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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Sailors secure an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 to the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78). Navy photo by Ryan U. Kledzik

Porter, Anzio in Scotland for Biggest Joint Warrior

Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 pulled into Faslane, Scotland, ready to commence Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 9. DESRON 26 arrived in Faslane with guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), ready to participate in Joint Warrior, a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom. The training, led by the United Kingdom, is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multiwarfare environment in which to prepare for global operations.

Joerg Roehl (Photo: TGP)

TGP Appoints Roehl as CEO Europe

Joerg Roehl has joined the Trans Global Projects Group (TGP) as CEO for Natco Switzerland AG with the overall responsibility for Europe with effect from 1 April 2017. The international project logistics company TGP Ltd has offices around the world and is headquartered in the United Kingdom. Natco Switzerland AG, an international forwarding agency, has been part of the TGP Group since 2015 and is based in Ruemlang/Zurich. Joerg Roehl has over 25 years of experience in the maritime and logistics industries.

Ball Country Manager for T.D. Williamson, UK

T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW), provider of equipment and services for pipelines and pressurized piping systems for more than nine decades, is pleased to announce that John Ball recently joined the company as Country Manager, United Kingdom, for T.D. Williamson (U.K.) Limited. In this capacity, Ball is responsible for sales development and execution, the maintenance of operational excellence, and team management. Based in Sheffield, England, and formerly of Applus RTD UK Ltd. and Team Industrial Services…

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum. Photo: QP

Qatar Petroleum Delivers 500th LNG Cargo UK

Qatar Petroleum (QP) has announced the delivery of the 500th liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from QP affiliate Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (2) to the South Hook LNG Terminal at Milford Haven in the United Kingdom. The landmark delivery, on Thursday March 24th, was made on board the Q-Flex LNG vessel Al-Hamla. Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, described the delivery as “another significant achievement for Qatar’s LNG industry”. Mr. Al-Kaabi…

Pic: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber of Shipping Warns EU Ports on Brexit

The EU is ignoring the risk of Brexit to European ports, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said. Hard border controls will lead to increased bureaucracy and will threaten prosperity. The Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and the UK. It also says that the dangers to major EU ports has been understated. Chief executive of the Chamber, Guy Platten said: “The EU sells £240bn of goods to the UK each year, most of which travels through ports.

Scott Stephen (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Stephen Joins Ashtead Technology

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has appointed Scott Stephen as its new Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sales manager. Based at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Stephen will be responsible for business development and general sales and rental of NDT equipment and accessories, including phased array, ultrasonic flaw detection, corrosion mapping, eddy current flaw detection, hardness testing, composite inspection and thickness management. Stephen joins Ashtead from RSL NDT where he held the role of UK manager and was previously with Euro NDT as general manager…

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Jeremy Nixon is CEO of ONE Ocean Network

The management of the new company,  Ocean Network Express Holdings (ONE) -  the joint venture between three Japanese shipowning societies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Linens), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) was unveiled. The existing NYK Line chief executive Jeremy Nixon named as the chief executive of ONE. Nixon has been chief executive of NYK’s liner division since 2012, and moved to Singapore two years before that to head its South Asia operation. The holding company with ultimate governance of ONE will remain in Tokyo…

Maritime UK Chief Welcomes $8.6 Bln Infrastructure Project

Maritime UK Chairman, David Dingle, has welcomed the signature of a major construction contract to deliver the tunnels, bridges and earthworks for phase 1 of the HS2 project. The contracts cover works on both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the high-speed rail 2 (HS2) project, and are worth an estimated £6.6 billion ($8.6 billion). "But while Maritime UK welcomes investment in infrastructure programs such as HS2, Britain's main priority must be improving connectivity, which will come with the construction of HS3.

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities. Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth. As well as providing advice during data collection…

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Image Royal Boskalis Westminster

Boskalis Awarded Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the Offshore Balance of Plant contract by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. Following the announcement on 29 June stating that Boskalis was the preferred contractor, the contract has now been formally awarded. The project will consist of eleven wind turbines with a capacity of 92.4 MW. The contract includes all offshore elements of the wind farm, with the exception of the wind turbine supply.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Photo DP World

DP World's H1 Gross Volumes up 1.2%

DP World Limited handled 31.4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during the first half of 2016, with gross container volumes growing by 2.5% on a reported basis, and up 1.2% on a like-for-like  basis. Growth in the first half of 2016 was largely driven by a strong performance from our European and Indian subcontinent terminals. Conditions in Australia and Latin America remain challenging while the UAE handled 7.4 million TEU, down 6.0% year-on-year due to a reduction in lower-margin cargo.

DP World Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

Dubai Shipping Volumes Sink

Dubai shipping volumes - cargo handled at Dubai's ports, which includes flagship terminal Jebel Ali - fall for third quarter Gulf News reports quoting the latest DP World figures. DP World's  ports in the United Arab Emirates, all located in Dubai, handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the three months to June 30. That is 6.2 per cent lower than the 4 million TEUs it reported for the second quarter of 2015 and follows a 5.9 per cent decline in the first quarter of 2016. Cargo volumes at its Dubai ports fell by 2.89 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015.

MET International Plans to Boost LNG Trades

Switzerland-based MET International AG plans to boost its liquefied natural gas (LNG) trades in Europe by 50 to 100 percent next year, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday. Gyorgy Vargha said that while the company had traded one cargo, or 60,000 tonnes of LNG, per month this year, this is expected to rise to between 1.5 and two cargoes per month in 2018 as MET seeks to increase its role in that segment. MET International was established in 2010 as the natural gas trading arm of parent MET Group…

Image: APL

APL Introduces Felixstowe Express Service for Asia-Europe Trade

APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, has announced the launch of the Felixstowe Express Service (FEX), a new weekly service that connects the key ports of China, Europe and Felixstowe – United Kingdom’s (UK) biggest and busiest container port. APL said that the new FEX service marks an important expansion of its Asia-Europe service network as APL begins calling at Felixstowe, one of Europe’s and the UK’s most vital ports. With Felixstowe’s close proximity to the main European shipping lanes…

Courtesy  Technip

EnQuest Selects Technip for Mega Subsea Contract

Technip was awarded by EnQuest earlier this year a large(1) engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPCI) contract for the Kraken development located in the North Sea,  400 kilometers North-East of Aberdeen and 130 kilometers East of Shetland, at a water depth of approximately 120 meters. - pipeline flooding, hydro testing and leak testing. Technip’s operating center in Aberdeen, United-Kingdom, will execute the contract. The Group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business.

 The OOCL Scandinavia unveiled at the christening ceremony held at the SHI shipyard. Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

OOCL Scandinavia Unveiled

In Orient Overseas (International) Ltd (OOCL)’s series of six ‘G Class’ containerships on order at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard, we are pleased to introduce the newest and fifth 21,413 TEU containership, named the OOCL Scandinavia, into our fleet of world trade ambassadors. The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels on our LL1 service, linking major markets in China and Northern Europe together. In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very honored that Mr.

Bob E. Mallory (Photo: Mallory Alexander International Logistics)

New Chief Administrative Officer at Mallory Alexander

Robert “Bob” E. Mallory has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for supply chain specialist Mallory Alexander International Logistics.   Based at the company headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., Mallory will focus on developing programs to drive company growth through expansion and acquisitions.     He is a member of the fifth-generation family owning Mallory Alexander International Logistics.   Mallory has over 20 years’ experience in international sales in the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada through Morgan Keegan and Company and Raymond James.

Beatrix (Photo: Port of Duluth-Superior)

Last Saltie of 2017 to Depart Port of Duluth-Superior

The last oceangoing vessel of the year is scheduled to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior, signaling the beginning of the end of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Twin Ports and across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Weather permitting, the Beatrix is set to finish loading 12,000 metric tons of spring wheat tonight at the CHS elevator in Superior—grain bound for the United Kingdom. The 512-foot Wagenborg vessel flies the flag of the Netherlands. Its estimated time of departure may be 8 p.m. (or later), enabling the ship to clear the Seaway locks by Christmas Day.

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Qatar Accedes to BWM Convention

​Sixty-eight countries have now signed up to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention, with Qatar being the latest to accede to the treaty helping to protect the marine environment. The signatories now represent more than 75% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage. Under the treaty, ships are required to manage their ballast water, which can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and organisms, which are then carried across the globe. H.E. Mr.

Photo: OPDR

OPDR Introduces New PENN Service

OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, has announced the introduction of its new PENN service. Via Rotterdam, the service connects Continental Europe with the United Kingdom and Norway. Short transit times and highly modern 45ft pallet wide high cube reefers provide best conditions for customers. In the course of substantially improving its Northern Europe portfolio, the short sea expert OPDR has introduced a new service. The new weekly PENN service links Rotterdam with the United Kingdom and three of the key ports in Norway: Oslo, Moss and Brevik.

A view of 350 kilograms of seized cocaine offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge Monday at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. The drugs have an estimated wholesale value of $11.6 million.

USCG Offloads $11.6 mln of Cocaine in Miami

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 350 kilograms of seized cocaine Monday from the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. During an Operation patrol on October 27, a Joint Interagency Task Force South marine patrol aircraft detected a go-fast vessel suspected of smuggling contraband in the Caribbean Sea. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight and an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment diverted to intercept the vessel. The RFA Wave Knight crew launched a helicopter and a smallboat with a Coast Guard LEDET aboard and boarded the go-fast…

OPDR Revises its Three Morocco Services

OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, has revised three of its established services connecting Morocco with Northern Europe and Russia: AGAX, DUNKRUS and CISS. Just in time for the Moroccan citrus export season, the services meet the increased demand and offer optimized rotations with best transit times. The revised services provide excellent opportunities for fast and reliable shipments of Moroccan export products in reefer containers to the strategic consumption areas in Northern Europe and Russia.

IRClass pic on RO from Netherlands Photo courtesy IRClass PR

IRClass is Authorized RO for Netherlands

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) classification society has received authorization as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Netherlands’ flag administration. The authorization comes just months after IRClass received authorization from Europe’s largest flag Malta in December last year. Netherlands ranks fourth according to performance ranking released by Paris MOU. To date, IRClass has secured authorization from four European flags including Latvia and Bulgaria – all within the past year or so.

Map: Standard Club

Reduction in High Risk Area for Piracy Now in Force

As of 1 December 2015, the reduction to the High Risk Area (HRA) as defined in Best Management Practices 4, has taken effect. Further information may be found in our earlier web alert, published on 9 October 2015 and available. In response to the reduction in the HRA, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has published a revised version of Maritime Security Chart Q6099 which incorporates the changes. The club considers that the risk of piracy remains and recommends that members continue to exercise vigilance when trading to and through affected regions.

Photo: London Thamesport

London Thamesport Boosts Short Sea Capacity

Dutch-based transport company A2B-online Container B.V. has added a fourth weekly sailing on its service between Hutchison Ports London Thamesport and Moerdijk in The Netherlands. The new sailing is inaugurated today (18 April 2018) by the first call of the m.s. A2B Spirit (ex-Norfeeder), a Sietas 151 type 508 TEU container ship, the fourth of this class owned and operated by A2B. Commenting on the new sailing, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director Hutchison Ports, said:“London Thamesport offers its customers a service tailored to their specific demands.

Petterson Named Great Lakes CEO

The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, provider of dredging, environmental and remediation services, announced the selection of Lasse Petterson as CEO, as well as his appointment to the company’s board of directors. Petterson will join the Board immediately and assume the role of chief executive officer once his application for U.S. citizenship, as required by the Jones Act, is finalized, which is expected in Q1 2017. During this time, Lasse and current CEO Jonathan Berger will work to ensure a seamless transition.