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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Mundra Port, Port of Montreal Sign Cooperative Agreement

Tony Boemi, Vice-president, Growth and Development at the Port of Montreal, Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada, Mumbai, Sandeep Mehta, President of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone and Dominic Marcotte, Consul and Director of the Québec Government Office in Mumbai. Photo: Montreal Port Authority (MPA)

On a trade mission to India, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Cooperative Agreement with Mundra Port, Gujarat State, north of Mumbai. This agreement aims to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices. Mundra Port is India’s largest commercial port. A diversified port, it handles liquid and dry bulk and more than three million TEUs in annual container traffic. It is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ).

CMA CGM Launches New WEMED Service

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CMA CGM strengthens its historical presence on the Mediterranean market by connecting France, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta and Algeria direct. CMA CGM offers a direct connection between East Med and West Med. CMA CGM has announced the launch of the first Group’s service dedicated to intra Mediterranean trades. The WEMED service (West Med – East Med) was launched on March 11th 2016 and offers the Group’s clients direct transport solutions to Eastern Mediterranean countries (France, Spain, Algeria) and Western Mediterranean countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt).

CMA CGM Launches Baltic Levant Express Service

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Starting May 9, container shipper CMA CGM has launched the new Baltic Levant Express service, offering a direct connection between Saint Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean region. Dedicated to the Eastern Mediterranean region - Northern Europe trade, the new service links four major Northern European ports Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp and le Havre to the main Eastern Mediterranean ports Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin and Aliaga. Alexandria is now directly linked from le Havre in nine days.

Contship Offers Enhanced Service

North America - Mediterranean container shipping trade. The frequency of its service between ports on the U.S. 3300 teu. Middle East and Indian sub-continent. responsibility for Contship Containerlines. strength. that are shipping between the USA, Mexico and the Mediterranean. Barcelona, Valencia and Miami.

“Intra-Mediterranean Container Trades” Update

Containers in port

Dynamar has published “INTRA-MEDITERRANEAN CONTAINER TRADES”, the latest report in its Container Trades and Markets series. Salient details and interesting findings of the new report are discussed here below. Intra-Mediterranean (2014) Container Trades is all about the 170 services operated by 40 different shipping companies deploying 275 container, Ro/Ro and multipurpose ships with container capacities of 400 to 3,000 TEU that populate the intra and coastal all Mediterranean waters.

Med Diesel Diffs at 21-month High

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A closed arbitrage from other regions and refinery shutdowns have tightened the Mediterranean diesel market driving cargo premiums to ICE gasoil futures to their highest since August 2015. "It's almost impossible to find cargoes for the first half of May in the Mediterranean," one trader active in the region said. "Arbitrage from the U.S. (into the Mediterranean) is not really working, or just working on a 10-minute basis so nobody is able to fix cargoes," he added. As a result…

CMA CGM Launches INDIAMED

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CMA CGM has announced the launch starting July 2 of its new service between the East Mediterrane an, Djibouti, Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India. The service is one of the fastest between these strategic zones and connects CMA CGM hubs in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf. INDIAMED will complement our MEGEM (East Mediterranean to/from Middle East) and MEDEX (West Mediterranean to/from Middle East & Indian Sub-Continent) offering synergies between services to allow an improved port coverage of these areas and better connections.

MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)announced that the company now offers new direct service to West Mediterranean ports in addition to its existing North Atlantic Service. This service is being operated using five 1200 TEU capacity vessels on a weekly basis. Valencia, Naples, La Spezia and returning to Boston. moving to and from Western Europe," said Nicola Arena, president of MSC (USA) Inc. Gulf to North Europe; plus their Atlantic service to the Western Mediterranean out of Charleston. Mediterranean areas (via Relay Service) can be accommodated. available between U.S. Mexico and the Caribbean. While the company's North Atlantic to Europe vessels will not stop in Freeport…

10,000 km Kayak Journey Ends in Istanbul

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Two French students arrived yesterday (9th October) in Istanbul, finishing a 14 month epic 10,000km journey by sea kayak, having set off from Gibraltar in July 2013. Sponsored by leading marine lubricant supplier Total Lubmarine, the pair conducted important research into toxic algae and noise pollution in the Mediterranean. The journey, part of the Mare Nostrum Project, saw Louis Wilmotte and Douglas Couet paddle the whole length of Europe’s Mediterranean coast in a sea kayak carrying out scientific, educational and cultural assignments.

Dryad Maritime's Mediterranean Special Advisory

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This morning Dryad Maritime released their Mediterranean Special Advisory, an in depth report, looking at the complex threats currently facing commercial shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. It has been written with the purpose of providing a better understanding of this important area of sea, which currently faces political instability, mass migration and the threat of maritime terrorism. “The current refugee and migrant crisis seen in the Mediterranean stands as one of the greatest instances of mass migration since the end of the Second World War.

Russian Navy Group Heads to the Mediterranean

Russia has reportedly dispatched an 11-ship aircraft carrier group to the Mediterranean Sea, according to an AP report, in a resumption of Russian naval patrols of the world’s waters. The move is in line with recent moves by Russia to expand its military presence and flex it’s growing economic strength. According to the AP report, an aircraft carrier, two anti-submarine ships, a guided missile cruiser along with refueling ships from Russia's Northern and Black Sea fleets and 47 aircraft will be part of the group in the Mediterranean.

Three Dead After Refugee Boat Capsizes Near Turkey

Three people died and four were missing on Tuesday after a refugee boat carrying eight people capsized in a river that flows between Turkey and Greece, a spokeswoman for Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Organisation (AFAD) said. The eighth refugee had made it into Greece, it said. The boat was travelling along the Maritsa River, in Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne, when it capsized early on Tuesday, the first aid organization said. Nearby residents heard yells and informed the local gendarmarie forces. Searchers recovered three bodies, it said, adding that two of them were children - one around 12 years old and the other around four. The causes of death were not yet determined.

IMO Regional Pollution Centre Assists Greece Oil Spill Clean-up

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO)-administered Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) is providing technical expertise to help clean up beaches in Greece affected by an oil spill. Two experts are in Greece (8 to 14 October) to give technical support on sunken oil assessment, removal techniques and efficient oil removal from sandy beaches. This follows the sinking of the AGIA ZONI II, off Piraeus, on 10 September. The experts are from the Centre of Documentation…

Hapag-Lloyd Extends Intra Mediterranean Service

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Hapag-Lloyd informs about the new rotation effective July 5, 2016. We would like to inform you that as from July 5, 2016 Hapag-Lloyd will enhance its intra Mediterranean Service between Egypt and Black Sea. With this enhancement we will have an improved port coverage and a more reliable schedule. First sailing will be Conti Basel from Damietta on July 5, 2016.

UASC Reshuffles Weekly Service

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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has announced a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX), providing its customers with optimal coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the U.S. As part of its global expansion and customer service excellence strategy…

UASC Rolls out Indian Service

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX) on 26 February, offering coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the US. The IMEX service rotation, effective February 26th 2016…

Maersk Vessels Returns to Port of New Orleans

The 7,400-TEU Maersk Kotka arrived at the Port of New Orleans's Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal February 9 signaling the return of the Maersk Vessel service to New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Maersk Kotka called the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal on February 9, signalling Maersk Line’s return of vessel service to the Port of New Orleans. The weekly Northern European service is teamed with a weekly Mediterranean service through the 2M Alliance Maersk formed with Mediterranean Shipping Company. Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company are the largest- and second-largest container carriers in the world. At 7,400-TEU, Maersk Kotka is the largest ship in the seven-vessel service.

MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced the start of a new service linking the East Coast of South America with the Mediterranean commencing January 10, 2003. MSC will offer a dedicated directs service to and from the major ports on the East Coast of South America to ports in the Mediterranean. Additionally, the company will enhance its port coverage in Brazil with direct calls at Itajai and Parangua. A string of 6 vessels with capacities averaging 4,500 TEUs will be deployed in this dedicated service. The port rotation for these ships will be as follows: La Spezia, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Las Palmas, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Paranagua, Itajai, Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria, Las Palmas and Lisbon.

Transas Installs Jordan VTS System

Transas Middle East instals & commissions standalone AIS solution at the Port of Aqaba, Jordan. Transas standalone AIS solution incorporates the latest VTS technology and meets all international standards. At the core of the system is Transas AIS Base station T214, state-of-the art solution designed specifically for coastal surveillance, vessel traffic monitoring and ports management. Intended to cover Aqaba Port, its inner port waters, navigational channels and fairways, this effective solution will significantly contribute to the prevention of marine pollution, improvement of safety navigation and overall security of the port. In addition…

UN Security Council Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Smuggling

The United Nations Security Council expressed grave concern on Tuesday at the growth in people smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea and deplored Sunday's deadly shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe that may have killed as many as 900 people. The large boat capsized off the coast of Libya as it was trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa. More than 36,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, the U.N. says, most fleeing from Libya. "The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern at the recent proliferation of, and endangerment of lives by, the smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya," the 15-member body said in a statement.

Freezing Med Attracts Unusual Diesel Cargoes

File Image: A Maersk product tanker (CREDIT: Maersk)

Tankers diverted in mid-Atlantic to Med; in rare arbitrage, cargoes from Europe into Med. At least one tanker carrying diesel en route to New York has been diverted in the mid-Atlantic to the Mediterranean, where freezing weather from North Africa to the Balkans has boosted demand for heating oil and sharply lifted prices. At the same time, two 30,000-tonne tankers - the Torm Gyda and Nord Bell - have been booked by Glencore to go from northwest Europe to the Mediterranean, according to shipping data and traders.

Eni Ramping up Production at Zohr Field

Production from Egypt's huge Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean will reach 2.9 billion cubic feet per day by mid-2019, Italy's Eni said on Monday. Speaking at an industry event in Cairo, CEO Claudio Descalzi said the goal was to reach output of 1.8 bcf to 2 bcf per day by the end of 2018 and then ramp up to 2.9 bcf per day by mid-2019. Discovered in 2015 by Eni, the field contains an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas. Descalzi confirmed that by mid-2019, seven trains would be operating. Egypt has been seeking to speed up production from recently discovered fields, with an eye to halting imports by 2019 and achieving self-sufficiency.

Ammar Kanaan Appointed CEO of Terminal Investment by MSC

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The shipowning group Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Ammar Kanaan as Chief Executive Officer of its cargo container terminals arm Terminal Investment Limited (TiL). TIL directly manages or crosses 53 container terminals in ports of five continents. As the founder and Chairman of International Port Management, Ammar Kanaan brings a wealth of expertise and 30 years’ experience in the transport and port sectors. He has built companies focused on port management…

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