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Friday, December 15, 2017

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IRClass Gets Authorisation from Malta

Photo: Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)

In yet another demonstration of its growing global recognition, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has received authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport, Malta. Malta is the sixth largest flag in the world and largest in Europe with a tonnage of 72.1 Million GT. This year, IRClass has earned a spate of authorisations from various flags worldwide, including US Coast Guard, Latvia, Antigua & Barbuda, Thailand and Bangladesh. Moreover, IRClass has set up its offices in Malta & Istanbul.

Damen to Convert Dredger to Dual-fuel LNG/MGO

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has been awarded a contract to undertake the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and MGO – a first of its kind project in Europe. The contract was awarded by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports with regard to its 117m, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain, and the works will take place next year at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. The conversion is part of an EU-supported initiative to promote LNG propulsion in short-sea vessels operating along the European Atlantic coast.

Ship Insurer Britannia Sets Up Subsidiary for EU

Image: Britannia P&I

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, British ship insurer Britannia plans to set up a subsidiary in Luxembourg, Reuters reported. It is to ensure it can continue to trade in Europe, the company said. According to company data Europe accounts for over 40 percent of Britannia’s global business. The report said that insurers are making contingency plans because when Britain leaves the EU on March 29, 2019, they could lose “passporting” rights that allow UK financial services firms to trade in Europe without the need for locally regulated entities.

CMA CGM Merges Multimodal Subsidiaries

Photo: CMA CGM, Photo credits: Port of Los Angeles

The CMA CGM Group announced it will merge its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR effective January 1, 2018.,  in line with the Group’s strategy to develop its intra-regional activities Headquarters will be located in Hamburg. The union between these two companies specialized in intra-European transport enables the CMA CGM Group to strengthen its multimodal offer in Europe, particularly thanks to the complementarity of the geographical zones covered today by MacAndrews and OPDR, iCMA CGM said.

Maersk to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Photo: Maersk

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk , said it plans to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Sep. 1, the company said in a newsletter to shippers on Tuesday. Higher rates on the busiest freight routes between Asia and northern Europe would help companies, which have been struggling with overcapacity as a result of a weak global economy. Only a handful of container shipping companies posted profits last year.

NSSLGlobal Adds New Satellite Beams

The additional beams will improve NSSLGlobal’s coverage of Europe and the Far East. NSSLGlobal, an independent service provider of satellite communications, has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network. The additional beams will provide customers in the Nordics, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East with better coverage at sea and on land. The Telenor Thor 6 Nordic beam, positioned 1° West, is a new addition…

OCIMF's Paper on Northern Sea Route Navigation

Image: Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)

Climate change and the associated warming of the Arctic seas has opened up the Northern Sea Route as a possible alternative to more southerly trading routes between Europe and Asia Pacific, but it presents unique challenges to any ship using it. The information paper, which will be released today (7 December), highlights the challenges and best practices that ship managers and Masters should consider when planning and executing a transit of the Northern Sea Route, so that they can make an informed decision about the transit.

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed. Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand, with the Asia to Europe route witnessing some of the most drastic cuts. Of the 21 strings operated by the four main carrier alliances in the Far East to North Europe trade, two have been withdrawn by the ‘Ocean 3’ and 2M partnerships. The G6 and CKYHE meanwhile…

Hyundai Merchant Tops World with 82.9% Operation Reliability

Graph: HMM. Source: SeaIntel

South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) tops highest on-time global performance in October, second time after its first rank in August the company announced. Danish shipping consultancy SeaIntel’s Global Liner Performance Report - calculated for US Europe, Trans Atlantic, India and South America services - showed that HMM once again ranked 1st reliable carrier in October among the 18 global container carriers. HMM’s reliability in October has scored 82.9 percent - improved 6 percent points higher than last month. This was 8.1 percent points higher than the global average of 74.8 percent.

McClier-Frederic R. Harris To Create Major Hub On Suez Canal

The McClier-Frederic R. Harris architecture, engineering, construction and consulting team has been selected to create a trade port and industrial city at Port Said East, located at the Mediterranean tip of the Suez Canal. The project, which is valued at more than $1 billion, will facilitate the global movement of products between Asia and Europe, as well as contribute to the long-term economic prosperity of Egypt by improving the country's ability to manufacture and export goods to countries throughout the Mediterranean, Europe and the United States. As a multi-modal hub, Port Said East will integrate air, rail, water, and road transportation to create a logistical center that will benefit global manufacturing companies, international transportation companies and the region.

Novatek, Marubeni, Mitsui agree on LNG hub in Kamchatka

Russia's Novatek said on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan's Marubeni and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to explore options for a liquefied natural gas complex in Russia's Kamchatka region.   Novatek added that the action plan was to explore opportunities to establish an LNG transshipment and marketing complex at Kamchatka in Russia's far east.   Novatek plans to launch its first LNG plant on Russia's Yamal peninsula next month, to export supercooled gas both to Europe and Asia. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov)

Unwanted Diesel, Jet Ships Could Sink Oil Prices

Backlog of vessels at port threaten loading delays; ships with half a million tonnes taking the long route to Europe. Unwanted diesel and jet fuel cargoes are backing up outside Europe's ports and taking longer, slower routes around the southern tip of Africa, traders say. A symptom of the world's excess of oil, it also paints a gloomy picture of the chance of an oil price rebound. The abundance of crude that roiled commodity markets and turned the balance sheets of oil majors on their head also encouraged under-pressure European oil refineries to run at full clip. Refineries from Rotterdam to India to Louisiana, drunk on cheap crude, ran regardless of whether the world wanted what they were making. Meteoric demand growth earlier this year for products such as gasoline masked the surplus.

Seadrill Bondholders Propose Alternative Debt Restructuring

(Photo: Seadrill)

An unofficial committee of Seadrill's unsecured bondholders has submitted a binding alternative proposal for the company's restructuring, two sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters on Tuesday. Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen and a group of hedge funds proposed on Sept. 12 to invest $1.06 billion via new equity and secured debt to restructure indebted Seadrill, once the largest drilling rig operator by market value. "Total investments (in the alternative plan) are on par with the official restructuring proposal, but it's not a copy paste.

Seadrill Receiving Rival Bids for Debt Restructuring

(Photo: Seadrill)

Drilling rig firm Seadrill confirmed on Wednesday it had received two rival bids for its debt restructuring from unsecured bondholders. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 restructuring in a U.S. court on Sept. 12, has sought alternative proposals for the plan put forward by its main owner, Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen and a group of hedge funds. "We have received two alternative bids from unsecured bondholders ... We are evaluating these bids and are in active dialogue with the bidders," the company said in an emailed statement.

APL Strengthens Asia-Europe Service Network

The new Service.

APL today announced the launch of a new weekly service - the India Pakistan Europe (IPE) Service, directly connecting the key South Asian markets of India and Pakistan to major ports in Europe. The new IPE service builds on APL’s strong market presence and local expertise in India and Pakistan to enhance its Asia-Europe service offerings. “Europe is a premier trading partner and a major export market of South Asian countries. It is opportune that we expand our service coverage in Asia-Europe through the new IPE service, directly linking the major economies of India and Pakistan to Europe.

STX Group’s Plan to Sell 20% Stake in STX OSV

In response to the various media articles relating to the STX Group’s plan to sell a 20 percent stake in STX OSV Holdings Limited ("STX OSV"), the Board of STX OSV understands after clarification with STX Europe Holding AS (“STX Europe”), that STX Europe is continually exploring opportunities in relation to any strategic option of its interests in its subsidiaries including, STX OSV. The Board of STX OSV further notes that STX Europe is subject to and understands that STX Europe will comply with a lock-up period for its interest in STX OSV which ends 12 months from 12 November 2010…

Global Logistics Index Hots Lowest in Four Years

Graph: Stifel Financial Corp

The index that tracks shipper and freight forwarder confidence in the activity of the U.S.-Europe and Asia-Europe shipping lanes hit its lowest level in December in the index's nearly four-year history, reports Reuters. It has hit by lower margins for European freight forwarders such as Denmark's DSV because of overcapacity in shipping. The "Stifel Logistics Confidence Index," published by U.S. investment firm Stifel Financial Corp. and U.K.-based consultancy Transport Intelligence…

Outlook Bright for Freight Forwarders

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for May indicated some improvements from April’s decline. In particular, the six-month outlook appears bright as airfreight gained 2.8 points to 63.4 and sea freight increased 2.1 points to 62.9. Overall, the total index increased 1.1 points to 57.4. Even though this is down 0.6 points from one year ago, it is still 6.7 points higher than May 2013. Airfreight continues to lead the optimism for both the six-month outlook as well as for the present. Sea freight however, remains troublesome for the present and while some ports have settled labor issues, other issues such as the rise of the mega-vessel and larger shipping alliances are straining port operations.

STX Europe Sells Shares in STX OSV Holdings Ltd.

STX Europe Holding AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of STX Europe AS (STX Europe), has agreed to sell part of its equity interests in STX OSV Holdings Limited (STX OSV) to investment funds affiliated with OZ Management LP (Och-Ziff). The placement of 215,590,000 ordinary shares by STX Europe will be at a price of S$1.33 per share. This amounts to approximately 18.27% of the total issued share capital of STX OSV. Following the sale, STX Europe will hold 598,851,000 shares in STX OSV equal to a majority shareholding of 50.75%. STX Europe underscored that the placement was made with the objective of improving the trading liquidity of STX OSV. As a result of placement, Och-Ziff's shareholding in STX OSV will increase to 20.0%.

Dittmann Named Chairman of SEA Europe

Kjeld Dittmann (Photo: SEA Europe)

Kjeld Dittmann, the Managing Director of Lyngsø Marine A/S, is the new Chairman of the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (SEA Europe). He succeeds Govert Hamers, CEO of Vanderlande Industries in the Netherlands, who has completed his term as Chairman. The announcement was made at the SEA Europe Annual General Meeting in Istanbul on June 26 hosted by the Turkish Association of Ship Industrialists (full member of SEA Europe). “SEA Europe has established a strong voice in Brussels for both Europe’s shipyards and equipment suppliers…

Top Lines Resign From EPIC

Indian sub-continent - have given notice to the other consortium members. three will resign from membership of EPIC from July 2003. Nedlloyd will form a new consortium to be called EPIC 3. from Contship Containerlines and CMA CGM, plus two from P&O Nedlloyd. transit times on the route which will be maintained by the members of EPIC 3. the capacity available through the new service agreement. volumes from India/Pakistan to Europe.

APL Appoints Regional Head in Europe

APL announced the appointment of Peter Jongepier as Regional President of its business in Europe. “Peter has more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry. I am confident he will effectively lead APL’s business across Europe, an important part of APL’s global liner activities. His familiarity with the region and knowledge of the trade, combined with his leadership qualities, will ensure continued customer focus and growth in Europe,” said APL President Kenneth Glenn. Mr Jongepier will be responsible for APL’s commercial activities in Europe, inclusive of the former Soviet Union and Turkey. He will be based in Uxbridge in the UK and will report directly to Mr Glenn. Since joining APL in 1995, Mr Jongepier has held a range of senior positions within the company.

Port of Cleveland’s Express Service Underway

Photo: Spliethoff Group

With the departure of the vessel Fortunagracht out of Antwerp, Belgium over the weekend, the Cleveland-Europe Express service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe via the Saint Lawrence Seaway has officially launched. The vessel is loaded with breakbulk and containerized cargo and is set to dock in Cleveland around April 17. The Cleveland-Europe Express is the only regular, scheduled international container and noncontainerized cargo service on the Great Lakes. The Port of Cleveland and Dutch company The Spliethoff Group entered into an agreement in November 2013 to begin the service.

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