• 25 Jun 2014 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 24 June, 2014

    Breakbulk cargoes in May reached 266,734 tons at the Georgia ports of Brunswick and Savannah, an 11 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

    Brunswick’s dedicated auto and machinery port and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal combined to move 64,097 units – the third highest total on record, Georgia Ports Authority said in a statement. Auto and machinery cargo rose by 7.2 percent or 4,289 units on the month.

    Total tonnage for May increased 10.5 percent to reach 2.63 million tons, also a new GPA record for monthly volume.

    In related news, the board of directors of the Georgia Ports Authority has elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.

    “The role of our deepwater ports – supporting trade while helping to lure new investment – will only be strengthened as the Savannah Harbor is expanded to better accommodate today’s larger vessels,” he said.

    Earlier this month, Savannah’s US$706 million port deepening project was approved for construction, which will be partly funded through the federal government’s Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.

  • 25 Jun 2014 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 24 June, 2014

    Imtech Marine selected by BAE Systems to provide key systems for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

    Imtech Marine has been selected by BAE Systems to provide electrical distribution and HVAC systems for the prestigious UK MOD Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme.

    The HVAC system comprises the CBRN system, for protection against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats, and the air handling units, fans, air distribution system and climate control panels. Imtech Marine’s HVAC specialised division Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik will design, manufacture, install and test the system. Next to the entire HVAC system, Imtech Marine will supply the complete low voltage electrical power distribution system, which includes switchboards, electrical distribution cabinets, distribution panels and motor starters, ship service and power distribution transformers and battery backed zonal power supply units.

    For naval applications Imtech Marine has developed a standard switchboard IMAS design, which is capable of adaptation with respect to voltages of 440V/690V, current ratings up to 4000A/5000A, head height restrictions, maintenance access, internal partitioning/separation, tolerance to flooding, arc flash detection, tolerance to shock and vibration, EMI & EMC tolerance and emissions, CO2 injection ports and top and bottom cable entry.

    Project team

    To ensure the company provides the best service possible a specialised engineering project team will be established to interface with the BAE Systems team and to co-develop the Type 26 equipment designs and provide support during ships’ commissioning. Imtech Marine’s UK operation will be further strengthened through knowledge transfer from the company’s global technical competence centres. This will ensure that there is a solid foundation to provide an enduring basis for the through-life support team for the vessels that are expected to be in service with the Royal Navy into the middle of this century and beyond.

    André Meijer, Managing Director Imtech Marine, comments: “Undoubtedly, a significant factor in Imtech Marine’s selection to provide the HVAC for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme was its efficient engineering management processes developed as a result of our global supply experience. Of particular importance was the experience gained by working with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to supply the complete HVAC solution for the new Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. This facilitated the effective transfer of knowledge from the QE Class to the Type 26 programme.

    “Imtech Marine’s widespread HVAC, CBRN and electrical system integration expertise, combined with its close involvement with the Royal Netherlands Navy and other foreign Navies, provides a thorough understanding of the operating demands made of modern naval electrical power distribution systems and on-board climate control and CBRN protection systems and the complex interrelationships between power supply and consumer loads.”

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    In 2000 Imtech was selected to fill in the role of electrical system design authority for four Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD(A)) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels and has expanded its UK activities ever since.

    Over the past decade Imtech Marine has been involved in the supply of platform electrical systems for several UK Naval programmes. This has included the LSD(A) whole ship solution - including the electrical installation, and the steering and dive control systems for three Astute Submarines. Additionally, the company was selected to supply the HVAC system for the two QE Class Aircraft Carriers currently under construction in Rosyth and the Integrated Bridge and Platform Management Systems for three Khareef Class Corvettes recently completed by BAE Systems in Portsmouth. In addition to this, Imtech has built up major experience in the global navy market, with close partnerships with the Dutch and German Navy and implementing technology solutions at several navies around the world.

  • 24 Jun 2014 2:39 PM | Anonymous
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  • 24 Jun 2014 8:58 AM | Anonymous
    WHAT ended the P3 mega alliance's chances to proceed was that it was just too big on the Asia-Europe route, taking up 47 per cent market share against the Chinese Ministry of Commerce limit of 30 per cent.

    "The Ministry of Commerce held fast to a 30 per cent market share. China found that P3 would control up to 47 per cent of the business on the Asia-Europe route," said US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle.

    Mr Doyle noted that on the transpacific and transatlantic routes, P3 would only have 23 per cent market share which explains why its plans were acceptable to the US but not to China.

    This observation, shared by many others, opens the door to other vessel sharing agreements, which keep within the 30 per cent limit, or whatever becomes the regulatory norm.

    MDS Transmodal analysts Mike Garratt and Antonella Teodoro appealed for such norms: "The Federal Maritime Commission, the EU and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce should come out with what is/is not acceptable."

    The P3 rival, the smaller G6 alliance, another vessel sharing agreement, carried an estimated 37 per cent of cargo in the Far East-US west coast trade lane in 2013, said the MDS Transmodal analysts.

    Lars Jensen, who heads the Seaintel Maritime Analysis, said the increase in the number of vessel sharing agreements has created problems for carriers which were now competing with non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC).

    "If a carrier operates five Asia-Europe services but offers 20 services through VSAs, what is it? A carrier or an NVOCC?" said Mr Jensen.

    "This means that what has so far been a game between 15-20 carriers suddenly becomes a game involving a large number of NVOCCs and will bring some of the carriers into some interesting discussions with major clients," he said.

    But this seems to be the way of the future, according to Maersk trade and marketing chief Vincent Clerc.

    "What the Ministry of Commerce has prohibited today is one form of co-operation. VSAs and other forms are still either in effect or a possibility and we will need to explore them," he said after hearing the news.

    Not surprisingly the China Shipowners' Association was happy: "The decision is fair, lawful and responsible. Still, it is too soon to tell whether P3 members will unite in other forms," said CSA vice-chairman Zhang Shouguo.


  • 24 Jun 2014 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 June, 2014

    Joint Statement of AIIS Executive Director Richard Chriss and EUROMETAL Director General Georges Kirps

    The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recently concluded (December 7, 2013) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) undefined the first successfully concluded agreement in the WTO’s 19-year history undefined was a great achievement because it will provide significant, tangible benefits to our  members, and to all global traders, shippers, exporters, and importers, by making trade simpler, smoother, and less costly.

    As strong supporters of the TFA, we are deeply concerned about proposals by some WTO member countries calling for provisional implementation of the TFA pending the conclusion of the stalled Doha Round trade talks, or calling for a conditional entry into force of the TFA pending a successful conclusion of the Doha Round’s “single undertaking.”

    This is a matter of particularly urgent concern now because the WTO’s Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation (PCTF) undefined the WTO body tasked with drafting the protocol of amendment that will make the TFA part of the WTO Agreement undefined will attempt to resolve this difficulty at its June 24-26 meeting in Geneva.

    We call on all WTO member countries, especially those working with the PCTF, to reject these highly problematic proposals, and work to complete the protocol of amendment so that it can be adopted by the WTO General Council by the agreed 31 July 2014 deadline.

    Neither the Bali Ministerial Declaration announcing the adoption of the TFA nor the TFA itself contains any language allowing for the linkage of the TFA with the conclusion of the Doha Round.

    In addition, anomalous notions such as provisional application of WTO agreements and conditional entry into force of agreements concluded after long and often arduous negotiation risk undermining the comity that lies at the heart of the WTO. They also risk establishing aprecedent under which no agreement would really be final. This latter problem would cause great harm to the successful conclusion of future WTO agreements, potentially including the Doha Round itself. After all, why would any WTO member country take political risks to make the often difficult concessions necessary to achieve a final deal if the deal later becomes contingent on some other unrelated development?

    The Doha Round’s development agenda should be fully pursued, but it should not be pursued at the expense of a definitive implementation of the WTO’s long-sought, innovative, and cutting-edge Trade Facilitation Agreement.


  • 23 Jun 2014 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 22 June, 2014

    Seafarers charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) yesterday formally launched the Maritime Emergency Fund.

    The fund is disbursed as small sums to help seafarers in difficulty,AoS national director Martin Foley said at the launch event on board HQS Wellington in London.

    As soon as a local chaplain or ship visitor identifies a need and requests funds, money can be approved and released very quickly,

    Foley added.In most cases, these are grants of hundreds of pounds, rather than thousands.The aim is to provide practical help quickly to relieve pressure on seafarers in times of need. Foley told IHS Maritime that he is seeking sponsors to contribute to the fund and hopes to raise around £10,000 ($17,000) a year.Sister Marian Davey, of the charity's Felixstowe branch, cited a ship detained in the port of Ipswich with a Russian and Cape Verde crew that had not been paid for several months.

    She said the men were short of food and water and had been unable to clean their clothes for a month.AoS provided money for food, new overalls, gloves, telephone cards, and even rags to clean the engine.

  • 23 Jun 2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    The GAC Group is bringing its African market knowledge to US clients in and around the global energy hub of Houston, Texas.

    Gerrit Laubscher, Business Development Manager – Oil & Gas for Sub-Saharan Africa, will be assigned to Houston to share his expertise and focus on promoting trade and cooperation between key energy players in the USA and African oil producing countries.

    From the GAC North America Logistics (formerly known as GEMS) base in Houston, Laubscher will serve as a bridge between the two regions, offering regional expertise and guidance, in-depth local insight and market intelligence direct to customers looking to work in Sub-Saharan Africa. He will work closely with GAC’s Houston oil & gas team to broaden the exposure of global clients in his home market.

    “Houston’s role and significance at the heart of the global upstream oil & gas industry is well recognised,” says Gerrit. “Whilst modern communication technology is great, there is nothing like face-to-face contact in real time. GAC is eliminating the six hour time difference by bringing its African face and local knowledge to many key industry players in the USA.”

    GAC’s network of offices in Angola, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa works with experienced preferred agents in other oil & gas producing countries throughout West and East Africa to serve the energy industry. By combining the specialized, local logistics expertise and experience of GAC’s personnel in West Africa and in Houston, the Group is able to offer an all-round integrated support package for the oil & gas sector.


  • 21 Jun 2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    Dako WorldWide Transport from Duesseldorf, Germany, has recently shipped about 40,000 tons of wind turbine components from both Germany and China to Pakistan.

    The cargoes were distributed on six vessels. For the transport of 63 blades, each 50 meters in length,  Dako handled the pre-carriage from the place of manufacturing in inland China to the Port of Qinhuangdao, as well as handling and FOB delivery, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its member. Nacelles and drive trains which were shipped from Germany and weighed about 50 tons each.

    The last shipment of this project reached Port Qasim at the beginning of June 2014. Dako was also responsible for the supervision of discharging and the local handling at the port.


  • 21 Jun 2014 9:17 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen will remodel the Rowan Viking, a Keppel Fels N-class drilling rig and one of the largest of its type.

    The Rowan Viking measures 124 meters long, 95 meters wide and 170 meters high. It has been contracted to explore the Norwegian Lundin Oil Field in the North Sea and will have to be modified for the job, Damen said in a statement.

    Damen Shiprepair Vlissengen will extend the rig’s legs by 10 meters to 180 meters to work in the deeper waters. Because the leg extension work will be performed at great heights, DSV has contracted Palfinger Systems to use its JUMP System undefined Jack Up Maintenance Platform. These are platforms that can be built around, and moved up and down, the legs.

    A Mammoet PTC crane will be used to hoist the 120-tonne leg extensions. The crane will be more than 200 meters high. To make room for the crane, DSV has demolished a warehouse and is building a foundation that can withstand the crane’s 30-tonne per square meter ground pressure.

    DSV will also make safety modifications in accordance with Norwegian law and have the modified rig certified before it is deployed. The Rowan Viking will be at the shipyard for about 130 days.


  • 20 Jun 2014 12:46 PM | Anonymous

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