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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Mombasa Port Traffic up 10 pct in Jan-Sept

Kenya's main port, Mombasa, handled 10.6 percent more cargo in the first nine months of this year, helped by an expansion of its handling capacity and a new railway system, the port’s management said on Monday. Activity in east Africa's biggest port is considered a measure of economic activity for the region. Mombasa handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The increased traffic comes despite prolonged tensions over an election in August which was nullified and then rerun in October.

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Bahri Optimistic of Oil Tanker Market

Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, is very optimistic about the future of the oil tanker market and it believes that there will continue to be demand for this market, said Mohammed Al-Sarhan, Vice Chairman of Bahri, who possesses extensive experience in oil and gas, transportation and logistics, and other sectors. He was talking in the annual Bahri Oil Transportation Forum, which was held in Dubai last week. John ‎Angelicoussis, Chairman of Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited…

Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah. Nine ship-to-shore cranes work two container vessels at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal near Savannah Ga. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

GPA Approves Savannah Port Expansion

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has approved the rail and gate expansion projects that will significantly boost capacity at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal - North America’s biggest container terminal. “A strong Southeast U.S. economy, on-terminal expansion, and investment by private logistics firms throughout the region have resulted in phenomenal growth for Georgia,” said Executive Director Griff Lynch. “But these record volumes could not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the men and women responsible for moving this cargo.

The Indian Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the International Ship Repair Facility of Cochin Ship Yard Limited, at Cochin, Kerala on November 17, 2017. Photo: PIB

International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Shipyard

The Minister of Shipping in India,  Nitin Gadkari has said that Cochin is all set to become a global ship repair hub. He was speaking at Cochin, after laying the  foundation stone for a INR 970-crore (USD 148 million) International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) for Cochin Shipyard Limited. The facility is being built at Cochin Port Trust where CSL has leased out a 40-acre plot for the project. The International Ship Repair facility will be a State of the Art facility that can handle a major chunk of small and medium sized vessels plying in India.

INTTRA Unveils New Applications Suite

INTTRA, the electronic transaction platform, software and information provider, announced two new cloud-based products and enhancements. The first is a new Container Forecasting and Allocation Solutions Tool (C-FAST) for Freight Forwarders and NVOCC's that matches the forecast of their customers' anticipated container volume to carrier capacity availability. The second is an enhanced version of its Ocean Schedules offering that optimizes the shipment planning experience for ocean supply chain professionals.

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Ports of Durban and Cape Town Up Next for New Transnet Tugs

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) launched its penultimate tug as part of its R1.4 billion, nine-tug construction contract, at Southern African Shipyards. UMKHOMAZI, meaning “place of cow whales” in isiZulu, will serve at the Port of Durban. All nine tugs are being built by Southern African Shipyards in Durban. Friday’s event also saw the handover to TNPA of the seventh tug, USIBA, which was named and launched in August. TNPA GM: Commercial & Marketing and Lady Sponsor of UMKHOMAZI, Lauriette Sesoko, revealed that USIBA would now be delivered to the Port of Cape Town.

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Crowley Carries Utility Poles for Puerto Rico’s Electrical Grid

Crowley Maritime  is transporting the initial batch of what will total 32,000 utility poles from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico to help restore the island’s power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The weekly shipments will consist of 35-, 40- and 70-foot wooden, concrete and galvanized steel poles, sailing aboard multiple flat deck barges. A second series of shipments is also in development and will eventually bring the project total to between 65,000-70,000 poles. This…

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Carnival Increasing Capacity from NOLA

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its short cruise offerings from the Port of New Orleans beginning in 2019. Carnival Valor will shift to New Orleans for year-round four- and five-day cruises from the Big Easy beginning in May 2019, becoming the largest ship to offer a year-round short cruise itineraries from Port NOLA. On this route, four- day long weekend cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays calling at Cozumel and Progreso.

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POLB Receives EPA Grant to Cut Pollution

The Port of Long Beach has been awarded $2.4 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), Foss Maritime and Curtin Maritime replace equipment with zero-emission or cleanest-available equipment. The Diesel Emission Reduction Act money will enable SSA to retrofit three rubber-tired gantry cranes to all-electric operations, entirely reducing related emissions and diesel fuel consumption. The funds will also assist in retrofitting four tugboats operated by Foss and Curtin with the newest and cleanest engines available.

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“K” Line Introduces Auto Logistics in Chile

KAR Logistics S.A. (hereinafter shown as KAR*), Joint Venture Company between “K” Line and Agencias Universales S.A.(AGUNSA), which handles Total Logistics Services in Chile and other South and Latin American, has started Auto-Logistics service in Santiago, Chile from Aug, 2017. Customer requirements for services related to automobiles in Chile and other South and Latin American that are showing continuous growth of vehicle sales and imports have been on the increase. With the combined know-how of the two joint venture companies…

Omar Shamsie, the new president of Maersk Line in North America. (CREDIT: Maersk)

Maersk Names New North American President

Veteran Maersk Leader, Omar Shamsie, becomes President of Maersk Line in North America. Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, announces the appointment of Omar Shamsie as the new president of Maersk Line in North America effective December 1st, 2017. His most recent position was president of Maersk Line Latin America & the Caribbean and before that president of Maersk Line Canada. Mr. Shamsie’s rich background also includes director and vice president positions throughout the globe with Maersk.

INS Sarvekshak. Photo: Indian Navy

INS Sarvekshak in Joint Hydrographic Survey with Tanzanian Navy

In an initiative to bolster bilateral relations with friendly foreign countries and navies in the Indian ocean region, INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic survey ship of Southern Naval Command, arrived at Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania on 15 November 2017 for undertaking joint  Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian Navy. The joint survey will be conducted with the Naval personnel of Tanzania who have been trained in India in National Institute of Hydrography, Goa. During the survey, training of Tanzanian Naval personnel will also be undertaken on advanced hydrographic equipment and practices.

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Port of Hamburg handles 104 MT Cargo in 9 Months

Comprising the general and bulk cargo segments, seaborne cargo handling in Hamburg during the first nine months at 104.3 million tons was at a stable level. At 6.8 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), throughput of containerized general cargoes continued to grow; while at 34.1 million tons, bulk cargo throughput remained just below the previous year’s figure. For Port of Hamburg Marketing, the excellent trend in container traffic with Canada is a gratifying pointer. The port’s…

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OOCL Introduces China Pakistan Express 3

Following its announcement of the China Pakistan Express 2 (CPX2) last week, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is all set to introduce the China Pakistan Express 3 (CPX3), another new Intra-Asia service to expand  its product portfolio by providing a more comprehensive service network connecting the markets of India and Pakistan. The CPX3 provides additional sailing frequency from Central China to Mundra and strategically expands its service coverage in Pakistan. "Together with the CPX2…

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Long Beach Secures $2.4 Mln for Cleaner Cranes, Tugs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.4 million to the Port of Long Beach to help replace several existing cranes and tugboats with new zero-emission or cleanest-available equipment. The Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) money will enable Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) to retrofit three rubber-tired gantry cranes to all-electric operations, entirely reducing related emissions and diesel fuel consumption. The funds will also assist in retrofitting four tugboats operated by Foss Maritime and Curtin Maritime with the newest and cleanest engines available.

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Hong Kong Follows US FMC Lead on Liner Sharing Data

Maintaining Separate Identities and Sharing of Competitive Information in U.S. Since the advent of the proposed, but never implemented, P3 Alliance in 2013, the sharing of commercially sensitive information between parties to a vessel sharing agreement (VSA or Alliance) has been a hot topic. The proposed P3 Network Vessel Sharing Alliance (P3 Alliance) would have consisted of Maersk, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC); the world’s three largest ocean carrier companies by volume of containers carried.

The CMA-CGM Ben Franklin, an 18,000 TEU containership, was, in 2015, the largest vessel to call on a U.S. port.) (Photo: Marad)

Managing the New Panamax Containerships

The explosive growth of international boxships is challenging not only the physical infrastructure of North American ports, but also the very nature of the existing supply chains that they impact. The recent dialogue on container shipping has been all about so-called “mega-ships;” those vessels that with larger capacity than those that are already in service at any point in time. In the container trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit an important component, within broader supply chains.

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Turkey, Iraq Discuss Resuming Kirkuk Oil Exports

A Turkish energy delegation has met with Iraqi top oil officials in Baghdad to discuss issues including the resumption of Kirkuk oil exports via the Turkish port of Ceyhan, Iraq's oil ministry said in a statement on Thursday.   "A high level Turkish energy delegation met with senior oil officials, including officials from state-run SOMO, to discuss ways to restart Kirkuk oil exports," the statement said. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; editing by Jason Neely)

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. (Photo: APM Terminals)

Port of LA on Pace to Surpass 9 Mln TEU in 2017

The Port of Los Angeles said it is on pace to become the Western Hemisphere’s first-ever port to move 9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in a single year, following strong box volumes in the month of October. Although October 2017 container volumes were down 8.1 percent from 2016’s record-setting figure, the 748,762 TEU moved last month propelled the port to its third busiest October ever and kept it on track to surpass last year’s annual total. L.A. moved 7,639,756 TEU in the first 10 months of 2017…

Nils Smedegaard Andersen (File photo: Danish Maritime Days)

Former Maersk Boss Named Unifeeder Chairman

Nils Smedegaard Andersen has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denmark based feeder and shortsea operator Unifeeder, taking up his first directorship within the logistics and shipping industry after stepping down from his position as Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S in 2016. Andersen, who is a board member and strategic adviser to Unifeeder’s largest investor, e.g. Nordic Capital Funds, also serves as Non-Executive Director at BP plc…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Up 10%

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are up 10 percent as the shipping season enters its busiest final months. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to October 31 reached 28.7 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016. “The star performers this year have been North American mined products such as iron ore and salt and high-value goods such as specialty steel imported from Europe,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

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APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Sets New Single Vessel Record

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. This performance eclipsed the previous record of 18,500 TEUs handled during the call of a similarly-sized vessel at the Port of Rotterdam in 2015. The Maersk Evora arrived at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on October 19th, on the Europe-Far East/Transpacific AE6/TP6 service operated by 2M partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

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Aurizon in Talks to Buy Debt-saddled Coal Port

Australian coal rail operator Aurizon Holdings said on Monday it was in talks to buy the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), which urgently needs to restructure $3 billion in debt. A purchase would mark a change in strategy under new Chief Executive Andrew Harding for Australia's largest rail freight operator, which runs nearly 2,700 kms (1,680 miles) of rail lines transporting millions of tonnes of coal a year. A successful deal would also be a relief for mining giant…

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Container Service Returns to Port of Portland

Hong-Kong based carrier Swire Shipping will offer general, non-containerized cargo and container service at Oregon’s sole international port from January 2018. A new call at Port of Portland's Terminal 6, which will likely be monthly and includes export shipments of Western Star trucks to Australia, export containers to Australia / New Zealand and import containers from Asia, is seen as a first step toward restoring container traffic that was driven out in part due to labor problems in recent years.

Neville Bissett (Photo: Q Terminals)

QTerminals Appoints Bissett as CEO

The Board of Directors of QTerminals, the recently-established operator of the first phase of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed Neville Bissett as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer. QTerminals was established as a jointly-owned entity by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha), with the former owning 51 percent and the latter 49 percent of the company. Bissett brings to the role international experience in port management and terminal operations.

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Iran Shipbuilder Signs MoU With Netherlands’ Damen

Iran’s Arvandan Shipbuilding Company and Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in shipbuilding industry, reports Trend News Agency. The deal envisages cooperation in manufacturing advanced offshore vessels in Iran, the Iranian company announced in a statement. The cooperation will include technology and the transfer of know-how to Iran while employing domestic capacities in shipbuilding. Managed by Iran’s Social Security Investment Company (Shasta)…

Yang Ming Posts Year-on-year Profit Increase

Yang Ming announced an increase in third quarter profits of 23.4 percent from the same quarter last year. At its board meeting on November 9, the company approved the financial report that showed revenues for the third quarter of 2017 rising to $1.2 billion from $958 million in the third quarter of 2016. This was largely due to frieght rates increasing over the last few periods and higher that average demand during the annual peak season. Their volumes for the third quarter were reported at 1.2 million TEUs, an 11 percent increase from the same quarter last year.

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Tanjung Pelepas to Provide Training for Maritime Students

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for the development of maritime and logistics studies by providing training to UMT students. PTP chief executive officer Marco Neelsen said the agreement was also a platform for sharing and, Research development in maritime technology and port management sectors. “As one of the world’s top container ports, PTP is looking forward to working closely with UMT in developing industry-ready graduates through various programmes,” he said.

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Victoria Port Minister Approves BMT as an Official Auditor

BMT said it has been accredited by the Victorian Government’s Minister for Ports as an official auditor under Part 6A of the Port Management Act 1995 (PMA) to audit port Safety and Environment Management Plans (SEMPs) until 2021. A complementary team of auditors from BMT in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane was granted the approval. Since 2005, SEMPs have played an integral role in promoting best practice safety and environmental performance across all aspects of Victoria's port activities.

Dave German (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Port Canaveral Names German as Director

Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University.

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Port of Long Beach Sets Record for October Cargo

A year of records continues at the Port of Long Beach, where this October was the busiest in history, as container volumes surged 15 percent compared to the same month a year ago. Trade has been growing so rapidly in 2017 that the record-setting October — at 669,218 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), one of the Port’s strongest all-time results — was only the fourth-busiest month of the year behind July, September and August. “October used to be the industry’s busiest month of the year, with retailers preparing for Christmas,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

From left to right: Eamonn O'Reilly (ESPO Chairman), Mériadec Le  Mouillour (CCI Brest), MEP Karima Delli (Chairman of TRAN Committee), Pat Cox (Jury Chairman), P. Kalil (Guadeloupe), Viviane François-Julien (Guadeloupe), Bernard Mazuel (UPF) and Isabelle Ryckbost (ESPO). Photo: ESPO

Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes wins ESPO Award

Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes was awarded the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2017 in recognition of its engagement with the city or wider community, through involvement in art or culture. The ESPO Award was handed out by the Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, MEP Karima Delli, during a ceremony at “La Tentation” in Brussels. Looking back at the selection process in this 9th edition of the ESPO Award, the Chairman of the Jury, Pat Cox, said: “This year’s ESPO entries stretched from the monumental to the modest.

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Indian Ports Register Positive Growth of 3.27% in H1

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.27% during the period April to September, 2017 and together handled 383 Million Tonnes of cargo as against 371 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. The Eight Ports i.e. Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to October, 2017. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.66%), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia], New Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12%.

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Smit Lamnalco Orders Four Tugs

Rotterdam-baed towage and marine services company Smit Lamnalco  ordered four Damen ASD 3212 tugs. Two of the new Damen ASD 3212 tugs will head for the mining town of Weipa in Queensland, Australia in the third quarter of 2018, where they will be deployed on a Rio Tinto project. In Oman, the two Damen ASD 3212 tugs will work at a terminal operated by the Oman India Fertilizer Company S.A.O.C (OMIFCO) in the Port of Sur. These tugs are due to be delivered in June 2018 and will be operated by the joint venture Bahwan Lamnalco Company (BLC).

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Port Worker Crushed to Death in Jakarta

According to an announcement from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta overnight. According to the ITWF report, Local unions say the 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, crushing the cabin and killing the driver, the second workplace fatality at the Port of Jakarta in three weeks.

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ESPO Congrats Port Boulogne Calais for PERS Certification

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) congratulated the Port Boulogne Calais for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification, the only port sector specific environmental management standard provided by the EcoPorts Network. The PERS certificate was handed over to the port during the ESPO General Assembly by the ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, the ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost and the EcoPorts Coordinator, Sotiris Raptis. Compliance with…

Example of estimated vessel speed compared to main engine rpm and wind speed by using high-dimensional statistical analysis (Graphic provided by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.)

AI to Estimate Vessel Speed and Fuel Consumption

Mitsui O.S.K. This project is a part of MOL's initiative to assess the effectiveness of AI technology, and aims to reduce fuel consumption and vessels' environmental impact by verifying the accuracy of the technology, using Fujitsu's AI Technology to estimate vessel performance at sea. MOL provided actual voyage data collected from MOL fleet in operation to Fujitsu Laboratories, which, along with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, verified the data by using their jointly developed machine learning method.

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Port Tech, Info Sharing Discussed

A group of leading ports from around the globe wrapped up a two-day meeting in Los Angeles this week as part of a maritime collaboration called chainPORT, a global initiative established in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide and boost efficiency within the global maritime supply chain. The chainPORT initiative is led by the Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg Port Authority in Germany, in collaboration with the Global Institute of Logistics. Other ports participating in the third annual meeting are Shanghai, Antwerp, Barcelona, Montreal, Felixstowe, Indonesia and Shenzhen.

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Dachser USA Expands in Dallas

Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics announces the relocation and expansion of its Dallas, Texas office. The Dallas office originally opened in October of 2011, and has experienced strong growth over the last few years due to increased demand for access to Asian markets and import/export with Europe, especially Germany. The move to a larger space while remaining close to the DFW International airport will allow Dachser to best serve its customers and meet the increasing demand for air and sea freight services in the region.

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FIT Completes First Call by Sealand SAE Service

Florida International Terminal (FIT), the SAAM-operated terminal in Port Everglades-Fort Lauderdale (U.S.), welcomed the Maersk Winnipeg, marking the first call by the new Sealand SAE service. The service is a weekly route between South Florida, Honduras and Guatemala and also offers inland transfers from/to Nicaragua and El Salvador. FIT is one of eleven terminals where SAAM has an ownership interest in the Americas. It holds the operating concession until 2025 (with a 5+5 extension option) and in 2016 reported container port throughput of more than 202 thousand TEUs.

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SC Ports: Record Container Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority reported its strongest October on record, with 184,804 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled last month. Fiscal year-to-date TEU volume is up 5 percent, with 724,799 TEUs handled since the Port's fiscal year began in July. "Container growth in October was broad-based across multiple segments, with particular strength of export loaded containers," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "All indicators are that the U.S. As measured in pier containers…

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Damen Inks Deal for Three Ferries

At the Europort 2017 exhibition in Rotterdam, Damen Shipyards Group and Belgian ferry operator Aqualiner signed a contract for the delivery of three more Damen Waterbus 2407 vessels, for operations on the Scheldt in Antwerp. At the signing were Gerbrand Schutten (CEO Aqualiner), Maurice Swets (CEO Aqualiner), Dimitri Romijn (CFO Aqualiner), Arnout Damen (CCO Damen) and Jelle Meindertsma (Sales Manager Damen). The Waterbus 2407 is a new composite design from Damen, first unveiled just over a year ago.

Contract Awarded for Hybrid Icebreaking Tug

Spain's Gondan was tapped to build a tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd for the Port of Luleå (Sweden). Gondan’s new contract with Port of Luleå (Sweden) specifies a new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug -- a RAL TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking design. The vessel is designed to perform icebreaking (it is designed to break 1 meter of ice at a speed of up to 3 knots), ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties. This 36m…

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World First: LNG to Fuel Largest Containerships

The move to LNG as fuel in the maritime sector picks up steam, as CMA CGM announced plans to outfit nine of its new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG fueled engines. A trend that started in the United States is spreading to the world, as global containershipping giant CMA CGM announced its intention to outfit its series of new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG-fueled engines. The move to ‘clean fuel’ in the maritime sector has been rapid, spurred by new rules from the International…

Data models and people (Photo: DNV GL)

Wilhelmsen Leverages Data on DNV GL’s Veracity Platform

Wilhelmsen is exploring concrete ways of leveraging their data on DNV GL’s Veracity industry platform. In one of the first data sharing pilot projects on the new open platform, Wilhelmsen is testing a system to share ship compliance and condition data with port state authorities to reduce paper work and physical inspections when entering ports. “As ships and their systems become more sophisticated, we have more equipment with sensors onboard that are generating and sharing data.

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Surges in September

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.5 million tons in September, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) said. Shipments also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 8.5 percent. According to the LCA, shipments from U.S. ports totaled 6.2 million tons in September, an increase of 25.8 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway dipped by a boatload or so to 303,000 tons.

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DP World To Develop Free Zone In Somaliland

Global trade enabler DP World will develop a greenfield economic free zone in Somaliland to complement the development of the Port of Berbera, which has seen record container volumes under DP World management. DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Republic of Somaliland Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Saad Ali Shire signed the agreement for the Berbera Free Zone (BFZ) in Dubai today, in the presence of senior company and government officials.

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Port of Savannah Reports October Cargo Growth

Container trade at the Port of Savannah grew by 32 percent in October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of nearly 100,000 TEUs. It was the first time in the port's history that it topped 400,000 TEUs in a single month. For the fiscal year to date (July 1-October 31), the Port of Savannah has moved 1.42 million TEUs, up by 155,050 or 12.3 percent. "Since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, Garden City Terminal has experienced meteoric growth," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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Exports Recovery Bearing Fruit -Drewry

The northbound East Coast South America to Europe trade is on the mend heading into the Brazilian fruit export season, says research and consulting firm Drewry. The latest container statistics for the Europe-East Coast South America trade shows that the southbound market continues to strengthen, while the long-time downwards trend for the northbound trade has bottomed out and starting to turn the corner. Figures from Datamar up to and including September reveal that southbound container volumes from Europe have performed very well…

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Eniram Inks Service Deal with Corsica Linea

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has signed a five-year service agreement with Corsica Linea to take them to the forefront of digitalization and performance management. The agreement covers the fleet owned and operated by Corsica Linea between Marseilles and Corsica. These five vessels will be upgraded to the latest Eniram real-time performance management standards. With Eniram's solutions, Corsica Linea is able to reduce fuel costs and optimize its operations. In addition, Eniram's solutions take into account upcoming regulations concerning the monitoring…

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China Unveils Huge Island Building Vessel

China has has unveiled a massive island-building vessel, which has been called “a magic island-maker” by its designer and is considered the most powerful vessel of its type in Asia, the state media reported. Named Tian Kun Hao, the ship is reported to have a deck the size of nine basketball courts and be capable of dredging up to 6,000 cubic meters an hour and digging as deep as 35 meters under the sea floor. The ship, capable of building artificial islands of the sort the country has constructed in the contested South China Sea…

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Cosco Shipping Ports to Build Freight Station at Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi Ports and Cosco Shipping Ports Limited (CSP) and Abu Dhabi Ports broke ground for the construction of a new container terminal at Khalifa Port during a high-profile event on Sunday, reported WAM. The ports also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Company for a container freight station, which is expected to be the largest in the region. The new container freight station will provide Abu Dhabi trade with a state of the art facility offering bonded 'LCL/FCL' consolidation and de-consolidation services…

Algoma Niagara. Photo: Algoma Central Corporation

Algoma Niagara Arrives Sept Iles Port

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, announced that the first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Canadian port of Sept Iles, Quebec on November 1st. The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and she joins her four gearless sister ships in the Algoma fleet. The vessel is currently undergoing inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.

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APM Terminals Vado Aims to be Gateway to Central Europe

APM Terminals Vado, Italy Managing Director Paolo Cornetto highlighted the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction, as a new southern gateway to Central Europe. “We designed our new port around liner customers - and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers - to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port," he said.

Sean S. Fitzgerald (Photo: Maersk Container Industry)

Fitzgerald Named CEO of Maersk’s Container Unit

Sean S. Fitzgerald has been named Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Container Industry (MCI), effective January 1, 2018. MCI develops and manufactures refrigerated containers, dry containers and the Star Cool refrigeration machine for the global intermodal industry and is part of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s Transport & Logistics division. Fitzgerald will assume overall responsibility for the strategic direction and the entire operations of the company including its more than 5,000 employees in three container manufacturing plants in Chile and China and its R&D center in Denmark.

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Grain Trade Boosts Brazil's Itaqui Port

Brazil's Itaqui port, the country's closest deepwater gateway to the Panama Canal, has projected a rise in 2017 shipping volumes thanks to a record grain harvest and development of a new northern farming frontier. Most of Itaqui's export cargo arrives by train instead of roads. It is the deepest public port in Brazil, and its travel time to Europe and North America is seven days shorter than from rivals in the South. Itaqui can handle minerals, grains, fertilizers, fuel and woodpulp consignments.

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New Services for Tank Containers in Hamburg

Two Hamburg tank container experts have developed a new comprehensive service package. The Hamburger Container- und Chassis-Reparatur Gesellschaft (HCCR) and the container service provider CONDACO are combining their expertise and years of experience to offer all aspects of cleaning, repair and storage of tank containers to the depot at Altenwerder Damm. The service can be booked through either partner starting from 1 November 2017. “Right from the start, we want to attract customers who are looking for high-quality services for their tank containers at competitive prices.

Aegean Becomes Fourth Bunker Supplier to Exit Singapore

Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd will halt physical supply operations in Singapore by January, the company said, becoming the fourth such firm to exit the world’s largest marine refuelling hub after it adopted tougher bunkering procedures this year. Since adopting mass flow meters (MFM) to streamline operations on marine refuelling, or bunkering, barges at the start of 2017, suppliers in Singapore have seen margins squeezed and competition surge in the battle for market share. “2017 has seen heightened commercial pressures in Singapore…

Pegasus J, one of two ships slated to serve Crowley’s new route (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Adds New US, Central America Service

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced it will begin offering weekly, fixed-day, full and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping and logistics services between Wilmington, N.C., Guatemala and Honduras, effective with the northbound sailings on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22, respectively. The new lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) service is designed to give customers an additional, more northwardly Atlantic Coast destination for cargo entering the U.S. from Central America, ultimately adding flexibility to the supply chain while reducing total landed costs, Crowley said.

455-3 Sailed Tuesday with First Commercial and FEMA Loads (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Vessel Enters US Mainland-Puerto Rico Trade

Crowley Maritime Corp. said it has retrofitted two of its heavy lift, flat-deck barges, 455-3 and Marty J, to provide additional capacity to customers shipping cargo between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. With the 455-3 sailing early Tuesday morning from the Port of Jacksonville, Crowley has now expanded its fleet from nine to 16 vessels, further increasing U.S. flag capacity to transport commercial and relief supplies to support the island’s recovery after Hurricane Maria in late September.