Suez Canal News

17 Feb 2019

Suez Canal Extends Bulker Toll Discounts

Image: Suez Canal Authority (SCA)

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has extended discounts concerning dry bulk vessels operating between American and Asian ports after considering “new changes in the global shipping market and the world economy”."SCA pays more attention to its users best interest, and has recently taken steps towards being the safest, most secure, most reliable and most competitive compared to other routes," said a press release.It said that the rebate granted to (Laden/Ballast) Dry Bulk Vessels operating between Americas' ports and Asian ports…

12 Feb 2019

Piraeus Port Signs MoU with Italian Ports

Image: Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

The Greek port of Piraeus signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italy’s port authorities from the cities of Venice and Chioggia.The agreement seeks to develop port services and promote increased trade flow between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East.The MoU was signed during a meeting between the chairman and CEO of Piraeus port Fu Chengqiu and the president of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (Venice and Chioggia) Pino Musolino.The MoU envisages cooperation in improving the exchange of best practices and knowhow in port management…

30 Jan 2019

Suez Canal Terminal Boosts Efficiency

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APM Terminals announced that its Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) at Port Said, Egypt has achieved major efficiencies in yard and quay operations after fine tuning the Navis N4 Expert Decking Module, the system which automates yard planning.According to the Hague-headquartered international container terminal operating company, the system is used to automate planning by distributing containers throughout the yard based on predefined rules."Typically yard planning is extremely time-consuming, costly and inaccurate.

30 Jan 2019

Ecoslops and Suez Canal Economic Zone Ink Second Agreement

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Ecoslops, the producer of recycled marine fuels from oil residues, and Suez Canal Economic Zone signed a new agreement, further to the signature of an agreement for a detailed feasibility study in January 2018.A press release said that the firms take another step towards the implementation of a collection, reception and treatment unit of maritime oil wastes, under the auspices of the French and Egyptian governments and on the occasion of the State visit of President Macron in Cairo.The new agreement…

28 Jan 2019

Containerships Nord Completes 1st LNG Bunkering

Pic: M/S Containerships Nord photographed being prepared for her first Marine LNG bunkering.

CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships said that its first LNG-fuelled container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord, successfully underwent her first Marine LNG bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam.Around 240 metric tons of Marine LNG was bunkered to the vessel – an amount that can take her on a roundtrip from Rotterdam to St. Petersburg and back sailing through the Kiel canal twice.The first bunkering was carried out at lay bay berth in a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation from Shell’s Bunker Vessel, the Cardissa.

25 Jan 2019

Fire Hit Yantian Express En-route to Freeport, Bahamas

Pic: Hapag-Lloyd

The Hapag-Lloyd containership "Yantian Express", has been burning in international waters off Canada’s east coast since Jan. 3, is now headed for the Port of Freeport in the Bahamas."The container fire that broke out on board the Yantian Express was largely contained and brought under control after one week by immediately launched fire-fighting efforts. Since then, the remaining salvage operations have made considerable progress," said a press release from the German-based cargo…

15 Jan 2019

Suez Canal Revenues Plunge in November

file Image: A boxship transits the Suez Canal (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Andriy Kovach

Egypt's Suez Canal revenues fell to $461.5 million in November, down around 8.8 percent from October's $506.1 million, data from the cabinet's website showed on Tuesday.The canal is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and one of the government's main sources of foreign currency.Reporting by Ahmed Tolba

14 Jan 2019

UPDATE: Egypt Egypt Reopens Four of Six Ports Shut Due to Bad Weather

File Image: a boxship transits the suez Canal in better weather (CREDIT: © Andriy Kovach / AdobeStock)

Egypt had previously closed four ports on the Red Sea and two on the Mediterranean due to bad weather, officials said on Sunday.Over the weekend, the ports of Suez and Zeitiyat were shut in Suez governorate, the Red Sea Ports Authority said. Adabiya and Ain Sokhna ports, in the same governorate, also closed, a source at the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone said.Today, Egypt reopened four ports on the Red Sea on Monday, a day after they were closed due to bad weather conditions, authorities said.

10 Jan 2019

Fire on the Yantian Express “under control”

Pic: Hapag-Lloyd

German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd guarantees that the fire that broke out on its 7,500 teu Yantian Express was last night “brought under control”."On 3 January, a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and spread to additional containers. In the meantime, efforts to extinguish the fire have made continuous progress under the direction of the salvage company Smit and in cooperation with the Hapag-Lloyd crew on the scene as well as Hapag-Lloyd’s emergency-response team in Hamburg.

04 Jan 2019

Containership Ablaze Off Canada's East Coast

File photo of the Yantian Express (Photo: Hapag Lloyd)

German shipping line Hapag Lloyd said on Friday that it was trying to extinguish a fire on its Yantian Express container vessel off Canada's east coast but was being hampered by bad weather.A spokesman for Hapag Lloyd said the fire broke out on Thursday in a container on deck and spread to some other containers on the vessel, but the cause was not yet known.The 7,519 twenty foot equivalent ship was on its way from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Halifax in Nova Scotia via the Suez Canal…

02 Jan 2019

USS Chung-Hoon Seizes Drugs in Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27.Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized over 11,000 pounds of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding.“We have been conducting maritime security operations along suspected maritime smuggling routes in order to interdict illicit shipments into Yemen and Somalia,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brent Jackson, commanding officer of Chung-Hoon.

31 Dec 2018

Chung-Hoon Seizes Drugs in Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. Chung-Hoon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy/Relea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27.Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized over 11,000 pounds of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding.“We have been conducting maritime security operations along suspected maritime smuggling routes in order to interdict illicit shipments into Yemen and Somalia,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brent Jackson, commanding officer of Chung-Hoon.

12 Nov 2018

Iranian Military Ready to Protect Oil Tankers

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Iran's armed forces will protect Iranian oil tankers against any threats, an Iranian military official said on Monday after the United States called the ships a "floating liability" and warned ports operators not to allow them to dock.The United States resumed sanctions on Iran's oil, shipping and banking industries last Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 international agreement curbing Iran's nuclear programme in May."Iran's armed forces...are prepared…

13 Nov 2018

HullWiper Expands into Gibraltar with SCAMP

Arrival of the SCAMP Workboat Palencia II at the Gibraltar Berth after attending to a full cleaning of a 285m commercial vessel. Photo: HullWiper

HullWiper, the hull cleaning solution provider, in partnership with global provider of ship fuel conservation and underwater services SCAMP, is offering an affordable, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning solution for vessels transiting the Strait of Gibraltar.The agreement marks the latest expansion under HullWiper’s global leasing program, introduced in 2017, to work with partners worldwide to offer ship owners and operators a cost-efficient, brush- and diver-free alternative…

16 Nov 2018

ONE Delivers 14,000-TEU Containership

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Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (“ONE”) is has announced that ONE Columbia, with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, has been successfully delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. The sublet owner is Nippon Yusen Kaisha. This is ONE’s 4th newly built 14,000TEU magenta containership delivered this year, after ONE Stork (delivery date on 12th June 2018), ONE Minato (26th July 2018), and ONE Aquila (7th September 2018). Currently, 3 more vessels in ONE’s order book are in the construction process and expected delivery is in 2019.ONE Columbia…

18 Oct 2018

Egypt Cuts Fees for Ships Arriving at East Port Said

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Egypt will reduce the tariffs on container ships and ferries coming from foreign ports to East Port Said for a period of one year, the Suez Canal Authority said in a statement on Thursday.A 30 percent discount on port, docking and guiding fees will apply for vessels carrying less than 80,000 tonnes while those carrying more than that will receive a 40 percent discount, the statement said.Vessels carrying more than 50 containers will be eligible for a discount of up to 60 percent, but both rates cannot be applied at the same time, it said.The Suez Canal is the fastest shipping route between Eur

03 Oct 2018

SMIT Salvage Bags US Navy Contracts

SMIT Salvage has acquired two five-year marine salvage contracts to serve as the exclusive marine salvage and engineering support contractor for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the division of the U.S. Navy responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining Navy ships and submarines.The Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. subsidiary will provide the U.S. Navy with marine salvage, salvage-related towing, ocean engineering and towage services in the event of an emergency or incident in two of the three geographic zones in the world as defined by the U.S. Navy.SMIT Salvage held a contract for one zone covering the area between the Suez Canal and the international date line for a number of periods totaling more than 30 years, which it was able to renew.

03 Oct 2018

Singapore Bunkering Hub Ready for IMO 2020

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Singapore authorities are taking measures to ensure the availability of low-sulphur marine fuels ahead of upcoming emissions regulations in 2020, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Lam Pin Min said on Wednesday."(The) MPA is working closely with the industry to ensure that Singapore is ready to supply low-sulphur compliant fuels ahead of 1 January, 2020," said Lam at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will make available a list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels by mid-2019

28 Sep 2018

My Friend The Sea

The new book by Douglas Model is available on Amazon as a paperback or on Kindle.

My Friend the Sea is a story about growing up at sea, set against the background of ships and the beauty of the oceans. It's a tale of ambition, adversity and dealing with prejudice. Packed full of adventures and stories of traveling the world on ships, visiting far off lands, and meeting all manner of people, including eccentric distant relatives in Australia, a drunken captain, another who was a tyrant, and natives in Fiji, plus shipboard romances, a mutiny, and a growing need for the author to change the way he lives.I am a doctor…

19 Oct 2018

BigLift Barentsz Sails Northern Searoute for Pioneering Spirit

Pic: Port of Rotterdam

Dutch flag Heavy Transport Vessel BigLift Barentsz arrived in Port of Rotterdam from China by way of the Northern Searoute.The vessel is specially designed and built for polar waters. The route, when open, considerably reduces the distance between China and Europe compared to sailing round Asia and through the Suez Canal.BigLift Barentsz carried parts of the new 5,000 t crane for Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit. The parts had been loaded at the Huisman terminal at Zhangzhou, China…

06 Nov 2018

N2Tankers Aframax Pool Launched

Pic: Synergy Group

German shipowner Reederei Nord and Singapore-based ship manager Synergy Group, on behalf of Nissen Kaiun, have launched N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool the two shipowning companies have set up as a joint venture (JV).The combined fleet currently pooled under N2Tankers consists of 13 state-of-the art Aframax tankers built to the highest standards over 2007-2018 in Japanese yards Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., Tsuneishi Holding Corporation…

07 Nov 2018

N2Tankers Aframax Tanker Pool Launched

Photo courtesy of Synergy Group

Reederei Nord and Synergy Group, on behalf of Nissen Kaiun, have officially launched N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool the two shipowning companies have set up as a joint venture.N2Tankers brings the shipowning and operational expertise of Nissen Kaiun and Reederei Nord under one central umbrella administration for the first time. It will focus on generating commercial and technical management efficiency benefits for clients and owners by streamlining fleet operations and improving…

28 Nov 2018

Mein Schiff 3 Made Maiden Call at Sri Lankan Port

On behalf of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake exchanges plaques with the Maseter of Mein Schiff 3 - Capt. Alevropoulos George. The Manging Director of Shipping Agency Services (pvt) Ltd - Mr.Gihan Nanayakkara is also in the picture. Pic: Port of Colombo

The super luxury passenger vessel MV Mein Schif 3 of TUI Cruises with 2,430 passengers and 995 crew on board made her maiden call at the Port of Colombo on 26th November 2018. The vessel was welcomed at the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Sri Lank Ports Authority (SLPA).Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake said that the Port of Colombo was honored by the presence of Mein Shiff 3 in Colombo. “The Port of Colombo has become an extremely busy port and this year the port also became the fastest growing port in the world in terms of handling containers.

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