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21 Apr 2019

Grandweld Delivers Four Crew Boats to KOC

Pic: Grandweld

Grandweld Shipyards, fully integrated shipyard based in Dubai, has delivered four crew boats to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).The UAE Grandweld will build six pilot boats in addition to four crew boats for KOC, under the contractual agreement signed in May 2017.Five boats have been delivered and the remaining five will be delivered in June 2019.The newly constructed four boats were specially designed to meet the requirements of KOC, in accordance with Lloyd's Register’s classification rules in order to provide the highest operational efficiency and safety…

19 Apr 2019

APM Intros GOH Service in India

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The Indian Container Services Division of APM Terminals Inland Services said that its specialised service that allows clothing manufacturers to ship garments on hangers (GOH) helped cater to leading global apparel brands.APM Terminals Inland Services fabricates and modifies standard dry shipping containers, enabling them to conveniently carry coats, dresses, jackets and blazers and any other clothing necessary. As a result, for example, in a 20 feet container, approximately 5…

18 Apr 2019

Largest Barge of Caspian Sea Undergone Overhaul

Pic: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

The barge of STB-1 owned by the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet of the CJSC Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has undergone an overhaul. The overhaul has been carried out at the Bibi-Heybat Shipyard.As part of the overhaul, the underwater and surface parts of the barge were cleaned and painted. Along with this, the bottom-side reinforcement of the barge was repaired.At the end of the overhaul, the barge “STB-1” was handed over to the crew members and Registry Classification representatives.

18 Apr 2019

AWO Elects Foss Maritime's Merritt as Chair

Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman of AWO.

The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders earlier this month during the association's annual Spring Convention held in Washington, D.C. Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman. Arthur F. Mead, Vice President and General Counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Merritt succeeds outgoing Chairman Tom Marian…

17 Apr 2019

Eimskip, Royal Arctic Line Pact Okayed

Pic: Royal Arctic Line

The oldest shipping company in Iceland Eimskipafélag Íslands (The Icelandic Steamship Company), also known as Eimskip, said that its collaboration with the national carrier of Greenland Royal Arctic Line and an Icelandic shipping company has been approved by the Icelandic authorities.As part of the cooperation, three 2,150 TEU container vessels are being built in China with expected delivery late 2019. Two vessel are being built for Eimskip and one for Royal Arctic Line.The vessels will be used in weekly services between Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island and Scandinavia.

17 Apr 2019

USCG: Marijuana for Mariners Still Forbidden

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Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws.Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. The ravages of addiction and accidental overdose make headlines daily, yet drug use among both the general population and safety-sensitive workforce continues to increase. Much of the rise is attributable to the growing use of marijuana…

17 Apr 2019

ABS holds 157th Annual Meeting

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

The 157th Annual Meeting Hears How Safety Leadership is Driving Sustainability in Maritime. ABS held its 157th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, detailing the organization’s performance and future focus to its members. “In 2018, we delivered solid, top-tier performance. We maintained leading positions with owners and builders, held our 70-year-strong top position in the offshore market, and led the industry for safety, port state control, and the global orderbook to grow our classed fleet to 260MT,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J.

17 Apr 2019

“It’s the steel production, stupid!”

Peter Sand, BIMCO

BIMCO's Peter Sand, in a new report, weighs in on the implications for the Dry Bulk sectors.Chinese imports of iron ore keep falling, while its crude steel production keeps growing. China’s increased use of scrap metal for its production of crude steel is fundamentally critical to the dry bulk shipping industry. Mostly Capesize ships are impacted by this, way beyond the temporary iron ore export disruptions in Brazil and Australia.Chinese steel production grew by a massive 12.6 million tonnes (+9.2%) in the first two months on 2019 as estimated by China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).

17 Apr 2019

JAPEX Begins Drilling at Offshore Hokkaido

Image of the sea drilling rig "ENSCO 8504" using the project, provided by Ensco Rowan plc

Japanese hydrocarbon exploration, production and transportation company, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX) has started the exploratory drilling at offshore Hidaka area of Hokkaido.The drilling job is a part of the offshore exploration project commissioned by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (ANRE).This project is aiming to evaluate the presence of oil and natural gas resources in the area based on the analysis…

16 Apr 2019

Scorpio Sells, Leaseback Six Vessels

Pic: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has agreed to sell and leaseback six Ultramax vessels to AVIC International Leasing.The dry bulk operator said in a press note that the six vessels are SBI Antares, SBI Bravo, SBI Hydra, SBI Leo, SBI Lyra and SBI Maia.Upon completion, which is estimated to take place in the second quarter of 2019, the Company’s liquidity is expected to increase by up to $62.4 million in aggregate, comprising up to $52.6 million upon closing…

16 Apr 2019

Maritime Fatigue: Just another band aid?

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On 24 January, the IMO issued updated guidelines on fatigue. This is just another in a long series of band aids that attempt to cover over the problem without providing a solution. Fatigue is a long-standing weakness in the maritime industry. It is recognized as a major or contributing causal factor in the majority of maritime casualties. As is well-known, fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep and relaxation. These, in turn, are the result of too few people being tasked with too much work. Guidance on how to recognize and manage fatigue is meaningless.

16 Apr 2019

Bahri Expands Footprint in Asia-Pac

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The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry.The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region, said a press release from the logistics and transportation company.The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company…

16 Apr 2019

Danfoss Hybrid Electric Ferry Operational

Thyborøn-Agger ferry in Northern Denmark. Image: Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Editron, a company specializes in hybrid and electric powertrain systems for off-highway and marine markets, said that it has provided the hybrid electric drivetrain system powering a new ferry connecting the communities of Thyborøn and Agger in north west Denmark.The ferry, which was delivered by the country’s Søby Værft shipyard, was ordered to replace the previous one that had been running for over 40 years and reached the end of its operational lifetime.Like most ferries in Denmark…

15 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON WATCH: A Tale of Two Fleets

Jeff Vogel, a Member in Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Group.

Mixed Government Support for U.S. Shipbuilding.It has been a busy start to the 116th Congress for the U.S. shipbuilding industry, with three congressional hearings in early March focused on the industry’s role as a critical component of the U.S. national security industrial base. In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, which was signed into law on February 15, contained mixed news for shipbuilding programs. Through the congressional hearings and enacted legislation, two opposing themes have emerged.

14 Apr 2019

Avance Gas Names Ulrik Andersen as CEO

Pic: Avance Gas

Avance Gas Holding, a Bermuda-based company engaged in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas, announced the appointment of Ulrik Andersen as Chief Executive Officer of Avance Gas AS, the management company of the Avance Gas group.Ulrik Andersen is appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective August 2019, a press note said.Ulrik has extensive experience from VLGC ship owning, most recently as Commercial Head of Shipping for Petredec. Prior to working with Petredec, Ulrik served as Managing Director for Neu Gas Shipping…

12 Apr 2019

NigerStar 7 Adds Pipelay Vessel

Seven Antares (Photo: NigerStar 7)

NigerStar 7, a joint venture between Subsea 7 and Nigerdock, said it has acquired 2009-built pipelay vessel Seven Antares, The Seven Antares, previously owned by Subsea 7, has a 300-ton main crane capacity and is a 120-ton S-lay vessel with capacity to lay pipe of up to 60-inch diameter; with an accommodation area in excess of 330 berths and a deck area of over 1,300 square meters."The vessel will provide both NigerStar 7 and Nigeria a fully owned versatile pipelay vessel ideal for conventional…

12 Apr 2019

HHLA Strengthens Intermodal Network

Image: Hafen Hamburg Marketing/Siemens

Metrans AS, a subsidiary of terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has ordered ten Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility Czech Republic.The locomotives will be built at Siemens Mobility’s factory in Munich-Allach, and deliveries are scheduled from the end of 2019 until spring 2020. The locomotives will be operated in cross-border freight service in Central and Eastern European countries."It is our pleasure to expand the Metrans vehicle fleet by ten multisystem Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility.

12 Apr 2019

S.Korea's LPG Imports to Grow: Drewry

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South Korea’s liquid petroleum gas (LPG) imports are expected to increase 9.5% in 2019 on account of the growth is due to stronger demand from the petrochemical sector.The recent policy change that will allow LPG-fueled vehicles in the private sector is another booster, said Drewry.South Korea’s LPG market was starting to look saturated with low demand, but as the government is reconsidering cleaner fuels, its demand is likely to shoot up.Drewry said that severe air pollution…

11 Apr 2019

ICG Sells Oscar Wilde Ferry to MSC

Oscar Wilde. Photo: Irish Ferries

Dublin-based maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) has entered into a bareboat hire purchase agreement for the sale of the cruise ferry “Oscar Wilde” to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.The total consideration for the sale is EUR28.9m, payable in instalments over six years, up to 2025.Delivery to the buyer is expected to take place this month, said a company release.Built in 1987, the Oscar Wilde was bought by ICG in 2007 and operated on Irish Ferries’ route to France.

11 Apr 2019

Teekay Gets ECA-backed Newbuild Loan

Image: Teekay Offshore Partners

Teekay Offshore Partner, a marine energy transportation, storage & production company, has signed for a shipping export credit agency (ECA)-backed US$414m debt facility to fund four LNG-fuelled newbuild shuttle tankers.Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) is advising its long-standing client Teekay on this ECA-backed newbuild loan, noted a release.The facility, which bears interest at Libor plus 225 basis points for up to 12 years from each delivery, is funded and guaranteed by both…

11 Apr 2019

Gazprom’s Arctic Offshore Platform Hits Milestone

Image: Sovcomflot (SCF Group)

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) said that the Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov loaded the milestone 10-millionth tonne of commercial oil produced at Prirazlomnaya offshore platform in the Pechora Sea.The energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production said that this cargo of oil has become the 150th shipped from the platform since the transportation began in April 2014.Symbolically…

09 Apr 2019

ABS Launches Sustainability Center in Singapore

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a Global Sustainability Center in Singapore as s decarbonising shipping becomes mission critical for the industry classification society.The ABS Global Sustainability Center's mission is to help maritime transition to a sustainable, lower emissions industry, said a statement.“Decarbonizing shipping is a challenge that will compel the industry to reach new technology frontiers. At the same time, it is an opportunity to transition to a more sustainable world economy enabled by efficient…

09 Apr 2019

Top Honours for CMA CGM, Mrs Gina Lee-Wan

Recipient of the International Maritime Centre (Individual) award, Mrs Gina Lee-Wan. Photo: Government of Singapore

The global container shipping company CMA CGM Group and maritime lawyer Gina Lee-Wan, Partner and Co-Head of Maritime and Aviation Practice at Allen & Gledhill, recognised at Singapore International Maritime Awards 2019."CMA CGM and Mrs Gina have received the International Maritime Centre (Corporate) Award and the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award respectively," said a press release from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).A world leader in maritime transportation, CMA CGM has been steadily expanding its presence in Singapore.

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