Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Brings its Fleet Home
“Stay at home” is the global message of the moment. The fleet of the Hamburg-based cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which would normally be sailing the seven seas, is now heading for the waters of its home port. The expedition ship, the HANSEATIC nature, will be the first to return and is expected to arrive in Hamburg, Germany, on April 20. Its sister ship, the international HANSEATIC inspiration, and the two luxury ships, the EUROPA and the international EUROPA 2, are also now on their way back to Hamburg.
Singapore Hosts Port Management Program
The largest cohort of 27 port masters, harbour masters and middle managers from maritime and port authorities from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and Oceania attended the sixth Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Academy’s Port Management Program (PMP).Developed and organized by MPA Academy, the five-day Program will be delivered by industry practitioners as well as senior officers from the MPA. Some of the key subjects that will be covered during the Program include maritime safety…
New Savannah-Central America Route
The Port of Savannah welcomed its first Seaboard Marine vessel Wednesday. The new shipping line customer supports Savannah's cold chain logistics system with one new service to Central America, and a second to Latin America and the Caribbean.The ocean carrier's first service to Savannah links the Southeastern U.S. to northern Central America, with Georgia exports centered on frozen poultry and imports composed largely of perishables and apparel produced in Guatemala, El Salvador…
Cruise Building: Growing, Cleaner and Not Always Bigger
2019 will be the biggest year ever for new ship introductions.The ships are coming. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggests that in the coming year 18 new ships are on order for CLIA cruise lines. The next few years will see the arrival of new cruise giants at PortMiami and Port Canaveral. But first they will need giant terminals.The Global Impact of Cruise LinesCLIA estimates 30 million travelers will cruise next year, up six percent from 28.2 million in 2018;…
AAPA Installs 2016-17 Board, McAndrews Named Chairman
Mark McAndrews, port director of the Mississippi’s Port of Pascagoula, was formally installed on October 26 as the 2016-17 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the voice of seaports in the Americas. As AAPA chairman, he succeeds Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. McAndrews accepted his new chairmanship duties at a membership meeting in New Orleans, La., during which the entire slate of 2016-17 delegation officers and board of directors were inducted as part of AAPA's 105th Annual Convention.
Hapag-Lloyd Warns of Preventive Actions by China
Further to Hapag-Lloyd's information to their Customer circular issued in 4th March 2016 on the preventive actions of Zika virus for all cargoes entering China, the company has now provided an updated list of origin countries. All shipments from the following countries (indicated below) shall be subject to anti-mosquito treatment. Inbound shipments without proof of anti-mosquito treatment will be fumigated at the port of discharge in China by the authorities without prior notice.
Richards Elected Chairman of Palm Beach Port
On Thursday, January 20, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners elected its new Chairman, Mr. Wayne M. Richards. Richards, a member of the board for 16 years, is known for keeping a strong focus on fiscal responsibility and bringing new, diversified business to the Port of Palm Beach. Among the board members, Dr. Jean L. Enright was voted into the position of vice-chair, and Mr. George E. Mastics was named Secretary-Treasurer. Richards’ dedication to business development at the port is highlighted by his many trade missions to the Caribbean nations such as the Bahamas…
Queen Names P&O Cruises' New Luxury Ship
Carnival Corporation & plc launched P&O Cruises UK’s newest ship, Britannia, in a naming ceremony held today in Southampton, England, to commemorate its entry into service for the P&O Cruises fleet. Christening the ship was Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially naming P&O Cruises’ new flagship. Britannia, the first of two new ships joining Carnival Corporation’s fleet in 2015, will be joined later this year by AIDA’s new flagship vessel, AIDAprima, when it begins regular service this fall.
Dr. Doumbia-Henry Named WMU President
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has been appointed president to head the World Maritime University (WMU), as announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and university. Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be the seventh WMU president and will be the first female in the role. Dr. Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently director of the International Labor Standards Department, of the International Labor Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO). She is expected to assume office as WMU President, in Malmö, Sweden, in July.
Barbados Works at Environmental Sustainability
Demonstrating leadership and commitment to environmental sustainability, Barbados Port Inc. has committed to work in partnership with RightShip to develop an incentive program encouraging more efficient vessels to their port. During the 1st Hemispheric Seminar on Port Legislation held in Montevideo on the 24-25 November David Jean Marie, CEO of Barbados Port and Anuj Chopra, RightShip’s Vice-President - Americas, signed a letter of intent to develop a port incentive program using the RightShip and Carbon War Room Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Rating.
Port Modernization Critical to Export Futures
Readiness for Panama Canal Expansion is Just One Variable Driving Global Play. Inland Waterways, Ports Must Tackle Time and Money Issues to Play in the Post-Panamax Era. It’s risky business. It always comes down to time and money, doesn’t it? And when it comes to the readiness of U.S. ports and inland waterways to handle the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, service post-Panamax ships and deliver exports to burgeoning middle classes in southeast Asia and China, it’s the same old song and dance: Will they have the money to get done what needs to be done…
Jamaica Hosts CMOU Port State Control Committee
Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, MP, will be giving the opening address at the 19th annual meeting of the Caribbean Port State Control Committee (CPSCC 19), put on by the Secretariat of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) which begins with an official ceremony on June 23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort in Montego Bay. The Secretariat of the CMOU is located at the offices of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) in Kingston. As Jamaica’s maritime administration, the MAJ takes very seriously its port State control responsibilities.
Drydocks World Chairman to Speak at London Summit
His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World has been invited to speak at the London Summit of Leaders, organized by the Europe Business Assembly from April 15-17, 2014 at the prestigious and historic premises of the British Institute of Directors in London. H.E. Buamim will speak on ‘Innovation Projects – Offshore, Oil and Gas Industry,' during the session titled ‘Presentation of Projects and International Cooperation Programs-‘EBA Best Enterprises Achievements 2014’ on April 17, 2014.
ISS Awarded for "Excellence in Service"
Maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it was honored to join The World, Residences at Sea, in Miramar, Florida on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the company’s seventh annual Celebration of Excellence awards dinner held to recognize its top port agents and travel partners from across the globe. From the home of President and CEO Tom McAlpin, honorees enjoyed a Caribbean-themed, family-style barbecue amid a gorgeous South Florida sunset, the perfect backdrop for the outdoor event.
Royal Caribbean Announces Winter 2015-16 Schedule
Four of the Regions Largest and Most Innovative Cruise Ships to Sail from Port Everglades and Port Canaveral. The cruise line has announced that Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from convenient Florida homeports for the winter 2015-16 season, which are now open for sale. Sister-ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will offer vacationers still-matched Caribbean cruises in the 2015-16 winter season. Both ships will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Crew Rescued from Sinking Ship
Falmouth Coastguard has been assisting a cargo vessel which had six people on board and began sinking 12 miles east of the Lizard. The Sea Breeze is an 87m Barbados flagged cargo vessel with six crew onboard. It is carrying 2,750 tons of limestone and was bound for Shoreham at the time of the incident. Lizard and Falmouth RNLI Lifeboats and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose attempted to pump water out of vessel, the ‘Sea Breeze’, with their own pumps. Other merchant vessels, who heard the mayday relay broadcast from Falmouth Coastguard, also stood by in case they were required.
Seagull Delivers Maritime Labor Convention Training
Seagull is urging seafarers and shore-based staff alike to make themselves fully aware of their rights and obligations in the event of non-compliance with the Maritime Labor Convention. Failure to comply with the new legislation could lead to vessels being detained. Finland, Greece, Malta, France, Nigeria, South Africa and Barbados have each ratified the Convention recently, ensuring that it will come into force, as planned, on August 20 2013, replacing 37 existing International Labour Organization maritime conventions and related recommendations adopted since 1920.
Seagull Delivers Maritime Labor Convention Wakeup Call
Norwegian training specialist Seagull is urging seafarers and shore-based staff alike to make themselves fully aware of their rights and obligations in the event of non-compliance with the Maritime Labor Convention. Failure to comply with the new legislation could lead to vessels being detained, the company warned. Finland, Greece, Malta, France, Nigeria, South Africa and Barbados have each ratified the convention recently, ensuring that it will come into force, as planned, on August 20…
Argentine Union Warns ITF Certificate Obligatory for Bahia Banca Entry
The UK P&I Club’s Argentinian Correspondents have advised that the local Maritime Workers Union (SOMU) have issued a note stating that they will not allow the entrance of any vessel to the port of Ingeniero White (Bahia Blanca) that does not hold a valid ITF certificate on board. The Union has also demanded that a copy of the ITF certificate is sent by mail in advance. The Club’s Correspondents have spoken to the local representatives of ITF in Argentina to obtain their input…
Beauty Queen Flounders at Giant Bottle Launch
The world’s largest message-in-a-bottle will be released shortly, 200 nautical miles off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands. The bottle constructed by the owner of Norwegian company Koeningsegg is registered as a boat, and will be tweeting photos live via satellite as it drifts in the Atlantic Ocean, having been christened by well- known explorer Jarle Andhøy with beauty queen 'Miss Tenerife'. Inside the bottle is a quantity of bottles of the company's soft-drink product 'Solo' as well as a fitting 12 square meter letter to the finder.
Crowley’s Otero Named VP
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services division has announced that Tony Otero has been named vice president of Caribbean services. He will remain domiciled in Crowley’s Jacksonville headquarters, and will continue to report to John Hourihan, who was recently named senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Puerto Rico and Caribbean services. In his new role, which is currently held by Matt Jackson – who will assume a new position on Crowley’s petroleum services team Jan.
Climate Change Impacts on Ports and Trade
Ports are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climate changes, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and rising temperatures. Climate change and its impact on ports will be the theme of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Expert Meeting that will take place from the 29th to the 30th of September. Over 80 per cent of world trade volume is carried by sea. International shipping and ports provide crucial linkages in global supply-chains and are essential for the ability of all countries…
UNCTAD Convening Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation"
The UNCTAD secretariat is convening an Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports", to be held in Geneva on 29-30 September 2011. Following earlier related activities (see www.unctad.org/ttl/legal, under "Meetings"), the two-day meeting aims to provide a platform for expert discussions on how best to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on ports and develop effective and appropriate adaptation response measures.