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Friday, April 19, 2019

Rio Grande News

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ONE Expands Asia-South America Service

Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the further expansion of its Asia - east coast South America service as a follow-up to the earlier announcement detailing the expanded cooperation with Hapag Lloyd.A week ago, ONE announced the expansion of its Asia-South America service. ONE had said it is cooperating with Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) in the Asia-South America trade lane.Commencing in the 2nd week of December 2018, the additional weekly offering will enhance ONE’s service frequency and broaden its coverage between Asia and the east coast of South America…

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Three Asian groups vie for Brazilian Wilson Sons Ports

Three Asian groups are interested in acquiring two container terminals up for sale by Brazilian private port operator Wilson Sons, Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico reported on Thursday.Singapore's PSA, China's Hutchison Port Holding and China Merchant Port Holdings have delivered non-binding proposals for terminals in Salvador, in the northeastern state of Bahia, and Rio Grande, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the paper said, without disclosing its source.Binding proposals for the terminals should be delivered as soon as year-end…

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Antwerp Sets up Maritime Training Institute in Brazil

The port of Antwerp is to make its know-how and expertise available to further professionalise the management of ports in Brazil. It will do this by among other things providing a special series of seminars in two already active training centres for maritime professionals in Brazil. The initiative is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday this week by Marc Van Peel with among others Maurício Quintella, the Brazilian minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation.

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Pecém Cargo Volume up by 19%

APM Terminals Pecém reported a 19% annual increase in container handling volumes as the gateway port to northeast Brazil. APM Terminals Pecém, which is the container operator at the Port of Pecém which is managed by the state-owned company CIPP (former Cearaportos), handled 130,008 moves (213,951 TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2017 a new volume record. Daniel Rose, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pecém said “We have been working closely with our shipping line customers and our landside customers to ensure they had the port service levels needed to grow their business.

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CMA CGM to Strengthen its Presence in South America

The CMA CGM group, a world leader in container shipping, announces the reshuffling of two services in addition to the MERCOSUL buyout project and pursues its development strategy in South America, with SAFRAN and SIRIUS. These two services between South America and Europe are: SAFRAN for Northern Europe and SIRIUS for the Mediterranean. SAFRAN will be starting in Rotterdam on September 27, 2017. With this service, the CMA CGM Group offers the fastest service on the trade to its customers.

CMA CGM Builds up South American Presence

Following its move to acquire MERCOSUL from Maersk Line, the CMA CGM group has furthered its development strategy in South America by reshuffling its container shipping services between the East Coast of South America and Europe with North of Europe and the Mediterranean. SAFRAN will start in Rotterdam on September 27, 2017, calling at the ports of Rotterdam / London / Hamburg / Antwerp / Le Havre / Algeciras / Santos / Paranagua / Buenos Aires / Montevideo / Itapoa / Paranagua / Santos / Pecem / Tangier.

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Protest in Brazil May Delay Grain Loadings

Brazil grains exporters group Anec on Thursday said it will send an official communication to foreign buyers saying that protests by truck drivers in the country might delay grain loading operations at Brazilian ports. Anec's director Sergio Mendes said protests against high diesel prices have impacted the flow of grains particularly in Mato Grosso, Brazil's top producing state. The demonstrations entered a third day on Thursday and have spread to other states such as Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná, local media reported.

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Evergreen Rolls Out Sea Freight Services for Alibaba Members

Evergreen Line has teamed up with Alibaba.com to provide Alibaba.com members with the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and prices. Evergreen Line has also appointed Evergreen Logistics Corporation as a designated provider of customized, comprehensive logistics solutions for Alibaba.com members opting for its sea freight services. The growth of e-commerce has resulted in small, fragmented orders from global buyers. Taking note of the need for user-friendly logistics services of smaller volume shippers…

CMA CGM Strengthens Asia-East Coast South America Links

French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. The group will thus provide two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America, one of the best offers on the market. They will offer optimum port coverage across Asia (Northern, Central and Southern Chinan and South Korea and South East Asia) and South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay).

Go Ahead for Brownsville Ship Channel Deepening

President Barack Obama signed into law the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, authorizing the Brownsville Ship Channel deepening project, making it eligible for federal funding, as announced by the Port of Brownsville. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project was one of 28 water infrastructure projects nationwide included in the WRDA and submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Congress for approval. The project calls for the Port of Brownsville channel to be deepened to 52 feet from its current design depth of 42 feet.

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MOL Enhances CSW Service between Asia and East Coast South America

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL, President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the enhancement of its Asia and East Coast South America trade by merging existing CSW and SW2 services to form a new CSW service. The existing CSW and SW2 services, which are operated jointly by MOL, Maersk Line (ML) and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), will be merged into a new enhanced CSW service to strengthen the coverage between the major trading hub of Asia and key ports in the east coast of South America.

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Medeiros Elected Member of UNCLOS Tribunal

Mr Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros was elected today at a Special Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York. The meeting was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Vicente Marotta Range (Brazil) on 18 May 2015. predecessor's nine-year term, which expires on 30 September 2017. Mr Cachapuz de Medeiros has been Legal Advisor to the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil since 1998, heading diplomatic delegations to over 40 international conferences and bilateral meetings.

Construction of hulls in Rio Grande. Photo: Engevix Construções Oceânicas SA

Japanese Consortium Pulls Out of Brazilian Shipyard Ecovix

A consortium of Japanese shipyards decided to sell its stake of Ecovix, which controls the Rio Grande Shipyard, reports Reuters. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, four other shipbuilders said in October 2013 acquired 30% of Ecovix-Engevix Construcoes Oceanicas in a deal reportedly worth some 30 billion yen (about $305 million at the time). In addition to MHI, the Japanese group includes Mitsubishi Co and the Imabari, Namura and Oshima Shipbuilding companies. Mitsubishi Heavy owns about half of the stake, bought through a special-purpose company.

Fugro Appoints Linck as Senior Consultant

Fugro has announced Joseph P. Linck, Jr. has joined Fugro as a Senior Consultant to represent our business development efforts in South Texas and in particular the Rio Grande Valley and the Corpus Christi areas. Linck brings to the position more than 30 years of professional experience, having served as past port director of the Port of Brownsville. After serving as port director, he designed, built and operated a dry bulk maritime terminal in Brownsville and later sold the terminal to a Fortune 300 corporation.

Hapag-Lloyd Announces Changes to GS1 Service

With the aim to improve efficiency and quality of the service offered to you, Hapag-Lloyd is pleased to advise some important changes to the GS1 service. MSC will join the service as a vessel operator providing one vessel. The total fleet size remains at eight 5500 TEU vessels with NYK operating one vessel and Hapag-Lloyd providing six vessels. Port of Suape, Brazil will be removed. Port of Sepetiba, Brazil will replace the port of Rio De Janeiro.

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MOL Joins 2M on Asia-ECSA Trade

Maersk Line announced that it has entered into Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade. Two loops are covered under the agreement and will be served by 22 vessels in total. Maersk and MSC are each running six 9,000 teu ships on loop one, with MOL operating ten 5,500 teu ships on the second loop. "Asia to the East Coast of South America is a key route for the transport of electronics and automobile parts…

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EMGS - Vessel update for 4Q2014

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines "vessel utilisation" as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition. Vessel utilisation for the fourth quarter 2014 came in at 63% compared with 50% for the fourth quarter 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company's vessels were allocated 39% to contract and 24% to multi-client programmes.

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EMGS to Map Brazil's Gas Hydrates

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has received a contract worth USD 1.5 million for a research project in Brazil. The project will use 3D EM data to map shallow gas hydrates in the Pelotas Basin. The project is a collaboration between the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCRS) of Rio Grande do Sul and Petrobras' Research and Development Center called CENPES. EMGS will support each stage in the workflow, from survey design and data acquisition to processing and interpretation.

Cap San Lorenzo

World’s Largest Reefer Ship at HAROPA-Port du Havre

On March 27 and 28, HAROPA-Port du Havre accommodated the Cap San Lorenzo, a container vessel of 9,600 TEU delivered by Hyundai to the German shipping company Hamburg-Süd. Being the fourth of a series of six vessels of the Cap San class, the Cap San Lorenzo has a reefer capacity of 2,100 plugs on board and 9,600 TEU, which makes that the vessels are the biggest refrigerated containerships in the world. With a length of 333.2 meters, the Cap San Lorenzo has the particular feature of being proportionally very broad (48.2 meters).

 Marlim is the fifth field in the world that will utilize FMC’s subsea separation technologies.  Tore Halvorsen SVP, FMC’s Global  Subsea Production Systems. (Photo: FMC Technologies)

Brazil Offshore: Petrobras & Subsea Engineering

Brazil’s Petrobras has been one of the leading players in deepwater, subsea development projects since the turn of the century. These projects include pre-salt and post-salt plays, which require extensive and complex subsea engineering and construction efforts. It would be impossible for Petrobras to develop all of its projects alone, therefore much is done by specialized companies, mostly of foreign origin. “We could not have advanced in this project (pre-salt) conventionally, developing the production individually.

Europort Captures Global Industry Mood

Two weeks before the doors open at Europort, Rotterdam, organizer Ahoy is finalizing arrangements for the event that promises to provide a benchmark for the “state of the global maritime and offshore industry” in late 2013. Alongside attendees at its Advanced Technology Conferences industry seminars and networking opportunities, over 1,000 exhibitors will be present at Europort 2013, which takes place November 5-8 at Ahoy Rotterdam. This year, companies from 39 countries will participate, with international organizations accounting for 45% of all exhibitors.

Floating Production Systems: A Big Opportunity for Shipyards

Since the beginning of this year, orders have been placed for 17 floating production systems. The combined value of the fabrication contracts exceeds $16 billion. By year end there will likely be another five to eight contracts awarded and the overall contract value for the year will exceed $20 billion. Stated in terms of conventional ships, fabrication of floating production systems in 2013 will equate to orders for 220 VLCCs, 360 Suezmax tankers or 800 Panamax bulk carriers. In other words, it is a big market. Yet relatively few shipbuilders are active in this sector.

New FPSO Heading for Station Offshore Brazil

Petrobas's FPSO P-63 has left the Quip/Honório Bicalho shipyard in the city of Rio Grande (RS) after the modules were integrated and the platform commissioned. With a capacity to process 140,000 barrels of oil/day and compress one million m3 of gas /day, the unit is going to the Papa-Terra field in the post-salt Campos Basin, operated by Petrobras (62.5%) in partnership with Chevron (37.5%). The P-63 was converted into an FPSO from the tanker BW Nisa, at the Cosco Shipyard in China. The unit arrived in Brazil in January this year for its final construction stages.

Sholarship award: Photo credit Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corp. Scholarship Aids Puerto Rican Student

Crowley Maritime Corporation awards 17-year-old Coraly Lopez Ortiz its 2012 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Coraly Lopez Ortiz, has begun her first year of college at University of Puerto Rico (UPR), thanks in part to the support of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Her parents' medical ailments have kept them from working since 2010, but her strong academic record and commitment to pursuing an education despite tough financial circumstances have prevailed with the help of the scholarship.

World's Largest Gantry Crane: Photo credit Konecranes

World's Largest Gantry Crane Arrives in Brazil

Konecranes' Goliath gantry crane for Engevix Construções Oceânicas (‘Ecovix’) arrives at Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. With a combination lifting capacity of 2,000 tons and rail span of 210 meters, the crane is the biggest Goliath gantry crane in the world. The crane will be used initially to assemble eight hulls of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) ships that will be used for offshore oil production projects. Construction of the crane components began in October 2011, in Finland and South Korea.

Jeff Platt assumed the role of  CEO of Tidewater Inc. earlier this month. (Photo: Tidewater)

Changing of the Guard at Tidewater Inc.

Dean Taylor bid farewell to his post as Tidewater Inc.'s chief executive officer on May 31, following a prosperous, far-flung career of 34 years at the New Orleans-based company. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Platt, who has worked side by side with Taylor for fifteen years, took the helm. And Jeff Gorski was named the new COO. In his decade as chief, Taylor guided Tidewater's fleet expansion. The company has poured hundreds of millions of dollars yearly into an energetic building-and-acquisition effort.