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Nominations open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019 -
Dubai, UAE: Nominations are now open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019, which will take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday, October 21st.

TMS launches Ship Finance and Trade conference -
The Maritime Standard, the Dubai-based publisher and events organisers, has announced that the fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held on Wednesday 6th November at Sofitel Abu Dhabi. This represents a move to a new, more modern venue.

The Maritime Standard launches 2019 Awards -
Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based publisher and events organiser, The Maritime Standard, has officially launched the Maritime Standard Awards 2019. The company has confirmed they will be held at The Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, on Monday, 21st October.

The Maritime Standard swings into 2019 -
24th March 2019, Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based publisher, conferences and awards organiser, The Maritime Standard (TMS), aims to build further on a highly successful 2018 with a number of significant new initiatives in the year ahead.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year -
UAE Ports & Shipping Directory Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019

Finance conference speakers take a more optimistic view of shipping market trends -
Abu Dhabi, 8th November 2018: The fourth Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held at Abu Dhabi’s Sheraton Hotel and Resort, was in many ways very different from the preceding three events in this increasingly popular series. While in other years the sense of challenge and adversity was dominant, this year speakers at the one-day conference were generally much more optimistic and upbeat about market prospects, although a number of potential hazards on the road to full recovery were also much in evidence.

Maritime Standard Awards recognises industry achievements -
The fifth annual The Maritime Standard Awards, held on Monday 15th October at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, was an impressive occasion that demonstrated once again why it is widely considered to be the leading regional awards ceremony for the maritime industry. Hosted by top BBC journalist, Tim Willcox, the Awards were attended by a high-level audience comprising more than 700 executives in shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair and related sectors, from almost 70 different countries.

Record numbers attend TMS Tanker Conference -
The decision to move this year’s TMS Tanker Conference to The Atlantis Dubai payed off in a big way, with a more than 90% increase the number of attendees in the ballroom. The one-day event, held on Tuesday 16th October, attracted over 220 delegates, a record-breaking number.

Top BBC TV Journalist to host TMS Awards -
This year’s The Maritime Standard Awards will have top BBC TV journalist Tim Willcox as Master of Ceremonies. The Awards, which take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday October 15th, are one of the most prestigious and glittering occasions in the global maritime industry calendar.

Intertanko chairman confirmed to speak at Dubai tanker conference -
One of the main attractions at this year’s TMS Tanker Conference, which takes place on October 15th at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, is the keynote speech of the influential Greek shipowner and chairman of Intertanko, Nikolas Tsakos. Mr Tsakos has been chairman of this important organisation which now has more than 200 members, who between them own more than 4000 tankers totalling 353 million dwt, since 2014.

Port automation threatens US West Coast labor peace -
[caption caption="The months-long dispute between APM Terminals and Los Angeles dockworkers at the Pier 400 facility revealed deeply entrenched and diametrically opposed views over automation. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The months-long dispute between APM Terminals and Los Angeles dockworkers revealed deeply entrenched and diametrically opposed views over automation, boding poorly for labor...

No-deal Brexit fears spur search for short-sea options -
[caption caption="A no-deal Brexit is expected to cause chaos at UK border entry points, particularly on the busy Calais-Dover corridor. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — Shippers are intensifying their search for alternative routes in and out of the United Kingdom as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline looms over cross-Channel trade.Intermodal...

Lineage Logistics adds cold-storage space in Europe -
[caption caption="Lineage has expanded its cold storage capacity through acquisition in the US, Asia, and Europe this year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]United States-based cold-storage specialist Lineage Logistics is adding two European facilities to its international temperature-controlled logistics network, one in Venlo, Netherlands, and the other in Rijkevorsel, Belgium. The facilities were...

Container lines: Mandatory slow-steaming would hurt more than help -
[caption caption="Reducing vessel speeds minimizes the amount of fuel burned in transit, thereby limiting GHG emissions on a per-voyage basis by up to 30 percent, according to one nonprofit. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — The head of the group representing major global container lines on Wednesday downplayed the potential for...

E-commerce pushes ODFL to expand LTL terminal network -
[caption caption="Shipment volumes at ODFL were down 4 percent overall in August, but the carrier says it needs additional LTL capacity in many US markets. Photo credit: Old Dominion Freight Line."][/caption]Old Dominion Freight Line is betting on continued economic growth by expanding its own terminal network. The less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking...

Trucking execs temper IMO 2020 diesel concerns -
[caption caption="Derek Leathers (far left) said at this CSCMP panel that the drug clearinghouse, hair follicle testing, and AOBRD transition to ELDs will have a bigger impact on shippers using trucking in 2020 than the IMO's low-sulfur diesel rule. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]Trucking executives say they aren’t expecting a large...

Truckers bemoan AB 5 effect on California drayage -
[caption caption="The ultimate outcome from AB 5 could play out in other states where government agencies have been targeting the independent contractor model in occupations such as drayage. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Trucking representatives this week warned that newly-passed legislation in California that places tighter restrictions on the ability of motor carriers...

Confidence in low-sulfur supply, shipper acceptance builds -
[caption caption="The IMO low-sulfur mandate will cost the container shipping industry $10 billion to $15.7 billion more annually, according to various estimates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — Container lines and analysts are signaling higher confidence in there being enough low-sulfur bunker fuel supply to meet the global mandate and willingness...

India’s southeast terminals boost efficiency to grab share -
[caption caption="PSA International’s Chennai International Terminals notched a new productivity high when it serviced the “Wan Hai 507” last week. Photo credit: PSA Chennai."][/caption]At a shipping summit in Cochin two weeks ago, marine terminal operators in southern India showcased their capabilities and competitive edge to reassert themselves in a considerably...

EC shipping block exemption critic expects renewal -
[caption caption="Olaf Merk, ports and shipping administrator for the OECD"][/caption]HAMBURG — The block exemption regulation that excludes container shipping from competition laws is likely to be amended later this month and renewed for another five years, said Olaf Merk of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Merk, who leads...

project44 ties digital tendering to TMS -
[caption caption="project44’s newest product is meant to enable shippers to avoid having to search for rates and tender freight outside of the system in which they would ordinarily manage their freight. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Freight visibility software provider project44 said Tuesday it is providing shippers a way to get truckload rates...

Forwarders urged to move beyond just freight selling -
 [caption caption="Forwarders willing to adapt shouldn"][/caption]HAMBURG — Forwarders need to adapt from a model where they monetize the arbitrage between the buying and selling of ocean freight to one in which they monetize the creation of value for shippers, said Marc Meier, managing partner and CEO of the forwarder Fr. Meyer's...

Matson Logistics taps BlackBerry for intermodal visibility -
[caption caption="Matson Logistics has affixed decals on the doors of each of its domestic intermodal containers to illustrate some of the data points being collected via BlackBerry Radar. Photo credit: BlackBerry/Matson Logistics."][/caption]Matson Logistics has deployed BlackBerry’s trademark radar solution across its entire fleet of more than 700 domestic intermodal containers...

USDA expands in-transit cold treatment program -
[caption caption="In-transit cold treatment can eliminate infestations of certain species of insects, such as fruit flies, from US import cargoes. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A little more than five years ago, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) started a trial program in several Southeast ports aimed at facilitating imports of certain fresh...

US-Mexico trucking draws technology investment -
[caption caption="Congestion at border ports, such as Laredo, is driving demand for new technology-based logistics services. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Increasing difficulty moving freight across United States borders — especially the US-Mexico border — is drawing the attention of technology and logistics providers who promise to help shippers source truck capacity on both sides...

Brazilian cotton exports squeeze outbound ocean capacity -
[caption caption="Some 246,935 TEU of cotton was shipped out of Brazil during the 2018-19 cotton season, up more than 35 percent from the 2017-18 marketing year. Essentially all cotton exports are shipped from the Port of Santos (above). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A cotton export boom out of Brazil is a major...

Trade uncertainty impacting US reefer shippers -
[caption caption="Cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, and terminal operators all have a part to play in adapting transportation strategies and infrastructure to meet the demands of modern refrigerated supply chains. Photo credit: Alexey Seafarer/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Over the past year and a half, the United States and China have engaged in a trade...

Pyle, Oak Harbor ink cross-country LTL partnership -
[caption caption="A. Duie Pyle will get a West Coast presence for the first time through its partnership with Oak Harbor Freight Lines. Photo credit: A. Duie Pyle."][/caption]A cross-country partnership between two long-standing regional less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers throws another spotlight on growth in LTL trucking, despite a slowing United States economy....

Nansha (Guangzhou) attracts first US East Coast direct service -
[caption caption="The port of Nansha (Guangzhou) has attracted its first direct service to the US East Coast, giving the Pearl River Delta port further growth momentum as volume grows at a nearly 20 percent clip this year. Photo credit: Port Nansha."][/caption]The 2M Alliance of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. has...

JOC Top 40 container carrier rankings first half 2019 -
[caption caption="Ocean Network Express (ONE) grew its first-half US export volume 27.2 percent, the most of any of the top five carriers in the trade, rebounding from a 9.8 percent loss the previous year. Photo credit: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]United States containerized import and export volume growth may be slowing, but major...

Clarke Joins Seaspan Shipyards as CFO -
Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has announced the appointment of James Clarke as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With more than 15 years of senior finance experience in engineering and industrial environments Mr. Clarke brings his strong background…

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students -
Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four California State University Maritime Academy (CMA) cadets at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards last night in Long Beach, Calif.The…

IPO Expected for Italian Yacht-Maker Sanlorenzo -
Italian motor yacht maker Sanlorenzo aims to list on the Milan Stock Exchange at about the same time as the rival Ferretti Group, with an initial public offering (IPO) expected to be launched as early as the second half of October, two people…

Next Wave of U.S. LNG Export Projects to be Tougher -
The next wave of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects will be “tougher” to bring online, as companies with existing facilities take advantage of lower costs to expand capacity in coming years, the chief executive of Blackstone Group…

NYK Conducts Japan’s First Carbon-Neutral Voyage -
NYK has become the first Japanese shipping company to realize a carbon-neutral voyage by offsetting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the CO2 emitted by NYK’s environmental flagship car carrier Aries Leader during one voyage…

Magellan Begins Refined Products Transportation on Hearne Pipeline -
Magellan Midstream Partners LP said on Wednesday it had commenced operation of a new 135-mile, 20-inch diameter refined products pipeline from its East Houston terminal to Hearne, Texas.The company also said construction of a pipeline spur from…

SAAM Towage Contracts Damen for Tug Vessel -
In August 2019 Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with SAAM Towage for the delivery of an ASD Tug 2813 to SAAM Mexico for operations in the port of Veracruz. This order is the latest milestone in a business relationship spanning several…

Incat Crowther-Designed Flex Ferry 33X Sets Benchmark -
Incat Crowther has announced the launch and delivery of Krotoa, the first Flex Ferry developed in conjunction with Penguin Shipyard. The Incat Crowther designed vessel has been delivered to South Africa’s Robben Island Museum and takes its name…

Baltic Index Falls for Tenth Straight Session -
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, slipped for the tenth successive time on Wednesday as rates across the capesize and panamax categories declined.* The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize…

Kongsberg Wins Full-Scope Expedition Cruise Vessel Tender -
Kongsberg has just signed a contract with Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands for the delivery of a fully integrated Kongsberg Maritime solution to the SeaDream Yacht Club cruise line.Valued at more than $21.5 million, Kongsberg’s most extensive ‘Full Picture’ delivery for an expedition cruise ship…