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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Manufacturing News

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New Cruise Ship Terminal in Queensland

Brisbane has launched the construction of the new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland's economy.The $158 million project is scheduled to open in October next year, with the potential to more than double Brisbane's cruise industry.Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk said: "Building this one piece of infrastructure flows through our entire economy. Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane's Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal.

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China's Commodity Imports Tepid, but Improving

If you were looking for evidence that China's economy has lost momentum, you may be tempted to think that you've found it in the unimpressive growth, or lack thereof, in imports of major commodities in the first quarter.Customs data for the first quarter show only crude oil has recorded significant growth in import volumes in the first quarter, with copper data mixed and iron ore and coal dropping.This would seem to confirm the narrative of slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy amid the ongoing trade and tariff dispute with the United States.But as usual the devil is in the deta

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Houston Widens Ship Channel

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has decided to accelerate widening of the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest waterway.The Port Authority is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and other representatives of the federal government, as well as Port of Houston and Houston Ship Channel stakeholders, to obtain authorization and accelerated funding and completion, of a deepened and widened ship channel.“The Houston Ship Channel is open for business for all and will continue to be…

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Trade Hopes Buoy World Shares

Cautious optimism over Sino-U.S. trade talks underpinned global stocks on Friday as benchmark bond yields ground higher and lifted the dollar to a three-week high against the yen ahead of U.S. job data.U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a trade deal with China might be announced within four weeks, although he warned that it would be difficult to allow trade to continue without an agreement. Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly said progress was being made and called for an early conclusion of talks.The pan-European STOXX 600 index nudged higher…

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Customs Demands Bigger Bonds as Tariffs Bite

Stephen Wang is counting the costs of President Donald Trump's trade war. He had to put down 12 times more cash as a guarantee to U.S. customs that he would pay the bill for tariffs on the Chinese-made pumps, valves and motors he imports.The cost of the guarantee - a U.S. customs bond - has shot up, an additional hit to importers already facing steep customs bills adding up to tens of billions of dollars for tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on incoming Chinese goods…

Christina Bolling, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of DSC Dredge, LLC

DSC Dredge Names Bolling VP & CAO

Christina Bolling has been named Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of DSC Dredge, LLC.She was promoted after serving five years as DSC Dredge Corporate Human Resources Director for DSC headquarters and two production facilities in Greenbush, Michigan and Poplarville, Mississippi. Bolling’s background experience of Human Resources, Leadership Development and Operations provide substantial knowledge and expertise as she reinforces each DSC department’s performance to be the best of their abilities.DSC is a global leader in the dredge manufacturing industry…

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

Martin McDonald, an industry veteran with more than 35 years under his belt, is responsible for Oceaneering’s global ROV business. With a broad based of ROV experience – from operation to repair to maintenance to management – McDonald shares with MTR his insights on the historical development and future prospects of this high-profile subsea sector.How and when did you know that your career would be in the maritime/subsea industry?I grew up in Fraserburgh, Scotland, a small town 40 miles north of the oilfield city of Aberdeen. Fraserburgh is best known for commercial fishing.

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Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

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$138M Allocated for Charleston Harbor

President Donald Trump included $138 million in his budget for the coming year to help deepen Charleston Harbor to 52 feet so it can handle larger container ships, said Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The project, in the works since 2011, had never been included in a president’s budget until now. The U.S. Army Corps last year revised a formula that measures the project’s economic benefit, putting it above the threshold needed for consideration.The Charleston…

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WW Solutions Appoints Rye

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions has announced Michael Rye has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President of Operations for Keen Transport.Rye has been with the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group for 15 years and he brings a deep skill set and an impressive leadership style to the Keen role. His leadership of the unit will be important as WW Solutions works to expand its EPC business in line with the delayed differentiation manufacturing trend being embraced by its heavy equipment customers.

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India Box Trade Grew 6% in Q4 2018: Maersk

India’s containerised trade with the world has grown steadily, recording an overall import-export trade growth of 6% according to the Q4 2018 trade report released by Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company.Increasing demand for refrigerated cargo from India coupled with improved trade relations with China with introduction of favourable trade policies, has driven exports to grow a healthy 3% in Q4.The demand for India-made goods such as vehicles, cereals and rice…

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Indian Container Trade Grows 6%: Maersk

India’s containerised trade grew 6 per cent during the last quarter of 2018, with the western region outperforming the other three regions in Q4 trade.A report released by the world’s largest container shipping company Maersk has attributed the growth in trade to increased demand for refrigerated cargo from India coupled with improved trade relations with China. The demand for India-made goods such as vehicles, cereals and rice; supplemented by refrigerated cargo such as fish…

Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, delivers commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

HII: 157 Apprentice School Graduates

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday, March 2, 2019, for 157 graduates of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The apprenticeship is a rigorous four- to eight-year program designed to develop the next generation of shipyard leaders. The Apprentice School, which first opened in 1919 with 126 apprentices, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. Over the last 100 years, the school has produced more than 10,800 graduates.“To casually say that you build ships falls woefully short of how you serve the United States of America…

World Shares Higher on US-China Deal Hopes

Global shares rose on Monday amid growing optimism the United States and China will reach a trade agreement as soon as this month.U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping might seal a formal trade deal around March 27, given progress in talks between the two countries, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.The two nations have imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each others' goods, roiling financial markets, disrupting manufacturing supply chains and shrinking U.S.

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World Shares Higher on US-China Deal Hopes

Global shares rose on Monday amid growing optimism the United States and China will reach a trade agreement as soon as this month.U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping might seal a formal trade deal around March 27, given progress in talks between the two countries, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.The two nations have imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each others' goods, roiling financial markets, disrupting manufacturing supply chains and shrinking U.S.

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Fincantieri Delivers Costa Venezia

Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard handed over Costa Venezia - built specially for Chinese guests - to Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company.The handover took place yesterday in the presence of Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Edoardo Rixi, as well as Carnival Corp. & plc and Costa Group officials.With a gross tonnage of 135,500 tonnes, the 323-meter-long Costa Venezia offers 2…

Inland Port Development: Take the train

The intermodal equation for any deep draft port is incomplete without its inland component.It’s definitely a work in progress.There are inland ports in the truest sense: major lakefront and riverfront cities such as Chicago and St. Louis, including even Duluth and Tulsa, with vast distribution areas, wildly varying cargo, roads, trains and waterways to serve them.And, then, there are inland ports, dry ports that have vast distribution areas, containerized cargo delivered from true oceanfront ports…

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Powertak: Powered Lift and Drive

The PowerStak family of high performance, fully powered stackers from Presto ECOA offer significant performance advantages over manual stackers and significant cost savings versus forklift trucks. Because they feature both powered lift and powered drive, operation is nearly effortless for any operator regardless of their size or physical strength.Compact design, low overall weight, and quiet operation allow them to fit nicely into a wide variety of work environments including warehouses…

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Kalmar's 70,000th Ottawa Terminal Tractor

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is celebrating a significant milestone with the production of its 70,000th Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor. Destined for long-standing customer Penske Truck Leasing, the truck was completed on 27 February at Kalmar's US manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Kansas. Employees and guests gathered at the plant to celebrate and watch the final assembly of the truck.The Kalmar Ottawa T2 Terminal Tractor sets the standard for world-class trailer handling solutions for port, intermodal and distribution customers.

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MJM Bags Largest-Ever Cruise Contract

Global marine outfitter, MJM Marine is undertaking its biggest-ever project which will see a team of 1,400 people spend more than a month working on a cruise liner at locations including China and the US.The company been appointed as the main outfitting contractor by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to completely refurbish the Norwegian Joy, as the company repositions the ship to the West Coast of the United States.In a multi-million dollar project, MJM Marine will play the lead role in the design…

Chris Allard, CEO, Metal Shark. Photo: Metal Shark

Shipbuilding: Chris Allard, CEO, Metal Shark

Metal Shark has arguably been one of the more active and successful boat builders in the U.S. over the last 12 to 24 months, boasting a strong order book and expanding facilities and portfolio. In particular, the company has been able to capitalize on the burgeoning ferry market, today accounting for about a quarter of its business, as Chris Allard, CEO, explains.When you look at the ferry business today in relation to Metal Shark’s business, what do you see?Metal Shark has delivered…

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Kia Motors to Use Georgia Ports for SUV

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has announced the Telluride, its new eight-passenger SUV, will be shipped to the Port of Brunswick for global markets this month.“The launch of the Kia Telluride, our largest and most refined SUV to date, will be a monumental achievement for KMMG,” said Countess. “From the support we receive from GPA with our inbound parts from our global supply chain to supporting our export of finished vehicles to current and future markets, GPA will play an important role.”Through vertical integration – parts in via Savannah…

New President & CEO Izumisawa will guide MHI to the next stage of its development focused on global integrated engineering solutions in a world of rapid change. Photo: MHI

MHI Appoints Izumisawa President & CEO

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced executive-level personnel changes effective March 31 and April 1, 2019 and made nominations for Directors to be proposed to the 94th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for June 27, 2019. MHI also announced the appointment of Seiji Izumisawa as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2019, and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), a role he holds currently. He succeeds Shunichi Miyanaga, who will take on the role of Chairman of the Board after six years as MHI's executive leader.

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QP, Exxon to Build $10B LNG Plant in Texas

Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum announced a final decision to finance a $10 billion-plus project to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Texas Gulf Coast.Construction of the Golden Pass LNG export project located in Sabine Pass will begin in the first quarter of 2019 and the facility is expected to start up in 2024, said a press release.“Golden Pass will provide an increased, reliable, long-term supply of liquefied natural gas to global gas markets, stimulate local growth and create thousands of jobs…

SpotSee Promotes Glen to VP, Supply Chain

SpotSee has promoted Dale Glen from director of supply chain to vice president of supply chain.In this role, Glen is responsible for directing and coordinating supply chain processes, procurement, production and resource planning. He will be responsible for costs, personnel and the implementation of company policies as they apply to supply chain management. Other direct responsibilities include enforcing safety standards, managing customer demand, developing tools and processes…

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Container Market Grows at 8.6%

The Global International Orginization for Standardization (ISO) Shipping Container Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.6% during 2017-2026, said a report.According to Stratistics MRC, growth of seaborne trade, growing demand for commodities and rising industrial expansion in China are the key driving factors for the market growth.However, factors such as the effect on the environment and fluctuating raw material prices are hindering the market growth, the market research report said.ISO container is any type of shipping container which is designed…