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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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LME Certification for Port of Amsterdam

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam was awarded an LME certification this week by the London Metal Exchange (LME). From now on, Amsterdam is listed as a goods delivery point for aluminium, aluminium alloy, lead, nickel, tin and zinc. This will enable our terminals and forwarding companies to strengthen their position in the ferro and non-ferro markets for short and deep sea. The application for the certification was submitted by Port of Amsterdam to the London Metal Exchange (LME) in November 2017. The arrival of two ship-to-shore gantry cranes at HCT in the summer of 2017 made this application complete.

Gas Natural Fenosa, Baleària Sign LNG Bunkering Deal

Photo: BaleĂ ria

Spanish liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator Gas Natural Fenosa signed an exclusive 10-year LNG supply deal with Spanish ferry operator Baleària. According to the company release, the supply contract will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras, then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor…

P&O Takes Two From MHI

A further sign of Japanese inroad in the lucrative, and previously European-exclusive domain, of cruise shipping was sounded last week when the Financial Times reported that P&O is ordering two ships from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as part of a $4.5 billion program to double the capacity of its cruise fleet over the next five years. Contracts for the two ships are reportedly worth $900 million, and the program in total could equal 11 new ships. The two cruise ships -- at 113,000 gross tons -- will reportedly be the largest the company has ordered.

Odfjell Sells Two Smaller Ships

Odfjell has entered into an agreement to sell the two sister ships M/T Bow Giovanni (11,290 dwt./built 1987) and M/T Bow Marino (11,289/1988) for an aggregate of USD 12 million. The sales price is slightly above the book value for the two ships. The two ships were acquired in connection with the merger with Seachem in 2000 are have primarily been operating in our regional trade, both in Americas and in Asia. Odfjell expects that the ships will be delivered to their new owner by the end of November 2004.

First Choice Sells Ships, Completes INTRAV Buy

First Choice Holidays PLC has sold two coastal cruising ships to Cruise West, a US family owned small-ship cruise line for $16.7 million. The two ships were amongst the four cruise ships acquired as part of First Choice's purchase of US-based leisure travel group INTRAV, the acquisition of which the company has completed. The net consideration for the purchase of INTRAV, including the sale of the two ships, is $46.8 million. The two ships that First Choice is retaining have a market value of almost $30 million and generated revenues of $24.3 million in the 12 months to December 31. (Source: www.forbes.com)

Collision Causes Oil Spill Near Panama Canal

Two ships collided on the Atlantic approach to the Panama Canal June 1, spilling an "undetermined" quantity of bunker oil, the waterway's administrators said. The British-registered container ship M/V Sidney Star hit Panama-flagged grain carrier M/V Royal Ocean while approaching the Canal's entrance, sustaining damage to its port side fuel tanks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said. ACP workers staunched the flow of fuel oil, and the two ships were directed to a Canal anchorage at Cristobal for inspection, the authority said. No injuries were reported.

Greenpeace Blockade Ended by Police

According to a report from China View, On Nov. 16, Dutch police ended the blockade of a Rotterdam dock by Greenpeace which was trying to stop the construction of a coal-fired plant. Dutch police boarded the two ships of the environmental group, which had blocked the dock to prevent ships carrying coal from entering the port earlier that day. The two ships were brought to the quayside, where they were put under embargo. The captains were arrested, but the protesters were released. (Source: China View)

Navy Releases Two Ships to Owners

The Nigerian Navy handed over two ships arrested for oil bunkering in 2003 on the order of the presidency following a court ruling, according to a report on AllAfrica.com. But the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command , Commodore John Kpokpogri who handed over the ships - Mt Tina and Mt Glory on behalf of the Chief of Naval staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye gave the owners 24 hours to remove the ships from the territorial waters or face the full weight of the law. Kpokpogri made it clear to the ship owners, Petrostar Shipping Company that the Navy, in fulfilling its statutory function, would still arrest the ships if found to be engaging in unwholesome activities.

Two Cruise Ships For Blohm + Voss?

German shipbuilder Blohm + Voss said on Wednesday it was in negotiations to build two ships but declined to confirm a report that the potential order was to build two cruise ships worth 960 million marks ($435.2 million). It was reported earlier that the German group was in talks with a potential U.S. client to build two giant cruise ships capable of a top speed of 29 knots using a new propulsion system and hull design. "I can confirm that we are in talks for two ships," a Blohm + Voss spokeswoman said. "We would be very glad if this came true, but for now we are in negotiations," he said but declined further comment. Blohm + Voss returned…

Overseas Shipholding, Tesoro Maritime Sign Time Charter

Overseas Shipholding Group signed time charter agreements with Tesoro Maritime for two more of the 10 Jones Act commercial product tankers being built at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. With two additional two-ship time charters announced previously with Shell Oil and BP Shipping, 60% of the 10-ship order due for completion in 2010 has signed charter agreements in place. Work on the Veteran MT-46 Class tanker vessels commenced soon after Aker and OSG announced the 10-ship, $1b order in April 2005. The company said construction on two ships in the series was well on track. The steel cutting for the third vessel is expected to begin this spring. (Source: TheStreet.com)

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from classification society ClassNK verifying that the facilities are in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC). Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, Kalthia and Priya Blue have both carried out substantial improvements to…

MarAd Announces Ship Disposal Contracts

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded new contracts to dismantle two ships from the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, VA, the agency announced today. The work will go to Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC, of Chesapeake, VA. The two ships will bring to 14 the number of ships that have left the James River site for disposal in the past year, and to 41 the number that have left since January of 2001. Bay Bridge Enterprises, which has dismantled six other ships for MARAD in the past two years, was awarded two contracts: one to dismantle the Sunbird, for $85,920, and another to scrap the Mizar, for $243,900. The Sunbird, a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship, was built in Savannah, GA and launched in April 1946.

Taiwan Commissions First of 37 Naval & Coast Guard Ships

President Ma Ying-jeou vows to safeguard the nation's sovereignty & fishing rights as he presided over the commissioning of 2 new  Coast Guard Administration ships. The commissioning ceremony of the two ships, a 2,000-ton frigate and a 1,000-ton patrol boat, was held in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung city, reports Focus Taiwan. The two ships were the first batch of a total of 37 ships being commissioned under a 10-year plan to beef up the capacity of the CGA to enforce the law, carry out rescue operations and safeguard Taiwan's fishing rights -- three major missions of the administration. After the beef-up, the number of ships in the CGA's fleet will increase to 173 with a total of 36,000 tons, which Ma said will effectively safeguard the ROC's interest at sea. Source: Focus Taiwan

Italy Rescues More Than 250 Migrants in Mediterranean

(File photo: GUARDIA COSTIERA)

More than 250 migrants were rescued in the central Mediterranean during the night between Monday and Tuesday, Italy’s Coast Guard said. A statement said the migrants, in one large rubber dinghy and two small boats, were rescued in three missions by two ships, one from a non-governmental organization. Migrant arrivals to Italy have fallen by two-thirds year on year since July after officials working for the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli put pressure on people smugglers in the Libyan city of Sabratha to stop boats leaving.

HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. Presented on the ms Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and a Dubrovnik children's choir. Special guests included His Excellency Robert A. Dubrovnik.

Queen Names P&O Cruises' New Luxury Ship

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia. (Photo by James Morgan, © P&O Cruises)

Carnival Corporation & plc launched P&O Cruises UK’s newest ship, Britannia, in a naming ceremony held today in Southampton, England, to commemorate its entry into service for the P&O Cruises fleet. Christening the ship was Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially naming P&O Cruises’ new flagship. Britannia, the first of two new ships joining Carnival Corporation’s fleet in 2015, will be joined later this year by AIDA’s new flagship vessel, AIDAprima, when it begins regular service this fall.

LCS Variants: Development & Maturation Insights

LCS 3 in Atlantic Storm: Photo credit USN

Rear Adm. Thomas S. "Today, I want to provide my perspective on where we are in the development and maturation of these two ship variants, Freedom and Independence. USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Independence (LCS 2) were constructed and delivered as research and development prototypes of two competing ship designs. The Navy’s intent was to determine which design was best suited for the defined requirements. Though the acquisition strategy changed, the consistent intent has been that the Navy would take the knowledge gained in the build…

Hawaii (SSN 776) Delivered to the Navy

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) delivered Hawaii (SSN 776), the third Virginia Class submarine to the Navy on Dec. 22. Hawaii is GDEB’s 100th nuclear powered submarine to be delivered to the Navy. “More than 52 years after commissioning Nautilus, the world’s most revolutionary warship, GDEB is delivering another amazing submarine, Hawaii,” said Rear Adm. Hilarides, Program Executive Officer for Submarines. "It is purpose built for in-land power projection by both Special Operation Forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Hawaii will be able to fight across the full spectrum of warfare,” said Hilarides. Hawaii’s on-time delivery is…

Royal Caribbean Is Granted Extension on Two Ship Option

Royal Caribbean is pushing back to late June final decisions on building two new 2,100-passenger ships costing about $500 million each. The move by Royal Caribbean, which is based in Miami and has a 19-ship fleet, comes amid a dramatic expansion of cruise ship fleets. The industry last year added 11 percent to passenger capacity and is scheduled to add 55 ships over the next four years. Royal Caribbean announced on Tuesday that the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, had extended to June 27 options on two new Radiance-class ships for the cruise company. One option was to have expired last month, with the delivery of Radiance of the Seas, now sailing out of south Florida ports before heading to North America's west coast for summer journeys.

Two Ships Break Down Off Australia

Two ships have broken down in Australian waters on Wednesday, with the larger of the two being buffeted by treacherous conditions in Bass Strait. The 44,000 deadweight ton container ship Maersk Tacoma lost power in heavy seas in Bass Strait and a tow vessel was on its way. "The Maersk Tacoma is drifting in Bass Strait in atrocious weather," a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The ship was about 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Wilson's Promontory in Victoria state and drifting towards the Kent group of islands in 55 knot winds and three to four meter seas, the spokesman said. The tow vessel would reach the ship later on Wednesday, he said. An official with Maersk Australia said the stricken vessel was carrying general container cargo.

KMY Wins Two-Ship Order From RCL

Kvaerner Masa Yards won a $1.09 billion contract to build two ships for Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL). The Eagle-type cruise ships are scheduled to be ready for delivery in 2002 and 2003. "The intentional agreement has been signed under the conditions that the yard can finance construction of the ships," Kvaerner said. "Even though Kvaerner has decided to pull out of shipbuilding and concentrate its operations in other fields -- and the process to find a new ownership structure for Kvaerner Masa Yards is ongoing-- we welcome the deal," Kvaerner Chief Executive Kjell Almskog said. Almskog said the deal boosted the yard's current order book to 19.9 billion crowns from 10.8 billion crowns.

Daewoo Heavy Gets $110 M For Two Ships

Daewoo Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., a unit of South Korea's Daewoo Group, won $110 million orders to build two ships for Norway and Hong Kong, company officials said. Daewoo Heavy said in a statement that the Wilhelmsen Group of Norway placed an order for a RoRo ship worth $75 million. The Tai Chong Cheang Group of Hong Kong ordered a 173,000 dwt class bulk carrier for $36 million. Each of the contracts with the companies included an optional order to buy further identical ships, officials said. The RoRo carrier will be delivered by February 2001, and the bulk carrier is to be delivered by the end of 2001, Daewoo officials said.

Zim to Container Ships

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. will buy two container ships of 2,450 TEU each, and will have an option to buy two more ships of the same size. Three of the ships are slated for delivery during 2010 and the fourth during the first quarter of 2011. The price of the first two ships is $45.9 million each, and the price of the optional ships is $47.8 million each. Source: Globes Online

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