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Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Shipping Industry Confidence Improves – with Caveats

Operating cost movements are central to shipping’s fortunes. Shipping has certainly lived up to its reputation for volatility during the past twelve months. The quarterly Moore Stephens Shipping Confidence Survey showed industry confidence improving for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, but this was from its lowest level for eight years. The industry has been beset by a range of all-too-familiar problems, including depressed freight rates, tonnage overcapacity in many sectors, problematic geopolitical developments and mounting regulation.

Kimberly Wakeman, vice president, Customized Brokers; Nelly Yunta, vice president, Crowley; Edgar E. Baldizon, commercial director, Linea Vegetal Tecpan SA; Joseph Napoli, chief of staff, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD); Patricia Millon, vice president, Centurion Cargo, Perishable Goods & Imports; and Ernesto Rodriguez, chief, MDAD Marketing Division. (Photo: Crowley)

Florida’s First Ocean-to-Air Perishables Shipment

Crowley and its subsidiary Customized Brokers, in cooperation with Miami International Airport (MIA), have facilitated Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables transshipment from Guatemala to Amsterdam. The first transshipment included nearly 10 tons of snow peas from Guatemala. The refrigerated cargo arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., aboard Crowley’s cargo ship Tucana J, was trucked to MIA, then departed for Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo yesterday. Crowley, Customized Brokers and MIA were instrumental in helping to implement this new perishables shipping program with the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Krishnapatnam Port Co

HMM’s Direct Weekly ACS Service Flagged Off From Krishnapatnam Port

A direct weekly service of HMM’s (Hyundai Merchant Marine) ACS Service was flagged off, amid lot of fanfare, from Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal on the February 17, 2017. Inauguration of the maiden vessel call by “M.V. HYUNDAI PRESTIGE”, as part of ACS’s Service, has written a new chapter in the EXIM trade from East Coast of India. The KPCT team conducted a formal inaugural ceremony commemorating the maiden call with Mr. Y.D Park (MD, Hyundai Merchant Marine India) & Mr. Anil Yendluri (CEO, Krishnapatnam Port) launching the service from KPCT. Mr.

Women’s Maritime Shipping Group to Meet in Seattle

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) Pacific Northwest Chapter is gathering for a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle Command Center on August 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM. Following the tour, the group will relocate to Salty’s on Alki Beach, located at 1936 Harbor Avenue SW, for a social hour. Contact Cynthia Powell at wistapnw@gmail.com for more information about this event. WISTA is an international organization committed to promoting women in management positions in maritime transportation businesses and related trades.

Michael Holderness (Photo: Braemar)

Braemar Engineering Founder Holderness Retires

Braemar Engineering announces the retirement of Michael Holderness, founder of Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec), at the end of April. Since the establishment of Wavespec in 1993, and through its acquisition by Seascope thence Braemar Shipping Services PLC in 2001,  Holderness, in the role of Technical Director, has been dedicated to leading the growth of the company’s reputation as the world’s leading consultant in the field of LNG, . After more than twenty years in the role…

WISTA at Seattle Maritime Academy: Sept. 23

Women’s Maritime Shipping Group Meets at Seattle Maritime Academy: Sept. 23; WISTA USA Pacific Northwest Visits Training Vessel E.L. Bartlett. The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA Pacific Northwest Chapter is gathering aboard Seattle Maritime Academy’s Training Vessel, E.L. Bartlett, on Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. Following a presentation on the academy’s programs and graduate placement, the WISTA USA Pacific Northwest Chapter will convene its quarterly business meeting. All are welcome.

Photo: Indian Navy

Indian Navy Ship with All-Woman Crew Visits Mauritius

The Indian Navy's sailing vessel INSV Tarini, with an all-woman crew,  visited Port Louis harbour in Mauritius as part efforts by the two countries to ramp up maritime security cooperation. Tarini, which inducted in the Indian Navy in Feb 2017, is the sister Vessel of Indian Navy's first sailing Vessel INSV Mhadei, that has numerous accomplishments to her name. INSV Tarini is 55 feet in length and built in India in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Navy, fructified by M/s Aquarius Shipyard, Goa.

ClassNK Chairman and President, Mr. N. Ueda (Credit: ClassNK)

ClassNK Establishes First Ever Subsidiary

ClassNK has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary, ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo. This new company, ClassNK’s first ever subsidiary, heralds a new chapter in the storied history of the Society, the world's largest in terms of tonnage. This development was made possible by the Society’s change in legal status to a general incorporated foundation under Japanese law in April 2011, and promises much in terms of cultivating new areas of growth. This subsidiary in particular will allow ClassNK to broaden its activities in the field of maritime consulting.

(Photo: http://www.ladeas.no)

New Ship Shape Claims 60% Fuel Savings

Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards anything to do with the sea. In addition, Norwegians are traditionally a population that considers environmental matters a top concern, so it’s little surprise to see continued commercial maritime innovation emanating from Norway. Vindskip from Lade AS is a patented hybrid merchant vessel designed for sustainable sea transport.

(Photo: Peterhead Port Authority)

Peterhead Port Secures Offshore Wind Contract

Peterhead Port Authority is set to support the start of offshore construction work for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) after signing an agreement to harbor the suction bucket jacket foundations for the 11-turbine scheme. The contract will see the port moor one of the world’s largest floating cranes, with a maximum lifting capacity of 5,000 metric tons, and up to six barges that will transport the 11 foundations - the heaviest of which weighs around 1,800 metric tons and is about 77 meters high.

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President (Photo: Inmarsat)

Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner

Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage. The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.

(Photo: Hydroid)

Look Inside Hydroid's New Manufacturing/Research Facility

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced today that it has officially opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and applied research facility in Pocasset, MA. The eco-friendly facility, located at 3 Henry Drive, is 40,000 square-feet and houses the company’s engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance operations. The building includes a 20-foot testing pool, a 6,000 meter rated hyperbaric test chamber and a 289 kw solar array.

Photo: Yamal LNG

Novatek Starts Production at Yamal LNG

Russian energy firm Novatek  has announced that Yamal LNG has commenced producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the first LNG train, with the nameplate capacity of 5.5 million tons per annum. The first cargo loading is scheduled on 8 December 2017 at the Sabetta port using the first Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker named the “Christophe de Margerie”. The Chairman of Novatek's Management Board Leonid Mikhelson noted: "This event marks a milestone accomplishment for the Yamal LNG project. The commencement of LNG production begins a new chapter in our corporate history.

Left: Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. Right: Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas, and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

Det Norske Veritas is DNV GL's Majority Owner Now

The Foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV) assumes full ownership of DNV GL and remains committed to Maritime headquarters in Hamburg. Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (The Foundation) and Mayfair announce the sale of Mayfair’s 36.5% shares in DNV GL Group AS to DNV Holding AS. The agreement regarding the leading quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL was signed on 8 December 2017. In 2012, Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas and Mayfair agreed to build a global quality assurance…

Franklin's Lost Expedition Map:Image credit Wiki CCL

Northwest Passage Wrecks Hunt Launched

The Canadian government launches its largest search yet for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage. This year's search, led by Parks Canada, is the fourth government-led expedition over the past five years, and is by far the biggest, involving a much larger alliance of federal departments and other public and private interests. A previous large-scale search for the Franklin ships was launched by National Defence in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial.

Port Canaveral Welcomes First Post-Panamax Vehicle Carrier

The new class of post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessels made an inaugural visit to Florida's Port Canaveral recently. The PPX Ro/Ro vessel MOL’s Brooklands, is the first of its kind to call on Port Canaveral. With a 125-foot beam and capacity to transport over 7,400 vehicles, MOL’s Brooklands is the largest Post-Panamax vessel to call on the Port. The ship arrived at Port Canaveral, its first U.S. port of call, following transit through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal. “The arrival of MOL’s Brooklands here marks a new chapter for our cargo operations.

IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting Agenda

Implementation of energy-efficiency, ballast water management & ship-recycling rules on agenda for IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. As well as discussing matters relating to the implementation of energy-efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations, the MEPC will also consider formally designating the Saba Bank…

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Launches Training Facility

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre. CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international market at its new complex on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank. Phase one of operations at the centre has created in the region of 30 jobs with potential operational growth likely to create future employment.

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The official dedication…

Peel Ports' Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson (seventh from left) with the Panamanian delegation (Photo: Peel Ports)

Panama Canal Authority, Peel Ports Form Alliance

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter gears up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November. The formal agreement creates a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal. The agreement was signed October 24 by Jorge L.

Image: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADNOC Signs Major Offshore Concession Agreements with Total

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed agreements with Total of France, awarding them stakes in two of Abu Dhabi’s new offshore concessions. Under the terms of the agreements, Total has been awarded a 20% interest in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a 5% interest in the Lower Zakum concession. Total is ADNOC’s largest and one of its longest international partners, active in Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas sector since 1939. Today, the French super-major collaborates with ADNOC across the value chain…

Bruce Burrows (Photo: CMC)

Burrows Named President of Chamber of Marine Commerce

The board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has appointed Bruce R. Burrows as President, effective December 1, 2016. Burrows joins the Chamber as the bi-national industry association enters a new chapter, having recently completed a merger with the Canadian Shipowners Association in September. Burrows brings almost 35 years of government relations, business development and consensus-building expertise to the position, with senior leadership roles in the commercial transportation and industry association sectors.

The new training institute expects to welcome about 500 visitors per year Photo BRP

BRP Opens New Training Institute

BRP today marked the opening of its state-of-the-art technician training institute within its Sturtevant, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. This new institute will train dealers and their employees to maintain and repair all BRP vehicles, engines and accessories. Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division and Martin Soucy, vice president of its global after-sales function, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony before employees, media and the general public.

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Rolls Out Ocean Alliance Day Two Product

CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce the start of the Ocean Alliance Day Two Product. Based on the success of Ocean Alliance, the Ocean Alliance Day Two Product strengthens CMA CGM’s service offering by providing even better services and upgrades to the Group’s customers. The Ocean Alliance Day Two Product has a carrying capacity of around 3.1 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) with 331 containerships deployed on 41 services. CMA CGM will continue to play a major role within the alliance, deploying a fleet of 121 ships.

Daniel Giani Joins Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Giani to regional chief executive of the marine division in the United States and Canada. In his new role, Mr. Giani will be responsible for:  profit and loss accountability; identifying growth opportunities; providing technical support and quality monitoring for all marine and offshore endeavors; and ensuring compliance to division guidelines and procedures. Mr. Giani joined Bureau Veritas in 2009 where he was employed…

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MLC Enters New Chapter’ for Seafarers' Rights

The ITF has welcomed the positive outcome of the third meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the ILO (International Labor Organization) in Geneva. The STC has agreed on a new amendment to the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 and will now be submitted to the next session of the International Labor Conference for adoption.The amendment, when it enters into force, will address a potential contractual gap for those seafarers who unfortunately fall victim and are held…