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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.

International union backs Montreal dockers in right to strike hearing -
 [caption caption="An international union has backed dockworkers at the Port of Montreal in a hearing into whether the port is so important to the region that strikes and lockouts should be prohibited. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]A global union alliance is backing dockworkers at the Port of Montreal as Canadian labor officials...

Container ship port call times rising despite productivity gains -
[caption caption="At the 63 busiest ports in the world, vessels with a capacity of 5,000 TEU or greater spent an average of 26 hours at port per call during the first half of 2019. Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half...

Low ship utilization to test carriers’ fuel price discipline -
[caption caption="Low utilization rates could force carriers to cut container freight rates 5 to 10 percent — or to give breaks on low-sulfur surcharges — in order to fill up ships. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The pressure is on container lines over the next two months to calibrate capacity amid slowing volume...

NY-NJ port will be proactive in ensuring terminal flow: officials -
[caption caption="The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it will be proactive in ensuring that marine terminals meet efficiency standards. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]Despite being a landlord port, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will aggressively intervene, as needed, to ensure fluid...

Asia-US spot rate shows capacity tightening -
[caption caption="A 4.2 percent increase in the West Coast spot rate and 1.7 percent hike in the East Coast rate does not appear to portend a late surge in US imports from Asia this month. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Spot rates increased slightly in the eastbound trans-Pacific after five consecutive weekly declines,...

The freight forwarding revolution is coming -
A revolution is brewing in the forwarding landscape that will affect shippers globally. Cargo owners gain lower rates from the buying power of the forwarder with the air, ocean, or land logistics service providers involved in the move. The forwarders are trying to manage, on average, some 25 disparate service...

Asia-Europe capacity cuts slow falling container spot market -
[caption caption="Freight rates have slowed their decline, but remain 20 percent lower than at the same point last year. Photo credit: Shiutterstock"][/caption]Mid-month rate increases on Asia-North Europe did not manage to lift prices on the trade, but combined with blank sailings it had the effect of slowing the downward slide...

Chittagong port eyes conveyor system to fight congestion -
[caption caption="Chittagong port officials say carrying containers via an overhead conveyor system will enhance the port’s handling efficiency by 15 percent. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is studying whether to implement an automated overhead conveyor system for short-haul container moves to improve flow and ease truck congestion at...

California ports suffer from higher costs, evolving supply chains: PMSA -
[caption caption="Los Angeles-Long Beach container volume increased 11 percent between 2006 and 2018, while volumes at ports on the US East and Gulf coasts and Canadian West Coast jumped 40 to 101 percent. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]California’s ports have lost market share over the past decade due to high costs, regulatory...

CSX, UP push efficiency despite sharp Q3 intermodal declines -
[caption caption="CSX CEO Jim Foote said the slowing industrial economy and lower truck prices keep intermodal volumes down and this dynamic should persist through the fourth quarter. Photo credit: Wikicommons."][/caption]CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad struggled with steep declines in intermodal volume in the third quarter, but each company is...

Video: What's driving the move toward decarbonization? -
Peter Tirschwell, vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit discusses the International Maritime Organization's mandates for carbon emission reduction by 2050 and the most likely paths to reaching that goal....

Sponsored: Data enabling is engine for industry evolution, Blume Global's Glenn Jones says -
Sponsored: As long as you believe in the data, visibility can enable rapid, dynamic decision making, says JOC LogTech 2019 Panelist Glenn Jones, global vice president of the AI-enabled platform Blume Global. Jones discusses necessary steps needed for the industry to move past a limited understanding of visibility as just...

Terminal operator GCT joins TradeLens -
[caption caption="GCT operates three terminals in the Port of New York-New Jersey and one in the Port of Vancouver, adding to TradeLens"][/caption]Global Container Terminals (GCT) has joined the blockchain-based container electronic documentation and visibility platform TradeLens, operated by Maersk and IBM.GCT operates four container terminals in North America, three in...

APM taps shipping, chassis veteran for NY-NJ terminal -
 [caption caption="APM Terminals has appointed Jon Poelma, at present president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), as managing director for its Elizabeth, New Jersey, terminal, which has seen cargo volumes rise significantly in recent months. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]APM Terminals has appointed Jon Poelma, a former Maersk executive...

Ongoing China–US volume decline portends more blank sailings -
[caption caption="Imports from all of Asia are up 2 percent January through September over the same period last year, while imports from China are down 5 percent year-to-date. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US imports from China plunged 9.3 percent in September, falling for the fifth straight month on a year-over-year basis, while...

Introducing El Dorado, a new tech experience at TPM20 -
[caption caption="Topics to be addressed at El Dorado include logistics process automation, new rate contract models and strategies, the emerging battleground around visibility, the impact of venture capital, data standardization efforts, and the strategies of incumbent players to remain relevant. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The JOC, part of IHS Markit, will introduce...

MSC says no to Arctic shipping route -
[caption caption="The northern lights as seen from Venta Maersk, an ice class vessel that in August 2018 sailed on a trial run from Asia to the Baltic via the Arctic sea route. Photo credit: Maersk."][/caption]Mediterranean Shipping Co. has joined a growing list of major carriers and logistics providers turning their...

VIDEO: Culture, scalability impact tech adoption for breakbulk shippers -
Emergence of platforms across modes will help breakbulk market implement new tech. JOC Senior Editor Eric Johnson on challenges, steps forward for project cargo shippers that want to leverage tech for improved visibility, dataJOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference 2019, New Orleans...

Seeing competitive edge, container lines double down on scrubbers -
[caption caption="The numbers of scrubber-fitted vessels will continue to increase through 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Greater-than-expected demand for scrubbers will enable carriers on Asia-Europe to deploy entire strings of vessels fitted with exhaust filters, but any perceived edge over low-sulfur burning peers will depend on the wide price spread being maintained...

J.B. Hunt upbeat on intermodal turnaround -
[caption caption="Volume in J.B. Hunt's intermodal division was nearly flat in Q3 while revenue was up 2 percent and operating income climbed 10 percent. Photo credit: Wikicommons."][/caption]J.B. Hunt Transport Services late Tuesday said its intermodal volume in the third quarter was essentially flat year over year, something that would normally...

LR Grants Jiangnan AiP for VLGC Design -
Classification society Lloyd's Register has awarded Chinese shipbuilder Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd with Approval in Principle (AiP) for its 91,000-cubic-meter very large gas carrier (VLGC).The design, named “Panda 91T”, includes an liquefied…

Coast Guard Issues RFI for Offshore Patrol Cutter -
On October 18 the U.S. Coast Guard issues a Request for Information (RFI) for information and planning purposes only.On October 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security approved and granted extraordinary relief to Eastern Shipbuilding Group…

Training Tips for Ships: Tip #5 -
– The Simple Secret to Making Randomized Exams Fair  – In last month’s Training Tips for Ships, we made the important point that we must never give different people the same exam. If we use an exam over and over, our trainees will very quickly…

W. Africa Crude-Freight costs ease, especially for VLCCs -
Freight rates eased further on Friday, especially for the largest oil tankers, promising some recovery for West African oil prices which had touched multi-year lows. VLCC freight costs eased more rapidly than smaller Suezmaxes, making it less advantageous to ship on the latter.

SAFE Recently Delivered 19th Boat to FDNY Fleet -
SAFE Boats International (SAFE), delivered boats 17, 18 and 19 to the marine division of the New York Fire Department during the month of August. Since 2006 SAFE has successfully built and delivered a variety of boats to FDNY ranging in size…

Total’s First LNG Bunker Vessel Launched -
Total said its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel has been launched, following the signature of a long-term charter contract between Total and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) in February 2018.After delivery in 2020, the bunker vessel will operate in Northern Europe…

Shell Publishes White Paper for IMO 2020 Preparedness -
Shell Marine has published a new White Paper that offers ship owners and operators the critical guidance they need on cylinder oils and engine care to transition successfully through the IMO global cap on fuel sulphur content from January 1…

Singapore Company Fined for Illegal Scrapping Attempt -
A Singapore company has paid a NOK 7 million ($763,000) fine after it was caught trying to illegally export a barge carrier vessel from Norway for scrapping on the beaches in Pakistan, Norwegian authorities said.In 2017, inspectors from the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) detained the Harrier…

Canadian E.Coast LNG Export Plans Progress Shell Deal -
Pieridae Energy moved closer to building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Canada's East Coast after taking ownership of fields from Royal Dutch Shell which will feed gas into the plant, the company said.The Goldboro LNG terminal…

USCG Announces Key Changes to NVIC's -
The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published changes to five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) concerning qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers…