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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ancillary Services News

Tianjin Container Terminal Merger Announced

The board of directors (the “Board”) of the Company announced that on 30 June 2019, COSCO Ports (Tianjin) Limited (“CP Tianjin”)and China Shipping Terminal Development Co., Ltd. (“CSTD”), both being wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, entered into amerger agreement with Tianjin Port Holdings Co., Ltd. (“Tianjin Port Holdings”), China Merchants International Terminals (Tianjin) Limited(“CM Terminals”), Tianjin Port Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (“TCT”), Tianjin Five Continents International Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (“FICT”) and Tianjin Orient Container Terminals Co., Ltd.

Zvi Schreiber, CEO and founder of Freightos  (Photo: Freightos)

Advancing Digitization in Shipping

CMA CGM becomes the first ocean carrier listed on Freightos. Global freight moves towards the ‘one-stop shopping’ standard.CMA CGM Group and global online freight marketplace company Freightos have established an ambitious pilot agreement whereby CMA CGM has become the first ocean carrier listed on Freightos. Online bookings, guaranteed pricing, and secured capacity on CMA CGM China-US trade lanes are available on the platform, with further extension to additional lanes planned in the near future.For its part…

Front: Gianluca Suprani (left, of KwaZulu Cruise Terminal) and Siyabonga Gama (right, Transnet Group Chief Executive) seal the deal on the Terminal Operator agreement for Durban’s new cruise terminal, flanked by (back, left to right) Ross Volk, Nkululeko Mchunu, Moshe Motlohi (Acting COO of Transnet National Ports Authority) and Shulami Qalinge (Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority).

New Durban Cruise Terminal Closer to Reality

Transnet National Ports Authority has concluded an agreement that will see KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a new Cruise Terminal Facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020. The parties signed off on this R200 million-plus project at an official ceremony on Monday, 16 April 2018. KCT was announced last year as the preferred bidder for the 25-year concession project. The com-pany is a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium…

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

IMC Envisages Singapore as Global Maritime Hub

The International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in August 2016, has submitted the IMC 2030 Strategic Review report to the Singapore Government. The Committee’s vision is for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent. The Committee, chaired by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group, comprises 21 other global business leaders and experts from diverse sectors such as maritime, finance, commodities trading, logistics, finance and technology.

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Safeen Milestones Reflect Growth of Abu Dhabi Ports

Safeen, the marine services subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, supporting the operations of the network of ports and harbors across the emirate of Abu Dhabi with a range of maritime and quayside-support services, announced several milestones reinforcing Abu Dhabi Ports’ continued expansion. First, three new state-of-the-art tugs, specializing in towing and escorting the world’s largest ships that now regularly call at locations in Abu Dhabi, have been integrated into Safeen’s existing fleet.

Pic: PSA Singapore

PSA Singapore Named Best Seaport in Asia

Port operator PSA International was named the best global container terminal operating firm for the second year running, in the 2016 Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards held in Shanghai. PSA also received the “Best Container Terminal – Asia (Over 4 million TEUs)" award. “The Port of Singapore clinched the award for its leading performance on a range of criteria including cost competitiveness, container shipping-friendly fee regime, provision of suitable containing shipping-related infrastructure…

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Subsidiary Rebranded as SAFEEN

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate, has renamed its subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Marine Services, as ‘SAFEEN’ –meaning ships in Arabic- in a bid to rebrand itself. The announcement was followed closely by the brand winning the prestigious International Safety Management (ISM) certification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Further, as part of expanding its fleet and improving services…

Courtesy Thome

Thome Unveils New Website

The Thome Group has unveiled a brand new website for 2016 to streamline communications with its clients across the global shipping industry and showcase its comprehensive range of maritime services. Thome Group of Companies is a dynamic provider of integrated ship management services to the international shipping and offshore industries. From ship management to offshore structure management, port agency, vessel inspection and crew training. Thome offers a complete range of services and products under one roof.

6th left Mr. Zheng Minghui, Chairman of Qingdao Port Group; 7th left Mr. Yang Shaopeng, Chairman of SITC

SITC Inks Deal with Qingdao Port

SITC International signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Qingdao Port International Co., Ltd. in Qingdao yesterday in order to further strengthen the strategic cooperation in the port and logistics market. Mr. Zheng Minghui, Chairman of Qingdao Port Group, Mr. Cheng Xinnong, Vice Chairman and president of Qingdao Port Group, Mr. Jiao Guangjun, president of Qingdao Port International, Ms. Jiang Chunfeng, the vice president of Qingdao Port International ,Mr. Chen Fuxiang,  Board Secretary of Qingdao Port International, Mr. Yang Shaopeng, Chairman of SITC, Mr.

Pemex Operation

Pemex Suspends Eviction of Workers in Campeche

Due to the behavior shown by the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, whose career was diverted in the last hours, the Technical Analysis Group Emergency Response Plan for Hurricanes (PREH) of Pemex, recommended the suspension of the removal of offshore platforms in Campeche. On platforms remain toiling around 16 thousand workers whose activities are directly related to production. As reported in the morning, as a preventive measure, Petroleos Mexicanos further evictions of maintenance workers, support and ancillary services in the marine area.

Saipem FDS 2 with new J Lay tower at anchor. (Photo Saipem)

Saipem: A Fleet Grows in Brazil

As some pre-salt plays begin production, a wide range of subsea infrastructure is being built, with O&G transportation pipeline grids being one of the vital downstream systems. Saipem has been recipient of the first major contracts to install deepwater pre-salt pipelines by national operator Petrobras. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil brings us an in-depth look at Saipem’s vessels and projects in Brazil. Saipem’s pipelaying segment is part of a unified Business Unit Engineering & Construction…

Deep Sea Mooring Acquired by HitecVision

HitecVision acquires 100% of Deep Sea Mooring, a subsidiary of Odfjell Drilling, a privately owned international drilling contractor. Deep Sea Mooring is a significant provider of rented mooring equipment, pre-lay mooring solutions and ancillary services to E&P companies and drilling rig operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The company was established by Odfjell in 2008 as an in-house mooring service company and has become one of three providers of mooring rental equipment…

Vocational technical students touring a Bollinger Shipyards facility in Louisiana. Courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards.

Shipbuilders Rely On Training To Fill Crafts Jobs

With skilled craftsmen in short supply in U.S. coastal areas, many shipbuilders turn to their own, sometimes extensive, internal training. Because fewer young people are entering shipbuilding out of high school, the industry is faced with an aging workforce that will soon have to be replaced. As good jobs for shipfitters and welders go begging, industry leaders say it's way past time to spread the word about these opportunities. Pascagoula, Miss.-based John Lotshaw directs Operations Workforce Training and Development at Huntington-Ingalls Industries (HII).