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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Port Canaveral Transfers Property to Wal-Mart

At a special commission meeting held, the Port Canaveral Board has taken the final step to authorize the sale transaction of approximately 271 acres of land located on State Road 524 near Interstate 95 in Cocoa to Wal-Mart Stores East, LP. The site was purchased by the Port in December 2014 at a cost of $1.95 M with original plans to develop the area into a cargo distribution complex. Initial discussions between the Canaveral Port Authority and Wal-Mart Stores began in 2016 regarding approximately 130 acres for development of an approximately 600,000 sq. ft. distribution center.

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Port of Hamburg Volumes Up 1.7% in Q1

In the first quarter of 2017, the Port of Hamburg’s total throughput was up by 1.7 percent at 35.4 million tons. Growth in Germany’s largest universal port was therefore slightly above the average 1.6 percent for the other major North Range ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bremen/Bremerhaven. Contributing to the Hamburg total, bulk cargo throughput was 6.7 percent higher at 12.2 million tons, and general cargo handling at 23.1 million tons, just 0.7 percent lower. In the former segment…

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Port of Long Beach: The Green Port

There are two kinds of green. At Long Beach, the commitment to environmental progress remains at the forefront of the port’s business plan. That’s just smart business. A March 2017 visit to the Port of Long Beach provided a close-up view of one of America’s premier seaports. Most stakeholders already know that the port is a major gateway for containerized traffic and a host of other goods and commodities on the U.S. West Coast. That’s not news. Neither is the fact that $180 billion in total trade annually moves through the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

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Gulf Petrochem Sets Up Russian & Baltic Trading Desk

Gulf Petrochem Group (GP) has further strengthened its European bunkering division by establishing a Russian and Baltic trading desk within the Rotterdam office. Boris Kuftyrev has been appointed to manage this desk overseen by Chris Todd in Europe’s largest bunkering port, Rotterdam. Kuftyrev has in-depth knowledge and experience having previously held the position of head of sales at Gazpromneft Marine Bunker ltd. He joins GP’s ever expanding back-to-back bunker team and will specifically look to develop the group’s presence in the Russian and Baltic region.

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Urals Oil Exports From Baltic Ports to Fall in June

Russia's June Urals crude exports from the Baltic Sea ports are expected to fall by 15 percent compared with May on a daily basis to 5.51 million tonnes, a preliminary loading plan seen by Reuters showed on Thursday. Crude loadings from the port of Primorsk were set to fall by 30 percent to 2.71 million tonnes due to planned works on Baltic pipeline system. Supplies from the neighbouring Ust-Luga port are set at 2.8 million tonnes, up 100,000 tonnes from the May loading plan.

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Piracy Comes Back in Somalia

Piracy in Somalia is making a comeback and the Gulf of Guinea remains the world’s most active hotspot for crew kidnappings,  UK Chamber of Shipping said quoting latest data. The report said that during the first three months of 2017, armed pirates hijacked two vessels off the coast of Somalia, an area in which previously no merchant ship had been hijacked for five years. Four further incidents in the region were also attempted this past quarter, according to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC).

Protest Holding Back Cargo from Buenaventura Port

A protest by residents in the Colombian Pacific port city of Buenaventura has prevented the shipment of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo, the government said on Wednesday, adding that officials are negotiating with community leaders. Residents are demanding more funding for the violent and poverty-stricken city, which has about 415,000 residents, many of whom lack basics like running water. The week-long protest has blocked roads, preventing the arrival of coffee and other goods to ports, and sparking looting at supermarkets last weekend.

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Djibouti Opens New Port

Djibouti has formally opened one of four new ports designed to cement the tiny Horn of Africa nation's position as a continental hub, a statement from the ports authority said on Wednesday. Doraleh Multipurpose Port has been substantially upgraded as part of a Chinese-backed plan to establish Africa's largest free-trade zone that can handle $7 billion of goods a year. "The port of Djibouti is a gateway to one of the fastest growing regions of the world with 30,000 ships transiting the port each year," the statement said.

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NorSea, Kongsberg Establish Digital Collaboration

A new company set up by NorSea Group to simplify logistics through digital technology, NSG Digital, has established a collaborative agreement with the Kongsberg Group. The two are now moving the development and deployment of their new product, NSG E2E, to Kongsberg’s application platform Kognifai. With its new product, NSG Digital aims to simplify and enhance visibility and information sharing in supply chains. Through digital collaboration NSG E2E (End-to-End) will make cargo logistics more efficient and transparent.

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New Orleans Joins Cold Treatment Pilot Program

The Port of New Orleans announced a new opportunity for shippers looking to transport perishable cargo from South America. Port NOLA received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inclusion in the Southeast U.S. In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program. Participation in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) pilot program means select time-sensitive products can be treated to meet customs compliance in-transit rather than after it arrives to the U.S. – resulting in shorter transit times and increased efficiency for shippers.

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OSC Launches VLCC Chartering Business

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has officially set up a new commercial chartering desk offering its Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCCs) to major traders and charterers covering VLCC routes worldwide. OSC, one of the biggest ship owners in the MENA region, has a diversified and young fleet of 50 vessels. OSC owns 16 VLCCs within the fleet out of which OSC is now commercially managing 15 VLCCs through its subsidiary Oman Charter Company (OCC). The move follows an announcement in December 2016 which saw OSC withdrawing 15 VLCCs from the VL8 pool based in Singapore.

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ASCO's New Service to Arctic Ocean

The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia. Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo. The company operates six vessels, enabling it to offer a monthly rotation. From Antwerp the ships travel via the Baltic (calling at among others St. Petersburg and Ust Luga) and then on the more northerly Russian ports such as Archangel, Sabetta, Murmansk and Nova Zembla. The agent for this service is Seabow, specialising in breakbulk and ro/ro with the emphasis on Russia.

Port Canaveral to Pilot Cold Storage Program

Port Canaveral said it has been named an official participant in the Southeast U.S. In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This pilot designation for Port Canaveral allows entry of in-transit, cold treated containers of agricultural products originating in South America, including blueberries, citrus and grapes from Peru; blueberries and grapes from Uruguay; and, apples, blueberries and pears from Argentina.

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CrowdStrike: Countering Maritime’s ‘Invisible Pirates’

“Maritime has been described as ‘the next playground for hackers,’” said John Titmus, Director, EMEA - Cybersecurity Strategy Advisor at cyber security specialist CrowdStrike. “It’s an industry revolving around high value assets, moving valuable cargoes, that is transitioning to an increased reliance on digital systems. CrowdStrike, alongside the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), will appear at Nor-Shipping in Oslo to highlight the scale of the risks facing an increasingly digitized shipping industry.

(from left to right): Certificate handover in Hamburg with Torsten Schramm (DNV GL), Carsten Sommerhage, Axel Schulz (both CSM), Dirk Lange and Olaf Quas (both DNV GL). Photo: DNV GL

Columbia Shipmanagement Receives DNV GL Certification

DNV GL has confirmed that Columbia Shipmanagement complies with the highest standards in energy and safety management. Torsten Schramm, President at DNV GL – Maritime, recently presented the ISO certification for the standards ISO 50001:2011 and OHSAS 18001:2007 to Carsten Sommerhage, Director of Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH, at the shipping company’s offices in Hamburg. “These certifications highlight our efforts to perform a systematic energy management as well as maintaining the highest levels of health and safety through our company.

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UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training. The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year. In return, many leading shipowners will increase the number of seafarers they train and guarantee them their first job. The benefits of this would be significant: British seafarers are among the most productive workers in the UK economy, contributing GBP 17,500 per year more to UK GDP than the average worker.

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The Time to Digitize is Now -INTTRA

In a new whitepaper -- Blueprint 2032: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping - INTTRA, the ocean container shipping industry's largest neutral electronic transaction platform, reports that the pace of technology innovation is accelerating as businesses seek new and more efficient ways to optimize. "Digitization is now a competitive necessity," said John Fay, CEO of INTTRA. "We've reached a tipping point in the global shipping industry when information technology is now the primary means for CEOs and their companies to achieve and increase long-term profitability.

Guatemalan Trade Commissioner Dunia Miranda-Mauri, right, talks about expanding trade ties with, from left, Vanessa Baugh, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority, and Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Guatemala Seek to Grow Trade

Port Manatee and Guatemala are seeking to build upon their relationship in the wake of a visit from a Guatemalan trade commissioner. “Port Manatee is already an important hub for Guatemalan imports and exports, and we see substantial prospects for growth in this relationship,” Dunia Miranda-Mauri, Guatemala’s Miami-based trade commissioner, said Thursday [May 18]. Already ranked among Port Manatee’s top five trade partners, Guatemala exports fresh bananas, pineapples, melons and plantains…

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Wilhelmsen Drone Project Takes Off

Marking a seismic shift in just how ships agents can support their customers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will soon be delivering its agency essentials via drone. A much talked about technology, with obvious applications for the shipping industry, it is WSS’ ships agency team, rather than the company’s supply chain, or product divisions, which have been assessing the business opportunities offered by drones. Marius Johansen, VP Business Solutions & Marketing, WSS Ships Agency explains…

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Container Security Devices: The Time Is Now

A look at international trade and cargo security provides a short primer on how to reduce unnecessary costs. The global market is unbelievable in size and scope, and it is expanding with global demand for goods and the growing adoption of offshore-sourcing by major U.S. and EU corporations, creating increasing demand for cargo transport in unprecedented volumes. More than 16 million maritime containers are in transit throughout the world on any given day – at sea, on rail and/or over the road.

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Baltic Index Slides for 4th Straight Day

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the fourth straight session on Thursday, pressured by lower panamax vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 3 points, or 0.3 percent, at 957 points. The panamax index dropped 31 points, or 3.4 percent, to 894 points. Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, fell $253 to $7,192.

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WSS to Trial Drone Deliveries to Ships

Marking a shift in how ship agents can support customers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) said it will soon begin delivering its agency essentials via drone. A much talked about technology, with obvious applications for the shipping industry, it is WSS’ships agency team, rather than the company’s supply chain, or product divisions, which have been assessing the business opportunities offered by drones. Dispensing with the need for launch boats to deliver such essentials to vessels at anchorage, along with cutting delivery times, Johansen estimates drone flights will also slash costs.

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NYK Introduces New Navigation Support Tool

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), the Monohakobi Technology Institute and Japan Radio have jointly developed a support tool that enables officers to better manage and share navigational information. The tool will be sold by JRC under the name “J-Marine NeCST”. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) mandatory by 2018 on international voyages by passenger vessels over 500 gross tonnage (GT) and cargo vessels over 3,000 GT.

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SC Ports Reports Record April Box Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority reported 10 percent fiscal year-to-date growth of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled through April at its two container terminals. SCPA has moved 1.8 million TEUs since the 2017 fiscal year began last July. The port achieved the strongest April on record, with 189,315 TEUs handled last month, and exceeded April 2016 volumes by 20 percent. It was the second-highest single month in SCPA history, slightly behind the record 192,411 TEUs set in March. Pier container, or box volume, is up 10 percent fiscal year to date.

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First Bunker Supply by Barge at Paradip

Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, has set another milestone in its operations with the first-ever bunker supply by barge at the non-conventional port of Paradip in Odisa, India’s east coast in a joint effort with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). Gulf Petrochem arranged for the supply of 810 metric tons of bunker fuel IFO 180 CST by barge. Typically, supplies were made to the non-regular bunker port of Paradip only by Road Tanker Wagons (RTW) and for small volumes.

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Samskip Sees Success for New Reefer Container

Proof that a new type of refrigerated container is prompting growth in Samskip’s temperature-controlled volumes arrived in Rotterdam during early May, when the multimodal operator added 51 more lighter weight 45ft length units to its fleet. The electric reefer containers, built in China and delivered to the Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals, feature the same innovative flat composite inner lining first favoured by Samskip in a breakthrough order in 2014. The enhanced design results in containers that are lighter…

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North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, may be hoping closer ties with Russia would help if China, the North's main economic benefactor, steps up sanctions against it over its weapons programmes, in defiance of U.N. resolutions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that while Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons…

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Port of Zeebrugge Launches Intermodal Planner

Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge and developer Ecorys have launched a new online tool that gives port users access to a complete offer of direct and indirect intermodal connections. Zeebrugge is the fifth port in Europe to use Ecorys’ “Intermodal Links”, an independent online search engine for intermodal service providers for container, ferry and roro transport between more than 1,000 terminals in 50 countries. The planner determines optimal routes out of 16,000 terminal connections offered by 150 service providers (rail…

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Hapag-Lloyd Celebrates 125 Years in Montreal

125 years ago, the steamship “Cremon” set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. Hapag-Lloyd will be celebrating this anniversary in Montreal today with the shipping company’s customers and other partners. “As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. At the end of the 19th century…

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Florida Seaports See Continued Growth -Report

“Florida seaports have demonstrated three straight years of growth in total cargo tonnage, including an increase of 4.2 percent in 2015/2016. This is in addition to a strong cruise sector, where Florida continues to be home to the top three cruise ports in the world,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, who has released a report providing updated figures on international trade, cargo data and cruise activity at Florida’s seaports. The report, Florida Seaports: High Performance – 2017-2021 Five-Year Florida Seaport Mission Plan…

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New BLOK System Aims to Slash Empty Container Costs

A new system which treats lifting four or six empty containers as a single block using the same principles as the lifting of a six pack of beer cans has been developed to save the industry billions of dollars while also improving safety for terminals and shipping lines. The shipping container has revolutionized international freight transport and continues to account for a greater share of cargo moves every year but the handling of empty containers is a continuing problem. Repositioning…

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Dryships Adds Second Aframax Tanker

DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced 115,666 deadweight tons Aframax tanker built in 2012, which will be employed in the spot market. "Since the commencement of our acquisition program, in addition to the above, we have successfully taken delivery of a total of three vessels," the company said in a statement. On May 10, 2017, one Kamsarmax drybulk vessel built in 2014 of 81,918 deadweight tons. On May 2, 2017, one Newcastlemax drybulk vessel built in 2014 of 205,855 deadweight tons.

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Baltic Index Falls on Lower Iron Ore Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell 2 percent on Monday as lower demand for iron ore fixtures hit capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 20 points, or 2 percent, to 994 points. The capesize index was down 64 points, or 3.7 percent, at 1,661 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, was up $559 at $12,385.

Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha's President and CEO (Photo: Milaha)

Milaha: NEw Shipping Service Between Qatar & UAE

Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has launched a door-to-door shipping service between Qatar and UAE, and vice versa. Mainly targeting SMEs in the automotive spare parts, fashion retail, and the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors, Milaha will use its own marine transport assets and logistics infrastructure to fulfil the service. The service is part of the company’s strategy to be a one-stop shop for its partners’ shipping and logistics requirements.

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Savannah Port Welcomes Record Cargo Ship

Governor Nathan Deal, Port of Savannah officials and the maritime community were on hand to welcome the COSCO Development, the largest containership to ever call on the U.S. East Coast as it handled 5,500 containers, a record for Georgia’s ports. “This is another example of how the Port of Savannah is the gateway not just for the U.S. Southeast, but for America’s East Coast,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. During the ship’s 30 hours at dock, up to six cranes moved 10,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent container Units) on and off the vessel…

India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant built in Cochin Shipyard. Photo: Cochin Shipyard Limited

Cochin Shipyard Builds 4 Ships for Andaman & Nicobar

Government of India-controlled Cochin Shipyard Ltd is constructing four passenger-cum – cargo vessels for Andaman & Nicobar Administration under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India. As per orders placed by the A&N Administration, two of these vessels will have a capacity of 500 persons-cum-150 tonne cargo and the remaining two will have a capacity of 1200 persons-cum-1000 tonne cargo. These vessels will have state of the art facilities for passengers and comply with latest international/national rules and regulations.

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Euroseas Sees Improvement in Cargo Shipping

The beginning of 2017 found both the drybulk and containership markets recovering from the historical low levels observed during 2016, says Euroseas Chairman. Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas said that the drybulk market improved rapidly during the last two months of 2016 and throughout the first quarter, although it has recently lost some of the gains achieved. The containership market improved more gradually starting in February 2017, and has maintained its level, still low compared to historical standards, despite a slowdown in chartering activity lately.

Gulftainer Wins Logistics Industry Honors for TOS

Gulftainer,  privately owned independent terminal operating and logistics company whose global divisions include GT USA in North America, has won an industry award for its Marine and Container Handling (MACH) Terminal Operating System (TOS). Gulftainer received the ‘Technology Implementation of the Year’ honor at the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017 for the company’s  implementation of the terminal operating system, which marks a technology milestone for Gulftainer and the industry at large.

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DP World London Now Handles Far East Calls

MOL Triumph, the first of the world’s largest and newest vessels to call in the UK, arrives in Southampton on THE Alliance's FE2 service as new third deep-water berth opened at London Gateway in April, ahead of first regular Asia-Europe service starting. DP World's UK terminals will welcome the first services from the Far East following a global shake-up of the world’s shipping lines. Inaugural calls of Asia/Europe services by THE Alliance, a shipping consortium made up of Mitsui O.S.K Line…

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Port of LA Sets April Cargo Record

April cargo volumes surged 8.9 percent at the Port of Los Angeles compared to the same month last year. It was the best April in the port’s 110-year history. For the first four months of 2017, cargo has increased 10 percent compared to 2016, which was a record-breaking year for the port. “April was the first month of new vessel alliance deployments around the globe, and we are pleased that the Port of Los Angeles provided world-class service and efficiency at our terminals,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

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Fitch Affirms 'A' Rating for Port Everglades

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' rating on Broward County's Port Everglades' outstanding $167 million port facilities senior revenue and refunding bonds, and has revised the Rating Outlook from Stable to Positive. Fitch reported: "The Positive Outlook reflects the expectation that the port will continue to demonstrate strong financial performance in terms of coverage and leverage, as well as anticipation that the port will maintain its diverse maritime operations and increasing revenue growth.

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DryShips Acquires Suezmax Newbuilding

Greece-based DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels,  entered into an agreement with an entity affiliated with the Company’s Chairman and CEO, George Economou, to acquire one 158,000 deadweight tons Suezmax tanker currently under construction in China. The Company will finance the total gross purchase price of approximately $64.0 million using cash on hand and expects to take delivery of the vessel during May 2017. The vessel will be time chartered back to…

Matt Hughes P.E., Envirocleanse Executive VP of Marketing & Salespresident and CEO (Photo: Envirocleanse)

Invasive Species Meets its Silver Bullet: Envirocleanse

A new entry to the ballast water treatment promises compliance along with savings in both CapEx and OpEx. Who says there’s no ‘silver bullet’ in the BWTS game? In the port of Houston, Texas, three medium-sized tankers are berthed adjacent to one another at this sprawling petrochemical complex. The first, a 70,000 ton shuttle tanker, is discharging a parcel of Brent Crude Oil. The second, a coastwise product carrier, is taking on a parcel of gasoline destined for the East Coast. And the third, another crude carrier, is also discharging bulk crude oil.

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, is now WSP worldwide effective May 10. In the United States, the firm will operate as WSP USA. Parsons Brinckerhoff, a transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S. WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects…

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Intermarine Expands Americas/Mediterranean Service

Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo Intermarine, LLC said it has expanded its Houston-based liner services from the Americas to the Mediterranean. The line will focus on service from the U.S. Gulf Coast/Americas to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Adriatic Sea – specifically with focuses on Algeria, Egypt and Turkey. The monthly eastbound service dovetails with Intermarine’s recently announced expansion of the westbound Mediterranean to U.S. Gulf Coast/Americas service.

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US Retail Imports to Grow through Summer

Imports at the United States’ major retail container ports are expected to see steady increases through the summer and into the fall, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. “Regardless of whether the sales come in their stores or through their websites, retailers see that consumers are buying more this year and they’re importing the goods needed to meet the demand,” said Jon Gold, NRF vice president for supply chain and customs policy.

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DP World Unveils Container Tracking Solution

Port terminal operator DP World said it has demonstrated its new container tracking solution under the theme of “Where’s My Container?” at Transport Logistic in Munich. After receiving feedback from a pilot release, new enhancements to the current beta version open the door for users to have greater visibility of their cargo and improve speed-to-shelf opportunities such as improved replenishment forecasts and better inventory allocation. The container tracking solution helps reduce administrative tasks and provides better data quality for planning and logistics.

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Baltic Index Up On Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, crawled up for the second straight session on higher rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up six points, or 0.6 percent, at 1,007 points. The capesize index rose 64 points, or 4.07 percent, to 1,635 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, rose $364 to $12,446.

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SC Ports Reports Best April for Box Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced its strongest April container volumes on record, with 189,315 twenty foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled last month. In addition to being the strongest April in SCPA history, last month's volumes were the second-highest ever handled by the port. Nearly 1.8 million TEUs have moved across the docks of SCPA's two container terminals since the 2017 fiscal year began last July, pushing fiscal year-to-date volume 10.2 percent higher than the same period last year.

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April Boost at Port of Long Beach

More ships calling at the Port of Long Beach in April thanks to new business and changes to vessel deployments helped to push container volumes 16.5 percent higher compared to the same month last year. For the calendar year so far, cargo volume at the port is up 5.1 percent from 2016. "We continue to be on pace for a strong year," said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. "In April, we were pleased to welcome back Hyundai Merchant Marine as well as a new customer, SM Line. A total of 558,014 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through Long Beach in April.

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Harris Joins J.F. Lehman Operating Executive Board

Frederick J. Harris, recently retired president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works shipyards, has joined the operating executive board (OEB) of private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company. The OEB is a group of industry and government executives with significant experience in the firm’s target industries. Through key relationships and sector-specific knowledge, OEB members contribute to sourcing and evaluating transactions, advising on portfolio company strategy and recruiting senior level portfolio company management.

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Samskip Unveils Multimodal Carbon Calculator

Samskip has unveiled an online CO2 carbon footprint calculator designed to visualize the benefits when using multimodal transport versus road transport. Previously, when a client requested the carbon footprint of a specific unit load, a reliable answer was hard to find. Now, the new Samskip CO2 online calculator provides an online tool that can determine the CO2 footprint of any multimodal load moving within Samskip’s extensive network to acquire the equivalent carbon offsets against a conventional road move.

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Inland Shipping Expands in India

Integrated cargo transport along multiple waterways begins in India from the banks of Rupnarayan to the shores of Ganga. V. V. Giri, a vessel of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) began a landmark pilot movement on April 23, 2017 from Kolaghat in East Midnapore district of West Bengal to Bhagalpur in Bihar with a cement consignment of 240 metric tons. The vessel's journey commenced from Kolaghat on Rupnarayan river (National Waterway- 86) to reach Bhagalpur via river Ganga (NW-1). This marks the beginning of an integrated cargo movement involving two different NWs - NW-86 and NW-1.

Ecommerce giants, the Amazon’s and Alibaba’s, increasingly will gain control of the various transport segments to ensure that their supply chain is delivering to a greater degree of efficiency. “The freight forwarder is dead in my view. It is inevitable that more cargo booking, cargo management and cargo control will be online,” said Frank Coles, CEO of Transas. (Photo: Transas)

Disruption 'Powered by Transas'

Maritime Logistics Professional caught up with Frank Coles, the ubiquitous leader of Transas, fresh from his company’s user’s conference in Malta. In typical candor, Coles paints his picture of maritime and shipping’s future. With a captive audience of more than 400 clients in scenic Malta for several days earlier this year, one might be surprised when Frank Coles admits that the meeting was not all about Transas. “I wanted something completely different. I didn’t want to talk about Transas; I wanted to talk about the industry and what we can learn from aviation.

Anderton Joins Florida Freight Advisory Committee

Broward County's Port Everglades said it is taking an active role in the state's multimodal freight planning initiative as David Anderton, Port Everglades Assistant Director, was recently appointed to the Florida Freight Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee works in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to development freight connections that strengthen the state's position as a primary cargo hub in the United States. "As the leading containerized cargo port in Florida…

Intermarine Expands Mediterranean to Americas Service

Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo Intermarine, LLC said it has expanded its liner service from the Mediterranean to the Americas with the appointment of Hugo Trumpy as exclusive commercial agent in Italy for this trade lane. Genoa-based Hugo Trumpy has more than 60 years of experience dedicated to this trade lane and customer base (as ex Nordana Line agent). Intermarine and Hugo Trumpy will increase the present liner service to the Americas and will ensure regular sailings from the Mediterranean to the Americas.

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Is 'Seablindness' a Myth?

UK politicians and the general public have demonstrated overwhelmingly that they recognize shipping as the biggest mover of the nation’s imports and exports, according to a new study commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping. Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, said of the study: “The findings confirm that we can forget about so-called ‘seablindness’ – it just does not exist. Leading pollster Comres surveyed 2,026 members of the British public and 127 UK MPs during the first four months of this year.

Indonesia-Philippines RoRo Service Up

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday launched a ferry route that will connect the two countries. The Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll on/roll off shipping service from Mindanao to North Sulawesi, Indonesia at the Sasa port in Davao City is launched in a bid to further boost trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. According to local media reports, the vessel sailed off for the Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route with initial 50 containers, five of which are flour cargoes produced by Pilmico Foods Corp.

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Merger: OEG Offshore, Paragon Industries

OEG Offshore, a global provider of cargo carrying units (CCUs) and A60 modules to the oil and gas industry, announced the merger of its U.S. business with Louisiana based cargo unit and logistics specialist Paragon Industries, Inc. The multimillion dollar merger confirms the combined OEG business as one of the leading offshore container suppliers serving the Gulf of Mexico. The deal expands OEG’s U.S. fleet by more than 1,400 units and includes a number of new container designs as well as extending OEG’s current Gulf Coast presence to a number of new full service locations.

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New Services for Sweden's Forestry, Steel Exports

APM Terminals Gothenburg has announced a new service designed to accelerate and improve Sweden’s supply chains in the forestry and steel export sectors. As part of the company’s SEK 250 million container terminal investment plan, a new specialized facility within APM Terminals Gothenburg will enable bulk cargoes arriving by truck or rail to be loaded into a container in less than a minute, using proven LoadPlate technology. The yearly export volumes of sawn timber is approximately 13 million cubic meters…