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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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New China-Europe Intermodal Route Opened

Marking the opening of a new China-Europe freight train route a freight train left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, heading for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.According to a report in Xinhua, the train consists of 42 containers loaded with laptops, LED panels, green tea and other products manufactured in Hunan province.With this service, Zhuzhou has become the third city in Hunan Province to open international freight train route to Europe after Changsha and…

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ONE Launches India-Europe Direct Service

Ocean Network Express (ONE)  announced the launch of a new direct service, the Indian Ocean Service 3 (IO3), which covers South East India, Mediterranean, and North Europe.The new product will offer new port coverage and boost reliability to a wider range of direct port call options to ONE’s valued customers, the Japanese container shipping company said in a press release.It will also further expand ONE’s already comprehensive service offerings and allow its clients to enjoy greater choice while bringing efficiency and additional values to the supply chain…

Henrik Weiss, Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK

Ecochlor Names Weiss as European RBDM

Henrik Weiss believes that “the sale of a ballast water management system (BWMS) is a long-term commitment to the client, especially in the marine industry where support and service is a pre-requisite throughout the product lifecycle.” As Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK, this approach is perfectly in synch with Ecochlor’s unique service and manufacturing strategy.Mr. Weiss is well-known in the European maritime market with more than 30 years of experience…

Iran Grain Ships Stranded in Brazil due to U.S. Sanctions

Two Iranian vessels have been stranded for weeks at Brazilian ports, unable to head back to Iran due to lack of fuel, which state-run oil firm Petrobras refuses to sell them due to sanctions imposed by the United States.The vessels Bavand and Termeh came to Brazil a couple months ago carrying urea, a petrochemical product used as fertilizer. They were expected to load corn and return to Iran, but lacked enough fuel for the trip, the port operator in Paranaguá told Reuters.Food is not covered by U.S.

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Singapore Fuel Stocks at Eight-month Low Ahead of IMO 2020 Deadline

Oil product inventories in the Singapore storage and trading hub fell to an eight-month low in the week ended July 17, official data showed, in one of the latest signs that suppliers are gearing up for rule changes to make marine fuel cleaner.Singapore onshore stocks of petroleum products, which include gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and residual fuel oil, came in at 38.372 million barrels, down from 41.725 million barrels in the previous week and their lowest since the week ended Nov.

Dead weevils along a wall of a bulk terminal warehouse (Photo: ABTO)

Fumigation Doesn't Work for Some Ship Cargoes

The fumigation of grain cargoes using certain pesticides, namely plant protection products, may not be effective in controlling insect larvae, resulting in cargo damage or loss.Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA), an operator of bulk terminals in Galicia, Spain, and Chairman, Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group, ICHCA,  said: “We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation…

Intellian and HGS sign partnership (Photo: Hyundai Global Service)

Hyundai Global Service, Intellian Partner

Intellian signed a strategic partnership  with Hyundai Global Service (HGS), a subsidiary of the shipbuilding company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) group, on July 15 at Centum Science Park in Busan, Korea.As the first step of the cooperation, both companies will expand HGS’ innovative ‘Integrated Smart Ship (ISS)’ solution; a digital ecosystem for vessel and fleet management, incorporating a  data analysis platform. This solution supports optimal vessel operation and management and is expected to reduce fuel costs by over 6% per year.

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ONE Offers New African Service

Container lines Ocean Network Express (ONE) is launching a new service covering Africa, India and the Middle East (AIM).The new product will broaden ONE’s already expansive global coverage by offering direct port calls between West Africa, South Africa and key locations in West Asia.The new service will offer market leading transit times between the West Asian ports of Jebel Ali, Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Colombo and African ports of Durban, Cape Town, Tema, Tincan and Apapa.The AIM Service…

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Hapag-Lloyd Launches New Africa Service

Hapag-Lloyd is expanding its African liner services and will offer its MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service starting in October 2019. It will include direct connections between the Arabian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka), La Réunion, South Africa and West Africa.MIAX is integrated into the Global Mainline Network with the central ports Jebel Ali (Dubai) and Colombo. Hapag-Lloyd will operate MIAX jointly with Ocean Network Express.

Captain Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO of AOT and CEO and Founder of leading Singapore-based shipmanager Synergy Group (Photo: Synergy)

ClassNK Certification for SMARTSHIP

ClassNK  confirmed type approval certification for SMARTShip, a patented digital shipping solution developed by Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT).SMARTShip, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that enables the onboard operation of multiple systems with varying degrees of autonomy, has already been installed on more than 30 vessels, with another 60 ships are at various stages of the set-up process.ClassNK’s certification for SMARTShip approves the solution as a ‘Computer Based System’ which conforms to the Class Society’s rules governing a product performing ‘Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics’…

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Maritime Cyber Alert

For some years now, the maritime sector has experienced breaches of various computer and information technology (IT) systems. Primarily, these breaches have been collateral damage. The maritime sector has almost never been the intended target. That does not mean that the damage has been minor. In June 2017, A.P. Moller-Maersk suffered a major cyber-attack. The malware had been designed by Russian hackers to disrupt the Ukrainian power sector. Once released, though, it proved to be indiscriminate, infecting IT systems worldwide that had not been kept up to date. In the case of A.P.

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Rhine water levels hit 2-month low

Water levels along the Rhine river, a key waterway for transporting commodities and other products from coastal areas to inland locations in France, Germany and Switzerland, fell to their lowest since May 21, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.Levels at the Kaub <WL-KAUB> location in Germany hit 201 centimetres and have been steadily declining since late June, the data showed.Oil barge brokers said the low water levels meant barges were leaving the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp refining and storage hub to inland locations not fully laden.Water levels along the river hit a record low of 25 cm in October

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Schottel, Ulstein Team on Automation

Ulstein and Schottel  announced that they will start cooperating to take the next step in automation and digitalization within marine operations. The former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue CTRL, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and Schottel will own 50 percent of the shares in the company. X-CONNECT is a universal digital platform for marine automation, control and monitoring. All functionality in the system is predefined and configurable supporting the work philosophy; configure, plug and play.

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Group CEO Samskip (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip Appoints Laaksonen as Group CEO

Samskip, a European multimodal service provider group, appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive.Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1st, 2019, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships, where he led the Finnish group’s aggressive growth from 2012. He also brings significant experience from the shipper perspective, having occupied progressively senior logistics roles in the chemicals, forest products and automotive sectors.

Dillon Entrekin, port engineer at Louisiana’s Belle Chasse Marine Transportation.

Belle Chasse Marine Repowers with Volvo Penta

Reliability, Power, Fuel Savings and Minimal Downtime Key Factors in Repower Decision.Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, the largest launch service on the Lower Mississippi, puts a lot of hours on its fleet of crew and supply boats, which run day and night. One thing they can’t afford is downtime.“The river never closes, and neither do we. Our customers expect us to give them reliable round-the-clock service no matter what the conditions,” said Dillon Entrekin, port engineer at Belle Chasse.

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National Hurricane Center Miami Issues Hurricane Watch

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for: Mouth of the Pearl River to Intracoastal City. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for: Mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for: Mouth of the Mississippi River northward to the Mouth of the Pearl River.A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. For a depiction of areas at risk please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic available at hurricanes.gov.

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled record cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston in fiscal year 2019.SCPA handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200,406 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month. As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 112,988 pier containers in June for a total of 1.36 million pier containers annually…

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Yang Ming Enhances Network

Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation has announced new China-Thailand direct service and Thailand - Indonesia express service.Under the impact of rising global trade tensions, a relocation and adjustment of cargo flow and supply chains is expected. To cope with this trend, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. continuously strengthens its Asian service network as well as the quality of Asian routes.Yang Ming has announced the launch of a new Intra-Asia service, China-Thailand Service (CTX service).

The author, By Curt Cultice, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Export Licensing: Tips U.S. Exporters Shouldn’t Overlook

Export Control Lists Include Key Marine Tech Categories  Each year, the U.S. Department of Commerce receives thousands of inquiries from businesses looking to export, many of which involve licensing questions. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), together with other USG agencies, is responsible for export licensing and controls. BIS export licenses may be required for items (commodities, software, or technology) with proliferation, military, or terrorist uses, or which warrant control for other reasons.

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PIL Upgrades SE Asia - Aus Services

Singapore-based shipping company Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd (PIL) announced improvements to its Southeast Asia to Australia services to meet the changing needs of the markets.PIL's current Australia-Asia Alliance Service 1 and 2 (AA1 & AA2) will be upgraded to offer more competitive transit times and better port connections.The enhanced AA1 and AA2 services will cover all major ports in Australia with effect from early August, shipper said in a press note.Port rotations of AA1 will be Laem Chabang – Singapore –Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane - Singapore – Laem Chabang.

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Light Sweet Crude Exports Jump at LOOP

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) exported a record 283,333 barrels per day of light sweet crude last month, according to trade sources, as prices weakened against global Brent.LOOP, which exports mostly medium sour grades produced in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, last month exported more than twice the amount of light sweet from the prior month. Overall exports of U.S. crude hit a record 3.77 million barrels per day (bpd) one week in June, U.S. government data showed.A decline in oil imports at the facility, stemming from record U.S.

Chief Executive Officer – Tony Capasso (third from left) and Chief Technology and Marketing Officer – Oliver Ferguson (right) of Sea Ready Marine Petroleum met with American Refining Group (ARG) leadership recently at its Bradford, Pa., refinery. Representing ARG were (from left) Vice President – Sales & Marketing John Malone, Vice President – Research and Development David Krantz and President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson.

ARG, Sea Ready Enter Marine Lube Deal

American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) announced its new partnership with veteran-owned small business Sea Ready Marine Petroleum, as ARG has designated Sea Ready as its global distributor of its refinery’s marine lubricants.Already the largest zinc-free (ZF) railroad-engine oil supplier east of the Mississippi River, ARG is taking its marine line of Specialty Lubricants to sea. The full line includes formulations customers have relied upon and trusted for decades, particularly its…

Recent crane deliveries to Greenwich Terminals in Philadelphia, PA / CREDIT: Philaport

Ramping (Up) to Lift Port Production

As North America’s larger ports continue to increase capacity, dredging and air drafts are receiving the attention they deserve. As bigger post-Panamax boxships begin to arrive, none of that means anything unless truck turn times and TEU moves per hour can be improved. The innovative and evolving supply chain of cranes is the ultimate answer.As 2019 passes its midpoint, the backlog 2019, one firm, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), a global heavy-duty equipment manufacturer listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange…

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Unifeeder Intros New Sweden-Poland Service

Sweden's Port of Gävle will be included on the rotation of the newly launched Unifeeder Sweden-Poland Service.According to Yilport Gavle, this is the first commercial feeder service ever to directly connect the Swedish east coast to Poland with a weekly service.The service will start from Gdansk and then call Gdynia, Gavle, Norrkoeping, and back to Gdansk. The first call is expected on August 12th.Yilport  Nordic Region General Manager Eryn Dinyovszky said: "We are very proud to announce that we can now connect directly to Poland from Gavle.

OXE Diesel. Image: Cimco Marine AB

EIB Invests in Low-Emissions Outboard Engines

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 14 million venture loan agreement with Sweden’s Cimco Marine AB to co-finance its innovation and growth investments.As per the unsecured credit facility agreement, the EIB will finance up to 50 percent of Cimco’s development of a new family of diesel outboard engines, inter alia a 3 liter, 6- cylinder twin turbo BMW diesel engine with a number of power outputs between 200 hp and 300 hp."The total facility is split into three tranches of EUR 4 million (A)…

Per Wigren. Photo: Cimco Marine AB

Cimco Marine Names Per Wigren as CTO

Cimco Marine AB, the maker of OXE Diesel, the world's first diesel outboard engine in the high-power segment, announced that Per Wigren has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO).The Swedish company said that Per Wigren assumed the role of CTO at Cimco Marine AB on July 1, 2019. Per has previous experience from R&D, design, project management, production, QA and Sales and marketing.He is a business-oriented M.Sc. in mechanical engineering and naval architecture with a genuine interest in demanding technology and business development…

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Dutch Seaports Hit Record Volumes

Dutch seaports processed a record volume of goods in 2018 as the throughput of containers increased the most, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total volume of incoming and outgoing cargo shipments to and from Dutch seaports reached a historic high of almost 605 million tonnes in 2018."This is an increase of over 1.5 percent relative to 2017. At 4.5 percent, container transhipment saw the highest increase," CBS said.Two-thirds of cargo handling in Dutch seaports consisted of unloaded goods in 2018.

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Hapag-Lloyd Orders 13,000 Reefers

German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG has placed a record order for 13,420 refrigerated containers, known as reefers, which are set for delivery in November 2019.A statement from the fifth biggest container shipping line in the world by market share said that production of 970 20-foot containers and 12,450 40-foot containers is already scheduled to commence as early as July.Delivery of the refrigerated containers, which have traditionally been white as opposed to Hapag-Lloyd’s orange standard containers…

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Zim Begins Asia-Gulf Services with 2M

The global container shipping line Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (Zim) announced a further expansion of its strategic cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance, Maersk & MSC, to the Asia - US Gulf Trade."The new services, catering for both Central and South China and South Korea, offer significant advantages for customers, including direct connections to major ports in Asia and the US Gulf; best-in-market transit time with reliable dedicated service; Two weekly cutoffs in Houston & Mobile to better serve growing US exports requirements…

CMA CGM to Support Notilo Plus Rollout

The CMA CGM Group will support the financial and industrial development of Notilo Plus, a Marseilles-based start-up specialized in autonomous underwater solutions, in order to help them launch their industrialization.Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater dronesFounded in 2016 and based in Marseilles and Lyon, Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater systems featuring artificial intelligence and data enhancement capabilities. It develops “made in France” autonomous solutions targeting the fields of maritime transportation…

Jukka Merenluoto (Photo: One Sea)

ESA to Partner with One Sea Alliance

A Memorandum of Intent covering future collaboration has been signed by the organization orchestrating space programmes for 22 European countries and the coordinators of One Sea, the industry alliance bringing together exponents of autonomous ship technology.The agreement, between One Sea coordinator DIMECC and the European Space Agency (ESA), sets out common objectives to encourage the development of space-based applications to analyse, enable and implement maritime digitalization…

Evan Matthews, CPA’s Executive Director

Connecticut Port Authority: the future is now

2019 brings new missions, strategies and new optimism for this three-port Northeast gateway.The Connecticut Port Authority began operations in 2016. The quasi-public agency’s mission is to grow Connecticut’s economy and create jobs by strategically investing in the state’s three deepwater ports and small harbors. In a nutshell, the Connecticut legislature teamed up with the governor to create the Connecticut Port Authority by statute in 2014.When it fully stood up, CPA’s first full time employee was none other than Evan Matthews, CPA’s Executive Director. He got right to work.

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Hamburg Süd, Maersk Strengthen Portfolio

Hamburg Süd has strengthened its product portfolio on the Europe with new stand-alone service offered in collaboration with Maersk.The trade between Europe and Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast has always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will be expanding and enhancing the services it offers on this core trade beginning in June 2019.According to a press release, the serice will have maximum flexibility for tailor-made solutions…

Japan's First LNG-fueled Vessel "Sakigake". Photo: NYK

Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Starts Operations

Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen (NYK Line) announced that its two subsidiaries Wing Maritime Service Corporation and Kaiyo Kogyo Corporation that provide harbor tugboat and other related services, merged today to form Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation.The 100percent NYK owned Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation officially began operations yesterday (July 1, 2019), said the statement.Shin-Nippon president Yukihiro Tatara said: “Wing Maritime Service Corporation has mainly provided tugboat services and escort services in the Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Chiba areas.

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China's Largest Shipbuilders Plan to Merge

China's two largest shipbuilders are planning to merge, their listed arms said in separate exchange filings on Monday, the latest to join a wave of mergers among state-owned enterprises as the government overhauls the sector.The move by China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corp Ltd (CSSC), is subject to approvals from related authorities and there are still many details to be ironed out before the proposal can be finalized, the filings showed.A slew of units belonging to the two companies…

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RTG Cranes Roll at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago.Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span of eight containers wide and with a hoisting height of one over four containers high. The high-performance equipment will replace two older units at the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ Bedford Park facility…

Descartes Acquires STEPcom

Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has acquired STEPcom, a leading Business-to-Business (“B2B”) supply chain integration network based in Switzerland.STEPcom has connected trading partners to its B2B network for more than 15 years, helping supply chain participants connect, collaborate and seamlessly exchange electronic data. A community of more than 600 customers leverage the STEPcom suite of solutions to automate supply chain processes and streamline a wide array of complex…

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Hopes for U.S.-China Trade Truce Boost Markets

Risk appetite returned to world markets on Thursday following a media report the United States and China have tentatively agreed to a truce ahead of a highly-anticipated weekend meeting of the two nations' leaders in Tokyo.The South China Morning Post (SCMP), citing sources, said Washington and Beijing were laying out an agreement that would help avert the next round of tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports.On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said a trade deal with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was possible this weekend…

Ralf Losch (Photo: Cimco Marine AB)

Cimco Marine Names Losch as Sales Director

Ralf Losch has been appointed Sales Director for Cimco Marine AB's (publ).Ralf Losch started his position on June 24, 2019. He brings more than 20 years of technical sales experience and has an extraordinary track-record of extracting value from markets through organizing sales of diesel engines into markets including commercial marine, oil and gas, naval/governmental, workboat etc.Losch has a broad experience from exploring new markets for existing products and launching new products to existing markets with great success.


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Shipping Giants May Miss Climate Targets

A new report says shipping companies failing to push for the critical technologies required to reduce their carbon footprint, such as emission-free ships.CDP, an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, said that the world’s shipping heavyweights are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, with the sector at risk of not meeting the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) targets to…

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Maersk Debuts Online Spot Booking System

Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk launched a digital service that is designed to simplify supply chains and provides customers with a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price.The Maersk Spot platform also helps its clients by addressing some of the fundamental inefficiencies that exist across the industry, said a press release."It is not uncommon to see overbookings to the tune of 30%, and often this leads to rolling of the customers’ cargoes since there is overbooking to compensate for the high downfall," said Silvia Ding, Global Head of Ocean Products at Maersk.

Maersk Launches Maersk Spot

Maersk expands its product offering with Maersk Spot, a digitally enabled, online product designed to provide customers a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price upfront. “It is not uncommon to see overbookings to the tune of 30%, and often this leads to rolling of the customers’ cargoes since there is overbooking to compensate for the high downfall. This creates a lot of uncertainty for our customers,” says Silvia Ding, Global Head of Ocean Products at Maersk. “With Maersk Spot, we provide full visibility of the price and terms that will ensure cargoes get on board.

Port of Rotterdam Authority signed Letters of Intent with Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar Ltd and Planys Tech. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Start-ups to Make Rotterdam Port Smarter

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed individual Letters of Intent (LoI) with four enterprising new companies that are expected to help make the port more sustainable, more efficient and ‘smarter’.Agreed during the fourth edition of PortXL, an annual innovation programme in which start-ups receive intensive coaching from private-sector experts, the firms that will partner with Rotterdam include Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar Ltd and Planys Tech.In addition, the Port…

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CMA CGM Starts Weekly Service from Port Pipavav

The dedicated scheduled import train from Port Pipavav to Garhi Harsaru [NCR region] is operated by Gateway Rail Freight Ltd. (GRFL) for CMA CGM. The import train arrived at Garhi Harsaru on June 12th, 2019 and was received by Mr. Ugo Vincent, Managing Director CMA CGM India, and senior management from CMA CGM, Gateway Rail Freight Ltd. (GRFL) and APM Terminals Pipavav. The Import train which connects Pipavav to Garhi, Ludhiana & Piyala has a capacity of 180TEUs in a single run.The scheduled train service will provide reliable, safe and quick transport of commodities to the NCR region.

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APL Launches Bangkok Haiphong Service

APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, has announced the launch of the Bangkok Haiphong (RBH) service that will provide weekly connectivity between South China, Thailand and Vietnam.An express service from South China to Thailand, the RBH service will make an alternative sailing choice from Shekou to Laem Chabang. The service also offers shippers direct connectivity from Bangkok and Laem Chabang to Haiphong.The RBH service will begin sailing from Nansha on July, 3rd. The service will call at the ports of Nansha, Shekou, Bangkok, Laem Chabang and Haiphong.

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BIMCO: VLCC Freight Rates from Gulf to China Doubles

VLCC spot freight rates between the Arabian Gulf and China rose 101% in the days between June 13, 2019 and June 20, 2019, in the aftermath of attacks on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Spot freight rates for a VLCC, carrying 2 million barrels of oil, between the Arabian Gulf and China reached USD 25,994 per day on June 20, their highest level since March and significantly above the May average of USD 9,979 per day.Despite this increase, freight rates on this route only narrowly exceeds the daily break-even costs of a VLCC…

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Port of Oakland Concerned with China Trade War

Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle is sounding an alarm over the trade war with China. The veteran maritime leader this week warned that tariffs imposed by both sides threaten the U.S. economy. He added that trade barriers could dry up his customers’ access to a major export market.“We remain concerned about the impact that tariffs will have on the health of our economy,” the Executive Director wrote in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “To the extent that other countries are stepping in to provide goods that are exported by U.S.

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“Cautious Optimism” for Goltens Dubai

The global downturn in offshore energy is well recorded, a downturn which has had impact on various arms of the energy and marine supply chain. While Goltens has felt the downturn like many other companies, it is reporting 'cautious optimism' in the Middle East premised on new international regulation and the need for shipowners to upgrade ships.Almost all the offshore vessels in Dubai are operating, and many have come in from Asia to do the same, but following the offshore crash in 2016, operators are delaying maintenance.

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Market in Focus: Tankers

NewbuildingSince the beginning of the year, 100 newbuild orders have been placed across the tanker sector. This is a considerable amount lower than the same period last year, when 140 vessels were placed. It is no surprise to see the Greeks lead the way with the highest number and largest vessels ordered, but hot on their heels are the likes of Eastern Pacific and Ocean Tankers, the Singaporean owners ordering the clean trading vessels.Norwegian companies Hunter Group and Knutsen NYK Offshore buy few but spend a lot.

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North West Central Corridor Gets Terminals

The inland terminals CTU in Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Westerman Multimodal Logistics in Hasselt joined the North West Central Corridor in June.The new partnership of deep-sea terminals, inland terminals and inland shipping companies on the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route was established in February 2019.The number of inland terminals connected to the North West Central Corridor has increased in three months from five to eight terminals, resulting in a total shipment volume of 6,500 TEU per week.

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Maersk to Offer Customers Carbon-Neutral Transport

A new carbon neutral product - the first of its kind in the industry - is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.The biofuel in the pilot project is the same blend of used cooking oil and heavy which has been tested and successfully validated in a trial driven in collaboration with the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell his year.

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NC Ports Adopts Vortex Simulator

North Carolina Ports took delivery of a CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training solutions, port equipment simulator in May. The simulator will run training packs for Reach Stacker and Ship-to-Shore Cranes.North Carolina Ports, with facilities in Morehead City and Wilmington, has one of the highest crane productivity rates on the United States East Coast, with more than 40 moves per hour. In 2018, North Carolina Ports installed two neo-Panamax cranes for increased efficiency…

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Kalmar Intros Electric Reachstacker

Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation,  forges ahead on its electrification journey with maritime industry's first fully electric reachstacker for the global logistics provider Cabooter Group."Kalmar is another step closer to having an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021 with the announcement of an agreement with Cabooter Group, who will be the first customer to take a fully electric version of the Kalmar Reachstacker into use in 2021," said a press release from the provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports.Since its founding in 1995…

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New Scrubber Service Station at Portland Port

Intermarine UK struck an agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the UK’s centers for scrubber installation.Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki signed the agreement at Norshipping in Oslo with counterpart DB Wang deputy general manager of the Shandong Pure Ocean Technology based in Renhe Town in the Shandong province. The deal will see Intermarine act as an agent to Shandong and offer to install its scrubber systems to a wide variety of vessels to help them meet tough new environmental regulations.

From left to right: Odin Kwon, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Deog Hee Doh, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Naoki Mizutani, NAPA and Marko Dekena, AVL LIST signing the co-operation agreement at Nor-Shipping 2019 exhibition in Oslo.  (Photo: NAPA)

Deal inked to Develop Digital Ships

DSME, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, NAPA and AVL announced a strategic cooperation agreement to develop digital ships and related strategic solutions. The agreement combines vast experience in naval architecture, shipbuilding, engines, big data and software development, and will cover all aspects of creating comprehensive digital twins: from the acquisition and processing of quality engine room data, ship performance and meteorological data to the training, simulation and…

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MSC to Boost Costa Rican's Export

Swiss-based shipping line MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is improving trade links between Costa Rica and northern Europe by adding a new direct call from the Port of Moin.The container shipping that operates in all major ports of the world said in a press release that MSC Katya R. has become the largest vessel to call Moin Terminal in Costa Rica, launching a new era in cargo shipping for the port and for exporters using its facilities.MSC’s service will bring larger container…

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Box Volume Up 8.4% at Port of Oakland

Containerized export volume at the Port of Oakland spiked last month, again turning trade war logic on its head.The Port said that exports, primarily to Asia, were up 8.4 percent compared to May 2018 totals. Imports were up, too, climbing 4.2 percent over last year.According to a release from the port, it handled the equivalent of 85,964 20-foot import containers in May. Exports totaled 78,070 containers.Oakland has now reported improved year-over-year import and export performance for three straight months.

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​Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Rebounds

After a slow start due to ice conditions, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo surged in May fueled by grain and iron ore exports and shipments of road salt. According to the latest numbers, cargo shipments from March 22 through the end of May totaled 8.3 million metric tons, bringing it in line with last year’s strong performance.Iron ore shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to May 31) totaled 1.5 million metric tons, up 8 percent compared to the same period last year. Dry bulk cargoes via the Seaway (2.2 million metric tons) are up 11 percent…

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Big Cash Boost at Boston Port

A new report from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) shows the Port of Boston contributed $8.2 billion in economic activity in 2018, up from $4.6 billion in 2012.Smart investments and partnerships have led to growth in jobs, business revenues, and tax contributions, it said.“The finding that the Port of Boston contributed $8 billion in just one year to the regional economy underscores the important role transportation infrastructure plays in the vitality of an area,”…

Perhaps the busiest part of the Seawork event involved the impressive display of workboats - all available to board and trial - alongside this waterfront venue. Image: Joseph Keefe

Seawork: Aptly Named, Well Worth the Visit

Southampton, United Kingdom: It has been quite a few years since I last touched down in the UK; longer still for a visit on a maritime business trip. And, I don’t cross 'the big pond' casually for one these events. This morning, Seawork 2019 in Southampton is not yet over but if the past two days have been any indication at all, then the entire event will be regarded as a rousing success for all involved.There is something for everyone here. I overheard one attendee refer to the event as the annual gathering of “the boys and their toys.” To be sure…