Hapag-LLoyd Extends Contract of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen
The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has unanimously approved to extend the contract of Chief Executive Officer Rolf Habben Jansen for a further five years until 31 March 2024. “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading global liner shipping company in a challenging market environment and as an active driver of industry consolidation. The extension of his contract ensures continuity in the corporate management,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.
Kawasaki Kisen, 3 Others Set up LNG Bunkering Ventures
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho, and Nippon Yusen KK said on Thursday they have agreed to launch a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering business in Japan and have set up two joint ventures.The companies plan to start supplying marine traffic in the Chubu region in central Japan, they said in a statement.LNG has been promoted as an alternative to bunker fuel oil for shipping lines facing a 2020 deadline to meet new international standards on sulfur emissions.(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; editing by Richard Pullin)
Ship Owners See Sulfur Cap Chaos in 2020 -ICS
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) fears ‘chaos and confusion’ unless the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolves some serious issues concerning the implementation of the 0.5 percent sulfur in marine fuel cap, which is scheduled to come into effect globally on January 1, 2020.Such chaos would have serious consequences for the movement of the world’s energy, raw materials and manufactured products – about 90 percent of global trade being carried by sea, ICS…
The 'Grande Halifax' Christened in Halifax
The Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax, owned and operated by the Grimaldi Group, has been christened yesterday in Halifax, New Scotia. Godmother of the new vessel was Ms. Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. A ceremony took place at Halterm/Autoport with the presence of a distinguished delegation composed of representatives of civil and maritime authorities, among which the mayor of Halifax Michael Savage, Members of Parliament, the honorary consul of Italy in Halifax Marilisa Benigno…
Hapag-Lloyd Delays Recovery Hopes
German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd reported a higher net profit and operating result in the first quarter of 2018 on Monday, citing better transport volumes, but said earnings improvements would mostly be made in the second half."We have had a solid start into the current year, but the market environment is challenging," Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen said."Freight rates have been under pressure, bunker costs and trucking costs in some important markets were up and we faced a weaker U.S.
Unda Named CEO of SENER Group
Jorge Unda, until now the Managing Director of the Engineering and Construction area of the SENER Group, has been appointed CEO for the entire Group, replacing Jorge Sendagorta, who previously combined the positions of President and CEO. Unda becomes the top executive of the company, and Sendagorta remains as President of SENER’s Board of Directors.An industrial engineer in the field of Mechanics from the Higher School of Industrial Engineering of Bilbao (Spain), University of the Basque Country…
Novatek Plans New Arctic Transport Company
Russia's gas production and sales company PAO Novatek has created a transportation unit called Maritime Arctic Transport. "The Board of Directors of PAO Novatek resolved on creating a transportation subsidiary called Maritime Arctic Transport LLC to manage and optimize transportation costs, build up the unique competencies of Arctic navigation and ensure centralized management of the Arctic fleet," said a press release from company. Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board…
Maersk's Damco Leases Logistics Center in Los Angeles
Damco, a part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, has agreed with Goodman Group on a 10-year lease of a one million square feet logistics center in Los Angeles, the two companies said in a joint statement on Monday.Damco will occupy 100 percent of the space at Goodman Gateway Santa Fe Springs, a six building logistics campus set over 75 acres including 18 acres of trailer parking.The facility is located within the Los Angeles industrial market.
Mdawe Takes Over As TNPA COO
Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective May 21, 2018. She takes over the role recently vacated by Phyllis Difeto and briefly held in an acting capacity by Moshe Motlohi.The role of TNPA COO has been expanded and will include: Marine Services, Aviation Services and Pilotage, Continuous Improvement, Port Planning, Lighthouses, SHE & Risk, Security, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Dredging Services…
Diana Containerships Sells m/v Puelo
Diana Containerships has announced that it has signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the 2006-built vessel “Puelo”, with delivery to the buyer by latest June 30, 2018, for a sale price of US$20.5 million before commissions. Theglobal shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships said that it expects to use the whole or part of the net proceeds from the sale of the vessel to prepay existing indebtedness based on the outstanding amount of such indebtedness upon completion of the transaction.
Grainger Named IMCA President and Chairman
Trade association International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that Iain Grainger is its new President and Chairman of the Board. Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott, takes over from Harke Jan Meek.Pieter Heerema from Allseas becomes the new Vice President.
Heyman Joins Tymor Marine
Tymor Marine hired Matthew Heyman as Business Development Manager. Heyman has more than 20 years maritime industry experience with companies including Wilhelmsen, Maersk and Stena, in the UK, Europe and Australasia. Tymor Marine is a UK- and USA-based independent marine and naval architectural consultancy with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Lafayette. Tymor delivers a range of design and analysis functions, such as vessel and rig stability and modifications, seafastening of cargo and equipment, subsea deployment analysis, mooring analysis and offshore equipment design and modification.
ZIM Names Destriau CFO
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced that Xavier Destriau will take over as the company’s new CFO, effective June 15, 2018. He will replace Acting CFO, Yohai Benita, who has completed his position at ZIM.Destriau has worked at CMA-CGM for 10 years and has served as Vice President - Head of Group Financing from 2014 to 2016. Destriau will be joining the company after two years as Strategic Advisor to Founder and Interim CFO of LTF Partners, an exclusive advisory firm with special expertise in emerging and frontier markets.
Hapag-Lloyd CEO Says Market Is Still Challenging
Hapag-Lloyd has completed the first quarter 2018 with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of EUR 219.4 million, which is an increase compared to the first quarter of the previous year (EUR 135.3 million). The operating result before interest and taxes (EBIT) stood at EUR 53.7 million after three months (first quarter 2017: EUR 7.5 million). The group net result amounted to EUR -34.3 million and thereby EUR 23.8 million over the quarterly result of the previous year (EUR -58.1 million).
Pacific Basin Acquires Four Vessels
Hong Kong-based dry bulker company Pacific Basin Shipping has decided to acquire four bulkers with 50% equity funding. "On May 14, 2018, PB Vessels Holding Limited, a subsidiary of the company, entered into four separate ship contracts for the purchase of vessels," said a press statement. The four bulkers are a 58,000 dwt Supramax built in 2010, a 64,000 dwt Supramax resale newbuild, a 37,000 dwt Handysize constructed in 2015 and a 37,000 dwt Handysize resale newbuild. The consideration…
Yanmar Hires Nordics Regional Manager
Yanmar Marine International has appointed Daniel Sundberg as its new Nordics Regional Manager to oversee sales, after-sales and marketing related to the manufacturer’s commercial and leisure marine engines and other Yanmar Group brands in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.Sundberg's position encompasses the roles of Nordics Regional Manager, General Manager of Yanmar Norway and General Manager of Yanmar Sweden.According to Yanmar, the addition of a focused Nordics Manager…
Navico Names Rae Manager for Canada
Marine electronics manufacturer Navico has appointed Steve Rae to the position of Country Manager for Canada.Based in Vancouver Island, B.C., Rae will be responsible for sales, service and support for the company’s three marine electronics brands, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. In addition, he will oversee a new Edmonton-based Navico service center that will open on May 30.Rae has been involved with Navico brands since 1988, managing Canadian sales and service for Lowrance. In 2008…
Star Bulk Carriers Acquires Songa Bulk Fleet
Greece-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has entered into definitive agreements to acquire 18 dry bulk vessels in two all-share transactions. 15 of the vessels will be acquired from Songa Bulk and three of the vessels will be acquired from Oceanbulk Container Carriers. The consideration for the vessels was determined based on average vessel valuations by independent vessel appraisers. The Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 13.725 million common and pay $145 million in cash for the acquisition of all of Songa’s 15 modern dry bulk vessels .
MSC Expands Intermodal Shipping at Trieste
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is enhancing intermodal connections via the port of Trieste, Italy, to improve transit times for shippers moving cargo between Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. The new “MSC Graz-Trieste Runner” shuttle train, operated together with Cargo Center Graz, connects Trieste with Werndorf, Austria, once a week. The service is the first direct connection between Trieste and Werndorf and its schedule is coordinated with MSC’s Far East Phoenix ocean-liner service to ensure optimal timing for intercontinental cargo delivery.
Sailors’ Society Expands Into China
The world’s oldest maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society announced its expansion into China, home to the largest number of seafarers globally.The charity, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, met with maritime consultants in Shanghai to find out how best to meet the needs of seafarers. It will then start the process of registering as an NGO.Sailors’ Society’s chief executive Stuart Rivers and deputy CEO Sandra Welch are in China this week holding talks and identifying local partners to deliver port-based services.Based in Southampton in the U.K.…
MOL Logistics Signs Pact with Al Madina Logistics in Oman
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its group company, MOL Logistics (Japan) has signed an agency agreement with Al Madina Logistics Services Company SAOC, which has developed its logistics business in Oman, which is expected to grow as emerging market. MOL is strategically allocating resources to the logistics business under its management plan, "Rolling Plan 2018." MOL Logistics, a core of the MOL Group's logistics business, has 290 offices in 71 countries around the world…
Actisense Restructures Its Management Team
Marine electronic equipment provider Actisense has undergone an internal reorganization. Danny Thrasher, Head of Sales & Operations, has taken on the newly created role of Head of Sales & Marketing. Additionally, Mark Pay former Operations Supervisor, has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager. As the Head of Sales & Operations, Thrasher has been responsible for promoting the Actisense brand overseas as well as managing the internal operations team. In his new role as Head of Sales & Marketing, he will be aligning sales activities with the company’s global business development plans.
Diana Shipping TC Contract for P. S. Palios with Koch
Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping, Singapore, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v P. S. Palios. The gross charter rate is US$17,350 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about 13 months to maximum 15 months. The charter is expected to commence on May 24, 2018. The m/v P. S. Palios is currently chartered, as previously announced, at a gross charter rate of US$10,550 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The “P.
KPI Bridge Oil Promotes Chambers to Marketing Manager
KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has promoted Alysha Chambers from Group Marketing Coordinator to Group Marketing Manager.Chambers joined KPI Bridge Oil two years ago from a UK healthcare manufacturer where she was responsible for the company’s B2B and B2C marketing activities. Chambers has a MA degree from Kingston University, London in Marketing Communications & Advertising and a BA degree from Saint Leo University, USA in Communication Management.
Seafarers Charity Appoints New South Africa National Director
South Africa National Director Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Nicholas 'Nicky' Barends as its new National Director for South Africa.Barends was commissioned at the Cape Town Seafarers Center chapel on May 5 by AoS Cape Town Port Chaplain Fr Gerardo Garcia.Barends has worked as a professional printer and has been a ship visitor with AoS Cape Town for more than 10 years.He takes the helm at a time when AoS South Africa is expanding to meet the practical…
Nolan Tapped to Take Over as TOTE CEO
Tim Nolan has been named the next president and CEO of U.S. domestic ocean carrier TOTE Inc., parent company Saltchuk announced today. TOTE is the parent company to TOTE Maritime and TOTE Services.Nolan, who is currently president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, will succeed retiring president CEO Anthony Chiarello who will step down July 16 after eight years at the helm.Nolan has been with the TOTE family of companies since 2013. He will remain in Jacksonville, Fla., as TOTE’s…
US Fines Shipping Company $1 Mln for Pollution Crimes
A Japanese shipping company will have to pay $1 million after being convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional pollution from bulk carrier M/V Atlantic Oasis.The company Nitta Kisen Kaisha Ltd., owner and operater of the Atlantic Oasis, admitted that its engineers failed to document the illegal discharge of oily wastes from the vessel’s fuel and lubrication oil purifier systems, as well as discharges of oily bilge waste from the bilge holding tank and from the vessel’s bilges when delivering steel products to Wilmington…
Partners Look to Tackle Risks of Autonomous Shipping
As industry efforts to make autonomous shipping a reality continue, Rolls-Royce and AXA Corporate Solutions have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to explore ways in which they can bring a new risk management offering to the marine market.The companies say they seek to utilize Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence systems and equipment and AXA’s risk analytics capabilities to support current sailing and future vessels."Combining AXA’s Marine Underwriting expertise and Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence will enable both companies to deliver higher customer value through continuous innovation…
Marine Jet Power Hires Tilton
Jordan Tilton has rejoined the Marine Jet Power (MJP) sales team as Program Manager responsible for key account management and aftermarket business development in the Americas.Tilton has more than 15 years experience in the commercial marine sector. He began his career on the Great Lakes captaining high speed ferries and also worked as a captain on board yachts and commercial vessels in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean before joining U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air…
Hapag-Lloyd to Cut CO2 Emissions by 20 % by 2020
Hapag-Lloyd is publishing the company’s first sustainability report ever yesterday (April 22) as the world celebrates “Earth Day,” which says that the company had achieved 46 percent reduction between 2007 and 2016. Within the report, the shipping company is announcing for the first time the climate goal it has set for itself: By 2020, Hapag-Lloyd intends to achieve a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per TEU-kilometer (compared to 2016). Hapag-Lloyd has already succeeded in significantly lowering its CO2 emissions in the past.
Tanker Rescues Castaway in South China Sea
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that on April 14, 2018, the MOL-operated/managed crude oil tanker Altair Trader rescued a castaway in the South China Sea.At 19:10 local time on April 14, while underway in the South China Sea toward the port of Kawasaki, Japan, the Altair Trader noticed a light on the sea surface ahead the starboard and spotted a castaway.The vessel immediately turned around and started rescue operations, and by 20:28 the same day, the survivor was safely rescued.At 22:30 on April 15…
AAL Expands Its European Team
Multipurpose shipping operator AAL announced it is expanding its European team, agency network and service capabilities. Its Hamburg team is bolstered with the appointment of Eike Muentz to General Manager Europe and Jan-Henrik Heyken to Senior Chartering Manager Europe. Simultaneously, it is expanding its European agency network, with Maritima Davila (Grupo Davila) in Spain, Breakbulk Project Agencies in France (a division of Shipping Agency Service Le Havre) and De Keyser Thornton in Belgium (to cover Benelux).
Louis Dreyfus Names Maserati as COO
Hapag-Lloyd's First-Ever Call at Prince Rupert
Hapag-Lloyd, the market leader in Canada, is expanding its local network. On April 21, the “YM Masculinity” called at a new destination, the Port of Prince Rupert, for the first time. The ship, which operates on the ‘PS8’ service of THE Alliance, was sailing from Asia to North America offering leading transit times and new options for customers. “With the decision to incorporate Prince Rupert into our network, we strengthen and further expand our position in Canada,” explained Uffe Ostergaard, President of Hapag-Lloyd America.
Mori Named Sales Manager at APS Stevedoring
Long Beach based stevedoring company APS Stevedoring LLC announced the appointment of Nick Mori as its manager of sales and marketing.Reporting to President John Hering, Mori will be focused on customer service, rate negotiations, promoting the company, and acquiring new business for APS Stevedoring.Mori began his maritime career in 1989 with Mitsui OSK Line, holding positions in pricing and marketing. He transferred to Hyundai Merchant Marine’s pricing department in 1994 in order to remain in Southern California.
GAC expands into Port Elizabeth
GAC South Africa has opened its fifth branch, to provide a portfolio of shipping services for oil & gas projects and LPG shipments at Port Elizabeth as well as its neighbouring port Ngqura (Coega). GAC has served customers with vessels calling at Port Elizabeth through a sub-agent for more than 10 years, and is now expanding its operations in the region in response to growing demand for GAC’s range of shipping, logistics and complementary services. “Increasing our presence to…
Autonomous Shipping Firm Massterly Appoints Top Brass
The world’s first autonomous shipping company, Massterly, has appointed Tom Eystø as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the Massterly board.Announced on April 3, 2018 as a new joint venture company between Norwegian ship owner Wilhelmsen and systems and solutions provider KONGSBERG, Massterly sets out to offer a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.“Autonomy will revolutionize…
Sonardyne Hires Lynch
Navigation and positioning technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has appointed Derek Lynch as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems, with immediate effect.Lynch brings with him more than 25 years of experience working within the offshore energy, maritime and naval sectors. A former serviceman in the RAF and licensed avionics engineer, Lynch has held senior management positions with several technology companies involved in positioning, navigation and vessel control systems…
Ballast Water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Formed
Manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have codified a unified manufacturers’ association.The Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) met on April 19, 2018 for their first Annual Meeting and elected the inaugural Board of Directors.According to the group, the need for this association arose from the growing demand for well-founded information on the practicability of ballast water treatment technologies, as well as on the…
SUNY Maritime to Honor Dr. James Chao
On Tuesday, May 1, SUNY Maritime College will honor Foremost Group Founder and Honorary Chairman Dr. James S.C. Chao, Foremost Group Chairman and CEO Angela Chao, and Turner Construction Vice President and senior operations manager Joseph Byrne at its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner in Throggs Neck, New York. The event, launched in 2003, honors supporters of the college and its mission to educate and train maritime professionals. Every year, SUNY Maritime College hosts its…
Glosten Taps Fanberg as President
Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has appointed Morgan Fanberg, PE as president.Fanberg, who has over two decades of experience with the firm, will succeed Glosten’s fifth president, John Springer III, PE.Fanberg has led Glosten’s Marine Engineering Group since 2009 and was instrumental in growing the firm’s mechanical capabilities and leading the development of the firm’s Electrical Engineering Group.
Wärtsilä Signs MoU to Promote Maritime Technologies in Singapore
Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D. The partnership covers four different streams: digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA have also agreed to support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams.“This partnership with MPA is a great example of how combining digitalization ecosystems thinking, and collaboration will benefit the maritime industry and drive tangible value at pace.
Crooker Named VP at Ingalls Shipbuilding
Eric Crooker has been promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.Effective immediately, Crooker will have overall responsibility for contracts, estimating and pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Ingalls shipyard and will report to Tom Stiehle, Ingalls’ vice president, business management, and chief financial officer.Crooker succeeds Don Perkins, who will retire from Ingalls on July 1.Crooker joined HII in 2012 and served as a senior counsel at Ingalls.
Port of New Orleans Honors Top Shippers and Ocean Carriers
The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) honored the top ocean carriers and shippers that have contributed to Port NOLA’s success over the years during the 10th anniversary of the Cargo Connections Conference (CCC) on Monday, April 9, 2018.“The Port of New Orleans values our relationships with all of our customers,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO.
Bollore Under Formal Investigation in Africa Graft Probe
A French judge on Wednesday placed tycoon Vincent Bollore under formal investigation over allegations his company undercharged for work on behalf of presidential candidates in two African nations in return for port contracts.Bollore's company, Groupe Bollore, announced the decision by Judge Serge Tournaire, which came after Bollore had been questioned for two days by French fraud police.Bollore, whose logistics empire is a powerhouse in former French colonies across West Africa…
DP World Post 7.3% Volume Growth
Dubai state-owned port operator DP World Limited said it handled 17.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first quarter of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 7.3 percent year-on-year on a reported basis, and 8.4 percent on a like-for-like basis."Following a strong year for the global container market in 2017 with peak levels since 2011, our portfolio has had an encouraging start to 2018 delivering ahead-of-market growth.
Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes
Tanker shipping company Euronav has secured a loan facility providing financing for four ice-class suezmax newbuildings under construction by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., two of which have recently been delivered with the remaining two scheduled for delivery later in 2018.Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) said it acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to a $173.5 million loan facility for Euronav NV signed on March 22, 2018. The commercial lenders were Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank…
Crowley Named a Healthiest Company for Fifth Straight Year
Crowley Maritime Corp. has been honored for the fifth straight year as one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health, a national leader for personalized wellness solutions. Crowley is among 184 companies nationally that received the honor for employee wellness participation and health improvements.As Crowley has emphasized wellness programs, employee health improvements continue to exceed trends among companies participating with Interactive Health. Over 1,647…
Shipping Cyber Academy Established in Singapore
Wärtsilä is partnering with the cyber security company Templar Executives to establish a cyber academy in Singapore. The academy will offer courses designed to support and enhance the collective cyber maturity of the wider shipping community, notably operators and owners.“We believe this is a first for the maritime industry; a center of excellence including a cyber academy, combining threat intelligence and cyber education designed to support collaboration for our customers and the wider maritime community…
Torqeedo Names Glück Marketing VP
Electric and hybrid drives manufacturer Torqeedo has appointed Oliver Glück as its new vice president marketing.Prior to joining Torqeedo, Glück was head of marketing communication and brand strategy for Hyundai Motor Europe. His experience includes in-house positions at automotive companies and consulting for several automotive brands. He worked for Fiat Auto, BBDO Worldwide, Millhaus, and Allianz Global Automotive, among others. He holds a degree in marketing, innovation management and advertising psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Sailors’ Society Marks 200th Anniversary
More than 500 guests joined the world’s oldest maritime welfare charity as it marked its 200th anniversary at Southwark Cathedral earlier this week.Sailors’ Society was founded in London in 1818 to help seafarers returning home from the Napoleonic Wars.
ChartCo Names McNaney CTO
Maritime digital data and compliance services supplier ChartCo has hired Peter McNaney in the newly created executive role of Chief Technical Officer (CTO).McNaney will be responsible for expanding ChartCo’s research and development team, integrating future product acquisitions and continuing to develop the ChartCo product suite. Technical support and easy access to ChartCo’s maritime platforms will also be part of McNaney’s remit.“We are committed to driving forward our acquisition strategy and the development of our market leading range of products and services…
ABS Execs Discuss Key Maritime Topics in Singapore
ABS executives informed the industry conversation at Singapore Maritime Week, with presentations on the growing cyber security threat to maritime, new opportunities to take advantage of data, and the huge potential of LNG shipping for the region. Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Cyber Security Seminar, ABS Chief Digital Officer, Howard Fireman highlighted the opportunities and challenges presented by the ever-increasing connectivity of maritime assets. “The cyber threat is real to maritime safety, making it a relevant issue that ABS must address.
Hikawa Maru Celebrates 88 Years
Hikawa Maru, the only existing large-scale cargo-passenger ship built in Japan before the war, celebrates its 88th anniversary since delivery on April 25, 2018. Since 2008, Hikawa Maru has been moored at Yamashita Park in Yokohama as a museum ship open to the public. A celebration of its 88th birthday was held on Saturday, April 21, and about 8,000 guests visited. On April 25, 1930, Hikawa Maru was delivered equipped with the latest diesel engine and advanced safety technology, and shortly afterward assigned to the Japan–Seattle Line for cargo-passenger service.
Guest Promoted to CEO at Harland and Wolff
Jonathan Guest has been tapped to succeed Robert J Cooper as chief executive officer of Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff Group PLC and Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited.Guest, the company’s current director of business development and improvement, will step into the chief executive role on May 1 to replace Cooper who is retiring after more than four decades with the company.Guest has worked for 23 years as a professional engineer and executive director in a range of industries including marine…
International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards Presented
The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) revealed the 2018 winners of its International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards at a ceremony in Geneva.The awards honor those who have offered exceptional levels of welfare services and facilities to seafarers. The International Labor Organization (ILO) hosted the ceremony, which took place after the third meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC, 2006.The evening began with a video message from the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
Fukunaga Joins Matson Board
Matson, Inc. shareholders elected Mark H. Fukunaga, Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific Inc., as a new member of Matson’s board of directors. Concurrently, Matson Chairman and CEO, Matt Cox, announced that the board's independent directors have designated Stanley M. Kuriyama to succeed Jeffrey N. Watanabe, the board's Lead Independent Director, who retired from the board in accordance with a mandatory retirement age policy.
Aluma Marine Grows Marketing Team
Boat builder Aluma Marine, LLC has appointed Malcolm Wisch as Director of Sales and Marketing and Sherry Wisch as Marketing Manager.An industry veteran, Malcolm was previously associated with SeaArk Marine, Inc. for 20 years. He has a B.S. Degree in Marketing and Advertising, holds a U.S.C.G. license and is a member of the Propeller Club of the Ports of New York and New Jersey. In his new role with Aluma, Malcolm will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities and the…
International Seaways Funds FSO Joint Ventures
International Seaways announced that its joint ventures with Euronav NV, which own the FSO Africa and FSO Asia floating storage and offloading service vessels, have closed on a $220 million credit facility. Based on INSW’s 50% ownership in the joint ventures, the Company has received $110 million in proceeds from the drawdown of the facility, which it expects to use for general corporate purposes, including to partially fund the previously announced VLCC acquisition. “With the $110 million term loan…
British Ports Chairman Steps Down
Shoreham Port’s Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn stood down as Chair of the British Ports Association (BPA), at their Annual General Meeting on yesterday after a two-year term. Rodney had been the Vice Chair of the BPA for two years prior to taking on the role of Chair in 2016. During his time as Chair, Rodney has been proactive in addressing key issues facing the ports industry. This has included developing good governance principles across the sector. Rodney has also championed for investment in the transport network, despite difficult times for public funding.
MISC to Spend $4B Capex in 5 Years
MISC Bhd, the shipping arm of Petroliam Nasional Bhd or Petronas, which is optimistic of delivering better earnings in its financial year 2018, is setting aside a bigger capital expenditure (capex) totalling RM15.68 billion (US$4 billion) over the next five years to grow its four core businesses, reports Bernama. The core segments are liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping; petroleum and product shipping; offshore business; and marine and heavy engineering. President and Chief Executive…
GAC Taiwan Wins DSLNG Contract
GAC Taiwan won an agency contract from Donggi Senoro Liquefied Natural Gas (DSLNG), Indonesia’s leading LNG provider, to handle its vessels’ calls and provide discharge agency and husbandry services at the ports of Taichung and Yung An. Managing Director Kenny So says the contract win comes after the steady growth of agency business for all types of vessels, including LNG carriers, since the opening of GAC Taiwan’s shipping office in Kaohsiung in 2017. “Winning the DSLNG business reinforces our optimism about the future of the LNG agency business in Taiwan…
OSM Developing High-tech Operations Center
Ship management firm OSM said it is in the final stages of completing a Singapore-based Maritime Operations Center that will help transform decision-making, efficiency and performance for its global customer base.The facility, developed in partnership with Singapore based analytics company Azendian Solutions, will initially allow OSM to connect all its data sources around the world. In the near future, the operations center will not only be the main pillar of OSM’s Technical Management offerings…
Senior Appointments at First Marine Solutions
First MarineSolutions (FMS) said it has made two senior appointments to bolster its global growth plans. Dave McGinlay and Paul Crichton join the Aberdeen based mooring services provider as Business Development Director and Sales and Marketing Manager, respectively. McGinlay joins FMS having held key roles within the oil and gas sector for over ten years. Most recently, he was Business Development Manager at InterMoor (part of Acteon Group),identifying market opportunities and ensuring mooring equipment was utilized to meet the requirements of global rig companies and operators.
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…
Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping
Jenny Long was an Aggie with a challenge. She had an important job opening to fill with her company, BP Shipping Americas, located in Chicago. As the regional voyage operations superintendent for BP Shipping, it is her job to fill it with the best and most qualified candidates. Long graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Marine Transportation degree and a minor in Maritime Administration.So, when she has an open position, one of the first places she contacts is her alma mater, Texas A&M Galveston. “BP Shipping has an open and fair hiring process” says Long.
Harrison Named President, WISTA USA
Parker Harrison, Vice President Procurement of Crowley Maritime Corporation, has been appointed President of the US Chapter of WISTA, the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association. She takes over the presidency from Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons of Total Marine Solutions.“I am honored to be stepping into the role of President of an organization to which—and to the members of which—I owe so much, both professionally and personally,” said Harrison, a WISTA USA member since 2004 and WISTA USA membership secretary since 2008.“We are a bigger…
LNG Carrier Seri Camar Delivered to MISC
Malaysian shipping firm MISC Group has taken delivery of Seri Cemara, the final vessel in a series of five MOSS-Type liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers built for long-term charter to Petronas.The 150,200 CBM LNG carrier has been built for MISC by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI). Upon its delivery, Seri Cemara joins her sister MOSS-Type carriers Seri Camellia, Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Cempaka and Seri Camar on long-term charter to Petronas.The…
INTTRA: Enabling Collaboration Across Container Shipping
INTTRA, a neutral network, software and information provider for the ocean shipping industry, hosted a Technology Summit in Hamburg, Germany to address the need for collaboration across container shipping to help advance the ocean freight industry’s digital transformation."INTTRA is well positioned to drive the collaborative effort required to address industry challenges such as a contracted rates management network and data interoperability, as well as landside equipment optimization through Avantida," said INTTRA CEO John Fay.
Crowley Hires Sullivan in VP Role
David Sullivan has joined Crowley Maritime Corp. as vice president, business development and capture management, government services.Sullivan will be based in Jacksonville and report to Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley SOLUTIONS. Sullivan will lead Crowley’s government business development team to strategically identify the needs of government and military customers and provide them with solutions using the company’s wide-ranging suite of services.
Canaveral Port Authority Names Poole CFO
Canaveral Port Authority has named Michael B. Poole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Port Canaveral, effective May 11, 2018.As CFO, Poole's primary duty is to preserve and safeguard the financial assets and affairs of the Canaveral Port Authority. Reporting directly to the CEO, Poole will have overall responsibility for providing strategic financial guidance, and defining and managing the Port's efforts to achieve fiscal and business goals and objectives.Poole brings to the Port 30 years experience in maritime transportation…
Buckeye Partners JV Announces Marine Terminal in Texas
Buckeye Partners announced the formation of a joint venture with Phillips 66 Partners and Andeavor to develop a new deep-water, open access marine terminal in Ingleside, Texas. The South Texas Gateway Terminal will be constructed on a 212 acre waterfront parcel at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay. The facility is positioned to serve as the primary outlet for crude oil and condensate volumes delivered off of the planned Gray Oak pipeline from the Permian Basin. The terminal, to be constructed and operated by Buckeye…
NRF: Tariffs Against China Would Destroy 134,000 US Jobs
The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, coupled with retaliation promised by China, would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by nearly $3 billion and destroy 134,000 American jobs, according to a new study released today by the National Retail Federation and the Consumer Technology Association. The report finds that four jobs would be lost for every job gained. “As administration officials prepare to head to China for trade talks, the livelihoods of American workers hang in the balance,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
DNV GL Hires Bendrik as Chief Digital Transformation Officer
Klas Bendrik will join DNV GL September 1 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer to support DNV GL’s digitalization and IT strategy. Bendrik will be based at the DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway and will be a member of DNV GL Group’s Executive Committee and report to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen.“Digitalization is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5 percent of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60 percent of this is dedicated to our digital transformation,” Eriksen said.
Richards Joins North P&I
North P&I Club said it has appointed David Richards as Deputy Director (Cargo), part of the group’s specialist cargo claims team.Richards, formerly a partner with Ince & Co and a Legal 500 recommended dispute resolution lawyer, is a specialist in commercial shipping and trade and brings a range of experience and expertise in dealing with commodities, bill of lading and charterparty contracts. Richards regularly lectures on all areas of shipping and trade law, as well as on litigation and arbitration generally and has a special interest in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
Rapid Growth for Zaragoza Maritime Terminal
In 2017, the Terminal Marítima de Zaragoza (tmZ) increased its handled volume by 20 percent, to around 350,000 TEUs by rail and truck. Over the past five years, the terminal has seen volumes increase by more than 250%. Miguel Duro, Managing Director of the company, points to the depot’s, “flexible service offering”. Following the addition of a railway siding in 2007 a private company was established ̶ tmZ Depot Services ̶ to operate the terminal under a 35-year concession. APM Terminals Spain is a co-founder and holds a 45% stake in the company.
Sun Coast Appoints Alanis as Assistant Director of Emergency Response
Wholesale petroleum marketer Sun Coast Resources, Inc. has appointed Michael Alanis as assistant director of emergency response.Alanis will review and enhance Sun Coast’s emergency management policies and procedures to ensure that Sun Coast is always on high alert and ready to respond professionally and effectively to any disaster.After six years serving with the U.S. Air Force, Alanis devoted 20 years working with the City of Corpus Christi’s Police Department and has experience in traffic safety, fleet operations, community relations and all levels of the incident command system.
Sea IT Grows Nordic Team
Sea IT has added Felix Magnusson and Daniel Wejnermark to its international team. They will be stationed at the Sea IT headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden and travel on assignment to serve increased client demands around the world.Daniel Wejnermark holds beside multiple Cisco certificates, also a degree in computer networks along with a field of interest in IT Security.Felix Magnusson has a background from computer networks at Cisco Academy and has served in both 1st and 2nd line…
Noatum Maritime Opens Houston Office
Noatum Maritime Services, the maritime services division of Noatum Maritime, has opened new offices in Houston (US) including commercial offices and a warehouse through its Marmedsa Oil & Gas division.Initially, Marmedsa USA will focus on the provision of specialized services to the gas and oil drilling industry, reinforcing the solutions offered by Noatum Maritime Services through its Marmedsa Oil & Gas division.Established in 2015 and led by Federico Lopez, the Oil & Gas division…
Transnet Chairwoman Resigns
The chairwoman of South Africa's state-owned logistics utility Transnet has resigned along with two other board members, the public enterprises ministry said on Thursday.The firm has been accused of irregularities in the awarding of contracts and is conducting an investigation into in the procurement of 1,064 diesel and electric locomotives worth around 54 billion rand ($4.5 billion).Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, whose department also oversees state-owned power utility Eskom, gave no reason for chairwoman Linda Mabaso's resignation.
Teekay Offshore CFO Wong to Step Down
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. announced today that David Wong will step down from his position as Chief Financial Officer of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd. to commence a new opportunity outside of the Teekay organization.Wong, who joined Teekay Corporation in 2009 and has served as Teekay Offshore CFO since 2015, will continue with the Teekay until August to assist with the transition while a search for his replacement is conducted.
Amsterdam Port Becoming a Smart Global Hub
The growing number of construction projects in the Greater Amsterdam Area has created a need for a smart and efficient method for transporting materials to building sites. In an effort to meet this demand, the City of Amsterdam, Port of Amsterdam, Waternet and TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) have launched a partnership project in Amsterdam focussing on building logistics. As part of the project, commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment…
Nordic American Tankers to Sell Tanker Pair
Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) is planning to sell two of its older suezmaxes, thus reducing its fleet size to 31 tanker vessels. NAT described the move as a means of “retaining the flexibility of NAT going forward”. "We expect that the sales will take place over the next couple of weeks. From a Far Eastern shipyard, we have 3 newbuildings joining our fleet in early July, end of August and end of October 2018 – 3 vessels in total. The adjustment of our fleet should be seen in this light," said a press release. "Our solid vetting performance, i.e.
Subsea 7 Withdraws Bid for McDermott
Subsea 7 S.A. announced that it had taken note of McDermott International shareholders' vote in favor of a combination with Chicago Bridge & Iron Co (CB&I).In light of this vote, Subsea 7 confirms that the proposal made to McDermott's Board of Directors on April 17 and published on April 23 is no longer valid.Last week, McDermott International reiterated what it described as the “unanimous determination” of the company’s board of directors to reject an unsolicited proposal from…
Caterpillar Names Bonfield CFO
Caterpillar Inc. announced today its board of directors has appointed Andrew Bonfield as chief financial officer (CFO) effective September 1, 2018. Bonfield will succeed Brad Halverson, whose retirement became effective May 4, 2018.Bonfield brings more than three decades of financial expertise to the role, most recently serving as Group CFO and board member of National Grid plc, a British multinational electricity and gas utility company.Prior to Bonfield's eight years at National Grid, he was CFO at British confectionary company Cadbury plc.
Carnival Maritime, ENSM Partner for Cadet Training
Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and the ENSM French Maritime Academy of Le Havre and Marseille, France, have agreed on cooperation to ensure future high standards in nautical and technical training of cadets.The aim of the collaboration is to train the next generation of qualified officers for the cruise industry and their future responsibilities, based on both the nautical and the technical IMO curriculum at the ENSM. Moreover, the collaboration aims to provide cadets…
Port of Oakland Hires Workforce Development Manager
The Port of Oakland named Julina Bonilla the Workforce Development Manager in its Social Responsibility Division.In the newly-created position, Bonilla is primarily responsible for managing a workforce development program that gives local residents access to port-related employment opportunities. Her responsibilities at the port include partnering with government agencies, schools, labor and the community to develop a program that prepares and places local residents in port-related careers.
AAPA Valparaiso 2018: 60% of the Exhibition Area Already Booked
The Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities – an event that for the first time in 107 years will take place in South America – has already confirmed the reservation of 60 percent of the exhibit booths within its expo, to be held in the Valparaiso Passengers Terminal.The convention, which will take place from October 7 to 10 this year, will be hosted by the Port of Valparaiso, where more than 700 industry leaders from across the continent are expected.During the four days of the event…
Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe Resigns
Port of Newcastle advises that Geoff Crowe, Chief Executive Officer, has informed the Board of his intention to resign, effective at the end of June. Geoff joined Port of Newcastle in July 2015 with extensive experience in the coal mining and logistics industry. He led the development of the Port's growth and diversification strategy, including the development of plans for a cruise terminal, bulk terminal and a container terminal. "The Port of Newcastle is not only an iconic port that delivers huge economic value to our region and state as a trade gateway…
DP World to Develop Egypt Port Terminal
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed by DP World, Egypt’s Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport and the Suez Canal Authority is aiming to develop a new Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Egypt’s 6th of October City, a satellite town in the Giza Governorate and part of the urban area of Cairo. The three partners will bid for the government contract for the project later this year. The proposed ICD will increase the flow of cargo between ships and major land transportation networks in the country, creating a central distribution point.
AFF Global Logistics Acquires Alaskan Express
U.S. domestic ocean freight forwarder AFF Global Logistics (AFF) has acquired fellow domestic freight forwarder Alaskan Express (AE) in a move to boost its offering to the Alaskan logistics market.AFF, which specializes in less-than-container-load freight shipments, said AE’ s business operations will be merged with its own, further strengthening the company’s presence and services in Alaska.AFF said Alaskan Express customers can expect continued service by the same personnel…
New York Ports' Top Cop Retires Amid Probe of Limbaugh Escort
The head of the police force for New York's airports and bridges authority retired on Monday amid reports that a police escort for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had triggered an internal investigation.Michael Fedorko, who had been superintendent of the 1,700-strong Port Authority Police Department since 2009, retired effective immediately, the agency said in a statement.
Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center
Since mid 2015 when MCA first approved a Thailand based seafarer training facility, that destination has experienced growth as a popular focus for both advanced seafarers and also entry level crew to complete STCW 2010 and the new updating STCW courses.Anthony Gould, CEO and major investor in Galileo Maritime Academy, said at the recent launch of their Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats training facility in Phuket, “Over the last three years international professional seafarers coming to Phuket…
V.Group Names Zou Managing Director for China
V.Group said it has appointed Junshan Zou to build, lead and drive V.Group’s activities in China, including business development, ship management and marine services.“We have made a long-term commitment to growing our business in China,” said Alastair Evitt, Group Managing Director for V.Group’s Ship Management East division. “This new role will enable us to focus our efforts on growing all aspects of V.Group’s business including expanding our pool of Chinese seafarers to meet the future growth needs of the market.”Zou has more than 20 years’ experience in maritime related businesses…
Euroseas Spins Off Its Drybulk Fleet
Greece-based owner of containerships and bulk carriers Euroseas has spun off its drybulk fleet into a separate company. The Company announced that it filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin-off the Company's drybulk fleet into a separate company, EuroDry Ltd., which has applied for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. "We believe that separate drybulk and containership investment options will give our shareholders the flexibility to adjust their holdings, if they so wish, between the two sectors,: he added.
Diana Containerships: Q1 Revenue More Than Doubles
Diana Containerships announces its Q1 revenue has more than doubled.Dry bulk shipper's shares jump 64 pct to $2.70, top advancer across U.S. exchanges in heavy premarket trade.DCIX trading with 20 pct of their free float volume in premarket, as per TR data.Q1 revenue more than doubles to $8 mln from a year ago, also posts a smaller YoY loss.Increase was mainly due to higher revenue from improved fleet utilization and increased time charter rates.If gains hold, DCIX shares set to more than erase YTD losses of 59.6 pct.Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru
Peel Ports Launches Rail Freight Service
A new rail freight service for containers has left the Port of Liverpool for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Peel Ports and rail freight company DB Cargo.The new service provides shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland, in turn minimizing congestion around the Port of Liverpool. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram officially launched the departure of the inaugural journey on Tuesday 8 May…
Damen's Boer Secures WISTA Post
Damen’s Head of Communications, Sylvia Boer, has recently been appointed President of the Netherlands chapter of WISTA – the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association. WISTA the Netherlands was founded in 2000 and currently has 140 members from across the maritime industry. WISTA the Netherlands focuses on a number of priority topics affecting the industry. Amongst these are sustainability, new technologies, big data, health & safety, cyber security, block chain, developing cultural sensitivity and last, but by no means least, clean oceans.
Andersen Joins Pipetech
Pipetech strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Frank Andersen as general manager Scandinavia. Andersen, who brings more than 10 years oil and gas experience to Pipetech, will be based at the firm’s Stavanger hub. He joins the company from GS-Hydro Norge AS where he most recently held the role of business development manager and key account manager. Previous to this, Andersen worked in various sales and management positions at three different IKM companies.