Amid Tension, China Carrier Group Sails through Taiwan Strait
A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing. Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward Taiwan since the election two years ago of President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. China suspects Tsai wants to push for formal independence, though she has said she wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to ensuring peace.
Maersk Logistics To Open New Offices
Maersk Logistics is to open six new offices in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. With the opening of the new offices, Maersk Logistics has a total of eight offices in the region, covering Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
Stolt-Nielsen Opens New Office
Last week the Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group (SNTG) opened a new office in the Rotterdam port area. Some time ago SNTG announced the concentration of its European activities in Rotterdam. From the office the transport of ten million tons of chemical products per year is controlled: two million tons by deep sea vessels, an equal amount by short sea, 5.5 million tons by inland shipping and 400,000 tons in tank containers. SNTG deploys 37 inland vessels under its own flag.
Knight & Carver Names Brown As CEO
Knight & Carver YachtCenter, San Diego, Calif., has appointed Sam Brown as CEO. For the past 14 years, Brown has served as legal counsel to the company, whose revenues exceeded $12 million last year. Under Brown's watch, Knight & Carver recently opened new sales offices in Shelter Island (San Diego); additional offices are located in Newport Beach, Calif. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Wärtsilä Opens New Office in Denmark
Wärtsilä celebrates the inauguration of new office and workshop premises in Hirtshals, Denmark. Over the past year Wärtsilä has invested almost $2.6m in the new building. The office in Hirtshals offers a complete range of services for power plant and ship power sales.The new building has 1200 m2 of office space and a further 400 m2 reserved for the workshop and warehouse. Wärtsilä also has offices in Arden and in Copenhagen in Denmark.
ABP Says Opens New Bulk Terminal at Scottish Port
A new dry bulk commodities terminal was reportedly inaugurated at the west Scotland port of Ayr.
Rolls-Royce Opens New Facility in Newfoundland
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has enhanced its global customer support capability in Canada with a new Marine service center located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, one of the busiest ports in the Canadian Maritimes. Encompassing 25,000 square feet, the new Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine service center in Mount Pearl will provide state-of-the art repair and overhaul expertise for customers throughout the East Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Great Lakes region. Rolls-Royce has invested in this location to support its expanding customer base and growing demand in the region. Newfoundland’s Minister of Business, Ross Wiseman…
Balearia Requests US-Cuba Ferry License
Balearia has requested a license to operate between the U.S. and Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department, after both countries' announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the U.S. government, and the subsequent authorization from the Cuban government. The Spanish maritime transport company has operated in the Caribbean region since late 2011 under the brand Bahamas Express, connecting Fort Lauderdale (north of Miami) and Freeport (in Grand Bahama Island).
Intelsat, Kymeta Enter Satellite Tech Partnership
Intelsat S.A. and Kymeta Corporation today announced an agreement to design and produce flat, electronically steerable, Ku-band satellite antenna solutions for the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) platform. The first Intelsat EpicNG satellite is expected to launch in late 2015. Kymeta’s flat and thin satellite tracking antennas will be designed to work with Intelsat’s satellite fleet, providing connectivity in sectors for which traditional antennas are not currently practical or feasible, including the maritime industry.
Raytheon Anschütz Opens in Rio de Janeiro
Raytheon Anschütz has established a new subsidiary Raytheon Anschuetz do Brasil Sistemas Marítimos Ltda. With the new company, Raytheon Anschütz intends to expand its sales and service activities in South America. Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Raytheon Anschuetz do Brasil will provide Brazilian shipyards and shipowners with local know-how in maritime system integration and after sales services. This includes supply and systems integration for Raytheon Anschütz navigation components: gyro compasses, autopilots and steering systems, Radars, ECDIS, and complete integrated bridge systems.
Vietnam Sets Up Shipping Alliance
The maritime shipping crisis has forced shipping firms worldwide to join alliances to improve their competitiveness. Such alliances have also been set up in Vietnam. Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) CEO Nguyen Canh Tinh said connecting subsidiaries to improve resources and competitiveness, and to open new routes, is one of the most important plans being implemented by Vinalines. The container transport route to Hong Kong, a service jointly provided by Vinalines Container and Bien Dong Shipping, two subsidiaries of Vinalines, was launched recently.
First Suezmax Tanker Transits Expanded Panama Canal
The first Suezmax crude oil tanker that was slated to go through the newly expanded Panama Canal began its transit on Thursday, a public relations official told Reuters. The Aegean Unity, a Greece-flagged Suezmax vessel coming from the U.S. West Coast, entered the Canal Thursday morning, according to Reuters' vessel tracking data. Suezmax-sized vessels, which can carry some 1 million barrels of oil, were unable to pass through the canal prior its expansion. The new canal may help open new trade routes for oil.
Simrad Opens New Sales and Service Facility
Simrad U.K. has opened a new sales and service facility in Mylor Harbour, near Falmouth, Cornwall. England. The facility will serve the local fishing, commercial and leisure marine communities in this busy area of activity for Simrad. who use Simrad electronic equipment for professional and leisure purposes. The team at Mylor Harbour is made up of experienced engineers able to provide fast and efficient service when required. “Simrad’s U.K. surrounding area,” said Jeremy Harrison, General Manager at Simrad U.K.
ClassNK opens Survey offices in Izmir, Mersin
Leading classification society ClassNK has opened new exclusive survey offices Izmir and Mersin, both in Turkey with operations beginning 1 January 2017. Izmir and Mersin, both have “Free Zone” in each area, are two of the most well-known port cities in Turkey. In recent years, the number of surveys and audits required in western and southern Turkey including both two cities has been increasing. Through the opening of its latest offices, ClassNK will improve the efficiency of its ship surveys and audits along the southwestern part of Turkey.
Steelwork Preparation Specialists Open Minnesota Facility
Blast-One industrial solutions for OEM, shipyards, steel fabrication, and machine & equipment refurbishing open new manufacturing division. Ohio based Blast-One International recently opened its Blast-One Industrial Solutions (BIS) division centered in Burnsville, Minnesota. Blast-One Industrial Solutions (BIS) designs, manufactures, installs and commissions blast rooms, abrasive recycling equipment, abrasive recovery equipment, spray booths, dust collection systems, powder coating booths, curing ovens, and automated finishing systems.
Mayall Joins Bollinger as VP Sales/Marketing
Bollinger Shipyards announces the addition of Joe Mayhall to its corporate sales and marketing team. Bollinger president and CEO Ben Bordelon made the announcement, stating, “In his new role of Vice President, Commercial Business Development, Joe will have commercial sales and marketing responsibilities for Bollinger as well as Tampa Ship. Joe brings to the table 23 years as a solid contributor in shipyard sales and marketing. Mayhall is a veteran of new construction and ship repair sales and has worked in increasingly responsible positions…
Marlink Opens New Operations Center in Houston
Marlink, a supplier of integrated satellite communications equipment and network services has opened an expanded regional operations center in Houston, Texas to meet growing demand from it's maritime and offshore industry customers. Marlink's expansion of its Houston center follows closely the opening of business facilities and support centers in Oslo, Dubai, and Singapore in the second half of 2006. The new business offices and technical facilities in Houston will also serve as Marlink's regional headquarters responsible for coordinating company business activities throughout North and South America. The new Americas headquarters will provide both North American and Latin American markets with a comprehensive suite of satellite services that will evolve with customer requirements…
Naval Base Kitsap Opens New Carrier Maintenance Facility
Naval Base (NB) Kitsap, Bremerton, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new CVN maintenance complex, Sept. 14. The old warehouse, where the complex now stands, was transformed and renovated to create the CVN maintenance building as a way to help the Navy efforts to improve the efficiency and quality of work of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) personnel. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Capt. Reid Tanaka, NB Kitsap commanding officer, welcomed and thanked guests for attending the special event. The CVN maintenance complex will support its staff by providing 61,462 square feet in a three story building with shop areas, project administrative areas and extra outdoor storage.
Palmer Johnson Opens New Office
According to reports, Palmer Johnson has opened the Isle of Wight office, and megayacht production could start soon. The design and engineering team opened the office at Venture Quays, East Cowes. Palmer Johnson builds some of the fastest. The Isle of Wight Economic Partnership and SEEDA have been working with Palmer Johnson since 2006, and hope to finalize this investment by the end of 2007. The Cowes Waterfront partners have planning permission for a temporary production facility at Venture Quays. Source: BYM News
Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA
NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy. "While the President highlighted America's energy renaissance in his address to Congress tonight, he failed to note that the increase in the supply of American-made energy is occurring on state and private lands, not the federal lands under his control,” Luthi said.
WESMAR Honored for Export Achievement
Certificate to Small and Medium-Sized Firms was awarded to WESMAR in late May of 2002 by the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Division. Commerce Deputy Secretary Samuel Bodman highlighted World Trade Week by presenting three Washington companies with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Achievement Award. The award recognizes business clients of the Department's Commercial Service that have used their services to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets. Accepting the award were company President Bruce Blakey and International Sales Director Gleb Tchaikovski. "We're very pleased about this award," said Blakey. "Since 1965, WESMAR has been manufacturing innovative products and selling directly and through a worldwide network of dealers.
APM Terminals Opens New Terminal in Morocco
APM Terminals Tangier, S.A. and the Akwa Group, a Casablanca, Morocco-based partner have announced the opening of Morocco’s newest container terminal to serve the global trade in Morocco and the Western Mediterranean market. Located on one of the most important shipping arteries, the terminal will offer importers and exporters a new gateway to world markets. Over 200 vessels a day pass through the Straits of Gibraltar as they transit on north-south and east-west liner trade routes. Shipping lines will benefit from Tangier’s direct access to the main shipping lane, a deepwater port capable of handling the largest container ships in the world, the newest, most advanced container handling equipment and APM Terminals global best operational practices.
Troy Container Lines Expands South America Service
Troy Container Line, one of the world’s largest American-owned NVOCCs, announced plans to open new services to and from Bolivia; San Antonio, Chile; Callao, Peru; and Paraguay. The recently added South America services will begin with a maiden voyage on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Troy Container Line’s increasing presence in South America further supports the company’s mission of offering competitive rates and the fastest transit times to a growing international customer base. In October 2012, Troy worked with Argentinian-based agent MSL to initiate services to and from Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba, as well as Montevideo, Uruguay and Santos, Brazil. Today, Troy will continue its partnership with MSL to ensure efficient, timely service in these new South America trade lanes.