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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership News

Cargotec, JCE Invest AB Form Joint Bulk Business

Photo: Cargotec

Cargotec has signed an agreement with JCE Invest AB to establish a joint venture, Bruks Siwertell Group, specialised in dry bulk handling. The new joint venture will own Siwertell AB (previously part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec) and BRUKS Holding AB (previously part of JCE Group). Both companies are world-leading suppliers of bulk materials handling solutions. Cargotec will own 48% of the shares in Bruks Siwertell Group, and JCE Invest AB will own the rest, 52%. The ownerships are included to venturers' consolidated financial statements in accordance with the applicable regulation.

Gunvor, Oceangold and Maas Capital Form Tanker JV

© Anatoly Menzhiliy / Adobe Stock

A new ship holding company has been formed through a joint venture agreement between physical energy trader Gunvor Group, ship management company Oceangold Tankers and investor Maas Capital.The three partners hold an equal share in the new company, ClearOcean Tankers, which has been incorporated in Cyprus.The new joint venture company has entered into shipbuilding contracts for six vessels from South Korean shipyards, including four MR2 product tankers from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. and two LR2 product tankers from Daehan Shipbuilding Co.

CMA CGM Upgrades Service, North Europe, South Atlantic, Mexico and the Gulf

CMA CGM announced the launch of its New Victory Bridge service linking North Europe to U.S. South Atlantic, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf, effective October 17, 2010. •          An optimal coverage of the Mexican market and two weekly departures from Mexico, allowing the Group to respond to the dynamism of trade from North Europe and the growing demand for refrigerated goods toward this market. The rotation of the New Victory Bridge service will be as follows: Le Havre - Antwerp - Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Charleston - Miami - Vera Cruz - Altamira - Houston - Miami - Le Havre. The ports of Savannah and Felixstowe, included in the previous rotation, will now be served through CMA CGM’s Round The World and Liberty Bridge services.

Fourth Series of Offshore Vessels Joins Bourbon Fleet

Bourbon 150 Series. Photo Credit: Bourbon

A year after taking delivery of its last Bourbon 200 vessel and first Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel, Bourbon has extended its range of services with the Bourbon Liberty 151, the first vessel in a series of 15 PSVs. The first Bourbon Liberty 150 series vessel will operate for Maersk Oil and Qatar. Bourbon has been investing in a range of next generation built-in-series vessels since 2008. By the end of 2014, the group will be able to provide clients with an unprecedented series of 111 standardized, efficient and innovative Bourbon Liberty vessels devoted to offshore activities.

MV Liberty Passion Joins US MSP Fleet

Photo: Port of Beaumont

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the port of Beaumont, Texas. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet. “Today we are celebrating a public-private partnership that is strengthening America’s Merchant Marine, as well as America’s Armed Forces,” said Secretary Chao. “U.S.-flagged vessels are a critical component in our domestic commerce, moving $467 billion worth of goods between ports in the U.S.

Central Gulf Lines Seeks Transfer Authorization

Central Gulf Lines, Inc., has requested the necessary permissions to transfer one authorization granted under Section 615 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to a wholly owned subsidiary. Central Gulf’s subsidiary intends to acquire a ship construction contract to be entered into between Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the construction of one 52,200 DWT multipurpose bulk ship. The subsidiary will construct the vessel at Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, pursuant to the Section 615 authorization. Upon issuance of the builder’s certificate by Oshima Shipyard the Central Gulf subsidiary will issue a bill of sale for the vessel to Liberty Shipping.

Austal USA Announces New CEO

Austal has appointed Greg Metcalf to the position of CEO. Prior to relocating to Mobile with his family, Metcalf worked for Austal Limited in Henderson, Western Australia for 5 years as Austal Group Financial controller and then Vice President of Business Development. Current activity at the Mobile yard includes a 143 –ft. high speed passenger catamaran being built for the Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry Company in New York City. Circle Line transports thousands of passengers each day to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The new catamaran is designed to meet Circle Line’s requirements for a vessel capable of fulfilling a number of different roles and will be delivered to New York in July.

Liberty Maritime Corporation Announces Change in Union Affiliation

Philip J. Shapiro, President and CEO of Liberty Maritime

Liberty Maritime Corporation (Liberty Maritime) of Lake Success, New York today announced that it has entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011. Those vessels had previously been subject to a collective bargaining agreement between Liberty Maritime and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), which expired September 30, 2011.

Liberty Maritime Changes Union Affiliation

MEBA accuses operator of creating labor dispute and delaying important cargoes. AMO enters into new collective bargaining agreement with Liberty. On Monday, Liberty Maritime Corporation announced that it had entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011. Previously subject to a collective bargaining agreement with Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), that contract expired on September 30, 2011. According to a prepared Liberty statement, MEBA will continue to provide deck officers and engineers on the three U.S.

DPH Acquires Liberty Terminals

Courtesy LIBERTY TERMINALS

Diversified Port Holdings (“DPH”) announces the acquisition of Liberty Terminals based in Savannah, Georgia with additional operations in Charleston, South Carolina. Liberty Terminals will operate as Seaonus Stevedoring-Savannah LLC. The acquisition aligns Liberty and Seaonus’s vision, values, mission, and core competencies, enhancing the company’s future growth across a greater geographical market. Liberty Terminals operates on the oldest continuous maritime facility on the east coast.

NASSCO Lays Keel for Jones Act Tanker Liberty

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony on Thursday, May 26 for the Liberty, one of three new ECO Class Jones Act tankers under a construction contract with SEA-Vista LLC, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings, Inc. and Avista Capital Partners. Construction on the Liberty began at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard in October 2015. Once completed, the vessel will be a 610-foot, 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity, operated by Seabulk Tankers, Inc.

Liberty House Eyes ABG Shipyard

Photo: ABG Shipyard

UK-based global metals and engineering firm controlled by billionaire Sanjeev Gupta Liberty House Group is planning to buy-out India's debt-laden ABG Shipyard. According to a report in the Business Standard, Liberty House has proposed a new business model to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) as part of its acquisition plan of ABG Shipyard. The plan includes a ship breaking facility, along with the existing shipbuilding and repair space. The newspaper report quoted sources saying that the negotiations are on. There will be more clarity on the deal soon.

MEBA, Liberty Maritime Spat Heats Up

The Liberty Promise, another car carrier in the Liberty Maritime fleet. (Image CREDIT: Liberty Maritime)

Liberty Maritime responds to MEBA’s ‘Informational Picket’ against the U.S. flag operator. Coinciding with Liberty Maritime’s reflagging ceremony in the Golden Triangle; The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) this week staged what they characterized as an ‘informational picket’ today against Liberty Maritime Corp., to include Liberty Global Logistics (Liberty). Not so, says Bob Wellner, President of Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL), who weighed in this morning on the matter.

Chinese Shipbuilding: New Bourbon 300 Series Debuts

The AHTS Bourbon Liberty 301 (named Bathera Mulia), first vessel of the Bourbon Liberty 300 series during her naming ceremony on March 28th, 2012 at Sinopacific Zhejiang Shipyard. (Copyright: Bourbon)

Bourbon maintained its steady march forward to offshore dominance with a unique naming ceremony in China, which included the naming of Bourbon Liberty 254, the last of 54 vessel to be delivered of the Bourbon Liberty 200 series; and the naming of Bourbon Liberty 301, the first vessel of the Bourbon Liberty 300 series of 20 AHTS. The new Bourbon Liberty 300 AHTS has been designed and built by Sinopacific Zhejiang Co. of China. The vessel boasts a larger deck area and liquid capacity, driven by the need to service increasing number of deepwater energy projects.

Delivery of Bourbon Liberty 110

Bourbon took delivery yesterday of the 10th vessel in the Bourbon Liberty series. Bourbon Liberty 110, is a platform supply vessel (PSV) intended for operations in the Gulf of Guinea. At the same time, Bourbon is launching a dedicated website for the Bourbon Liberty series which will be updated as vessels are delivered and become operational: www.bourbon-liberty.com. Bourbon’s decision to invest in a new generation of vessels able to operate in deepwater offshore, to rapidly replace old and obsolete vessels operating in continental offshore, is a key aspect of its Horizon 2012 strategy.

MARAD’s Last Liberty Ship Reaches Greece

Flying the Greek flag, the Hellas Liberty, formerly known as the Arthur M. Huddell, has safely reached the port of Piraeus in Greece after leaving Norfolk, Virginia, on December 6, 2008. Until July 2008, the World War II-era Huddell was the last Liberty ship in the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet., and was moored in the James River Reserve Fleet site at Fort Eustis. The ship was cleaned at a Norfolk shipyard before being towed to Greece. American shipyards built 2,751 Liberty ships during World War II, in the largest shipbuilding effort in history. Liberty ships crewed by merchant mariners carried troops and military cargo all over the world. The building and sailing of the Liberty ships, and their successors, the Victory ships, were overseen by the U.S.

M/V Liberty Sun Crew Safe Following Attack

On April 14, United States flag merchant vessel M/V Liberty Sun and its crew, operated by American shipping company Liberty Maritime Corporation of Lake Success, New York, was attacked by Somali pirates. The pirates fired rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons at the vessel which sustained damage. Liberty Maritime immediately requested the assistance of the United States Navy which dispatched forces to assist and protect the crew and the vessel. The Liberty Sun was on a voyage enroute to Mombasa, Kenya from Houston, Texas carrying American food aid cargo for African nations suffering from famine. Earlier last week, the vessel…

Capital Ship Management, Liberty One Form JV

Photo: Capital Ship Management Corp.

Capital Ship Management Corp. and Liberty One have announced the establishment of a joint venture under the name Capital Liberty Invest, taking aim at the German shipping market. The new entity will combine the forces, excellent track record and reputation of Capital and Liberty with the aim to provide commercial and technical ship operating platforms across different shipping segments and sizes in the German shipping market. The Joint Venture will seek growth opportunities in the container segment…

BOURBON Makes Several Fleet Additions

Photo: BOURBON

With the AHTS Bourbon Liberty 320, BOURBON is now running a fleet of 100 Bourbon Liberty series-built, diesel-electric propelled and DP 2 vessels, a first in the oil services industry. This milestone coincides with the delivery of the first two of 20 deep offshore PSVs of the new BOURBON series: the Bourbon Explorer 500. "The Bourbon Liberty's operational success and the launch of the Bourbon Explorer 500 series strengthen our ability to provide a complete range of services worldwide…

Swire Pacific Welcomes PSV, Pacific Liberty

Naming ceremony held in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015

Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) welcomed its fourth L Class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), Pacific Liberty at a naming ceremony held in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015. The naming ceremony was held at Maizuru Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) in Kyoto. Graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Sylvia Maria Z. Pertierra, the wife of Mr Eduardo Pertierra, President of Anscor Swire Ship Management Corporation, the event was attended by 30 people including Mr Rupert Bray…

Liberty Chooses Ecochlor BWTS

Image: Ecochlor

The Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has been selected for installation on board Liberty Maritime Corporation’s fleet of nine U.S. and foreign flagged ro/ro and bulk carrier vessels. According to Ecochlor, Liberty’s quality management programs recognize the need for eco-friendly solutions in the global marketplace and they continually strive to meet and exceed all environmental standards set forth by the IMO, the U.S. government and all local jurisdictions in which they operate.

Liberty Maritime Files Complaint Alleging MSP Violations

Liberty Statement Regarding Maritime Security Program Complaint. January 23, 2013: Today, Liberty Maritime Corporation and several other Liberty companies filed a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation alleging violations of law in the administration of the Maritime Security Program dating back to 2005. Mr. Philip Shapiro, President and CEO of Liberty Maritime stated:  “MARAD has failed in its responsibility to distinguish between actual U.S. citizen companies and entities masquerading as U.S. citizens for the purpose…

GAC USA Expansion continues

GAC USA expansion continues with ground breaking of new Houston warehouse; Construction to start on LEED registered building in Central Green Business Park. GAC, a provider of integrated services to the shipping, logistics and marine industry, has announced the official start of construction of its new office and warehouse building in Houston's Central Green Business Park. GAC will consolidate its existing warehouses with the new LEED (Leader in Energy and Environment Design) registered 181,067 square-foot cross dock building which includes four acres of outside storage space.

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