USCG Advises on Minimizing Novel Coronavirus at Sea
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published an update March 16, 2020 to MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 2)An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG) and Cruise Ship Travel (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP).Illness…
Jan De Nul Completes Liepaja Port Dredging
Luxembourg-headquartered dredging and construction engineering company Jan De Nul Group completed the capital dredging works for the improvement of Liepaja Port in Latvia ahead of schedule.In order to allow larger vessels to enter and leave the port of Liepaja fully loaded, the access channel to the port needed to be adapted. As part of the Liepaja Port Water Infrastructure Works, Jan De Nul Group was awarded the dredging works.The scope for Jan De Nul Group entailed the removal of 2.7 million m³ of sediments to deepen the port access channel from 12.5 m to 14.5 m…
DFDS in Charter Deal with CLdN
Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS has entered into two mutual space charter agreements with the Luxembourg-based short sea specialist Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d'Navigation (CLdN) CLdN that also operates a freight ferry route between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.In June 2019, DFDS opened a freight ferry route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium, that currently deploys three freight ferries offering five weekly departures in each direction.However…
Jan De Nul Opts for 100% Renewable Fuels
Luxembourg-based maritime construction engineering company Jan De Nul announced its decision to opt for 100% renewable fuels."Jan De Nul Group carries out dredging work in the Benelux with 100% renewable fuel. With this, the world player is further committing itself to immediately and considerably reducing its CO₂ emissions," said a release.Trailing suction hopper dredger Alexander von Humboldt will from now on sail on renewable biofuel from certified and sustainable waste streams.The choice of 100% renewable fuel is part of the ambitious CO₂ reduction objectives of the Jan De Nul Group.
Rotterdam Port Joins Noah's Train
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced that it has participated in ‘Noah’s Train’ as part of the Rail Freight Forward (RFF) initiative, a collaborative effort to cut freight transport emissions by 30% by 2030.The longest mobile work of art and ambassador of the RFF initiative, Noah’s Train, is an initiative launched by several European railway companies to promote freight transport by rail. Gathered in the Rail Freight Forward coalition, they defend a common goal: reducing…
Subsea 7 Buys-back Shares
With the market looks upbeat, Luxembourg-based subsea services vessel owner Subsea 7 announced a share buy-back programme."Reflecting Subsea 7’s strong financial and liquidity position and improving market outlook as well as a rebalancing of cash returns to favour share repurchases, the Board of Directors authorised a new share repurchase programme of up to USD 200 million," said a press release from the subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore…
DFDS: New Intermodal Link Between Sweden and Turkey
Denmark-headquartered shipping company DFDS is offering a new connection between Sweden and Turkey following its recent acquisition of Turkish company UN Ro-Ro.Through the Sweden – Turkey intermodal connection now in effect, the carrier offers connections from Gothenburg in Sweden to Trieste in Italy, Patras in Greece and Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin in Turkey.By connecting the existing DFDS network in northern Europe with the new routes in southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, DFDS is capable of offering transportation of cargo from North to South and back.
London P&I Club Setting up Cyprus Office over Brexit
British ship insurer London P&I Club is setting up a new subsidiary in Cyprus to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in case Britain loses single market access, the group told Reuters on Friday.Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing access to specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs could weaken its multi-billion pound shipping services sector."We have … chosen Cyprus to establish our new post-Brexit EU subsidiary, and we are currently going through the process of setting it up and obtaining the necessary license," London Club said in a statem
d'Amico International Shipping Sells MT High Trust
Luxembourg-based d’Amico International Shipping announced that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Trust for a consideration of US$ 29.5 million. The marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market said that High Trust is a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2016 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea. Thistransaction allows d’Amico Tankersto generate at the vessel’s delivery around US$ 11.9 million in cash…
World's Largest Short Sea Ro-Ro Vessel Named in Dublin
MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, will today be christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal ceremony is a long-held tradition intended to bring good fortune to the ship and involves breaking a champagne bottle against the hull as the ship is christened. To mark today’s occasion, new Irish music commissioned by Dublin Port and performed by John Sheahan of the Dubliners and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames will premiere at the ceremony…
Diana Shipping TC Contract for Melia with United
Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with United Bulk Carriers International S.A., Luxembourg, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Melia. The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said that the gross charter rate is US$12,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum s 17 months to maximum 20 months. The charter is expected to commence on April 20, 2018.
EU Member States Ask to End Crippling Reporting Formalities for Ships
Led by Denmark, 13 EU Member States have called on the Commission to present an ambitious proposal on revising the Reporting Formalities Directive. Danish Shipping strongly supports the ambition to sufficiently eliminate the huge administrative burdens on maritime carriers in the EU. The current directive introduced the concept of National Single Windows as a way to harmonise reporting obligations from ships to a single electronic system in each Member State but failed to harmonise data requirements or the mechanisms for sending them thus creating more burdens on maritime carriers in EU.
D'Amico Announces Sale & Lease Back of MR Vessel
D'Amico Tankers (Ireland) signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Freedom, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2014 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea for a consideration of US$ 28.0 million. D'Amico Tankers is an operating subsidiary of d’Amico International Shipping S.A., an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market. This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate around US$ 13.4 million in cash…
Ship Insurer Britannia Sets Up Subsidiary for EU
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, British ship insurer Britannia plans to set up a subsidiary in Luxembourg, Reuters reported. It is to ensure it can continue to trade in Europe, the company said. According to company data Europe accounts for over 40 percent of Britannia’s global business. The report said that insurers are making contingency plans because when Britain leaves the EU on March 29, 2019, they could lose “passporting” rights that allow UK financial services firms to trade in Europe without the need for locally regulated entities.
Arjen Uytendaal Suceeds Francis Vallat as President of ENMC
Francis Vallat, originally co- founder and 1st Vice-President of the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC), which was created in 2005 in his Paris office, and current Chairman since 2011, decided to resign from his chairmanship on the occasion of the annual meeting which was held in Elsinore, Denmark from October 25th to 26th. After six years at the head of the network, he thinks it is time to give a younger highly reputable maritime personality a chance to allow new ideas and blood into the ENMC.
EVAC to be Acquired by Bridgepoint
Evac is to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Evac was established in 1979 and to date has successfully completed over 20,000 marine, 2,000 offshore, and 2,000 building projects for customers around the world. The company has offices in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, South Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the USA, as well as representatives in more than 40 countries. Since 2014 Evac has been owned by the IK VII Fund. In the course of the fund’s ownership…
Brexit Prompts Ship Insurers to Mull New Outposts
U.K.-regulated ship insurers are preparing plans to open new outposts in European Union jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and Cyprus, fearing that Brexit will hinder access to the EU's financial market, industry sources involved say. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing access to specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs - marine insurers owned by shipping firms - could further weaken other parts of its multi-billion pound shipping services sector.
Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy). The appointment was confirmed today by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Graziano Delrio, following approval from the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Transport Commission on 15 November 2016. The Port Authority of Civitavecchia…
AKD to Open Office in Luxembourg
Benelux law firm AKD said it intends to open an office in Luxembourg to meet growing demand for integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. AKD’s new office in Luxembourg will expand its corporate, tax, banking and finance, and investment funds practices. This step is part of AKD’s international growth strategy and allows the firm to support its clients with local offices throughout the Benelux region. With over 220 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisors, AKD is the internationally focused legal and tax firm for any business dealing with the Benelux countries.
Brexit – What Does it Mean for Shipowners' Club?
“Uncertainty” has been a very well used word over the past week, following the result of the EU Referendum. The uncertainty that exists in British and European politics is only matched by the uncertainty that exists in British and European economics. What we do not yet know is quite how the UK and EU passporting/trade agreements will be settled following the UK’s exit from the EU. We also do not yet know how regulation will apply post exit. With so many unknowns, it is no surprise…
Maritime Cluster Concept Blooming Across Europe
Given the success of the first meeting he had in 2015 with the chairmen of the national maritime clusters forming the ENMC, Commissioner Vella expressed the wish to reiterate this high-level forum every year. In that spirit, the 2016 two-hours meeting took place in Luxembourg last week in the presence of eleven maritime clusters from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Main topics of the agenda discussed with Commissioner Vella were the follow-up of the International Ocean Governance…
Cyprus Picks Consortiums to Run Limassol Port
Cyprus has announced the names of successful bidders who will undertake three sectors of operations at the eastern Mediterranean island's primary port of Limassol. The first – comprising Germany’s logistics company EuroGate International, Cyprus’s Interorient Navigation Company and East Med Holdings, based in Luxembourg – will run the port’s container terminal. DP World Limited (majority participant) and G.A.P Vassilopoulos Public Ltd for Marine Services and DP World Limited (majority participant) and G.A.P Vassilopoulos Public Ltd for the Multi-purpose Terminal.
Algoma Signs JV with Nova Marine for Global Cement Carrier Fleet
Canada-based Algoma Central Corporation has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Nova Marine Holding of Luxembourg to establish a fleet of cement carriers to supply infrastructure projects across the globe. Algoma will own 50% of the joint venture, which is to be named NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers or NACC. "We are very excited about the opportunity this investment with Nova presents," said Ken Soerensen , President and CEO of Algoma. The demand for modern efficient cement carriers continues to increase globally.
Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA
Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015. Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015, former CLIA president and CEO, Ostebo will oversee CLIA domestic and international operations, working directly with CLIA’s senior leadership team. Ostebo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new role, joining CLIA from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he served as Rear Admiral.
Shipping Industry Calls for Urgent Action in Migrant Crisis
Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg yesterday (20 April) the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. This includes the ‘10 point plan’ adopted as a result of the impetus provided by the terrible tragedy involving the loss of hundreds of lives at the weekend. The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the…
Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm
The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration. During December 2014, a new set of rules including a new licence fee for PMSCs was introduced whereby failure to comply would result in the revocation or suspension of a security company’s operating licence. The new…