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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Seatrade News

Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”. The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week, and the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for a hefty fine (2.35 mill EUR) and confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the illegal sale of four ships, as well as a six month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives.

New Reefer Ship Makes Maiden Call to US

M.V. Seatrade Red calls at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA welcomed to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) the M.V. Seatrade Red on its maiden call to the United States. The 607-foot M.V. Seatrade Red, a specialized reefer container vessel with a capacity of 2,259 TEUs and 674 reefer plugs, was built at China’s Yangfan Shipyard and officially launched in May 2016 as one of Seatrade Group’s four new Colour Class vessels. On November 20, Joe Cruise, commercial manager of GT USA; and Alberto Cabrera, senior director, Cargo Sales, Canaveral Port Authority marked the vessel call by presenting commemorative plaques to Captain S. Poryadin of the M.V.

Court Confirms Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 Protection

U.S. Courts confirm Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 protection and frees vessel. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of Marco Polo Seatrade and its group affiliates has rejected the motions filed by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Agricole seeking to dismiss the group's US Chapter 11 filings. Both lenders had asserted that Marco Polo Seatrade was not eligible for Chapter 11 protection and had indeed initiated its Chapter 11 case in bad faith. The court rejected all of the lenders' arguments. Antonio Zacchello, MD of Marco Polo Seatrade, says, "We are delighted that the court has confirmed that we acted in accordance with the law and in good faith in starting our Chapter 11 proceedings.

Seatrade Starts S. Africa Service

Seatrade started a fixed scheduled weekly reefer service between Rotterdam and Cape Town. Once in April the season for citrus starts, Seatrade wants to add a call in Durban. Northbound the five conventional reefer vessels can each carry hundred 40"containers as well.

ClassNK President Wins Seatrade Asia Award

Noboru Ueda - Seatrade Asia Awards 2013

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda was honored with the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award at the Seatrade Asia Awards on June 21, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the maritime sector in Asia. Held annually by London-based maritime media company Seatrade Communications, the Seatrade Asia Awards recognizes excellence in such fields as innovation, safety, and education within the Asian maritime industry. The awards ceremony was held in the JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong with the attendance of almost 400 people from all over the maritime industry.

Hayman to Keynote AAPA Workshop

Christopher Hayman, managing director of U.K.-based Seatrade, is scheduled to provide the keynote address on January 15, at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Workshop in Barbados. Hayman is slated to discuss cruise fleet deployment trends at the opening session, at the Grand Barbados Hotel. the Western Hemisphere, because ports obviously play a most integral role in the cruise industry," said Hayman, who is based in Colchester, England. Hayman earned a history degree from Oxford University before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in 1970. He returned to England in 1972 and became editor, and later publisher, of Seatrade magazine.

Seatrade Award for Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been awarded the Seatrade Award in the category of Best Ship Agent. This took place on Monday 25 October at The Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards ceremony in the Atlantis Ballroom, at The Palm in Dubai. The Seatrade Awards, ship agent award sought to recognise customer service and efficiency and new services offered both categories that have been amply demonstrated by Wilhelmsen Ships Service. The company has introduced two new key offers in the past twelve months including the new Ships Spares Logistics and Ships Agency Re-Defined projects, both of which have considerably simplified administration and logistics for ship owners and operators.

WR Nominated for International Seatrade Insider Cruise Award

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WR Systems has been shortlisted for the Environmental Initiative Award. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are one of the highest accolades in the cruise industry. This year, awards will be presented in Barcelona at the Seatrade Med Party on September 17th at Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. WR’s Director of International Maritime Business, Simon Brown, will be in attendance. In addition…

BIMCO General Meeting 2011, Vancouver

The 2011 BIMCO General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from 6 to 8 June 2011 followed by a series of Seatrade events. Central to the occasion will be a high profile speaker’s conference focusing on matters central to shipping industry concerns. BIMCO and Seatrade are now firming up the arrangements. Over the past twenty years, the British Columbian port has developed into an increasingly important focal point for the Pacific trades, with a strong maritime presence from both Asia and Europe represented locally.

Shipbuilder JES International in the Red

According to a Feb. 25 report from Seatrade Asia Maritime News, Chinese shipbuilder JES International plunged into the red last year but remains confident on the long-term outlook for the shipbuilding industry. Singapore-listed JES reported a full loss for 2009 of $15.6m. (Source: Seatrade Asia Maritime News)

Grandweld, New Shipbuilding Contracts

According to a June 23 report from Seatrade, Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for two 118 ft utility vessels and one 134.5 ft crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est., a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group. (Source: Seatrade)

Industry Challenges Underscore Seatrade Convention’s Importance

The 2002 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and trade show will be held on March 11-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Fla. It will provide cruise lines and suppliers a venue to exchange ideas on marketing and management, as well as the latest advances in ship operation, technology, and vessel design. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the cruise industry is facing its most serious challenges in a decade. With a stagnant global economy, massive fleet redeployments and consumers wary of traveling, the 2002 Cruise Shipping Convention will provide a forum where cruise line executives and suppliers can find ideas, products and services to help them stay competitive in a harsh business climate.

Middle East Maritime Talks Emissions

Fuel, emissions and green technology is one of the crucial areas to come under discussion at one of the conferences that will take place alongside Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2008. Like other industries globally, shipping is facing increasingly tough international challenges to achieve emission reductions. Det Norske Veritas, one of Seatrade Middle East Martime's principal sponsors, believe that carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by as much as 30–50% by actions taken on existing vessels now and for new buildings prior to 2030. The region is playing an increasingly important role in world shipping with the now one of the most active international maritime centres in the world.

ZKTeco to Display the Latest in Cruise Ship Security

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Biometric and RFID security solutions provider ZKTeco said it will showcase its latest developments in cruise ship security technology at Seatrade Cruise Global at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from March 5-8, 2018. ZKTeco will have on display products designed to provide both passengers and crew in the cruise industry far greater safety and convenience. On display will be the ProBio-ID door access controller. ProBio-ID eliminates the worry of getting accidentally locked out of your room because you forgot your access card or PIN code.

CMA CGM, SEATRADE Launch Joint Reefer Service

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group and reefer transport specialist SEATRADE Group will together create a new vessel sharing agreement incorporating the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, linking Northern Europe, the East Coast of the U.S., Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis. The new service, expected to launch in October 2017, will bring together CMA CGM, SEATRADE and shipping company MARFRET and improve their frequency and port coverage.

Globecomm Installs Complete Solutions on MV Baltic

Global Seatrade newbuild MV Baltic features complete communications system from Globecomm. Photo: Globecomm

Globecomm, one of the leading providers of maritime connectivity services, has installed a complete communications solution on MV Baltic, the latest newbuild to join the Global Seatrade fleet. To meet demanding connectivity needs, Globecomm delivered its global Ku-band VSAT solution with VoIP services, an Iridium Pilot L-Band system and KNS S8 to enable flat fee internet access and live TV services onboard the new heavy cargo roll-on/roll-off vessel ship. "We congratulate Global Seatrade on the recent launch of the MV Baltic…

Bolidt Wins 'Supplier of the Year' Award

Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt Director Maritime Division, accepting the award

Bolidt has been named as one of the winners of the 8th Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, announced during the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention 2014 - the Mediterranean's most prestigious cruise event. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are among the highest accolades in the cruise industry. Bolidt secured the‘Supplier of the Year’ award, an award given to a firm that has provided an exceptional quality service, product or innovation to the cruise sector over the past 12 months.

UAE Merchant Marine Cadets Graduate

Merchant marine cadets from a United Arab Emirates training ship graduated at a special ceremony held during Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2008, the largest maritime event of its kind in the region, which opened Sunday, 14 December 2008. The deck cadets were the sixth batch of students of the Birla Institute of Technology International Centre for Maritime Studies and Ship Management to pass out after training on the Ras Al Khaimah-berthed training ship Sindbad. Seatrade Middle East Maritime which ran until Tuesday 16 December is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum…

Global Seatrade to install se@FLEX

Heavy-lift specialist is first customer to sign up for new flat-rate global coverage VSAT service package. Globecomm Systems Inc., a global provider of communications solutions and services, announced today that Global Seatrade, a unit of the Hartman Marine Group, has awarded it a contract for unified maritime communications. Services will be provided by Mach6, a unit of Globecomm Maritime, using its global VSAT platform, which provides automatic roaming between Ku-band satellite beams on a global basis at a flat rate. The contract was awarded in October.

The Gulf Set to Rival China's Ship Repair Capacity

Christopher Hayman: Photo Seatrade

“The Middle East is a world-class centre of excellence for ship repair with a number of well respected shipyards already offering a diverse range of services. We are seeing new joint ventures between the region and Asia in the dry dock sector, with the Gulf set to offer the largest ship repair capacity outside of China,” noted Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, organisers of Seatrade Middle East Maritime. International and regional shipping operators, ports, financiers and maritime…

Maersk Line Wins Environmental Protection Award

Award presentation: Photo credit Maersk Line

Maersk Line presented with the ‘Environment Protection Award’ at the 2013 Seatrade Asia Awards ceremony in Hong Kong. Cliff Chow, General Manager for Sales at Maersk Line South China, accepted the award on behalf of Maersk Line. “It is a great honour for us, which again demonstrates that our continuous efforts to reduce environment footprint has been recognised by the industry and by customers,” said Chow. The Seatrade Asia Awards is an annual award function aimed to reward companies who have achieved excellence in the year.

Drydocks World Dubai Wins SMEISA Award

Photo courtesy Dubai World Media

Drydocks World - Dubai, the flagship ship repair, conversion and new building yard of Drydocks World has won the Ship Repair/Shipyard Award for the third time in a row at the 7th Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards (SMEISA) 2009. The award was presented to Nawal Saigal, Managing Director, Drydocks World - Dubai, by Christopher Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade, at a gala ceremony in Dubai. Drydocks World – Dubai has been investing in state-of-the-art technology and training with the aim of providing high-quality services to the global shipping industry.

Marco Polo Seatrade Receives Court Approval

Marco Polo Seatrade receives court approval to continue to use revenues in the business. The Marco Polo Seatrade group of companies that filed for Chapter 11 on 29th July 2011 has taken a significant step forward in the US Chapter 11 restructuring process. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo approved on 31st August 2011 the continued use by the company of the cash collateral, meaning the revenues deriving from the day to day employment of its fleet, for the duration of the Chapter 11 cases. The approval was granted with the consent of Marco Polo’s primary lenders Credit Agricole and Royal Bank of Scotland.

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