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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Sri Lankan Supercar's Journey in Maersk

The  container logistics company A.P. Moller - Maersk has embarked on a journey that covers the end-to-end logistics of first-ever Sri Lankan made electric supercar Vega EVX that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 later this year in March.The car built in Colombo, started its journey from the Vega Innovations workshop in the heart of the city and is currently en route Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands from where it will continue all the way to Geneva, Switzerland.Maersk…

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Matson Promotes Three

U.S. carrier Matson announced it promoted three executives to the company's senior leadership team, effective immediately.Branton "Bal" Dreyfus, Vice President, Alaska, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Alaska in recognition of Matson's growing scope of operations, continuing investment in and long-term commitment to serving Alaska. Dreyfus will continue to report directly to Matt Cox, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Capt. John "Jack" Sullivan, Vice President, Vessel Operations and Engineering…

Libya: Efforts Being Made to Lift Port Blockade

Libyan state oil firm NOC said efforts were being made to lift a blockade of its major ports and oilfields but could not say when this might happen, its chairman Mustafa Sanalla said on Monday.He also said NOC was giving priority crude allocation to its Zawiya refinery.(Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar Writing by Ulf Laessing; editing by David Evans)

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UHL Takes-over Nine F900 Vessels

The German shipping company United Heavy Lift (UHL)  Hamburg has taken over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings.The vessels each have a cargo capacity of 14,100 dead-weight tonnes and are capable of lifting loads of up to 900 tonnes. Being built in 2018 and 2019, most of the nine vessels have only just hit the water. They are sailing under the Portuguese flag.“Our mission is to expand our company’s position as front-runners for an eco-friendly Heavy Lift shipping industry. The fleet of nine newbuilding F900 vessels is a perfect match for our sustainability policy.

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Hamburg Port Defends Service Losses

Germany's largest port, the Port of Hamburg not expecting reduction in container throughput caused by liner service changes announced by Ocean Alliance and Maersk.From April, the Ocean Alliance NEU 5 service handled by EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg – CTH is being transferred to Antwerp, said a press release from the a sea port on the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, 110 kilometres from its mouth on the North Sea."This service will be run by the Ocean Alliance Partner, CMA CGM as FAL 3 with an approximate annual volume of 150…

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2019 Shipping Grows for Port of Green Bay

Port of Green Bay reports continued growth in 2019.The 2019 shipping totals were the highest since 2007 during a period that saw the highest tonnage in the past 30 years; 2006 saw 2.55 million tons shipped through the port. The common denominator during both periods of time is a robust economy. The recently-concluded shipping season saw 2,254,674 tons of cargo move through the Port, an 8% increase over the previous season.“It is interesting how the port has changed since the 2006 and 2007 shipping seasons that saw 2.32 million tons and 2.55 million tons moved…

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Coronavirus Places Shipping on High Alert

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has placed the shipping industry on high alert amid a rising death toll in China and reports that the fast-spreading illness is reaching new shores.The flu-like coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China on December 31, has killed more than two dozen people in China and is believed to have infected more than 900 worldwide, according to several media reports. Cases have been confirmed in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and internationally in travelers returning from China to Japan…

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QTerminals to develop, operate Ukrainian sea port

Qatari sea port operator QTerminals has won a concession tender to develop and operate Ukraine's Black Sea port of Olvia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on Friday.QTerminals, a joint venture between state-owned Qatar Ports Management (Mwani Qatar) and shipping and logistics group Qatar Navigation (Milaha), is due to invest 3.4 billion hryvnias ($133 million) in the next five years.It will also pay an 80 million hryvnia ($3.27 million) concession fee annually, Honcharuk said…

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DP World Acquires 44% Stake in Swissterminal

Dubai-based global ports operator DP World has taken a 44% stake in Frenkendorf-headquartered Swissterminal Holding, the container terminal operator in Switzerland.The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are well connected to Europe’s leading container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports of La Spezia…

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Jan De Nul Completes Guayaquil

After nine months of dredging, Jan De Nul Group has reached an important first milestone by completing the deepening of the 95 km long access channel to the port in record time.The Municipality of Guayaquil (Ecuador) officially inaugurated its newly deepened maritime access channel last weekend, by welcoming the first Neo-Panamax vessel APL Esplanade in the port.Jan De Nul Group will now operate and maintain the channel under this 25-year concession contract. The total investment…

Second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation carried out in Germany and the first in the Port of Rostock (Source: Nauticor)

OSV Orion Fueled with LNG in Germany

The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’, operated by Nauticor, has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion, this first such ship-to-ship bunker transfer at the Port of Rostock.Orion is currently at the Liebherr construction yard in the Port of Rostock, where it is being outfitted with a 5,000-ton crane. The new offshore installation vessel is the fifth dual fuel addition to the DEME fleet, following three trailing suction hopper dredgers (Minerva…

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Hamburg Süd’s Chief Commercial Officer to retire

German container shipping company Hamburg Süd said its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Frank Smet will retire at the end of March after roughly 27 years with the company.Smet, who has been working in the shipping industry for over 40 years – including in Brazil, Chile, Australia and Hong Kong – has been a member of Hamburg Süd’s Management Board since 2012. He was initially responsible for Network, Operations and Logistics before assuming responsibility for Sales and Customer Service in 2017.In the future, Hamburg Süd CEO Dr. Arnt Vespermann will also be responsible for the customer relations.

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Stockholm Expects 290 Cruise Liners in 2020

Ports of Stockholm said that 2020 cruise season is expected to be another record year in terms of passenger numbers and almost 290 cruise calls, with as many as 13 maiden visits.The  Baltic Sea cruise port said that the list of the 2020 season’s cruise ship calls has been published and presents no fewer than 13 vessels calling at Ports of Stockholm for the first time.The international cruise ship season begins on 17th April at the Port of Nynäshamn with the arrival of the vessel Magellan, and on 26th April in Stockholm with the arrival of the Viking Star.

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Kotug Tugboats Rescue Drifting Box Ship

Dutch salvage and towage company Kotug said that its two tugs have helped to rescue a containership hit by fire while sailing off the coast of East Africa.The 2,503-teu Oinousses (built 2000) was sailing sailing from Maputo to Mombasa, off the coast of Mozambique after the vessel sustained an engine room fire.On the night of January 20, two Rotortugs of KOTUG International picked up the Mayday signal of the container vessel EM-Oinousses having a devastating fire in the engine room.Although the vessel’s crew adequately extinguished the fire…

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Panama Cargo Volumes on the Rise

Cargo volumes in Panamanian ports totaled 7,346,859 TEU in 2019, up 4.7% compared with the year before when cargo volumes showed a slight growth of 1.7% to 7.014, 410 TEU.“In 2018, Panamanian ports hit the 7 million TEU milestone for the first time and just last year cargo volumes increased by 4.7% to 7.34 million TEU of cargo volumes, making 2019 the best port performance,” said Noriel Arauz, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and Minister of Maritime Affairs.

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Developers Seek to Widen Rail Link to Port of Koper

Spanish renewables and infrastructure firm Acciona has launched a joint bid for a hotly contested 1.2 billion euro ($1.33 billion) project to widen a key Slovenian railway link to its only deepwater port, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.Acciona has teamed up with Italian counterpart Pizzarotti and Slovenian construction company Makro 5 Gradnje to put forward the proposal."We are still at the early stages of the bidding process, and it's a big project, which has received 29 other bids…

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New Program Cracks Down on Wildlife Trafficking

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has celebrated 100 years since the granting of its Royal Charter by unveiling plans for a training program to help port workers and surveyors spot the signs of wildlife trafficking in the maritime supply chain.The program is backed by a formal resolution which will be added to the Institute’s commitments to support the UfW’s Transport Taskforce, together with other key maritime industry stakeholders.“As we begin celebrations of 100 years since the granting of our Royal Charter…

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Two Mobile Harbor Cranes Arrive at Port of Brownsville

Two new mobile harbor cranes arrived at the Port of Brownsville, in Texas.On January 16, the cranes arrived at the port onboard the 393-foot long specialized cargo carrier M/V BBC ASIA.The Brownsville Navigation District ordered the Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes in June 2019 to increase the port’s on-dock lifting capacity due to higher demands of cargo volumes.The cranes will handle a variety of cargo including breakbulk, dry-bulk, heavy project cargo and steel…

Swissterminal, headquartered in Frenkendorf, and Dubai-based DP World have entered a partnership. (Copyright Swissterminal)

DP World Takes 44% stake in Swissterminal Holding

Dubai state controlled port operator DP World has taken a 44% stake in Swiss container terminal operator Swissterminal Holding AG.The Mayer family, who founded the business, will remain a majority shareholder, a statement from the company said. Roman Mayer will continue to serve as Swissterminal’s CEO.Financial terms were not disclosed.Swissterminal operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are connected to container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports of La Spezia…

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Israel Approves Privatization of Haifa Port

Israel gave final approval for the privatization of Haifa port, one of its main seaports, in an effort to improve competition in an industry that has been plagued for years by high costs and labor disputes, the port said on Tuesday.The green light by a ministerial privatization panel to sell the Mediterranean port in northern Israel came after the state reached an agreement with the main workers' union, which had initially opposed the plan.

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Brasco, APM Terminal Pact for Offshore Support

Brasco, a part of the Brazil's provider of integrated port and maritime logistics and supply chain solutions Wilson Sons Group company, has partnered with APM Terminals Pecém to set up a temporary logistics base at the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex.It will be the first offshore port support operation to take place in Ceará, said a press note from APM Terminals, an international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.Scheduled to start in the first half of 2020…

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APM Pipavav Adds Container Scanner

APM Terminals Pipavav [Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd] has commenced operation of ‘drive-through container scanner’ effective December 1, 2019. The scanning system adheres to the guidelines issued by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and specifications issued by Directorate of Logistics (DOL).The Eagle P60 scanning machine was implemented to reduce the dwell time, improve productivity, facilitate faster turnaround of the consignment thereby reducing the transaction cost and enhancing the overall Port’s performance.The state-of-the-art machinery with UPS power back up…

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IMO's 2050 Decarbonization Target Has $1 Trillion Pricetag

At least $1 trillion of investment in new fuel technology is needed to enable the shipping industry to meet U.N. targets for cuts in carbon emissions by 2050, a study published on Monday showed.The global shipping fleet, which accounts for 2.2% of the world's CO2 emissions, is under pressure to reduce those emissions and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea.U.N. shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), aims to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050…

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SAAM Acquires Intertug

Chilean logistics company SAAM has struck a deal to buy Intertug Investment Holding, a towage services company with operations in Colombia, Mexico and Honduras.SAAM will spend $54.5 million for 70% of Intertug, based on an enterprise value of $98 million, and carry out the acquisition through a capital increase and a share purchase, it said in a stock market exchange announcement.Intertug's 25-vessel fleet logs more than 18,000 maneuvers a year, generating around US$44 million in towage service revenue annually.The partnership with Intertug allows us to enter Colombia…

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Oakland Container Volumes Down 1.8% in 2019

The container ship facility located in the San Francisco Bay, Port of Oakland 2019 container volume decreased 1.8 percent from 2018. The Port attributed the decline to fewer empty containers but said loaded import and export containers were at a record high.Oakland handled the equivalent of 2.5 million 20-foot containers (TEUs) in 2019 versus 2.55 million in 2018. The Port attributed the dip to a 13 percent drop in empty container handling.On the other hand, export volume increased 3.7 percent last year, the Port said. Imports were up 1 percent.

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29,476 Vessels Arrive at Rotterdam Port

2019 was a relatively safe year for shipping in the port of Rotterdam. Over the past year, the number of sea-going vessels arriving was about the same as in 2018: 29,491 compared to 29,476 last year.According to the port authority, the number of accidents also remained virtually the same: 113 compared to 112, which involved mainly ‘parking damage’. As there was one very serious accident, the NSI (Nautical Safety Index) – a reflection of nautical safety – was slightly below the norm (6.56 instead of 7).

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Oakland Box Volumes Down 1.8% in 2019

Container volumes at the Port of Oakland decreased 1.8% in 2019, new data shows.The port attributed the decline to fewer empty containers but said loaded import and export containers were at a record high.Oakland handled the equivalent of 2.5 million 20-foot containers (TEUs) in 2019 versus 2.55 million in 2018. The port attributed the dip to a 13% drop in empty container handling.Export volume increased 3.7% last year, and imports were up 1%, the port said. As a result, the port set a record for loaded containers in 2019 with 1.9 million TEUs.

Automatically and/or remotely operated Rubber Tire Gantry [RTG] in operation. (Photo: Konecranes)

Teleoperation: Set to Revolutionize Intermodal Operations

As the pressures mount to improve efficiencies, safety and a port’s environmental footprint, the means to make all of that happen are already within reach. And, contrary to what organized labor might think, it’s not about reducing headcounts.Port operations and logistics have significantly changed over the years, yet the core of this line of work remains dangerous, polluting, and repetitive. Autonomous technologies and teleoperation have the ability to change the nature of industrial drudgery…

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) being transferred into a container at JAXPORT. (Photo: JAXPORTl)

Florida Ports Leading the Way on Maritime Alternative Fuels

Florida's seaports and industry partners are investing in innovations to be more efficient and effective, including the implementation of environmentally friendly, less costly, domestically-produced natural gas as an alternative fuel, a recent report outlined.“Florida ports are leading the way in moving to cleaner, alternative energy sources, bringing tremendous environmental benefits to our transportation systems and our communities,” said Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer under Gov.

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Port of LA Exec Says US Tariff Tiffs Could Be 'New Normal'

The executive overseeing the busiest U.S. gateway for ocean trade with China on Thursday said the "weaponization of tariffs" to advance U.S. policy interests may now be the "new normal."The comments from Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka came just a day after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu signed a Phase 1 agreement to defuse their 18-month-long trade war.The partial pact will cut some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for Chinese pledges to purchase more American farm…

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Low-sulphur Fuel Sales Surge

The final quarter of 2019 marked a massive decline of high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) sales, as the industry transitioned into compliance of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap (IMO 2020). In Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, the bunker sale landscape saw significant change as the sale of high-sulphur fuel oil dropped tremendously in a matter of months. In contrast, the sale of low-sulphur fuels skyrocketed in the final quarter.The first wave…

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Kawasaki Delivers Newbuild Bulker

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries  (KHI) has delivered the bulk carrier FJ Viola, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT, for F.J.Lines Inc. at the Dalian Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS).DACKS is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited.According to a press release from KHI, The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel…

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THE Alliance Welcomes HMM

The members of THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming have welcomed Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as a new core member of THE Alliance.With the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) acceptance of HMM membership, THE Alliance offers an attractive upgraded product package and it will be launched around April 1st, 2020.Based on the existing comprehensive network of THE Alliance, the newly en-hanced product package will offer increasing frequency particularly from South East Asia…

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Kalmar Delivers MCT 200th Straddle Carrier

Kalmar, a provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports and terminals, and Italy's Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), are celebrating the delivery of the terminal's 200th straddle carrier.Both companies participated in a joint event on 15 January in recognition of their long-standing partnership.Located in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, MCT is a megaport able to handle the largest vessels deployed on Asia-Mediterranean routes. The terminal has handled more than 50 million TEUs since it opened in September 1995.Antonio Davide Testi…

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Port NOLA Sets New Box Record

Louisiana’s only international container port Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2019 than at any time in its history, totaling 648,538 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 10% compared to one year ago.The multimodal gateway for global trade said in a press release that the record marks the sixth consecutive year the Port surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is operated by New Orleans Terminal and Ports America.“Port NOLA has now seen double-digit growth in total container volumes for two consecutive years…

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Ships Anchor Offshore as French Unions Block Ports

French trade unions blocked ports and disrupted power production on Thursday, searching for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned pension overhaul as the impact of transport strikes weakens.Ferry services to Britain suffered delays and at least 20 bulk carriers waiting to export cereals were kept at anchor outside France's major ports, data from financial data provider Refinitiv showed. Electricity output was down about 9% of available capacity.The public…

Alessandro Crocitto (left) is heading the new Blue Water office in Milan. Also pictured is Thomas Bek, Global Director of Blue Water’s Energy & Project Division. (Photo: Blue Water)

Blue Water Opens Office in Italy

Having provided logistics solutions to Italian clients for many years, and looking to develop this business further, Blue Water Shipping has established an office in Milan.The new office will initially focus on serving clients in the oil and gas, power generation, renewables and infrastructure sectors, but the company said it plans to add other activities within other business areas later on.The opening of the Milan office is, according to Thomas Bek, in line with Blue Water’s strategy to expand its activities in the Energy and Projects sector.

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Svitzer Appoints Americas MD

Maersk's towage operator arm Svitzer announced on Thursday it has appointed Arjen Van Dijk as its new Regional Managing Director (MD) for the Americas region, effective February 1, 2020.Van Dijk is taking over from Marc Niederer, who has decided to step down due to personal reasons and is currently considering various options for his future role, the company said.Van Dijk joined Svitzer in July 2019 as regional CCO and is now advancing to Regional MD. With more than 15 years in global shipping and transportation…

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Maersk Delivers Chillies from Varanasi to UAE

Maersk, an integrated logistics company, said it has delivered its first end-to-end shipment of freshly produced green chillies from Varanasi to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE), within a duration of nine days.The Danish business conglomerate worked closely with Agricultural and Processed Food Exports Development Authority (APEDA) of India, the apex organization under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, responsible for the export promotion of agricultural products, to enable…

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Konecranes Refurbishing Port Cranes in Taranto

Setting out to create a new Mediterranean shipping hub at Taranto Port, Yilport Holding in December chose Konecranes to refurbish 23 cranes.The Turkish company won a 49-year concession from Italian authorities in 2019 to operate Taranto, located in the southeastern part of the country, and plans to use the port’s central location to create a Mediterranean hub.Konecranes said its contract includes the recommissioning of seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 16 rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes that are currently inactive.

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ONE SEA Appoints Lehtovaara Chairman

ONE SEA has appointed Capt Eero Lehtovaara as its new Chairman. Lehtovaara, a Master Mariner and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, is Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs at ABB Marine & Ports.He brings a wealth of experience to the expanding ONE SEA alliance where he has been a Board member for two years, as well as Vice Chairman. His past experience at sea provides a unique understanding of the challenges set by new regulations, human resource management and technological developments…

Court Orders DP World's Rights Restored for Doraleh Port

A London arbitration court has ordered Djibouti to restore DP World's right to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal as detailed under a 2006 concession deal within two months or pay damages, the state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.The government of Djibouti seized the terminal from Dubai government-controlled DP World in February 2018 over a dispute dating back to at least 2012.An independent expert has estimated the losses to DP World at more than $1 billion, WAM reported. (Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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Video: Six RTG Cranes Arrive in Miami

Multipurpose and project heavy lift carrier AAL delivered of a cargo of six RTGs (rubber tyred gantry cranes) in a single sailing from the Port of Taicang in China to the South Florida Container Terminal (Port Miami), on board its mega-size 31,000dwt vessel, the AAL Newcastle. The cargo was shipped along AAL’s Asia - Americas service, which offers regular sailings and flexible port calls along the trade.The RTGs measure 25m x 14m x 26m each and weigh circa.150t - manufactured by Taicang’s…

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TMA Logistics Wins SGRE Work

Dutch outfit TMA Logistics has been commissioned by Siemens Gamesa Renewables Energy (SGRE) to provide the transhipment and transhipment of wind turbines for Windpark Fryslân.Wind farm Fryslan comprises 89 wind turbines that will be realised in the Frisian part of the IJsselmeer, near Breezanddijk. The project is expected to start in August 2020 and the wind farm will supply electricity to ± 500,000 households.SGRE is carrying out the project in close cooperation with Van Oord Offshore Wind BV. Van Oord is laying the foundations and laying the cables and monopiles.

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Are Foreign Ships Secure in Iran?

Mohammad Rastad, Iran's Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development said that foreign trade ships that transport goods to Iran can be confident that there will be no problem for their movement and there is no obstacle for their arrival in the country.Managing Director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rasta said that commercial ships carrying cargo to Iranian ports enjoy safety in light of the security provided by Iran for territorial waters.According to Iran government…

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HMM to Launch Mega-Ships in April

South Korean logistics major Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will introduce the largest container vessels of the world in April. These mega-ships will be deployed on the company’s Asia-Europe services.According to BusinessKorea HMM will put into operation a total of 12 24,000-TEU super large vessels, one per week, staring this April, the Busan New Port Terminal said on Jan. 12.The boxships are under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).HMM will start its services as an official member of “The Alliance…

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Portland Port Expecting 80,000 Cruise Passengers in 2020

Portland Port’s 2020 cruise season is expected to grow again this year with greater number of cruise calls and passengers.For more than 10 years this has been the general pattern, with numbers increasing from just three ships in 2000 to the 46 that are expected this year. Along with the 46 cruise ships, they will be bringing more than 80,000 passengers and crew into Dorset and the surrounding area. The port’s cruise season is much longer this year, with the first ship arriving on the March 9, and the last, on the November 25.

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Shoreham Port Appoints Willis as Chief Executive

Shoreham Port has appointed Tom Willis as Chief Executive following the departure of Rodney Lunn, who left the port in mid-December of last year.Willis previously worked with Heathrow Airport for 8 years, joining the organisation during the exciting time of the 2012 London Olympic Games to become Operations Director at the Airport, and later on Security Director, accountable for the protection of 75 million passengers per year. Prior to this, Willis spent 13 years with Royal Mail, joining via their graduate program and working his way to Operations Director South East England.

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YIT Eesti to Build Tallinn Cruise Terminal

Estonian port authority Port of Tallinn (Tallinna Sadam) has signed an agreement with compatriot construction company YIT Eesti AS for the construction of new cruise terminal in Tallinn Old City Harbour.The value of the contract is EUR 13.7 million. New cruise terminal will be completed in July 2021.The contract includes a 3-storey terminal building with a net area around 4000 m2, pedestrian promenade area at the pier, children’s playground and parking spaces.The multifunctional…

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US Retail Imports Normalizing After Tariff Surges

U.S. retail imports are beginning to settle down following a year of fluctuations driven by the uncertainty of the trade war with China, industry experts say.Volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to return to its usual seasonal patterns during the first few months of 2020, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by trade association the National Retail Federation and consulting firm Hackett Associates.“We’ll be more confident after we see the Phase One agreement signed…

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Kalmar Signs Pact with Patrick Terminals

Kalmar, the provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports and terminals, has concluded a comprehensive software maintenance and support agreement with Australian terminal operator Patrick Terminals.The agreement, which covers the equipment automation systems at the company’s Brisbane and Sydney AutoStrad terminals, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the agreement coming into effect from November 2019, said the Cargotec unit.Patrick Terminals is Australia's leading container terminal operator, handling over three million TEU annually.

Following the delivery of the "Branddirektor Westphal" the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has ordered two more fire-fighting vessels (Photo Credit: Fassmer)

Hamburg Port Orders 2 Fireboats

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has ordered two more fire-fighting vessels following the delivery of modern fireboat, the "Branddirektor Westphal".As with the previous order, both vessels will be fitted with Schottel thrusters – in this case, two Schottel Rudderpropellers and one Schottel Transverse Thruster. These will enable maximum maneuverability in the restricted fairway of the Port of Hamburg.This mobility is also guaranteed in situations that require fast response times.

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Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?

China’s president Xi Jinping refers the Belt and Road Initiative, aka the New Silk Road, as the “Project of the Century” and according to a recent Bloomberg article, Morgan Stanley anticipates Chinese investments will total $1.3 trillion by 2027. In addition, more than 150 countries and international organizations have committed to invest in the project as well with infrastructure enhancements, such as roadways and power plants. But will this New Silk Road ever really compete with the firmly established Maritime Silk Road?Bernhard Simon…

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Georgia Scraps Deal on Major Port Project

Georgia has ended an investment agreement with an international consortium for one of the biggest projects in the former Soviet country, the construction of a major deep sea port on the Black Sea coast, its infrastructure minister said on Thursday.The nine-phase project to improve access to Central Asia and the Middle East had received support from Georgia's strategic partner, the United States, as well as the European Union, which had labelled the planned port at Anaklia a priority project."The government discussed this issue and decided that further postponement does not make sense…

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Egypt Reopens Mediterranean Ports

Egypt on Thursday reopened two Mediterranean harbors that were shut this week due to bad weather.The ports of Alexandria and Dekheila were opened "after wind speed, wave height and visibility reached levels that permit ships to enter and depart the ports," a spokesman for Alexandria said.Egypt closed the ports on Monday after a dust storm and high winds.The two ports were shut last Friday for the same reason and reopened on Saturday.(Reporting by Ahmed Salem in Alexandria, writing by Patrick Werr; editing by Jason Neely)

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LNGSTS Hits 112 STS LNG Transfers in 2019

LNGSTS, a unit of Teekay Tankers, has closed the year 2019 with a record number of 112 open water liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship-to-ship (STS) cargo transfers.From November 2018, until July 2019, LNGSTS was the technical and manpower service provider for the largest ever LNG ship-to-ship project, located in Honningsvag, Norway, the company said in a press release.Under the challenging Arctic conditions, LNGSTS completed 123 STS operations from 11 different ARC7 vessels to 14…

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Yang Ming to Launch Taiwan - Japan Service

Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation said that it continues to enhance its Intra-Asia service network by launching a new Taiwan–Japan service (JCH) effective from January 26th, 2020.The JCH service will provide weekly direct service between Kaohsiung, Osaka, Kobe and Hakata, said the largest Taiwan-based global shipping logistics services company, operating a fleet of more than 100 vessels.The launch of JCH service will expand Yang Ming’s existing services between Taiwan and Japan…

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Dunkirk Port Switches on Cold Ironing

French container line CMA CGM announced that its ship APL Singapura has inaugurated the cold ironing facilities of the Terminal des Flandres in the Port of Dunkirk.By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as "cold ironing"), container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers (Reefers).This innovative technology has significant environmental benefits…

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Port of Seattle Commission Elects Steinbrueck

The Port of Seattle Commission has elected Peter Steinbrueck Commission President for 2020. Commissioner Fred Felleman will serve as Commission Vice-President, with Commissioner Sam Cho serving as Commission Secretary. Newly elected Commissioner Sam Cho was sworn in by his mother.  Re-elected Commissioner Fred Felleman was sworn in by Suquamish Tribal Chairman, Leonard Forsman.

From left: Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach; Gregory Tuthill, SeaCube Container Leasing; 
Michael Wilson, Consolidated Chassis Management

CII Announces Three New Directors

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) has unanimously elected Dr. Noel Hacegaba of the Port of Long Beach, Gregory Tuthill of SeaCube Container Leasing and Michael Wilson of Consolidated Chassis Management to three-year terms on the Board of Directors.• Dr. Hacegaba has a long history with the City of Long Beach and the last 10 years in executive positions within the port, one of the busiest ports in the U. S. He is presently Deputy Executive Director. Noel Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California.• Greg Tuthill is CCO…