Switzerland News

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

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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…

30 Nov 2018

WinGD Elected Joins LNG Marine Fuel Institute

SCF Gagarin Prospect SCF Ltd. Featuring 7X62DF. Pic: WinGD

Switzerland-based low-speed gas and diesel marine engines marine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has become a member of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute.WinGD, the company involved in the design and development of the two-stroke X-DF LNG engines,  is highly invested in the advancement of the shipping industry through LNG as fuel.More than 150 engines of the new WinGD X-DF type are ordered, under construction or in operations, said a press release from the company.WinGD’s engine design history dates back to the late 1800s when they were founded as the Sulzer Diesel Engine business.

29 Nov 2018

Transocean Shareholders OK Ocean Rig Acquisition

Image: Ocean Rig UDW

Transocean, international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells, has announced that its shareholders approved the acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW, by approving the proposals presented at Transocean’s Extraordinary General Meeting. Switzerland-based offshore drilling contractor quoted its President and CEO Jeremy Thigpen in a press release, as saying: "We are extremely pleased that our shareholders have overwhelmingly approved our acquisition of Ocean Rig.

20 Nov 2018

Rimorchiatori Spezzini Orders Two Damen ASD Tugs

Damen ASD Tug 2411 (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Rimorchiatori Spezzini, a subsidiary of the Scafi Group, contracted Damen Shipyards Group for two new Damen ASD Tugs 2411. The order comes as part of Scafi’s plans to expand its fleet in response to the newly assigned harbor towage concession in the port of Safi, Morocco. The two new ASD Tugs will be based in the Port of La Spezia, an important maritime hub for commercial markets in North Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. (Read more about the Port of La Spezia in the latest…

19 Nov 2018

Ineos to Buy ConocoPhillips North Sea Assets

North Sea. Image: ConocoPhillips

Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe's oil and gas company Ineos Group Holdings is in exclusive talks with ConocoPhillips to buy North Sea oil and gas fields worth $3 billion from the U.S. energy company.Various news paper reports say that British petrochemicals company has confirmed it is negotiating to buy several North Sea oil fields from U.S. energy giant.The Sunday Times, which first reported the story, said that the period is said to be set to three months after the entity registered in Switzerland agreed to pay a "substantial" deposit.Accoding to the Financial Times…

18 Nov 2018

UNCTAD to Push Sustainability into Freight Transport Systems

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) convenes meeting on ways to build sustainability into freight transport systems, including shipping, to boost trade with and between developing countries.According to UNCTAD, governments, shipping companies and trading industries will need to balance economic, social and environmental concerns to achieve sustainability in maritime transport, experts will say at an UNCTAD meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21–23 November.Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport…

13 Nov 2018

Leclanché, Kongsberg Join Forces for Green Ships Push

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Nordic marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Swiss battery maker  Leclanché, one of the world’s leading storage solutions companies, as its battery partner and supplier of customised marine energy storage solutions.The partnership contributes to Kongsberg's new generation of hybrid power solutions, which are set to deliver game-changing efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of transportation with cutting-edge autonomous and crewed vessel newbuilds.Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid solutions.

09 Nov 2018

Low EU River Stir Fuel Markets in Singapore

File Image: An inland cargo movement on the Danube River. CREDIT: Adobestock / © digitalstock

Rhine water levels hit record lows in October; river is a key fuel transport hub for Europe.Low water levels on the Rhine river have caused a fuel supply deficit in parts of Europe's industrial heartlands that is sucking up cargoes from more than 10,000 km away in Singapore.Following a long, scorching summer, water levels on the Rhine - a key commodity shipping lane connecting industrial centres in Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands to major seaports - fell to record lows…

08 Nov 2018

Italian Police Make Major Heroin Haul on Ship From Iran

Italian police discovered 270 kg (600 lb) of heroin hidden in a container that arrived aboard a ship from Iran, the biggest such haul for at least 20 years in Italy, police said on Thursday.The freighter had set sail from the Iranian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas and stopped off in Hamburg, Germany and Valencia, Spain before reaching the Italian port of Genoa on Oct. 17, where police discovered the heroin stashed away in a consignment of Bentonite clay.A police spokesman said investigators were not sure when or where the drugs were brought onto the ship.Police allowed a small portion of the illicit cargo to continue its planned journey by truck to the Netherlands.They tracked the vehicle as it crossed Switzerland…

29 Oct 2018

Nor-Shipping Appoints First Sustainability and Technology Chief

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Nor-Shipping is continuing its mission to build ‘your arena for ocean solutions’ with the recruitment of its first Head of Sustainability and Technology, Silje Bareksten.A press release stated that the development marks another step in an evolution that aims to realign the event week to support, serve and enable the maritime industry of tomorrow."Over the course of 2018 Nor-Shipping has rebranded, repositioned to help its maritime base exploit the potential of increasing ‘ocean industry’ activities and announced that its exhibition Hall A will now focus on the Blue Economy…

18 Oct 2018

Record Low Rhine Levels Hampers Barge Trade

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Water levels on the Rhine River fell to a record low on Thursday and were forecast to fall even further, hampering oil product barge trading in northwest Europe.Water levels at the Kaub point of the river fell to 31 cm, according to Refinitiv Eikon data, the lowest level in data available since September 1995.Shallow water on the Rhine in Germany means freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded.The river is an important shipping route for commodities including grains, minerals, coal and oil products including heating oil.

23 Sep 2018

Nigerian Pirates Kidnap 12 Crew from Swiss Cargo Ship

MV Glarus. Photo: Massoel Shipping

A Swiss-operated ship has been attacked off the coast of Nigeria, Switzerland’s foreign ministry said, amid media reports that 12 crew members had been kidnapped by a  gang of pirates.The MV Glarus, merchant ship operated by Geneva-based shipping company Massoel Shipping, was transporting wheat between Lagos and the southern Niger Delta oil hub of Port Harcourt.According to reports, the incident took place at about 45 nautical miles south west of Bonny Island. The pirates held 12 among the ship's staff members as hostages.According to West African nation's maritime agency…

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