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Sunday, May 20, 2018

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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…

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Acquires Eurokor Logistics

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eurokor Logistics, a ships agency, logistics and forwarding company based in The Netherlands and Belgium. This acquisition will further strengthen Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s logistics and agency operations in Central Europe, specifically by adding freight forwarding and barging to the customer offer in this area. The deal is set to close by 1 April. “Acquiring Eurokor Logistics is another step towards fulfilling our growth ambitions”, says Bård Bjørløw, VP Europe at Wilhelmsen Ships Service. “As a customer focused company, we are continuously adjusting our organisation to meet our customers’ needs.

Chennai port, Belgium sign MoU

Photo: Chennai Port

The Chennai Port Trust has signed a fresh memorandum of understanding with the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium), reports the Hindu. "Belgium is working towards getting an agreement between the ports of Zeebrugge in Belgium and the port of Chennai as part of its efforts to take part in the development of Indian ports," Joren Vandeweyer, spokesperson for the Belgian secretary of state for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem said. “Zeebrugge had an agreement with the Chennai port earlier. We want to strengthen the relations between our ports.

WSS Appoints Romanet GM for Belgium

Romaine Romanet (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) appointed Romaine Romanet as new General Manager for Belgium. Ms. Romanet brings many years’ experience from a number of multinational businesses in the areas of operation, finance, business development, change project management and people development. Ms. Romanet was formerly part of the senior management team at CMA CGM Group with responsibility for the development and administrative control of European agencies. Prior to this, Ms. Romanet worked for 15 years with the SGS Group (testing, inspection and certification) as Country Chief Executive in the U.K.

Belgium Ratifies Ballast and Recycling Conventions

Kitack Lim with Guy Trouveroy (Photo: IMO)

Belgium became the latest country to ratify a key international measure for environmental protection, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the treaty within sight of meeting entry into force criteria. Aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast water, the BWM Convention requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management. The BWM Convention will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 States, representing 35 percent of world merchant shipping tonnage.

Chemical Transport by Face Lifted Ships

Ferichloride (FeCl3) has been transported since some months via European channels and rivers, from Lille to Paris. Brand new here are the special double liners in thermoplastic material that are being installed inside the ships by the company Comenco Belgium. FeCl3 is a strong acid and is very corrosive towards steel. The plastic material used in this new system is resistant against all main acids and alkali. The tailor made plastic tanks have double walls. This is to protect the ship against any corrosion damage in case of calamities.

BHP Acquires Belgium Shipping Group

Australia's Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd. reportedly acquired a 50 percent stake in Belgium-based shipping group, Cobelfret, in a bid to deliver cargoes more competitively.

Attica Enterprises Links Up With Port of Zeebrugge

Greek ferry operator Attica Enterprises said on Friday it picked the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium for its service linking Scotland with mainland Europe, due to start in May 2002. "The port of Zeebrugge in Belgium was selected as the best qualified and the most conveniently located port to serve tourism and freight," the company said. Attica's Superfast ferries will offer daily overnight crossings between Zeebrugge with the port of Rosyth near Edinburgh, a journey time of 16 hours with a pair of modern car and passenger ferries.

Belgium Accedes to Oil Pollution Response Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Belgium has become the 112th State to accede to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC). The treaty establishes measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either nationally or in cooperation with other countries. Laurent Preud'homme, First Secretary of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom, deposited the instrument at IMO Headquarters in London, today (19 April). Preud'homme also deposited the instrument of accession for the Protocol to the OPRC relating to hazardous and noxious substances.

Belgium Ratifies MLC 2006

The Government of Belgium deposited with the International Labor Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) on 20 August 2013, a highly symbolic day marking the entry into force of the Convention. Belgium becomes the 46th ILO Member State and the 19th European Union member to have ratified this historic agreement which constitutes the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and providing decent working and living conditions for seafarers as well as conditions of fair competition for shipowners.

Diana Shipping Aquires Vessel

Diana Shipping Inc. has exercised the option to purchase a Panamax dry bulk carrier, the Yasmine Venture, of 73,546 dwt, built in June 2006. The vessel has a purchase price of $39.6m and is expected to be delivered to the Company in July 2006. Upon delivery the vessel will be chartered to Bocimar Belgium NV, Antwerp, Belgium, for 11 to 13 months at $21,000 per day net.

Fednav (Belgium) N.V. Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Screenshot from FALLine video https://vimeo.com/165333562

Shortly after the inauguration of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, and the growth of grain exports that followed, bulk shipper Fednav realized that incoming steel products offered ideal repositioning from Belgium, and thus was launched regular service FALLine. Steel is also transported from Germany, the U.K. and other countries, but Antwerp remained the epicenter of the activity. Located in the Scheldt estuary, Antwerp is the breakbulk port of choice due to its central position, its connections to the Rhine and its experienced stevedores.

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.

Daewoo Shipbuilding Wins 730m Orders from Belgium, Greece

According to sources, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co said it has won 730m in orders from firms in Belgium and Greece. The shipbuilder said it has secured an order from Exmar Marine NV of Belgium for two LNG regasification vessels and a contract from Gulf Marine Management SA of Greece to build two very large gas carriers. It did not disclose details of each contract. The deals take its order book to 5.22 bln usd or 25 ships, including nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

Supporting Solomon Islands

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The maritime capacity of the Solomon Islands is to be strengthened through a new capacity-building partnership signed between Belgium, the Solomon Islands and International Maritime Organization (IMO). Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at IMO Headquarters (30 November), Belgium has pledged Euro 350,000 through IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme to support the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) to enhance its capacity to address maritime challenges.

PSA Chairman Receives Belgium Award

PSA Group Chairman Fock Siew Wah was conferred the national distinction ‘Commander of the Order of the Crown’ from His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium for his merit, dedication and services rendered to the Kingdom of Belgi

On 27 November 2014, PSA Group Chairman Fock Siew Wah was conferred the national distinction ‘Commander of the Order of the Crown’ from His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium for his merit, dedication and services rendered to the Kingdom of Belgium. Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King of Belgium, who was visiting PSA as part of the Belgian Economic Mission in Singapore, personally bestowed the award on PSA Group Chairman Fock Siew Wah at a ceremony held in the presence of dignitaries from the Belgian government and business community…

COSCO Shipping Ports, CMA CGM Ink Concession Deal with Zeebrugge Port

Photo: Port of Zeebrugge

COSCO Shipping Ports , the world’s leading port operator, announced a signing ceremony was held today with Port of Zeebrugge in Brussels of Belgium for the concession terms of CSP Zeebrugge Terminal. The event also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Company and CMA CGM Group, the Marseille based world’s leading shipping company and member of Ocean Alliance, for CMA’s initial investment of 10% in CSP Zeebrugge. Kris Peeters, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Work…

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.

Belgium Delegates Visit NYK

Photo: NYK Line

Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the government of Flanders; Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade; and accompanying delegates visited the NYK head office and met with NYK board counselor Koji Miyahara, senior advisor Takao Kusakari, and senior managing corporate officer Koichi Chikaraishi. During the meeting, Kusakari, who serves as the president of the Japan-Belgium Society, offered his appreciation for the visit on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan…

Alphatron Marine Opens Office in Belgium

Photo courtesy of Alphatron Marine

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.

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.

Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes

Courtesy Euronav

Tanker shipping company Euronav has secured a loan facility providing financing for four ice-class suezmax newbuildings under construction by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., two of which have recently been delivered with the remaining two scheduled for delivery later in 2018.Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) said it acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to a $173.5 million loan facility for Euronav NV signed on March 22, 2018. The commercial lenders were Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank…

LNG Tankers En Route to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands

LNG tanker Eduar Toll (File photo: Teekay)

The following liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are expected to arrive in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands in the coming weeks.The vessels carry gas to Europe's most active markets and include cargoes delivering on a spot basis and under long-term contracts.Estimated arrival dates, often revised by port authorities and AIS Live ship-tracking data on Reuters, are updated below.Some tankers heading for Belgium and Britain may be loading at the terminal.Those expected to load are indicated with an (L).

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