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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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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.

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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.

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability to transfer fuel to its surface ships, in operations around the globe. For each ship, Rolls-Royce will supply two Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), while two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets will provide power to satisfy on board energy requirements.

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AAPA, Lamar University To Sign Port Management Education Deal

On the heels of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding in June to provide mutually-beneficial educational and professional development opportunities to help students and port professionals, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Lamar University on Oct. 26 will sign a program agreement that reflects their shared commitment in preparing port industry professionals and leaders for future opportunities and challenges. The agreement will be signed at 9:00 a.m. on the final day of AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo, in New Orleans, Oct. 23-26.

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Concor Consortium to Bid for Colombo Container Terminal

Container Corporation of India (Concor) has  formed a consortium with APM Terminals B.V., John Keells Holdings and Maersk Line in order to bid for the development of East Container Terminal in Colombo, reports Hindu Business Line. The total project value is likely to be about $550-600 million. The Colombo Port currently has four container terminals. In 2008, a new harbour basin, the Colombo South Harbour was developed to accommodate deep draft vessels and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) decided to develop four new terminals…

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World's First LNG-Powered Cruise Ships: Shell to Supply Fuel

Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) signed a supply agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc (Carnival) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel two of the world’s largest passenger cruise ships. Under the agreement, Shell will supply LNG for the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ships due to start sailing in northwest Europe and the Mediterranean in 2019. This will be the first time LNG in dual-fuel engines will be used in the cruise industry to power ships both in port and at sea.

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the repair and refit activities for yachts, naval and commercial ships as well as enhancing its naval new build activities within their corporation. The contract between Luerssen and the funds of British private equity investor…

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COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, Zheng Chiping, Deputy Director of the foreign investment department of the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC and Wan Min…

Mark Hunt (Photo: Simmons Edeco)

Simmons Edeco Promotes Hunt to Operations Manager

SIMMONS EDECO, a  supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that Mark Hunt has been promoted to the newly created position of Operations Manager for its European base of operations in Great Yarmouth, England. In his new role, Hunt is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of operations initiatives. In view of the company’s recent reorganization that involves plans to expand globally, Hunt is reviewing existing processes with a view to standardizing and strengthening operations.

VARD 9 28 - 3 Module Carrier Vessels for KMTF. (For illustration only, courtesy VARD)

Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order

Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units. The Norwegian Vard Group is building the first-mentioned 15 vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine, UAE, and the later three for KMTF, the National Maritime Republic of Kazakhstan. A total of 36 special variant SRP 340 Rudderpropellers (formerly SRP 1012) were ordered as the main propulsion units for all 18 carriers.

Strategy Adjustment Photo Royal IHC

Strategy Adjustment at Royal IHC

KINDERDIJK - 14 OCTOBER 2016 - As a direct consequence of persistently poor market conditions, Royal IHC, supplier of maritime equipment, is fine-tuning its strategy. IHC remains as committed as ever to boosting its knowledge-intensive activities, as is already happening in IQIP, Mission Equipment and Services. Responding to market demand, activities in The Netherlands will focus on creating added value for customers. company. This adjustment in strategic direction will have an impact on around 425 employees in The Netherlands.

MARAD to Develop Shipboard Training Best Practices Material

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has signed a $198,000 cooperative agreement with the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) to develop interactive Computer Based Training Modules, a Best Practices Tool Kit, and other training materials concerning appropriate shipboard climate within the U.S. Merchant Marine. The training material will help mariners better identify and prevent sexual harassment, bullying, retaliation, violence and other coercive behaviors as well as assist industry efforts to aggressively promote a culture of zero tolerance for such behavior.

Cooper to Supply Five Cranes for ABP

Cooper Specialized Handling, supplier of port equipment in the UK, has secured contracts with a total value of £6 million  ($7.7 mln) with Associated British Ports (ABP) for the supply of five Mantsinen hydraulic cranes. The five contracts include an order for the 200M, the world's largest hydraulic crane. Port operator ABP has a network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo ranging from bulks to containers and cars to coal. The new Mantsinen cranes will be deployed at five of ABP's short sea operations across the UK.


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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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…

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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.

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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.