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25 Mar 2019

Thessaloniki Port Joins Green Award

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The Port of Thessaloniki becomes the first port to join the Green Award certification program in 2019 to attract and reward green high quality ships.Thessaloniki Port Authority, the operating company that manages the port, said in a press note that it will provide an incentive to Green Award ships calling at the port.The Port of Thessaloniki is one of the most important ports in South Eastern Europe, serving an enlarged hinterland of countries. Due to its advantageous geographical location and its excellent road links and train connections…

25 Mar 2019

New COSCO Service Between UK, Europe, Russia

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Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company COSCO Shipping Lines announced a new COSCO feeder service from St Petersburg, Russia will begin calling at DP World Southampton."COSCO is to introduce a new weekly call at DP World Southampton, as part of a rotation including St Petersburg, Russia; Kotka, Finland; Southampton, UK; and Rotterdam, Netherlands," said a press release.The news comes after COSCO confirmed in February that DP World Southampton will be a permanent call on its feeder service.

25 Mar 2019

2018: Record Year for Port of Antwerp

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With a growth of 5.2% in 2018 compared to previous year, the Port of Antwerp has confirmed the earlier forecasts for a 6th consecutive year record."The confirmation of the port's attractiveness and the consolidation of its position as a global player and the largest integrated European chemical cluster are essential to the continuity of its role as the largest economic engine of Belgium. Below you will find the final annual figures for 2018," said a press release from the Europe’s second-largest seaport.The total transhipment in 2018 was 235.2 million tonnes…

25 Mar 2019

VMS Group's Independent Test Facilities

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The Danish maritime service provider VMS Group establishes new test facilities to cover the need for independent testing of all engine types in Europe.The new test facilities located at the Port of Frederikshavn makes independent testing of all engine types possible.We have not encountered any other European facility that can offer these independent test runs. We offer test drives of engines, generators and other related equipment of all brands, explains CCO of VMS Group, Kim Rasmussen.New business areaThe test hall is crucial for VMS Group to utilize the full potential of a new business area.

24 Mar 2019

Kalmar Strengthens Cooperation with VidaXL

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The provider cargo-handling solutions and services to ports and terminals Kalmar has concluded an agreement to supply a further three Kalmar T2 terminal tractors, including preventive and on-call maintenance service, to leading Dutch online retailer VidaXL.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said that the order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q1 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during Q3 of 2019.VidaXL is a rapidly growing international online retailer serving three million customers every year and employs close to 1,500 people around the world.

22 Mar 2019

BDO: Shipping Confidence Rises

“It is encouraging to begin the year with a small uptick in confidence. Despite continuing doubts and fears about trade wars, China’s GDP, uncertainty over exchange rates, President Trump’s decision-making, Brexit and general political instability in many parts of the world, shipping can still find reasons to be cheerful,” said Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport at BDO. Image: BDO

Even in the face of a raft of geopolitical and trade disputes that have conspired to instill uncertainty in many industries, confidence in the shipping industry rose in the last three months says the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from BDO, a survey that was launched 11 years ago.The survey says …The average confidence level rose to 6.2 out of maximum score of 10 this quarter compared to 6.0 in Q4 2018, according to the BDO survey. Specifically confidence was up in Europe, from 6.1 to 6.3, and in North America, from 5.2 to 5.6.

22 Mar 2019

Rhenus Acquires World Net Logistics

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European logistics provider Rhenus Group has acquired South African freight forwarding and logistics specialist World Net Logistics (WNL).The takeover of the Johannesburg-headquartered firm WNL is still subject to approval by the relevant cartel authorities.In addition to having a dense network of business sites in South Africa, WNL also has several branches and partners in Asia and Germany.The acquisition by Germany’s Rhenus Group is the latest in a string of purchases around the world in the last few months alone…

22 Mar 2019

Svitzer Christens Latest Tug Meridian

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The global towage operator Svitzer held a ceremony on the River Thames  to officially christened Svitzer Meridian as the latest - and tenth - vessel in its Port of London fleet.During a naming ceremony held on the River Thames with guests representing a variety of customers and partners – including vessel builder Sanmar – the 70 tonnes bollard pull Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Svitzer Meridian was officially christened by representatives from multinational electricity and gas utility company National Grid Grain LNG…

22 Mar 2019

GPS Plans Rail Link in Port of Amsterdam

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Singapore-headquartered international petroleum storage and logistics provider Global Petro Storage (GPS) has entered into an agreement with the Port of Amsterdam to develop a railcar connection on land adjacent to GPS' existing 11-tank gasoline and bioguel storage and blending facility.GPS intends to develop a rail connection to the public network and to points across Europe that will increase its efficiency and offerings to clients.Port of Amsterdam endorses the importance of good rail connections to and from the Amsterdam port region. Transport by rail is safe and sustainable.

21 Mar 2019

30 Migrants Missing as Boat Sinks off Libya

At least 30 migrants are believed to be missing after their boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha this week, a coastguard spokesman said on Thursday.According to a survivor the boat was carrying almost 50 migrants, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. The body of one child was recovered and 16 migrants were rescued, he added.Previously, officials had said at least 10 migrants were thought to have died in the incident.Libya's western coast is a main departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe, though numbers have dropped since an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support Libya's coast guard.Reporting by Ahmed Elumami

21 Mar 2019

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

A common ling, Molva molva, swims amongst an almost coral reef-like habitat created by oil and gas infrastructure. Image from Insite.

Data sharing and better understanding of how marine life interacts with manmade structures is the target for the next phase of the Insite program.What to do with offshore structures is a sticky problem for oil companies, regulators and policy makers alike, as many structures are starting to cease production in the North Sea, where some fields have been producing oil and gas since the early 1970s.Regulations, which include the OSPAR (Oslo Paris convention) state that a clear seabed should be left behind, once production has ceased, with some exceptions (platforms over a certain age and weight).

21 Mar 2019

Damen: Construction of Shortsea LNG Bunker Vessel Underway

Artist's depiction of the shortsea LNG bunker vessel (CREDIT: Damen)

Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China.On March 18, 2019, a ceremony was held at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China, to mark the start of cutting steel for the first of a planned series of short-sea LNG Bunker vessels to be built for Eesti Gaas of Estonia. The 6,000m³ capacity vessel and its future sister-ships are intended to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the north-eastern region of the Baltic Sea by providing a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.Virgo Vinkel…

20 Mar 2019

Uber Freight Expands into Europe

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Uber has announced that its lesser-known service, Uber Freight, will be arriving in Europe helping independent trucking companies with logistics.Next month, Uber Freight will start operations in the Netherlands, marking the unit’s first international expansion, the company said.The newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies sad that Holland was selected as the launch country due to its “dense logistics hub connecting Europe.”"The inroads we have made in the U.S.

20 Mar 2019

Italian Police Escort Migrant Boat

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An Italian charity ship was escorted into the port of Lampedusa by police on Tuesday after rescuing 49 Africans in the Mediterranean, with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini calling for the crew to be arrested.A judicial source said a magistrate had ordered that the boat, the Mare Jonio, be seized as an investigation is launched into allegations of aiding and abetting human trafficking.The vessel picked up the migrants, including 12 minors, on Monday after their rubber boat started to sink in the central Mediterranean…

20 Mar 2019

INSIGHTS: Peter Stephaich

Peter Stephaich, Chairman & CEO, Campbell Transportation Company

Chairman & CEO, Campbell Transportation Company.Peter H. Stephaich is Chairman and CEO of Blue Danube Incorporated and Campbell Transportation Company. Currently, he is also Chairman of the Board of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI). Peter also serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Danube, a position that he has held since 1982. Serving the barge industry for over 30 years in a number of key roles, he also counts among his many qualifications his tenure(s) as Past Chairman and Past Treasurer of the American Waterways Operators (AWO)…

20 Mar 2019

PSA, Partners Jointly Acquire Gdańsk

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Singapore-based port operator PSA International, Poland’s sovereign wealth fund PFR, and IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF), have agreed a deal with Australian infrastructure firm Macquarie to buy Poland’s largest container port DCT Gdansk.DCT Gdańsk is situated at the crossroads of the Baltic deep-sea trading routes and holds a strategic position as a major gateway into Poland and Central-Eastern European markets.Construction of the Port began in 2005 with the outgoing shareholders…

19 Mar 2019

Vitol Expands Tanker Fleet

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Global energy trader Vitol has agreed to acquire a further 50 percent share of the global asphalt trading company VALT to integrate the asphalt trading business into the company.VALT is the bitumen joint-venture it established with Sargeant Marine in 2016.The Swiss-based company said in a press release that it would acquire the final 50 percent of the joint venture which it established with Sargeant Marine in 2016. This means, on transaction completion, Vitol will own 100 percent of VALT.The acquisition will make Vitol a leader in the trading…

19 Mar 2019

LNG Bunkering: World's Largest Starts Ops

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On March 15, 2019, the world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos conducted the first LNG bunker supply operation for the newbuild ferry MS Visborg at the ferry pier of the port of Visby.The bunker operation puts into practice the contract for the supply of LNG, which was signed by Nauticor, a leading supplier of LNG as marine fuel, and Destination Gotland, the owner and operator of the new ferry, in December 2017 and enables the ferry to…

19 Mar 2019

Euronav planning LSFO STS at Malta

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC underway at sea (CREDIT: EuroNav)

Euronav has chartered a tanker to bring a 30,000 tonne cargo of low-sulphur fuel oil from northwest Europe to Malta, where its megatanker, Oceania, has been parked offshore since Jan.

19 Mar 2019

At Least 10 Dead in Migrant Boat Casualty

At least 10 migrants died when their boat sank off the Libyan coast near the western town of Sabratha on Tuesday, a Libyan security official said.About 17 others were rescued, Aiman Dabbashi, Sabratha's security operations spokesman, said.Libya's western coast is a main departure point for migrants fleeing poverty and wars to reach Europe, though numbers have dropped since Italy and the European Union stepped up efforts to support the Libyan coast guard."According to a survivor from Sudan, the boat was carrying about 27 illegal migrants who set off from (the western town of) Zuwarah but we are still finding out more," Dabbashi told Reuters."We rescued about 17 illegal migrants including a woman who all were taken to the hospital.

18 Mar 2019

FSG Delivers New Ro-Ro for SIEM

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German shipbuilding company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has handed over another Ro-Ro ship to SIEM Shipping.The Flensburg-based designer and manufacturer of ships for commercial and naval applications worldwide said in a press release that this is the sixth RoRo ship that FSG has delivered to SIEM and is identical in construction to the sister ship “ALF POLLK”.The “MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO” will be chartered out to Moby Lines Europe and deployed in the Mediterranean area on the routes to and from Sardinia and Sicily.Together with its sister ship “ALF POLLAK”…

18 Mar 2019

ARC Loads Cargo in Thessaloniki

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The largest U.S.-flagged roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) carrier American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) said that its M/V Patriot loaded equipment for the Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) at the port of Thessaloniki.M/V Patriot moved a mix of helicopters, vehicles, containers and support equipment used to take part in Operation Atlantic Resolve for 4th CAB, which is returning to Fort Carson, Colorado. 4th CAB is being replaced by 1st CAB from Ft. Riley, Kansas, said a press release.Operation Atlantic Resolve has been ongoing in Europe since 2014…

18 Mar 2019

Meyer Turku Floats LNG-Powered Costa Smeralda

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Finnish Shipbuilder Meyer Turku has floated out Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet."The float-out of LNG powered 180 000 GT cruise ship, marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for this Italian style beauty engineered and constructed in Finland," said a press release from the shipbuilding company located in Turku.She will be finalized at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019…

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