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UAE Shipping Directory wishes you & your family Eid Mubarak -
UAE Shipping Directory wishes you & your family Eid Mubarak

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.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 aims to set the bar higher still -
The region's leading maritime industry awards, officially launched today, are now in their fourth year. They will celebrate and reward the achievements of the best and brightest stars in the industry across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, from the shipping, ports and related maritime sectors, at a glamorous, high quality gala dinner in Dubai

DEXTER Sea Storage area for shallow water vesselsand barges in UMM AL QUWAIN -
Sea Storage area for shallow water vessels and barges in UMM AL QUWAIN

CERTIFICATE OF APPRICIATION for AL SOL MARINE SERVICES -
Event held on 28-Feb-2017 at KOTRA Office located in Arenco Tower, Dubai & AL SOL MARINE SERVICES represented by Mr. JAMES STANLEY MARTIN awarded with "CERTIFICATE OF APPRICIATION" by Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (Government of Korea).

Tanker conference highlights regional growth opportunities -
The inaugural The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, on 25th October, highlighted the scope that exists for sustained growth and expansion within the region's tanker sector, provided investment is sustained and cooperation between various participants is strengthened. It attracted a high quality audience of around 150 people, including delegates from leading owners and operators from across the region.

Top class panel of speakers assembled at TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference -
The second annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Beating the downturn; investing to be ready for the upturn.” A top class panel of speakers has been assembled to address some of the key issues facing the industry as it seeks to chart a course for long term recovery. The conference sessions will deal with a number of themes, including regional trade patterns, ship finance and ports and shipping.

Whose packing will determine this damage claim -
Q: I am curious about the responsibility for an airbag failure. We regularly move product via intermodal carriers and seldom have damage problems. We use airbags to brace our products inside the containers, which works very well for us. One issue that does arise occasionally is damage that occurs when an airbag...

Slideshow: How Fagioli handled the ’move of the year’ -
Hannibal used elephants to cross the Alps into Italy, but more than 2,000 years later that wasn’t an option for the movement of a large tunnel-boring machine from Germany to Italy. Italian heavy hauler Fagioli used trucks, barges, and ships to move sections of the machine, built by Herrenknecht AG in...

Flooding sets back Santos recovery from draft restrictions -
Shippers using the port of Santos have been coping with rolled cargo as a result of draft restrictions. Credit: Codesp/Sérgio Coelho The key Brazilian port of Santos’ efforts to bounce back from draft restrictions were set back this week after heavy weather and flooding forced the port to close for most...

Lawyer: ILA worker’s $500,000 pay didn’t require 40-hour week -
Some pay arrangements in the Port of New York and New Jersey are not found elsewhere in the United States. The attorney for a New Jersey longshoreman charged with fraudulently collecting round-the-clock pay of nearly $500,000 a year said his defense will be that the dockworker was not required to put...

Eastbound trans-Pac spot rates slip in third straight week -
Trans-Pacific capacity is rising. The peak-shipping season in the eastbound Pacific has yet to take off in earnest as spot rates declined slightly for the third consecutive week. By contrast, in mid-July last year spot rates were moving higher, and they remained strong through the end of the year. The spot rate...

Chittagong shippers protest congestion surcharges -
Draft restrictions mean many ships cannot enter and leave Chittagong port fully laden. After months of growing congestion, Chittagong shippers are begging the port authority to intercede on surcharges levied by feeder vessels delayed in the harbor. The Asian Feeder Discussion Group (AFDG) from July 1 put in place an “emergency cost...

New NAFTA potential for smaller shippers -
When the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its 18-page document outlining key objectives in the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations (now confirmed to begin August 16), most pundits rightly seized on the opportunity to focus on items like dispute resolution, rules of origin,...

Santos port expands share of coffee exports to record -
The United States and Germany are the two largest markets for Brazilian coffee exports. The port of Santos has increased its market share of Brazil’s coffee exports to a national record of 87.1 percent in the first half to 16.9 million bags, or 36,722 TEU. The market share gains came even as...

Russian shippers favoring rail over sea from Asia -
Shorter transit times from Asia have proved alluring to Russian shippers. Russian shippers’ use of express and high-priced rail services to move goods from Asia to population centers in the country’s east has risen 30 percent to 330,000 TEU in the first half, according to government statistics. Rather than wait 43 to...

India presses agencies to fast-track transport projects -
India is building more than 30 new logistics sites throughout the country. The government of India is stepping up efforts to build an array of multimodal logistics facilities across the nation as part of an envisioned “hub-and-spoke system” for domestic cargo distribution. The effort promises more supply chain velocity after the relatively...

Rickmers Maritime gets go-ahead to delist -
Rickmers Maritime's troubles began to mount with the opening of larger locks in the Panama Canal. Rickmers Maritime has the go-ahead from the Singapore Stock Exchange to delist the shares of the bankrupt charter container ship owner. The trust manager of the company said it had sought approval to remove its shares...

GCT’s new CEO tapped to accelerate growth -
Vanterm is one of two GCT terminals in the port of Vancouver. An executive with a record of accelerating growth and profitability has taken the reins of Global Container Terminal (GCT), overseeing four marine terminals at the ports of Vancouver, and New York and New Jersey. Doron Grosman, who previously served as...

DP World to assist Indonesia efforts overhauling ports -
Indonesia wants to upgrade infrastructure and improve connectivity between smaller ports such as Semarang and large hubs like Tanjung Priok. Global port and free trade zone developer DP World signaled its intention to support the goals of the government of Indonesia to overhaul its port network and reduce logistics costs as...

Asia-Europe rates resisting peak season pressure to rise -
Spot rates from Asia to European and Mediterranean ports such as Algeciras continue to decline. Spot rates on Asia-Europe are still refusing to rise despite strong peak season volume and regular rate increase attempts by carriers, edging down for the third consecutive week.China-North Europe rates fell 2 percent this week to...

NC’s Wilmington bets on new rail, ocean service to regain volume -
The Port of Wilmington and CSX Transportation's Queen City Express will start next week. North Carolina’s Port of Wilmington is betting on restored intermodal rail service, coupled with new ocean services added this earlier this year, to stymie plummeting container volume at the smaller port and attract more regional shippers with...

US poultry exports forecast to fly higher -
The US chicken industry is recovering from down years caused by avian influenza. Robust demand is expected to push US poultry export volume higher this year in a global market roiled by outbreaks of avian influenza and trade restrictions. Containerized exports of US poultry rose 3.3 percent year over year through May...

Savannah tops pecking order for US poultry exports -
Savannah's geographic location has made it dominant in US poultry exports. When it comes to poultry, the Port of Savannah has plenty to crow about. The Georgia port’s 63,209 TEU of poultry export volume last year exceeded that of the next US four ports combined. Savannah has dominated US poultry exports for...

Video: Houston plans for $1.3 billion investment -
Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther provided context to 2016 volumes and discussed growth expectations for the year ahead including resin market impact. In this JOC.com interview, he also detailed the $1.3 billion plans for infrastructure investments to handle bigger ships and both exports and imports. ...

Demand tightens US truck capacity ahead of ELDs -
Truck capacity is tigthening sooner than some expected. Trucking capacity is not waiting for the electronic logging mandate this December to contract: it is tightening now. US freight demand surged in the second quarter and caught up with truck supply, consuming capacity and pushing up rates on the truckload spot market....

PNW ports’ battle for share hinges on cargo velocity -
Ample rail capacity and favorable rail rates have helped Vancouver in its battle for Pacific Northwest market share. In the battle for market share, Seattle-Tacoma and the British Columbian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert realize it will take more than infrastructure investment to win; it’s going to take faster cargo...

Standard Club Establishes New Offshore Advisory Committee -
The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best…

First Ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP Engines Launched -
The launch of the L’Astrolabe, a 72 metre polar logistics vessel fitted with a complete Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx Reducer) SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems for all the main engines, took place on July 12.

VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department -
Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process. “In simple terms – we do it all!

Truman Departs for Sea Trials -
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for Sea Trials July 21 following a 10-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). Truman's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, praised ship forces, NNSY and civilian…

Certifying Spaceship Earth -
Former DNV GL President and CEO, Henrik O. Madsen has presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a testimonial attesting to DNV GL's assessment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Headquarters in New York this week.

Port Cooperation and Maritime Security in Belize -
Identifying and dealing with potential threats to port security operations was at the core of a three-day workshop in Belize City, Belize (18-20 July). The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks. Through interactive…

Global LNG Deals Set Bullish Tone as Peru Export Halt Tightens Market -
Asian spot LNG prices stepped higher this week, shrugging off months of weakness, as Royal Dutch Shell replaced lost output from its Peru plant via spot markets and as a flurry of higher-priced deals surprised traders. Peru's liquefaction plant…

Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh -
Svitzer will provide marine support services for the Excelerate Energy FSRU at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited awarded Svitzer the 15-year contract following a competitive tender process.

Hampton Roads Transit Christens New Ferry -
Virginia’s Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) has christened its newest passenger ferry, the first of three to be delivered to the agency as part of a $7 million program to replace the fleet’s aging vessels, the newest of which was delivered in 1990 and the oldest of which has been in service since 1982.

Tanker with Disputed Kurdish Oil Reappears off Malta -
The Neverland tanker has reappeared off the coast of Malta after going off radar near Canada on June 30, when it was chartered by oil trader Vitol carrying Iraqi Kurdish crude oil, Reuters ship-tracking showed on Friday. The tanker had been…