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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

NRF Pushes Hanjin Concerns with Commerce Department

The National Retail Federation and the Hardwood Federation has led a coalition of 120 organizations representing retailers, manufacturers, agribusinesses and other sectors affected by the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy in sending a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker outlining specific concerns and urging her continued leadership in bringing about a resolution. “U.S. businesses rely on predictability in their supply chains, particularly during the busiest shipping season of the year,” wrote NRF and the other coalition members.

U.S. Coast Guard Awards ESG with Phase II OPC Contract

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Thursday for the production of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to eight follow-on cutters. The total award was valued at $110.29 million. The contract has a potential value of $2.38 billion with options to produce nine cutters. The OPC acquisition will replace the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, some that are in excess of 50 years old. Each OPC will feature a flight deck and advanced command…

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Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).

GAC Herman Jorgensen and FLMS sign the deal

GAC, Forth Join Forces to offer Mooring, Terminal Solutions

GAC UK and Forth Logistics Marine Services (FLMS) have formed a partnership to provide mooring and related terminal services around the UK. Formed on the back of a long term contract in the River Forth with an oil major to be announced later in the year, the pairing combines FLMS’s years of marine experience with GAC’s expertise and reputation for integrity as the leading ship agent in the UK and in the River Forth. According to GAC UK MD Herman Jorgensen, the winning combination will provide “safe, strong operations with unrivalled 24/7 customer focus”.

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NACD Selects ABS Quality Evaluations as Verifier

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), a subsidiary of ABS Group, has been selected as a third-party verifier by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners, for the sixth cycle of the organization's Responsible Distribution program beginning in 2017. For 25 years, NACD has implemented Responsible Distribution as a mandatory third-party-verified environmental, health, safety and security verification program.

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Austal JV Wins First Ferry Contract

Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China, has won the first ferry contract to build a 42 metre high speed aluminium ferry for Chinese mainland operator Blue Sea Jet. Less than two months after the announcement of the joint venture, Aulong Shipbuilding has been awarded a A$10 million (RMB49.99 million) contract to design and build the ferry. The contract was awarded following a competitive evaluation based on product performance, price and commercial terms.

Preliminary data; All data includes dry, reefer and tank cargoes Source Datamar

Freight Rates in Europe-ECSA Trade Continue Declines

Container volumes from North Europe and the Mediterranean to the East Coast of South America have now fallen in 26 of the previous 28 months, with the latest statistics from Datamar showing that shipments fell by 8% year-on-year in July. It is the smaller Med to ECSA trade that continues to experience the largest fall-off in volumes with the Datamar figures showing that exports from the Med were down by 12.2% Y/Y after seven months of 2016 to 117,500 teu; versus a decrease of 8.8% for North Europe exports to 306,400 teu.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony in Los Angeles Photo DP World

DP World Partners Hyperloop for Technology Evaluation

Global trade enabler DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US-based Hyperloop One to explore the role of innovation in the future of world trade. The collaboration is for feasibility studies that analyse the value of using Hyperloop systems in the UAE, with an initial focus in Phase 1 on moving containers from ships docked at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port via the Hyperloop tube to a new inland container depot in Dubai. The initial study will focus on efficient handling of containers…

Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port to Relocate

Kenya Ports Authority annoucend: Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port will be relocated early next year, to Dongo Kundu area, as a result of the ongoing capacity expansion programme. New, upgraded modern oil terminal is expected to have a capacity to accommodate four vessels of up to 200 000 DWT. The project also involves building new cargo handling facilities with both, subsea and land based pipelines and four berths capable of loading/discharging crude oil, HFO, DPK-aviation, AGO-Diesel and PMS-Petrol.

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SHIPLYS to Advance Ship Design, Production Process

The European Commission has granted 6.2 Million Euros ($6.9mln) for a new research project called SHIPLYS (Ship Lifecycle Software Solutions). The project gathers a team of 12 leading maritime companies and research facilities from several European countries in order to develop simulation and modelling tools that will minimise the time and costs involved in ship design and production. Calculation and modelling tools currently used to overcome these needs are difficult to use and time consuming, especially for SMEs.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. Photo: Official FB Page

India Proposes New MCA for Port Sector

India's Shipping Ministry on Thursday proposed a new model concession agreement (MCA) to attract more private sector investments in the development of port infrastructure. The proposed MCA will replace the existing agreement which came into existence in January 2008. "The proposed MCA has taken into account the suggestions provided in various reports by Member Planning Commission (2010), Indian Ports Association (IPA-2015) and Kelkar Committee Report (2015)," says a press release from the Ministry.

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Germany's DST Bags IWAI Contract for Designing Special Vessels

With its objective of providing safe, environment friendly and economical mode of transportation through National Waterway-1 (NW-1), the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI),Ministry of Shipping signed a contract with DST, Germany to design vessels, especially suited to navigate the 1620 km stretch of NW-1. Speaking on the occasion a senior IWAI official said it is a revolutionary step and a milestone in the journey of NW-1. “The objective of IWAI is to go along with nature and disturb the river minimally.

Chet Morrison Partners on Riser Project

Chet Morrison Contractors’ Deepwater Riser Services division recently completed work on a complex deepwater riser maintenance project for an offshore drilling rig that included complete disassembly, blast, paint and reassembly of 57 risers. By partnering with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on the project, Chet Morrison Contractors was able to deliver key services that allowed for an OEM-recertification on the risers. In addition, by taking advantage of Chet Morrison Contractors’ available shop space and labor capacity…

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Boskalis to cut 650 jobs, 24 vessels

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that its Works Council has unanimously rendered a positive advice on the fleet rationalization plan announced early July. Part of the positive advice in an agreement to continue to crew two of the five Fairmount vessels for the time being with Dutch employees. As a consequence, 24 vessels will be taken out of service in the coming two years resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs worldwide. Furthermore, Boskalis has reached an agreement in principle with the Works Council on a social plan.

The Port of Savannah is poised to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, to St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Key to expanding rail service is a $128M project linking Garden City Terminal's two rail yards.   (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

GPA Marks Record August Box Volumes

At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the GPA achieved an August record of 330,846 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a robust increase of 5 percent compared to August 2015. "August container unit volumes were the third highest in the Authority's history, behind April and May 2015 at the height of diverted cargo from the West Coast," Lynch said. Total cargo across all terminals reached 2.62 million tons in August, an increase of 117,470 tons, or 4.7 percent.

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Signs up for ShipServ

Cruise ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) has signed on to use ShipServ, a platform for the marine industry that enables users to automate procurement processes and capitalize on spend management tools. NCLH operates 24 cruise vessels under three cruise brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the latter two of which have been ShipServ clients since 2010. Now NCLH chose to expand the use of the procurement platform to cover all of the group’s brands.

An extended lease agreement could keep Del Monte fruit imports coming into Port Manatee for two more decades. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee Inks Del Monte Lease Extension

Port Manatee says it has signed an agreement to keep Del Monte fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the deepwater Florida seaport since 1989, is now signed to a lease extension with Port Manatee through August 30, 2021, with options for three additional extensions of five years each. If all options are exercised, Del Monte will be doing business at Port Manatee until at least 2036.

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Trident Maritime Systems to Acquire Callenberg Technology Group

Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (WMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA, said it has signed an agreement whereby technology subsidiary Callenberg Technology Group will be acquired by Trident Maritime Systems. "We have in Trident and their principal, J. F. Lehman & Company, found a strong new owner of Callenberg. Having a new owner that operates within the same technology areas creates a perfect environment for employees, customers and future growth of Callenberg with Trident," said Dag Schjerven, president and CEO of WMS.

Top loader Photo Kalmar

Kalmar Bags Crowley Order for Top Loaders, Reachstackers

Kalmar has received orders for seven top loaders from Crowley Liner Services for operation in Jacksonville and Port Everglades, Florida, and eight reachstackers from Crowley Puerto Rico Services for operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The orders were booked in Cargotec's 2016 second quarter order intake, with delivery taking place during the first quarter of 2017. Crowley is investing heavily in new vessels, terminal upgrades, and terminal operating systems to facilitate growth.

Carlo Pinto, Next Geosolutions sales and marketing director Photo NG

Next Geosolutions Surveys Roman Ports

Next Geosolutions, an independent geoscience and engineering service provider, has secured a €1.25million (£1million) mapping and survey contract with Naples Port Authority for the Archaeological Sites Mapping Project, based in the Port of Naples. The project, which commenced in July and is due for completion by December 2016, will see Next Geosolutions carry out marine survey techniques including high-resolution bathymetry, morphology, shallow geology and magnetometric surveys of the Port’s internal waters.

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Euroseas Signs an Addendum Shipbuilding Contract with YJZ Yard

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, has announced  certain developments related to its newbuilding program. The Greek liner has signed an addendum to its shipbuilding contract with YJZ Shipyard  for the construction of Kamsarmax vessel Hull Number YZJ 1153 scheduled to be delivered during the first quarter of 2018. According to the addendum, the Company acquired the option until December 31…

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas shakes hands with Captain Blaine Collins, DNV GL vice president of group governmental and public affairs for the U.S., following the signing of the new memorandum of agreement. The MOA authorizes DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

US Coast Guard, DNV GL Ink MOA

The U.S. Coast Guard and DNV GL have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) authorizing DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) and delegated certain survey and certification services for U.S. flagged vessels. This delegation and MOA, signed by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, and Captain Blaine Collins, DNV GL vice president of group government and public affairs for the U.S., supersedes the agreements previously executed by DNV and the Coast Guard on August 4, 2006, and GL and the Coast Guard on September 7, 2011.

Ben Oudman. Photo DNV GL

DNV GL Bags Wintershall Noordzee's Verification Contract

DNV GL has been awarded a 5 year contract to provide in-service verification work for Wintershall Noordzee B.V.’s (‘WINZ) RAVN and A6-A platforms. The two platforms based in the North Sea are the unmanned RAVN in the Danish sector and manned A6-A in the German sector. RAVN is the first field in Denmark that Wintershall  Noordzee will transition to the production phase as operator. The A6-A platform is undergoing a major overhaul, with WINZ extending it to include an oil processing plant alongside the current gas condensate facilities.

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

DSME to Build Two VLCCs for BW Group

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has received a 200 billion won (US$179.2 million) order to build two oil tankers for Singapore-based oil and gas transporter BW Group. According to Yonhap, DSME will provide the oil and gas transporter two 318,000-ton Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) by 2018. The BW Group has ordered a total of 63 ships from Daewoo Shipbuilding and has received 53 so far. This is the 10th order DSME has won this year, and the total amount has crossed US$1 billion.

DP World Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Anil Wats at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of Kaohsiung Port’s Terminal 7 in Taiwan. Photo DP World

DP World to Develop Kaohsiung Port's Terminal 7

Global trade enabler DP World and the state run Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of Kaohsiung Port’s Terminal 7 in Taiwan. The agreement marks the beginning of a joint effort to seek future business opportunities and to steer growth in Taiwan’s port infrastructure, while enhancing the country’s trade potential by establishing seamless cargo movement across its supply chain. As the first global operator entering the Taiwan market…

Existing Inmarsat customer MOL says migrating its car carriers to always-on, high-speed broadband connectivity will be pivotal in its continuing drive towards ‘smarter and greener shipping’ operations. Photo MOL

MOL Makes Fleet-wide Migration to Fleet Xpress

26 July 2016: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced that its partner JSAT MOBILE Communications has signed an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, to introduce the newly-launched Fleet Xpress service across the majority of its car carrier fleet. Existing Inmarsat customer MOL says migrating its car carriers to always-on, high-speed broadband connectivity will be pivotal in its continuing drive towards ‘smarter and greener shipping’ operations.

Excelerate and Petrobangla Sign Final Agreements for Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal Photo Excelerate Energy

Bangladesh LNG Terminal Edges Closer

Excelerate Energy L.P. (“Excelerate”), Petrobangla, and the Government of Bangladesh executed the Terminal Use Agreement (“TUA”) and the Implementation Agreement (“IA”) for the construction and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal – Moheshkhali Floating LNG. Located offshore near Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, the terminal will provide the crucial infrastructure required for the country to access natural gas from global markets. The signing of the agreements signals the commencement of the project and the approval to move forward to implementation.

Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. Photo Damen

Damen Fishery Research Vessel for Angola

The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a state-of-the-art, 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk. The Angolan Ministry of Fisheries has been a customer for many years and previously Damen delivered two 62 m Fishery Inspection Surveillance Vessels 6210 and a smaller Fishery Research Vessel (FRV 2808). This vessel represents the cutting…

Viking Supply Ships (VSS) core business is within the Offshore and OffshoreIcebreaking segment on a World Wide basis. Photo VSS

Eni Cancels Vessel Deal with Viking Supply Ships

Viking Supply Ships A/S (VSS) has received an early termination notice of the contract for the Ice-class 1A AHTS “Njord Viking”. The vessel has been working for Eni Norge in the Barents Sea and has also been part of the extended towing-preparedness in the area on behalf of the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The vessel was according to the contract with Eni Norge firm until the end of 2016, with optional periods of 2 x 6 months thereafter. According to the contract VSS will be entitled to a termination fee of approximately USD 13.300/day for the remainder of the firm period.

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Bags NZ Defence Order

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has won an order to build a 23,000 ton class logistics support vessel for New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project. HHI was selected as a preferred bidder in December 2015. HHI will deliver the logistics support vessel to New Zealand by the end of 2019. Under the MSC project, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) plans to replace its replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour to maintain replenishment capability for the New Zealand Defence Force.

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GAIL, Gazprom Renegotiating LNG Deal

As weak demand in India forces it to stall some contracted supply, GAIL India Ltd (GAIL) is in talks with Russia's Gazprom to delay and renegotiate a 20-year gas purchase deal undercut by low spot prices, reports Reuters. GAIL  and Gazprom had earlier signed a deal for two decades at a price linked to oil, adding to contracts to buy the fuel from GDF Suez SA and Gas Natural Fenosa this year. Accordingly, GAIL will buy 2.5 million tonnes (3.5 billion cubic metres) a year of liquefied natural gas from Russia’s monopoly gas exporter starting in 2018 and 2019.

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay. Gas Sayago is a joint venture (JV) owned by UTE – the Uruguayan state power company – and ANCAP – the state oil company. The contract will take effect upon governmental approval which is expected to be granted by the end of 2016. The FSRU will be equipped with the largest LNG storage tank (263…

GAC & Team Britannia sign deal Image GAC

Team Britannia, GAC Inks Partnership Deal

As Team Britannia prepares for its bid to break the round-the-world powerboat record later this year, GAC has been named their official shipping and logistics partner. GAC will draw on the local contacts and expertise of its network of global offices and partners to provide the 80ft powerboat and its 12 strong crew with all the food, fuel and stores needed to complete the 23,000 mile voyage. The first-hand experience of the Group’s yachting and marine leisure experts at GAC Pindar Superyacht Services will also come into play for meeting the specific needs of the boat during its voyage.