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09 Aug 2019

23,756 TEU “MSC Gulsun" Transits Suez Canal

MSC GULSUN,  the largest container ship in the world, transits the Suez Canal for the first time 9 August 2019. CREDIT: SCA

Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal Economic Zone, announced the successful transit of MSC GULSUN, the world’s largest container vessel, on its first trip through the New Suez Canal. The Panamanian ship transited the Canal with the northbound convoy, heading to North Western Europe from the Port of XINGANG.As per protocol in the Suez Canal Authority on receiving mega vessels transiting for the first time, Admiral Mameesh, presented the ship’s master with a bouquet of flowers and the Suez Canal Authority’s shield…

08 Aug 2019

Cruise, Ferry Seafarers Among the Unhappiest

Image: The Mission to Seafarers

The seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry, said a study.Seafarer happiness levels across tanker, bulk carriers and container ship sectors close to global average this quarter, it said.The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, showed that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level – 15 per cent less than the global average across all vessel types…

17 Jul 2019

RoPax Ferry Finbo Cargo Enters Muuga Port

Image: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)

The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is strengthening its position as a RoRo hub in the Baltic region.The wholly owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said in a press release that the Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line recently began connecting the port of Muuga, where HHLA TK Estonia operates a multi-function terminal, with Vuosaari in Finland. Twice daily, the RoPax ferry Finbo Cargo enters the port of Muuga, which is about 20 kilometres east of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

14 Jun 2019

Maritime, Measles & Quarantine

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Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease. It is so contagious that 90% of non-immune persons will become infected if an infected person is in the immediate vacinity. It is an airborne disease spread through coughs, sneezes, and contact with saliva or nasal secretions. The virus can live for up to two hours in infected airspace or on infected surfaces. Individuals are infectious from four days before symptoms appear until four days after the patient is symptom-free. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, and a red, flat rash.

11 Jun 2019

European Debut of Norwegian Pearl

Pic: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the third-largest cruise line in the world, controlling approximately 8.7% of the total worldwide share of the cruise market by passengers, celebrated its first season of cruises from the Netherlands, Amsterdam with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl.The international cruise liner said that with this maiden call it is growing the brand’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time.On Saturday, 8 June, Norwegian Pearl’s Captain, Paul von Knorring…

15 May 2019

Oil Spill at Statfjord

(Photo: Øyvind Hagen / Equinor)

An unspecified amount of oil was observed on the sea surface early Wednesday morning in connection with loading oil from buoy to shuttle tanker on the North Sea Statfjord field, Equinor announced.The loading operations were stopped when this was discovered, and the loading systems were shut down, the Norwegian energy company said.Efforts to map the extent of the oil observed on the sea surface are underway, Equinor added.Equinor said its emergency response organization has been mobilized…

06 May 2019

Interview: Dan Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s CEO Dan Skjeldam: “bullish” about the expedition cruise sector’s prospects. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten

Building on its 125-year heritage, Norwegian shipowner Hurtigruten has become a leader in exploration travel offering voyages to more than 200 unique destinations in more than 30 countries ranging across the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic and including cruises in Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland, Western Europe, and the Americas. In an interview with Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, Dan Skjeldam, the company’s CEO, emphasizes the need for the cruise industry…

01 May 2019

Rotterdam Port Intros Rotterdam Food Hub

Pic: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam has announced the establishment of the Rotterdam Food Hub, strengthening its position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery products.Part of this strategy is the establishment of the Rotterdam Food Hub at Calandkanaal, at the entrance to Maasvlakte. The 60-hectare industrial site is being prepared to offer optimal facilities for ‘agrofood’ sector companies.Land allocation discussions taking place with interested…

19 Apr 2019

Europe Invests $30bln in Wind in 2018

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Europe invested a total of EUR27bn (USD 30.34bln) in new wind farms in 2018, allowing it finance a record amount of new wind energy capacity, according to European trade body WindEurope.Europe invested EUR 10.3 billion in new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW in 2018.Investments in new offshore wind projects increased by 37% from 2017 but were still some way off the record EUR 18.2 billion seen in 2016, according to the report. The capacity financed in 2018 is also the second highest after 2016.The total amount invested in wind power is similar to previous years.

12 Feb 2019

MOL, Total Make Refueling Europe Easier

Pic: MOL Group

Japanese logistics giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total S.A. signed an agreement which will make travelling across Europe easier for their corporate customers.The agreement provides for acceptance of MOL Group Cards by Total in its network of stations in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Germany. At the same time, the Total fuel cards will be accepted in the MOL’s and Slovnaft’s network of stations in Hungary…

25 Oct 2018

Shanghai Lingang Invests in Zeebrugge Port

Pic:  Port of Zeebrugge

Chinese investment by the Shanghai Lingang Overseas Development  in the port of Zeebrugge was officially signed in Brussels by Liu Jiaping, Chairman of Lingang, and Coens Joachim, CEO of Port of Zeebrugge.The agreement was signed in the presence of the prime minister of the People’s Republic of China, Ki Keqiang, and the prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel.Port of Zeebrugge already announced the investment by the Chinese group Lingang in the Maritime Logistic Zone to establish a service and distribution park.

05 Oct 2018

Damen's Appoints de Leeuw as RoPax Sales Director

Chiel de Leeuw. Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Chiel de Leeuw to the newly-created position of Sales Director RoPax, as the shipbuilder makes strides to expand into the design and construction of larger, one-off vessels in the offshore, cruise and RoPax sectors.In his new role, de Leeuw will be responsible for creating new business in the RoRo and RoPax markets for vessels over 120 meters in length.The new role was created to allow an experienced individual to focus on these large, bespoke projects over the long term…

10 Jul 2018

Samsung Heavy Industries Delivers New Vessel to Nordic American Tankers

Image: Nordic American Tankers

South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) delivered the first new building, named Nordic Aquarius, to Nordic American Tankers (NAT). The Bermuda-based NAT said in a press release: "We have previously advised you of the new buildings coming from Samsung shipbuilding in South Korea in 2018, the first one now in July. The second ship is scheduled for delivery at the end of August and the third one at the end of October. It said that over the years they have received several new buildings from Samsung. All transactions have been performed in a flawless way.

15 Jun 2018

Norway Wants to Build Floating Wind Farms

(Photo: Equinor)

Norway's energy minister will meet with companies on Wednesday to discuss the potential construction of offshore floating wind farms, he told Reuters on Friday.The meeting is the first concrete step to spur development of offshore floating power generation, after the government said last December it would seek to accommodate such plans."Wednesday next week I will have a meeting with different stakeholders in offshore wind and discuss both the opening process and the regulatory framework…

27 Jun 2018

Low Water Hampers Germany's Rhine, Danube Shipping

File Image: An inland towboat and its barges transit the Danube River in Germany. (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © digitalstock)

Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany have fallen after recent dry weather and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded on some sections of the rivers, traders said on Wednesday. The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings around Cologne, traders said. All of the German section of the Danube is too shallow for full loads, they said. Shallow water means vessel operators impose surcharges on freight rates, increasing costs for cargo owners. The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities including grains, minerals, coal and oil products including heating oil.

10 Jul 2018

Hundreds of Oil Workers Strike in Norway

Photo: Harald Pettersen / © Equinor

Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, leading to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field and helping send Brent crude prices higher.One union said hundreds more workers would join the strike on Sunday if an agreement over union demands for a wage increase and pension rights was not reached.Royal Dutch Shell said that due to the strike it was temporarily closing production at its Knarr field, which has a daily output of 23…

19 Jul 2018

Norway Oil Workers, Employers Reach Deal to End Strike

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Norwegian drilling rigs workers will end their industrial action after the union representing 1,600 striking employees reached a deal with the group acting for their employers, the parties said on Thursday.The strike began on July 10 after the Safe union and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association could not come to an agreement over wages and pension conditions. The industrial action led to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field."The strike is over ... All workers will go back to work today…

12 Aug 2018

Unifeeder Becomes Part of the DP World

Unifeeder vessel Vera Rambow in Rotterdam. Photo: Unifeeder

Following last week annoucement of acquisition, Unifeeder Group has announced the signing of the agreed acquisition of Unifeeder by DP World.The largest Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator announced in a press release that it will benefit from DP World’s global scope, size and presence which in turn will enable Unifeeder’s brands to expand further and beyond present geographies and products.Unifeeder will continue to operate on a fully independent, multi-user basis under its current existing management, and expects to see additional growth as a consequence of the transaction.

02 Sep 2018

Port of Kiel, Costa Cruises Clebrate 40 Years of Partnership

Walk of Cruise Ships in Kiel. Photo: Port of Kiel

Germany's Port of Kiel says goodbye to the  Italian cruise shipping company Costa Crociere cruise vessel Costa Pacifica for this year’s season on Sunday (September 02).To mark the over 40 years of partnership between the shipping company, the city and the port, Hans-Werner Tovar, City President, Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director Port of Kiel, Captain Paolo Viscafè and Dr Jörg Rudolph, General Manager Costa Germany, unveiled a bronze plate on Kiel’s Walk of Cruise Ships at the Ostseekai Terminal.City President Tovar: “With this plate on the Walk of Cruise Ships…

30 May 2018

Refit for Jack-up at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR)  completed a refit project on the MPI Enterprise, a 120-metre, self-elevating, DP2, wind turbine installation vessel owned and operated by MPI Offshore, part of the Vroon Group. The works included the installation of spudcans on her four-legged jacking system, which can elevate the vessel at rate of one metre per minute in water depths up to 45 metres. Acquired by Damen Shipyards Group in June 2017, DVR is one of the largest refit and repair yards in Western Europe, capable of accommodating any seagoing vessel or floating offshore unit.

06 Dec 2017

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today. “One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is to bring familiar assurance processes to new and unfamiliar technologies…

17 Jan 2018

Norway: We Must Prepare for Arctic Oil Race with Russia

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Norway must identify potential offshore oil and gas reserves near its northern maritime border with Russia to better protect its economic interest in the remote Arctic region, energy minister Terje Soeviknes said on Wednesday. The two countries agreed in 2010 to split previously disputed areas of the Barents Sea between them, allowing each to exploit resources hidden beneath the seabed. An increase in drilling activity on the Russian side of the border should lead Norway to push its own agenda, the minister said. "We need to start the discussion about what to do in the far north.

23 Feb 2018

CMA CGM Plans Multi-Temperature Logistics Facility at DP World

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport, is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature warehouse facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a one hectare cold store facility within a 2.4 hectare logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into the London area. This state-of-the-art facility…

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