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Global Liner Reliability Drops »

A global decline in performance of shipping lines has been recorded in July for the first time since February, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance report. The drop amounts to almost four percentage points from 75.6%...

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Port of Los Angeles Set for Automation Upgrade

Port of Los Angeles Set for Automation Upgrade »

One of the busiest container ports in the U.S.,  Los Angeles is selling about $340 million of debt, the most since 2009 so as to refinance debt and revamp port facilities, writes Bloomberg citing bond documents. The...

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East-West Shippers Get Some Breathing Space

East-West Shippers Get Some Breathing Space »

Ocean freight rates for cargoes moving under contracts on major East-West routes decreased by 6% between March and July, enabling hard-pressed shippers to reduce their costs, according to the results of Drewry’s Benchmarking Club. The...

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Active Methane Emission at Antarctic Seafloor Confirmed

Active Methane Emission at Antarctic Seafloor Confirmed »

During an expedition with the German research vessel Polarstern off the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, an international team of scientists discovered more than 130 active methane seeps at the seafloor, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)...

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NOCC Sells Two

NOCC Sells Two »

Norwegian Car Carriers AS (NOCC) has entered into agreements to sell two of its vessels during the second quarter.  The two are “NOCC Caspian”, which was delivered to the new owner in July 2014 and...

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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Keeping Shippers on Their Toes

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Keeping Shippers on Their Toes »

African shipping may be hit hard by the Ebola outbreak as shipping agents start to refuse to call at West African ports for security reasons or ask for higher rates to do so. Freight rates for...

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Ro-Ro Ship Runs Aground off Kinsarvik, Norway

Ro-Ro Ship Runs Aground off Kinsarvik, Norway »

The 107- meter long Multi-Purpose/Ro-Ro cargo ship Norrland with 12 crew onboard is reported to have hit a sandy shallow causing the vessel to run aground offshore Kinsarvik, Norway. The Norrland was heading to Boliden Odda from...

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UPDATE 2: Kurdish Crude Tanker Reappears. Still Not Unloaded.

UPDATE 2: Kurdish Crude Tanker Reappears. Still Not Unloaded. »

The tanker United Kalavrvta (formerly SCF BYRRANGA) carrying one million barrels of Kurdish oil, which disappeared from satellite tracking, has reappeared on Monday, however the tanker hasn’t unloaded its cargo, according to Reuters. The ship,...

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Norwegian Cruise Takes Over Prestige »

Norwegian Cruise Takes Over Prestige

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc., parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent...

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Interlink Invests Heavily in Bulker Fleet »

Interlink Invests Heavily in Bulker Fleet

American bulk carrier owner Interlink Maritime is pursuing an aggressive fleet expansion plan comprising up to eighteen bulkers ordered at three Chinese yards. Five  39,000dwt bulker orders...

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Thai Tanker Hijacked off Malaysia »

Thai Tanker Hijacked off Malaysia

An armed pirate gang hijacked a Thai tanker off Malaysia’s east coast and siphoned its cargo of oil on Thursday, August 28, the Regional...

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Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014) »

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Japanese classification society ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd., have installed the world’s first...

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Hyundai Mipo Scores Carrier Trio »

Hyundai Mipo Scores Carrier Trio

 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co, a subsidiary of South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, has secured orders for three vessels, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers...

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Another Lawsuit Fuels Qingdao Port Scandal »

Another Lawsuit Fuels Qingdao Port Scandal

China’s Qingdao port is sinking further under a pile of lawsuit cases over an ongoing metals financing fraud that has resulted in over USD...

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KKR, Borealis Hustle Nine Container Ships »

KKR, Borealis Hustle Nine Container Ships

The joint venture between KKR Special Situations Group of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (USA) and Borealis Maritime Ltd. (UK) has signed an agreement...

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Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up »

Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up

Maritime transport is moving towards the use of gas as a prime source of energy for propulsion and power generation on board ships. As...

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Scorpio Bulkers in Sextet Deal »

Scorpio Bulkers in Sextet Deal

Monaco-based bulk shipper Scorpio Bulkers has ordered six 82,000dwt Kamsarmaxes from Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Shipyard, the Chinese media report. Under the deal, the vessels...

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KPC to Double Crude Export to China »

KPC to Double Crude Export to China

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has signed a historic deal with China’s Unipec which will see almost doubling of KPC’s shipments of crude to China....

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Rickmers-Linie Opts for Interliner Agencies »

Rickmers-Linie Opts for Interliner Agencies

Hamburg based Rickmers-Linie has appointed Interliner Agencies as its new agent in South Central Europe. The agency contract covers Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. On 1 September 2014, Interliner Agencies took over all sales and...

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BFC Cleared for St. Petersburg Oil Terminal Expansion »

BFC Cleared for St. Petersburg Oil Terminal Expansion

The Baltic Fuel Company Group (BFC) has received approval and permits from the St. Petersburg City Administration for creation of artificial lands of Turukhtannye Islands Oil Terminal. St. Petersburg City Administration has approved area planning documentation of land reclamation for expansion of Marine Oil Terminal...

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Khalifa Port Fifth Most Productive »

Khalifa Port Fifth Most Productive

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has announced that Khalifa Port ranked fifth in Journal of Commerce’s 2013 Europe Middle East and Africa Port Productivity list. The Journal of Commerce, an independent research firm that focuses on global trade topics, measured the number of container moves per-vessel,...

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New Tanker Joins Palmali Fleet »

New Tanker Joins Palmali Fleet

Istanbul headquartered Palmali Group took delivery of 7,100 DWT tanker Shovket Alekperova on August 30, which is the seventh tanker of the RST22M project, reports Marine Engineering Bureau in a press release. A distinctive features of RST22M, RST22, 005RST01 and RST12 design tankers are fully revolving rudder propellers,...

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Tasneef Lands Classification Deal »

Tasneef Lands Classification Deal

United Arab Emirates-based classification society Tasneef has signed a contract with Drydocks World to provide the classification and maritime surveying services to the Drydocks World’s fleet comprised of 11 ships. Three ships have already been surveyed (Shindagha-5, Umm Suqeem and Zabeel-4). As for the rest of the fleet, it is...

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Van Oord Strengthens SRI Fleet »

Van Oord Strengthens SRI Fleet

Van Oord has ordered a new subsea rock installation vessel. Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group Shanghai will build the vessel at its Ningbo yard in China, with delivery scheduled for 2016. Subsea rock installation is a proven technique for the protection and stabilisation of offshore structures and...

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Evelyn Maersk Rescues 352 from Sinking Vessel »

Evelyn Maersk Rescues 352 from Sinking Vessel

The crew of Evelyn Maersk, a container ship en route from Suez to Algeciras, participated on Saturday, August 30, in a search and rescue operation launched in an effort to find a fishing boat sinking off Sicily, carrying hundreds of immigrants on board, Seanews reports. One of the Mediterranean’s RCC centers...

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U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes off Djibouti »

U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes off Djibouti

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), September 1, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde, the U.S. Navy reports. All 25 persons...

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Ecoships Showcases Flower-Inspired Bulker Design »

Ecoships Showcases Flower-Inspired Bulker Design

Ecoships, the technical shipmanagement arm of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a next generation bulk carrier design, developed to set the standard in ecologically compatible marine transportation. Inspired by the low friction to water flow and self-cleaning properties of the lotus flower – a symbol...

Sep 2 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

 

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