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Friday, April 19, 2019

Maritime News

The CMV operated cruise vessel Marco Polo will be making several calls to Cardiff over the summer. Photo: Associated British Ports

Cardiff Port Preps for 2019 Cruise Season

The Port of Cardiff is expecting a busy cruise season which starts with the visit of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages-operated Marco Polo on Monday (22nd April), said Associated British Ports (ABP).Between May and June 2019, three cruise calls and over 2000 passengers will utilise port facilities and services provided by ABP South Wales at the Port of Cardiff.Richard Butler, Commercial Manager, ABP South Wales, said: “We are looking forward to once again welcoming thousands of passengers to the Port of Cardiff.

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Industry Hails EU Maritime Single Window

The EU Social Partners in the maritime sector, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), welcome the adoption by Members of the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment.The industry associantions said in a joint press release that they look forward to the soon expected formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to enter into force and…

Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman of AWO.

AWO Elects Foss Maritime's Merritt as Chair

The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders earlier this month during the association's annual Spring Convention held in Washington, D.C. Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman. Arthur F. Mead, Vice President and General Counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Merritt succeeds outgoing Chairman Tom Marian…

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Port of Oakland: 84K Bay Area Jobs Generated

The Port of Oakland supports 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area and 20 percent of those jobs are Oakland-based, according to an economic impact study released today. The study by Martin Associates shows that the Port’s overall economic value—from business revenue, consumer spending, and total value of goods and services—tops $130 billion. The Port and its tenants also contribute $698 million in state/local taxes.The Port said the study shows that growth in its three businesses—Commercial Real Estate…

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Abadan Ports Exports Up 56% in 2018

Abadan, Arvandankar and Choabdeh ports experienced an increase of 56% in 2018, says Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).Abadan ports and maritime management announced that the export of goods from the three ports of Abadan in the past year has shown a  growing trend.According to the information system, the exports from these ports increased by 39.471 tons in the same period last year which shows a growth of 56.3% in exports, it said.Agricultural products, meat and meat products…

Navios Maritime Discloses Sale, Leaseback Deals

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced that it has completed a $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers. The proceeds have been used to refinance $82.4 million of bank debt.The Transaction provides for 28 quarterly payments of $2.3 million each plus interest at LIBOR plus 350 bps per annum. Navios Acquisition has an obligation to purchase the vessels at the end of seventh year for $39.7 million.

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USCG: Marijuana for Mariners Still Forbidden

Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws.Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. The ravages of addiction and accidental overdose make headlines daily, yet drug use among both the general population and safety-sensitive workforce continues to increase. Much of the rise is attributable to the growing use of marijuana…

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS holds 157th Annual Meeting

The 157th Annual Meeting Hears How Safety Leadership is Driving Sustainability in Maritime. ABS held its 157th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, detailing the organization’s performance and future focus to its members. “In 2018, we delivered solid, top-tier performance. We maintained leading positions with owners and builders, held our 70-year-strong top position in the offshore market, and led the industry for safety, port state control, and the global orderbook to grow our classed fleet to 260MT,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J.

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Frank Coles Charts New Strategy for Wallem

The maritime solutions company with expertise in ship management Wallem said that it  has updated its corporate identity to mark the beginning of a shift in its service offering that will harness the latest technology to improve asset management transparency and efficiency in a program intended to transform the relationship between owners and their shipsHong Kong headquartered Wallem Group is changing itself and its brand to support the maritime industry as it undergoes a structural…

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Digital Container Shipping Association Formed

Four container shipping giants -  AP Moller-Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE - have jointly established Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)  in The Netherlands to drive standardisation, digitalisation and interoperability in the industry.Industry veterans form leadership team, with Thomas Bagge appointed as CEO, said a press release from Hapag-Lloyd.After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month, four container shipping companies officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on April 12…

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Maritime Fatigue: Just another band aid?

On 24 January, the IMO issued updated guidelines on fatigue. This is just another in a long series of band aids that attempt to cover over the problem without providing a solution. Fatigue is a long-standing weakness in the maritime industry. It is recognized as a major or contributing causal factor in the majority of maritime casualties. As is well-known, fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep and relaxation. These, in turn, are the result of too few people being tasked with too much work. Guidance on how to recognize and manage fatigue is meaningless.

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Port NOLA Receives National Planning Award

The Port of New Orleans’ (Port NOLA) Strategic Master Plan, Port NOLA Forward, will earn the Port a Silver 2019 National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Development Planning from the American Planning Association (APA) for identifying and seizing upon economic growth opportunities.Port NOLA also received the Plan Excellence Award in October from the APA’s Louisiana Chapter for its strategic master plan, which is a bold vision to deliver significant, sustained economic benefit throughout the Port’s three-parish jurisdiction – Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.

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ShipMoney Rolls Out Crew Payment Solutions

Seafarers employed on Tsakos-owned vessels operated under its management arrangement with Columbia Shipmanagement will now be paid electronically as opposed to by ‘Cash-by-Master’, under an agreement signed with global maritime payments provider ShipMoney.The deal means crewmembers will have complete control and access to their wages while onboard ship, including the timing and currency of remittances sent home. It will also dramatically reduce the need for large amounts of cash…

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Bahri Expands Footprint in Asia-Pac

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry.The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region, said a press release from the logistics and transportation company.The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company…

Sandra Goranovic (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Shipping Promotes Goranovic

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Sandra Goranovic has been promoted to vice president of finance and accounting for its Crowley Shipping business unit.In her expanded role as part of the Crowley Shipping leadership team, Goranovic will direct the business unit’s finance and accounting strategies, practices and planning. She will continue reporting to Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager.Her responsibilities include analysis of the business unit profits…

Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson (Photo: BMA)

BMA Appoints Hutchinson as MD, CEO

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announces the appointment of Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Captain Hutchinson succeeds Commodore Davy F. Rolle, who stepped down as Director last year.Captain Hutchinson is a proud Bahamian from Nassau, New Providence island, where he completed his tertiary education before commencing his maritime studies in Scotland at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. Qualified with a UK Master Mariner (Unlimited) STCW Certificate of Competency…

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IMO Event Inspires Maritime Women

“Use your power to empower”. “Say what you’re thinking”. “Listen to the ‘yes’ voice in your head”. “Return every phone call every day”. “Believe in yourself”.This was the advice given by a wide variety of inspiring maritime women sharing their experiences of entering, working and leading in the maritime world at a special on "Women, ports and facilitation" at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (10 April).The speakers presented on, and answered questions about, their work and the future for women in the field – identifying a series of key issues and recommendations.

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Port of Oakland Reports Surging Q1 TEU's

The Port of Oakland has reported a positive first quarter in its cargo volume. Through the end of March 2019, the Port handled 612,151 twenty foot-long containers compared to 587,356 during the same period in 2018. That represents a 4.2 percent increase.There has been some concern in the shipping industry that a recent import surge has cooled. The surge was caused by shippers last year trying to get ahead of possible new tariffs affecting U.S.-China trade.“Though the import rally has calmed down…

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New Concept Guides the Way to Emission-Free Cruises

The cruise industry is facing more stringent requirements and regulations to emissions. In partnership with leading cruise lines, Norwegian technology suppliers have now developed a concept for zero-emission cruising.The concept has been developed in cooperation with Eker Design, cruise giants Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, technology suppliers in the industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech and various interest organisations.Norwegian companies are world-leading in the development of maritime environmental technology.

Maritime Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

26th Annual Maritime Hall of Fame Honors Five International Leaders, May 8, at the Grand Hyatt New York, New York City The Maritime Association of the Port of NY/NJ founded the annual International Maritime Hall of Fame in 1993 to recognize maritime visionaries who, through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st Century. The five honorees are:Harold J. DaggettInternational President…

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Burckhardt Supplies Laby Compressors for LNG Vessel

Swiss firm specialising in reciprocating compressors, Burckhardt Compression AG is outfitting a 30,000 m3 LNG carrier operated by Knutsen OAS Shipping AS with Laby compressors.The Laby compressors will be delivered to Hyundai Mipo Dockyard as part of the fuel gas supply system built by Wärtsilä Oil & Gas Solutions and will supply the LNG carrier’s WinGD X-DF 2-stroke, dual-fuel engine with LNG boil-off gas as fuel.The X-DF engine, a two-stroke engine from Winterthur Gas & Diesel…

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Singapore Remains Top Maritime Capital

Singapore has been ranked the world's top maritime capital for the fourth consecutive time in the Leading Maritime Capitals of the World (LMC) report. The Leading Maritime Capitals report for 2019 is with fresh insight on which maritime metropolises provide the best support for companies in shipping and related services.Criteria include soft and hard infrastructure and access to world-class talent and services – all key components that maritime businesses need to thrive in their chosen locations.Singapore maintained its top position at the head of the 15 leading maritime capitals.

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CMA CGM Finalizes Ceva Logistics Tender

French shipping giant CMA CGM has completed its public tender offer to acquire CEVA Logistics.The French carrier has confirmed the acquisition of Ceva Logistics after announcing it holds 97.89 percent of the company’s stock and will therefore de-list it from the Zurich Stock Exchange after April 16."Merging CEVA's operations into the CMA CGM Group will strengthen its position as a worldwide leader in maritime transport and logistics. Present in 160 countries, the Group will be 110…

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Malaysia Ratifies FAL Convention

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty enhancing communication between ships and ports to help shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently has been ratified by Malaysia.According to the UN body, this brings the number of contracting States to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) to 123.Captain Haji Samad, Alternate Permanent Representative of Malaysia to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters…

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min. Photo: MPA

Singapore Seeks Marine Digital Transformation

Singapore's maritime sector is preparing to ride the wave of digitalisation as a means to chart next phase of growth. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will focus on digitalisation to help companies innovate and improve productivity over the next three years, said Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health.The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) will also present the Singapore Maritime R&D Roadmap 2030 to optimise R&D efforts and resources for greater value co-creation within the maritime industry.Ms Quah Ley Hoon…

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Windstar Cruises Selects NAPA

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA said its Loading Computer has been installed across the entire Windstar Cruises fleet. Windstar’s unique fleet includes not only three small, boutique cruise vessels Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, but unique sailing cruise ships such as the four-masted Wind Spirit and Wind Star, and the five-masted flagship Wind Surf.The NAPA Loading Computer, a stability solution for passenger vessels, undertakes a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics…