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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Riga Port Aims Growth with LNG Move

The Baltic Sea port, Port of Riga is now offering regular port services for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and boost its container throughput."By officially welcoming the new container ship Containerships Polar, the Port has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels," said a press note from the Latvia’s major port said.It is planned that the first two 100% LNG-powered vessels Containerships…

From left: Bernhard Simon, CEO Dachser, Albert Johnston, Managing Director, Johnston Logistics
and soon of Dachser Ireland as well as Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser, at transport logistic in Munich. (Photo: Dachser)

Johnston Logistics Becoming Dachser Ireland

Dachser recently announced that newly acquired Ireland-based Johnston Logistics Ltd. will officially launch as Dachser Ireland Ltd. and be fully integrated into the Dachser network by September 2019. Expanding its footprint into the Irish market further demonstrates Dachser’s commitment to growing its network and having a presence in key markets throughout the world.Dachser and Johnston Logistics have been partners since 2007. In 2017, Dachser acquired a majority stake in the company, one of the most important logistics providers in the Irish market.

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RTG Cranes Roll at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago.Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span of eight containers wide and with a hoisting height of one over four containers high. The high-performance equipment will replace two older units at the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ Bedford Park facility…

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17.5 Tons of Cocaine found on Containership

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led multi-agency examination of shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport netted a historic load of cocaine, the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of U.S. Customs and CBP, with an estimated weight of over 17.5 tons and a street value of about $1.1 billion.During a midstream joint boarding Sunday night, CBP, HSI, and U.S. Coast Guard authorities detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers aboard the MSC Gayane…

Bristol Port Upgrades Box Terminal

Port of Bristol, which comprises the commercial, and former commercial, docks situated in and near the city of Bristol in England, announced that its container terminal capacity has been boosted significantly by the completion of a GBP 9 million upgrade.A release from the port authority said that the investment is a further commitment to the ever-expanding container services offered at Avonmouth and Portbury Docks.James Stangroom, Commercial Manager at Bristol Port, said: “This upgrade is designed to further refine our productivity…

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Cork, Amsterdam Ports to Collaborate

The Port of Cork in Ireland has signed a collaboration agreement with the Port of Amsterdam International, a deal which will see both ports look to strengthen each other.Ireland is an important trading partner for the Netherlands. In 2017, the country exported over 5.5 billion euros of goods to the Netherlands. This makes the Netherlands the sixth biggest export destination for Irish goods.In the same year, Ireland imported over 3.5 billion euros worth of goods from the Netherlands.

Polar Ecuador (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd Christens Polar Ecuador

Hamburg Süd christened the Polar Ecuador containership in Antwerp.The new vessel belongs to a group of four structurally identical vessels in the Polar class that have been built for Hamburg Süd by the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding. With a total length of 230 meters and a width of 37.30 meters, the ship offers a container storage capacity of 3,800 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs.The Polar Ecuador is deployed in Hamburg Süd’s North Europe – Mexico/Caribbean service (EMCS)…

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Dublin Get Kalmar AutoRTG Cranes

The cargo handling solutions and services provider, Kalmar has concluded an agreement with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) to extend the Kalmar AutoRTG system at the terminal with two new AutoRTG cranes.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q2 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to be completed during Q2 of 2020, Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said. Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port, with an annual throughput of approximately 380,000 TEU.

“Polar Mexico” (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd Christens “Polar Mexico”

Hamburg Süd christened the “Polar Mexico” container ship in the Mexican port of Veracruz on the weekend.The sponsor of the “Polar Mexico” is Claudia Dávila, wife of Carlos Ayala, Logistics and Distribution Director of Alpek Polyester, which is a subsidiary of the Alfa Group, one of the largest corporate groups in Mexico.The Mexican economy is strong in the fruit sector as well as in other industries with high import and export volumes, such as automobile manufacturing, chemicals and brewing.

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Maritime UK Makes Splash on Int'l Women’s Day

Maritime UK, the voice of the maritime sector, and its Women in Maritime Taskforce, will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a reception at Belfast Harbor (March 8th) to mark the launch of two new resources aimed at promoting gender diversity within the maritime sector. The reception will also provide an opportunity for Northern Ireland companies to sign up to the Women in Maritime Pledge, which states: “We are committed to building an employment culture that actively supports and celebrates gender diversity…

Alison Henriksen (Photo: V. Group)

V. Group Appoints New CFO

Marine support services provider V.Group has appointed Alison Henriksen to the position of chief financial officer, effective immediately. Henriksen takes over the position from Rod Day, who has served as interim chief financial officer since August 2017.In addition to her new role as CFO, Henriksen will serve as a member of V.Group’s board of directors, joining the group’s governing body which includes V.Group CEO Ian El-Mokadem and chairman John Pattullo.Henriksen joins V.Group from Compass Group PLC…

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DP World buys back P&O Ferries for $421 mln

DP World has bought back British ferry and shipping freight operator P&O Ferries for 322 million pounds ($421 million), more than a decade after it sold it.DP World acquired the British shipping and logistics company in 2006 but soon sold off some assets, including P&O Ferries to its major shareholder, state holding company Dubai World.DP World announced on Wednesday it was buying the company, and a spokeswoman later told Reuters it had bought it back from Dubai World.Dubai World was at the heart of the emirate’s financial crisis at the turn of the decade and was forced to restructure around $

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Belfast Harbour Hits Record Cargo in 2018

The major maritime hub in Northern Ireland Belfast Harbour handled a record 24.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 3.8% on the previous year thanks to a major increase in the number of freight vehicles passing through the port, which rose to a high of 532,000, latest figures show."Growth was led by a strong increase in freight vehicle carryings on Stena Line’s services to Great Britain, rising by 3% to a record 532,000 freight vehicles and for the second consecutive year more than 1.5m passengers passed through the Port…

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New Maritime Connectivity Platform Launched

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium has been established and a Platform launched last Friday during the conference e-Navigation Underway 2019.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

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10mln+ Cruise Passengers Visits Spanish Ports in 2018

For the first time in Spain's history the ports have welcomed over 10 million cruise ship passengers, reaching a higher level within the global cruise tourism context.According to State-owned Spanish Port System Puertos del Estado, this figure places Spain second in Europe for the number of cruise passengers, with several Spanish ports leading the European ranking and even listed among the world's top 50 ports, as is the case of the ports of Barcelona, the Balearic and Canary Islands…

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The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium

On February 8, 2019, the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) was established with a signature ceremony during the conference ‘e-navigation underway international 2019’.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

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Pacific Green Appoints Iain Lees as CEO

Pacific Green Technologies has announced the  appointment of Iain Lees as Chief Operating Officer to support company growth initiatives around proprietary emission control systems for marine vessels.The owner of the ENVI-Marine and ENVI-Clean Exhaust Gas Scrubbing Systems said in a press note that Lees joins the Company from HannawayCA Corporate Finance Limited (HCACF), a leading financial and business advisory firm in Northern Ireland where he has served as Managing Director…

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UK Shipping Lobby: 'Get a grip on Brexit'

British businesses implored politicians on Monday to stop quarrelling over Brexit and agree an orderly exit from the European Union, as some big firms set up emergency situations rooms to cope with the possible tumult of a no-deal divorce.With less than nine weeks until the United Kingdom is due by law to leave the European Union on March 29, there is no agreement yet in London on how and even whether to leave the world's biggest trading bloc.Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement…

Fred Jeeninga, Cluster Managing Director, Continental Europe (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Appoints Jeeninga, McKeating as Cluster Managers

Svitzer, aprovider of harbor and terminal towage to the global shipping industry, has recently appointed Fred Jeeninga as Cluster Managing Director, Continental Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia) and Maurice McKeating as Cluster Managing Director, UK South.Fred Jeeninga holds nearly 20 years of experience from the marine service industry. His work has taken him to Russia, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, and the Caribbean. He has been with Svitzer since 2009, most recently as Operations…

Irish Continental Group Ferry Project II.  Image: European Investment Bank

Shipbuilding; Irish Ferries to Build Two Vessels

The European Investment Bank is providing EUR 155 million to finance two new passenger and vehicle ships for the Irish Continental Group (ICG) subsidiary Irish Ferries.The two ferries will increase passenger and cargo capacity on routes to Ireland, replace older and smaller vessels and significantly reduce emissions from the Irish Ferries fleet.The new ferries are expected to be used on both the Dublin-Holyhead and Dublin-Cherbourg routes to reflect demand for a greater choice of services from Ireland to Britain and direct to continental Europe.The announcement was made as the W.B.

Paul Jennings (Photo: North P&I)

BREXIT: North P&I Gets OK for Dublin Brexit Hub

British ship insurer North has received regulatory approval from Ireland's central bank for a new subsidiary in Dublin to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in case Britain loses single market access, the firm said on Friday.North, which has its headquarters in the northern England city of Newcastle, is the first specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) club to announce regulatory approval for Brexit trading arrangements in the EU. It said a team of senior…

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Belfast Container Terminal Orders Kalmar's AutoRTG System

Kalmar won a tender to supply a complete AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal (BCT) in Northern Ireland. The system will comprise eight automated rubber-tired gantry cranes (AutoRTGs) controlled by the Kalmar Terminal Logistic System (TLS) and new-generation remote control (RC) desks. The order was booked in Cargotec's Q4 2018 order intake, with delivery of the system scheduled to commence at the end of 2019.Belfast Container Terminal (BCT), the largest in Northern Ireland,  is owned by and located in Belfast Harbor and is operated under concession by Irish Continental Group.

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ABP Bags Maersk Trade Deal

As agreement between Associated British Ports (ABP) container terminal located in Hull and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line,  to open a trading link between the north of England and the Far East.The service begins in the New Year into the 21-acre container terminal in Hull which has seen significant recent investment by ABP. The weekly feeder vessels will see ABP handle around 240 boxes per week, equivalent to 12,000 containers per year.“Unlocking this new trade gateway to the rest of the world is not only significant for the local economy…

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Maersk Moves North-East England Coverage to Hull

A.P. Moller - Maersk, an integrated container logistics company, announced that it is moving its  North-East England coverage from Immingham to Hull.The existing connection between Immingham and continental Europe, will change to Hull, enabling better accessibility for local shippers and offering convenient connection with mainline services."Starting January 12th, 2019, the short sea service, operated by BG Freight and currently calling Immingham, will be moved to Hull Container Terminal in East Yorkshire…

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DIS Annouces Sale and Leaseback of a MR Tanker

International marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market d’Amico International Shipping S.A. (DIS) said that  its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers D.A.C. (Ireland) signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Trader.The 49,990 dwt medium-range (MR) product tanker vessel is built in 2015 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea was sold for a consideration of US$ 27.0 million.This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate at the Vessel’s delivery around US$ 8.6 million in cash…

Sarah Kenny. Photo:  BMT

BMT CEO Sarah Kenny is Maritime UK Vice Chair

Maritime UK has confirmed the appointment of Sarah Kenny as Vice Chair. Kenny is CEO at BMT Global.Maritime UK is the sector’s umbrella body, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to drive growth by promoting the sector, influencing government and fostering collaboration. The sector supports just under 1 million jobs and contributes around GBP40bn to GDP.Kenny will start her two-year terms on 1 December. Current Chair, David Dingle has served since 2015.Dingle…