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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dubai News

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Dubai Maritime City Authority to Develop UAE’s Maritime Sector

The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) with an aim to promote the development, consolidation and regulation of the maritime sector based on competitiveness, sustainability, excellence and innovation.The MOC is a result of relentless efforts by both parties to establish effective strategic partnerships to elevate the UAE’s position as one of the world’s best maritime centers.The agreement was signed by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem…

Suhail Al Banna, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, DP World Middle East and Africa, and Moulaye Ahmed Boubacar, Minister of Equipment and Transport, the Republic of Mali, during the signing of the concession agreement in Dubai

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DP World to Build Logistics Hub in Mali

DP World is set to build and operate a logistics hub in Mali under a 20-year concession agreement signed with the West African country's government, the Dubai state-owned company said on Wednesday.Construction of the first phase of the 1,000 hectare (10 square kilometers) hub, to be known as the Mali Logistics Hub, will start next year and take 18 months to complete with an estimated initial investment of $50 million, DP World said in a statement."The Mali Logistics Hub will dramatically improve the cost and time of trade for Mali," said Mali's minister of equipment and transport, Moulaye Ahme

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Singapore Tops World's Shipping Centre Rankings in 2018

Singapore has emerged as the world's top maritime center for the fourth consecutive time in the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Center Development Index. "Singapore remains unmoved at the top of the International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index for the fifth successive year, following a benchmark report published today (10 July 2018) by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency," said a press release. The index covers 43 of the world’s largest ports and…

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DP World Threatens Legal Action Over Djibouti Port Row

DP World threatened legal action against Djibouti after the government of the Horn of Africa nation ended a contract this year with the Dubai-owned firm for running a port facility, the company's spokesman said on Thursday.Djibouti ended the contract in February with DP World to run its Doraleh Container Terminal.The Dubai-based company said it issued its statement after "reports of the opening of the first phase of the Chinese built International Free Trade Zone, in violation of DP World's exclusive management rights.""DP World reserves the right to take all available legal actions, including

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ICTSI Wins Sudan Port Contract

Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said it has been chosen by the government of Sudan to handle the operations and management of the South Port Container Terminal (SPCT). In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, ICTSI said the state-run Sea Ports Corp. of Sudan (SPC) has confirmed it as the preferred bidder to operate and manage the SPCT under a 20-year concession. ICTSI, controlled by gaming and ports tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.…

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DP World Gross Volume Up 4.8% for 1H 2018

Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World said that its gross volumes rose 4.8 percent to USD 35.6 billion s for the six months to 30 June 2018,  despite uncertainties in the container market. On a reported basis, revenue grew 14.4%.Revenue growth is supported by the volume growth across all three regions and the impact of new acquisitions including Drydocks World LLC (Drydocks), Dubai Maritime City (DMC) and Cosmos Agencia Marítima (CAM).Profit attributable to owners of…

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Djibouti Nationalizes Stake in Doraleh Container Terminal

Djibouti has nationalized the two-thirds stake in its Doraleh Container Terminal held by the Port of Djibouti, the government said in a statement, the latest twist in a dispute with Dubai's government-controlled DP World dating back six years.In February, Djibouti ended a contract with DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, to run its Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), and seized control of the terminal.A London court later said DP World's contract to run the terminal was still valid.The port of Djibouti, PDSA, is itself majority-owned by the Djibouti state and in turn owns a two-

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DP World Plans 10-year Dollar Sukuk, 30-year Conventional Bond Sale

DP World, the Dubai logistics group and one of the world's biggest port operators, will meet fixed income investors ahead of a planned 10-year benchmark dollar sukuk offering, a document issued by one of the banks arranging the potential issue showed on Monday.The company has hired Barclays, Citi, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan, Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank as joint bookrunners for the planned sukuk, or Islamic bond.

Dan-Bunkering DMCC Welcomes Three New Bunker Traders

Dan-Bunkering said it has hired three new Bunker Traders in its Dubai office.Benedek Nagy was born and raised in Hungary, however, at the age of 18 he moved to Denmark to study International Shipping and Trade as well as gain experience within the shipping industry.Fabio Rossetti grew up in Denmark and holds a graduate diploma in Managerial Economics and Innovation Management from Copenhagen Business School.Nemish Jose is of Indian descent. He is an MBA Port & Shipping Management graduate from Indian Maritime University and speaks English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil.

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Drydocks World Initiates Health Care Campaign

Drydocks World - Dubai organized a health care campaign in cooperation with Al Baraha Hospital and Dubai Health Authority.Employees benefited from medical tests, examinations, information and health advice from doctors and experts at 12 stations covering: safety, nutrition, urology, dermatology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, accident and emergency. This annual health care campaign aims to bring specialist medical services and educational awareness to the yard’s large workforce, in…

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DP World, China Signs Agreement to Boost International Trade

An agreement to jointly construct a new ‘Traders Market’ at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai on a total build up area of three million square metres has been signed between the global trade enabler and the Zhejiang China Commodities City Group, providing further impetus to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.DP World will be building the ‘Traders Market’ within the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area located in Jafza South next to the Dubai Expo 2020 site.The market will include clusters of traders from all over the world, offering a wide range of products at one site.

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North P&I Club, 24Vision Sign Partnership Agreement

North P&I Club and 24Vision announced today that they have entered into a partnership agreement, with effect from 1 July 2018, to provide P&I insurance to charterers and small ship operators. As part of 24Vision’s wider service proposition to their marine industry clients, the partnership agreement provides for North P&I Club to be the insurance carrier for 24Vision’s marine liability products. “An alliance with North P&I Club puts us in an excellent position to provide our clients with top-rated security,” says Rocco Bozzelli, Managing Director of 24Vision Insurance Solutions.

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HullWiper Secures Business at New Australian Base

HullWiper Ltd’s underwater hull cleaning technology is marking a successful first month of operations at the Port of Townsville, Australia, with initial contracts already secured following its July 2018 launch. HullWiper’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) provides affordable and eco-friendly hull cleaning services for all kinds of vessels calling at Townsville, the largest multi-cargo port north of Brisbane, a transport hub for bulk exports, and a popular stop for cruise vessels. ROV cleaning operations at the Port of Townsville are managed by HullWiper’s leasing partner K ROV.

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BorWin Gamma Platform Sails Away

The offshore converter platform, BorWin gamma, has now safely set sail from Dubai and begun its journey to  its offshore site in the German part of the North Sea.Through the Gulf of Oman, the 18,000 ton ‘topside’ will pass into the Red Sea before going through the Suez Canal onto the Mediterranean and past Gibraltar. The journey then moves through the Bay of Biscay, to the English Channel and into the North Sea where it will be integrated with the ‘jacket’ nearly 130 kilometres off the German coast.Along with BorWin3…

XLProjects Gains ISS in United Arab Emirates

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) serves Dubai with regular scheduled airfreight consolidations, handling a wide variety of cargo’s with the greatest ease. Their logistics professionals specialize in servicing all your airfreight needs, from documentation to communications to worldwide shipment tracking. Focused but not confined to import/export to the whole of GCC, their air cargo operation is streamlined to make trade and commerce easy for importers and exporters of the Arabian Peninsula. ISS handles all aspects of ocean bound cargo on behalf of importers and exporters worldwide.

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Zaitoun Green Shipping Forms Consortium for New Maritime Model

Dubai  based  Zaitoun Green Shipping has initiated, together with world leading  companies  in  smart  technology  and  solutions,  a consortium to collaborate  on  radically  improving  performance  of  container ships and forming a new business model for this market.The consortium consists of the top international industry key players such as MacGregor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment, Wärtsilä, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), WIN GD, CargoTech and Carinafour.

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DP World Markets Eight-year Euro-denominated Bond

Dubai's port operator DP World has started marketing an eight-year euro-denominated bond, a document by one of the banks leading the deal showed.The transaction would add to the expected issue of 10-year sukuk, or Islamic bonds, and 30-year conventional notes that the company started marketing to investors earlier on Tuesday.DP World, rated Baa1 by Moody’s and BBB+ by Fitch, has given initial price guidance of around 185 basis points over mid-swaps for the euro-denominated notes, the document showed.Barclays, Citi, HSBC, and Societe Generale are arranging the deal, which is expected to price l

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DP World to Issue $3.3 bln of Multi-Currency Bonds

Dubai port operator DP World is to issue more than $3.3 billion in bonds divided across different currencies and formats, according to bank documents seen by Reuters.The company will issue $1 billion in 10-year sukuk, or Islamic bonds, offering 175 basis points over mid-swaps. It is also selling $1 billion in 30-year conventional bonds, with a yield set at 5.7 percent.In addition to the dollar-denominated deals, the Dubai logistics company is selling a 750 million euro ($878 million)eight-year bond and a 350 million pound ($461 million) bond with a 12-year maturity.

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Gulftainer Wins Contract to Operate U.S. port of Wilmington, Delaware

As first reported in the JULY / AUGUST edition of Maritime Logistics Professional magazine, Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington had inked a tentative deal with the State of Delaware which would grant GT USA, Wilmington exclusive rights to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington, on the Delaware River downstream from Philadelphia for the next 50 years. That deal is now official.Privately-owned Gulftainer today operates the Canaveral Cargo Terminal in the Port of Canaveral, Florida.

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UAE Bunker Inquiries Spike on Worries over Singapore Tainted Fuels

Inquiries for marine fuel supplies in the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Fujairah oil hub have spiked as shippers try to avoid loading tainted fuel oil that has clogged and damaged ship engines in Singapore recently, three trade sources said.Tainted marine fuel has been found in Singapore, the world's largest ship refuelling hub, following reports of more than 100 vessels that loaded similarly contaminated fuel in the U.S.

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London Court Rules DP World Djibouti Contract "valid and binding"

Dubai's government said on Thursday the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ruled DP World's port container terminal contract in Djibouti was valid and binding.The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World in February over a dispute dating back to at least 2012. Dubai government-controlled DP World has called the seizure illegal."The LCIA Tribunal has ruled that Doraleh Container Terminal's Concession Agreement 'remains valid and binding ...'" Dubai's government media office said in a statement, which did not state when the ruling was made.

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Short Sea Providers Partner with Navis to Optimize the Vessel Stow

On-premise vessel stowage software StowMan takes feeder liners and logistics providers to the next level of vessel stowage planning. Navis, the leading provider of vessel stowage planning solutions, announced that in the first half-year 2018 five feeder liners, including Tehama Shipping and Transinsular, have selected the on-premise stowage planning solution StowMan. The partnership with Navis aims to improve vessel stowage planning and an effective load list handling in order…

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Unipec Suspends US Oil Imports as Trade Spat Intensifies

China's Unipec, the trading arm of state oil major Sinopec, has suspended crude oil imports from the United States due to a growing trade spat between Washington and Beijing, three sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.The sources declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.It is not clear how long the temporary halt will last, but one of the sources said Unipec has no new bookings of U.S. crude until at least October.Unipec and Sinopec, Asia's largest refiner and biggest buyer of U.S.

GAC Dubai’s Qualilty Manager, Sandeep Kumar, receiving the award from DNV representative (Photo: GAC)

GAC Dubai Steps Up in Pharma Logistics

GAC Dubai has been awarded the ISO 13485:2016 Medical Devices Management System certification, demonstrating its ability to provide quality warehousing, distribution and value-added services of medical devices that meet the high standards of the sector and the regulations that govern it. Certification comes after a stringent independent audit which confirmed the company’s compliance with the internationally recognized standard.The company has also been awarded the ‘Certificate…

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UASC Sues World Fuel Services

Dubai-based shipowner United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has filed suit against Miami-based marine fuels provider World Fuels Services (WFS) seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of off-spec fuel oil in 2016, reports Arabian Industry.UASC is seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of the off-spec fuel oil, according to the suit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on 27 June, 2018.The Middle East shipping giant claims that on or about 21 September 2016…

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From Desert to Delaware

Gulftainer strives for top six in terminals.Sharjah is a glimmering city-state carved from the desert, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And soon, within weeks, a company based in Sharjah could control one of the most strategically located marine ports in the United States. Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington has inked a deal with the State of Delaware, USA, which would grant GT USA…