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UAE Signs MoU with ITF to Protect Seafarers

Photo: International Transport Workers' Federation

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Transport Authority (FTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters.On signing the memorandum at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said, “We at the ITF are committed to ensuring seafarers are protected all around the world. This is a significant…

Top Container Shipping Lines Reviewing Iran Operations

(File photo: MSC)

The world's top two container shipping groups Maersk Line and MSC are reviewing their Iran operations after the United States withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran.The 2015 agreement, worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran, lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits to its nuclear program.U.S. President Donald Trump also instructed his administration to re-impose U.S. sanctions after a winding down period."MSC is reviewing its services…

Container Shipping Line MSC Stops New Iran Bookings

The MSC Christina (CREDIT: Haifa Port)

The world's No. 2 container shipping line MSC said on Wednesday it would stop taking new bookings for Iran due to the decision by the United States to re-impose sanctions on Tehran after withdrawing from the international nuclear deal. In a note to clients, privately held MSC said it was "ceasing to provide access to services to and from Iran", adding that they would "conclude this period with the minimum disruption" to their customers' business. "While MSC is not accepting bookings for shipments originating from Iran…

Hydrex's Doubler Plates Keep Ships Sailing

Photo: Hydrex

Underwater repair specialist Hydrex says when hull damage leads to the classification society to only allow temporary repair, there is a practical solution that allows ships to continue operations until a permanent repair can be scheduled. Recently called upon to inspect damage to the stern thruster area of a 195m ro-ro ship during a scheduled stop in Antwerp, the Hydrex investigation revealed a large crack in the welding seam on the edge between the hull plating and the thruster tunnel. To repair the vessel, Hydrex was able to fabricate a 600mm x 300mm doubler plate, on-site.

Globe Express Services Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Globe Express Services announced that its UAE office has been awarded the Certificate of Approval by the Bureau of Assessment Services, recognizing the company’s compliance with the international standards of ISO 9001:2008.   This Quality Management System is applicable to the company’s range of services that include logistics, cargo transport by heavy trucks, customs brokerage, cargo loading and unloading, cargo packaging, air cargo services, general warehousing and sea cargo services. Following the latest certification, the offices of Globe Express Services China (Hong Kong), the United States of America, Italy and the United Arab Emirates are now ISO 9001:2008 certified.

INS Sunayna Enters Abu Dhabi

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna, a state-of-the-art front line platform of the Indian Navy is on an Overseas Deployment to Abu Dhabi to participate in the International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition 2017 (NAVDEX 17) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The ship entered Mina Zayad port, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 18th Feburary 2017. INS Sunayna will be participating in various events as part of IDEX 17…

UAE: $30 Barrel Will Not Trigger OPEC Action

The United Arab Emirates oil minister suggested in remarks published last Thursday that a brief spike in oil prices to $30 would not trigger a response by OPEC to raise output, because the average price for the year would still be about $18 per barrel, below prices recorded in 1996 and 1997.

S. Korea Pledges to Protect Ships from Piracy

According to a Jan. 17 report from Yonhap, South Korea condemned piracy and pledged to take better measures to protect its ships from the "unacceptable" act after Somali pirates were suspected of seizing a cargo ship over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 15, an 11,500-ton South Korean chemical freighter, the Samho Jewelry, was hijacked in the Arabian Sea as the ship was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates with 21 crew members aboard. (Source: Yonhap)  

AHI Starts Work On Drydock

Keppel Corp Ltd. unit Arab Heavy Industries (AHI) has started construction on its first drydock, valued at $19.1 million. "The number of ports in the Arabian Gulf is increasing and with AHI in the heart of United Arab Emirates, the business hub of the Middle East, this strategic investment will position our company as the premiere medium-sized yard in the region," Obaid Ali Al Muhairi, AHI's chairman said. AHI is a joint stock company of the government of Ajman, the Al Futtaim Group, the Keppel Group and other investors.

Oman, Pakistan Sign Marine Border Agreement

Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah and his Pakistani counterpart Abdul Sattar signed a maritime border agreement in the Omani capital last Monday. The border pact apparently demarcated around 146 nautical miles of territorial water. Oman and Pakistan both have shorelines on the Arabian Sea. Oman recently ratified a border pact outlining most of the Arab state's border with the United Arab Emirates.

Technip Awarded Offshore Contract In The United Arab Emirates

Technip was awarded an engineering services contract by ZADCO*  for  the UZ 750 project,  one  of  the  major  offshore  field  development  projects  in  the  United  Arab Emirates. The  project  aims  at  increasing  by  2015  the  oil  production  of  the  Upper Zakum  field  (located  in  the  Gulf,  84  kilometers  offshore  Abu  Dhabi)  to  750,000 barrels of oil per day and to sustain this production target for at least 25 years. ·  procurement services for long lead items. This  contract  follows  the  conceptual  engineering,  which  has  been  successfully completed by Technip.

NNS To Take Part in UAE Shipbuilding Venture

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) and French and United Arab Emirates interests will work together on a UAE shipbuilding venture. The other partners are Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) and Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN). The firms will provide expertise to ADSB, and consolidate naval shipbuilding operations in the UAE. ADSB would begin work on a new contract to upgrade combat systems for the UAE navy's patrol boats and other projects.

International Boycotts – Countries Requiring Cooperation

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the current list of countries which may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott that is inconsistent with U.S. law. The current list consists of: Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Yemen. 69 Fed. Reg. 42085 (HK Law).

UAE Shipbuilder Wins $500M in Contracts

A United Arab Emirates shipbuilding company apparently has won a $500 million contract from the Gulf Arab state's navy to build six warships using French technology. Reuters reported that Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) said in a statement that the corvettes, known as the Baynunah Class, will be 70 m long and equipped with combat systems including missiles. Two of the vessels under the contract are optional. The ships are designed by French shipbuilder Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie and the first vessel will be built in France, one of the UAE's main arms suppliers.

Abu Dhabi Ports: No Immediate Plans for a Listing

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports has no plans to launch a public sale of shares in the short term, the chief executive of the state-owned company told Reuters on Tuesday. "There are no immediate plans to go public," Mohamed Juma al Shamisi said when asked if the company planned to sell shares and a subsequent listing. His comments came after Bloomberg News reported that Abu Dhabi Ports is considering an initial public offering, joining a growing list of state entities in the United Arab Emirates seeking to sell shares, citing people familiar with the matter.

COSTA Ships Debut in Dubai

Starting from December 2006 the Italian Costa Crociere SpA, which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The official announcement was made during a series of official meetings, set to take place in Dubai on February 1 and 2, 2006, between a delegation from Costa Crociere – headed by Costa Crociere SpA Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Crociere President Gianni Onorato, and AIDA Cruises SVP Operations Michael Ungerer – and political and administrative leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Deputy Chairman of DP World, and Khalid bin Sulayem, Director General of the DTCM (Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing).

Middle East Subsea Contract for Technip

The contract is for work in the South West Fatah and Falah fields, located 90 kilometers offshore Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at a water depth up to 53 meters. The EPIC contract scope includes the replacement of a 12-inch gas pipeline and six 18-inch water injection pipelines. Technip’s operating center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2012. Technip’s flagship S-Lay installation vessel, the G1201, will be used for pipelaying, as well as a diving support vessel. Arturo Grimaldi, Senior Vice President of Technip in the Middle-East, declared: “This contract is a significant milestone for Technip in the Middle East.

Sener New Office in Abu Dhabi

Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. has opened a new office in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. This new office is located in the Gulf Business Centre district of downtown Abu Dhabi and will be Sener’s local headquarters to develop projects in the power and process sector, the civil engineering and architecture sector, as well as the aerospace sector. Sener began to take an interest in the business opportunities available in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2007, when the company made its first contacts there. This led to the creation of Torresol Energy in March 2008.

AMVER 'K'-Line Bulker Saves 45 Fishermen

A 'K'-Line Bulk Carrier: Photo credit 'K'-Line

The 'K' Line managed Amver ship diverts to the rescue 270 miles SE of Sri Lanka. The 738 foot Singapore flagged bulk carrier, M/V Pinnacle Bliss safely embarked the fishermen after their unknown distress, been diverted to the scene by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority The 'Good Samaritan' rescue ship is taking the fishermen to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates where they will be repatriated to their homes. The Pinnacle Bliss enrolled in Amver on July 18, 2011 and has earned one award for participation.  

UAE, NAMEPA Environmental Summit

The United Arab Emirates is an emerging force as a global maritime center. Since 2006 is has launched its ship registry, developed its extensive maritime resources, and experienced continued growth in every maritime sector. The UAE will be presenting a summit on environmental vigilance “The United Arab Emirates in the 21st Century: Working together for a greener maritime world.”  The summit will take place from March 1-3 in Abu Dhabi, when global leaders will gather to discuss the current environmental regulatory framework, innovations in ship design and technologies, the impact of the financial crisis, and ways forward for industry.

Norwegian Chemical Tanker Hijacked

A Marshall Island flagged chemical tanker, UBT Ocean, is reported to have been hijacked on March 5, 300 nautical miles from Dar El Salam. The Norwegian owned UBT Ocean was not registered on MSCHOA. UBT Ocean has a crew of 21 and they are all from Myanmar/Burma. UBT Ocean with deadweight of 9,380 tones was heading from United Arab Emirates to Dar El Salam when contact with the ship was lost.EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.

Hijacked UBT Ocean Arrives off Somalia

On March 8, the chemical tanker Marshall Island flagged UBT Ocean hijacked on March 5, was reported to be in the vicinity off the pirate stronghold east of Haradere. UBT Ocean has a crew of 21 and they are all from Myanmar/Burma. UBT Ocean with deadweight of 9,380 tones was heading from United Arab Emirates to Dar Es Salam when hijacked on Friday morning.

Abu Dhabi Ports Signs a 30-year Deal with MSC to Build Terminal

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