Marine Link
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ocean Transport News

Valez Hired to Hawaiian Ocean Transport Management Team

Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. has strengthened its core management team by hiring Julian Velez as the new business development manager. As the new development manager, Velez will bring new perspectives and extensive knowledge from his seven years of experience as a leader in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. Velez most recently held the position of Solutions Specialist & Sales Manager for Old Dominion Freight Line. Velez is a Southern California native and attended both Pepperdine University and California State University Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Business Administration. Velez brings a wealth of knowledge in generating profitable revenue growth…

Logistics Industry Veteran Julian Velez Joins HOT

julian Velez: Photo HOT

Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) say it has strengthened its core management team by hiring Julian Velez as its new business development manager. The company inform that as the new development manager, julian Velez will bring new perspectives and extensive knowledge from his 7 years of experience as a leader in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. Velez most recently held the position of Solutions Specialist & Sales Manager for Old Dominion Freight Line.

MOL Introduces Autonomous Ocean Transport System

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that its joint project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. on developing a technological concept for autonomous ocean transport system, was selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) for its FY2017 Transportation Research and Technology Promotion Program (Note) on May 16, 2017. The research consortium of the project is comprised of MOL, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, the National Institute of Maritime…

ABF Logistical Chain Now Includes S. America

Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru & Uruguay are now included in the expanding ocean transport portfolio of ABF. "With an established presence in Europe, China, India and Southeast Asia countries, South America is a natural extension of our global coverage," said Carlos Martinez-Tomatis , ABF GSCS division vice president. "ABF Global now covers nearly 90 percent of the total ocean international market to and from the United States. ABF Global is now providing a single contact for full-container-load (FCL) and expedited less-than-container-load (LCL) supply chain solutions. Ocean transport for these South American countries is in addition to ABF Global's previously announced coverage in Europe and Asia.

Purfresh Technology Notches Record Year

Purfresh Achieves Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Growth for its Ocean Transport Technology. With its new CE mark, Purfresh accelerates production of its new Purfresh Transport system to meet worldwide market adoption. Purfresh, Inc., a provider of ocean transport and supply chain management technologies that optimize the quality and safety of fresh produce as it moves around the world from the farm to the consumer, today announced a 200 percent year-over-year increase in demand for its Purfresh Transport intelligent cargo protection solution…

Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME. Every year it brings together engineers, researchers, academics, industry leaders and government leaders. In 2014, San Francisco will be the host city. HMC is proud to facilitate a course on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design. The offshore industry keeps innovating and is always looking for new challenges.

Drewry Launches e-Sourcing Solution

Drewry, an independent research and consulting firm to the shipping sector, has launched a new e-Sourcing solution for global ocean transport exporters and importers. The new e-Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution (eSOFS) combines Drewry’s freight rate benchmarking intelligence, industry expertise with new technology to bring speed and efficiency to ocean freight sourcing events, the firm explained. Faced with increasingly complex, data-intensive product flows and budgetary constraints, ocean transport logistics managers within multinational retailers and manufacturers have been seeking a more efficient and cost effective process to handle procurement activities. Drewry said its eSOFS solution provides the flexibility and analytical capabilities to ensure well informed procurement decisions.

TECO Unveils New Subsidiary Identities

Based in Tampa, Florida, this business handles all of TECO Transport's global blue water transportation activities. It is the largest dry bulk ocean transport company operating under the U.S. flag; and TECO Bulk Terminal (formerly Electro-Coal Transfer). Based in Davant, La., this terminal and storage transfer operation handles bulk commodities at the mouth of the Mississippi River, including coal, petroleum coke, phosphate and iron ore. TECO Transport President Jeff Rankin said that because of its diversity of subsidiaries, TECO Transport is the only U.S. company capable of moving bulk products from source to point-of-use.

APL to Take Delivery of First ‘Ocean-capable’ 53-foot Containers

Container shipping leader APL announced its latest innovation: 53-foot ocean containers that could significantly alter the U.S. import market. The Singapore-based carrier said it will take delivery of the world’s first ‘ocean-capable’ 53-foot boxes November 7. The first units will be deployed as a weekly service on APL’s premier South China to Los Angeles service. The creator of outsize containers in the 1980s, APL said its latest innovation – premium big-box service on a regular, weekly basis - has the potential to make a significant difference to the economics of Transpacific trade. The 53-foot container has become fundamental to domestic intermodal transportation in the U.S.

MOL Transports Wheelchairs for Paraguayan Children

Paraguayan Ambassador to Japan Naoyuki Toyotoshi (left) presents MOL President Koichi Muto with a letter of thanks for the company’s transport of used wheelchairs for disabled children in Paraguay.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. received a letter of appreciation from the Paraguayan Embassy, thanking the company for providing ocean transport of used wheelchairs from Japan to Paraguay, where they were delivered to needy children. This is the second time MOL has teamed up with the Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children, a certified NPO, following a project in 2010. A total of 80 used wheelchairs for children were loaded on its operated containership at Port of Yokohama and left on October 23, 2014.

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

Benchmarking Against Peers Upheld Among BCOs

Image: World Shipping Council

International transport and logistics executives are increasingly benchmarking their companies’ costs and supplier terms in ocean transport contracts, according to data gathered by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. In the past 6 months, the ocean transport spend under carrier contracts benchmarked by Beneficial Cargo Owners via the Drewry Benchmarking Club global initiative increased by 50%, to $2.2 billion; the number of benchmarked routes rose by 81% and the volume of benchmarked dry container teu jumped by 67%.

Palfinger Sells Two Cranes to Kirby

Photo: Palfinger Marine

With the support of Donovan Marine, Palfinger Marine crane dealer for the Gulf of Mexico, two Palfinger PK 11001 MC foldable knuckle cranes were delivered to Signal International in Orange, Texas to be installed on two newly constructed 126ft ATB tugs for Kirby Ocean Transport Company. The cranes will be used for launching a small work skiff into the water and general maintenance as well as store stores handling. The tugs are designed to couple with coal barges for transporting coal from Louisiana to a power station in Florida.

A.P. Moeller Strategizes Purchase of DSL's Assets

The transport unit of Danish oil and shipping group A.P. Moeller, Maersk Logistics, said on Thursday it planned to buy certain activities and assets of global logistics company Distribution Services Ltd (DSL). "The deal is not yet closed and the amount would be undisclosed," Maersk Logistics said. DSL, with headquarters in both the U.S. and Hong Kong, has 200 operating offices in 60 countries and 1,500 employees. Maersk Logistics would acquire the activities, assets and related operations of DSL's storage and warehouse operations, ocean transport intermediary activities and consolidation business, it said. The takeover would significantly…

Transas Scandinavia Chosen by Torm

Transas (Transport Safety Systems) Scandinavia AB signed a deal with global shipping company Torm to fit 30 Simplified Data Recorders (S-VDR) complete with 20 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to their fleet. Torm, which deals with ocean transport for refined oil products, manages the largest Special Product Tanker fleet in the world. Last year this fleet, which consists entirely of double hulled vessels, carried over 30 million tonnes of gasoline, jet fuels, diesel and naphtha around the globe. In addition, Torm manages three tanker ‘pools’ which operate over 80 ships of which one third are owned directly by Torm.

JCG Praises MOL Vessels

MOL Managing Executive Officer Masanori Kato (right) receives the testimonial. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that 15 MOL-operated / managed vessels won commendations from the commanders of the 3rd and 5th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan Coast Guard (JCG). To mark Japan Hydrography Day (September 12), the commanders of the Regional Coast Guard Headquarters presented testimonials to individuals and organizations that have contributed to marine information services (assisting with research related to the sea and marine information). This year…

SeacorHoldings OrderTwo LPG Carriers

Seacor Holdings Inc. (SEACOR) announced  that it has executed an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), through a subsidiary of SEACOR Ocean Transport Inc., for the construction of two Liquefied Petroleum Gas tankers (Very Large Gas Carriers, otherwise known as VLGCs) with expected deliveries in 2014 with an option to purchase up to three additional VLGCs with delivery in 2015. These vessels will be equipped to meet current and expected environmental and regulatory requirements and feature substantially improved performance and consumption due to a new hull design and the latest generation MAN B&W G-type engines. Seacor anticipates that the new vessels will be managed by Dorian (Hellas) S.A. in a pool together with three VLGCs owned by affiliates of Dorian.

MOL Pledges Support for Typhoon Relief

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)’s president, Koichi Muto, announced plans to make a donation of $30,000 to aid afflicted people of Typhoon Haiyen, which devastated the central Philippines. The main portion of MOL’s donation will go to afflicted people on the island of Leyte, through its group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc. The company is planning other relief efforts as the situation unfolds. MOL has built a deep relationship with the nation as many Filipino seafarers serve aboard MOL Group vessels, and established a maritime training center there. To assist afflicted people of Typhoon Fengshen in June 2008, which caused severe damage to the nation…

MOL Forms New Medium Range Tanker Pool

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that a pool agreement governing the formation of a new medium range pool has been signed among the partners: MOL, Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Ultranav International S. A.(Ultranav) ., and OSG International, Inc. The new pool, Clean Products Tankers Alliance, will operate a combined fleet of around 60 medium range vessels. Ultranav, headquartered in Santiago will operate IMO-type vessels mainly for the Americas trade out of their office in Miami, and MOL whose main operations are in Tokyo, Singapore, London and Houston, will operate other vessels for worldwide trade. According to MOL, the joint pool agreement will enable more efficient arrangement of vessels…

Horizon Lines Presented Award

Horizon Lines Inc.received Toyota Logistics Excellence Award for Quality in Export Marine for its outstanding quality performance. Specifically noted by Toyota Logistics was Horizon's proficiency in the design and execution of its damage prevention program which delivered an over 70% reduction in damage incidents. Horizon Lines provides container loading and ocean transport services for Toyota's vehicles between the continental U.S. and Hawaii. March 28th were Brian Taylor, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Charles W. Brown III, General Manager, Western Region Sales for Horizon Lines. Chief Coordinating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.…

Ho Named to LASCO Board

Lasco Shipping Co.’s Chief Executive Officer Kenneth M. Novack announced that Steven T. Ho has joined the Lasco Board of Directors. Ho, President of Fairmont Shipping (Canada) Limited, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, joins George Wood and Anthony Gurnee as outside directors of Lasco. “We’re extremely pleased that Steven Ho has joined our Board,” commented Novack, calling attention to Ho’s over twenty-five years of global shipping experience, including senior management positions in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Over the years Ho has been involved in many aspects of shipping, from sales to brokering, technical management to operations, project development to financial management.

MOL Engineering Acquires Ship Class Certificate

Annual inspection of a lifeboat and launching equipment. Photos: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its group company MOL Engineering  has acquired a certificate of approval to engage in the servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching equipment, on-load release gear, and automatic release hooks. It is the second firm in Japan to earn ClassNK certification in this category. Inspection and maintenance of this critical ship safety equipment are regulated by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Treaty).

Signal Wins $47M Contract for ATB

Signal International has been awarded a $47M contract by Kirby Ocean Transport Company of Houston, Texas, to build an articulated tug/barge (AT/B) unit with an option for an additional unit. The AT/B vessel is comprised of a 20,000 DWT ocean bulk barge with a 6,000 BHP AT/B ocean tug. The barge will measure 480 ft x 90 ft x 36 ft and will be outfitted with Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering’s Articouple connection. The 6,000 HP tugboat will be 125 ft x 42 ft x 22 ft built and classed to ABS Maltese Cross, +A1 Ocean Towing Service standards. The AT/B will transport dry-bulk commodities in United States coastwise trade. The barge fabrication work will commence in the second quarter of 2011 at Signal’s state-of-the-art continuous flow manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas, which has 450,000 sq.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News