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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Uruguay News

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GAC Expands in South America

Growing demand for professional shipping services from the offshore oil & gas industry has prompted GAC to open an office in Uruguay. The new office continues 2018’s expansion of the Group’s Americas region with the opening of GAC Brazil’s office in Fortaleza, and the establishment of GAC Panama.Based in the key port of Montevideo, GAC Uruguay is well positioned to offer a full range of ship agency services nationwide, with particular focus on the growing offshore oil & gas and product tanker sectors.

Pic: Port of Montevideo

UPM to Invest in Montevideo Port Terminal

Finish forest company UPM is taking part in the international public tendering process in the port of Montevideo organized by the National Ports Administration (ANP) of Uruguay.The scope of the concession tender is the building and operation of a port terminal specialized in the storage and shipping of pulp, chemicals and other inputs related to pulp production with a capacity to handle approximately 2 million tonnes of pulp annually. The tender includes the design, financing, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the pulp terminal.

Two LHM 800 are already operating in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo: Liebherr Maritime Cranes)

Montecon Adds Third Liebherr to its Fleet

Liebherr Maritime Cranes already delivered two Liebherr mobile harbor cranes LHM 800 in container configuration to Montecon in Uruguay. End of November Liebherr received an order from Montecon for the third LHM 800 that will start operation in Montevideo, Uruguay next year.In 2015 Montecon ordered the first giant mobile harbor cranes, type LHM 800 in container operation. Due to their increasing demand for mobile container handling solutions, they subsequently ordered a second unit. Both cranes were delivered in 2016.

Neltume Ports, a subsidiary of Ultramar, operates in 16 port facilities and three stevedoring businesses primarily located in Chile and Uruguay. Photo: ATCO Ltd.

ATCO Buys 40% Stake in South American Port

Calgary-based natural gas, electrical and real estate giant ATCO is getting into the transportation business after buying a 40-per-cent stake in a South American port operator Neltume Ports for about CAD$450 million (USD$340 million).Neltume Ports, a subsidiary of Ultramar, operates in 16 port facilities and three stevedoring businesses primarily located in Chile and Uruguay. “This acquisition represents an important milestone in the execution of ATCO’s long-term strategy to diversify…

Southern Ports are Getting with The Program…

The In-transit cold treatment program, that is! The dimensions of The Program are remarkable. The Reefer Shipping Market and Forecast 2017/18 produced by Drewry calculated that 79 percent of perishable cargo moved in refrigerated containers in 2016 and only 21 percent on reefer ships. By 2021, reefer containers will carry 85 percent of perishable products, while reefer cargo will reach 134 million tons, Drewry study predicts. One reason for the growth of reefer cargo in containers is the remarkable expansion of the USDA sponsored In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Uruguay Inches to Zero Carbon Emissions

APM Terminals Inland Services Uruguay (also known as Montevideo Port Services SA) switched on 648 solar panels this month, capable of producing 228.6 MWh per year, enough to meet up to 90 percent of the facilities entire annual consumption.By switching to their own renewable energy source, Inland Services Uruguay, the largest equipment maintenance and repair provider in the country, will reduce its CO2 emissions by almost 50 tonnes per year. To put this in perspective, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency it would take around 1…

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US Exports to China to Rise amid Trade Talks, but Volumes are Capped

China has pledged to buy more U.S. goods to reduce America's huge trade deficit and help avoid exacerbating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies, with energy and commodities high on Washington's list of products for sale.The U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the governments agreed to drop tariff threats and work on a wider agreement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Washington is especially keen to sell more of the United States'…

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Kemp: Trade Restrictions puts World Economy at Risk

Trade and investment restrictions are proliferating around the world, driven by a combination of security concerns and protectionist pressures. In each instance, policymakers can usually cite a justification of why trade and investment restrictions are necessary. But taken together, a thickening web of restrictions on cross-border transactions is imposing a growing burden on business as well as complicating supply chains. The United States and China have threatened to hit each…

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Transinsular Announces Cape Verde, Inter-Islands Trade Routes

Transinsular announced the 'Lince Class', the fastest maritime connection with Cape Verde from Portugal (Leixões / Lisbon) and the Canary Islands (Las Palmas). And therefore, the most competitive solution for exporting products from Portugal, Spain, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. At the same time, and as a complement to the 'Lince Class', the ETE Group will offer inter-island ‘ATOBÁ’ cabotage services, on the way from Praia, Mindelo, Sal and Boavista, connecting these ports to the African proximity markets such as Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.

Launching of the United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association Photo UAE MEPA

UAE Marine Environment Protection Association launched in Dubai

The Director General of HELMEPA, Dimitris C. Mitsatsos and the Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries (DCMMI), Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, signed the Inaugural Declaration to the formation of UAEMEPA, the United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association. The signing ceremony took place at the beginning of the 9th Offshore Arabia Conference at Dubai in the presence of the Secretary General of IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, UAE high standing functionaries and representatives of organizations and companies from within world shipping.

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

New Women in Maritime Network Launched

Central and Latin America celebrated the launch of a new women in the maritime network in Valparaíso, Chile (13-15 December), which joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO)  family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector. Sixty two women from 18 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala…

Cape Sounio (Photo: Zim)

New 11,000 TEU Ship Enters Service for Zim

The newly built 11,000 TEU vessel Cape Sounio owned by Costamare has been deployed on Zim’s Asia South America East Coast (ASE), the Israeli container shipping company said. The vessel embarked on its maiden voyage on from Pusan, South Korea, on May 4, on its regular route calling ports in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, connecting to major Asian ports. Built at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil) and delivered in April, 2017, Cape Sounio is the largest vessel to serve in this line and the largest currently employed by ZIM.

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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…

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New Orleans Joins Cold Treatment Pilot Program

The Port of New Orleans announced a new opportunity for shippers looking to transport perishable cargo from South America. Port NOLA received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inclusion in the Southeast U.S. In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program. Participation in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) pilot program means select time-sensitive products can be treated to meet customs compliance in-transit rather than after it arrives to the U.S. – resulting in shorter transit times and increased efficiency for shippers.

Port Canaveral to Pilot Cold Storage Program

Port Canaveral said it has been named an official participant in the Southeast U.S. In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This pilot designation for Port Canaveral allows entry of in-transit, cold treated containers of agricultural products originating in South America, including blueberries, citrus and grapes from Peru; blueberries and grapes from Uruguay; and, apples, blueberries and pears from Argentina.

Both LHM 800 are busy handling container in the Port of Montevideo. (Photo: Liebherr)

World's Largest Mobile Harbor Cranes Baptized

Four years ao Montecon challenged Liebherr Maritime Cranes to design and built a pair of mobile harbor cranes, the world's largest, that would be able to reach up to 22 rows of containers, a feat of dockside logistics never seen before. The project was recently successfully completed, courtesty of the recent delivery of two Liebherr LHM 800 mobile harbour cranes. Port of Montevideo is one of the major ports in South America and plays an essential role in the economy of Uruguay. The growth of Liebherr’s mobile harbor crane range is linked to Montecon.

Staff from Liebherr Argentina celebrating the opening of the Buenos Aires subsidiary with members of the Liebherr family (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Opens Buenos Aires Office

In March Liebherr-Argentina S.A. opened a new office in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. From the subsidiary Liebherr is expanding activities in Argentina and Uruguay, primarily in the product areas of mining, mobile cranes and port and harbor cranes. With an area of 314 square meters, the office in the heart of the Argentinian capital offers space for current and future growth, primarily in the product areas port and harbor cranes and mobile cranes. Eleven of the 17 Liebherr employees working in Buenos Aires look after sales and service in the area of port and harbor cranes…

Kimberly Wakeman, vice president, Customized Brokers; Nelly Yunta, vice president, Crowley; Edgar E. Baldizon, commercial director, Linea Vegetal Tecpan SA; Joseph Napoli, chief of staff, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD); Patricia Millon, vice president, Centurion Cargo, Perishable Goods & Imports; and Ernesto Rodriguez, chief, MDAD Marketing Division. (Photo: Crowley)

Florida’s First Ocean-to-Air Perishables Shipment

Crowley and its subsidiary Customized Brokers, in cooperation with Miami International Airport (MIA), have facilitated Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables transshipment from Guatemala to Amsterdam. The first transshipment included nearly 10 tons of snow peas from Guatemala. The refrigerated cargo arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., aboard Crowley’s cargo ship Tucana J, was trucked to MIA, then departed for Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo yesterday. Crowley, Customized Brokers and MIA were instrumental in helping to implement this new perishables shipping program with the U.S.

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).

Descartes Acquires Datamyne

Descartes Systems Group, a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired Datamyne, a provider of cloud-based trade data content solutions for customers to analyze import and export trade activity. Datamyne, primarily operating in the U.S. and South America, collects, cleanses and commercializes logistics trade data from over 50 nations across five continents, including key markets in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the European Union.

Luis Figueiredo (Shareholder) Ana paula Vitorino (Minister of the Sea) Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President of Portugal) Luís Nagy (GRUPO ETE CEO) Filipa P de Carvalho (Shareholder) Photo ETE Group

ETE's 80th Anniversary crowned by International River Operations

The business portfolio internationalization and the development of river operations are two of ETE Group’s strategic focus, as referred last Friday on the 80th birthday ceremonies at Naval Rocha shipyard (in Lisbon) with the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Minister for the Sea Affairs, Ana Paula Vitorino and the Minister for Environment, Matos Fernandes. According to Luis Nagy, the CEO, “at ETE Group we are  starting the ninth decade with a strong focus on the internationalization of our operations…

Mark McAndrews (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Installs 2016-17 Board, McAndrews Named Chairman

Mark McAndrews, port director of the Mississippi’s Port of Pascagoula, was formally installed on October 26 as the 2016-17 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the voice of seaports in the Americas. As AAPA chairman, he succeeds Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. McAndrews accepted his new chairmanship duties at a membership meeting in New Orleans, La., during which the entire slate of 2016-17 delegation officers and board of directors were inducted as part of AAPA's 105th Annual Convention.

SAAM incorporated two new tugboats, Mirlo and Tordo, into its fleet in Chile  during Q2 2016 (Photo: SAAM)

SAAM Records $14 Mln Profit in Q2

SAAM, provider of port services, logistics and towage in the Americas, said it has obtained earnings for $14.4 million in the April-June quarter of 2016, accumulating in the first semester a net income of $29 million, 26 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year. Ebitda, in turn, reached $53 million in the last quarter, including the results from its affiliates at their proportional value. This figure represents a 7 percent rise over the same quarter of 2015. During the semester, however, this figure reached $105 million.

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay. Gas Sayago is a joint venture (JV) owned by UTE – the Uruguayan state power company – and ANCAP – the state oil company. The contract will take effect upon governmental approval which is expected to be granted by the end of 2016. The FSRU will be equipped with the largest LNG storage tank (263…

Pedro Gomez (Photo: Dan-Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Boosts South America Presence

Dan-Bunkering, expands its presence in Colombia and enters into a partnership with Petrocosta for physical supplies in Cartagena. This partnership is complementary with the current one with Australian Bunkers in Buenaventura, and will develop and strengthen Dan-Bunkering’s physical presence in Latin America. Dan-Bunkering will handle all sales and will provide risk management while Petrocosta will handle the sourcing, blending, supply, and storage of the products. Adding to Pedro Gomez’ last statement…

Gas Sayago President César Briozzo, right,and Lakler President, (MOL Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer) Takeshi Hashimotoat the signing ceremony Photo MOL

MOL Clinches FSRU Charter Deal

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that Lakler S.A., 100% subsidiary of MOL has officially agreed to conclude a charter contract, with an eye toward reaching a final deal in June this year, with Gas Sayago, a joint venture between Uruguay's state oil company ANCAP and state power company UTE, for floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project (*) in Montevideo, Uruguay, led by Gas Sayago. A signing ceremony was held in Montevideo on May 2 (local time).