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17 Nov 2019

EBRD Backs Mersin Port's $600Mln Bond

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said that it is backing the new US$ 600 million five-year bond issued by Mersin International Port, the operator of Turkey’s largest port.The Bank has invested US$ 90million in the issuance, helping attract a host of investors, despite a challenging market environment in Turkey.The proceeds of the bond will help refinance Mersin International Port’s 2013 bond, which matures in August 2020, will support ongoing operations…

05 Nov 2019

New RAL TRAktor 3000-Z for Bukser og Berging

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. has completed the design of a new TRAktor 3000-Z escort tug for Bukser og Berging of Lysaker, Norway who have placed an order for two of the vessels with Sanmar Shipyards of Turkey. The design was developed working closely with both Bukser og Berging and Sanmar to arrive at a design achieving not only the Owner’s requirements but also suiting Sanmar’s tug building practice. Bukser og Berging already operates several Robert Allan Ltd. designs and these two new…

30 Oct 2019

Med Countries Address Pollution

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Pollution response can be faster and more effective when there is an established emergency communications and emergency system.Mediterranean Countries recently met at a regional workshop held in Brussels, Belgium (22-23 October), to explore the set-up of a common emergency communication system for marine pollution incidents that connects the entire Mediterranean region. During the event, representatives from 12 Mediterranean countries - Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt…

24 Oct 2019

Asyaport Selects Kalmar Zero Emission RTG

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Kalmar, the provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports, said that it has been awarded a contract to supply Asyaport Liman A.S. (Asyaport) with a total of six Kalmar Zero Emission rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes.According to the Cargotec group company, the order, which also includes Kalmar SmartPort solutions that are part of the recently launched Kalmar One automation system, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with delivery scheduled for Q4 of 2020.Asyaport is a joint venture between the Turkish Soyuer family and Global Terminal Limited…

21 Oct 2019

IMSAS Trains Audit Team Leaders

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Auditing International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States to assess how effectively they administer key IMO instruments is an important part of the Organization’s work to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is universally adopted and implemented.To support this process, new audit team leaders were trained under IMO’s Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) at a course held at IMO Headquarters, London (14-17 October).The course involved thirteen auditors…

13 Oct 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Opens New South Europe HQ

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German cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG, officially opened its headquarter for the new region.CEO Rolf Habben Jansen presented the keys of the office complex in Genoa (Italy) to the new Senior Managing Director Juan Pablo Richards.During the opening event, Habben Jansen explained the motivation to create a new region: “After our merger with UASC in 2017 the Mediterranean region has gained more importance for us. That's why we are eager to bolster our competitive position…

08 Oct 2019

Belships Offloads Supramax Bulk Carrier

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Norwegian shipping company Belships has entered into an agreement for a bareboat charter and subsequent sale of its 50,000 dwt Supramax bulk carrier Beleast.According to an agreement with Marti Shipping & Ship Management of Turkey Belships' 2006-built vessel will enter the bareboat charter during the fourth quarter of 2019. It is the oldest ship in Belships’ fleet of 22 Supramax and Ultramax vessels, including newbuildings.Beleast will enter the bareboat charter during the fourth…

07 Oct 2019

W. Africa Crude-Buyers Wary as Freight Rates Weigh

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Sellers returned to the window on Monday to entice buyers spooked by high freight rates due to Washington's sanctions on subsidiaries of a major Chinese shipping firm at the end of September.Long-haul rates to Asia have risen sharply prompting refiners to shed some cargoes.China's Unipec offered four cargoes in the window for a third session all November loading on a fob basis. These were Angolan Saturno at dated Brent plus 35 cents, Dalia at dated Brent plus $1.90, Mostarda at…

07 Oct 2019

Italy Rewarded with Improved Tug Orders

Photo: Sanmar Shipyards

Recent years have seen a considerable upturn in the number of orders from Italian customers for the sophisticated ASD or tractor configuration tug boats constructed by Sanmar Marine at either of its two custom-built shipyards in Turkey.As in many parts of the world, this growth in demand has been spearheaded by the enormously successful 24.4m x 11.25 Bogacay series – currently Sanmar’s ‘best seller’. It is undoubtedly appropriate that the first example of a newly configured version is also Italy bound.

20 Sep 2019

Turkey/Norway Diesel-Electric-Battery Ferry

Photo: Cummins

With a rugged coastline and many fjords to cross, Norway has become a world leader in progressive ferry design. Turkey, with a skilled work force and broad marine experience has become a leader in ferry construction. Put the two together and you have the teamwork that results in the Basto series of RO-RO ferries.The latest in the class, Basto VII, to be launched in December of 2019, will have at its heart, four Cummins QSK50 IMO Tier III diesel-powered generator sets, two in each end and each producing 1290 kWm.

16 Sep 2019

Bosphorus Gets Multipurpose Boat

Image: Sanmar Shipyard

Turkey-based builder Sanmar Shipyard is building multipurpose vessel,  the first of a brand based on the Robert Allan Limited RAlly 1900 SX design and called Poyrazköy Class, for Duzgit Company.The new series vessel is named Salim Duzgit after the founder of its new owners of Duzgit.This is a different type of vessel to the usual and well-established product normally associated with the collaboration between Sanmar and the Canadian naval architects which typically concentrates…

12 Sep 2019

MAN Cryo LNG Supply System For Norwegian Ship

MAN Cryo is to instal an LNG fuel-gas supply system for a new multipurpose palletized-cargo and refrigerated vessel for Norwegian shipowner Egil Ulvan Rederi. (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

Marine LNG systems manufacturer MAN Cryo is to deliver an LNG fuel-gas supply system to Norwegian shipowner Egil Ulvan Rederi. The new system will be installed on a multipurpose palletized-cargo and refrigerated l lift-on / lift-off (LoLo) vessel which will be built by Multi Maritime in accordance with an MM85CC design at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. With a length of 86 meters and a width of 19.5 meters, the 3,500 dwt vessel is expected to be delivered late next year.MAN Cryo will be responsible for building a vertical…

11 Sep 2019

Pronomar Equips Louis Dreyfus SOVs

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Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard has contracted Dutch equipment supply company Pronomar to equip two service operation vessels (SOVs) ordered by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs for Ørsted with drying systems for the workwear of the technicians.The first of the two vessels, Wind of Change, has been using Pronomar’s equipment since June 2019 when it started servicing Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.With accommodation for 90 people, this vessel is one of the biggest SOV’s in the offshore wind industry.After a successful delivery in April of this year…

11 Sep 2019

MAN Cryo to Supply LNG Fuel-Gas System

Image: MAN Energy Solutions

MAN Energy Solutions said that its marine LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer MAN Cryo has been contracted to supply an LNG fuel-gas supply system for Norwegian shipowner, Egil Ulvan Rederi newbuild.According to MAN,  the LNG fuel-gas system will be supplied for a ‘multipurpose palletized cargo and refrigerated vessel, also known as a LoLo (Lift-on/Lift-off).The vessel is designed by Førde, Norway designer, Multi Maritime, that already counts a number of LNG-powered vessels in its portfolio.

05 Sep 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Splits EU Ops into Two Regions

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen: developing the organization and ensuring proximity to markets and customers.

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has is to split its European operations into northern and southern regions. The company said the move was part of its strategy to remain closely connected with international clients. After the reorganization, Hapag-Lloyd will serve its customers from a total of six regions.The new Region South Europe will be headquartered in Genoa, Italy to reinforce the company’s activities in the Mediterranean region. Juan Pablo Richards, previously manager of the company’s operations in Area Brazil…

03 Sep 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Splits European Services

Map: Hapag-Lloyd

German-based  cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG is splitting its Region Europe into northern and southern parts. In doing so, the world’s fifth-largest liner shipping company will remain close to global markets and serve customers from a total of six regions effective immediately.The new Region South Europe, which will have its headquarters in the Italian port city of Genoa, aims to bolster Hapag-Lloyd’s competitive position in the Mediterranean region. It will include Area Italy…

02 Sep 2019

Turkish Steel Giant in Logistics Pact with MOL

From left: TOSYALI Chairman Fuat Tosyali, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, MOL President & CEO, Junichiro Ikeda. Photo: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Turkish steel producer Tosyali Holding A.S.A joint press release said that the agreement is to begin the research toward a strategic partnership, and in this respect signed a memorandum of agreement in the presence of Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo on August 30.The companies will study the possibility of a partnership in the transport of raw materials and steel products in Tosyalı's production networks in Turkey and overseas…

30 Aug 2019

Turkey: Iranian Tanker Headed to Lebanon

File Imade of the former 'Grace 1.'CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com

Turkey said on Friday that an Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran was headed to Lebanon after changing course several times, although Beirut said it was not informed of the plan.According to Refinitiv tracking data, the Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, made a U-turn on Friday and headed for Turkey's Iskenderun port - 200 km (124 miles) north of Syria's Baniyas refinery, the tanker's suspected original destination.However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the tanker…

29 Aug 2019

Iranian Tanker Deviates from Turkish Destination

File Image: the former Grace 1 underway (MarineTraffic.com)

Iranian tanker Adrian Darya, at the centre of a dispute between Washington and Tehran, has changed course away from the Turkish coast, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed on Thursday.The tanker, formerly called Grace 1, was released from detention off Gibraltar in mid-August after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.A Turkish official told Reuters earlier on Thursday that the Iranian tanker had not entered Turkish waters.

28 Aug 2019

RMK: Targeting “Next Wave of Tanker Demand” in 2021-22

Launched on June 12, 2019, Cosima PG is being built for a European client, to be delivered in November 2019.
Photo: RMK Marine

RMK Marine Shipyard is located in the Tuzla/Istanbul, Turkey, since 1997 as part of the Koc Group of Companies (https://www.koc.com.tr/en-us) which is Turkey’s biggest conglomerate. It specializes in shipbuilding as well as super/mega yacht refit, conversion and new building projects. On the shipbuilding side, specialty, high-temperature product tankers, such as asphalt and bitumen, as well as chemical and oil products tankers have been a staple of RMK Marine. Since 1997, RMK…

26 Aug 2019

Iran: Oil Sold from Tanker Released by Gibraltar

File Image: the former M/T Grace 1 at sea (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com)

Iran has sold the oil from a tanker released by Gibraltar after weeks in the custody of British Royal Marines and the vessel's owner will decide on its next destination, IRIB news agency quoted an Iranian government spokesman as saying on Monday.Separately, Tehran - embroiled in a spiralling confrontation with Washington over U.S. sanctions meant to strangle Iranian oil exports - announced that it had deployed a naval destroyer with cruise missiles to help secure Iranian ships.The Iranian government spokesman did not identify the recipient of the oil carried by the Adrian Darya tanker.

23 Aug 2019

GriegMaas Welcomes Star Damon to Fleet

Star Damon, new supramax in the GriegMaas fleet.

GriegMaas - a joint venture  of Norwegean shipping company Grieg Star with investment management firm Maas Capital - has expanded its fleet with the Ultramax vessel Star Damon.Formerly known as GH Frankel, the 2012-built Star Damon is bought this year from Celsius Shipping.The Ultramax vessel is 199 meter long, has a beam of 32 meter, and a draught at 13.3 meters. Star Damon will join the G2 Ocean conventional bulk pool.Meanwhile, the company has delivered its old open hatch vessel, the Star Fuji, for recycling."On the 21st of August we delivered the 34 year old Star Fuji for recycling.

22 Aug 2019

APC Announces Retirement of Harrington

Joseph F. Harrington (Photo: APC)

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has announced the retirement of Joseph F. Harrington after 25 years with Advanced Polymer Coatings. In 1994 he was approached by Don Keehan, Chairman of Advanced Polymer Coatings, to further develop the Marine Coatings industry with APC’s MarineLINE high-performance coating. Today MarineLINE is the industry leader in high performance coatings for the chemical tanker industry.APC President David Keehan says, “Joe Harrington has had a remarkable track record of 59 years in the coatings industry.

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