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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.

GDPR and updates to our privacy policy -
Hi from UAE Shipping Directory! You’ve probably gotten an awful lot of emails over the past few weeks about privacy policy updates due to the GDPR -- here’s one more from us! On Friday, May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. In case you haven’t heard of it before, according to Wikipedia, this European Union regulation “aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.”

Strong programme raises profile of The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference -
Dubai, UAE: 20th May 2018: The programme for the fourth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which will take place on November 6th 2018 at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, is set to be the strongest yet.

Ramadan Kareem 2018 -
UAE Shipping Directory wish you Ramadan Kareem 2018

Nominations now open for The Maritime Standard Awards, judges also announced -
Dubai, 15th May 2018: Nominations are now open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2018, which will take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday, October 15th. The event will be a glittering, high quality occasion with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance.

Judges announced, it’s time to prepare for The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 -
Dubai, 1st May 2018: The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 will take place at iconic The Atlantis, the, Palm, Dubai, on Monday, 15th October 2018. Clive Woodbridge, Editor of The Maritime Standard, and Chairman of the judging panel, says, “We are giving companies a bit of a head start, with a pre-nominations announcement. Now is the time to start planning your nominations and begin to gather together the evidential information you will need to submit.”

Abu Dhabi hosts Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference -
Abu Dhabi, 19th April 2018: The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place on November 6th 2018 at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. The popular one day event is expected to attract over 150 senior executives from across the shipping, ports, finance, banking and legal sectors, who will gather to debate and discus the key issues and challenges facing the industry.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 maintains winning formula -
The Maritime Standard Awards (TMS Awards) 2018 will take place at the Atlantis, The Palm, on 15th October this year. This is the fifth year in a row that the Awards and gala dinner have been staged at this fabulous, iconic venue.

Mega-ship deployment at NY-NJ scales up amid peak season -
The 14,400-TEU CMA CGM T. Roosevelt approaching the elevated Bayonne Bridge in a test run in September 2017. The mega-ship was the first of that size to make a service call at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley. Container lines have accelerated the deployment...

Electric truck use accelerates, but diesel to keep dominance -
Battery-powered commercial vehicles will make inroads in global markets over the next 20 years, and enjoy a 15 percent compound annual growth rate in the US. (Above: CEO Elon Musk discusses Tesla's electric truck program.) Photo credit: @elonmusk. Electric trucks are generating a wave of technological innovation, with most major global...

BCOs urged to be patient as Wilmington port reopens to trucks -
After being shut down for a week and a half, the Port of Wilmington reopened its gates to truckers on Monday and the work continues to reduce and eliminate the backlog of containers from before Hurricane Florence and from vessels discharging since last Thursday. (Above: A container ship at the...

India studying mid-sea site for transshipment operations -
Above: A beach in the Andaman and Nicobar islands archipelago. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. With India’s economy growing at a robust pace — fiscal-quarter (April-June) GDP growth is forecast to increase 8.2 percent — the emerging market nation is considering a more-strategic port locale along the Bay of Bengal coast for transshipment operations. To...

Expanded Deltaport rail deepens Vancouver’s interior reach -
About 70 percent of Vancouver’s imports and 55 percent of total container volume move by rail. (Above: The intermodal rail facility.) Photo credit: GCT Deltaport. GCT Deltaport went live Monday with its intermodal yard expansion project designed to improve productivity, increase safety, and expand the capacity of rail operations at Vancouver’s...

Chittagong to prioritize bigger ships to increase productivity -
Above: Chittagong port. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will restrict ships with fewer than 1,000 TEU on board in order to increase port productivity. The CPA implemented the measure to reduce vessel wait times and the long line in the outer anchorage. The authority found that in many cases...

LCL providers try to shore up rate volatility exposure -
Klaus Jepsen, group CEO of Shipco Transport, a neutral non-vessel-operating common carrier, said his company will always be susceptible to underlying rates. “We are very much a victim of the freight rate,” he said. “It depends on the carriers. When you see rates go up, it’s sort of an artificial...

Lack of standardization stymies port-to-port productivity -
It is one of the ironies of container shipping. While the container may be one of the world’s greatest universal standards, creating untold benefits to trade and prosperity, the process of standardization around the movement of the container remains woefully incomplete. (Above: The Port of Oakland.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. When JOC.com...

Santos shippers want port management change to cut inefficiency -
  Brazil’s weaker currency, an expanding global economy, and enduring international customers should bode well for the port of Santos (above). But shippers say inefficiency and a lack of renovation are delaying that. Now, a number of shippers’ groups want a different form of port management. Photo credit: Rob Ward. Santos, South...

Fast-changing reefer market offers shippers risks and positives -
According to Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation, beef and pork production is on track to hit a record high this year, following equally strong production in 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The reality of constant change presents opportunities and obstacles in the global reefer market. New...

Trans-Pacific spot rates drop ahead of new tariff threat -
Logistics experts are concerned that normal peak-season shipments in October, combined with a rush of imports driven by fear of the Jan. 1 tariffs, could stress both marine terminals and distribution facilities. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. US importers should not assume this week’s decline in spot...

In Amazon era, shipper supply chains take higher priority -
  “One of the neat things Amazon really did was take the idea of transportation as a cost center and flip it upside down,” Jett McCandless, CEO of project44, said. (Above: An Amazon fulfillment center in Washington state, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. CHICAGO — For a generation, at least, those involved...

US shippers advised to extend hours to add truck capacity -
Making distribution center space available on weekends may mean additional costs, but it also creates much needed capacity and flexibility for truck driver hours. (Above: Trucks travel on a US highway.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Imagine how much US truck capacity could be unlocked with weekend hours. Distribution centers (DC) might be closed,...

Wilmington, NC, partially reopens, sets Monday normal service -
Truckload spot markets have risen 15 percent to 25 percent from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to Richmond, Virginia, and the Carolinas, but so far there has not been any massive surges in rates such as after Hurricane Harvey. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, handled three ships Friday...

US logistics managers scramble to cut trucking costs -
Logistics managers are likely to get some relief in 2019. The meteoric rise of spot market and contract truck rates in 2018 is expected to slow, although rates won’t actually drop. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Following a year when US surface transportation budgets were not just blown, but shredded and burnt, logistics...

Making sense of NAFTA’s dairy dispute -
"It always comes back to cheese, doesn't it?" So commented former Canadian Cabinet Minister Tony Clement in June 2017 when Canada’s soon-to-be implemented free trade deal with Europe was suddenly under unexpected opposition from European officials. Those officials felt Canada’s approach to allocating the additional 18,000 metric tons (19,841 tons) of European...

New Orleans bullish on pending port projects -
Above: Project cargo is transferred from vessel to barge at the Port of New Orleans' France Road terminal. Photo credit: Port of New Orleans. Approval to deepen the 258-mile Mississippi River ship channel to Panama Canal depth, a push to better integrate the port's public belt rail and six Class I...

US importers warn Jan. 1 tariffs will crunch supply chains -
Already chaotic and upended, the Trump administration’s proposed Jan. 1, 2019, 25 percent tariff on imports from China is causing importers to scramble for ocean, truck, and rail capacity — with the next ramification being the warehouse variable: will there be any space after the front-loading? (Above: The Port of...

GPA targets 8 million-TEU capacity by 2028 -
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch delivers the State of the Port address Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Photo credit: GPA/Stephen B. Morton. The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said the last 12 months have been strong for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) moving containers through Savannah,...

US carriers using trucker feedback to size up shippers -
“People need to be aware data [are] more available to us than ever before in real time about what’s happening at their facilities across America,” Derek Leathers, president and CEO of truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, said at the Transform 2018 Technology Executive Summit in Chicago. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. CHICAGO — Shippers...

YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division Adds Three Repower Centers -
YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division has announce the addition of three new Repower Centers to its distribution network: Kennedy Engine in Biloxi, Mississippi; Sun Power Diesel in Dania Beach, FL and Todomar in Colombia.“YANMAR is looking…

NC Ports Open for Business in the Choppy Wake of Florence -
North Carolina Ports’ terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City resumed full commercial truck operations on Monday following Hurricane Florence which forced the terminals to close on Thursday, September 13.Both the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead…

Royal IHC to Build Four New Vessels for DEME -
The Netherlands based Royal IHC said it has secured a contract from Belgium-based DEME for the design and build of four new vessels.The order consists of a copy of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered 8,400m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River delivered in 2017…

Fouling Control on Workboats -
As the domestic offshore energy industry stirs ever so lightly, the task of reactivating long-dormant vessels – some with extensive hull fouling – will become Job ONE. That’s easier said than done.Care and Preservation of Ship Hulls: Workboats vs.

CompactClean BWMS Receives IMO Type Approval -
DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval according to the revised IMO BWMS code.This approval means that the CompactClean…

CMA CGM Estimates Low-sulphur Rule Will Cost $160 Per Container -
Container shipping group CMA CGM said it estimates the cost for it to comply with a new global low-sulphur shipping fuel regulation at around $160 per TEU, or standard container, at current conditions.In a statement on Monday, the French firm…

Two New Workboats for Dutch Dredging -
Dredging contractor Dutch Dredging welcomed two new vessels to its fleet last week during a naming ceremony in Cayenne, French Guiana.The new vessels, Papillon and Fregate, were delivered to Boer Remorquage SARL, a joint venture involving Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage.

China Navy Ship Makes Maiden Visit to Venezuela -
A Chinese naval ship has traveled to Venezuela for the first time, following a visit by President Nicolas Maduro to Beijing this month, where he had been looking to gain China's support for the Latin American nation's struggling economy.The naval medical ship…

Ampelmann Wins Five North Sea Contracts -
Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has won five new contracts for its Walk to Work (W2W) solutions in the offshore wind market over the course of September. These projects will see two A-type and three E-type systems installed…

Tanzania Ferry Death Toll Rises to 224, Ship's Managers Detained -
Tanzanian authorities said on Sunday the number of people who died in a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria had risen to 224 and the vessel's managers had been detained for questioning.The ferry, MV Nyerere, sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe…