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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Belgium News

Port of Antwerp Looking for Full-Time Representative in the UK

Photo: Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, based in London, in order to keep in closer touch with the economic situation there now that Brexit is looming closer. "Antwerp Port Authority is now in search of a full-time representative to further raise Antwerp’s profile on the British market," said a press statement from the company. Attracting additional sources of trade and cargo will also form part of the new port representative’s job. With an annual freight volume of nearly 14 million tonnes (2017)…

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…

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.

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 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.

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…

Iran Cancels Norwegian FLNG Project

Image: IFLNG AS

Iran oil minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said that the agreement signed with the Norwegian IFLNG company has already been annulled. A report in the Trend said that the  deal with Norwegian Hemla was  cancelled following the criticism by some Iranian MPs. The report quoted Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh saying that the deal is cancelled following the some criticism regarding the contract terms. In October 2017, Iran signed a contract with Norwegian oil and gas company to build the country’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit in the Persian Gulf.

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.

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…

EDF Offers Long-term LNG Regas Capacity at Dunkirk Terminal

Photo: EDF

Electricite de France (EDF) has offered up to three billion cubic metres of annual regasification capacity at the Dunkirk liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal for 18 years from Jan. 1, 2019, it said in a market notice. The terminal's remaining 10 bcm/year capacity has already been booked by shippers, EDF said. Long-term capacity is offered on a ship-or-pay basis. Subscribers will acquire firm rights to slots, LNG storage and send-out capacity, as well as the ability to re-load imported LNG for onward export.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”. The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week, and the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for a hefty fine (2.35 mill EUR) and confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the illegal sale of four ships, as well as a six month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives.

Total Lubmarine Celebrates Naming of Trafuco 7

Photo: Total Lubmarine

Marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has welcomed the naming of the newest addition to its fleet, Trafuco 7. The naming ceremony for the newly-built vessel took place at The Port of Antwerp, in Belgium, in front of 80 guests. Trafuco 7 is a 795m3 capacity barge divided into six compartments that will transport Total Lubmarine’s oils, system oils and trunk piston engine oils, including the Talusia, Aurelia, Atlanta and Disola ranges, with a minimum order of 2,000 liters per grade.

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.

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…

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.

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.

ICBC Finances EXMAR for FLNG project

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EXMAR stated that on June 23rd 2015 under the witness of King Philippe of Belgium and President Xi Jinping, Mr. Jiang Jianqing, Chairman of Board of ICBC and Mr. Nicolas Saverys, CEO of EXMAR, signed the financing agreement for the world’s first floating LNG unit (FLNG – Floating Liquefaction and Storage Unit). ICBC will provide financing to EXMAR for the FLNG project in a total amount of USD 200,000,000. up to now, and also the highest technology project. It is known that Belgium is China’s 5th biggest trading partner in the European Union…

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