain's plans for a 16 billion-pound ($26 billion) nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the chancellor said on Sunday. The deal to pay a guaranteed price for the power produced in the plant faces opposition from a quarter of EU policymakers, who want to overturn approval from the top European regulator. A vote is expected on Wednesday. The project, to be built by French utility EDF at Hinkley Point in southwest England…

Danube Blockage Seen Lasting Through Winter

The collapsed bridges blocking the River Danube since NATO's March-to-June bombing of Yugoslavia are likely to remain there through the winter, sources said. Despite the best efforts of Hungary and Austria to speed up an appeal for EU funding to clear the river, they said, at a cost estimated between 12 and 30 million euros ($12.3-$30.7 million), it was unlikely any work would begin much before spring. Hungary and Austria, as well as other Danube nations, are eager to get the river cleared, not only to resume shipping, where losses for member states had run up to $175 million by the end of October, but also for fear that a cold winter could create ice blockage and flooding.

ALMACO To Redesign Crew Area on Crystal Mozart

Photo: ALMACO

Launching Crystal River Cruises fleet, Crystal Mozart, the Queen of Europe’s Rivers, will boast a full redesign that features a refurbishment of crew cabins and crew areas by ALMACO Group. ALMACO’s turnkey delivery will include the modernization of 50 crew cabins and crew areas such as the gym, mess, recreation areas as well as store rooms. The project awarded in early February is being carried out in Austria, where Crystal Mozart will sail on her maiden voyage round-trip from Vienna, July 13, 2016.

NautiCast Offers AIS Solution

Vienna, Austria-based NautiCast Schiffsnavigationssysteme specializes in the development and distribution of refined AIS navigation aids, catering for both the commercial and leisure shipping industries as well as ports and VTS centers. The core product of the X-Pack range is the X-Pack DS AIS-Transponder, a product literally designed to anticipate not only today's, but also tomorrow's requirements of an AIS in the maritime industry. The X-Pack DS was developed with NautiCast and is assembled to ISO 9001 Standard by Siemens AG Austria. The X- Pack DS AIS-Transponder automatically and continuously broadcasts and receives static, dynamic and voyage related ship data and exchanges it with other AIS equipped vessels and shore stations within VHF range.

Gazprom Ends Plan To Build Pipeline To Italy

South Stream gas pipeline

Gazprom has abandoned plans to build a section of its disputed South Stream gas pipeline to Italy, two sources close to the company said on Wednesday, a day after Gazprom announced a deal with OMV to build a branch to Austria. The memorandum of understanding with the Austrian oil and gas company foresees building a section of the giant pipeline from Hungary to OMV's Central European Gas Hub near Vienna. "The additional Italian spur option was effectively ditched. Gas will now be delivered to the Austrian hub…

ACR Opens European Office

To better service its business in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, ACR Electronics, Inc. opened ACR Europe GmbH in Vienna, Austria.

This Day in Naval History – April 26

1869 - The Good Conduct Medal was authorized 1921 - U.S. Naval Detachment left Yugoslavia after administering area around Spalato for 2 years to guarantee transfer of area from Austria to new country 1952 - USS Hobson sinks after colliding with USS Wasp; 176 lives lost (Source: Navy News Service)  

This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 26

1869 - The Good Conduct Medal was authorized    1921 - U.S. Naval Detachment left Yugoslavia after administering area around Spalato for 2 years to guarantee transfer of area from Austria to new country   1952 - USS Hobson sinks after colliding with USS Wasp; 176 lives lost   (Source: Navy News Service)

McQuilling Appoints Neumiller

McQuilling Services has Chris Neumiller to its consulting team. Neumille joins McQuilling Services as Senior Energy / Shipping Advisor, bringing a deeper knowledge of energy markets to the group. Previously, Neumiller focused on residual products and bunker market developments in the downstream department at JBC Energy based in Vienna, Austria. This position required monitoring refinery economics, trade balances, inventories and the impact of environmental regulations. Prior to the energy market, Neumiller worked internationally in business development and professional training.  

Helwan Diesel, Steyr Motors Agreement

Helwan Diesel Engine Company, Kairo, Egypt and Steyr Motors GmbH, Steyr Austria have signed a commercial license agreement for the production and distribution of Steyr four and six cylinder Monoblock diesel engines for applications such as stationary alternators, pump drive systems and commercial vehicles. (www.helwandiesel.com) (www.steyr-motors.com)

Rickmers-Linie Names Aseco as Agent for South-East Europe

Rickmers-Linie has appointed Aseco as its new agent in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Hercegovina, effective 1 May 2007. Aseco is part of the USS United Shipping Services group, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. USS recently took over Transocean Oy Ab, Rickmers-Linie’s Finnish agent.

Gazprom, OMV Ink Additional Deal

Vienna, Austria

  Vienna hosted today the signing of an Addendum to the existing contract for gas supply to Austria between Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive Officer of OMV. The document is to adjust the contract terms and conditions to the changing market environment and make Russian gas more competitive in the Austrian market.  

Conference to DiscussTransport of Radioactive Materials

The U.S. Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) issued a Notice stating that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Universal Postal Union are co-sponsoring an international conference on the safe transport of radioactive materials. The conference will be held in Vienna, Austria on July 7-11, 2003. Source: HK Law

Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend. Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company, worked together to battle the blaze, and the fire was eventually extinguished on Wednesday, February 15.

CIMAC World Congress May 2013

Gala Dinner

The CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology for Ship Propulsion, Power Generation and Rail Traction was held from May 13-16 in Shanghai. The Technical Program of this CIMAC Congress reflected a host of current hot topics, such as CO2 reduction or emissions. It consisted of 193 paper presentations, flanked by 68 poster presentations, from 20 countries – with strong participation from China. The huge amount of technical contributions was based on more than 400 abstracts which have been submitted to CIMAC in preparation of the congress, more than ever before.

BMP3 Continues to Defeat Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 January, the MV Front Warrior and the MV BW Austria defeated pirate attacks through the use of Best Management Practices. The MV Front Warrior, a Bahaman flagged Oil tanker was attacked at 0232Z approximately 300 nautical miles South East of Muscat. Rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were fired at the vessel from 1 skiff in order to attempt a boarding. The ship’s crew used fire hoses to deter the pirates as well as razor wire on the perimeter. These measures combined with additional watch keepers prevented the vessel from being boarded. The vessel is now safe.

Leading Austrian Shipyard Selects Paramarine For River Vessel Design

Portsmouth, UK – 29th March 2011 - QinetiQ GRC, the developer of Paramarine advanced marine design software, has been selected by Öswag, one of Austria’s leading shipyards to assist them in the design of river vessels. They will be using Paramarine for stability calculations and damage stability on inland waterway ships primarily for the Danube and the Rhine. Öswag is based in Linz, Austria, where they maintain, repair, modify and construct riverboats for use on the river Danube and Central European lakes. With over 100 staff they can handle vessels displacing up to 3000 tonnes.

Thölin General Manager for Alfa Laval Marine & Diesel

Photo courtesy Marine & Diesel Equipment

Joakim Thölin has been appointed General Manager, Segment Marine & Diesel at Alfa Laval AB, effective as of April 1, 2010. He will be based in Tumba, Sweden, and he replaces Peter Carlberg who has taken up the position as Managing Director of Alfa Laval KK, Seoul Korea. Joakim Thölin joined Alfa Laval in 1993 and has since held international management positions in Peru, U.S., Korea and most recently as Managing Director in Austria and Regional Manager for the Equipment Division in the Sales Company Mid-Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

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