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16 Aug 2019

SHI Thrusts on Smart Ship Technology

Pic: Samsung Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has pushed ahead with advancing smart ship technology thanks to joint work with global equipment producers on SVESSEL, a smart ship system independently developed by Samsung.Yesterday (August 16) SHI signed an MOU with the German-based global company specializing in engine technology MAN-ES for collaboration on smart ship technology development.The MOU mainly aims at enhancing operating services of main marine engines by applying the engine diagnosis and high-tech control technology of MAN-ES to SVESSEL…

16 Aug 2019

World’s Largest Electric Ferry Completes Maiden Voyage

Image: Leclanché

E-ferry Ellen, the world's largest all-electric ferry,  made its first commercial trip connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav (Denmark).Switzerland-based battery system provider Leclanché SA has powered the vessel, capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers,  with a capacity of 4.3MWh.Participating in this event celebrating the first scheduled ferry service between the two Danish islands were the respective mayors of the two municipalities, Ole Wej Petersen of Aerø and Erik Lauritzen of Søndeborg.E-ferry Ellen is expected to be fully operational within a few weeks.

12 Jul 2019

Rhine water levels hit 2-month low

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Water levels along the Rhine river, a key waterway for transporting commodities and other products from coastal areas to inland locations in France, Germany and Switzerland, fell to their lowest since May 21, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.Levels at the Kaub <WL-KAUB> location in Germany hit 201 centimetres and have been steadily declining since late June, the data showed.Oil barge brokers said the low water levels meant barges were leaving the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp refining and storage hub to inland locations not fully laden.Water levels along the river hit a record low of 25 cm in October

08 Jul 2019

APM Terminals Opens Vado Gateway

Vado Gateway Terminal. Pic: APM Terminals

APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 12 December this year.With the placement of the terminal’s last caisson this week - an important milestone in the build - the commercial team have been actively engaging with the market. The launch commenced with an event at the Genoa Aquarium last month.Future services offered by the terminal were presented to key managers from the main Maritime Companies and Shipping Houses operating in the Italian market.Once operational…

14 Jun 2019

Analysis: Strait of Hormuz and the Risk of Escalation

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The Strait of Hormuz, the narrow shipping lane between Iran and Oman named after the fabulously wealthy ancient kingdom of Ormus, has fascinated oil traders since the Iranian revolution in 1979. Iran has periodically threatened to close the strait to enemy shipping, while the United States and its allies have pledged to keep it open and maintain freedom of navigation, by force if necessary.The strait has become a symbolic flashpoint in the region-wide confrontation and indirect…

14 Jun 2019

COFCO in Talks to Buy Stake in Russian Port Grain Terminal

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Top Chinese grain trader COFCO is in talks about buying a shareholding in a grain export terminal in the Russian port of Novorossiysk as part of its expansion in Europe, sources said on Friday.COFCO is understood to be in talks about buying a shareholding of about 25% in the KSK deep water grain terminal in Novorossiysk, three sources said.Talks are being held with the terminal owner, Russian company Deloports Ltd. Deloports declined comment.The COFCO group in China was unavailable for immediate comment.

27 May 2019

Nieuw Statendam's Maiden Call at Kiel Port

Nieuw Statendam in Kiel / Photo: PORT OF KIEL

The latest newbuilding of Holland America Line’s fleet (HAL) “Nieuw Statendam” arrived in the Port of Kiel from Stockholm for its maiden call in the last week, on Thursday morning (23rd May).During the on-board reception, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel , Dr Dirk Claus, welcomed the ship’s Captain to the State Capital City of Schleswig Holstein and presented him with the handmade plaque for the vessel’s maiden call manufactured by the metal artist Patrick Schloßer.Dirk…

13 May 2019

Geoquip Marine Names Laloe as Director

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Switzerland-headquartered  geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company Geoquip Marine has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jean-Luc Laloe to its Board of Directors.Jean-Luc, who has almost 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, has joined as an independent non-Executive Director.Jean-Luc originally entered the Offshore Engineering and Construction industry in 1980 and in the course of his career he has worked with Technip, Stolt Offshore, and Acergy /Subsea 7.

03 May 2019

MSC Hikes Stake in Terminal Investment

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world's second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity, SA announced that it is increasing its majority stake in the container terminal operator Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL) to 60%, following a deal with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and other co-investors.MSC also welcomes a new partner to the shareholding of TiL after Global Investment Corporation (GIP), a Singaporean Sovereign Wealth Fund, acquired a 10% stake in TiL from GIP and other existing co-investors.New York-based GIP…

23 Apr 2019

HMM to Enhance Global On-site Management

Jae-hoon Bae, President & CEO of HMM. Photo: HMM

The new head of South Korean flag carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) Jae-hoon Bae is on a charm-offensive trip to Europe to cement the shipping line's relations with global majors.HMM said Bae, who became HMM's president and chief executive last month, will meet this week with executives at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and Mediterranean Shipping Co.First of all, Bae plans to visit the European headquarter of HMM, located in London, to encourage its employees and make sales strategies based on the character of each region after gathering the various opinions from the site.Furthermore…

23 Apr 2019

World Navies: Taiwan develops indigenous combat capabilities

ROCS Yueh Fei (PFG-1106) is one of the ROCN’s surface combatants.  It was built in Taiwan to the U.S. Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry guided missile frigate design. (ROCN photo)

Navies operate on a spectrum between deterrence and defense, to include offensive operation, support of foreign policy, and power projection to civil affair and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Many have constabulary responsibilities, and it could be argued that, with the exception of the largest navies, most are more like a coast guard than a military force in their normal responsibilities.Every Navy is different. Yes, they all share similar challenges of acquisition…

05 Apr 2019

PSA Group Appoints Peter Voser as Chairman

Peter Voser. Photo: PSA International

PSA International, one of the world's largest port operators, announced that  Peter Voser, currently Deputy Chairman, is taking on the role of Group Chairman of the PSA Board.Fock Siew Wah stepped down as Group Chairman on 1 April 2019, and will assume the role of Special Advisor to PSA until his retirement on 31 July 2019.As one of PSA’s longest serving Chairmen, Fock has steered PSA with visionary leadership and strategic foresight since August 2005. With his astute guidance…

19 Mar 2019

Fakes Make Up 3.3% of Global Trade

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Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, mostly originated in China, has risen steadily, posing a major challenge in an innovation-driven global economy, revealed a new study.Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years – even as overall trade volumes stagnated – and now stands at 3.3% of global trade, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.Trends…

05 Mar 2019

Cavotec Wins Automated Mooring Order

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Marine engineering specialists Cavotec has announced it has has signed an agreement with a port operator to equip two berths at a terminal with MoorMaster automated mooring systems.The Switzerland-based global engineering group said in a press note that it will design, supply and commission the MoorMaster automated mooring systems for the two berths. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2019, with the systems entering service in 2020.The order value amounts to approximately EUR 10.3 million…

05 Mar 2019

DFDS CEO Steps Down

(L-R) Niels Smedegaard, Torben Carlsen. Photos: DFDS

Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS said that Niels Smedegaard, longtime CEO, will step down by the end of April. Current CFO Torben Carlsen will take over as new CEO.In close partnership with Niels Smedegaard, Torben Carlsen has been in-strumental in making DFDS a larger, stronger and more profitable company and will thus contribute to ensuring continuity in the development and op-eration of the company.Niels Smedegaard has been CEO of DFDS since 1 January 2007.Niels said: “My time at DFDS has been a fantastic journey…

15 Jan 2019

Offshore Wind Market Expected to Reach $50 bln by 2023

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The global offshore wind energy market is poised to grow over USD 49.74 billion by 2023 at an estimated CAGR of around 11.12% during the period 2017 to 2023.The growth in this sector can be attributed to the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy in order to reduce the global carbon emissions and to maintain ecological balance by generating electricity through renewable resources, said a report by Market Research Future.However, high initiating capital cost of the projects with high maintenance cost and logistics issues, can hinder the offshore wind market.

14 Jan 2019

MSC Cruises Begins First Round the World Relay Race at Sea

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The Swiss-based cruise company MSC Cruises  has waved ‘bon voyage’ to MSC Magnifica as the final guests embarked today in Barcelona for the Company’s first world cruise.For many, the idea of seeing the world is just a dream, but a world cruise is an easy way to make this dream a reality, and the only way to circumnavigate the globe without having to unpack a suitcase more than once! On this first world cruise, MSC Cruises guests will visit 49 different destinations, checking off 32 countries from their bucket lists.From the Mediterranean…

09 Jan 2019

MSC: Clean-up Ops Continue in North Sea

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Switzerland-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company confirms that significant progress has been made in an unprecedented clean-up operation in the North Sea and on the beaches of the Netherlands and Germany."We would like to thank the authorities and volunteers in these countries for their support in the response," said a press note from the world's second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity.More than 250 containers fell from the ship “MSC Zoe” during…

06 Jan 2019

MSC Pledges to Find All Containers Lost in North Sea

MSC Zoe. Photo: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Switzerland-based shipping company MSC is pledging to pay the cost of cleaning up hundreds of containers MSC Zoe spill in a North Sea storm."MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company would like to reassure authorities and members of the public in the Netherlands and Germany that the company will pay the full costs of the clean-up of the 2 January MSC Zoe container spill," said a press release from the company.MSC is committed to continue searching the sea for the containers which fell overboard, until the last one is found, it said.

04 Jan 2019

MSC Intensifies North Sea Clean-up

MSC Zoe. Photo: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Switzerland-based global container shipping and a company MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company said that it is directly taking over more of the clean-up of German and Dutch waters and beaches, following the recent container spill from the cargo ship MSC Zoe.The world's second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity said in a press release that in close collaboration with local authorities, it is now working with a number of salvage companies to add momentum to the quick response started on 2 January.In some locations…

12 Dec 2018

MOL, Proman Shipping Name Methanol Carrier CASTARA

At the naming ceremony. Photo by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Switzerland's Proman Shipping and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines(MOL) announced that  a naming ceremony for a newbuilding Methanol Carrier for Proman Shipping was held at the Hyundai Mipo Drydock (HMD) in Korea.The vessel was named the CASTARA by Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited. (MHTL) CEO Dennis Patrick. MHTL and Proman Shipping are subsidiaries of the Proman Group.The CASTARA will be the most eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vessel in Proman Shipping’s expanding fleet.David Cassidy…

07 Dec 2018

California: MSC Pays $630K for Air Quality Violations

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Swiss container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) paid $630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Regulation.According to CARB, the violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.The investigation by CARB revealed more than 2500 violations for both the Oakland and LA/LB fleets for failing…

05 Dec 2018

Transocean Closes Ocean Rig Acquisition

(File photo: Ocean Rig)

Switzerland-based offshore driller Transocean Ltd. announced Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Greek peer Ocean Rig UDW Inc.The $2.7 billion cash-and-stock deal adds nine high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships, two harsh environment semisubmersibles, and two high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships currently under construction to Transocean's existing fleet."We are excited to begin actively marketing these assets into the growing list of opportunities we continue to see emerging across our global customer base…

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