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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Rickmers Hamburg Christened in Hamburg

Rickmers Hamburg, the first of the new Rickmers-Linie Superflex Heavy multi-purpose container carrier (MPC) vessels to be delivered, was officially named in Hamburg on December 9. wife of Hamburg's minister of economic affairs, Gunnar Uldall, christened the vessel to much celebration. The pastor of St Jacobi Church in Hamburg, Lutz Mohaupt, blessed the crew and vessel. Leading the celebrations was Bertram R C Rickmers, the owner of Rickmers-Linie, with guests in attendance included Gunnar Uldall as well as numerous customers and business partners from across Germany and abroad. Rickmers Hamburg's maiden voyage took her from Shanghai via Masan (South Korea) and Hitachi (Japan) to the East Coast of North America.

VT Acquires Merlin Communications

Vosper Thornycroft (VT) announces that it has agreed to acquire Merlin for approximately $136 million USD ($94 million GBP). Merlin’s principal business is the facilities management of communications operations, primarily for the BBC in relation to the BBC World Service and for the Ministry of Defense (MOD). It also operates a global short wave and medium wave transmission network. Merlin will complement and extend VT’s existing skills and experience in the provision of technical services and is and important step towards VT’s target to more than double turnover from its support services business over the next 3 financial years. For the year ended March 31, 2001, Merlin reported operating profit, excluding a business to be discontinued, of $7.2 million on turnover of $74.6 million.

Chang And Bray Receive 1999 Connie Awards

The 1999 Containerization & Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards were presented to Evergreen Group chairman, Dr. Yung-fa Chang and J. Robert Bray, executive director or the Virginia Port Authority at an industry-wide luncheon at the Marriott World Trade Center in New York. Selected through an industry ballot, Chang was honored for his leadership in founding and developing Evergreen into one of the world’s largest container carriers with innovative round-the-world services serving every continent. Bray, recently installed chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, is a lawyer who has spent more than an unprecedented 32 years in the port business, including service as VPA’s executive director since 1978.

Rickmers-Linie Secures Tonnage

monthly liner service from Europe to the Middle East and India. All three vessels are now being renamed whilst being drydocked in Shanghai. Mumbai and Leon will become Rickmers Chennai. take place at the beginning of July. and project cargoes. non-containerisable cargo and heavy lifts.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Brazil Representative

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in the worldwide ocean transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo recently appointed an owner’s representative in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Celso H B Pavao assumes the role as Owner’s Representative – South America, with immediate effect. Rickmers-Linie, launched its Westbound Round-The-World Service in March 2013, connecting areas of economic growth in Asia and South America and then on to North America. Mr Celso H B Pavao…

CP Ships and Hapag-Lloyd Announce Australasian Service

Asia, the Mediterranean and North Europe via the Suez Canal. ships. via the Panama Canal. supports these services is expiring.

MLL Adds Ro/Ro Vessels to MSP and VISA

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announces the addition of two U.S. flag RoRo vessels in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement(VISA). The two vessels will carry U.S. government, preference and commercial cargo. Both vessels will operate in a round-the-world service and have completed the reflagging process. Each vessel is a pure car/truck carrier and has the capacity of 6,500 car equivalent units, approximately 54,000 cubic meters of stowage space. The ALLIANCE ST. LOUIS and ALLIANCE NORFOLK, built in 2005 and 2007 respectively, bring the latest technology to the U.S. flag fleet, assuring the highest levels of reliability and customer service available in the global roll-on/roll-off market.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Oceanway as Sales Agent

Photo: Rickmers--Linie

Rickmers-Linie, a heavylift and project cargo liner specialist has appointed Oceanway S.A. in Buenos Aires as its sales agent for Argentina with immediate effect. Oceanway will focus on sales of Rickmers-Linie’s services to and from Argentina, especially where Argentinian companies are involved. Gerhard Janssen, Director Global Sales and Marketing of Rickmers-Linie, commented: “With the nomination of Oceanway we are taking further steps to reinforce our activities in South America.

Modern Maid-of-All Work

Recent years have witnessed a number of programs involving new series of versatile, omni-purpose ships targeted at the market for project cargoes and otherwise heavy or outsized items of freight. The multiple-vessel nature of the various fleet investment initiatives has meant that a capability for handling more difficult consignments is increasingly allied with a regular, scheduled service pattern or transportation system, rather than with a purely tramping function. To a degree, this is evocative of the situation years ago when certain cargo liners were equipped with special heavy-lift derricks. Combining a specialization in project and heavy-lift freight with long experience in liner-type service…

Rickmers-Linie Adds Vessel on Pearl String Service

Rickmers Savannah

Rickmers-Linie added a 10th vessel on its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing program of investment in its services. The global breakbulk, heavylift and project specialist has taken the Rickmers Savannah on long-term charter to help it meet customer demand. The 30,000dwt Superflex Heavy MPC Rickmers Savannah, which was delivered by Jinling Shipyard in November 2010, is identical to the nine vessels of the Rickmers Hamburg class which Rickmers-Linie already deploys on the service: the ships are self-sustaining…

Rickmers-Linie Establishes Westbound Round-The-World Service

Rickmers-Linie is launching a Westbound Round-The-World Service, connecting areas of economic growth in Asia and South America and then on to North America. The America-Asia westbound service established in 2006 now forms a part of this new service. The Hamburg-based specialist in the worldwide ocean transportation of breakbulk, heavy lifts and project cargoes announced the decision on the first day of the Breakbulk China 2013 event in Shanghai. Ulrich Ulrichs, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie, said: "Having introduced our Round-The-World Pearl String Service with an eastbound rotation ten years ago, we are convinced that the time to start up a similar concept in the other direction has now come.

Rickmers Tokyo Sails to Hamburg on Maiden Voyage

port of Hamburg on its maiden voyage on February 24. and then on to the US East Coast, finally arriving in Hamburg. String Service. commence in April 2003 when further new ships become available to Rickmers. on the schedule. Xiamen Shipyard in China, in December 2002. Rickmers Singapore, joined the RTW service in January 2003. and her sisterships have been designed primarily with project cargo in mind. tons. accommodated below deck. variations in cargo height. The vessels have a service speed of 19.5 knots. from condensation for all types of cargo, from paper to steel.

Contship Offers Passengers Sales

Contship Containerlines is offering passenger voyages directly to the public. The voyages are available on the Contship Aurora, Contship Australis and Contship Borealis - that Contship has recently introduced the eastbound routing of its contra-rotating services in the Europe-Australasia trade. The three new vessels are the first to be owned by Contship. the world's largest reefer contsinerships. calls on the US eastern seaboard. The full round-trip will take nearly 70 days. available. and WC. The cabins are fitted with beechwood furniture and fittings. Containerlines. "There is nothing mass-market or commercialised about a freighter. experience. screen television and a bar. Meals are taken in the Officers' Mess. returning to Tilbury.

Maersk Reroutes Asia - US Service Via Panama

Map: Maersk Line

Maersk Line will transform its TP12 service in to a standalone, around-the-world service that provides significantly faster transit times between Far East Asia and the US East Coast. From the Far East to the US East Coast the TP12 service will transit the new Panama Canal locks and call the ports of Newark, Norfolk and Baltimore on the US East Coast. On the return leg to Asia, the TP12 will go through the Suez Canal and call the ports of Salalah (Oman), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Singapore.

Sonangol, Stena Bulk start Panamax Pool

Stena Bulk and Sonangol expanded their shipping collaboration and are now also operating a pool with Panamax tankers. These vessels transport crude oil and petroleum products in Atlantic trade as well as sailing in a round-the-world service. Initially, the pool consists of five Panamax tankers but the aim is to expand it over the next few years to ten vessels by means of purchases or charters. “This new venture is a direct spinoff from the successful collaboration involving a Suezmax pool, which Stena Bulk and Sonangol have been operating for some years. The aim is the same – to enhance efficiency and thus increase revenue”, says Ulf G. Ryder, President and CEO of Stena Bulk.

Mackay Marine announces new SW Regional Sales Manager

Mackay Communications announces that Oscar Solis has been hired as the new Southwest Regional Sales Manager, reporting to Mackay’s Vice-President of Sales David Lemoine. Oscar will be based out of our Mackay Marine-Houston Depot. Oscar brings extensive sales experience from the wireless technology industry, mobile workforce management, software/platform and hardware solutions, test & measurement instrumentation along with complete broadband services communications. Mr. Solis has held positions with Sprint as a Regional & Channel Sales Manager providing all three major product portfolio offerings. In addition, he has also served as the Regional & Latin America Sales Manager for Itronix Corp.

MLL Adds Two Vessels to MSP and VISA

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announces the addition of two U.S. flag roll-on/roll-off vessels in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA). The two vessels will carry U.S. government, preference and commercial cargo. Both vessels will operate in a round-the-world service and have completed the reflagging process. "MLL is pleased to conclude arrangements with Höegh Autoliners and Alliance Navigation, its U.S. affiliate, and to offer roll-on/roll-off service to our U.S. government and U.S. flag customers," said Bill Kenwell, MLL Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Each vessel is a pure car/truck carrier and has the capacity of 6,500 car equivalent units, approximately 54,000 cubic meters of stowage space. The ALLIANCE ST.

Eagle is Landing for Contship Containerlines

Contship Containerlines will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Eagle service between Europe and Australasia, by retiring the "Eagle" service brand name and strengthening the operation by incorporating it into the impending reconfiguration of its services in this trade. Contship Containerlines' Eagle service first started in May 1982 with a direct link between Mediterranean ports and Australia. In 1983, the service was expanded to include direct calls in the UK and Northern Europe. vessels were introduced and the rotation was expanded to include ports in the Far East. By 1991, seven new vessels of 1600 teu capacity replaced the previous tonnage and Noumea was introduced into the schedule.

Houston Celebrates Rickmers Hamburg's Maiden Voyage

success of the Superflex Heavy MPC (multi-purpose container carrier) vessel's maiden voyage. Delivered June 20, Rickmers Hamburg's trip has taken her from Shanghai via Masan (South Korea) to Hitachi (Japan) and from there to the East Coast of North America. off at the Port of Houston. Following the party and loading of U.S. Round-the-World service. the US once again. This time she will proceed to Europe, however, and is expected in Hamburg in November of this year, where additional festivities will commence. The party was hosted by Bertram Rickmers, head of Rickmers' supervisory board, and Rickmers' newly appointed Managing Director, Jan Steffens. was enjoyed by all and served as a valuable opportunity for the line and its customers to intermingle in a social setting.

DP World to Develop, Operate $442 mi hub in Somalia

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Mr Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met the President of Somaliland, Mr Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud, during a visit to the country following the signing of a term sheet agreement in Dubai earlier this month to invest in the multi-purpose Port of Berbera. Mr Bin Sulayem and senior executives from DP World were hosted in the Presidential Palace in the capital Hargeisa where they also met government ministers and officials including Foreign Minister, Dr Saad Ali Shire…

Chang, Bray To Receive 1999 Connie Awards

The 1999 Containerization & Intermodal Institute's Connie Awards will be presented to Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Yung-fa Chang and J. Robert Bray, Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. The awards will be presented at an industry-wide luncheon Dec. 14, 1999 at the Marriott World Trade Center in New York. Both recipients were selected through an industry ballot. Group Chairman Chang is being honored for his leadership in founding and developing Evergreen into one of the world's largest container carriers with innovative round-the-world services serving every continent. Mr. Bray, recently installed chairman of the America Association of Port Authorities…

Port Saint John Cargo Volume up 15%

Photo: Port Saint John

Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John, Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume, increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017. Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016. All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017. Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.

CP Ships Posts First Quarter Loss

CP Ships Limited announced an unaudited first quarter 2003 operating loss of $2 million before exceptional items, a $4 million improvement on the $6 million operating loss in first quarter 2002 and compared with $34 million operating income before exceptional items in fourth quarter 2002. Basic loss per share before exceptional items was $0.12 compared with last year’s first quarter loss per share of $0.14 and fourth quarter 2002’s earnings per share of $0.23 before exceptional items. loss was $21 million representing a basic loss per share of $0.23 compared with $11 million net loss in the same quarter last year or loss per share of $0.14. Net income for fourth quarter 2002 was $23 million, a basic earnings per share of $0.26.

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