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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Belgian Port News

Evergreen Group Chairman Honored

Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Foreign Affairs, Karel De Gucht. d'Egmont in Brussels. The award for Dr. contributions and innovations in international transportation and trade. is one of only a few non-Belgian individuals to be so recognized. launched its first service to Northern Europe. global services. and Zeebrugge.

Container Ship Capsizes in Belgian Port

According to the Herald Tribune, a large container ship capsized during loading Thursday in Belgian port city Antwerp, officials said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the capsizing of the Republica di Genova, a roll on/roll off vessel of the London-based Grimaldi Lines, was not immediately clear, authorities said. Grimaldi Group vessels carry containers and Fiat cars from Italy to Antwerp. Port of Antwerp Captain Jan Persi said the 215-meter-long (705-foot-long) vessel slowly rolled onto its starboard side in a dead end dock early in the morning. He said the ship began taking on water and that the captain ordered the crew to evacuate. The white-and-yellow vessel lay resting on its side, part of its hull above the waterline in the dock.

Container ships delayed by Belgian Strike

Reuters reported that more than 41 container ships were stuck outside the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Ghent on Monday due to a strike by pilots, which is to continue on Tuesday, the port's chief pilot said. Pilots, who are not members of trade unions, are protesting against pay and working conditions. Source: Reuters

Strike to Paralyze Belgium

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime services provider, is advising that Belgian trade unions have called a national strike for Monday. The strike, which will commence at midnight on 14 December and will continue through to midnight on 15 December, has been called by national unions to protest against new measures being taken by the Belgian Federal Government. ISS Antwerp has reported that the unions represented in the National Joint Committee for the Port of Antwerp have called upon their members to participate.

Belgian Port Closures Expected on Jan. 30th

Disruption due to Belgian port closures. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that a nationwide strike in Belgium on 30 January 2012 will close all ports in the country, with knock-on effects likely during the whole week. ISS anticipates that dockers, pilots, tugboats and locks operator will be involved, and that roadblocks with strike pickets will occupy all access roads to the ports. The company has been unofficially informed that terminals will close from 06:00hrs on 30/01/2012 to 06:00hrs on 31/01/2012. Patrick Van Huffelen, General Manager, ISS Port Services, said: “We advise shipowners and operators not to attempt to deliver any cargoes to Belgian ports on Monday, and we are warning that further disruption to schedules may continue into the week.

Vessel Aground Blocks Traffic to Port of Antwerp

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Traffic for large ships heading towards the Belgian port of Antwerp was temporarily blocked on Friday after a giant container ship ran aground outside the Dutch port of Terneuzen downstream from the Belgian harbour, emergency services said. Emergeny services for the Dutch province Zeeland said on their website the MSC Rachelle had run on to a sandbank on its way to Antwerp, though they later said it had been refloated. High tide was due at 1700 GMT and six tugs had been involved in the effort to refloat the vessel…

Wreck of WWI German U-boat Sub Found off Belgium

A German U-boat (Photo: Library of Congress, Bain Collection)

The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast. The use of submarines, often referred to as U-boats, in World War One to disrupt British trade routes in the English Channel and the North Sea was a key part of German tactics. The 93 German U-boats stationed in Belgian ports downed more than 2,500 ships but were also a target themselves, with 70 of them lost at sea, killing 1,200 sailors.

Traffic Increase between Gothenburg and Belgium

Shipping Line SOL now offer seven departures per week from Gothenburg Roro Terminal.

Belgium is Sweden’s eighth largest export market. The Swedish shipping company SOL is about to expand its departure frequency between the Port of Gothenburg and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The change will offer greater scope for Swedish import and export companies to ship freight to and from Belgium. Gothenburg-based shipping company Swedish Orient Line, SOL, is about to expand its departure frequency between Gothenburg and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The company’s vessels will now depart from Gothenburg seven times a week.

Belgium Leads the Way With Maritime Single Window

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The EU directive on reporting formalities for seagoing ships is being successfully implemented in the Belgian ports. As of June 2015 all reporting between ships and authorities throughout the EU must be done electronically in a harmonised way. With this “maritime single window” the EU seeks to streamline international maritime traffic. At the same time this will offer great administrative simplification for individual shipping companies and ship’s agents. The Belgian ports are already well ahead with preparations…

China Firm's First European Container Terminal Holding

China Shipping Terminal Development agrees to buy a 24 per cent stake in APM Terminals' Zeebrugge in Belgium. The move came six months after the firm, which is wholly owned by China Shipping Container Lines, expressed interest in taking a stake in the Zeebrugge facility, one of three terminals at the Belgian port, reports the South China Morning Post. The company will acquire its interest from APM Terminals, the ports division of Danish shipping, oil and aviation group AP Moller-Maersk, which owns 75 per cent. Shanghai International Port Group holds the remaining 25 per cent interest in APM Terminals Zeebrugge which it bought for €27.16 million (HK$274 million) in 2010.

P&O Stena Lines Resumes Operations

P&O Stena Line has resumed full passenger and freight services from the British port of Dover after French fishermen began to lift their blockade of French ports. P&O spokeswoman Gail Isted said that the company's vessel 'Dover' had left Calais in France for Dover in mid-afternoon. "P&O Stena Line ferries will now leave Dover and Calais every 45 minutes and will revert to their usual sailing patterns overnight," the company said in a statement. Isted added that delays to passenger cars of about nine hours and to trucks of six hours were being reduced and would be cleared some time on Friday (Sept. 1). P&O Stena Line ran six tourist ferries from Dover to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge both on Wednesday and Thursday to avoid the blockade, she said.

Don't Forget the Diver: Avoid Drydock Repairs

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Hydrex reminds that their turnkey underwater repair solutions for shipowners can be done wherever and whenever they are needed. Hydrex’s multi-disciplinary team promises will help to find the best solution for any problem encountered with a vessel below the water line. They will immediately mobilize thier diver/technicians to carry out necessary repair work without the need to drydock. The company has a long track record of performing complex permanent underwater repairs to thrusters, propellers, rudders, stern tube seals and damaged or corroded hulls.

Adani Ports, Port of Zeebrugge Explore Joint Opportunities

The signing ceremony in Mumbai

Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd., India’s largest private port developer and part of the Adani Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge to act as a strategic entry port for the lucrative European market. It will now collaborate with the Belgian port to explore joint business opportunities between the two ports along with other forms of trade, shipping, railway infrastructure across India and Europe. The MoU over a period of time will help in an enhanced movement of traffic to and from APSEZ into Europe and beyond.

Exmar, Mitsui OSK Team To Buy LNG Tankers

Exmar Group has set up a joint venture with Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines to buy two tankers to transport liquified natural gas (LNG). "It's basically 50/50," Exmar Director Rodney Hyne Jones, said. Exmar said in a statement that the two companies had already ordered the tankers from Okpo Yard of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. in South Korea and expected to get them in the first and third quarters of 2003. Hyne Jones said the venture would operate out of CMB's headquarters in the Belgian port city of Antwerp. – (Reuters)

Alphatron Marine Opens Office in Belgium

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Alphatron Marine said it has acquired a new office and warehouse space in Zwijndrecht, Belgium to serve customers in Belgium and France. The new location – operational since September and officially opened on November 9, 2016 – replaces the company’s existing Meerdonk office. Alphatron Marine Belgium is part of a group of companies governed by Alphatron Marine. Together, they act as importer, producer, developer and service provider of navigation, communication and automation systems. Besides this, the company provides specialized IT solutions.

Rotterdam Port Back to Growth

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After two consecutive years of negative volume growth, Europe’s busiest box port Rotterdam was back on the growth trail in 2014, as container throughput grew 5.8% to 12.3m teu. The different market sectors performed quite dissimilar. The break-bulk, with 12.1% growth, did exceptionally well. Oil products fell the most, by 8.1%. An extra 4.8% of crude oil passed through the port. Dry bulk fell by 0.7%. In Toto, in 2014, the throughput in the port of Rotterdam went up 1% to 445 million tonnes compared to the previous year.

LNG Bunkers in Europe – DNV Leads Discussion

Recognising that LNG is one of the best solutions for complying with upcoming emission regulations for ships, DNV is currently conducting a feasibility study for the Flemish Government relating to the provision of LNG bunkering facilities in three Belgian ports. The annual Process & Asset Risk Management Conference (PARC) focused on LNG opportunities in addition to debating the future of energy supply. The conference, which was hosted by DNV in Brussels, brought together EU regulators, industry experts and port representatives. Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent add to the list of European ports making an investment in LNG bunkering facilities, which includes ports in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Poland.

GAC Opens New Office In Antwerp, Belgium

A new office in Antwerp, Belgium, is the latest addition to global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group's global network of more than 300 offices. Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe in terms of cargo throughput, particularly for liquid bulk, the volumes of which grew by more than 30% last year. Significant volumes of dry bulk and project cargoes also pass through the port and it houses the biggest concentration of petrochemical industries outside of Houston, Texas. "Given the significance of the Belgian port for regional and local trade, opening a GAC office there is a natural, strategic progression,” says Ivo Verheyen, Group Vice President, Europe.

MN100: Hydrex

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Hydrex offers turnkey underwater repair solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed. Hydrex’s multidisciplinary team will help you find the best solution for any problem encountered with your ship below the water line. Hydrex provides a complete range of high quality underwater repair and maintenance services. These are performed on-site to avoid costly unscheduled off-hire time or a drydock visit. The firm immediately mobilizes its diver/technicians to any location around the globe to carry out necessary repair work without the need to drydock.

New Global Brand for LNG Bunkering: Gas4Sea

ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line have launched Gas4Sea, a new brand for their joint marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel around the world. Gas4Sea aims to lead innovation through the ship-to-ship supply of LNG for the maritime sector. In 2014, ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK concluded a framework agreement for a partnership to develop LNG bunkering services. By combining NYK’s shipping expertise with ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corporation’s LNG supply portfolio and terminal access under the brand Gas4Sea, the partners will offer a cleaner, reliable, safe and cost-effective service to shipping customers worldwide. Through their experience in their respective businesses, they will be able to tailor their LNG supply chains to the customers’ needs.

Exmar USD 23mln Richer After Excel Sale

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The Belgian gas tanker company Exmar has sold its liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Excel for $ 23 million. "Exmar is pleased to announce the sale of the LNG carrier Excel (138,107 m³). The 2003 built Excel has been delivered to its new owners on 6th of October 2017," said a press statement from the company. The net cash proceeds realized by Exmar  for its 50% share in the joint venture will be approximately USD 23 million, it added. Exmar Shipmanagement NV provides management services for a range of ships such as gas carriers…

India Seeks Greater Belgian Participation in the Maritime Sector

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo in New Delhi. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari met the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, in Mumbai to discuss bilateral issues concerning the maritime sector. Gadkari sought greater participation of Belgian companies in Sagarmala projects, inland waterways and development of industrial clusters. He talked about the immense opportunities that exist in India in the areas of coastal shipping, inland water transport, cruise, new port development, smart-port industrial…

Alphatron Marine to Continue Astron Activity

Alphatron Marine Belgium BVBA said it will continue with the responsibilities of Astron NV, stating that Astron NV will cease all sales and service activities of maritime navigation and communication equipment with immediate effect due to the restructuring of its organization. This includes the official Belgium distributorship of Japan Radio Company (JRC) which is being transferred from Astron to Alphatron Marine Belgium from the start of 2015. Antwerp, one of the largest ports on the European continent and also the ports of Ghent, Zeebrugge and Ostend play an important role in the Belgian economy. “In order to safeguard the continuation of the Belgian market, a number of employees of Astron will be employed by Alphatron Marine Belgium,” commented Jan Van Dooren, CEO Astron NV.

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