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12 Nov 2019

First Metrans Vectron Released

Pic: © METRANS Rail (Deutschland) GmbH

Rail freight operator Metrans received the first Vectron multi-system locomotive at its container terminal in Prague.The vehicle is part of an order of ten multi-system locomotives. They are being manufactured in the Siemens Mobility factory in Munich-Allach and will be delivered in full by spring 2020.Metrans will deploy the new Vectron locomotives in transnational freight traffic across Central and Eastern Europe.“We are very happy to have received the first of ten Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility at our location in Prague.

25 Oct 2019

Clean Marine, FMSI to Merge

Pic: Clean Marine AS

Scrubber manufacturers and suppliers Clean Marine and FMSI have unveiled their intention to merge in order to create a bigger market share in the exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) segment.The combined entity, which will operate under the name Clean Marine, will provide a fully integrated offering, including Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise, significant capacity, fast production times, project management and global after-sales services.Further announcements will…

25 Sep 2019

Navibulgar Christens New Bulk Carrier

Pic: Navigation Maritime Bulgare

The flag of the second 45,500 dwt bulk carrier, ordered by Navibulgar was hoisted in the Chinese Shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.The godmother Mrs. Wang Xiaoying - Deputy General Director, Operational Department of Export Import Bank of China named the newly built vessel “Midjur” and wished her happy sailing.The naming ceremony in the Chinese Shipyard is part of the celebration events of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria.Officials included the Deputy Minister of Transport…

19 Aug 2019

Completion of the EU Research Project SHIPLYS

Logo: SHIPLYS

SHIPLYS (Ship life cycle software solutions) is a three-year project that started in September 2016. The project is in response to needs of SME naval architects, shipbuilders and ship-owners, who, in order to survive in the world market, need to improve their capability to reduce the time and costs of design and production. SHIPLYS provides these improvements by developing functionality that includes rapid virtual prototyping and the ability to factor in LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis)…

18 Jun 2019

Paris MoU Publishes Performance Lists

Paris MoU

Paris MoU Committee approved the 2018 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations (ROs) at its 52nd meeting last month."These lists will take effect from 1 July 2019," said a release from the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (PMoU) on Port State Control (PSC).The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. The list…

17 Apr 2019

Fincantieri, Two Others Bid in Bulgarian Navy Tender

File Image: CREDIT Fincantieri

Italy's Fincantieri, German shipyard Luerssen and Bulgaria's MTG Dolphin have submitted bids in a 984 million levs ($570 million) tender to build two patrol ships for the Bulgarian navy, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.The Black Sea country is looking to replace its three ageing Soviet-made patrol ships with the new vessels and improve its compliance with NATO standards.The offers will be opened on April 22, the ministry said in a statement.

12 Apr 2019

HHLA Strengthens Intermodal Network

Image: Hafen Hamburg Marketing/Siemens

Metrans AS, a subsidiary of terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has ordered ten Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility Czech Republic.The locomotives will be built at Siemens Mobility’s factory in Munich-Allach, and deliveries are scheduled from the end of 2019 until spring 2020. The locomotives will be operated in cross-border freight service in Central and Eastern European countries."It is our pleasure to expand the Metrans vehicle fleet by ten multisystem Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility.

09 Apr 2019

Fincantieri Bids to Build Bulgaria Patrol Ships

Italy's Fincantieri, German shipyard Luerssen and Bulgaria's MTG Dolphin are expected to file bids in a tender to build two patrol ships for the Bulgarian navy, a senior official said on Tuesday.The Black Sea country is looking to replace its three ageing Soviet-made patrol ships with the new vessels and has set April 16 as the deadline for bids.It raised the budget for the new ships by 20 percent to 984 million levs ($567 million) last year after a previous tender collapsed over financial terms.Rear Admiral Mitko Petev, commander of the Bulgarian Navy - which also has three Belgian frigates - said the patrol boats would be equipped with weaponry for air and underwater combat and helicopter landing platforms.He told public television BNT that Luerssen, Fincantieri and MTG-Dolphin had expre

19 Feb 2019

Black Sea Container Exports on the Rise

 Image: DP World, Romania – Constanta

Ukraine-based Informall Business Group in its latest Black Sea Container Market review reports a rise of 8.70% in loaded containers handling in the Black Sea container ports of Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia in 2018 as compared to 2017.Black Sea container terminals of the five countries handled 2927016 TEU in 2018, including empty containers, excluding transshipment. This review observes only full containers of the region – 2188153 TEU.In 2018, there was a laden container turnover increase in all countries of the Black Sea region.

04 Jan 2019

Gastrade Completes Alexandroupolis Floating LNG Terminal Test

 Image: Gastrade

The first phase of the Market Test for the capacity commitment at the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal of Alexandroupolis was completed successfully on 31 December.According to an announcement from Gastrade, twenty companies submitted relevant Expression of Interest for a total of up to 12.2 billion cubic meters / year of regasification capacity reservation at the floating terminal and delivery to the Greek National Natural Gas Transmission System."These gas quantities will be directed towards the markets of the wider Southeastern European region.

21 Nov 2018

Optimarin to Supply Seven OBS to Fednav

Photo: Optimarin

Optimarin signed a contract to supply seven of its USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) to Fednav, Canada's largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group. Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds. The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year, signaling a growing relationship between the two market leaders.With recent orders for multiple systems from Höegh Autoliners…

12 Oct 2018

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Expands Operations

Pic: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

The issue of expanding the activities of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACSC) in foreign waters commissioned by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in order to eliminate dependence on a single market, while maintaining the leading positions of the Shipping Company in the Caspian Sea, is in the center of constant attention.Consistent measures are being taken in this direction. Expanding the activities of the Shipping Company in international waters is of great importance in terms of opening new jobs on a permanent basis…

06 Jul 2018

Monitoring and Enforcement of Ballast Water Convention

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. A regional workshop in Batumi, Georgia (3-5 July)…

25 Jun 2018

U.S. Yards: Competing – and Winning – Here and Across the Big Pond

Chris Allard, CEO of Metal Shark

Louisiana-based Metal Shark powers into the second half of 2018 with a healthy backlog, multiple recent deliveries into foreign markets, and a portfolio of patrol craft that has attracted multiple clients – here and abroad. Key patrol boat contracts for this rapidly expanding builder include the U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat – Small (RB-S). Over 300 of these units are service since the award of the contract in 2012 and, says Metal Shark, new units are in production and shipping weekly. Separately, over 50 of the U.S.

20 Jun 2018

Metal Shark is Competing - and Winning - Here and Oversees

(Photo: Metal Shark)

U.S. shipbuilder Metal Shark powers into the second half of 2018 with a healthy backlog, multiple recent deliveries into foreign markets, and a portfolio of patrol craft that has attracted multiple clients – here and abroad.At a time when more than a few workboat builders are feeling the pain of lingering offshore malaise and an oversupplied inland market that no longer needs large quantities of barges, Louisiana-based Metal Shark has found its groove in a suddenly active and highly competitive niche market.

12 Feb 2018

EU Tells Turkey to Avoid Damaging Actions after Cyprus Ship Incident

The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus, a member of the bloc, accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas. Cyprus is one of several states, also including Israel and Lebanon, racing to tap gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean. Greek Cypriots run Cyprus's internationally recognised government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north - recognised only by Ankara - and say resources around the island belong to them too. Cyprus said on Sunday the Turkish military had obstructed a vessel contracted by Italian oil company Eni which was approaching an area to explore for natural gas.

04 Feb 2018

NileDutch Implements Transmetrics Predictive Optimisation Software

Transmetrics Welcomed NileDutch Team for the Data Workshop. From left to right: Marcel van Essen, Anna Shaposhnikova, Carlo Zaalberg, Asparuh Koev and Tjardo Boom. Photo: Transmetrics

In order to streamline our empty container flows and increase efficiency, NileDutch has started working with Transmetrics of Bulgaria, a tech startup that provides predictive logistics solutions. Transmetrics already has extensive experience in demand forecasting and predictive optimisation for the cargo transport industry, and as a result of this collaboration with NileDutch, it will also launch its new product, AssetMetrics. “With machine learning and intelligent algorithms we want to revolutionise how empty container handling and relocation is organised.

15 Jan 2018

Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping

© Ilker Canikligil / Adobe Stock

Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, adding it formed part of Turkey's most expensive construction project. The Bosphorus is one of the world's busiest waterways with 42,000 vessels passing through in 2016 - compared with 16,800 that transited the Suez Canal in the same year.

13 Nov 2017

USS Donald Cook Departs Aksaz, Turkey

Photo: United States Navy

The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Aksaz, Turkey, Nov. 9 after conducting a regularly scheduled port call. While Donald Cook was in port, Sailors attended multiple planning sessions, a reception for participants and a press conference for exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2017. After departing Aksaz, the ship and crew participated in a photo exercise for Dogu Akdeniz. "Our time in Aksaz was a great experience," said Cmdr. Matt Powel, commanding officer of the Donald Cook. "Our first evolution after departing went without a hitch," Powel said.

29 Sep 2017

NBS Maritime Rolls out New Ship Supply Firm in the Netherlands

Photo: NBS Maritime Ltd

Recently NBS Maritime B.V. commenced business operations in the Netherlands, becoming the first NBS office in Northwestern Europe as the company expands its regional reach to serve directly vessels at key ports in the region. NBS NL will cater for the growing customer base of the company in the area, covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Already amongst the leading ship suppliers in the Black Sea region, NBS Maritime has a network of offices in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, and a global ship supply unit – NBS Global. Located in Halsteren, NBS Maritime B.V.

21 Jul 2017

Activists Protest near Oil Rig in Norway's Arctic Sea Area

Environmental activists protested on Friday near an offshore rig contracted by Statoil in the remote Norwegian Arctic, where the firm is looking for oil and gas deposits. The Nordic country wants to open up northern areas for exploration to offset declining production in the south. Oil and gas production is Norway's leading industry, accounting for 20 percent of its economy. From the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship, 11 campaigners launched inflatable boats carrying banners opposing Statoil's Songa Enabler oil rig, 275 km (170 miles) north of the Norwegian coast, in the Arctic Barents sea. One of the banners read "“The People Vs. Arctic Oil”.

09 Jul 2017

Greece, Bulgaria to Create Multimodal Corridor Between Ports

Photo: Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgaria and Greece agreed to expand Multimodal Freight Corridor Between Black Sea, Aegen Sea and Dunabe. Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski and Greek Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis have agreed to extend the multimodal transport corridor between the two countries connecting the ports of Varna, Burgas, Kavala and Alexandroupoli. The Greek part accepted Bulgaria’s proposal to include a connection with the port of Ruse in the joint project.

01 Mar 2017

Offshore Innovation: A Real ‘Riverboat’

Image: Vard

Central Asia is a booming oil region not far from the Persian Gulf. Energy companies ply the big lake to rack up staggering barrel counts at elephantine oilfields with names like Tengiz (Kazakhstan) or Kashagan (Azerbaijan). Painstaking, oil-fueled nation-building is underway across an oil province, where very shallow water hinders plant and equipment moves by platform supply vessels. Until now — new module-carrying vessels, or MCVs will float high-capital cargoes through Russia’s river system and across the Caspian shallows to Chevron’s Tengiz Extension project.

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