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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative Launched

Industry leaders and non-profit the Sustainable Shipping Initiative announced the launch of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform - a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice.According to a press release, the platform comes nine months after a group of shipping companies first announced their collective effort to use the market-drivers that transparency brings to make responsible ship recycling the norm. Demanding transparency holds the shipping industry to account…

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Cargotec Makes Waves in Maritime Startup Program

Cargotec, the Finnish company that makes cargo-handling machinery, has  partnered with Rainmaking in September this year to establish a startup collaboration programme called Trade & Transport Impact.The programme connects world leading corporations and innovative startups to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics, said a press release.Applications to join can now be made, and Cargotec invites startups worldwide to join with us in the Rainmaking Trade & Transport Impact programme."Maritime logistics is full of inefficiencies throughout the value chain…

Raa Labs CEO, Ari Marjamaa. Pic: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen Unveils Raa Labs

Norway-based global maritime industry group Wilhelmsen Holding has introduced a new digital start-up named Raa Labs to speed up maritime digitalisationRaa Labs will enable maritime companies to harness data, drive digitalisation and adopt technology to take a leap into the future, improving efficiency and introducing new business models. “To fully embrace innovation, you need to understand the bigger picture to ensure that every action you take not only saves the day or the week…

Musabbeh Al Kaabi. Photo: Cepsa

Cepsa Appoints Musabbeh Al Kaabi as Chairman

Spanish multinational oil and gas company Cepsa announced that Musabbeh Al Kaabi was named as Chairman in succession to Suhail Al Mazrouei at a meeting of the Board of Cepsa.This follows the appointment by Mubadala, as sole shareholder, of Saeed Al Mazrouei, Ahmed Saeed Al Calily and Bakheet Al Katheeri as members of the Board for a statutory period of four years.The three new board members, all senior executives of the Mubadala group, have distinguished backgrounds and broad experience and knowledge of the energy sector.Musabbeh Al Kaabi…

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Total Wins 40% Stake in Unconventional Gas Concession

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has awarded a 40 per cent stake in the Ruwais Diyab gas concession to French energy major Total.Adnoc group, for which the award is an important milestone to reach the target of 1 Bcfd of unconventional gas production before 2030, said in a press release that it will retain a 60% stake in the concession.Under the terms of the agreement, Total will explore, appraise and develop the concession area’s unconventional gas resources.The agreement…

Harald Solberg (Photo: Norwegian Shipping Association)

A New Age for Norwegian Shipping

It’s about more than maritime. Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipping Association, sees a world of opportunity from his office overlooking Oslo. Here he talks markets, innovation, ocean developments, and even rubbish. Norway, he believes, has a leading role to play.Harald Solberg is 42, but looks younger. Hearing him outline a career that has so far taken in politics, media, the Norwegian Royal Palace, and, of course, shipping, is a little surreal. For a moment one wonders who he’s talking about – his boss…

Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer & EVP, Wärtsilä. Photo: Wärtsilä

Marco Ryan Plots a Digital, Connected Course for Wärtsilä

When talk turns to the digital revolution sweeping through the maritime industry, one need look no further than Wärtsilä, which has evolved from a shipbuilding company to an engine manufacturer, and is now embarked on a historic digital transformation led by Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer & EVP. We met with Ryan recently in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss the path and pace forward.To start, please lay out the scope of your responsibilities.At a high-level my job is to architect and deliver the transformation (of Wärtsilä) to a smart technology company.

From left: Mr Lim Siang Yong, Chief Operating Officer of 3D MetalForge, Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO (South East Asia) from PSA, Dr Ho Chaw Sing from NAMIC and Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA. Witnessing the signing ceremony are Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, and Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Assistant Chief Executive and Director-General, Quality and Excellence, Enterprise Singapore. Photo: MPA

Singapore Pact for 3D Printing in Maritime Sector

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.The two MoUs are: a) An MoU with PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and 3D MetalForge Pte Ltd (3D MetalForge) to establish the world’s first on-site AM production facility for port applications; and b) An MoU with NAMIC and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to…

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Decarbonization: 34 Maritime CEOs Call for Action

A who’s who list of maritime industry executives have signed on to voice their support for a zero-carbon future in shipping.The not-for-profit foundation the Global Maritime Forum brought together a group of 34 CEOs and industry leaders from across the global maritime sector to sign a call for action and lead the industry in a transition toward decarbonization.To achieve this, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation…

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Keppel Partners GTT on LNG Solutions

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) that will enable the companies to jointly market liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions leveraging GTT's membrane containment systems and Keppel's shipyard expertise.Keppel O&M's network of global yards will be able to offer GTT's LNG systems in the design, construction and maintenance of LNG carriers, LNG Bunker vessels, LNG-fuelled vessels, and floating storage and regasification units (FSRU).Since completing its first LNG carrier repair in 1990…

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Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

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Repsol to Buy LNG from Venture Global

Venture Global LNG announced that it has entered into a 20-year, binding Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Repsol for the supply of one million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas from the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility, currently under development in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, USA.Under this agreement, Repsol will purchase LNG on a free on board (FOB) basis for a 20-year term, starting from the commercial operation date of the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility…

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Digital Transformation of Maritime Freight to Reach USD 205bln by 2023

New digitization solutions, such as big data, blockchain, automation, drones, and robotics, are enabling the maritime freight industry to introduce game-changing approaches that will significantly reduce or eliminate non-value-added activities. Over the next five years, maritime suppliers across the value chain will increasingly adopt solutions to address security, overcapacity and accurate cost models, according to new research from ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies.

Lars Henneberg. Photo: EY

World's First Marine Insurance Blockchain Platform Launched

EY, Guardtime, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Microsoft and insurance industry leaders Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin, MS Amlin and ACORD announce members of the marine industry are using Insurwave, a blockchain platform to support marine hull insurance. In an increasingly complex and ever evolving risk landscape, global businesses will use the platform to transform how they manage risk across their organization, and how they work with brokers and (re)insurers. Insurwave, built by a joint venture between EY and Guardtime…

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Keppel to Build South East Asia’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, has secured a contract from FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, to build South East Asia's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering vessel valued at approximately S$50 million. Scheduled for completion in 3Q 2020, the dual-fuel LNG bunkering vessel will have a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres. FueLNG will receive a grant of up to S$3 million as part of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme (LBPP).

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Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships. The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema. While the chemical recycling technology used in the past has worked, Bin2Barrel is the first company to utilize it commercially.

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SEA\LNG Welcomes First Shipborkers in the Coalition

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, today announced that it has welcomed Exeno Yamamizu Corporation (Yamamizu) & Fearnleys AS as the first shipbroking companies to join its membership coalition. The coalition whose membership currently stands at 33 organisations, is committed to uniting knowledge and expertise from across the LNG value chain, including shipping companies, ports…

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SMM Launches with High-Profile Guest Speakers

At today’s opening press conference of the international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed current challenges facing the shipping industry. The focus of the debate was on the 0.5 percent sulphur limit for ship fuels which will take effect on January 1,  2020, and the industry's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050. Roughly 2,300 exhibitors and the extensive conference program accompanying the trade fair will deliver answers to the industry's complex questions. Roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Håkan Larsson, Chairman. Photo: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Acquires Syngin Technology

Wallenius Wilhelmsen, the global finished vehicle logistics provider, has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of the membership interest in Syngin Technology  for an initial purchase price of USD 22 million on a cash and debt free basis. "The future of logistics lies in combining digital services, physical assets and a deep understanding of logistics flows. With Syngin we boost our digital capabilities, setting us up to better support the changes we see in our customers' needs for the future", says Craig Jasienski, President and CEO of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group.

CEO Henrik Lind (left), Danske Commodities, and Tor Martin Anfinnsen, senior vice president, Marketing & Supply in Equinor. (Photo: Thomas Priskorn / PRISKORN)

Equinor Acquires Energy Trader Danske Commodities

Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor, formerly Statoil, is acquiring the Danish energy trading company, Danske Commodities for EUR 400 million (USD 470 mln). "Equinor has reached agreement to buy 100% of the shares in Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities (DC) for EUR 400 million, with smaller contingent payments depending on DC’s performance over the next couple of years," said a press release from the company. This acquisition – of one of Europe’s largest short-term electricity traders – supports Equinor’s development towards becoming a broad energy company.

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IEnova to Build Liquid Fuels Project in Sinaloa, Mexico

Sempra Energy announced that its Mexican subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), has been awarded a 20-year contract by the Topolobampo Port Administration in Mexico to build and operate a receipt, storage and send-out liquid fuels marine terminal in the state of Sinaloa. With a projected investment of approximately $150 million, the first phase of the new liquid fuels terminal will have a storage capacity of 1 million barrels of fuel, including gasoline and diesel. Operations are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Total Acquires Direct Energie

Total and Direct Energie announce the completion of the acquisition today by Total of 73.04% of the share capital of Direct Energie, for 42 euros per share, representing approximately 1.4 billion euros. This acquisition, which is subsequent to the satisfaction of all conditions precedent referred to in the agreements executed on April 17, 2018 with Direct Energie’s main shareholders, was followed today by the filing by Total of a mandatory tender offer for the shares in Direct Energie which are not yet held by Total, at the same price of 42 euros per share.

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Twill Replaces Damco with Maersk

Twill, a digital freight forwarder designed to make shipping simple, has announced a change in its brand affiliation from Damco to Maersk.Launched in April 2017, Twill was created as a ‘Damco innovation’ and operated as a partner with the freight forwarder and supply chain management company, which is part of A.P. Moller - Maersk.The realigning of the brand will make it possible to offer Twill to all Maersk customers, in line with the A.P. Moller - Maersk strategy to become a…

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Twill Realigns Under Maersk Brand

Digital freight forwarder Twill has switched its brand affiliation from Damco to Maersk. The realigning of the brand will make it possible to offer Twill to all Maersk customers, in line with the A.P. Moller – Maersk strategy to become a global integrator of container logistics offering end-to-end solutions.Launched in April 2017, Twill was created as a Damco innovation and operated as a partner with the freight forwarder and supply chain management company, which is part of A.P.

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Port of Los Angeles Moves 768,804 TEUs in May

The Port of Los Angeles processed 768,804 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in May, a dip of 3.4 percent compared to last May’s record of 796,216 TEUs."Volumes have softened due to continued shuffling of alliance services in the San Pedro Bay,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The Port remains focused on digitizing our value chain. Our aim is to introduce the GE Port Optimizer™ this summer with the support of our liner and terminal partners."May 2018 imports dropped 1.8 percent to 405,587 TEUs compared to the previous year.

Autonomous shipping company Massterly has appointed Tom Eystø (left) as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the company's board (Photo: Massterly)

Autonomous Shipping Firm Massterly Appoints Top Brass

The world’s first autonomous shipping company, Massterly, has appointed Tom Eystø as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the Massterly board.Announced on April 3, 2018 as a new joint venture company between Norwegian ship owner Wilhelmsen and systems and solutions provider KONGSBERG, Massterly sets out to offer a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.“Autonomy will revolutionize…