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Monday, April 24, 2017

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CMA CGM to Tap Indonesian Market

CMA CGM aims to increase its market share in Indonesia to 20 percent by year-end from the current 13 percent, reported The Jakarta Post. The company's senior vice president in Asia, Jean-Yves Duval said that with aggressive marketing, as well as longer and more efficient routes, we believe we can have 20 percent of the market by end of 2017. Recently, the Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II President Director Elvyn G Masassya welcomed the arrival of the largest container ship CMA CGM Otello which berthed at Jakarta International Container Terminal.

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs. The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry. “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy…

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Newark Container Terminal Handles Record Volumes

Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) handled a record number of container volumes without disruption to its customers following its January 2017 upgrade to the N4 terminal system. The move to Navis N4 is part of PNCT’s $500 million infrastructure modernization project that is expected to nearly double the terminal’s capacity by 2019. Located within the Port of New York and New Jersey—the largest port on the East Coast and third largest in the U.S.—PNCT is among the most important terminals responsible for moving cargo throughout the nation and abroad, handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.

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Seattle/Tacoma Box Volumes Rise in March

Total domestic and international container volumes at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma increased by more than 14 percent for the month of March, and year-to-date volumes were up 10 percent. March international container volumes performed strongly post-Lunar New Year. At 120,018 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), full imports grew almost 26 percent compared to March 2016. At 99,603 TEUs, full exports were up more than 9 percent in March, making it the strongest month for exports this year.

Draft EIS/EIR for Proposed Port of LA Terminal Upgrade

The Port of Los Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the container terminal located at Berths 226-236 on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles, operated by Everport Terminal Services, Inc. Everport, affiliated with Taiwan-based Evergreen Line, has a long-term lease with the port for operation of the terminal through 2028, which would be extended 10 years. The proposed project would improve the container…

Jacqueline Brown (Photo: TNPA)

New Port Managers for TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority has made several senior appointments that will assist the division to sharpen its focus on the delivery of its strategic objectives and improve operational efficiencies. The changes – which follow the recent resignation of the Cape Town and Saldanha Port Managers – will introduce new Port Managers in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. TNPA will also establish a new department that will strengthen the authority’s research and development capabilities.

Greece Gets Three Improved Bids For Thessaloniki Port Sale

Greece received three improved binding financial bids for a majority stake in Thessaloniki Port , its second-largest, the country's privatisation agency (HRADF) said on Friday. Last month HRADF got three bids for a 67 percent stake in Thessaloniki Port. The bids were submitted by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS), Dubai-based P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World) and German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, jointly with France's Terminal Link SAS.

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Port Manatee, World Direct Extend Shipping Deal

Port Manatee has extended its agreement with World Direct Shipping to maintain its swift weekly service between the Florida Gulf Coast port from the Mexican state of Veracruz for as many as five more years. Under a lengthened pact approved April 20, by the Manatee County Port Authority, World Direct Shipping has committed to bring refrigerated produce and other goods into Port Manatee from the Port of Coatzacoalcos through at least Dec. 31, 2019, with a pair of one-year options extending through the end of 2021.

Allcargo Logistics Inks Training MoU in Maharashtra

Allcargo Logistics’ CSR arm, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) to train over 7,400 youth in Maharashtra. This initiative will help Allcargo to enhance its scope of work under its skilling initiative ‘Nipun’ and would substantially contribute to the Government of Maharashtra’s Skilling Maharashtra Mission. Trainees will be primarily skilled in the fields of heavy and light commercial vehicle, warehousing and unarmed security guards. The initiative aims to provide placements to at least 70 percent of the candidates.

Captain Bernard Cayer (Photo: MSRC)

APA Chooses MSRC for Pilot Training

Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) once again chose the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) as its preferred training organization for specialized SEAiq training on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). A total of 16 pilots from Cape Breton Island Pilotage were trained by MSRC's Captain Bernard Cayer in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. PPUs are mobile devices such as laptops or tablets that can plug in to a ship’s navigation system, giving pilots added situational awareness, including access to real-time downloadable local navigational information.

Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017. The vessels were built in 2013 and are ECO-design tankers. They will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products, light chemical and vegetable oils. The overall fleet comprises about 60 MR vessels.

Supply Chain Advantages for Brazilian-European Trade

After the successful participation in Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the port of Antwerp in collaboration with the local industrial and agricultural federations organised a business seminar with networking in the nearby state of Minas Gerais. The event was attended by 50 or so prominent Brazilians including shippers, ship's agents and logistics service providers. It was also honoured by the presence of high representatives from both federations, the government of Minas Gerais and the Belgian diplomatic corps in Brazil.

Maritime and port administrations from across all regions at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

MPA Trains Global Maritime Leaders

The MPA Academy – the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – in partnership with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Human Capital Leadership Institute, has officially launched its 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP). Taking place from 20 to 25 April 2017, the six-day programme will gather 19 senior maritime and port officials from all regions including, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Oceania.

Port Workers in Argentine Grains Hub to Hold Wage Protests

Port workers in Argentina's main grains hub of Rosario will hold flash protests and block access gates over the weeks ahead as part of wage negotiations in which they are demanding a 40 percent pay increase, a union leader said on Thursday. Wage strikes and protests are common in Argentina, which had an inflation rate of about 40 percent last year. The central bank aims to cut inflation by more than half in 2017. "We are going to hold days of protests in front of the gates of different port facilities.

Nisomar CEO Captain Claus Hyldager (Photo: Nisomar)

New Venture Aims to Uproot Shipping’s Status Quo

With a belief that innovation in shipping has fallen well behind other sectors, new entrant into the maritime industry Nisomar has launched a range of services for ship owners, operators, brokers, charterers and financial institutions. Nisomar said it has pioneered a method of collecting global shipping data and created proprietary technology, based upon technology that generates highly accurate business-critical data. The firm will derive insights from big data to offer analytics that support business decisions…

Iraq's Oil Exports Fall in April Amid Port Work, OPEC Cut

Oil shipments from Iraq's southern terminals have fallen so far in April, according to loading data and an industry source, reflecting a temporary drop in export capacity and Iraqi efforts to comply with OPEC production cuts. OPEC's second-largest producer has curbed output this year as part of an OPEC-led supply reduction deal, although OPEC figures show that until March Iraq had delivered a smaller cut than other members such as top exporter Saudi Arabia. Exports from southern…

IContainers Expands in South America

iContainers, the 100 percent online freight forwarder, has launched a new branch in the Dominican Republic. The new office, located in Santo Domingo, will manage the freight needs of exporters and importers in the island nation. Given the Dominican Republic’s strategic location in the Caribbean, iContainers will aim to generate powerful synergies between the new establishment and their existing offices in the US and Spain – the two principal markets serving the Dominican Republic. iContainers has experienced significant growth over the past year.

Samskip Logistics Expands Reefer Portfolio

Samskip is to expand its global refrigerated foods transportation interests once more, announcing plans for Samskip Logistics USA to acquire the activities of New Jersey-based freight forwarder Rimar Consultants Inc. Rimar Consultants is responsible for container business equivalent to between 10,000-12,000 TEU per year, and has developed a customer base over a 35-year company history, largely focused on U.S. seafood and meat exports. Subject to agreement with current owner Richie Maddalena…

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Barge Shipping Steady at Port of Little Rock

The Port of Little Rock had a busy month in March with increased activity across both docks, according to the Little Rock Port Authority. March activity started slowly but increased during the second half of the month. Logistic Services Inc. (LSI), the Port of Little Rock’s stevedoring partner, worked 32 barges with more than 47,000 net tons of cargo during the month. 17 barges were handled at the main river dock, carrying 26,000 net tons of cargo; 15 barges were handled at the slackwater dock, carrying 21,000 net tons of cargo.

CSN Iron Ore Terminal Not Operating after Accident

The loading of iron ore at Brazil's Itaguaí terminal operated by mining and steel firm Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, or CSN, have been halted since Saturday due to an accident, sources and the Itaguaí Port Authority told Reuters on Wednesday. Some Capesize bulk carriers that were waiting to load iron ore at the terminal are being put back into the charter market, said a German shipping source, due to the impossibility to load the product in Brazil. CSN confirmed the accident, but had no immediate information regarding Itaguaí operations.

left to right: Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas, District 3 County of Ventura Supervisor Kelly Long, and Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney.  (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme Wins Environmental Award

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has recognized the Port of Hueneme for its environmental initiatives, presenting it with the County of Ventura 2017 Earth Day Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. The award was presented by Supervisor Kelly Long to Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney and Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas. Every year in recognition of Earth Day, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognizes sustainability leaders in the community.

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Antwerp Port Gets off to the Strongest Start Ever

The port of Antwerp handled 54,324,303 tonnes of freight during the first three months of this year, 1.5% more than in the same period last year. The further growth is mainly due to container freight, which was up by 2% in terms of tonnage. In fact this has been the best first quarter ever, both for total overseas freight and for containers. And on top of all that the previous month was the best for containers that has ever been recorded in the port of Antwerp. All this means that after the record year of 2016 the port of Antwerp is off to a good start.

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New Quetzal Terminal Welcomes CSAV Traiguen

The 8,600 TEU capacity CSAV Traiguen became the largest container ship to call a Guatemalan port when it arrived at Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ) on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on April 12th, 2017, on the maiden call of German-based Hapag-Lloyd’s Mediterranean Pacific (MPS) service. The previous record of 5,500 TEU was established just a month ago with the arrival of the Maersk Gironde into TCQ on March 26th. TCQ, which was acquired by APM Terminals in March 2016 while under construction, opened for operations earlier this year, with the first trial vessel call completed in February.

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NileDutch selects ClearMetal predictive platform

Ocean Carrier Nile Dutch will use ClearMetal's machine-learning approach to fleet and container utilization improvement. ClearMetal is a predictive logistics company that uses AI and machine learning to unlock new efficiencies for global trade. "Managing fleet and container utilization against a backdrop of fluctuating demand in today's highly complex market can be challenging," said Mark Kraaijenbrink, Director Information and Communications Technology for Nile Dutch. "We are…

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Los Angeles Port Cargo Volumes Rise

Californian Port of Los Angeles has seen its volumes increase by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017 as it handled a total of 2.23 million TEUs in the three-month period, compared to 2 million TEU seen in the same quarter a year earlier. “We are pleased to end the first quarter of 2017 with strong volumes and continually efficient cargo handling operations,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Gene adde: “We continue to earn the confidence of shippers and are encouraged by the strength of our supply chain partners.

James Reed (Photo: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

Reed Joins WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

James Reed has been named maritime manager for the Pacific Northwest at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Reed will be responsible for business development, client relations and management of projects within the firm’s Pacific Northwest maritime business sector. He will be based in the Seattle office. Reed has more than 34 years of experience as a civil engineer, project manager, construction manager and quality assurance/quality control manager for planning…

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Abu Dhabi Ports, Jaheziya Provide Maritime Courses

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the Emirate's commercial and community ports, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jaheziya, the brand name for Tawazun’s Safety, Security and Disaster Management City. The Emirates News Agency WAM reported that Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Jamal Mohamed Al Shamsi, Jaheziya Managing Director signed the MOU at Abu Dhabi Ports Headquarters.

Mario Cordero. Photo: Port of Long Beach

FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director. Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney, served previously as president and as a longtime member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “After a comprehensive international search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners recognized that Mario Cordero is an ideal choice to lead the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán.

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First Ocean Vessel of 2017 Arrives at Port of Indiana

The first ocean vessel of the year arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marking the official opening of the international shipping season. Port officials welcomed the 413-foot general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc and presented the captain with the Ports of Indiana Steel Stein. "The arrival of the first ocean ship of the new year is an exciting time not only for our port, but also for our port companies and numerous other regional businesses that rely on the cargoes these vessels carry," said Port Director Ian Hirt. "For northwest Indiana, the opening of the St.

ZIM Shuffles Greece Turkey Service

 Container carrier ZIM has informed of an upgrade to its Greece Turkey Service (TGX) which will deploy three 1,700 TEU vessels starting May 2017 in the following rotation: Haifa – Ashdod – Antalya– Istanbul– Izmit– Gemlik– Istanbul– Piraeus – Thessaloniki – Izmir – Haifa.   According to ZIM, the shuffle will offer expanded port coverage, as well as secured windows in Haifa (Monday) & Ashdod (Wednesday) and fast transit time from Thessaloniki and Izmir to Israel, particularly suited for the refrigerated trade.

China's CMG in Talks for Advent's Brazil Port Stake

China Merchants Group Ltd is in advanced talks to buy Advent International Corp's 50 percent stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, Brazil's second-busiest container port, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said on Thursday. According to Estado, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the transaction, talks with the Chinese state-run company known as CMG gained momentum after Advent's negotiations with Dubai-based DP World Ltd hit a snag. Reuters reported in August that Advent had hired Morgan Stanley & Co and Grupo BTG Pactual SA to sell the TCP stake.

John Sugarman (Photo: Australian Maritime Systems Group)

High-tech VTS System to Guide Iron Ore Giants

One of Australia’s most important economic gateways will soon house a state-of-the-art shipping management control system to be installed at Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export port. The system includes a command and control system integrated with advanced radar, long-range closed circuit TV and voice radio technology to safely manage and guide thousands of ship movements in and out of the tidally constrained port with pinpoint precision. The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)…

Victoria Marich, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping, and Ingo Egloff, CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing, after signing a partnersship and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping. (Photo: Port of Hamburgh)

German, Russian Groups Partner on Port Digitization

In early April, during the traditional German week in St. Petersburg, a workshop was run with the accent on ‘Digitalization in the port sector and logistics’. It was co-organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), the German-Russian chamber of commerce and the German business Eastern-Europe association. The event also provided a suitable backdrop signing a partnersship and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping. The ports in Hamburg and St. Petersburg both lie very close to the cities.

Long Beach Middle Harbor (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Surging Imports Power Long Beach Cargo Gains

Containers arriving in Long Beach with goods bound for U.S. consumers spiked 20.2 percent in March compared to the same month in 2016, pushing the Port to its best first quarter since 2007. Dockworkers offloaded 249,534 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from vessels in March. Shipments to overseas markets continue to face challenges due to the strong dollar, as exports decreased 5.3 percent, to 120,435 TEUs. Empties numbered 135,413 containers, up 4.2 percent. In total, the Port of Long Beach moved 505,382 TEUs last month — an 8.7 percent increase.

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Corvus to Deliver Battery Solutions to Chinese Ports

Corvus Energy has announced that it will provide Orca Energy lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) for four hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) for CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE). The RTGs are the first of many cranes at the Chinese Port of Changshu to undergo a diesel to battery hybrid conversion using a Corvus Orca ESS. Corvus Energy will supply its latest generation ESS, Orca Energy, for the retrofit of four RTGs that will be converted to battery hybrid-electric cranes by integrator CCCCSEE.

MOL Triumph at Yangshan Port in Shanghai. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)

World's Largest Containership in Shanghai

MOL Triumph, the world's largest containership with a carrying capacity of 20,170 TEU, successfully arrived at Yangshan Port in Shanghai on April 10, 2017, said Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. MOL took delivery of MOL Triumph, the first of six 20,000 TEU-class containerships from Samsung Heavy Industries on March 27, 2017. At 400 meters in length and 58.8 meters in width, MOL Triumph is longer than the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower of Shanghai is tall. MOL established MOL (China) in Shanghai in 1995.

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Indian Ports Register 6.79% Growth in Traffic

The twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping, India handled a record 647.43 MT of traffic in 2016-17, registering an annual growth rate of 6.79 percent, as against 4.32 percent last year. With this, these ports have out- performed private ports for the second consecutive year. The private ports have registered a traffic growth rate of 4 percent this year. The top position in cargo handling was retained by Kandla Port that handled 105.44 Million Tonnes of cargo, registering a growth of 5.39% over last year.

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Rotterdam Port Anticipates Climate Change

Right now, Rotterdam’s port area is effectively protected against floods. While most of the port area is situated outside the dikes, these port sites are elevated relatively high above sea level and are partly protected by storm surge barriers. Only under particularly extreme weather conditions will a small number of companies be affected by limited flooding. This is one of the conclusions of a recently-completed joint study that focussed on water safety in the port area: the Botlek Water Safety pilot project.

Angeliki Frangou (Photo: SUNY Maritime College)

SUNY Maritime to Award Frangou with Honorary Doctorate

SUNY Maritime College will recognize one of the most prominent women in the maritime industry with an honorary doctorate during its May 2017 commencement. Angeliki Frangou, chairman and CEO of the Navios Group, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree and deliver the commencement address to the college’s approximately 300 graduates on May 5 in St. Mary’s Pentagon in the college’s historic Fort Schuyler. “Ms. Frangou is a successful businesswoman and leader who has taken Navios to the heights of the shipping industry,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime.

Staff from Liebherr Argentina celebrating the opening of the Buenos Aires subsidiary with members of the Liebherr family (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Opens Buenos Aires Office

In March Liebherr-Argentina S.A. opened a new office in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. From the subsidiary Liebherr is expanding activities in Argentina and Uruguay, primarily in the product areas of mining, mobile cranes and port and harbor cranes. With an area of 314 square meters, the office in the heart of the Argentinian capital offers space for current and future growth, primarily in the product areas port and harbor cranes and mobile cranes. Eleven of the 17 Liebherr employees working in Buenos Aires look after sales and service in the area of port and harbor cranes…

Cloud-Based Global Trade Management: the Sky is the Limit

A new, cloud-based solution leverages global trade compliance to streamline trade and logistics. The global supply chain might never be the same – and that’s a good thing. Global Trade Management (GTM) can be defined as the practice of streamlining the entire lifecycle of global trade across order, logistics and settlement activities to improve operating efficiencies and cash flow. Separately, IT research firm Gartner defines foreign/global trade compliance (GTC) as “a category…

Fos Distriport Supports Dangerous Goods Solution

French transport and logistics company Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has extended its operations at the port of Marseille Fos with the opening of a 34,000m2 warehouse in Fos Distriport. The warehouse features 6,000m2 dedicated to packaged dangerous goods – the first such facility within the port’s logistics parks – as well as space for 200 containers. GCA has run an import/export car terminal at Fos since 2014 through its automotive subsidiary TEA. Marketing of the new $21 million warehouse was launched last November.

Daniel Kennedy (Photo: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff Names Kennedy Maritime Manager

Daniel Kennedy is named maritime manager in New England for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Kennedy will manage maritime consulting operations throughout New England, responsible for business development, marketing and project execution. Based in the Boston office, he will provide oversight, management, design and coordination services for major projects involving port and marine facilities. Kennedy…

ICHCA Seeks Safety Award Nominees

ICHCA International, a global cargo handling NGO association, has opened the second TT Club Innovation in Safety Award which aims to highlight the importance of safety at a time of increased operational demands on cargo handling infrastructure and operations worldwide. The goal of the award is equally to champion and celebrate the many companies and individuals around the world who are 100 percent dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day, and to acknowledge and foster innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics.

Jasem Zaiton (Photo: ISS)

ISS Names Zaiton Commercial Manager, Cruise

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it has appointed Jasem Zaiton as its new Commercial Manager, Cruise Solutions. In his previous role Zaiton led the cruise sector at dnata, a member of the Emirates Group, where he spearheaded a dedicated cruise department delivering shore excursions and ground handling services to more than one million cruise passengers in the region. With over 10 years’ cruise-orientated experience in destination management services Zaiton has focused on cruise tourism…

Somali Forces Clash With Pirates, Free Indian Ship Crew

Somali security forces clashed with pirates early on Wednesday and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an Indian cargo ship this month, officials said. The pirates seized the dhow Al Kausar off Somalia's coast, part of a surge of attacks after years without a reported incident. The kidnappers took the crew onshore in central Galmudug state on Monday and clashed with troops two days later, the territory's minister for ports and sea transport, Burhan Warsame, said. "We rescued the nine crew and they are healthy and safe," he added.

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Quality of Ocean Carriers “Poor to Average”

The service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year, according to a survey of exporters, importers and freight forwarders conducted jointly by Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC). The ESC and Drewry contacted several hundred shippers and forwarders from all over the world in March 2017 and asked them how satisfied they were with 16 price and non-price related attributes of the services provided by ocean carriers. The survey also looked into areas most in need of improvement and how quality varies by type of carrier.

Biggest Ship to Ever Visit US East Coast

Wide, deep channels and big-ship infrastructure will earn South Carolina Ports Authority the desired position as last port of call when the biggest ship ever to call the US East Coast, the COSCO Development, arrives in May. "SCPA has worked aggressively for years to ensure we can efficiently work 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels and be the last Southeast port of call with no navigational issues," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Our naturally wide and deepwater harbor…

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Port of Portland Narrows Executive Director Candidates

An advisory group to the Port of Portland Commission has recommended three final candidates in the running to succeed the port’s current Executive Director Bill Wyatt, who will retire on June 30, 2017. The three finalists are Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director and CEO, Mississippi State Port Authority; Stephanie Dawson, Chief Operation Officer, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; and Curtis Robinhold, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Portland. The port will now hold an online public comment period that ends on Monday, April 24.

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MAQTA Gateway Achieves Complete Digitalization

Abu Dhabi Ports said it has introduced a new stream of digital services in the field of import and export operations for RORO and General Cargo to provide customers and stakeholders accessibility to new benefits from the automation of operational processes and services through its Maqta Port Community System (PCS). The new service marks the completion of the digitalization of all operational services, following the success in providing digital services for container and cruise vessels across Abu Dubai’s commercial ports in 2016.

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Georgia Ports Authority Reports Record Growth

The Georgia Ports Authority experienced strong growth in containerized, auto and breakbulk trade in March. The Port of Savannah moved 311,770 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, an increase of 5.6 percent or 16,621 TEUs. Total tonnage across all terminals increased 9.8 percent (258,627 tons), moving 2.89 million tons for the busiest March ever in the Authority's history. "Strong demand from retail and manufacturing customers -- both in the U.S. and abroad -- is driving growth in Savannah and Brunswick," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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SC Ports Reports Record Box Volume in March

The South Carolina Ports Authority announced the strongest monthly container volume in its history, with 192,411 twenty foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled in March. The month was nearly 13 percent higher than March 2016 and surpassed SCPA's previous record, set in January 2017, by more than 7,000 TEUs. Fiscal year to date, the Port has handled 1.58 million TEUs. “The record volumes achieved by SCPA in March result from our broad-based efforts to increase our cargo base by providing good service to clients and enhancing our service offering,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

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Maersk Gains Approval for Hamburg Sud Takeover

World No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for its acquisition of Hamburg Sud (HSDG) after agreeing to pull the German company out from five consortia on trade routes to address competition concerns. The bid by Maersk, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , underscores the wave of mergers in an industry struggling with over-capacity and slowing global trade. Hamburg Sud will withdraw from the consortia on trade routes connecting northern Europe to central America…

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US Retail Imports on the Rise

Imports at the Unites States’ major retail container ports should continue to see strong increases throughout the spring and summer as the nation’s economy improves, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. “Consumers are spending more, and these import numbers show that retailers expect that to continue for a significant period,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.

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Port of Kiel Kicks off 2017 Cruise Season

This year’s cruise shipping season opens in Kiel on April 9 with a call by AIDAcara. Up to the middle of October 28 different cruise ships will berth in the port a total of 142 times while up to half a million passengers are expected to go ashore or embark. The Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. To mark the opening of the season, Captain Manuel Pannzek was given a warm welcome by Deputy City President Robert Vollborn. Robert Vollborn and Captain Pannzek…

Training Program Focuses on Crew Health

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, has produced a series of 10 programs with accompanying workbooks that explore the many aspects of crew health onboard. The “Healthy Living at Sea” series highlights many important areas, including the benefit of eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, disease prevention, and proper working patterns to avoid fatigue and stress. “In today’s tough climate, ship owners and ship managers cannot afford any downtime in a ship’s operations, so maintaining a full complement of healthy crew is vitally important,” says Joe Pitcher, Videotel sales director.

Bomin Affirms Commitment to Baltic Bunkering Market

The Bomin Group, a global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today reaffirmed its commitment to providing physical bunkering products and services in the Baltic, including Rostock, Germany’s largest Baltic port. In line with the company’s new regional hub structure, Bomin’s Hamburg office will take responsibility for physical operations and infrastructure in the region. Bomin Deutschland is operating two state-of-the-art bunker barges in the Baltic area – MT Bergen Troll and MT Lioba – providing customers with a full range of quality products including MGO DMA 0.1 percent…

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IAMPE Certifies Port Professionals

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) said its latest two classes of maritime professionals have completed the IAMPE Professional Management Certification Program. The program provides a recognized industry-wide professional certification for those port and maritime professionals who have industry experience and complete the management certification program. The program includes comprehensive seminar education offered by industry professionals and approved by the Board of the IAMPE.

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DP World, Egypt on Expansion of Sokhna Port

DP World and Egypt's General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) have is planning to increase the capacity of Egypt’s Sokhna port located south of Suez Canal, off the Red Sea coast, Egypt’s official State Information Service reported. DP World’s chief executive Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and GAFI CEO Mohamed Khodair have discussed the next phase of development in Ain Sokhna. The development will increase the capacity of Sokhna port, which sits south of the Suez Canal on the Red Sea on a maritime trade route from Asia to the Middle East and beyond.

Map: Thessaloniki Port Authority (THPA)

Greece Calls for Improved Thessaloniki Port Bids

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) asked for improved financial bids from short-listed investors seeking to buy a majority stake in its second-largest port, reports Reuters. Greece’s privatization agency (TAIPED) got three offers last month for the sale of a 67 percent stake in Thessaloniki Port, which is required as part of Greece’s international bailout. The investors are Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS), Dubai-based P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World) and German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners…