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The Maritime Standard Awards showcase regional quality and achievement -
The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Awards, held on Monday 23rd October 2017 at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, set a new standard for regional awards ceremonies, with exceptional levels of grandeur, glamour and professionalism. Hosted by well-known Bollywood actress and model, Lara Dutta, the Awards attracted a top calibre audience of over 700 executives from across the shipping, ports and related sectors, from almost 70 different countries.

All-star lineup for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference -
Dubai, UAE, 15th October 2017: Interest is building in the third annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which takes place on November 8th at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. The theme of this year’s one-day event is ‘Building strong partnerships to generate investment-led growth’ and will highlight key issues facing the shipping, ports, banking and finance sectors as they seek to capitalise on emerging opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls.

TMS Awards again honoured by Royal Patronage -
The Maritime Standard (TMS) is delighted to confirm that the fourth annual TMS Awards, which will be held in Dubai on 23rd October 2017, are to take place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. This is the fourth year in succession that H.H. Sheikh Ahmed, one of the leading business leaders in the region, has honoured the TMS Awards by bestowing his patronage on the event.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 - Finalists Revealed! -
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 24, 2017: The Maritime Standard has announced the names of the finalists for its fourth annual The Maritime Standard Awards, to be held on Monday, 23rd October 2017, at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Around 800 people are expected to attend, including many high-level executives and senior governmental figures.

Tanker Conference tackles cybercrime issues -
The second annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 24th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai, has assembled some of the leading names in the industry to speak at the event. Collectively they will address the top issues facing tanker owners and operators today, making this a must-attend occasion for anyone involved in the oil, products and chemical tanker business.

The Maritime Standard Awards extends nomination deadline -
As a result of the huge volume of last minute nominations for this year’s The Maritime Standard Awards it has been decided to grant a last, final, one week extension. Nominations now close on August 17th, but there can be no extension beyond that.

Abu Dhabi hosts The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2017 -
The third annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place on November 8th 2017 at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. The event is expected to attract more than 150 senior executives from different sections of the market, including shipping, ports, finance and banking and law.

Nominations now open for TMS Awards -
The Maritime Standard launches its call for nominations for its 2017 Awards on 15th May. 15th May 2017, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, which take place at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Monday October 23rd, will be a glittering, high quality event with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance. It is an occasion organised by The Maritime Standard to recognise industry achievements and celebrate success.

The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2017 - date and location confirmed -
The second annual The Maritime Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. The event is expected to attract over 150 top executives from across the regional tanker business, as well as global participants.

The Directory Printed Book 2017 is available now -
The Directory Printed Book 2017 is available now You can contact us to get the printed paper version or browse the online version and download the desktop software of the printed directory book.

Soaring air shipments spark capacity crunch and higher rates -
Robust volumes in Asia-Europe and Asia-North American trades are driving up rates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com Snowballing cross-border e-commerce and high levels of emergency shipments are driving up demand for air cargo, but some shippers’ intensifying need for speed to market is being threatened by limited capacity on planes in peak periods...

'Open choice' chassis provision garners some industry support -
A system of “open choice” would allow the shipper in a merchant haulage move to use a chassis provider of his choice, and not one mandated by the ocean carrier. Photo credit: the Journal of Commerce Ocean carriers’ vision to end the practice of providing chassis to customers in the US...

Trans-Pac spot rates plunge ahead of US import lull -
Year-to-date import volumes have risen 5.5 percent to 19 million TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock Spot rates from Asia to the West Coast this week fell at a clip nearly twice as fast as rates to the East Coast as carriers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) positioned themselves for a lull in...

Strong fruit exports keep Brazil-Europe rates elevated -
Exports of mangoes and apples have been key contributors to growth in the Brazil-Europe trade. Photo credit: Shutterstock East coast of South America (ECSA)-Europe freight rates of between $1,300 and $1,500 per TEU are expected to maintain those levels or increase in the coming weeks as strong demand for fruit exports...

Dredging to make Mongla viable Chittagong alternative -
Shippers using Chittagong are eager for an alternative after a sumer of costly congestion. Photo credit: Shutterstock. The Mongla port channel in Bangladesh will be dredged to enable ships with drafts of 10.5 meters (34 feet) to call, which when complete will make it a more viable alternative to the Chittagong...

Maersk’s Shamsie to lead North America operations -
Digitizing operations will be a key responsibility for the new head of Maersk's North America division. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley Maersk Line has appointed Omar Shamsie, president of the company’s Latin American and Caribbean operations, to head its North American division. Shamsie, a 28-year veteran of the carrier, will start in...

It is time to give shippers a choice on chassis -
Ocean carriers’ vision to end the practice of providing chassis to customers in the US market has not succeeded. Yes, with its origins in the financial crisis and beginning officially in 2010, international carriers operating in the United States sold the chassis they owned to lessors. But although they do...

Mid-month rate increase fails to lift Asia-Europe spot rates -
Rising capacity is not helping Asia-Europe carriers raise freigt rates. Photo credit: Port of Hamburg Marketing Asia-North Europe spot rates slipped below $700 per TEU this week, an indication that carriers either decided not to implement previously announced Nov. 15 price increases on the trade or rising surplus capacity simply made...

Maersk to expand financing to shippers’ suppliers -
Maersk Line is taking a pioneering new approach to trade finance. Photo credit: Shutterstock Maersk Line plans to expand a new program providing trade financing to customers by also providing credit to customers’ suppliers as well. The container line said it is close to sealing four loan agreements that are the first...

FMC invites testimony for detention-demurrage hearing -
The costs of containers stranded in yards can mount quickly and unexpectedly. Photo credit: Shutterstock WASHINGTON — US federal maritime regulators are asking the maritime industry to testify in mid-January on whether demurrage and detention fees — totaling millions of dollars annually — can be considered unreasonable and therefore void. The US...

Maritime Workers Fundraiser Huge Success Despite Harvey! -
Houston, Texas- The Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund, an industry non-profit group formed to assist maritime families alleviate financial stress during times of medical crisis held their third annual golf tournament Thursday, November 9, 2017. Fund President Stephen Garifalos with BNSF Logistics said, “The Fund Board of Directors are very excited...

Uber water shipment shows trucking's load-matching future -
Improved technology helped find capacity to delivery desperately needed water to the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. Photo credit: Shutterstock Hurricane Harvey left Houston awash in water, but not the drinkable kind. The days of unrelenting rain — a downfall of more than 40 inches in some areas — that flooded...

Hutchison Ports eyes Black Sea expansion -
Containers make up about 15 percent of the cargo mix at Chernomorsk. Photo credit: Shutterstock Hutchison Ports is poised to establish itself in the Black Sea for the first time as the company also expands its footprint in the Gulf. The Hong Kong-based company has signed a preliminary agreement with the Ukrainian...

Hamburg calls for end to Elbe River dredging ‘blockade’ -
Deepening the Elbe River, which connects Hamburg to the ocean, is crucial for the port to remain competitive as carriers deploy ever larger vessels on the Asia-Europe trade. Photo credit: Port of Hamburg Marketing The Port of Hamburg has labeled the inability of mega-ships to call and leave fully loaded because...

Hutchison Ports beefs up Gulf terminal footprint -
Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Hutchison Ports sign paperwork making the agreement official. Photo credit: Hutchison Ports Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports rapidly expanded its footprint in the Gulf by snapping up two concessions in the United Arab Emirates to operate the Saqr Port in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) and...

Flexport to add weekly freighter charters -
An Atlas Air B747-400F is loaded up. Flexport has chartered one of these Atlas freighters for a Nov. 19 shipment from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Photo credit: Atlas Air Tight capacity constraints out of China have forced Flexport to charter a Boeing freighter from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on...

Jaxport to build auto terminal at Dames Point -
Vehicles awaiting shipment at the Port of Jacksonville. Photo credit: Jaxport The Port of Jacksonville said it will develop a 100-acre automotive processing facility at its Dames Point Terminal, next to a container terminal whose current tenant plans to move to a site on a deeper channel being dredged farther down...

Slideshow: Top takeaways from JOC Inland Distribution Conference -
Photo credit: Shutterstock The JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Atlanta Nov. 6 to 8 brought together nearly 300 shippers, carriers, logistics providers, and technology suppliers at a time of critical change across the North American transportation landscape. Rising rates, tighter capacity, and the potential impact of the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD)...

Indian import reform weighs on Allcargo Logistics -
Reforms have made it easier to do business in India, but not everyone has come out a winner. Photo credit: Shutterstock Allcargo Logistics Ltd. seems to be another victim of an Indian government trade reform marginalizing the role of supply chain intermediaries as the Mumbai-based group had a tepid second quarter...

Yang Ming and HMM quiet on mega-ship orders -
Yang Ming and HMM are assessing their fleet renewal plans. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch “Undecided” and “too early to tell” were the responses from Hyundai Merchant Marine and Yang Ming Line when contacted by JOC.com following mounting speculation in their home bases of Taiwan and Korea that the carriers were planning to...

MOL's Coal Carrier NAGARA MARU to Serve JERA Trading -
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the delivery of the coal carrier NAGARA MARU, which will serve Singapore-based JERA Trading, was delivered at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding on November 17, 2017. The vessel, which was jointly developed by Namura Shipbuilding and MOL…

Boston Carriers Completes Contract of MV Nikiforos -
Boston Carriers announces that on October 2017, Nikiforos completed a spot voyage contract to transport approximately 33,000 tons of dry bulk cargo from South America to the Middle East. The contract contributed approximately 1,283,000 USD in the revenues of the Company.

Cooperation Key Among Maritime Universities -
Cooperation between academic institutions is key in ensuring the next generation of maritime professionals is well prepared. In this spirit, International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Juvenal Shiundu delivered a keynote address at the opening…

UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund -
The UK Chamber of Shipping, with backing from 40 shipping companies, has this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking the Government to double the amount of funding available for seafarer training as soon as possible.

Transporting Hazardous Substances by Ship -
Transporting hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by sea is a vital trade. Chemicals, LPG, LNG and other products are important to many manufacturing and energy processes and International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations ensure their safe transport.

MPA Introduces Service Enhancements and Training -
More than 4,600 ships flying the Singapore flag will benefit from service enhancements to be introduced from November 2017 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Singapore-incorporated maritime companies will also receive assistance…

Cooperation for Oil Spill Preparedness in Africa -
A regional conference of countries in west, central and southern Africa has committed to continue to work at both national and regional levels to boost preparedness to deal with oil spill incidents which could be devastating both for the marine environment and financially.

International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Shipyard -
The Minister of Shipping in India,  Nitin Gadkari has said that Cochin is all set to become a global ship repair hub. He was speaking at Cochin, after laying the  foundation stone for a INR 970-crore (USD 148 million) International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) for Cochin Shipyard Limited.

GulfMark Sails Out of Bankruptcy -
GulfMark Offshore, Inc. said it has completed its financial restructuring plan and emerged from bankruptcy protection under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company’s court-approved reorganization plan went into effect November 14…

Stone Marine, NGC Marine Launch Joint Company -
Propeller design and manufacturing company Stone Marine Propulsion has joined forces with NGC Marine of China to form a new supplier of propulsion solutions and marine gearbox equipment. The new U.K. based company, Stone Marine Propulsion NGC Ltd, is a subsidiary of Stone Marine Propulsion.