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Monday, January 21, 2019

Panama News

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GAC Expands in South America

Growing demand for professional shipping services from the offshore oil & gas industry has prompted GAC to open an office in Uruguay. The new office continues 2018’s expansion of the Group’s Americas region with the opening of GAC Brazil’s office in Fortaleza, and the establishment of GAC Panama.Based in the key port of Montevideo, GAC Uruguay is well positioned to offer a full range of ship agency services nationwide, with particular focus on the growing offshore oil & gas and product tanker sectors.

Local workers unload new automobiles from the WWO vessel at the Port of Hueneme  (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Automotive Customers Recommit to the Port of Hueneme

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WWO) joins BMW North America (BMW) and GLOVIS America (GLOVIS) to secure their presence at the Port of Hueneme with long-term contracts.Representing over half of the Port’s cargo revenue, the automobiles being imported will reach more than 13 states. In addition, the Port also exports globally multiple OEM brands manufactured in the United States, acting as Ventura County’s international commerce gateway.“In a time of uncertainty from ongoing global trade talks and a watchdog approach to the tariff discussion…

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

Moore Stephens: Leaner, Greener Shipping Will Attract Investment in 2019

Accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019 if it fulfills its ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities.In the latest issue of Bottom Line, the Moore Stephens shipping sector newsletter, Richard Greiner, a partner in the firm’s Shipping & Transport team, says, “It has been suggested that the future is very much like the present, only longer. Should that prove to be the case for the shipping industry…

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Simulation Exercises on Port Security in Panama

Simulation exercises are proving to be a valuable tool to assist countries and port authorities to prepare for a wide range of potential threats and security situations.According to a press release, an interactive port facility/port security officer workshop in Panama City, Panama (13-14 December) presented a series of possible scenarios which were deliberately varied, from the easiest problems to solve, to others that may require greater participation and analysis to reach a solution.Participants discussed needs…

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Moody's Rated Panama Canal with Stable Outlook

Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed the Panama Canal Authority's (ACP) A2 long-term rating with a stable outlook, based on its distinctive position as an infrastructure asset with a unique geographic advantage and business model, and its strong historical operational and financial performance.According to Moody's, the ACP's strong financial performance has resulted in better than anticipated financial metrics, driven by the successful operations of the Expanded Panama Canal.

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Brazil’s Itaqui Port and Panama Canal Sign MOU

The Panama Canal has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Itaqui to promote the shipment of grains and other cargoes in the commercial route from Brazil through the Panama Canal to destinations located in the Pacific Ocean.Itaqui, located in São Luís, Maranhão, is the Brazilian port closest to the Panama Canal. It  has the infrastructure and connectivity necessary to move these exports to markets in Asia."With this agreement, the Panama Canal looks to promote…

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ChainPORT Renews Digital, Environmental Commitment

Delegates from the world’s leading ports have come together to examine their role in the rapidly evolving maritime logistics landscape and in particular to coordinate their contribution to the establishment of an interconnected maritime supply chain at the Port of Barcelona.The multilateral partnership of the world leading ports, ChainPORT, has just concluded its 4th Annual Meeting which was hosted last week by the Port of Barcelona.ChainPORT was initiated in 2016 by the Port…

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Panama Canal Signs Deal with Port of Itaqui

The Panama Canal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Port of Itaqui, located in the northeastern region of Brazil, to promote the shipment of grains and other cargoes in the commercial route between the north of Brazil through the Panama Canal to destinations located in the Pacific Ocean.The Port of Itaqui, located in São Luís, Maranhão, is the Brazilian port closest to the Panama Canal and has the infrastructure and connectivity necessary to move these exports to markets in Asia.

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Chinese Consortium Bags USD 1.4bln Panama Bridge Project

The government of Panama gave a US$1.4 billion contract to build a bridge over the Panama Canal to Panama Cuarto Puente, a Chinese consortium.Panama Cuarto Puente consortium or so-called Panama Fourth Bridge Consortium,  composed of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and its unit China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), will design and build a bridge over the Panama Canal.According to a report in Reuters, the 6.5-km (4-mile) bridge will have six car lanes and a two-way metro line.

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ITF Warns on Tug Captains Fatigue at Panama

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) warns that a major accident on the Panama Canal could be imminent, highlighting the serious health and safety concerns related to the fatigue of tugboat captains.The new report  takes the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) to task with tiredness, rather than the protocols in place for the physical transfer of vessels as was the case previously.Fatigue of Panama Canal tugboat poses a major threat to safety in the operation of the canal’s Neopanamax locks…

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Jones Act Dredgers, America at its Best

The U.S.-Flag dredging industry commemorates the 77th anniversary of the Japanese air raid on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor highlighting the critical need for a robust American shipbuilding capacity to ensure for the preparedness of the nation.“Today our brothers and sisters of the U.S Merchant Marine look to the past sacrifices made by 2,403 U.S. servicemen who died in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. We honor the members of the U.S. Armed Services,” said William P.

Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer at A.P. Moller - Maersk. Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk to Cut Carbon Emissions to Zero by 2050

The world's largest container shipping company A.P. Moller -Maersk has pledged to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.The Danish business conglomerate with activities in the transport, logistics and energy sectors said in a press note that to achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.Climate is one of the most important issues in the world, and carrying around 80% of global trade, the shipping industry is vital to finding solutions.

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LNG Bulk Carrier Viikki Starts Baltic Sea Ops

The world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier m/s Viikki, owned by ESL Shipping, a subsidiary of the Aspo Plc, has started operating on the Baltic Sea.The 25,600-dwt vessel, 160 metres long and fuelled by liquefied natural gas, produces less than half of the carbon dioxide of previous vessel generation, thanks to LNG and many advanced technologies.M/s Viikki was built in China, and after completion first sailed to Japan to load a cargo of raw materials. From there, she arrived to the Baltic Sea through the Northeast Passage…

Gulfport as it appears today.

Gulfport’s Long Road Back From Hurricane Katrina

When Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport spoke to the audience at the annual state of the port luncheon July 27, 2018 at the newly rebuilt Island View Casino, he had a lot to offer in terms of jobs. And he had two aces in the hole: SeaOne, an untested compressed liquefied gas company and Yilport, a terminal company operated by an ambitious Turkish port developer. Both had letters of intent dating back two years with much to do.As has been the case since before Daniels took over from Don Allee in 2013…

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First Aloha-Class Ship Delivered to Matson

Matson, Inc. took delivery of the first of two new Aloha Class containerships built for Matson's Hawaii service at Philly Shipyard.Christened 'Daniel K. Inouye' in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, the vessel is the largest containership ever built in the United States. Weighing in at over 51,400 metric tons, the 850-foot long and 3,600 TEU capacity Daniel K. Inouye is Matson's largest ship and also its fastest, with a top speed in excess of 23 knots."This new ship, our fifth delivered by Philly Shipyard…

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome

SC Ports State of the Port Emphasizes Infrastructure to Support Growth

Jim Newsome, president and CEO, highlights cooperation and collaboration.South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, Jim Newsome, presented the annual State of the Port to an audience of approximately 600 customers, elected officials and shipping industry representatives at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Jim’s presentation focused on the Port’s successes, strategic infrastructure investments to support continued container volume growth, new initiatives to increase Port productivity and overall industry trends that will impact the Port in the future.

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Costa Rica Grants Green Light to Moín Terminal

APM Terminals’ Moín Container Terminal (MCT) in Costa Rica has been granted permission by the National Council of Concessions (CNC) to start commercial operations at its first deep-sea berth. This is a key step for the terminal, which is on schedule to be fully operational in February 2019.The permit, which is subject to meeting all safety and service requirements, will enable the transfer of all commercial container ships currently serviced at Puerto Limón and Puerto Moín to the MCT.

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Mombasa Port Receives Largest Container Vessel

Port of Mombasa of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) pilots has received Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) container vessel MSC Maxine  master one of largest container vessel to dock at the facility.The port has registered a new performance record of 1450 moves within an eight-hour shift in the container operations, said a press release."The record was set by MSC Maxine in her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Wednesday beating the previous record of container carrier Livorno of 1265 moves registered late June this year…

‘Pink Lady’ (Photo: Port of Hamburg)

‘Pink Lady’ in the Port of Hamburg

ONE container shipping group’s first containership in novel magenta livery calls in HamburgWith her striking magenta color design, she’s a real eye-catcher in the Port of Hamburg. With a length of 320 meters and slot capacity of 8,102 TEU (20-ft standard Containers) Ocean Network Express – ONE shipping group’s ONE Continuity may not be among the biggest containerships ever seen in the Port of Hamburg, but her unorthodox color scheme has everybody staring and cameras clicking.Jan Holst…

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New Maritime Fuel Rules: Industry Frets About Cost, Strategy, Supply

There are studies and reports from classification societies, scientific organizations and governmental agencies assuring maritime industries that carbon-heavy fuel is peaking and will be replaced by 2050, if not by 2035, with zero carbon power alternatives. No question, they chorus, shipping can meet the IMO goals of a 50% reduction in 2008 levels of GHS by 2050.But as the hot breath of various deadlines bear down upon them, with the 2020 sulfur cap in the forefront, ship owners…

Marshall Islands Confirms No Class Certificate Surcharge

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) announced that the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry will not levy surcharges and commissions on vessel documents and certificates issued on its behalf by the classification societies."The RMI Registry will continue to provide its clients with a transparent pricing structure for the issuance of key certificates needed by shipowners," it said in a statement.Bill Gallagher, President of IRI, which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry…

(L-R) Bastian Gehnke of Navis, Thiemo Ullrich from Zeaborn, an Yuvraj Thakur and Julien Dufour of Verifavia Shipping at SMM 2018 (Photo: Verifavia)

Verifavia Signs with Two Ship Managers

Verifavia, an emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has announced major cooperation’s with two of the world’s largest ship managers, namely Wallem Ship Management in Hong Kong and Zeaborn Ship Management in Hamburg (a consolidation of E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement), to conduct verification services for European Union (EU) Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Data Collection System (DCS)…

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Port Manatee Announces Record Fiscal Year

Port Manatee reports it continues to break cargo records, including handling an all-time-high of more than 9.3 million tons in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up 19.1 percent from the immediately preceding 12-month period. That comes on the heels of a 13.4 percent tonnage rise in fiscal 2017 from fiscal 2016.Across-the-board increases were enjoyed by the diverse Southwest Florida port in the just-ended fiscal year, besting numerous prior records, according to figures reported.Due largely to a more-than-tripling of phosphate rock handled…

Challenger software main menu, taken on board the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Callao Express (Photo: Poseidon Navigation Services)

Poseidon Navigation Services Inks Deal with Hapag-Lloyd

Global container carrier Hapag-Lloyd has appointed Poseidon Navigation Services Ltd as the supplier of all Chart Management Services for the fleet managed by Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg.The appointment, announced after an in-depth evaluation process, starts immediately and will include Poseidon Navigation Services’ ‘Challenger’ software platform which will provide weekly updates for all Admiralty products, both paper and digital.Thomas Gunn, Managing Director at Poseidon Navigation Services…

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GAC Opens New Office in Panama

A GAC Group-owned office is now operational in Panama, providing a wide range of shipping services to vessels calling at Panamanian ports or transiting the Panama Canal.Bob Bandos, GAC’s Group Vice President – Americas, said, “As a global ship agency, GAC has a growing base of customers and prospects utilizing the Panama Canal, so it was imperative to set up our own office here. Our expansion into Panama reaffirms the Group’s long-term commitment and investment in the Americas region.

The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the Canal, accounting for 159 million tons of the total cargo received, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the Expanded Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage

The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), which represents a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year, the Panama Canal Authority reports.With this tonnage, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017."The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway's expansion and its impact on global maritime trade," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.