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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dubai News

Hamburg Süd Opens Dubai Office

Hamburg Süd has opened its first proprietary agency in the Middle East. On February 1 Hamburg Süd Shipping LLC commenced operations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company-owned agency coordinates Hamburg Süd’s business in the Persian Gulf and has taken over all the tasks and activities for commercial operations as well as container logistics from the long-standing local agency partner Inchcape Shipping Services LLC. Vessel and customs clearance in the Ports of Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan will continue to be handled by Inchcape Shipping Services.

L to R: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC and Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA.

Dubai Maritime Club Launched

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has committed its full support for the Dubai Maritime Club, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at nurturing a dynamic network of maritime professionals. Launched in collaboration with DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, the Club will facilitate regular meetings for members irrespective of the location of their activity…

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority

Dubai Mulls Maritime Clusters

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently brought together the high-level representatives of key Dubai maritime associations at its headquarters to engage industry leaders in insightful discussions according to the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy’s goal (DMSS) of catapulting the emirate into the ranks of the world’s most vibrant, highly competitive, and safest maritime capitals. The meeting chaired by DMCA Executive Director Amer Ali formed part of the periodic gatherings organized to provide leaders…

Dubai Maritime City Authority visits Seacor Marine to further reinforce local maritime sector in partnership with private sector. Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)

DMCA Visits Seacor Marine

Dubai Maritime City Authority visits Seacor Marine, a major operator of offshore marine support vessels, to further reinforce local maritime sector in partnership with private sector. Led by Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Officer of the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, the DMCA’s delegation discussed best solutions and efficient measures to further capitalize on promising opportunities and address current and emerging challenges facing Dubai’s maritime community.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and his team receiving Mr. Simon Duran, the Director General of “GAC EnvironHull Limited” at the DMCA HQ in Dubai. (photo: DMCA)

Officials Mull Future of Dubai Maritime Cluster

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) officials recently met with officials of maritime company GAC Group to discuss current and future aspects of maritime freight and logistics services in light of the successive achievements of Dubai which ranked in the top 10 Maritime Capitals for 2017. According to DMCA , the move is in line with the its commitment to establishing direct communication channels with leaders of the global maritime industry with a presence in Dubai, and forms part of its continuous efforts to drive the growth of the local maritime cluster…

Image: Golar LNG Limited

Golar LNG Cuts Dubai FSRU Charter

Golar LNG Partners has agreed with the charterer of the Golar Freeze FSRU, Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) certain amendments to the existing time charter that was due to end in May 2020. DUSUP have two FSRU's on contract and do not currently have full time use for Golar Freeze and have therefore been working with Golar Partners to find alternative employment. Golar Partners and DUSUP will continue to cooperate with regards to future employment for Golar Freeze but in the meantime have agreed certain amendments to the existing charter.

Captain Khamis Weld Ghumail, Director of Maritime Traffic Management, DMCA  (Photo: DCMA)

DMCA Celebrates Dubai Training Achievements

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently evaluated the achievements of the Dubai Maritime Training Center (DMTC) for its major accomplishments in establishing new standards for professional maritime training, which is being conducted through integrated training programs designed in collaboration with international experts in order to adapt to rapid changes regionally and internationally. With the goal of making Dubai a leading global destination for maritime training and an ideal market for leading maritime companies…

DMCA Seeks Best Safety Practices

Dubai Maritime City Authority meets jet ski operators to discuss ways of improving maritime safety in line with best practices. As part of the continuous cooperation between various public and private sector entities in Dubai, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government entity in-charge of regulating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, recently met several jet ski companies and agencies in Dubai. This initiative reflects DMCA’s keenness to implement best practices and get a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the private sector…

Carsten Ladekjaer (Photo: Glander International Bunkering)

Glander International Bunkering Promotes Dubai Management

Marine fuel and lubricant trading firm Glander International Bunkering has made three internal promotions in its Dubai office: former sales manager Morten Langthjem will take on a new role as managing director; Alex Margaritis, former team leader and senior bnker/lubricant trader, will take over Langthjem’s former position as sales manager; and Hernan Ortiz will be appointed to a newly created role as business development manager. “All three of the newly appointed candidates have…

Nezar Banabeela (Photo: BahriBunge)

BahriBunge Dry Bulk Office Inaugurated in Dubai

Following the announcement of the joint venture agreement by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics, and Koninklijke Bunge B.V. (“Bunge”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, a agribusiness and food company, the two companies recently inaugurated the offices of BahriBunge Dry Bulk Ltd. in Dubai, UAE. In celebration of the occasion and reveal of the new company’s logo, Mr. Abdulrahman M. Al-Mofadhi, Chairman of Bahri hosted a special ceremony at Burj Al Arab in the presence of several Bahri board members…

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

Dubai Shipping Volumes Sink

Dubai shipping volumes - cargo handled at Dubai's ports, which includes flagship terminal Jebel Ali - fall for third quarter Gulf News reports quoting the latest DP World figures. DP World's  ports in the United Arab Emirates, all located in Dubai, handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the three months to June 30. That is 6.2 per cent lower than the 4 million TEUs it reported for the second quarter of 2015 and follows a 5.9 per cent decline in the first quarter of 2016. Cargo volumes at its Dubai ports fell by 2.89 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority.

DMCA Moves Forward with Maritime Safety Policy

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is proceeding with the implementation of its Maritime Safety Policy as part of the first-of-its-kind maritime sector strategy’s initiatives for developing, organizing and promoting Dubai’s maritime industry. The new policy reflects the commitment of local government authorities to providing all forms of support to consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading global maritime hub. It will promote maritime development and safety by requiring higher levels of operational performance and advanced…

Oceanwide Logistics Opens Dubai Office

OL International Holdings LLC announced the launch of its newest office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Oceanwide Logistics Dubai joins the company’s growing global NVOCC network of 18 offices and more than 120 agents worldwide, many of which are part of the Oceanwide Logistics Global Network. This integrated network allows OL International to deliver powerful and seamless service to and from Dubai and ports around the world. Oceanwide Logistics Dubai will be led by Managing Director Paula Bellamy…

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela during their meeting in Dubai yesterday. Photo DP World

DP World, Panama to Strengthen Ties

Trade infrastructure development to diversify Panama’s economy and DP World’s international experience in over 40 countries were at the centre of discussions held in Dubai yesterday between the global trade enabler’s Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. As part of his visit, Mr. Varela was taken on a tour of DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, including Terminal 3, which is among the world’s most productive and technologically advanced…

Launching of the United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association Photo UAE MEPA

UAE Marine Environment Protection Association launched in Dubai

The Director General of HELMEPA, Dimitris C. Mitsatsos and the Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries (DCMMI), Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, signed the Inaugural Declaration to the formation of UAEMEPA, the United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association. The signing ceremony took place at the beginning of the 9th Offshore Arabia Conference at Dubai in the presence of the Secretary General of IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, UAE high standing functionaries and representatives of organizations and companies from within world shipping.

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19. The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by Rickmers-Linie’s customer Cigisped, who specializes in the organization of yacht shipments of all sizes. MV Rickmers Dalian (30,000dwt) is one of nine identical sister vessels of the Superflex Heavy MPC Class employed in Rickmers-Linie’s Round-The-World Pearl String service.

Clarksons Platou's Inaugural Seminar at DMCA’s Dubai Maritime Week

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is set to facilitate a first-of-its-kind seminar dedicated to Middle East shipping and offshore activities. The event will be conducted by Clarksons Platou, a global leader in maritime brokerage and investment banking, as part of Dubai Maritime Week 2016 – the third edition of the region’s first comprehensive maritime event organized by the Authority, which will run from October 30 to November 3. The seminar is expected to attract several…

VLCC voyages Ex Arabian Gulf Image courtesy McQuilling Services’

Dubai Weakness Promotes AG Exports

In McQuilling Services’ March Short-Term Outlook, we expressed our expectation of higher crude demand out of the Arabian Gulf in the near term due to recent weakness in Dubai crude pricing. In our report, we note the expansion of the Brent-Dubai crude differential, averaging about US $3.04/bbl through the first half of March, up from US $2.61/bbl in February. The growing presence of US crude flows to Asia is likely a supportive factor as we observed February crude exports average roughly 1.5 million b/d…

Lamin Bara  (Photo: Dan-Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Promotes Two Bunker Traders

Dan-Bunkering has announced the promotion of Bunker Traders Rali Bara and Lamin Bara in its Dubai office as of March 1, 2018. Rali Bara, who joined the Dubai office in 2013 was promoted to Bunker Trader & Team Leader and has during his career with Dan-Bunkering shown great business instinct and strong leadership skills, which is why a promotion to Team Leader was an obvious next step up the internal career ladder. Lamin Bara, who was also promoted to Bunker Trader & Team Leader…

Mark Broster & Robyn Harrigan speaking at ECDIS Seminar, Dubai (Photo: ECDIS)

ECDIS Enters Second Phase of International Seminars in Dubai

ECDIS Ltd's international seminars on have proven such a success, they have now moved into a new series; starting with the one of the previous hosts, Dubai. The seminar, held on November 3rd at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai, gave the attendees a great opportunity to interact directly with the speakers in a round table discussion style forum, gaining invaluable insight and knowledge to enhance company procedures. The seminar titled "ECDIS Inspections: Marine Risk Reduction, Detentions & Best Practice" provides the delegates with practical…

Photo: DMC

DMCA Signs ‘Maritime Innovation Cooperation Agreement’ with DNV GL

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has announced the signing of an agreement with DNV GL today at the DNV GL National Committee, which started this morning, on Tuesday (November 15, 2016), to collaborate on several maritime innovation initiatives. The agreement was signed in Dubai between Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL Maritime.

His Excellence Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, Chairman of DMC

Dubai Maritime Vision 2030 Launched

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced its firm commitment to supporting the Dubai Maritime Vision 2030 plan of creating a vibrant and safe maritime environment in the next two decades and establishing Dubai as a leading global maritime hub. His Excellence Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs, and Free Zones Corporation, Chairman of DMCA, said: “Dubai Maritime Vision 2030 is of strategic significance as it underpins efforts to improve the local maritime sector.

Ground breaking at Dubai Photo GAC

GAC Breaks Ground on New Dubai Facility

GAC Dubai has broken ground on the site of its newest contract logistics facility that will bring its total capacity to more than 200,000 pallet positions serving customers active in the local and regional markets. Construction of the three chamber warehouse and executive office complex in the Logistics District of Dubai South is due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, with operations expected to go live in January 2018. It will add to GAC’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones.

Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager of Contract Logistics, receives the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year Award at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House Marina. (Picture courtesy of ITP Media Group)

GAC Dubai Wins Supply Chain Award

For the second consecutive year, GAC Dubai has been named the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year in the Logistics Middle East Awards. The 2018 award, like last year’s, acknowledges the company’s service to the Middle East’s busy Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. The win recognizes GAC Dubai’s procedures, training and technology deployed in ensuring a seamless, safe and efficient cold chain and consistent commitment to providing supply chain management services to the sector.

William Stranne, Manager Chartering and Aayush Giri,  General Manager are now based in Dubai (Photo: Stena Weco)

Stena Weco Opens Office in Dubai

Stena Bulk, via Stena Weco and Golden Stena Weco, has opened a new office in Dubai and will move in this month. The official inauguration will take place in January next year. The company already has a presence in the market in the region but said it wants to get closer to its customers to continue to develop the transportation of chemicals and petroleum products. For Stena Bulk and Stena Weco, which, with its IMOIIMAX fleet, is focusing increasingly on trade with chemicals, Dubai is a strategic hub.

(Image: GAC)

GAC Dubai Opens New Contract Logistics Facility

New temperature- and humidity-controlled facility brings total capacity in Dubai to over 170,000 pallet positionsGAC Dubai has opened its newest contract logistics facility, in the Logistics District of Dubai South. The new facility adds to the company’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones, bringing total capacity in the Emirate to over 170,000 pallet positions dedicated to customers active in the local and regional markets.The 45…