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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Ghana to Award New Oil Blocks off West Coast

FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills (File photo: Tullow)

Ghana is set to award nine new upstream oil blocks for commercial exploration off its western coast beginning this year, the energy ministry said on Thursday.The West African country plans to award six of the nine blocks this year while the remaining three will be given out next year through a mix of open competitive tender and direct negotiations, the ministry said in a statement.It said state oil company Ghana National Petroleum Corporation will acquire one of the blocks to explore in partnership with a strategic partner to develop its technical capacity and become an operator.Ghana, which b

Tidewater Attains First Sub M COI on the West Coast

Back row (l-r): Chris Springer, District 13 USCG; Bill Collins, Tidewater EHS&S Director; Josh Jarman, Tidewater Quality & Compliance Manager; Marc Schwartz, Tidewater Maintenance & Engineering Manager; Craig Nelson, Tidewater Vessel Operations Manager; Bruce Reed, Tidewater VP & COO; Josh Nichols, Tidewater Captain & Assistant Port Captain. Front row (l-r): Austin Murai, MSTC USCG; Brian Fletcher, Tidewater Port Captain; Jeff Deronde, MST1 USCG (Photo: Tidewater)

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals of Vancouver, Wash., announced today that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance and the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River has issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to the towing vessel Crown Point for compliance under the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Subchapter M safety regulations governing the inspection, standards and safety management systems of towing vessels.This COI is the first issued to a west coast (PACAREA) tugboat/towboat operator.The Crown Point is the first of three custom-built river towboats built for Tidewater in 2015.

APL extends West Coast Service

Courtesy APL

APL today announced that its West Coast Service (WCS) will be serving an additional port in Callao, Peru, expanding the service’s port coverage in South America West Coast. “The Port of Callao is the chief seaport of Peru, handling a sizeable volume of its ocean-borne cargo. With the WCS service calling Callao, we are excited about offering shippers access to and from this major gateway for imports and exports,” said Efrain Osorio, APL Regional Director of Latin America & the Caribbean.

Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

(Photo: Scania)

Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see. When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3, 500 HP DI 13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis in Washington, DC, it marked the beginning of what is so far a good year for the San Antonio-based engine manufacturer. The 88-foot vessels will carry 149 passengers and will be built by Louisiana-based Metal Shark…

Hyundai Merchant Marine Asia-US West Coast Volume Up by 77%

Graph: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has announced that its Asia-US west coast (USWC) volume in June 2017 increased 77% year-on-year. According to PIERS Data, HMM’s Asia-USWC handling cargo rose year-on-year from 7,953 TEU/WK to 14,055 TEU/WK (up 77%) at the end of June 2017. Moreover, HMM ranked 4th in terms of market share, up from 12th the previous year. HMM’s Asia-all US route cargo handling also rose year-on-year from 11,626 TEU/WK to 17,291 TEU/WK (up 49%) in June 2017. Furthermore, HMM’s USWC market share has grown to 7.4%, up 3.4%p from the same month last year.

Matson to Start U.S. Flag Marshall Islands Route

File Image: a newbuild Matson boxship (CREDIT: Matson)

Matson has announced that it will introduce a new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands ("RMI") that will shorten cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days. The new biweekly service will call at three ports in the RMI — Kwajalein, Ebeye and Majuro — starting in the first quarter of 2018. Matson has entered into an agreement to purchase a 707-TEU, U.S.-flagged containership from Sealift, Inc., of Oyster Bay, NY to operate the new service.

Crowley Swaps US West Coast Tugs

Veteran (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Marine Services said it will relocate the tugboat Veteran to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to service all vessels, including large petroleum tank vessels with deep drafts greater than 65 feet calling on Long Beach Berth 121. With a bollard pull rating of over 90 short tons, the powerful Veteran is better suited to serve the very large crude carriers (VLCCs) that are calling more regularly in Long Beach. Tesoro and the Long Beach Pilots are now requiring a tug with…

West Coast Custom Yachts Name Dealer

Crow's Nest Yachts is the new exclusive dealer for Westcoast Custom Yachts, featuring 62' and 64' Pilothouse models, and a 64' Express Cruiser. Crow’s Nest Yachts  announces it is now the exclusive West Coast dealer for Westcoast Custom Yachts, located in British Columbia, Canada. Crow’s Nest Yachts is featuring the North American-built yachts at its locations in Seattle, Newport Beach and San Diego beginning in early May. Renowned boat builder Forbes Cooper is behind Westcoast Custom Yachts. He’s been manufacturing boats since the 1970’s, first with his Cooper sailboat, and then with the Cooper Prowler series of yachts in the 1980’s. Cooper has come out of retirement to put his mark on these new well-crafted yachts.

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal. “In addition to the existing locks, cruise lines now have the option to include the Expanded Canal as part of their itineraries,” said the Panama Canal’s international trade specialist Albano Aguilar. In April 2017, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder became the first cruise ship to ever transit the Expanded Canal.

H-Energy to Start West Coast LNG Terminal in May 2018

India's H-Energy Pvt Ltd, a unit of real estate group Hiranandani, will start operations at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the western Maharashtra state by May 2018, its chief executive said on Wednesday. India plans to raise the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15 percent in three years from the current 6.5 percent, according to a plan set out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. H-Energy has invested 17 billion rupees ($261 million) to build its 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) regassification terminal near the Jaigarh port in the state, Darshan Hiranandani told Reuters. LNG, a super-cooled natural gas, is imported in liquid form and is regassified at the terminals for supplies to end users.

CMA CGM: Indian Sub-continent Service Enhancement

Map: CMA CGM

To better respond to our customers’ needs in the dynamic East Africa market, CMA CGM will upgrade and broaden its service offering connecting India and Middle East Gulf to East Africa. Swahili Express service remains unchanged. A wide range of intermodal solutions to Eastern Africa domestic and cross border destinations service offering is proposed by CMA CGM Group in addition to the maritime services.

APL Extends West Coast 5 Service

West Coast  5 North Bound

APL announced today that its West Coast 5 (WC5) service will be serving the additional ports of Corinto, Acajutla and Puerto Quetzal in Central America, enhancing direct connectivity between the Port of Los Angeles and the Latin American markets. APL said that the WC5 service has been refined to better support trade activities between Central America and the United States (U.S). As the industries of Central America continue to be key exporters of agricultural produce and commodities…

Crowley to Buy Three Tankers from SeaRiver

Crowley Alaska Tankers, LLC, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. Included in the acquisition are the tankers Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. gulf and East Coast ports. Crowley said it will now work with regulators to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets.

MOL Reshuffles US Route, Inks Car Transport Deal

At the ceremony marking the first shipment. First from right MOL Managing Executive Officer Naotoshi Omoto Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has won a contract to transport vehicles manufactured at Toyota Argentina S.A. to ports on West Coast South America and West Coast Central America. Vehicles produced at Zarate plant to be exported to the majority of the Latin American Region and this is also an economically important project backed by the Argentine government. MOL is supporting the initiative by providing reliable, efficient ocean transport service. With the acquisition of this new contract, MOL has restructured the existing U.S.

Cargo Growth Forecast at Canada's West Coast Ports

The OSC 2016 forecast and planned container capacity increases on the west coast of Canada. Image by OSC

Ocean Shipping Consultants' 2016 container traffic report for the west coast of Canada forecasted that container demand through the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert would be 6.62 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) by 2030 (base case), with 5.93 million TEUs and 7.53 million TEUs as the low case and high case respectively. The forecast shows continued growth in container trade through the west coast of Canada at a compound annual growth rate of about 4 percent…

NORDEN Opens Vancouver Office

A NORDEN vessel in Vancouver (File photo: NORDEN)

NORDEN has opened a new office in Vancouver, Canada, as the Danish ship owner seeks to expand its global reach and local presence on the North American West Coast. “The new and increased presence on the West Coast will strengthen NORDEN’s ability to provide customers with transport to and from the Americas and from North America to Asia and enable NORDEN to become even more competitive on local coastwise trades,” the company said. “NORDEN has a strong presence with many port calls on the West Coast.

Maersk Line's Improves Asia-West Coast South America network

Dean Rodin, Maersk Line Head of Latin America & Oceania.  Photo: Maersk Line A/S Video

Maersk Line's new and improved Asia-West Coast South America network gives an optimised service to Chile and Peru with faster transit times and direct connections. It also offers a new service with fast and direct connection to South Asia, the company said in its press release. Dean Rodin, Maersk Line Head of Latin America & Oceania trades introduced the improve AC network, between Asia and West Coast South America in a video supplied by the company. Maersk Line gives faster, more consistent services that bring Asia and West Coast South America closer together.

US Coal Firms Plead for West Coast Export Terminals

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The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local decisions to block port projects on environmental grounds. The industry is also lobbying the Trump administration to override the local bans. The fight reflects the sector’s desperation to boost exports as U.S.

Maersk Line to Start New Asia-Latin America Service

The AC5 Eastbound Service. Map: Maersk Line

Maersk Line announced the launch of the new Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America services. The service will provide Maersk Line’s customers with new direct products for Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil. It will reduce transit times and offer greater port coverage, while maintaining the network’s leading reliability. The new service will begin operations at the beginning of April 2018. To improve its product offering and optimise its Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America (AC) network, Maersk Line will add a fourth loop to the network at of the beginning of April.

US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively plan to meet on Nov. 1-2 to discuss the proposal, which comes about 19 months after a contract settlement that capped months of labor strife and shipping disruptions at the ports.

Hyundai Merchant Marine Forms Consortium with MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE

Photo:  Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has established a consortium with global liners, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, and ONE to launch joint services between Asia and west coast of South America. Previously, HMM operated three Asia-west coast of South America services with MSC, CMA-CGM, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, APL, and CSCL. The newly reorganized ‘Asia-west coast of South America’ joint services will connect Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan with the west coast of Mexico, Peru, Chile, Columbia through three loops starting at the beginning of April.

Commercial Ports along Florida's West Coast Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard said it had reopened all commercial ports along Florida's west coast on Friday, while hurricane Matthew continued to lash the northeast coast of the state.   Matthew was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southeast of Jacksonville Beach in Florida with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.   The hurricane was forecast to move near or over the coast of northeast Florida and Georgia through Friday night, and near or over the coast of South Carolina on Saturday. It is expected to remain a hurricane until it begins to move away from the United States on Sunday, the NHC said.     (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Hyundai Merchant Marine Crosses 10,000 TEU in US Premium Service

Photo: HMM

South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) said that its handling volume of US Premium Service reached over 10,000 TEU as of the end of January. Since May last year, HMM has provided US Premium Service in PS1, PS2, and PN2 routes connecting Asia main ports with US west coast including Los Angeles and Tacoma etc. With the Asia-US West Coast Premium service, customers can secure reliable cargo loading space even in the peak season and have priority to discharge their cargoes at the destination. Normally, it takes two or three days to receive cargoes at US west coast ports in high congestion.

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