Day of the Seafarer June 25th, 2019: A message from Wallem
If global trade is the engine of economic growth, shipping is the cylinder oil that keeps the engine running. However, the people who make this – our – industry work are almost invisible, as they labour unseen beyond the horizon and out of mind.For this reason, the Day of the Seafarer should be applauded for encouraging us to pause and reflect on the importance of deck officers, engineers and everyone else on whom the industry relies to ensure cargoes are delivered safely and…
Gulftainer Names Fred Castonguay New Group CEO
UAE-based privately-owned port operator Gulftainer has appointed Fred Castonguay its new group chief operating officer to strengthen its growing ports and logistics portfolio globally.Castonguay previously served as the vice president of Operations at Ports America Group and as president and COO for Ports America Outer Harbour in Oakland, California.Peter Richards, Group Chief Executive Officer at Gulftainer, said: “We are pleased to welcome Fred Castonguay on board as Group Chief Operating Officer of Gulftainer.
Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS
This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…
Twill Realigns Under Maersk Brand
Digital freight forwarder Twill has switched its brand affiliation from Damco to Maersk. The realigning of the brand will make it possible to offer Twill to all Maersk customers, in line with the A.P. Moller – Maersk strategy to become a global integrator of container logistics offering end-to-end solutions.Launched in April 2017, Twill was created as a Damco innovation and operated as a partner with the freight forwarder and supply chain management company, which is part of A.P.
Twill Replaces Damco with Maersk
Twill, a digital freight forwarder designed to make shipping simple, has announced a change in its brand affiliation from Damco to Maersk.Launched in April 2017, Twill was created as a ‘Damco innovation’ and operated as a partner with the freight forwarder and supply chain management company, which is part of A.P. Moller - Maersk.The realigning of the brand will make it possible to offer Twill to all Maersk customers, in line with the A.P. Moller - Maersk strategy to become a…
Lloyd’s Register Class Regime Goes Digital
Lloyd’s Register (LR), the world’s first classification society, pioneers the transformation of the class regime for the digital age with announcement of the first ever digital assurance framework: ‘Digital Compliance’A press release from LR said that it has developed the first ever data-driven compliance framework for the marine and offshore industry: ‘Digital Compliance’.The increasing use and advancement of digital twins1 presents a significant opportunity to marine and offshore operators in terms of improving aspects of their operational performance and maintenance regimes…
Unifeeder Becomes Part of the DP World
Following last week annoucement of acquisition, Unifeeder Group has announced the signing of the agreed acquisition of Unifeeder by DP World.The largest Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator announced in a press release that it will benefit from DP World’s global scope, size and presence which in turn will enable Unifeeder’s brands to expand further and beyond present geographies and products.Unifeeder will continue to operate on a fully independent, multi-user basis under its current existing management, and expects to see additional growth as a consequence of the transaction.
DNV GL Secures Shell Penguins Contract
DNV GL has won a cross-service contract to support Shell's Penguins Field redevelopment on the UK Continental Shelf.The contract with Shell involves a team which will deliver an integrated verification and class project for the operator's Penguins floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.DNV GL is providing integrated Verification and Class services to the project. This will be led by a team in UK Oil & Gas, collaborating with the DNV GL Offshore Class unit in Norway and the DNV GL yard team in China and the Philippines.Justin Fletcher…
Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract
Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported. The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support, as well as options for the construction of additional LCS, class services and post-delivery availability support, the Pentagon said in a statement. Australian Associated Press added quoting Asutal that the 127-metre LCS28 will be built at its shipyard in Mobile…
Maersk Sells Mercosul Line to CMA CGM
An agreement between two container carrier giants will see CMA CGM acquire Maersk Line owned Mercosul Line, a player in Brazil’s domestic container shipping market. The price of the sale was not made public. The transaction is subject to Brazilian regulatory approval as well as the closing of Maersk’s recent Hamburg Süd acquisition. At the earliest, Mercosul's integration within CMA CGM is expected to start in Q4 2017 at the same time as the Hamburg Süd integration. Until then, Mercosul Line will continue business as usual.
DNV GL Focus on Digitalization at Nor-Shipping
DNV GL held it’s traditional press conference at the Nor-Shipping trade fair today. This year, the event took place on the Vision of the Fjords, a DNV GL-classed carbon fiber hybrid ferry. The content showcased DNV GL’s innovative vision, with attendees taking part in a virtual reality (VR) presentation, which showed how DNV GL is pushing ahead with a digital transformation to improve the quality and efficiency of its services, as well as the emerging solutions which will take class into the future.
ABS Takes Offshore Safety to New Depths
ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, has expanded its subsea services team to deliver specialized validation and verification services for subsea systems, including subsea hardware, flowlines, umbilicals, and risers. These services include design review, inspection of physical components and regulatory services using performance data to support continuous service of new and existing assets. “Offering best-in-class verification and validation services contributes to the safe and reliable operation of subsea systems…
ZIM Announces Upgraded Lines Structure
In order to improve its services and provide better solutions to market needs, ZIM is announcing a restructuring of its main services on major trades. The new, enhanced structure provides first-class services in the select trades the company is pursuing. The changes will commence in April 2017, offering customers an array of newly designed services catering to market needs, and providing efficient and viable solutions to customers’ evolving needs. ZIM is introducing a new service between Asia and the Pacific North West…
ZIM Upgrades Lines Structure
To improve its services and provide better solutions to market needs, ZIM is announcing a restructuring of its main services on major trades. The new, enhanced structure provides first-class services in the select trades the company is pursuing. The changes will commence in April 2017, offering customers an array of newly designed services catering to market needs, and providing efficient and viable solutions to customers’ evolving needs. ZIM is introducing a new service between Asia and the Pacific North West…
CMA CGM, PSA Singapore to form JV
CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) and PSA Singapore Terminals Pte. Ltd. (PSA) will form a joint venture company CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal Pte. Ltd. (CPLT) to operate and use four mega container berths at Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4 in Singapore. CPLT will start operations from the second half of 2016, and allow CMA CGM and its shipping line affiliates to leverage industry-leading port infrastructure and technologies at this latest Pasir Panjang expansion, which has the capacity and scale of operations to better serve mega vessels in the region.
ClassNK Gains USCG Authorization Under ACP
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has authorized classification society ClassNK to participate in its Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) in addition to granting the authorization to carry out statutory surveys for U.S.-flagged ships in 2011. The ACP was developed as an alternative method for U.S.-flagged vessels to fulfill the regulatory requirements for construction and operation. Under the program, ClassNK can now carry out a wide range of surveys and inspections on U.S.-flagged vessels on behalf of the USCG.
ABS' Wiernicki: The Head of Class
The Head of Class: Christopher J. The global maritime industry faces myriad challenges in the ongoing quest to run safe, profitable operations in an oftentimes tumultuous environment. More than ever vessel owners are faced with daunting regulatory and technical challenges, and the world’s leading classification societies remain the foundation upon which successful marine operations are built. Last month we visited with Christopher J. Wiernicki, the head of ABS and the newly elected head of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for insight and analysis.
Panama to Assess if Seepage Will Delay Expanded Canal Opening
During the testing phase of the new Pacific locks for the Panama Canal, some water seepage was detected in a specific area of the new Pacific Locks in a section that separates the middle chamber and lower chamber, as they were being stressed tested through exposure to level differentials much higher than those required for normal operations, but that may occur during dry-chamber maintenance works in the future. The ACP is now awaiting a formal report from GUPC following detailed inspections.
MICT Wins ‘Container Terminal of the Year’ Award
Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT) received the Gateway Award for Container Terminal of the Year in recognition of its performance, operational excellence, growth in throughput and breaking the one-million-TEU mark. The award was received by Tejas Nataraj CEO MICT, in the presence of a distinguished gathering of business leaders at the Eight Annual Gateway Awards presentation Ceremony held at The Lalit, Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion, Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Subcontinent…
Allcargo Acquires 2 Vessels for Coastal Operations
Allcargo Logistics has announced the acquisition of two additional vessels aggregating 24000 DWT. for its coastal shipping business. Post this acquisition Allcargo now owns a total of five cargo vessels making it one of the largest players in the logistics industry. The main criterion for this acquisition was to cater to the growing requirements not only of coastal shipping but regional trade and commerce as well. India has over 7,000 km of coastline. Considering India’s demography and strategic location as a global trade hub…
MICCO to Invest in Khalifa Port's Industrial Zone
Abu Dhabi Ports sees MICCO establish a world-class logistics business center at Kizad. Abu Dhabi Ports, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has signed a standard Musataha agreement (SMA) with Al Mazroui International Cargo Company (MICCO) to establish a new Logistics Business Centre at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). The state-of-the-art facility will cater to MICCO’s temperature controlled storage facilities, bulk storage through open yards, distribution services, and a service centre for their trucking fleet.
IRClass is 40
IRClass, a leading Class Society in Asia has successfully completed 40 years in the service of Maritime industry. With the growth in India’s international trade, the country’s merchant fleet has expanded substantially from 1970s to now. This needed to be backed by a reliable, cost effective and neutral technical body in order to promote national maritime interests and serve as a nucleus for R&D in shipping, shipbuilding & allied industries. The Indian Register of Shipping was thus formed in April 1975 with the active support and co-operation from the Indian Shipowners and Ministry of Shipping…
NAVTOR Expands into Asia
E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set course for Asia, with the news that the Egersund, Norway-based business has opened an office in Singapore. The move comes in response to growing regional demand for simple, efficient and cost effective ENC distribution solutions, as the IMO’s ECDIS Mandate continues its gradual roll out. In Europe, NAVTOR is already a recognised leader in ENC distribution and an e-navigation pioneer, holding a preferred supplier position with companies such as Hurtigruten, Teekay, DOF and RCL Cruises.
7th World Travel Award for DP World
consecutive year, at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2014. As the opening of the ultra-modern third cruise terminal was inaugurated by its namesake, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, over 300 top decision makers in global travel and tourism were gathering at the 21st World Travel Awards celebration hosted in Anguilla. Mina Rashid, now home to the “Hamdan Bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal”, the world’s largest single cruise facility…
Eaton Joins the CWind Executive Team
CWind, a provider of integrated services to the offshore wind industry, announced it has appointed Jemma Eaton to the board of directors as Commercial Director. The former Commercial Head of U.K. Offshore Project Site Execution joins CWind after nine years with Siemens, having undertaken commercial positions for Siemens Wind Power on several major offshore wind farm projects. Sir Tim McClement, Nonexecutive Director of the Board of CWind, said, “We are delighted to welcome Jemma to the Board.
NAVTOR Expands into Asia to Meet Demand
Enavigation specialist NAVTOR has set course for Asia, with the news that the Egersund, Norway-based business has opened an office in Singapore. The move comes in response to growing regional demand for simple, efficient and cost effective ENC distribution solutions, as the IMO’s ECDIS Mandate continues its gradual roll out. In Europe, NAVTOR is already a recognized leader in ENC distribution and an e-navigation pioneer, holding a preferred supplier position with companies such as Hurtigruten, Teekay, DOF and RCL Cruises.