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Friday, December 15, 2017

The Independent World News

Blackwater Gunboats To Protect Ships

According to a Nov. 19 report from The Independent World, the American security company Blackwater is planning to launch a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies. The firm, which received international attention when its staff killed civilians in Iraq, has already equipped one vessel, called The McArthur, which will carry up to 40 armed guards and have a landing pad for an attack helicopter. The McArthur, a former survey ship, arrives in the Gulf of Aden, the scene of the recent high-profile hijackings and shootouts with Somali pirates, at the end of the year. It is to be joined by three or four similar vessels over next year to form the company's private navy. (Source: The Independent World)

MERC to Cease BWMS Type Approval Testing

File Image: MERC's mobile, barge mounted BWMS Testing Platform (MERC)

Maritime Environmental Resource Center will no longer conduct Type Approval Certification testing of ballast water management systems. The Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) was established in 2008 by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to facilitate the development and adoption of Green Ship and Green Port innovations with a primary goal of expanding on over twenty years of research addressing the issues of ballast water invasive species.

Novatek Starts Production at Yamal LNG

Photo: Yamal LNG

Russian energy firm Novatek  has announced that Yamal LNG has commenced producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the first LNG train, with the nameplate capacity of 5.5 million tons per annum. The first cargo loading is scheduled on 8 December 2017 at the Sabetta port using the first Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker named the “Christophe de Margerie”. The Chairman of Novatek's Management Board Leonid Mikhelson noted: "This event marks a milestone accomplishment for the Yamal LNG project. The commencement of LNG production begins a new chapter in our corporate history.

Hamburg Süd Remains Hamburg Süd

Photo: Hamburg Süd Group

Hamburg Süd remains a commercially independent brand under new owner – Significantly greater product range through global service network – Own sales force provides unchanged level of care to Hamburg Süd customers. With yesterday’s (November 30) closing, the Hamburg Süd Group is now part of the Danish company Maersk Line and thus a subsidiary of the world’s market leader in container shipping. “Under this new umbrella, we can strengthen Hamburg Süd’s position worldwide in a challenging market environment, improve our market position, and offer our customers many advantages,” said Dr.

Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel to Reduce CO2 by 17%

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel have committed themselves to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their common container-transport activities. "Companies aim to jointly develop long-term solutions for container transport - Hapag-Lloyd creates transparency regarding CO2 emissions - Increased transparency gives customers better options," said a press statement. The Carbon and Sustainability Pact that both companies concluded in the last few days calls for a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per container moved by Hapag-Lloyd by 2020 compared to 2017.

Sulayem Gets DP World's CEO Role Too

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

DP World is pleased to announce the appointment of His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. His Excellency became Chairman of DP World in May 2007 and has overseen DP World's expansion, including the acquisitions of CSX and the P&O Group to become a leading global marine terminals operator. Deepak Parekh, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director said "The Board is delighted that His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has agreed to become Group CEO in addition to his role as Chairman.

MOL Signs Bauxite Transport Deal with Alufer Mining

Left: Alufer CEO Bernard Pryor Right: MOL Managing Executive Officer and Director General of Dry Bulk Business Unit Toshiaki Tanaka. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K .Lines (MOL) announced that it held a signing ceremony for a five year bauxite transport contract with Alufer Mining .The contract was signed by Toshiaki Tanaka, MOL's Head of Dry Cargo, and Bernard Pryor at MOL's offices in Tokyo. Republic of Guinea based independent mineral exploration and development company Alufer has received all required permissions from the government with regard to building the Bel Air bauxite mine and construction commenced in January 2017.

Drydocks World hosts INTERTANKO Team

Drydocks World received a high-level delegation of the Council members from the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners

Drydocks World received a high-level delegation of the Council members from the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) on 11 November. The delegation included Mr. Olav Eek Thorstensen, MD & CEO of Thome Shipmanagement, Ms. Ann-Marie Astrom, Vice Chairman of the Rederi AB Gotland. The delegation also included members of the board: Mr. Derya Sabaz, COO / Co-owner of v Besiktas Likid AS, Mr. Takis E. Koutris, Managing Director of Roxana Shipping SA, Mr. Tim Horne, Managing Director of Teekay, Mr. Wellington Koo, Executive Director of Valles Shipping and Mr.

Scania Evaluates Volkswagen Buyout Offer

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

At an extraordinary board meeting in Scania the board of Scania – excluding Martin Winterkorn, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Leif Östling and Ferdinand K. Piëch – has decided to appoint an independent committee, consisting of the board members Åsa Thunman (chairman of the committee), Peter Wallenberg Jr, Peter Abele, Johan Järvklo and Håkan Thurfjell to evaluate the offer by Volkswagen and to take such resolutions in relation to the offer as are necessary. Scania adds that the independent committee will announce its opinion of the offer…

CMA CGM Premium Service to Optimize Emissions

Photo: CMA CGM

Providing eco-services is a key strategic axis of CMA CGM Environmental Policy. Since 2010, CMA CGM has developed different eco-services such as an Eco-Calculator or personalized carbon reports : “My Carbon Footprint”. With My Carbon Footprint, CMA CGM provides a unique and premium service to customers allowing to monitor CO2 emissions and improve green supply chain, based upon case studies including a door-to-door multimodal dimension. In September 2017, an additional step has been taken with the voluntary audit of our carbon reports by an independent third party (KPMG).

Technology, Economy the Focus of New Marine Academy in China

China's Ningbo container port (Photo courtesy UNNC)

The Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET) has been officially launched at a ceremony at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). A partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group and Ningbo Municipal Government, the Academy will build on Ningbo’s marine-related activities and support the city’s 12-year plan, a focus of which is the marine economy. The marine economy is one of China’s key strategic development areas.

Verifavia to Provide IMO DCS Services for Liberian-flagged Ships

Emissions verification company for the transport sector Verifavia said it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services for Liberian-flagged vessels. The Liberian Registry – the second largest in the world – includes more than 4,200 vessels aggregating 150+ million gross metric tons, representing 12 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet. As part of the cooperation – the company’s first major step as an IMO DCS (data collection system) verifier –  Verifavia Shipping will leverage its existing knowledge and expertise as an independent EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) dual-accredited verifier to deliver streamlined and efficient verification services to Liberian-registered vessels.

Schat-Harding Buys Lyttelton Marine

Lyttelton Marine. "Singapore is a key hub for both the shipping and offshore worlds. and its neighbouring ports. network. network is fully capable of meeting the needs of shipowners. accidents.

Lindsay Blee Expands into the Americas

Lindsay Blee’s new U.S. Independent international bunker broker Lindsay Blee announced that it is expanding its brokering operations into the Americas with a new operation called Lindsay Blee Americas (LBA) based in Florida to support customers across the U.S. and throughout Central and South America. Lindsay Blee Americas will initially be staffed by two broker/traders as well as two support personnel. James Hills, Managing Director of Lindsay Blee, said, “Along with our presence in the U.K. and Singapore, this expansion gives our customers a true global partner capable of fuelling their fleet anywhere in the world. “Many brokers have been consolidated into large bunkering conglomerates,” said Dean Morrison of Lindsay Blee.

IRClass Accredited for EU MRV Services from RvA

Vijay Arora (Photo: IRClass)

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA). RvA is an internationally reputed, Netherlands based EU notified body for accrediting an organisation as ‘Independent Verifier’ as per ISO 14065 and applicable EU regulation 2015/757. The EU regulation 2015/757 requires ships of above 5,000 GT, visiting EU ports and while in EU ports to monitor and report their CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and transport work.

Maktec Signs On Round-the-world Record Attempt

Hydro Diesel's Alan Priddy with Maktec Marine's Mark Cornforth with Excalibur boat under construction (Photo: Maktec Marine)

Team Britannia, the organization behind the latest attempt to set the world-record for sailing around the world in the fastest time, has appointed Yorkshire-based Maktec Marine to provide technical support for its engine fuel and oil performance. Maktec Marine founder Mark Cornforth said the challenge is to beat the current world-record holder New Zealander Pete Bethune’s time of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes for the 23,000 mile voyage. The attempt will be made in a specially designed 80ft powerboat called Excalibur…

Survey: E-Commerce is Top Priority for E&P Companies

In a survey of chief information officers (CIOs) at leading North American independent oil and gas producers, Zeus Development Corporation has learned that most rate e-commerce as their top priority for 2001. "We learned that most mid-market independents (some 300 companies worldwide that have between $10 million and $14 billion in oil and gas reserves) are interested in Internet-based technology to help them expand offshore and overseas," said Bob Nimocks, president of Zeus Development Corporation, the sponsor of the survey and organizer of the E-Business for E&P: Examining Inside- and Outside-the-Firewall Solutions for Independents conference. "We conducted the survey to learn of the key topics these independents want to learn about.

Lloyd's Register acquires WEST Engineering Services

Lloyd's Register acquires WEST Engineering Services to become the top independent provider of technical services to the offshore drilling sector. Acquisition of WEST, subsea systems specialists, builds support for exploration and production activities. Lloyd’s Register has acquired Houston-based WEST Engineering Services in a move that secures the Group's position as the premier independent risk-management organisation supporting the global offshore drilling industry. WEST Engineering Services…

DSME's New LNG Tank Technology Approved by LR

The ACTIB tanks, constructed of insulated aluminium 5083, will have the world’s largest storage capacity in an independent, insulated LNG tank system. The volume capacity in the initial design will be nearly three times larger than comparable types currently in operation. Lloyd’s Register has approved new prismatic IMO Type B independent cargo tanks, so called ACTIB (Aluminium Cargo Tank Independent Type B). The initial approval is for use in a DSME-developed 210,000 m3  STD LNG-RV design in accordance with LR’s Guidance notes for liquefied gas carriers and floating offshore installations adopting IMO Type B independent tanks primarily constructed of plane surfaces.

DP World: Shareholders Back EZW buy, London Delisting

Shareholders of DP World have approved buying Economic Zones World from its majority shareholder and also backed the port operator's delisting from the London Stock Exchange, the Dubai-based company said on Thursday. The assent was granted at a meeting on Thursday, with the proposals received near-unanimous support from independent shareholders, DP World said in a London bourse filing. DP World last month said it would pay $2.6 billion to Dubai World for its EZW logistics infrastructure firm and would delist from the London bourse due to thin trading volumes. Dubai World owns 80.45 percent of DP World. Reporting by David French

DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development

Photo: DP World Sokhna

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport, reports Egypt Independent. The signing of the deal comes in line with directives by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to upgrade the sea port’s status as part of the broader scheme to develop the Suez Canal region, SCA chief Mohab Mamish said. The joint venture will be responsible for installing a new harbor parallel to the current oil tanker harbor over a period of one year, Mamish said.

Vopak Expands Pengerang Terminal

Pic: Royal Vopak

Royal Vopak and its joint venture partners intend to expand their independent storage terminal, Pengerang Independent Terminals Sdn Bhd (PITSB) in Pengerang, Johor in southern Malaysia. PITSB will be expanded with 430,000 cbm to a total capacity of 1.7 million cubic meters.The expansion which is subject to final formalities, is expected to be commissioned progressively from Q1 2019. PITSB provides storage, blending and distribution services for crude oil and clean petroleum products. The expansion relates to the storage of clean petroleum products.

Multiport Extends Network with New Members

Seven new members have joined Multiport, extending its network of independent ship agents. This latest expansion means the network now has representatives in over 110 countries. The seven new members are: ScanWeco AS of Norway, TeRo Ltd of Georgia, Thocomar Gambia of Gambia, Presersa of Guatamala, Somarig of French Guiana, Ets Fauzi J Ghandour of Lebanon, Reginald Villard of Haiti. secretary-general of Multiport. reaching more countries than ever.

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