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21 Apr 2020

Med Marine Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Svitzer Newbuilds

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Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine on Thursday held a keel-laying ceremony at Ereńüli Shipyard for two new icebreaking tugs being constructed for Svitzer.

08 Apr 2020

Stena Line To Close Trelleborg-Sassnitz Route

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Stena Line will permanently suspend operations on its ferry route between Trelleborg, Sweden and Sassnitz, Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European operator announced on Wednesday.The cancellation comes after Stena Line announced in March it would temporarily suspend operations on the route.Stena Line has initiated discussions with the workers' council Betriebsrat in Germany. The ferry FS Sassnitz is laid up in Port of Mukran, Sassnitz, until further notice. In recent years…

06 Apr 2020

Stena Line Announces More Job Cuts Due to COVID-19

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Swedish ferry company Stena Line said Monday it will furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant in UK and Ireland due to the COVID-19 pandemic's damaging effect on travel and transport across Europe.The announcement comes several weeks after the company laid off hundreds in Scandinavia and the Baltics as the coronavirus crisis weighs heavily on travel bookings and freight volumes. Already the company has reduced its number of sailings on several routes, and several vessels…

16 Mar 2020

HHLA Estonia Names Riia Sillave New CEO

Riia Sillave. Photo: HHLA

The container and multipurpose terminal HHLA TK Estonia, the subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), said that Riia Sillave has taken over as the  new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 15 March 2020.The 46-year-old Estonian, who studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, has a wealth of experience in executive and management roles, including in the German automotive industry.Her most recent position was as CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia‚Ķ

16 Mar 2020

Stena Line Announces Job Cuts Due to COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Swdish ferry company Stena Line, who announced Monday that it will cut 950 jobs due to a sharp decline in passenger travel bookings as a result of the outbreak.Stena Line said the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent travel restrictions imposed by several countries have weighed heavily on bookings, with passenger traffic to Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Latvia mostly halted. On Saturday, the company completely stopped…

25 Feb 2020

Høglund to Supply FGSS for Tallink

Image: Tallink Grupp

Norwegean global marine automation and system integration expert Høglund Marine Solutions (HMS) will supply Fuel Gas Supply Systems (FGSS) to Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for Tallink Grupp‚Äôs newest LNG powered ferry, MySTAR.Høglund will work with Finnish tank manufacturer West Welding to design and supply the systems that will handle LNG onboard MySTAR, constructed by Rauma Marine Constructions. MySTAR will sail on Tallink's Tallinn - Helsinki route.The design and engineering of FGSS solutions is a key challenge for the future development of LNG powered shipping‚Ķ

16 Feb 2020

Kiel Intros Germany's Largest Shore Power System

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The Port of Kiel commissioned Siemens to build Germany’s largest shore power system to date which is capable of supplying two ships simultaneously.With a power of 16 megavolt amperes (MVA), the Siharbor solution will supply two ships simultaneously with certified eco-power, for the first time. This will reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 8,000 tons.The system is expected to go into test operation within the 2020 cruise ship season. Maritime shipping plays a special role in Kiel. The port is the point of departure for cruises and has ferry connections to the Baltic states and Scandinavia.

22 Dec 2019

Eim­skip Sells 2 Boxships

Image: Eimskip

The oldest shipping company in Iceland Eimskip has made an agreement to sell two container vessels for USD 3.9 million (EUR 3.5 million).The Icelandic Steamship Company (Eimskipafélag Íslands hf.) said in a press note that the 1457 TEUS container vessels Godafoss and Laxfoss are 24 years old and have been operated by Eimskip for nearly 20 years.Eimskip has parallel to the sale made an agreement with the buyer to charter the vessels back, it said.The sale of these vessels is a part of Eimskip‚Äôs vessel fleet renewal‚Ķ

19 Dec 2019

Kalmar Supplies 9 Straddle Carriers to Eurogate

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The  manufacturer of terminal tractors Kalmar has concluded an agreement with long-term customer Eurogate to heighten nine Kalmar straddle carriers operating at the Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the work scheduled to commence in Q1 of 2020 and be completed by the beginning of Q3, the unit of Cargotec said.Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg is one of Northern Europe‚Äôs main transport hubs, offering excellent road, rail and feeder connections to the economic centers of Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

18 Oct 2019

New Concept Ice Class Tugs for Svitzer

Photo: Med Marine

Med Marine has recently signed a newbuilding contract with Danish operator, Svitzer for two icebreaking tugboats.The design is new in Med Marine’s portfolio and comes with some great features for extreme climate conditions.TundRA 3000 is a concept design by Canadian designer Robert Allan Ltd. As the designer has experience in working with different companies operating in harsh winter conditions, TundRA was a great fit for Svitzer’s North European fleet. Once delivered, the vessels will operate across Scandinavia…

18 Oct 2019

Turkish Yard to Build New Ice Class Tug Design

Image: Med Marine

Med Marine based in Istanbul signed a newbuilding contract with Danish operator, Svitzer for two icebreaking tugboats. The design is new in Med Marine‚Äôs portfolio, the TundRA 3000 concept a design from Robert Allan Ltd. Once delivered, the vessels will operate across Scandinavia, predominantly serving ports in Denmark and Sweden.The tugs are designed for operations in the full range of ice conditions, and Med Marine‚Äôs Procurement & Technical Group Manager Ertuńürul ÇETńįN said ‚ÄúIt is a great pleasure for Med Marine to experience the needs of different geographies.

15 Oct 2019

APM to Double Intermodal Volumes at Gothenburg

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APM Terminals Gothenburg plans to double the volume of containers transported by rail to and from Gothenburg by 2022.APM Terminals Gothenburg is connected to more than 300 inland destinations in Sweden via rail. With more than 60 rail shuttles per week, Gothenburg has an unprecedented rail coverage in Sweden.Insjön in Dalarna, some 460 kilometers from Gothenburg, showcases how rail can offer the best transport solution. Six weekly shuttles by Vänerexpressen, connect the center‚Ķ

10 Oct 2019

APM Terminals Appoints Dennis Lenthe Olesen as MD

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Effective January 1, 2020, Dennis Lenthe Olesen, currently Global Head of Operations at APM Terminals, will assume the role of Managing Director for APM Terminals Nordics.This joint management structure will enable APM Terminals Aarhus and Gothenburg to strengthen collaboration and unlock operational synergies. The terminals will remain separate legal entities in Denmark and Sweden.‚ÄúI am pleased to announce Dennis in this new and exciting role, as we embark on an important journey of unlocking further synergies between our two terminals and strengthening collaboration in the Nordics area‚Ä̂Ķ

01 Oct 2019

Svitzer Orders Two Icebreaking Tugs

R. Hakan Sen, CEO, Med Marine (L) with Mattias Hellström, Cluster Managing Director, Scandinavia & Germany, Svitzer (R) (Photo: Svitzer)

Global towage operator Svitzer said it has signed a new deal with Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine for two new 30-meter ice class tugs expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021. The vessels will join Svitzer‚Äôs 30-strong fleet of towage vessels in Scandinavia and Germany The tugs have been custom designed to fit Svitzer‚Äôs requirements across its Scandinavian operations. The new TundRA 3000 designs were created by Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd and have Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A status, giving them icebreaking capabilities.

23 Aug 2019

Scandinavia's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

From left to right: CEO of Vattenfall Magnus Hall, Chairman of Vattenfall Lars G. Nordstr√∂m, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan J√łrgensen and pupils from Hvide Sande School. Photo: JESPER VOLDGAARD

European energy giant Vattenfall opened Scandinavia‚Äôs largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev 3.The 49 wind turbines on the Horns Rev 3 also represent Vattenfall‚Äôs and Denmark‚Äôs largest offshore wind farm, which is located 25-40 kilometers off Denmark‚Äôs west coast in the North Sea.Yesterday (22 August 2019), Crown Prince of Denmark accompanied by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen officially opened Denmark‚Äôs, Scandinavia‚Äôs‚Ķ

16 Aug 2019

July: Earth's Hottest Month Ever Recorded

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According to the latest monthly climate report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet and Polar sea ice melted to record lows.Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees…

26 Jul 2019

CSP Zeebrugge Terminal Deploys Navis N4

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The terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis announced  that CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, part of COSCO Shipping Ports, has successfully gone live with Navis N4.The unit of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world‚Äôs leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, the terminal connecting European market will use N4 to focus on real-time data sharing and efficiency for better service.The terminal‚Ķ

22 Jul 2019

Offshore wind: One-stop power conversion

Optimal outputs: a wind-turbine permanent magnet generator at The Switch in Deyang. Image Courtesy Yaskawa’s The Switch

With the United States and China about to start their respective offshore wind build-ups, grid operators wondering about the efficiency of their turbines or the emissions-areas compliance of their wind-service vessels will be warmed to know there‚Äôs someone they can talk to. Yaskawa‚Äôs The Switch ‚ÄĒ a Japanese industrial giant‚Äôs European environmental tech business ‚ÄĒ is offering one-stop wind-energy shopping. As with shipping, you can order permanent magnet generators, drives and converters for your wind turbines. Take heart.

18 Jul 2019

Ecochlor Names Weiss as European RBDM

Henrik Weiss, Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK

Henrik Weiss believes that ‚Äúthe sale of a ballast water management system (BWMS) is a long-term commitment to the client, especially in the marine industry where support and service is a pre-requisite throughout the product lifecycle.‚ÄĚ As Ecochlor‚Äôs new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK, this approach is perfectly in synch with Ecochlor‚Äôs unique service and manufacturing strategy.Mr. Weiss is well-known in the European maritime market with more than 30 years of experience‚Ķ

08 Jul 2019

Gothenburg Cuts Quay Crane Waiting Times

Image: APM Terminals Gothenburg

APM Terminals Gothenburg has managed to cut quay crane waiting times by as much as 90% by implementing new standard operational procedures for container lashing. This translates to a reduction from 38 minutes to just four.Using ‚ÄėLean‚Äô methodology, which is being adopted across all of the company‚Äôs terminals around the world, a Transformation Team at APM Terminals Gothenburg identified the root cause of the time delay ‚Äď inaccurate information provided to the vessel crew.As a result‚Ķ

03 Jul 2019

Wärtsilä Forms New Biofuel Arm

Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions combines biogas upgrading with liquefaction to offer a full service for advanced biofuel production. Copyright: Biokraft

Finnish shipping technology group Wartsila has merged its Puregas Solutions and biogas liquefaction teams to form a new Biogas Solutions unit that will offer its customers a ‚Äėone-stop-shop service‚Äô for advanced biofuel production.Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions, a unit with expert capabilities in liquefying upgraded biogas for end-customer use, offers products for biogas upgrading to biomethane, and the liquefaction of biomethane into bioLNG."Currently, our market share in this field is almost 60 percent‚Ķ

17 Jun 2019

Paskov Terminal Completes Stage III Expansion

Advanced World Transport (AWT), a member of the PKP CARGO Group,  the largest rail freight carrier in Poland and a leading rail freight carrier in the European Union, has completed stage III of The Paskov Terminal modernization in the Czech Republic.A modern intermodal transshipment point in Paskov of 70,000 m2, with the capacity of 4,800 TEU and rail tracks of 3x 270 m and 2x 375 m is situated close to industrial zones and borders with Poland and Slovakia. In the Paskov Terminal AWT offers its customers comprehensive services associated with intermodal transshipment of goods.Strategic position in the heart of Europe allows for easy and fast connection to important European ports and terminals. It is situated close to the highway and it is connected to the national railway network.

14 Jun 2019

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

With the United States and China about to start their respective offshore wind build-ups, grid operators wondering about the efficiency of their turbines or the emissions-areas compliance of their wind-service vessels will be warmed to know there‚Äôs someone they can talk to. Yaskawa‚Äôs The Switch ‚ÄĒ a Japanese industrial giant‚Äôs European environmental tech business ‚ÄĒ is offering one-stop wind-energy shopping. As with shipping, you can order permanent magnet generators, drives and converters for your wind turbines. Take heart. The lingo is the same.

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