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11 Oct 2019

SHORTSEA SHIPPING: All the Right Moves (Finally)

The Baton Rouge-NOLA container on barge service / (CREDIT: Port of New Orleans)

Marine Highways Gain Traction in the Intermodal Supply Chain.In the United States, landside infrastructure is at a crisis point. Congestion at the big hub ports, exacerbated by imperfect intermodal interfaces with surface transport serving cargo hinterlands is at the heart of the matter. As politicians bicker over a possible infrastructure package, the Highway Trust Fund, funded by taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, has continued its downward journey towards further deficits (now $144 billion). And, where countless U.S.

03 Oct 2019

Keel-laying Ceremony for Hanson’s MAD

Photo: Damen

On October 3, 2019, Damen Shipyards Galati hosted a celebration marking the keel-laying of a Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500 for Hanson UK. The event was well attended by representatives of both Damen Shipyards Group and Hanson UK.The keel of the new MAD 3500 was laid at the Romanian yard a few days prior to the celebration, on September 20th. At this event, tradition was observed with the inclusion of four coins in the keel – a Romanian lei, a British pound, a Dutch guilder and a euro.The MAD is a new design from Damen that can dredge material at depths of up to -55 meters.

24 Sep 2019

UAE Joins ICS

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

UAE maritime industry, yesterday (Tuesday 24th September) saw the UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) becoming a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).The signing, which took place on Day 2 of Seatrade Shiptech at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, will provide a framework for closer collaboration between the two associations. The event is a part of the UAE Maritime Week taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum…

18 Sep 2019

Pelita Samudera Buys Handysize Bulker

Image: Pelita Samudera Shipping

Indonesian shipping and logistics company Pelita Samudera Shipping (PSS) has bought one bulk carrier from Singapore-based Convivial Navigation Co. Pte.Purchase price of the handysize class MV is USD7.53 million. PSS is settling 20% of the amount in cash and the remaining 80% in PSS shares. VesselsValue places a market value on the ship of $7.62m.The Indonesian company said that the purchase has expanded it Motor Vessel (MV) fleet strength to six. The MV fleet capacity of 28k DWT has been projected with some potential customers…

16 Sep 2019

India Opens Second Multi-Modal Terminal

The Sahibganj multi-modal terminal on the River Ganges is now open for business. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the new terminal yesterday (September 12, 2019). Also pictured are the Governor of Jharkhand State,Smt. Draupadi Murmu; the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda; the Chief Minister of Jharkhand State, Shri Raghubar Das; and the Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, plus other digni

The Government of India opened its second multi-modal terminal (MMT) yesterday, September 12, 2019. Located on the River Ganges at Sahibganj in Jharkhand State, the new terminal is now ready for business following the completion of a two-year construction project managed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the $40.32 million project in April 2017.Phase one of the terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi via a two-way digital communication system during an event held in Ranchi…

11 Sep 2019

UK Support Low-Carbon Maritime Technology

Image: Department for Transport, UK

Britain is set to become a global hub for low-carbon maritime technology, thanks to new government funding.Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has committed a further GBP1 million to fund new shipping technology projects through MarRI-UK, a consortium of leading maritime organisations."MarRI-UK has already allocated £1 million to support early stage clean maritime projects. Today government is announcing a further £1 million for technology and innovation projects, boosting the wealth of maritime knowledge that exists in the UK to build an industry fit for the future…

03 Sep 2019

Offshore Boosts Optimarin Growth

Image by Optimarin. Photo: Glyn Lewis

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin said that the recovery of the offshore shipping segment is playing a key role in driving its revenues to new heights.The Stavanger, Norway-based business, which has focused exclusively on BWT for the last 25 years, has just signed a number of fleet agreements, including a contract with Island Offshore for 19 systems, doubling its order intake year on year.“Optimarin has long held the position of the preferred supplier to the offshore segment…

22 Aug 2019

Napier Port Lists on NZX

Image: Napier Port

New Zealand's Napier Port successfully completed its $234 million initial public offer (IPO) with a listing ceremony at the Port’s Breakwater Road site in Napier.After ringing the bell to welcome in trading of the Port’s shares on New Zealand Exchange (NZX) under the ticker ‘NPH’ on August 20, Chairman Alasdair MacLeod said the success of the IPO would allow investment in the infrastructure necessary for the Port to extend its 150-year record of supporting economic growth in the region.“Today is the culmination of a 5-year journey that has seen the Port…

17 Jul 2019

Peru’s 1st Digital Customer Platform Readies

Pic: APM Terminals

APM Terminals has become the first Peruvian port to introduce a customer platform that logs, streamlines and coordinate General Cargo operations in the port of Callao.During the pilot phase, the platform, which was developed together with maritime and customs agents, enabled users to complete transactions 67% faster and operations were completed 12% faster.APM Terminals Callao invested nearly USD 1 million in the implementation of MOST, a new state-of-the-art platform that can be used by maritime agents…

17 Jul 2019

St. Louis Regional Freightway: Prepare now for Lock Closures

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Lock Closures Starting on the Illinois Waterway This Summer May Result in  More Freight Flowing Through St. Louis Region.Businesses that move or handle commodities on the Illinois Waterway system are being encouraged to start making alternative plans due the scheduled closure of locks on that inland waterway system. With a two-week closure planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beginning as early as August 2019 and closures of 90 to 120 days expected in the summers of 2020 and 2023…

15 Jul 2019

OP/ED: Stronger Together

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In 1941, geologist Orval Lester Brace stated “it may be tentatively assumed that the Gulf of Mexico is a potential source of salt-dome oil. Whether or not it will be economically feasible to explore these waters for the domes that must exist is a question for the future to answer.”  The future hypothesized by Mr. Brace was not nearly as far off as it seemed. Less than six years after his proclamation, Kerr-McGee Oil Industries, along with Phillips Petroleum, Stanolind Oil and Gas Co…

11 Jul 2019

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down 5.7% in June

GRT Lakes John G Munson CREDIT Great Lakes Fleet

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.7 million tons in June, a decrease of 5.7 percent from 2018. Shipments were, however, nearly even with the month’s 5-year average, said a release from Lake Carriers’ Association.Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 20.19 million tons, almost matching the previous year’s total of 20.15 million tons.Iron shipments are ahead of their 5-year average for the first half of the year. Loadings have increased more than 840,000 tons.Lake…

27 Jun 2019

S'hail Shipping Adds Two Vessels to Fleet

(L-R) Shail Al Rayyan and Shail Al Dukhan. Photos: S'hail Shipping and Maritime Services

Qatar-based S'hail Shipping and Maritime Services has recently added MV S'hail Al Dukhan, 74143 DWT built at Namura, Japan and MV S'hail Al Rayan, 76629 DWT built at Imabari, Japan, to its fleet.S’hail took Delivery of Shail Al Rayyan on 14th June 2019 and Shail Al Dukhan on 13th June 2019, said the company sources.Last month, the company announced that it has entered into agreements to purchase two modern dry bulk carriers worth nearly QR75mn.With the addition of these two ships…

30 May 2019

Only 10% of Shale Firms Reports Positive Cash Flow

Graph: Rystad Energy

Only four, out of the financial performance of 40 dedicated US shale oil firms under study, reported a positive cash flow balance in the first quarter of 2019, bringing down the share of companies with a positive cash flow balance from the recent norm of around 20% to just 10%.Nine in ten US shale oil companies are burning cash, according to Rystad Energy.Total cash flow from operating activities (CFO) fell from $14 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $9.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019.“That is the lowest CFO we have seen since the fourth quarter of 2017…

29 May 2019

McKeil Marine Adds Chemical Tanker

Image: McKeil Marine

Canada’s marine services provider McKeil Marine Limited has acquired Topaz, an IMO 2, ice class 1A chemical tanker.With this newest addition to its diversified fleet of tugs, barges, workboats and vessels, including bulkers, cement carriers, and tankers, McKeil expands its offering and is poised for additional growth.The Panamanian-flagged Topaz built in 2009, measures 137 metres by 20 metres, with a DWT of 13,965 metric tonnes. The vessel was acquired to service the needs of McKeil’s customer Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.

27 May 2019

Hanson Orders Advanced Aggregate Dredger

On the contract signing photo from left to right: First row: Joppe Neijens (Sales manager, Damen Shipyards Group), Simon Willis (CEO, Hanson UK). Second row: James Whitelaw (Managing Director, Asphalt & Contracting, Hanson Aggregates), Louise Collacott (Company Solicitor, Hanson UK), Jas Suman (Purchasing Director, Hanson UK), Rod Lafargue (Managing Director, Hanson Aggregates Marine), Martin de Bruijn (Managing Director Workboats, Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group and UK-based Hanson Aggregates Marine have signed a contract for the construction of a Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500 vessel. Damen’s shipyard in Galaţi, Romania is selected to build the innovative new vessel, which is  scheduled for delivery in early 2021. The ship will be used to extract aggregates offshore up to depths of 55 metres, for use in the onshore construction industry.The dredge equipment and screening installation will be constructed by Damen Dredging Equipment (DDE) in Nijkerk…

21 May 2019

Grounded Bulker Refloated off Oman

(Photo: Resolve Marine Group)

A bulk cement carrier that ran aground off beaches of Al-Fazayah Beach, Salalah in Oman has been refloated in one piece and without no damage to the environment, said the company behind the salvage operation, Resolve Marine Group.The partially loaded vessel, RAYSUTT II, departed Port of Salalah in May of last year when the port was evacuated due to adverse weather conditions. The vessel lost headway and steerage and subsequently grounded on on May 26, 2018 on Al- Fazayah Beach…

13 May 2019

St. Louis Ports, Terminals Tops in Efficiency

Image: St. Louis Regional Freightway.

Now Capture 39 Percent of the Upper Mississippi River Barge Traffic; new data highlights concentration of river terminals, resulting in greater efficiencies and lower costs.The latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reveals the St. Louis Regional Ports held onto the top ranking as the most efficient inland port district* in the nation in terms of tons moved per river mile during 2017, the most recent year for which final numbers are available. The St. Louis region’s barge industry handled 472,400 tons per mile.

23 Apr 2019

HMM to Enhance Global On-site Management

Jae-hoon Bae, President & CEO of HMM. Photo: HMM

The new head of South Korean flag carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) Jae-hoon Bae is on a charm-offensive trip to Europe to cement the shipping line's relations with global majors.HMM said Bae, who became HMM's president and chief executive last month, will meet this week with executives at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and Mediterranean Shipping Co.First of all, Bae plans to visit the European headquarter of HMM, located in London, to encourage its employees and make sales strategies based on the character of each region after gathering the various opinions from the site.Furthermore…

18 Apr 2019

Moose Boats wins Rochester NY FD Contract

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, was awarded a contract from the City of Rochester, New York Fire Department for the construction of the first M2-38 Fire Rescue Catamaran to be delivered to the Great Lakes. Twin Cummins 425hp turbo diesel propulsion engines, Twin Disc transmissions and Hamilton water-jets will power the M2-38 aluminum catamaran. Rochester Fire's new Moose Boat will be equipped with a fire pump system flowing over 1,500…

16 Apr 2019

Bahri Expands Footprint in Asia-Pac

Photo: Bahri

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry.The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region, said a press release from the logistics and transportation company.The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company…

16 Apr 2019

Dual Fueled Cement Carrier Christened

Image: Ferus Smit

The christening and launch of the 8,000 deadweight, dual fueled cement carrier M/V Shetland took place  at the Ferus Smit yard in Westerbroek.M.V. Shetland is the third dedicated cement carrier built for JT Cement AS, a joint venture between KGJ Cement, NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers Ltd and Erik Thun AB. Shetland is a sister vessel of the M/V Ireland and M/V Greenland.The vessel is equipped with an LNG fuelled propulsion system. "This unique design incorporates a 200 m3 pressurised LNG tank positioned in the foreship…

09 Apr 2019

Contract award for OOSV

Image:Seaspan Shipyards

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded BCS Automation Ltd. (BCS) a contract for work on the Government of Canada’s new Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV).BCS has been in operation for 30 years and specializes in automated systems for the marine, offshore and cement industries. BCS represents one of almost 80 Ontario suppliers to date that Seaspan is working with to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).BCS will supply a ship control and monitoring system for the OOSV.

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