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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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UN Security Council – Restrictions Due to Nuclear Activities

The United Nations Security Council said that it approved a new round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and heavy-water-related activities. Among other things, the new resolution calls on all States, in accordance with domestic and international law, to inspect cargoes to or from Iran of aircraft and vessels at their airports and seaports owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, provided there is reasonable cause to believe that the aircraft or vessel is transporting goods prohibited by Security Council resolutions. Source: HK Law

Workers End Strike at Haifa

Workers at Israel's state-owned Haifa Port ended their strike on Tuesday, a day after they walked off the job in protest at a government plan to build private, competing ports. A spokesman for the Chamber of Shipping said the port workers returned after Israel's labour court ruled that the parties must hold talks over their employment conditions. Nearly all of Israel's exports and imports are transported by ship, making the port workers' unions among the most powerful in the country. Monday's stoppage caused disruption, with about 20 ships queuing to unload and a long line of trucks forming outside the port, waiting to transport goods. Tensions have been high in recent years over government plans to open two privately run ports along the Mediterranean next to Ashdod in the south and Haifa.

That’s Not Coming on Board!

Hapag-Lloyd for example refuses to transport turtles on board the ships (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

There’s hardly anything that can’t be shipped in a container. However, for ethical reasons, Hapag-Lloyd refuses to transport certain goods. Anyone who regularly transports goods for third parties, as a shipping company does, could theoretically just sit back and let the customers shoulder all the responsibility for whatever crosses the oceans in containers – as long as no laws are broken. But having not been content with doing business that way for many years, Hapag-Lloyd has compiled a list of the goods that it won’t transport for ethical reasons.

Art Contest Invites Students to 'Discover the Marine Industry'

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in a North American art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and Sea Research Foundation. More than 90% of the world’s goods are transported by ships. In fact, ships are truly the “engines of globalization.” Transporting goods by sea is more environmentally friendly than moving goods the same distance by air or over land and help keep the cost of goods and energy low. Students are asked to find a creative way to answer the following question: “How does the marine industry affect your everyday life?” The term “marine” refers to oceans, waterways and organisms that call these places home.

Stockholm Norvik Port Construction to Start

Stockholm  Norvik Port Image courtesy Ports of Stockholm

The planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, just north of Nynäshamn, is extremely important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the Stockholm region. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, construction and operation of the port requires a legal ruling. Today the Swedish Supreme Court issued a positive ruling by deciding not to allow permission for an appeal to be heard. This means that construction of the port can begin during the year. “We are very pleased about the Supreme Court’s decision.

New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail and supermarket trade – and port centred logistics. The new service builds on the Port of Grangemouths’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier feeder ports, and reinforces Forth Ports’ recent capital investment in the Port.

MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive. Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the international fleets. The study will include an overview of existing conditions; comparison of the current state of U.S.- and foreign-registered fleets; the identification and evaluation of the factors and costs influencing registry preference from the perspective of U.S.

CMA CGM Receives the Highest Score

In January 2013, the Group-owned CMA CGM fleet was rewarded by state ports (Port State Control), the highest score for its fleet in recognition of the fleet’s compliance with international regulations regarding safety at sea, technical / regulatory compliance and pollution prevention. For this ranking, port national authorities verify the state of vessels, the level of maintenance, the quality of the crew, procedures in place for the management of safety and pollution. Since 2010, vessels are controlled by a rating implemented by the “Paris Memorandum of Understanding”, one of the strictest in the world. In case of poor performance, vessels and/or companies are subject to stricter and more frequent controls that can lead to detentions and bans.

China to Build 2,500 Ships for Indonesia

Short Sea Cargo Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Kadin) to import 2,500 short sea service ships from China starting this year. Natsir Mansyur, Vice Chairman of Kadin's Trade, Distribution and Logistics division informed Xinhua, the officeal China News Agency, that Kadin has signed the agreement with China and a total of 2,500 coastal and short sea ships worth US$5-billion will be delivered gradually within 5 years starting 2013. Transporting goods in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago with 17,000 islands, is very costly due to poor logistics and bad infrastructure.

Maersk Asia/US E.Coast Service to Transit Suez, Not Panama

Maersk Line, will stop using the Panama Canal to transport goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast as bigger ships make Suez more profitable. Maersk Line will send through Suez Canal a vessel that can carry as many as 9,000 20-foot boxes at a time, instead of using two 4,500-box-vessels through Panama Canal, Soeren Skou, Maersk Line chief executive officer, informed Bloomberg in Singapore. The last sailing through Panama will be on April 7 and the first service through Suez will be a week later. The company considers it more cost-effective to send larger ships in this trade via the Suez Canal even though they need to sail a longer distance. Source: Bloomberg  

Maersk Move to Suez Route Temporary Says Spokesman

Maersk Line Ship: Photo courtesy of Maersk

The modification of two Maersk shipping routes to pass through the Suez Canal rather than Panama is temporary, says a Maersk spokesman. The diversion from the Panama Canal to an alternate route has contributed to a decline in revenue for the canal administration, The Maersk Line, has used the waterway for over 90 years to transport goods to different continents, reports 'Newsroom Panama'. Since April 1, 2013 the line has temporarily suspended its Panama Canal service between Asia and the U.S.

Large Dry Bulker Shipbuilding Prices Up in April

During April, 2013 new build prices for capesize, kamsarmax and ultramax vessels rose higher than in the previous month. Purchase prices for ships are often good indicators of financial health in the shipping industry. When shipping demand is expected to grow more than the supply of ships, shipping companies will place additional orders, which drives up purchase prices, reports Xun Yao Chen, Industrials Analyst at 'Market Realist'. Additionally, when firms are able to charge higher prices for transporting goods across the ocean, this allows them to generate higher gross margins and returns, increasing the value of ships themselves. Capesize vessels, the largest ship class that primarily haul iron ore and coal across ocean, rose $500,000 to $47.5 million.

Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port

Coast Guard Inspection: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and other government agencies.

Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Johnson, a marine inspector stationed at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, inspects navigation equipment aboard the motor vessel Fortunagract for compliance with international and domestic regulations April 19, 2014. Fortunagracht was the first vessel of its kind to enter the Great Lakes as part of the newly-formed Cleveland-Europe Express. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Stephanie Pitts

U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region.

Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation. “Currently our nation’s highways and railways are operating near full capacity, while our inland waterways are vastly underutilized,” said Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company. “We know there is substantial room to grow in transporting goods on the rivers with minimal investment.

DHL Says Ocean Freight Rates at Turning Point

© dbvirago / Adobe Stock

Demand for ocean and air freight has been better than expected this year, with increasing volumes and rates finally improving after years in the doldrums, executives from freight forwarding company DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said. "We're seeing relatively high demand for both ocean and air freight. We're seeing rising volumes on several routes," Tobias Meyer, chief operating officer and executive vice president for business support, DHL Global Forwarding, told Reuters. "Given the debate around the new U.S.

Vinalines, Vinacomin Sign MoU

Photo: Vietnam National Shipping Lines

Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin - TKV) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic co-operation agreement, Viet Nam News reported. As per the agreement, Vinalines will provide services of container shipping, barges and bulk carriers as requested by Vinacomin to transport goods to local and international destinations. Vinalines and Vinacomin explore the possibility of cooperation in the field of maritime and logistics services provided by Vinalines such as forwarding services…

Ports of Stockholm Container Volume Zoom

Container Terminal at Frihamnen Photo Ports of  stockholms

A new record has been set for the number of containers transported to the Container Terminal at Frihamnen. Never before have so many containers been transported by sea directly to the strongest growing capital city region in Europe and Sweden's largest consumer market. At the beginning of December 2016 Ports of Stockholm exceeded the previous record set at Frihamnen of just over 51 000 containers*. The number of containers in 2016 will be around 54 000. “It is extremely positive…

Indian Shipping Seeks Road Fund for Development of Waterways

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India

The Shipping Ministry of India has mooted a proposal to utilize part of the fuel cess collected for building national highways for expansion of National Waterways as well. The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari said his Ministry has sent a proposal seeking allocation of 5% of the Central Road Fund for development of Inland Waterways. “My Ministry has prepared the proposal, but the final decision will be taken by the Ministry of Finance. I am pursuing the matter” Gadkari added.

Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of container ships on an annual basis this year for the first time in at least 20 years. The container shipping industry has been struggling with over capacity because of there are too few goods to transport on too many vessels as a result of the economic downturn.

Canada’s Ferries Call for Infrastructure Investment

Industry Minister James Moore told CTV’s Question Period, yesterday, that Canadians will soon be seeing “very large-scale [infrastructure] announcements in every part of the country.”  Moore went on to say that these investments will benefit Canadians and increase productivity. Responsible for moving more than 55 million people, 19 million vehicles and millions of tons of goods annually, Canada’s ferries are a pivotal component of the nation’s infrastructure system, the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) said, adding that further investments in ferry infrastructure would benefit productivity and Canadians. Remote Communities. For some isolated regions, ferries are the only means for transporting goods and people and accessing emergency medical services. Public Transit.

Antofagasta Express: New Name, New Flag

The 222-meter-long and 35-meter-wide vessel formally known as the NileDutch Rotterdam will now sail for Hapag-Lloyd as the Antofagasta Express under the Chilean flag. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Last month, the second of the two ships recently purchased from the Dutch shipping company NileDutch officially changed hands. The 222-meter-long and 35-meter-wide vessel will now sail for Hapag-Lloyd as the Antofagasta Express under the Chilean flag. The new ship, with a capacity of 3,500 TEU, was rechristened by Hapag-Lloyd and takes its new name from the Chilean port city of Antofagasta. Together with the second new acquisition, the San Antonio Express, and two recently chartered vessels of identical construction…

CETA Will Greatly Benefit Maritime Transport

Photo: European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

European shipowners have worryingly followed the negotiations thriller of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA, and feel very relieved today as the Belgian regional authorities reached an agreement. “We welcome the outcome after the lengthy and intense negotiations”, said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven. This trade agreement between EU and Canada will greatly benefit the maritime transport sector. “More and smoother trade means more and better maritime transport operations, shipping being the main vector of trade.

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