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Friday, February 15, 2019

Transportation News

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WCI Honors Senator Duckworth

On February 12, 2019, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 18th Annual Leadership Service Award for her continual championing of ports and inland waterways. She was presented the award by Wade Beasley, Business Representative, Carpenters Local 174, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. WCI President & CEO Mike Toohey said, “Senator Duckworth is an American hero, and a stalwart advocate for the inland waterways in her state of Illinois, and throughout the United States.

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INPEX Selects NAPA for LNG Carrier Fleet

Japan's largest oil and gas exploration and production company INPEX Corporation has installed ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for monitoring operations on three of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.NAPA said that Inpex awarded a deal to the company for the provision of a solution for monitoring and follow-up of ship operations on two LNG carriers built to service the Ichthys project and one LNG carrier for Shell’s Prelude FLNG project.With the core motivation of accurately verifying the technical performance of these highly complex carriers…

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Porthos CCUS Project Getting Ready

Port of Rotterdam Authority, Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company  Gasunie and Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) are preparing a CCUS (Carbon Capture Usage and Storage) project, in which CO₂ from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed.The three companies are working together on the preparation of this project under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.The Porthos…

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New Maritime Connectivity Platform Launched

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium has been established and a Platform launched last Friday during the conference e-Navigation Underway 2019.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

Gregg Ruhl, President and Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Algoma Central Corporation

Ruhl Named CEO of Algoma

Ken Bloch Sørensen has stepped down as president and  CEO of Canadian shipowner Algoma Central Corporation after leading the company for four years. Gregg A. Ruhl, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and will assume that role immediately.Soerensen is said to want to spend more time with his family in Europe. He joined Algoma in April 2015 and was charged with redefining the strategic focus of the Company to include growth markets beyond North America.

(L-R) Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager – Contract Logistics, Ronald Lichtenecker, GAC Dubai’s Managing Director, Vadim Motlik, Lagardère Travel Retail’s UAE CEO, and Alex Pardo, Lagardère Travel Retail's Supply Chain Director (Photo: GAC Group)

Global Travel Retail Leader Selects GAC Dubai

Lagardère Travel Retail has appointed GAC Dubai’s Contract Logistics team to handle a range of goods sold at Duty Free retail stores at airports in Saudi Arabia and the future Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC).Under the multi-year agreement signed by the two companies commencing March 1st, 2019, GAC Dubai will take care of the port haulage, receipt, storage, pick/pack, transportation, customs clearance and Federal Tax Authority documentation for goods including chocolates, fine foods, fashion, beverages, electronics, cigarettes and cigars, personal care, perfumery and make-up.

Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbor crane arrives at Port Canaveral aboard the cargo vessel Happy Dover. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

US' Largest Mobile Harbour Crane at Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral has taken the delivery of mobile harbor crane - 270-foot-tall Liebherr LHM 600 - the largest of its kind in the US.The huge LHM 600 crane arrived at the port on January 18, 2018 aboard the “Happy Dover”, a heavy load carrier and  will be operational in the second quarter of 2019. It joins two 270-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes in service at the port since 2014.The Canaveral Port Authority purchased the mobile harbor crane to accommodate the Port’s growing diverse cargo throughput…

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Container Market Grows at 8.6%

The Global International Orginization for Standardization (ISO) Shipping Container Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.6% during 2017-2026, said a report.According to Stratistics MRC, growth of seaborne trade, growing demand for commodities and rising industrial expansion in China are the key driving factors for the market growth.However, factors such as the effect on the environment and fluctuating raw material prices are hindering the market growth, the market research report said.ISO container is any type of shipping container which is designed…

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St Petersburg Port Cargo Handling Up by 12%

Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg (CTSP), a company of UCL Port, stevedoring division of the international transportation group UCL Holding, handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo showing a 12-pct increase versus the result of 2017.The increase of cargo traffic is attributed the development of yards dedicated for transshipment of cast iron, metal scrap, ore, mineral fertilizers and containers, said a release from the operator providing dry cargo transshipment in Saint-Petersburg port…

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The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium

On February 8, 2019, the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) was established with a signature ceremony during the conference ‘e-navigation underway international 2019’.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

A rendering of the Port of Long Beach Middle Harbor (CREDIT: POLB)

POLB Sets Feb. 13 Meeting on Deepening Project

Input sought on proposed work to enhance navigation.The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday evening for the “Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Feasibility Study and Channel Deepening Project,” a joint effort between the Port of Long Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate potential improvements to the harbor. A comprehensive feasibility study and joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for this project. The purpose…

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Titan LNG, Fluxys to Build FlexFueler 002

Belgium-based natural gas transmission system operator Fluxys and Netherlands-based Titan LNG have joined forces to build the FlexFueler 002, a bunkering pontoon to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) more widely available as shipping fuel in the Antwerp port and region.Shipyard Kooiman, Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands, was contracted to build the FlexFueler 002. The pontoon, which is scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2020, will measure 76.4 x 11.45 m and is equipped with four vacuum insulated type C cargo tanks of 370 cu. m. each, to carry liquid LNG.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

DOT Chief Chao Echos President's Call for Infrastructure

The Statement of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union Address. “Tonight the President issued a bipartisan call to repair and restore America’s aging infrastructure. Over the last two years, due to the President’s policies, our economy has generated historic levels of economic and job growth for Americans and widespread private sector investment. This success is enabled by America’s transportation sector, but aging and insufficient infrastructure threatens to impede future growth.

HHLA makes substantial contribution to the energy transition. Pic: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)

HHLA Support Energy Transition

German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and its partners began research and development work on the publicly funded FRESH  project at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).FRESH stands for flexibility management and control reserve provision of heavy goods vehicles in the harbour, said the firm which operates three container terminals at the Port of Hamburg: Altenwerder, Burchardkai and Tollerort, as well as cargo handling and transport services by rail…

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Milaha Ups Stake in Nakilat

Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company  Qatar Navigation (Milaha) has increased the company’s stake in compatriot liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping giant Nakilat.Qatar Shipping Company, a subsidiary of Milaha, has entered into an agreement for acquiring the entire stake of Qatar Investment Authority in Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd (Nakilat) representing 5.9% of Nakilat’s share capital.The Sale and Purchase Agreement was conditional on obtaining the consent…

Mike  Jugovich (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

New Commissioner for Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board

Commissioner Michael “Mike” Jugovich was appointed by the St. Louis County (SLC) Board to complete the remaining term of former Commissioner Pete Stauber on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board, effective January 8, 2019.Jugovich has held many positions over the years. He is a retiree of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 2705, Hibbing Taconite Company. He finished his career as an equipment and warehouse manager in the agglomerating department. In 2000, Jugovich was elected to the Chisholm City Council, serving six years before being elected mayor in 2006.

Sailors’ Society

Seafarers’ Friend Gets New Ports

Seafarers visiting Ghent and Terneuzen will receive a warm welcome and offer of support from a new chaplain to the ports.Alex Eberson has extensive chaplaincy experience, having been Sailors’ Society’s port chaplain in Zeebrugge since 2011.Alex said, “I look forward to telling the people in Terneuzen and Ghent about the 1.6 million seafarers and how Sailors’ Society supports them around the world.”The charity’s chaplains and ship visitors reached out to more than 355,000 seafarers last year…

SeaCube Awarded U.S. TransCom Contract

SeaCube Container Leasing International has been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contracts for leasing and transportation of intermodal container equipment. Performance is from March 1, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020. Work will be performed at multiple continental U.S. and outside continental U.S. locations. The contracts utilize fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funding. The U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition…

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Hapag-Lloyd Redeems Bond Early

German-based container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG has decided to partially redeem EUR 170 million of its senior note on 11 February 2019 and prior to its maturity 2022 at a fixed redemption price of 103.375 percent.According to a press release from the transportation company, the senior note was issued in February 2017 with an aggregate principal amount of EUR 450 million. The annual coupon is 6.75 percent."This partial redemption will be done from cash proceeds, predominantly…

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Haifa Port Co. Logs Record Year

Following the Port Reform Agreement that was signed on December 2018 - Haifa Port Company, the operator of all current terminals in Haifa Port, reports a total throughput of 26,264,000 metric tons and 1,464,000 TEUs in 2018, and it continues to be the largest and leading port in Israel in total cargo handling.Haifa Port Company said the 26.264 million metric tons represents a 1% increase over last year, and cargo distribution includes: Containers – 60%; Oil – 17%; Grains – 11%…

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Asahi MOL Tankers Established

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and the marine transportation services provider Asahi Tanker Co have launched a new MR product tankers pool with a fleet of about 25 ships.The new pool, named Asahi MOL Tankers and headquartered in Republic of the Marshall Islands, will also launch MR product tankers that will be assigned to the pool.MR stands for Medium Range and refers to product tankers in the 45,000-55,000 deadweight ton class. This ship type has great versatility in transporting petroleum products such as gasoline…

Jackie O’Brien (Photo: Vigor)

O’Brien Joins Vigor as EVP

Vigor has announced the addition of Jackie O’Brien to Vigor’s leadership team. As EVP of Strategy and Business Development, O’Brien will report directly to the CEO and play a key role in driving the development and execution of Vigor’s growth strategy as a leading industrial company. She will oversee business development for all Vigor business units including defense, aerospace, infrastructure, alternative energy and marine.O’Brien comes to Vigor following a twenty-five year career at Alcoa and Arconic, created by  Alcoa’s separation into two independent companies in 2016.

Grand Orion in the port. Pic: MOL

First MOL Car Carrier Vessel Arrives in Cambodia

The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)-operated car carrier Grand Orion has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia.The Japanese shipping company said in a release that the car carrier called at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and discharged about 12,000 tons of construction machinery. It was the first call at a Cambodian port by an MOL-operated car carrier, it added.In commemoration of the first call, Grand Orion Capt. Denis C. De…

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Crowley Logistics Announces Organizational Changes

To continue providing customers with industry-leading integrated supply chain solutions, Crowley Logistics has announced several personnel moves that further position the company for exceptional customer service and growth.Patrick Collins has been promoted to vice president of terminal operations; Jose “Pache” Ayala has been named vice president of Caribbean logistics, and Claudia Kattán de Jordán has been appointed vice president of Central America logistics. All three executives report to Steve Collar…

Dante Fornari (Photo: MWW)

MWW Appoints Fornari as New CEO

Magnate Worldwide appointed Dante Fornari as its new Chief Executive Officer. Fornari is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in the Transportation and Logistics industries.As CEO of Magnate Worldwide, Fornari will assume overall responsibility for the strategic direction, long-term vision, and business strategy that will guide its business units, while concentrating on growing the business both organically and through acquisitions.Prior to joining Magnate Worldwide, Fornari most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Logistics at OIA Global.

(left to righ) Mrs. Sauwakun Karuchit, CEO Sahathai Terminal PCL., Mr. Krisda Monthienvichienchai, Vice Chairman of The Executive Committee of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Ltd., Mr. Wichit Rattanasirivilai, Chairman of Executive Committee of Sahathai Terminal PCL, Mr. Maerten Johan J. Degryse, Mr. Verajet Vongkusolkit, CEO of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Ltd. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Mulls Greenfield Terminal in Bangkok

The Hague-headquartered international container terminal operating company APM Terminals has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar to develop a 345,000 TEU capacity greenfield container terminal in Bangkok, Thailand.According to a press release,  Bangkok River Terminal Limited (BRT) will accommodate Thailand’s rapidly-growing containerized import and export trade.Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT), Thailand’s leading container terminal…