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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.

Video: More than cost, more than speed -
Along the supply chain, the freight forwarder is the link between multiple parties and integrator of data, Samuel Shapiro & Co.’s Director of Supply Chain Angela Czajkowski noted at the 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference. In this interview, Czajkowski discussed the steps freight forwarders need to take to remain relevant...

Despite trade friction, expansion continues at Port of Mobile -
[caption caption="Loading steel coils for export to the Clipper Izumo at the Port of Mobile’s Pier 2. Photo Credit: Alabama State Port Authority"][/caption]Although bustling with new projects and optimistic about increases in container trade expected thanks to Walmart’s massive, newly opened international distribution center only 15 miles away, the Port...

JNPT dispute over inter-terminal rail escalates -
[caption caption="At the center of the issue has been an additional fee other terminals operated by DP World and APM Terminals sought to apply on BMCT-meant export-import containers handled via mixed trains connecting at their rail yards. Photo Credit: Shutterstock"][/caption] A long-running stakeholder dispute surrounding inter-terminal rail operations at Jawaharlal Nehru...

LA's Fenix terminal closes after dockworker death -
[caption caption="The Port of Los Angeles' Fenix Marine Services terminal was shut down Wednesday following an incident that left one dockworker dead and another seriously injured. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Fenix Marine Services terminal in Los Angeles was shut down Wednesday when one worker was killed and a second worker was...

Global TMS software streamlining track-and-trace -
[caption caption="Shippers have to work around visibility data inconsistency and often expensive software implementations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]It’s hard to call tracking and tracing of freight an innovation at this point, but most shippers still struggle with pesky details related to completeness of information and the ability to procure such tools,...

Falling ECSA-Asia spot rates puts shippers on notice -
[caption caption="Container lines in early March cut Asia-East Coast South America capacity roughly 18 percent, pushing headhaul spot rates up to $1,500 per TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]After container lines slashed capacity by nearly one-fifth with only a short-lived bump in spot rates, shippers moving goods from Asia to the East...

New tariffs and threats cast shadow on trans-Pacific -
[caption caption="If Trump goes through with his newest threat, Alphaliner warns eastbound trans-Pacific volume will fall at least 8 percent in 2019 after rising 8.3 percent in 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The sharp and sudden escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China, after a deal seemed imminent, casts...

HMM, Yang Ming narrow losses on higher volume -
[caption caption="HMM reported an operating loss of $88.9 million in the first quarter, while Yang Ming posted a net loss of $22.1 million. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The liner carriers HMM and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation both reported narrower operating losses in the first quarter of 2019, aided by unexpectedly higher...

Prince Rupert port plans to quadruple capacity -
[caption caption="The Prince Rupert container terminal master plan released this week outlines projects that will potentially add 6-7 million TEU of capacity, and in the short term, help to accommodate growth on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The port of Prince Rupert plans to double its container capacity by 2020...

YRC looks to regain volume lost during Teamster talks -
[caption caption="YRC Worldwide’s new Teamsters contract gives the company more opportunity to optimize its less-than-truckload networks. Photo credit: YRC Worldwide."][/caption]YRC Worldwide Teamsters in western Pennsylvania early this week removed the last barrier to a new five-year labor contract, approving the only supplement that remained to be ratified. That means the...

Wilmington port speeds up infrastructure projects -
[caption caption="A vessel from Europe being unloaded in Wilmington, North Carolina. The port has six weekly services, including the European route and two from Asia. Photo credit: North Carolina Ports Authority."][/caption]The Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, is accelerating various infrastructure projects that it hopes will attract larger ships and provide...

NY-NJ port handling larger ships with bigger discharges -
[caption caption="Cargo discharges have steadily increased over the last year as more vessels over 10,000 TEU have called at the port. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]The Port of New York and New Jersey says marine terminals are not only seeing more 13,000-TEU ships, but more importantly, they are handling the...

US moves closer to teenage trucker pilot -
[caption caption="Owner-operators strongly oppose the idea of allowing teenagers to drive heavy trucks, but many larger carriers support the idea, and apprenticeships. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US regulators asking for comments on whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to drive tractor-trailers in interstate commerce should expect their inboxes to overflow. The prospect of...

Forwarders hold defense to digital upstarts -
[caption caption="ShipChain's Monarch: Established forwarders have a customer base, brand recognition, a network within their markets, and resources. How many digital entrants have all of those? Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The following is part of JOC.com’s The Industry Speaks series, highlighting new perspectives within the cargo shipping industry.The news that digital forwarder FreightHub recently secured...

EU regulator raises concerns over state shipping subsidies -
[caption caption="Cosco Shipping Ports in 2008 signed a 35-year concession for two container terminals at the port of Piraeus, Greece, and in 2016 acquired 67 percent of the Piraeus Port Authority for $420 million. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG — On Tuesday, Europe’s competition regulator raised Cosco Shipping’s state backing as a...

EU: Common low-sulfur BAF would be collusion -
[caption caption="Shippers at the Global Liner Shipping conference in Hamburg suggested that a standardized bunker adjustment factor (BAF) would reduce their administrative burden, but regulators warn this would violate competition rules. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG — The European Commission’s competition regulator issued a blunt warning Tuesday that any attempt to create...

India progresses on port portal after rocky rollout -
[caption caption="India’s redesigned port community system, PCS1x, is designed to improve fluidity in the supply chain by connecting marine terminals, transportation providers, and related intermediaries via a single window. Photo credit: APM Terminals Mumbai."][/caption]Stakeholders leading the development of India’s advanced electronic platform for port users have corrected many of the...

Trucker bankruptcies reveal perils for carriers, shippers -
[caption caption="Bankruptcies among large trucking firms such as NEMF are rare, but cost pressures on smaller carriers are raising red flags for shippers. Photo credit: New England Motor Freight."][/caption]DALLAS — Shippers spooked by the sudden collapse of New England Motor Freight (NEMF) in February and Falcon Transport in April should...

JOC Gulf Shipping Conference 2019 -
Come visit the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference 20 - 22 May 2019 in Houston, for a truly unique networking and educational experience. Hear from our keynote speaker, Ludovic Renou, President of CMA CGM America and gain insight that cargo owners and transportation providers need to navigate the unique challenges shippers...

Container data standards effort builds with new carriers joining -
[caption caption="Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) carrier members now control 70 percent of the world’s container vessel capacity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A consortium aimed at harmonizing data in the container shipping industry is gaining momentum, thanks to the addition of five major carriers to the group that now encompasses nine of...

Cameroon Readies for IMSAS -
Auditing International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Member States to assess how effectively they enforce key IMO treaties is an important part of the Organization's work to ensure its regulatory framework is universally adopted and implemented.IMO's…

RINA Dolphin to Cut Marine Noise -
Ships make a lot of noise. Much of the noise is emitted underwater, so passengers and the wider public are often unaware of this. Marine mammals, on the other hand, are very much aware.Although the long-term impacts of noise on marine mammals are not yet known with certainty…

CMA CGM Launches Pharma Cargo Service -
French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM has announced the launch of a Reefer Pharma division that will focus on the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products."For more than 40 years, preserving the…

North Sea Oil Production May Go Down -
On top of production declines in Iran and Venezuela, ongoing OPEC cuts, Urals contamination outages in Russia and maintenance in Kazakhstan, North Sea production is also struggling, Rystad Energy said."Currently we see unplanned outages at Oseberg and Flotta with combined impact of 160,000 bpd.

Hamburg Süd Expands Service -
The trade between Europe and Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast has always been a key element in the container liner shipping line Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services.In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will…

NYK Intros Compliant Additive for LSFO -
The Japanese Shipping Company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have jointly developed a new fuel-oil additive for low-sulphur compliant fuel-oil that meets SOx emission requirements.Yunic 800VLS (patent pending) is Japan’s first additive for very low sulfur fuel oil, or VLSFO.

Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050 -
The world's principal shipping organisation, representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)  remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008…

IMO Sets Stricter Emissions Targets for New Ships -
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday agreed stricter energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships in an effort to speed up action to cut the sector's emissions.The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee has been meeting in London this week to discuss tougher rules o

London P&I clubs Widen Middle East Threat Zone -
London's marine insurance market has extended the list of waters deemed high risk to include Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf after ship attacks off Fujairah, officials said on Friday, in a move that could push up premiums.The London…

Marine Monitoring System Powered by Innovation -
Innovation is driving advanced monitoring and control technologies for environmental and safety compliance in the marine sector, says Gérard Baldellou, marine business unit manager at CMR Group.The marine diesel power sector continues to face significant challenges…