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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.

The Maritime Standard reveals finalists for 2018 Awards -
Dubai, 17th September 2018: The full list of finalists for the fifth annual The Maritime Standard Awards, to be held on Monday, 15th October 2018, at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, has been announced. Around 800 high level executives from the worlds of shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair and other maritime sectors will attend the event, along with leading figures from governmental agencies and international industry bodies, to witness the presentation of these prestigious awards.

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TMS Awards 2018 secures royal patronage -
Dubai, 1st August 2018: For the fifth year in a row The Maritime Standard (TMS) has secured the royal patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

TMS celebrates its 100th edition -
Dubai, UAE, 17th July 2018: The Maritime Standard published on July 15th this year is the 100th edition of the online newsletter. The first issue was published in June 2014, and from the beginning TMS set out to meet the shipping industry’s need for fast, accurate information about developments in ports and shipping related businesses in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

Guide lays path for better maintained chassis -
[caption caption="IANA believes its educational guide can become a standard textbook for the chassis industry. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A new how-to manual on how to inspect, maintain, and repair chassis has been released, the first-ever widely distributed textbook aiming to raise the bar on providing roadable equipment for final delivery of...

Post-Brexit supply chain turmoil fears build -
[caption caption="With little over two months to go, there is still no sign of a deal between the United Kingdom and European Union. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]“Batten down the hatches and prepare for a period of turmoil and increased costs,” is the advice a global forwarder headquartered in the United Kingdom...

Analysis: Forwarders’ fate hinges on data -
[caption caption="It is in innovating their TMS that forwarders can provide their customers with total control of their supply chain and confidence in their compliance regimes, while developing recurring revenue streams and binding the customer closer. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Many forwarders don’t realize it, but they are holding loaded dice —...

Bumpy year ahead for container shippers -
[caption caption="If there was ever a year when the outlook for reliability in the system was more clouded, 2019 and into 2020 would take the prize. (Above: The Port of Oakland.) Photo credit: The Port of Oakland."][/caption]Wouldn’t it be nice if international logistics were on a perpetual upward trajectory? Key...

Big ships, competition challenge West Coast ports -
[caption caption="The ports of Prince Rupert, Vancouver, the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Long Beach are investing billions of dollars in terminal, road, and rail infrastructure. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: The Port of Los Angeles."][/caption]North America’s West Coast ports in...

APM Terminals promises NY-NJ relief -
 [caption caption="APM Terminals said conditions will get better, thanks to added labor and equipment and as components of a $200 million terminal upgrade come online. (Above: Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.) Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]APM Terminals says congestion at its Port of New York and...

US shutdown delays Roadrunner's financial revision -
[caption caption="The delay in Roadrunner’s rights offering is an example of the creeping effect of the partial shutdown on the plans of US businesses as well as individuals. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The partial US government shutdown put a stumbling block in the path of Roadrunner Transportation Systems’ rights offering, delaying its...

Infographic: Who will supply polyethylene demand? -
[caption caption="Click to enlarge"][/caption]  Related story: Long-awaited US resin boom seen emerging   ...

‘Blue-collar’ crisis plagues US trucking -
[caption caption="Widespread labor shortages affect not just US trucking, but all aspects of transportation and logistics, from maintenance shops to warehouses to ports. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The best economic news of the first few weeks of 2019 came from the December US employment report: 312,000 new jobs were added in the...

UK ports prep for post-Brexit cargo shift -
[caption caption="Nervous shippers importing or exporting goods to or from the UK are asking terminal operators for shortsea port options to bypass the main border crossing at Dover that will struggle to cope with a no-deal Brexit requirement for all cargo to be inspected. Photo credit: The port of Dover."][/caption]Port...

APM Terminals Mumbai tops India market share -
[caption caption="APM Terminals Gateway Terminals India at JNPT. Photo credit: APM Terminals Mumbai."][/caption]Despite intensifying regional competition, APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) continues to dominate container trade to/from India — an emerging market economy that ocean carriers and others increasingly target for growth, amid prolonged weak...

US retailers tempering import plans -
[caption caption="“There have been record high levels of imports over the past several months, primarily due to raised inventories ahead of expected tariff increases,” said Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Having imported spring merchandise earlier than usual because of tariff fears,...

India's major ports dodge brunt of strike -
[caption caption="Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals at JNPT. Photo credit: PSA India."][/caption]A 48-hour nationwide, general strike that began Tuesday morning in India has thus far not caused any major disruption to operations and supply chains at key public ports — which together handle the majority of container freight to/from the emerging market economy.The...

Santos's Asia service shake-up worries shippers -
[caption caption="Once the Brazilian Carnival ends in early March, and if economic optimism rises on efforts by new president Jair Bolsonaro, a surge of volume will make outbound space sparse at Santos’s two main terminals. Photo credit: Rob Ward."][/caption]Shippers using the port of Santos are concerned that the consolidation of...

Pressure on US domestic intermodal to up its game -
[caption caption="If price is how intermodal separates itself from trucking, railroads should think hard about rates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]In 2018, domestic US shippers turned to intermodal because capacity was so difficult to find in trucking, but this year railroads will need to offer more competitive rates and better service to...

Asia-Europe trade set for sharp capacity cuts -
[caption caption="Adjusting capacity to suit the ebbs and flows of the market isn’t a new strategy and is regularly employed across the industry. (Above: Antwerp port.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]“Right-sizing the network for lower demand” was a comment made by Maersk Line chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc during a third-quarter earnings...

Shippers rush for LA-LB storage amid backlog -
[caption caption="Lance Theobald, founder and CEO of the online marketplace SecurSpace, said warehouses in Southern California are overflowing with front-loaded spring merchandise. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Driven by the front-loading of imports from China, US truckers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) in need of short-term container storage space are snapping up parking...

Tough road ahead for freight data standardization -
EData standards in logistics have long been elusive and have been only marginally more pervasive than in other sectors, despite industry-led and government-led attempts to harmonize data transfer between organizations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Craig Fuller as the CEO of the Blockchain for Transport...

2M first with Lunar New Year sailing cuts -
[caption caption="The blank sailing announcements for Chinese New Year have begun with 2M canceling 19 sailings over Week 6-8. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The capacity management shippers have been expecting as carriers try to balance supply growth and increasing operating costs with slowing demand has arrived, with the 2M Alliance outlining plans...

New rail link deepens NY-NJ port’s Midwest reach -
[caption caption="The port (above) completed 593,806 rail lifts in the first eleven months of 2018, up 14.4 percent from 518,959 lifts in the same period in 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The first train left the Port of New York and New Jersey's new $149 million rail terminal on Monday, marking an intensified...

Equinor Extends Esvagt Contract -
Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor ASA and the provider of emergency rescue and response vessels Esvagt have extended their cooperation in the southern part of the Norwegian sector.The vessel provider said on Tuesday that the cooperation…

DSME Wins Order for Four VLCCs -
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) has clinched a $366 million order to build four units of very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from an unidentified shipper in the Oceanian region.According to a regulatory filing…

Maersk, Avantida Automate Street Turns -
Avantida said that Maersk Line has started to offer street turn or container triangulation services through its computer platform in the United States and Canada. Avantida is owned by E2Open.Empty container triangulation, or the interchange…

Euronav Sells Felicity for FPSO Conversion -
Belgium's crude oil tanker company Euronav NV announced that it has sold the Suezmax vessel Felicity (2009 – 157,667 dwt) to a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.The vessel has been delivered to her new owners and will…

Eniram Helps French Ferry La Méridionale to Cut Fuel -
French ferry operator La Méridionale and Eniram, a Wärtsilä have taken notable steps on digitalising La Méridionale’s fleet with the help of the latest energy management technology."This partnership is in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision…

Boluda Names Javier Fernández Bombín Director of Las Palmas Terminal -
Shipping company Boluda Lines’ subsidiary Boluda Maritime Terminals has appointed Javier Fernández Bombín as new director of Boluda Maritime Terminal Las Palmas.He has taken up the new position at Boluda Corporación Marítima today, on 14 January.

IMO Emphazises on Seafarer Training -
The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the need to consider seafarer training and standards as shipping evolves, with increasing levels of technology and automation.Speaking at IMO Headquarters…

ZIM Launches Blockchain-based Bills of Lading -
Israel’s largest cargo shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has opened its blockchain platform for electronic bills of lading (eB/Ls) to all clients in selected trades.Over the last year, following ZIM’s November 2017 announcement…

Taiwan's Evergreen Opens Four New Offices in Latin America -
Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company  Evergreen Marine Corp. is expanding its operations into Central and South America this year following the recent opening of four new agency offices in the region."In view of the growth potential in Latin American trade…

V.Ships Hamburg Appoints Nils Aden as MD -
V.Group has announced the appointment of Nils Aden as Managing Director of V.Ships Germany in Hamburg.The global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider said in a press release that the announcement reaffirms its commitment to growing in…