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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.

Baltimore port gets funding for double-stack rail access -
[caption caption="Maryland state officials say they have the funds to move ahead with worth that will allow double-stacked trains to go in and out of the Port of Baltimore. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley"][/caption]After attempting for at least seven years to secure full funding for a project that would provide...

White to step down as executive director at Port of Baltimore -
[caption caption="The Port of Baltimore has grown volume of cargo and the number of vehicles it handles during the 18-year tenure of James J. White, executive director of the Maryland Port Authority. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley"][/caption]The Maryland Port Authority is searching for a new executive director after James J....

Strong shippers tie transportation, procurement -
[caption caption="Strong shippers understand the interconnection between service and price. Photo credit: Wikicommons."][/caption]Tension between a shipper’s transportation and procurement departments is a natural occurrence, but the most effective shippers know how to overcome that to work on a united front with an understanding of how service, pricing, and data are...

Maersk expands Indian tech startup accelerator program -
[caption caption="Maersk has rolled out a third edition of its “OceanPro” accelerator, a digital interactive platform it unveiled in October 2018 to bring greater visibility through the supply chain. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Maersk is going all out to encourage more Indian technology startups to collaborate with its innovation in logistics solutions,...

Australian shippers cautious on carrier exemption review -
[caption caption="The head of Australia’s competition watchdog says class exemptions for container shipping companies from competition laws are becoming “harder to justify.” Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Australian shippers are adopting a cautious approach to a review by the country’s competition watchdog on whether to continue the class exemption for container shipping companies...

Special report: No two days the same in breakbulk chartering -
[caption caption="BBC's chartering desk interacts constantly as they fit together solutions for feeding ships with freight and moving cargo around the globe. Photo credit: BBC Chartering/Lilian Kalmus."][/caption](The following is part two of a six-part series examining vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector.)Fitting the pieces together “We book the cargo and then...

Infrastructure bank commits financing for new Montreal terminal -
[caption caption="The Port of Montreal is expected to go ahead with construction of a fifth terminal, possibly beginning in 2020, after the Canada Infrastructure Bank committed financing Thursday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Canada Infrastructure Bank on Wednesday said it will help finance a new Montreal container terminal to the tune of...

Recouped interim low-sulfur surcharges bode well for carriers -
[caption caption="Carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers say low-sulfur fuel surcharges must be passed on to customers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Encouraged by the sticking of interim low-sulfur surcharges last week — as reflected by a bump in Asia-US spot rates — carriers and forwarders say they are holding firm on not accepting cargo for...

As ELD tightens, tech tries to squeeze truck hours -
[caption caption="There is no shortage of ELD makers in the market as drivers grapple with a Dec. 16 mandate to switch from AOBRDs, so device makers face a challenge to differentiate themselves. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The increasing value placed on the permitted working hours of US truck drivers, driven largely through...

Special report: The art of breakbulk chartering -
[caption caption=" "][/caption][caption caption="BBC's chartering desk fits together solutions for feeding ships with freight and moving cargo around the globe. Credit: BBC Chartering/Lilian Kalmus"][/caption](The following is part one of a six-part series examining vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector.)“There’s only a small group of people in the world with this expertise,”...

ODFL sees US LTL volumes ‘stabilizing’ -
[caption caption="ODFL’s LTL tons per day dropped 5.3 percent year over year in November, while shipments were down 5.7 percent. Photo credit: Old Dominion Freight Line."][/caption]Shipping trends “stabilized” in November at Old Dominion Freight Line, but tonnage and shipments continued a year-over-year decline, the less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier said Wednesday....

New Syracuse inland port serving NY-NJ yields early dividends -
[caption caption="CSX Transportation hopes that its new inland port in Syracuse will provide shippers looking to move cargo between the Port of New York and New Jersey and Central New York State with an alternative to trucking their cargo. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]CSX Transportation is planning to fully launch its inland...

Air cargo slowdown enters peak season -
[caption caption="It is getting harder to fill air cargo planes as volume continues its steady decline that started late last year. Phoro credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Global air cargo has already had a year to forget, with October marking its 12th consecutive month of declining year-over-year volume as the industry staggers into what...

DP World extends shortsea reach from Europe to Asia -
[caption caption="According to Alphaliner, the combined fleets of Unifeeder and Feedertech place it as the 19th-largest carrier in the world by operated fleet capacity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The acquisition of a majority stake in short-sea carrier Feedertech by DP World’s Unifeeder vastly expands the terminal operator’s control of feeder operations and...

CMA CGM extracts presidential support for green fuel drive -
[caption caption="CMA CGM chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé (second left) on stage in Montpellier eliciting the support of French President Emmanuel Macron in the search for shipping's fuel of the future. Photo credit: CMA CGM."][/caption]CMA CGM has burnished its credentials as a leading advocate of green shipping by extracting a...

Antwerp to host 2020 JOC Container Trade Europe conference -
[caption caption="The Journal of Commerce"][/caption]The Journal of Commerce (JOC), part of IHS Markit, announced today that the next annual Europe container shipping conference, Container Trade Europe, will be hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020.The European conference is based on the successful annual TPM conference in Long...

Retiring Lyons brought containers to Mobile port -
[caption caption="The head of the Alabama State Port Authority, who led the agency for 20 years and brought containerization to the port, will step down at the end of 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]James K. Lyons plans to retire as director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority at the...

North Carolina port CCO to retire -
[caption caption="The North Carolina Ports Authority will have a new chief commercial officer in January 2020. Photo credit: North Carolina Ports Authority."][/caption]Greg Fennell, the chief commercial officer of the North Carolina Ports Authority, has announced his retirement effective January 2020 after five years in the role covering terminals in Wilmington...

Virginia expanding port appointment system -
[caption caption="Nearly three out of four trucks visiting Norfolk International Terminals book an appointment, while about two-thirds going to Virginia International Gateway do so. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Port of Virginia will require trucking companies to have appointments to pick up or drop off containers through 3 p.m. beginning Dec. 9,...

Technology, process improvements foster improved LA-LB truck turn times -
[caption caption="Data sharing among supply chain partners that originates with the terminal operator provides the foundation for improved cargo velocity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Although dozens of technology providers offer software programs that allow shippers and freight forwarders to digitize their supply chains and gain visibility into the status of their containers,...

Prysmian Wins Equinor's Empire Wind Gig -
Norwegian energy company Equinor has contracted Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian to supply the submarine inter-array cable system for the 816-MW Empire Wind project off the coast of New York.Prysmian will provide the 66kV insulated array…

Ocean Yield Adds LR2 Tanker Trio -
Norwegian ship owner and operator Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of three long range 2 (LR2) product tankers built in China.The three LR2 product tankers are Navig8 Pride (2018-built), Navig8 Providence (2018-built) and Navig8 Prestige (2019-built).

GWS Wins Northwester 2 Turbine Contract -
Danish wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) has secured a contract to support MHI Vestas on the Northwester 2 offshore wind project by providing technicians for the installation of turbines.The deal includes…

Grieg Star Adds Newbuild to Fleet -
Norwegean shipping company Grieg Star has taken the 64,000 DWT Star Gaia on a long term tariff contract (lTTC) deal for seven years.Star Gaia is a part of the G2 Ocean bulk pool. G2 Ocean is a joint venture of two of the breakbulk and bulk shipping…

Meyer Turku Delivers Costa Smeralda -
Finish shipbuilder Meyer Turku delivered liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled Costa Smeralda to its Italian owner Costa Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corporation.The brand's new flagship Costa Smeralda becomes Carnival Corporation's fourth new…

Introducing Ammonia-Fueled Feeder Ship -
Classification society ABS has joined forces with MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) to develop an ammonia-fueled feeder vessel.The joint development project aims to produce designs…

New Jet Propulsion Systems for WorkBoat -
Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announced has successfully commissioned an SM300 autonomous control system aboard a HamiltonJet-powered workboat in New Zealand.HamiltonJet is now trialing this marine technology and has offered to provide…

Jan De Nul Cuts CO2 in Dredging Work -
Jan De Nul Group, the international  dredging company, said that the maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast got underway.“What makes this project so unique, are the CO2-reducing measures taken by Jan De Nul Group.

TEN Extends LNG Carrier Charter -
The diversified tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) announced the extension of one of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for a minimum one-maximum three-year period.The Greek shipping company said that the new increased rate…

ZF Unveils Condition Monitoring for Thruster Systems -
Marine propulsion systems company ZF has introduced an intelligent Condition Monitoring System for thrusters. The technology monitors the status of the thruster system and helps shipyards, shipping companies and fleet operators maintain the…