Category archives for: Regional news

TBN Triples Coverage Area

TBN Triples Coverage Area

Florida’s MTN Communications says the number of Terrestrial Broadband Network-connected cruise ships has doubled and covered regions have tripled one year after the TBN’s launch. Since the MTN TBN kick-off in Alaska in the Summer 2013 cruise season, several MTN partners, including Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, have started using this new technology. The company enabled […]

Calm Waters ahead for Chinese Seaborne Exports

Calm Waters ahead for Chinese Seaborne Exports

The outlook for Chinese seaborne exports remains optimistic, particularly as growth on mainlane container trades from the Far East has picked up notably this year, according to Clarksons Shipping Intelligence Network. While containerisable cargoes are likely to remain a key part and driver of China’s seaborne exports, shipments of minor bulk commodities and project-related cargoes […]

Shipping Industry Wants Higher Quality Data

Shipping Industry Wants Higher Quality Data

The latest INTTRA Technology Outlook survey which tries to identify the top technology priorities and challenges on the minds of international logistics and shipping industry professionals around the world has shown that the industry’s top priority is “improving supply chain visibility capabilities to integrate higher quality data.” This demonstrates the importance now placed on having […]

Resources Insufficient for Tackling Potential Disasters in the Arctic

Resources Insufficient for Tackling Potential Disasters in the Arctic

As more and more ships venture into the Arctic, resources to cope with search and rescue operations along with potential environmental cleanups are lacking. Speaking at IUMI conference in Hong Kong, Stein Are Hansen, head of department, loss prevention and emergency response, Norwegian Hull Club, said: “Humans make mistakes. Have we really thought about the […]

Global Marine Premiums Fall

Global Marine Premiums Fall

Global marine premiums dropped by 1.7% last year, falling from USD 34.8bn in 2012 to USD 34.2bn, as shown by the latest statistics released by the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) at its 2014 annual conference held in Hong Kong. The conference gathered over 500 attendees who heard from industry experts on how the marine […]

GTT’s LNG Membrane Tanks Soon with Made in USA Label

GTT’s LNG Membrane Tanks Soon with Made in USA Label

France-based Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), has signed through its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America an agreement with Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City (LA, the U.S.A.) for the future production of LNG membrane tanks using the GTT’s technology. The signing of an agreement initiates […]

Exclusive: Hidden Dangers of Shipping Alliances

Exclusive: Hidden Dangers of Shipping Alliances

The 2M alliance between the shipping heavyweights, Denmark’s Maersk Line and Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company is currently under scrutiny of the U.S.A. and China regulators.  The companies are trying to appear confident in the approval of the alliance, saying that the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) approval should be just a formality. Maersk Line’s Chief […]

Oiltanking Partners Sold to Enterprise Products Partners

Oiltanking Partners Sold to Enterprise Products Partners

Oiltanking announced the sale of all of its interest in Oiltanking Partners L.P. (Oiltanking Partners) to Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Oiltanking Partners, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Oiltanking Houston and Oiltanking Beaumont, owns and operates tank storage assets located on the Houston Ship Channel and in Beaumont, Texas. Oiltanking has a strong presence in the United […]

Man Dies after Falling from Carnival Ecstasy’s Mast

Man Dies after Falling from Carnival Ecstasy’s Mast

A 20-year old man died having fallen from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy while docked in the port of Miami, Florida on Monday morning, September 29. The ill-fated passenger fell from the ship’s 20-feet mast after he entered the restricted area with a group of about six other passengers, and climbed the mast to, reportedly, […]

TSA Recommends New Contract Rates

TSA Recommends New Contract Rates

Concerns of container shipping lines in the Asia-U.S. trade lane like sharply higher mandated fuel costs beginning in 2015, inland rail and truck capacity shortages are being addressed in a new approach for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), as the carrier discussion group prepares for a new round of service contract negotiations, TSA said.  The research and discussion […]

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