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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Odessa Office News

New Odessa Office for Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has relocated its Odessa office to upgraded premises. The new offices, situated in the busy Ukrainian Black Sea port, offer a modern, safe and accessible environment for staff and customers. “Our new and modern offices are located in the heart of Odessa and are close to the harbour” said Vsevolod (Seva) Ivanov, General Manager for Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Ukraine. “This offers easy access for our staff and customers.” The new office address is: 21/23 Vice-Admiral Zhukov Lane, Business Centre “Olvia”, 7th Floor Office 73, 65026 Odessa, Ukraine.  The move took place on 12th April 2010. www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice

Moore Stephens Opens Ukraine Office

Shipping accountancy and business consultancy network Moore Stephens has expanded its Eastern Europe coverage by opening an office in Odessa. Odessa is the Ukraine's major port city and Moore Stephens believes the mixture of shipping and other industry in the region is set for growth. "Moore Stephens chose Odessa to open a new office because of the shipping connection and because we believe the Ukraine has a bright future," said Martin Rix, managing director of Moore Stephens Ukraine. "We already have clients in shipping, but we will work across all industries, just as we do in our Russian offices."

Settlement Announced in GRUMANT Investigation

United States Attorney Michael Mosman announced today the settlement of a criminal investigation into illegal ocean pollution by the cargo ship M/V GRUMANT. Under the settlement, the operators of the GRUMANT will plead guilty to a single felony count for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships, a federal law that implements an international treaty forbidding oil pollution of the oceans by commercial ships. Grid Odessa, Ltd., of Odessa, Ukraine, will pay a fine of $275,000 and be placed on probation. Large commercial ships use a heavy fuel oil that must be treated on board ship to remove impurities and water before it can be burned in the ship’s engine. This process creates substantial amounts of oily waste.

STIDD Admiral Seats at the Helm of the Odessa

Image courtesy STIDD Systems, Inc.

A pair of custom STIDD Admiral High Back helm seats from leading ergonomic marine seating manufacturer STIDD Systems add comfort and style to the helm of Christensen Shipyards' newest launch, set to debut at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 29 – November 2. The 160-foot Odessa is the first Christensen yacht to feature a black hull and silver painted superstructure. In addition to the standard STIDD ergonomic and adjustment features, the STIDD seats for Odessa feature custom leather stitching…

Twelve Dead as Boat Sinks near Ukraine Port

Odessa's governor Mikheil Saakashvili Photo Kyiv Post

  Twelve people died when a small passenger boat sank on Saturday near the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukrainian authorities said. The infrastructure ministry said in a statement the accident took place near the small town of Belgorod-Dnistrovsky, 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Odessa at around 4 p.m. local time (1300 GMT). There were 36 passengers on board. It gave no further details. Odessa's governor Mikheil Saakashvili confirmed "several casualties" and said on Facebook that most of passengers were rescued. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Ros Russell)

Navibulgar Upgrades Black Sea Ferry

Ro-Ro ferry operation. The destination had been 'out of reach' to Navibulgar, whose two 13,000 DWT rail, truck and car ferries - Geroite na Odessa (Hero of Odessa) and Geroite na Sevastopol - were originally constructed with a single stern door designed to be accessed by shore ramp, which Derince and many other ports in the region do not possess. range of additional port options. companies. components. achieved on-time and on-budget. Navibulgar's second ferry, Geroite na Sevastopol. trucks. passenger berths. former Yugoslavia. and Yugoslavia. Russian 1520mm gauges. company in Bulgaria. Black Sea every year. fleet.

Transas to Participate in ETC-2014

International Forum on ETC

Transas will take part in the ETC-2014 – The second International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing. The Forum which consists of the Conference and Exhibition will be held on 23-24th of April 2014 in Odessa, Ukraine. Andrey Sitkov will present Transas view on future trends and challenges in maritime simulation. Some of the topics include STCW training, financial issues and ways to overcome this, upcoming trends in the industry that will influence the maritime simulation market and new areas of simulator application.

GCS Adds New Feeder and Short-Sea Links

The Global Container Service Group (GCS) has added new feeder and short-sea links to the list of services calling at the NUTEP terminal in Novorossiysk. Both GCS and NUTEP are members of the Delo Group. X-Press Feeders has launched the BSX service to Novorossiysk, Odessa and other Black Sea ports by adding a vessel to Evergreen’s Black Sea feeder (BSF). Piraeus – Odessa – Constantza – Varna – Piraeus. Piraeus – Novorossiysk - Odessa – Constantza – Varna – Istanbul - Piraeus. Novorossisyk – Odessa – Evyap – Istanbul – Gemlik – Izmir – Alexandria – Ashdod - Haifa – Izmir – Istanbul – Gemlik – Evyap –Novorossisyk – Odessa. Now, Admiral is starting a second service, an Istanbul (Marport)/Novorossiysk shuttle, using the 508TEU Corsa. The first sailing is due to take place in late October.

Zeus Thermal Camera System on the Odessa

Photo courtesy OceanView Technologies Inc.

A Zeus Night-Vision Camera System from the manufacturer OceanView Technologies Inc. is now featured on Christensen Shipyards' newest launch, set to debut at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 29 – November 2. The 160-ft Odessa is the first Christensen yacht to feature a black hull and silver painted superstructure. The Zeus Thermal Camera System is painted metallic silver to match the superstructure. The Zeus multi-sensor camera features three cameras in one robust unit, a thermal zoom, low-light zoom and color zoom all in one.

American Club takes Pilot Training Initiative

At a time when marine pilotage is coming under sharp focus by ship operators, marine insurers and seafarers' unions, the American Club has made a ground-breaking agreement with the Odessa National Maritime Academy in the Ukraine to provide training courses on marine pilotage for its members' deck officers. This development is a result of the club establishing a relationship with the Ukrainian maritime community through its Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme, launched in March this year, which has led to liaison with the Odessa National Maritime Academy. In view of the increasing number of members employing Ukrainian crew…

Araya Adrift in Black Sea

Image by Seven Seas

The bulk carrier Araya lost power and adrift on 90 nautical miles off Odessa, Ukraine in Black Sea on July 25. The carrier, en route from Ilyichevsk Ukraine to Constanta Romania, got full blackout several hours after leaving the port of Ilyichevsk. The ship lost power due to mechanical problem and went before the power is restored. The ship engineers are working to solve the problem and to resume the voyage, but still the ship is adrift off Ukraine in southern direction. The local authorities contacted the vessel and understood the crew is not yet requesting assistance.

CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea

Map: CMA CGM

In line with its strategy for the development of short lines in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the CMA CGM Group has rolled out the Black Sea Med Express service, which connects the major countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) to Algeria and Morocco. The service will be CMA CGM's first to offer a weekly connection between the main ports of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea with the North of Morocco (Tangier and Casablanca) and Algeria (Annaba) in order to develop the activity between The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with short lines.

Furuno ECDIS Type Specific Training Available in Ukraine

Photo by Lars H.B. Ipsen

Odessa Maritime Training Center in Ukraine has joined the Furuno NavSkills network. Starting from March 2013, Odessa Maritime Training Center will provide Furuno type specific ECDIS training to navigators, as a part of the Furuno NavSkills training network. Established in 1998, Odessa Maritime Training center (OMTC) is one of the leading centers in the Ukraine. During the following two years the OMTC Quality Management System was developed and implemented and in 1999 OMTC was certified and approved by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in accordance with the Rules for Maritime Training Centers.

CrewInspector Pursues Business in Ukraine

CrewInspector, an online crew management software provider, recently signed up with number of crew recruitment and crew management agencies based in Ukraine to provide its crewing software for businesses in Ukrainian market. “We see that companies are looking for straight forward software solutions not requiring long set-up and integration. CrewInspector offers high quality solution at very attractive price and that’s the main reason why we are so popular among start-up and middle size crew management agencies. In the same time we fully satisfy the needs off larger organizations as well thanks to CrewInspector scalability,” said Andy Lipsberg, co-owner of CrewInspector.

Wallem Adds Three Ship Simulators in Ukraine

Fared Khan

The Wallem Maritime Training Center in Odessa, Ukraine added three training simulators: bridge simulator (Transas NT-PRO 5000 5.25), engine room simulator (Transas Techsim 5000 8.3) and liquid cargo handling simulator (Transas LCHS 5000). The equipment will be used to simultaneously train deck and engine officers in handling all types of vessels including tankers, container and bulk carriers and car carriers. At the launch of the simulators, Wallem’s Fleet Personnel Director, Fared Khan…

ISS Opens Office in Ukraine

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, said it is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence across the Black Sea region alongside its existing Turkish offices in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin and Izmit, ISS said. With a diversified market for overall shipping calls and strong trade connections between Turkey and Ukraine, the new office location offers numerous strategic benefits. For example, ISS will now be able to provide agency services for the Turkish Straits and Ukrainian ports from one location…

CrewInspector.com Partners with Seawhale

Online crew management software provider CrewInspector.com signed an agreement to supply Russian crew manning agency Seawhale Co Ltd with its proprietary crew management system. The contract includes full replacement of manual tools for crew management previously used by Seawhale Co with online platform developed by CrewInspector Ltd, integration of crew managers and agents based in Arkhangelsk, Petrozavodsk, Saint-Petersburg and Vladivostok in Russia and Odessa in Ukraine. CrewInspector.com will also provide ongoing IT development and system maintenance to ensure highest standards of effective and secure crew management are met, followed by implementation of custom requirements anticipated by Seawhale Co Ltd.

CMA CGM to Reorganize PHOEX and BEX Lines

Photo: CMA CGM

In order to improve the quality and reliability of its services on the Asia-East Med trades, CMA CGM has decided to initiate a Winter Program by temporarily merging its PHOEX and BEX lines in one string. First vessel will be m/v COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA voy. 161BXW, in Pusan on October 30th, 2016. The company informed that further information such as alternative solutions matching our customers' specific needs will be communicated soon.

Liebherr Confirms Repeat Crane Orders

Photo: Liebherr

Liebherr container cranes verified a number of orders from existing clients which are due for handover this year. Exolgan Container Terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina purchased a further ship to shore container crane from Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. The commissioning of this crane which is due to be completed in the coming months will bring to nine, the number of Liebherr ship to shore cranes at Exolgan Container Terminal. Like the previous crane which was handed over last September…

MTU Introduce Mobile Rig Power Module

Tognum to showcase Mobile Rig Power Module powered by MTU series 1300 engine at Permian Basin International Oil Show (PBIOS) in Odessa, Texas. The Series 1300 offers the same legendary high standards of reliability and durability as its predecessor, the Series 60, with improved emissions technology and load performance. The Series 1300 offers a power range from 350-470 brake horsepower (bhp). The new Auxiliary Generator Package powered by the MTU 8V 1600 engine, designed to provide electrical power to drill rig operations. MTU’s new Backpack product, which is an optional, pre-engineered air filtration/cleaner and exhaust mounting system that provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with greater ease of installation.

ICTSI Opens Georgia-Ukraine Feeder Service

Photo:  ICTSI

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) made its first port call in Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of Gioia-Ukraine & Georgia feeder service, says International Container Terminal Services, Inc.(ICTSI). “M/V Max Carrier made its first call to Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Gioia -- Ukraine & Georgia feeder service,” ICTSI said in a statement.

Major Revamp at Stena Bulk

Image: Stena Bulk AB

Stena Bulk is reorganising its business activities into three business areas: Crude & Fuel, Products & Chemicals and LNG and have appointed two new managing directors. At the same time, its business activities previously conducted under the name of Stena Weco are being coordinated and incorporated into Stena Bulk. Additionally, a new office in Copenhagen will be opened in the next few days. As a result, the company will leave its office in Rungsted, which until now has been used by Stena Weco.

Swire Oilfield Services Expands in North America

Swire Oilfield Services (Swire), has reinforced its commitment to growth with a significant investment in its North American operations, as part of the company’s global  $150 million investment this year. The company entered the Gulf of Mexico in 2007 with the establishment of an operations headquarters in Houma, Louisiana. Since then it has expanded with nine new facilities across the Gulf coast and North America, including Port Fourchon, Morgan City and Lafayette in Louisiana; Galveston, Three Rivers, Carrizo Springs and Midland/Odessa in Texas; Kenai, Alaska; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and a new corporate office in The Woodlands, Texas.

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