Norwegian Shipping Firm Denies Polisario Accusation of Illegal Shipment
A Norwegian shipping firm on Thursday denied a tanker it manages had violated a European court ruling after Western Sahara's Polisario movement accused it of illegally transporting an oil cargo through disputed territory it claims. The Polisario independence movement this week called on the European Union and French authorities to seize a France-bound cargo being transported on the Gibraltar-flagged Key Bay because the tanker had made a port call to Moroccan-controlled Laayoune on Jan. The Polisario said the tanker's call to Laayoune had rendered its cargo illegal as it had violated a ruling by the European Court of Justice last month that two trade deals between the EU and Morocco did not cover Western Sahara.
Iran VLCCs in Europe on First Post-Sanctions Trip
An Iranian oil tanker has called at a European port for the first time since the lifting of sanctions last January, IRNA news agency reported quoting Sirous Kianersi, managing director of the National Iranian Tankers Company (NITC). Sirous said that the first NITC tanker leased to a major Spanish oil company docked at the Port of Algeciras just recently. More NITC tankers are heading to other European ports, he said, adding two vessels are currently en route to the Netherlands.
Molasses Tanker With Same Flag, Class As Erika Detained In France
A 27-year-old molasses tanker escorted to Falmouth in the U.K. after safety defects were found was flagged and classed by the same bodies responsible for the Erika, the tanker that spilled oil on French beaches last month. The Malta-flagged Santana 111, which was detained by French port inspectors, was classed fit to sail by Italian classification society RINA from February 1999, a RINA official said. Erika, which broke up in December causing massive pollution to French beaches, was also registered by Malta and RINA. RINA communications manager Gianfranco Damilano pointed out that the Santana 111 was used for carrying molasses, indicating that if it broke up it would not do the same damage as an oil tanker. "This is not the same as the Erika," he said.
New Moselle Service To Rotterdam Started
The Bonn port business and freight forwarder Am Zehnhoff-Söns and the French port authority for the Moselle ports have started a direct service to the port of Rotterdam, via the joint venture MMS Multi Modal Shuttle. For the time being shipping line HTAG’s vessels operate a twice-weekly service in either direction. The hub is the port of Bonn on the Rhine. Trial sailings have been under way since April. Before then there were only irregular services to the Westhavens. In the past few years, bridges have been raised, so that containers stacked three high can be transported.
HAROPA ports Road Shows in Indian cities
In a bid to raise the maritime container trade between French port HAROPA and Indian ports, a power-packed delegation is visiting India from February 20-23 to hold road shows in four cities across the country. During the visit, the delegation led by Mr Herve Martel, CEO - Port of Le Havre & President- HAROPA ports will meet customers , trading partners, key port authorities and officials to scout for new prospects and opportunities as also senior government officials to exchange information on various maritime issues with a view to further enhance Indo French Maritime trades.
Cammell Laird Expected To Set Bond Price
British shipbuilder Cammell Laird Holdings Plc is expected to price its high-yield bond issue at around 11.5 percent, sources familiar with the deal said on Thursday. The bond issue of 125 million euros ($109 million) of 10-year senior notes, non-callable for five years, will be launched early next week. Cammell Laird will use the proceeds to repay existing debt and part-fund acquisitions. The company has recently been expanding into the U.S. and Europe, signing a long-term deal with the French port of Marseilles and an initial agreement with U.S. firm Cascade General Inc. The bond issue, lead-managed by Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette comes after Cammell Laird raised about $20 million through a share placing in August.
Haropa Ports sees double digit maritime trade with India
France-based Haropa port expects maritime trade with India to grow at double digit this calendar year after having reported 7% growth in 2016, said Herve Martel, , CEO - Port of Le Havre & President- HAROPA ports. “We have received encouraging response from the Indian policy makers as also from port, shipping lines & Indian trade during our four day visit to India and we hope to build upon this momentum with increasing French investments taking place in India,” Martel said at the concluding leg of the multi city road show that took place in Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and finally in Mumbai.
Container Vessel Sets Sail After Engine Fix
The Antigua and Barbuda-flag container vessel City of Tunis has sailed from Brest, France, after engine repairs. The 20,252-dwt vessel, bound for Felixstowe in the UK, was towed into the French port after developing engine trouble on Tuesday.
Burgess Marine: 3 Refits Complete in 3 Months
Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine said it has recently completed its winter refit season in Cherbourg, completing three ferry refit projects over the three-month time span. Despite Brexit, Burgess Marine said business has boomed as the company has completed two refits for Wightlink and one for Condor Ferries at its 5,000T syncrolift facility in the French port. He added, “We have the technical management, knowledge…
Immigrants Try Floating In On Inflatable Mattress
Two Lithuanian illegal immigrants tried to float to Britain on an inflatable mattress but were spotted at sea and taken back to France. The two men were sighted some seven miles (11 km) off the French coast at 6:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) by crew aboard a P&O ferry heading to the French port of Calais. The ferry dispatched a lifeboat to pick them up and handed them over to French border police on arrival in Calais, a spokesman for the French Regional Operation Centre for Sea Surveillance and Rescue said. As many as 400 illegal immigrants a month arrive in Britain from France on Channel tunnel trains, and nearly 2,500 have been caught trying to board P&O Stena Line ferries since checks were introduced eight months ago. - (Reuters)
French Port Authorities Ponder Mysterious Vessel
Authorities at the French port of Rouen said on Wednesday they have detained a mysterious vessel for almost a month because of doubts over its name and nationality. The ship, which arrived on April 7 in Rouen under the name White Clipper and was flying a flag from Sao Tome and Principe, had been scheduled to load 7,000 tons of sugar for Senegal and Gambia. But the Sao Tome and Principe authorities did not recognize the vessel's license, said a port official. White Clipper vessel did present itself under an illegal resister," he said. The port of Rouen, citing the Lloyd's shipping register, said the 443 ft. (135-m) ship, first called Matveï Mouranov, was built in Gdansk in 1973 and used by the Azov Shipping Company until 2000.
Customs Announces CSI Deployment at Le Havre
U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced the deployment of four U.S. Customs officers to the French port of Le Havre, marking the latest step in the agency's Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is designed to prevent terrorists from infiltrating the world's sea cargo environment by improving security at key seaports worldwide. Under the program, U.S. Customs inspectors at foreign seaports target and pre-screen U.S.-bound cargo containers before they are shipped to America. Non-intrusive inspection technology is used to screen the containers for weapons of mass destruction, before the containers are loaded on ships bound for the United States. "I am grateful to the French Government for aggressively implementing CSI," said Commissioner Bonner of today's announcement.
World's Newest, Largest Cruise Ship Leaves French Port
Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest luxurious cruise ship named “Harmony of the Seas”as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas cut a gargantuan silhouette Sunday as it left the western port town of Saint-Nazaire. The 120,000-tonne giant is the widest — 66 meters — and the longest — 362 meters — cruise ship ever built. At 362 metres (1,187 feet) long…
French Port Strike Brings Travel Chaos
A strike by French ferry workers is causing travel chaos in the south of England and Eurostar services from London are experiencing long delays. Calais strike is over - but motorists still face lengthy delays. Sailings have been resumed following the protests and the Channel Tunnel has reopened after protesting French ferry workers got on to the tracks. All services to and from the UK Port of Dover have been affected by the strike. Workers at MyFerryLink have voted in favour of ending the industrial action and return to work after blockading the Port of Calais…
LPG Ships Collide in France
Two LPG tankers collided in the northwestern French port of Donges causing 60 tonnes of ship fuel to spill into the Sea. French coastguard said the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers the Happy Bride and the Sigmagas hit each other at 1920 GMT. There were no reported injuries and both vessels had been towed back to port. However, 60 tonnes of bunker fuel oil had been spilt in the collision.
CGT Union Calls for French Port Strike
France's CGT union is calling for a nationwide port strike on June 23 and June 28 as part of ongoing protests against the government's labour reform bill, the union said in a statement on Wednesday. Port workers have participated in rolling nationwide strikes in recent weeks, notably disrupting activity at the oil terminal in Le Havre, northern France, which handles about 40 percent of French crude imports. Tuesday saw a latest day of nationwide demonstrations against the labour reform, including protests in Paris marked by violent clashes between police and youths. (Reporting by Valerie Parent, writing by Gus Trompiz)
Hot Month at Marseille Fos
In contrast to an international downturn, French port Marseille Fos has reported exceptional results for July with 7.8 million metric tons of cargo and 387,000 passengers – up by 18.6 percent and 13 percent respectively on the same month last year. General cargo totaled 1.64 million metric tons (up 8 percent) after growth in all three sectors – containers, ro-ro and conventional. Box throughput rose 11 percent to more than 1 million metric tons, representing a 12 percent unit increase to 112,768 teu. Traffic through the Fos deep sea container terminals is now 4 percent ahead on the first seven months of last year, while the Terminal de Mediterranee in Marseille set a July record for its container activity. Liquid bulks were 26 percent better at 5.11 million metric tons.
Costa Group's New Gen Ships Will Call Marseille
Costa Group – part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company – announced that its new generation ships, the first LNG powered at sea, will call Marseille in 2019. The Costa Group, the leading tourism group, the No. 1 cruiser in Europe has renovated its commitment to Port of Marseille through different initiatives that began in 1996 when the new cruise called “La Dolce Vita” started its weekly operations from Marseille to offer the French guests every Saturday a brand new and unique experience in the best places of the Mediterranean onboard its ship Costa Romantica.
Stricken Ship in the English Channel Is Being Towed
Bloomberg reported that a container ship that ran into difficulties in the English Channel is now being towed to the French port of Le Havre, said an official from the company that hired it. An official at Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA in Geneva, which has hired the MSC Napoli, said the ship was under tow. Earlier today, British Broadcasting Corp. reported that a vessel was sinking in the sea between England and France. The U.K.'s Maritime & Coastguard Agency said the vessel wasn't being towed. All 26 crew have abandoned ship and two Royal Navy helicopters have been dispatched to assist in the operation, which is being led by the French coast guard, the Maritime & Coastguard said in a statement on its Web site.
APL Receives Silver Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis
APL has been awarded the silver rating for its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility performance by EcoVadis, a trusted name that provides supplier sustainability ratings for global supply chains. As the rating places APL among the top 30 percent of companies evaluated, it acknowledges APL’s continual sustainability achievements since earning a bronze rating for the same assessment in 2015. Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer said, “Our improved rating demonstrates APL’s commitment to steer forward in our sustainability journey to ensure sound environmental…
French Port Workers Join Labor Reform Strike
French CGT trade union port workers will join a nationwide strike against French labor reforms on Sept. 15, the union said on Monday, a move that could disrupt oil, grains and other commodities shipment at French ports. The hardline CGT union led rolling nationwide strikes against the labor reform between April and June against the reform which they said will curb workers rights and make it easier for companies fire workers. The union has demanded that the law be withdrawn. The rolling strikes had disrupted fuel and other supplies at French ports, provoking panic buying and fuel shortages across the country. Reporting by Valerie Parent
TOTAL Doubles 500 cSt Offering at Fos-Lavera
TOTAL Marine Fuels has doubled its capacity to provide 500 cSt bunker fuel at the French port of Fos-Lavera, near Marseilles. TOTAL began offering the fuel at Fos-Lavera in January of this year, and has now doubled its 500 cSt storage facilities at the port from an initial 10,000 to 20,000 metric tons. Several large bunker stems have already been sold, and Pascal Zoonekyndt, Zone Manager for Total France, says, “We continue to improve our logistics and product offer in line with the needs of our customers. Product can be delivered to ships by two barges operating under charter to TOTAL, carrying between them 5,250 metric tons.
MSC Develops Business in French Port
MSC develops business with terminal operators Haropa, in the Port of Le Havre. with the launch of 3 new container feeder shipping services. MSC will start a significant phase of business development at their new terminal in the port of Le Havre, by receiving the first vessel for three new feeder services. By the end of January, 2013, MSC will offer three new weekly feeder services via Le Havre. Operated by vessels of a unit capacity of 1,600 TEU*, the services will raise the number of weekly maritime calls by the shipping company in Le Havre to 13.