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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.

Awards maintain Standard for excellence -
The third annual Maritime Standard Awards, held on Monday 24th October at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, have raised the bar still higher for regional awards ceremonies. Hosted by well-known TV journalist and former CNN anchor, Jim Clancy, and model and presenter, Dubai’s own Rania Ali, the Awards attracted a high calibre audience of around 700 executives from across the shipping, ports and related sectors, from close to 70 different countries.

Finalists announced for TMS Awards -
Over the past few weeks an elite panel of judges have been evaluating a record number of nominations for a total of 19 different categories for The Maritime Standard Awards 2016. It has been hard job to whittle this down to a short list, but they have done so. The standard of entries was extremely high, and all of those who entered should be commended for their excellent submissions.

New alliance services from Asia benefit Boston -
The port of Boston believes its low costs and quick truck turns helped it secure a new service from Asia under the new alliances. The port of Boston gained a weekly Asian service via the alliance reshuffle, while the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic heavyweights, New York and New Jersey and Virginia, retained...

Trans-Pac spot rates slide into Memorial Day weekend -
Trans-Pacific spot rates continue to sink. Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific dropped for the fourth straight week, bringing rates from Shanghai to the East Coast 15 percent lower than the 2017 peak in late April, and down 21 percent on routing to the West Coast. The average spot rate this week...

Hamburg container traffic dips as rivals grow -
The Baltics were the fastest growing destination for containers moving through Hamburg. Hamburg’s container traffic shrank 0.7 percent in the first quarter on lower Asian shipments, widening the gap between the German port and its top rivals Rotterdam and Antwerp, which recorded growth in the quarter. Europe’s third-largest container hub handled 2.2...

New service promises faster transits from Myanmar to Japan and China -
Myanamar's GDP growth is expected to accelerate this year. Japanese logistics company Hitachi Transport System has launched a new intermodal container transport service that promises to cut in half the time it takes to move goods between Myanmar and Japan and China. The use of trucks to link Yangon with Bangkok, and...

Cosmetic shipper expands US distribution network -
With more storefronts comes a greater need for supporting logistics infrastructure. To European Wax Center (EWC), logistics is beautiful. The company depends on a fast-moving supply chain to get its beauty products quickly to a rapidly expanding base of franchisees, delivering the “lifestyle” experience its ultimate customers want from its services...

Maersk revamps India-Africa coverage -
The May 13 call of the 11,000-TEU Gerd Maersk was the largest ever at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India. Maersk Line announced a new dedicated India-Africa loop and upgraded the port rotation of an existing service on the trade as India’s economy begins to turn around amid ongoing infrastructure upgrades and...

Trade growth helps South Korean ports overcome Hanjin exit -
Hanjin Shipping's bankruptcy robbed the port of Busan of momentum that had helped it climb global port rankings. Foreign trade-related container throughput at ports in South Korea expanded 10.5 percent year-over-year in April on the back of the highest monthly growth in the value of exports since the summer of 2011. South...

Truckers expand high-end chassis availability to Charleston -
Better tires and lights are one draw of premium chassis in the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative. A trucker cooperative that provides chassis on an at-cost model is adding Charleston to the list of locations where it offers motor carriers a “premium pool” of new, high-end chassis. The North American Chassis Pool...

UPS and SF Express partner to grow China-US courier business -
SF Express is the market leading courier firm in China. Credit: SF Express The world’s largest express company and China’s market leader in the express sector are joining forces on the China-US trade to tap into the rapidly growing mainland consumer demand for international delivery.UPS and Shenzhen-listed SF Holdings, the parent...

Asia-Europe rates rise ahead of June 1 increases -
Spot rates on China-Europe were up this week. Credit: Maersk Line Spot market freight rates on Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean arrested their slow but steady slide this week, most likely pushed up by rising demand ahead of the planned June 1 rate increases.The rate from Shanghai to North Europe rose almost 6...

Video: LA's Seroka on Visibility, GE, and HPEC -
Detailing two topics discussed at length at TPM 2017, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka joined JOC.com for a discussion of HPEC — the Harbor Performance Enhancement Center, as well as a new partnership with General Electric Transportation on a portal/information sharing system. "This will provide visibility on...

US funds to kickstart deepening at Charleston, Jacksonville, Boston -
There are 14 coastal navigation channel improvement projects authorized by Congress. The US Army Corps of Engineers has allocated funds to start deepening the ports of Boston, Charleston, and Jacksonville to handle larger ships transiting the Panama and Suez canals. “We’re excited to see these projects get green-lighted and started,” said Jim...

Material Handling Solutions for the Evolving Seaport -
As the size and capacity of global container ships have grown larger and larger, an abundance of excess containers have led to softened cargo rates. Global port operators looking to better manage the accelerated flow of incoming and outgoing containers need innovative and sophisticated material-handling equipment. Over the last decade,...

US bill would make carriers choose: alliances or discussion groups -
It has been nearly two decades since Congress last considered amending the Shipping Act. WASHINGTON — Congress is considering legislation that would force carriers to choose between membership in rate discussions and ocean carrier alliances, while also giving maritime regulators more power to protect domestic third-party service providers from potential alliance...

Lack of rolling stock pinches Russian rail shippers -
As Russian rolling stock has aged, rail operators have been slow to upgrade their fleets. The consequences of Russia's outdated and poorly maintained rolling stock is beginning to take a toll on shippers, as rates for rolling stock have jumped 15 to 20 percent from 3,000 to 3,500 rubles ($52-60) per...

New alliances cause Rotterdam barge delays -
European shippers rely on barge services to move cargo inland more than their US counterparts. Inland barges are facing long delays at the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal due to restructuring of sailing schedules by the newly-formed ocean carrier alliances. The new alliances have had the most pronounced impact on European shippers,...

JNPT steps up productivity drive amid rising competition -
A host of productivity measures at India's largset public port showed improvement in the last fiscal year. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is ramping up its productivity efforts as the battle for market share in India’s northwestern hinterland intensifies amid massive capacity building by private rival Mundra Port. In a presentation to...

YRC takes new tack with customers as disruption looms -
  PHILADELPHIA — Working with customers, YRC Worldwide’s chief customer officer admits, is not always easy. In fact, customers can be “a pain,” said Justin Hall. His advice to truckers, shippers, and logistics companies: “Deal with it.” For one, that is why they are in business. Secondly, solving problems will only make them...

Container rebound drives Costamare share sale -
Costamare's share sale is the latest in a series of moves by ship owners looking to capitalize on a strengthening container shipping market. Costamare will invest part of the proceeds from an upcoming share sale on vessel acquisitions as it joins the growing number of charter ship owners taking advantage of...

Asian air hubs report double-digit growth -
Hong Kong International Airport reported an increase in air cargo volume from January through April of 11.5 percent. There has been no slowdown in the steadily strengthening air cargo business this year, with robust international demand in the first four months of the year pushing volume growth percentages at Asia’s hub...

Asian Maritime Sector Ready for More VSAT -
A Marlink commissioned survey of Asian ship owners has confirmed that many shipping companies are ready to embrace the increased capacity and greater data usage enabled by maritime VSAT. Marlink initiated the survey to further deepen its understanding of the Asian markets…

Bulk Carrier Rescues Fishermen off Peru -
The commercial bulk carrier Global Vega rescued seven fishermen in distress on May 21 off the coast of Peru. While Global Vega was sailing from the port of Acajutla, El Salvador, to the port of Callao, Peru, the vessel came upon a fishing boat having engine trouble.

New Simulator Operators Training Course -
eMaritime group have written a new five-day Simulator Operators Training Course (SOTC) and will launch it with a free one-off session from June 19-23, 2017 at eMaritime Group HQ, Whiteley, Hampshire. The SOTC course has been written to give…

Volvo Penta Appoints Midwest Marine Sales Partner -
Further building its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its commercial marine business in North America, Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan.

LUKOIL Marine Cylinder Oil Approved by MAN and WinGD -
Ready for the 2020 sulphur cap? There is a big change in fuels ahead of us and the fuel suppliers are busy looking into several options. However, regardless of whether de-sulphurisation, MGO or distillate blends or any predominantly hydrocarbon…

Eltorque Offers Failsafe Valve Control -
Manufacturer of electric valve actuators Eltorque has unveiled its new ‘Safe Intelligence’ concept, a prototype line of battery-assisted failsafe valve actuators that will guarantee full functionality in the event of power or signal loss. A…

Rapp Marine Deck Equipment Rounds out New Harley Barges -
Rapp’s workboat market offerings span the full range of operator requirements. Their latest contract provides a turnkey package. Long known for delivering innovative and custom deck machinery solutions to a wide range of marine stakeholders…

Global Maritime Makes Two Hires in Asia Pacific -
Global Maritime, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has made two important hires to support its Asia Pacific (APAC) operations. Mei Ling Chan has been appointed as Regional Finance…

Plenty Ships Wins Chinese Ferry Order -
CoCo Yachts – Plenty Ships has won an order with Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company to build two aluminum high speed ferries. Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company has several fast ferries in its fleet, including two CoCo Yachts designed Coastal Cruiser 288, which…

Wärtsilä to Replace OSV’s Generator with Batteries -
Wärtsilä informs it has signed an agreement with Norway’s Eidesvik Offshore to install a hybrid system with batteries on board of its offshore supply vessel (OSV) Viking Princess. Batteries will reduce the number of generators on board Viking Princess…