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Fifth Consecutive Record Year for Antwerp

Photo: Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 million tonnes), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 million tonnes).

Hutchison Ports Acquires 50% Stake in TMA

Image: Hutchison Ports Holdings

Hong Kong's Hutchison Ports has acquired a 50% shareholding in Amsterdam-headquartered terminal and logistics operator TMA Logistics. TMA has a variety of general cargo terminal operations together with warehousing, shipping, logistics and project cargo activities at three sites in Amsterdam and one in Antwerp as well as at Hutchison Ports Amsterdam (former known as Amsterdam Container Terminal). Commenting on the acquisition, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports…

Grimaldi Group Orders Five RoRo's for $430m

The Grimaldi Group ordered five Ro-Ro Multipurpose Car Carriers for its Atlantic Services. The order was placed with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of Ulsan, South Korea, and its value is at around $430 million. The first ship is scheduled to enter service in spring 2010, with the others following at a few months interval one from each other, between 2010 and 2011. They are almost identical sisters of another 5 ships contracted with Uljanik Yard of Croatia, which are slated for delivery in 2008 and 2009. In line with the Grimaldi Group strategy, these new ships will be highly flexible in terms of cargo mix. At 25,000-dwt and with a service speed of 21 knots, each of the new vessels will be able to take on board up to 2,000 linear metres of Ro/Ro cargo, 2,000 cars and up to 800 TEU of containers.

Indian Ports Register Positive Growth of 3.64%

Union Minister for Shipping, India, Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.64% and together handled 499.41 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to December, 2017 as against 481.87 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- December 2017, Eight Ports (Kolkata (incl.Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.27%), followed by Paradip (14.59%), Kolkata [incl. Haldia] (12.45%), New Mangalore (6.60%) and JNPT (5.94%).

Grimaldi Orders Integrated Bridge Systems from Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received orders to supply integrated bridge systems for five new roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carriers being built for Grimaldi Group Naples by Croatian Shipbuilding Corporation at its Uljanik shipyard in Pula, Croatia. The ships will be fitted with a complete suite of navigation and communication systems to be supplied by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit in conjunction with Compania Generale Telemar. The navigation systems to be installed on the five new ro-ro ships will be based on Sperry Marine’s new-generation VisionMaster FT technology, which was unveiled at the 2006 SMM Exhibition in Hamburg.

China Shipyard Wins Grimaldi Five Ship Contract

Photo courtesy of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

Shangai's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding contracted by Grimaldi Group to build 5 large RoRo container ships. The new generation of 3,800-teu Ro-Ro container ships will replace ACL's existing fleet of such types of ship operating in the company's transatlantic service and they will be the first of their type ever built. The newbuilds will be bigger, faster, greener and more efficient than their predecessors, according to ACL. All five vessels are to be delivered in 2015.  

Crowley Adds Third Weekly Sailing

fixed-day sailing from Gulfport, Miss. Nicaragua and El Salvador in Central America. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Gulfport. service include the Crowley Express and Mar Caribe. Maritime Corporation. Crowley's overall weekly carrying capacity in each direction. return to Gulfport. San Salvador, El Salvador via Puerto Cortés and Santo Tomás respectively. returning to Gulfport. containers on chassis. General Manager, Latin America Services. our service offerings.

OTAL Upgrades West African Shipping Services

OT Africa Line (OTAL) has announced a number of developments to its West African Ro-Ro and container services designed to give customers access to a greater number of ports. The changes will also provide improved transit times and more frequent sailings to ensure even more extensive transport coverage of the trade to and from this region. OTAL continues to operate its established multipurpose Ro-Ro service but with the addition of a restructured improved all-round schedule called the ‘Express Service’. Four multi-purpose Ro-Ro/container vessels - Kumasi, Kintampo, Katia, and Kagoro - will be utilized to provide sailings every 11 days (previously 13 days) catering for general cargo, containers, project cargo loads, and rolling stock.

ACP: Public Hearing on Canal Toll Adjustments

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) held a public hearing in the Ascanio Arosemena Center in Balboa, Panama, on its proposal to modify the Panama Canal pricing structure to align Canal toll charges with the value the route provides. Seven representatives from shipping and government participated in this opportunity to express their views. "Today, Panama Canal customers and members of the maritime industry were welcomed to participate in a transparent and open process," said ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta. Throughout the consultation period (April 20, 2012 – May 21, 2012), the proposal was made available to all interested parties. The ACP received a total of 18 comments, opinions and written requests from interested parties to participate in the public hearing.

Ports America Announces Promotions

Steve Loevsky, Ports America VP operations: Auto, Ro-Ro, Cruise

Ports America issued a release stating that it has made several promotions within the company. Ports America promoted Steve Loevsky, formerly vice president-cruise operations division, to vice president operations – auto, ro-ro and cruise. Loevsky will lead Ports America’s auto and ro-ro business, including full oversight of safety, quality and productivity. P/L. Don Rupert, formerly VP auto, is the new vice president auto and ro-ro – commercial sales and will report directly to Loevsky.

Mangalore Port to Roll out LNG Terminal, Ro-Ro Service

Photo: New Mangalore Port Trust

India's New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) Chairman P.C. Parida said the port is confident of completing work on the proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal which shall be operational in 2017. NMPT is the first Indian port to start the Ro-Ro service from Mangaluru to Hazira port, he said. According to Parida, the LNG terminal will help provide clean fuel at cost-effective rates to citizens. Parida said the fire-fighting facilities at the port are being upgraded to handle VLGC (very large gas carrier) vessels. This shall be operational by September.

Navios Maritime Containers Acquires Boxship

File Image: Navios Maritime Containers

Navios Maritime Containers, a growth vehicle dedicated to the container sector, announced that it has acquired the Navios Felicitas, a 2010-built, 4,360 TEU containership for a purchase price of USD 11.45 million. The vessel was delivered to Navios Containers’ fleet in December 2017. Navios Containers financed the acquisition of the vessel with cash on its balance sheet and $6.0 million of bank debt under one of its existing credit facilities. Following this acquisition, Navios Containers controls 21 vessels, totaling 88,820 TEU.

Matson to Convert Containership

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) has begun the first conversion of one of its C-9 containerships, MV Mokihana, to a combination roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and container vessel to further strengthen its Hawaii service capabilities. With the conversion, the vessel will have ro-ro and container capacity comparable to two vessels in Matson's service today, the dedicated ro-ro vessel Great Land and the containership S.S. Lihue. The new garage will have the capacity to carry 1,350 vehicles. The plan is part of a multi-phase program that began in 2003 and is designed to provide Matson's auto customers with the two service features they prefer: frequency of service and ro-ro capacity.

Matson Increases Neighbor Island Barge Capacity

Matson, Inc. said its subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has replaced one of its three barges dedicated to serving Hawaii's neighbor island ports with a newer, larger barge that will improve service levels. The container barge Columbia, to be renamed Mauna Loa in honor of the barge it replaces, is now Matson's largest barge. At 360 feet long, with a beam (width) of 100 feet and cargo carrying capacity of 12,600 tons or 500 TEU, it is 12 feet longer and 40 feet wider than the barge it replaces, with the capacity to carry 180 more TEU or nearly 8,000 tons more cargo. Built in 2012 by Gunderson Marine and classified as a Deck Cargo Barge with approximately 33,000 square feet of deck cargo space, the vessel's design enables swifter and more fuel efficient transits.

New Weekly Ocean Service to Haiti

A New Weekly Ocean Service to Haiti, operated by America Cargo Transport Corp., has been established with U.S. flag vessels and crews. The service loads every Friday/Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. to Port-au-Prince, and/or Cap Haitien, Haiti. The service is accepting cargo booking requests for commerical cargoes, NGOs and Non-Profits. The service is accepting cargo bookings on a space available basis for ro-ro, containers (20-ft or 40-ft), breakbulk cargoes, high/wide/heavy on-deck and below deck space available. No reefers at this time. Shipper Owned Containers (SOC) TEUs 20-ft containers (with fork-pockets) are recommend to easy cargo handling and ground transport in Haiti, and to also provide cargo storage and security. America Cargo Transport Corp.

ACL's New CONRO's to be Built to UK Standards

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) confirm that their five new roll-on roll-off containerships (CONROs) will be built to UK standards. The five new vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd in Shanghai China. They are the first of their type ever built with a container capacity of 3800 TEUs plus 28,900 square metres of Ro-Ro space and a car capacity of 1,307 vehicles. All five vessels will be delivered in 2015 and will replace the companys existing transatlantic fleet of five vessels. Following the announcement that the UK flag will be used as the design flag Debasis Mazumdar, Head of the UK Ship Register said: "

I am delighted that ACL have recognised the advantages of building these ships to UK standards and have chosen the UK Flag as the design flag.

Sea Star Line Expands Puerto Rico Service

Sea Star Line, LLC has announced that they are adding the Port of Philadelphia to its rotation.  Sea Star Line vessels will service the port weekly, making calls to the Tioga Marine Terminal each Friday beginning, April 23, 2010. This will replace the current agreement with Horizon Lines, LLC, however cargo will still be accepted in Elizabeth, N.J. Sea Star Line vessels are configured for both Lo/Lo and Ro/Ro service. In addition to flexibly designed container and trailer space, they feature a garage area that accommodates oversized cargo, and another garage dedicated to automobiles.

Slovenian Logistics Company Contracts Tideworks

Terminal management and planning software provider Tideworks Technology, Inc., has announced that Luka Koper, the chief port and logistics company of Slovenia, has selected Tideworks to implement its suite of terminal operating system (TOS) solutions at the country’s main seaport. The deployment will include Tideworks’ entire suite of TOS solutions including Mainsail Terminal Management System, Mainsail Online, Spinnaker Planning Management System, Traffic Control, Forecast and Digital Bridge performance monitoring tool. In addition to directing all aspects of container activities, Tideworks’ TOS will help Luka Koper manage Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) operations with its integrated Ro-Ro and non-containerized cargo module. The new TOS is scheduled to go live in Q4 2011. www.tideworks.com  

Foss - Voyage of Opportunity Houston to Ponce

Foss Voyage of Opportunity - Looking for Cargoes - Houston, TX to Ponce, Puerto Rico. We will consider inducement port calls for Haiti, Dom Rep, Trinidad or other Caribbean Ports.

CP Ships To Acquire Christensen Canadian African Line

CP Ships has reached agreement with Thor Dahl Shipping AS of Norway to acquire Christensen Canadian African Line (CCAL). The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of April. The acquisition includes the CCAL brand and three Astrakhan-class ships, designed to carry containers, breakbulk and Ro-Ro cargo. CCAL, which will operate as part of the CP Ships subsidiary, Americana Ships, offers a 21-day multi-purpose service between Montreal and South Africa under the CCAL brand.

Gothenburg, Rotterdam New Service Begins

Courtesy Port of Gothenburg

The opening of a new freight service to Rotterdam is a welcome development, presenting further opportunities for Swedish industry. The company behind the new service is the ro-ro* carrier CLdN, whose vessels will call at the Port of Gothenburg twice a week. A new freight service has been introduced between Gothenburg and the continent, operated by Luxembourg-based ro-ro company CLdN. The company’s vessels will depart twice weekly from Logent Ports and Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg, bound for Rotterdam.

Restrictions for Vessels Calling at Cotonou

Cotonou Port

Port Authorities have informed that the completion of heavy works for the enlargement of breakwaters at the port of Cotonou is scheduled for end of July. - Overview: Vessels complying with mentioned particulars berthing or sailing subjected to favorable weather conditions. Minimum 1 bow thruster in good working condition required. - Overview: Vessels complying with mentioned particulars berthing or sailing subjected to favorable weather conditions. Minimum 1 bow thruster in good working condition required. - Overview: Berthing and sailing always subjected to good weather conditions.

Matson Completes the Sale of Two Ships

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has completed the sale of two combination Ro/Ro /lift-on, lift-off containerships to Sea Star Line, LLC (Sea Star) in Jacksonville, Fla. The vessels, which have been bareboat chartered to Sea Star since the company was formed in 1998, will continue to be deployed in the Puerto Rico trade. The sale to Sea Star, which is owned jointly by SaltChuk Resources, Inc., Matson and Taino Star Investment, Inc., underscores the investors' long term commitment to the line's Puerto Rico service. Matson is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. of Honolulu (Nasdaq:ALEX). The two ships, the SSs El Yunque and El Morro, were both built by Sun Ship Building and Dry Dock Company and initially placed in the U.S. Atlantic Coast-Puerto Rico trade.

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