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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.

Nomination deadline extended for The Maritime Standard Awards 2016 -
Nominations now close on August 18th so you have just eight days to submit your entries. Nominate today! ‪#‎TMSAwards2016

UAE Shipping Directory wishes you & your family Eid Mubarak -
UAE Shipping Directory wishes you & your family Eid Mubarak

TMS celebrates 50 not out -
Dubai, 15th June 2016:- This is the 50th edition of the TMS Newsletter and The Maritime Standard would like to thank all its readers for their support in helping reach this significant milestone.

UAE Shipping Directory wish you a Blessed Ramadan -
UAE Shipping Directory wish you a Blessed Ramadan

UAE Shipping Directory Celebrating 15 Year of Success -
Since UAE Shipping Directory was founded in 2000, the Directory has valued clients as an important support of the project. In 2007, UAE Shipping Directory added more services and solutions to be used by our clients to increase the strength of the marketing, offering customers added value and to develop new business strategies for the future.

Judging panel for TMS Awards confirmed -
A high quality judging panel has been assembled for the TMS Awards 2016, which takes place at The Atlantis, The Palm, on October 24th. Chaired by Clive Woodbridge, editor of The Maritime Standard, the panel includes leading executives in the container, bulk and tanker shipping industries, as well as senior figures in the ports industry across the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

Rapid China-New Zealand trade growth spurs wider liner coverage -
  [caption]APL Sydney is deployed on the Asia-New Zealand route.[/caption]CMA CGM’s newly acquired APL will begin a direct weekly service between North Asia ports and New Zealand from the end of December, increasing coverage in response to fast growing trade with China.The New Zealand Express II (NZ2) service will increase its...

US House approves cross-border trade 'enhancement' bill -
[caption]At a time free trade has been more unpopular politically than ever, a House Democrat has championed efforts to create policies to power trade across the US-Mexico border, pictured.[/caption]WASHINGTON — Legislation that would make it easier for the US government to enter into public-private partnerships aimed at improving trade-related infrastructure...

Private sector envisions data portal to reduce US port congestion -
[caption]Data has been a sticking point in talks between the government and the shipping industry on finding ways to improve port productivity.[/caption]ISELIN, New Jersey — A private sector-fueled initiative guided by the US Federal Maritime Commission aims to create a national portal in which key, non-proprietary information is shared with...

Brazil to extend length of port concessions -
[caption]Some terminal operators already active in Brazil feel that they would not benefit enough from the changes in concession terms. The port of Rio de Janeiro is pictured.[/caption]In order to draw in more international and national investors, the Brazilian government is poised to extend its minimum period for port concessions...

THE Alliance strips joint-contracting language from VSA -
[caption]Tug boat operators were just one of the many groups that objected to the expansion of antitrust immunity THE Alliance orginally requested in its vessel-sharing agreement.[/caption]The Transport High Efficiency Alliance’s vessel-sharing agreement has removed controversial language that would have allowed them to jointly contract with third parties and met fierce...

Siemens commissions ship specialized for wind power components -
[caption]The Rotra Vente, pictured, has a sister ship scheduled for delivery in 2017.[/caption]Siemens Wind Power has commissioned the first of two ships designed specifically to transport wind power components. The Rotra Vente is 141 meters (462.6 feet) long and has the ability to carry multiple 8 mega-watt nacelles, which are the...

India makes headway on abolishing shipping surcharges -
[caption]While stakeholders approved of doing away with some surcharges, they staunchly resisted getting rid of others.[/caption]Indian shippers who have been reeling from unpredictable demand may have some cost relief on the way after the Directorate General of Shipping and stakeholders moved a step closer to reaching an agreement over abolition...

Higher operating costs to increase pressure on liners -
[caption]This year was not a good one for shipowners, and it is unlikely the next will be better.[/caption]The cost of operating cargo vessels is set to rise in 2017 after declining for two years as shipowners wrestle with weak market conditions, Drewry Shipping Consultants predicts. Higher costs for operating ships will...

Idle container ship fleet rockets on Hanjin collapse -
[caption]The number of idle and scrapped container ships continues to grow.[/caption]The idle container ship fleet has soared to 1.7 million twenty-foot-equivalent units this year, driven up by the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping and from container lines withdrawing ships from service at a rapid rate in an attempt to limit the...

Jawaharlal Nehru Port to cut costs for rail, increase for trucking -
[caption]Despite efforts to increase the share of containerized rail, JNPT's share of intermodal rail has shrunk 5 percent year-over-year since the start of the fiscal year.[/caption]Tariff Authority for Major Ports, or TAMP, has tentatively approved Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s proposal to equalize rail and truck handling rates, driving down the...

US Congress on course to pass port bill -
[caption]The bill earmarks roughly $231.2 million for Charleston and $229.8 million for Port Everglades to deepen their harbors.[/caption]WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators Monday released a compromise water infrastructure bill — with some long-anticipated federal dollars for harbor deepening projects at Port Everglades and Charleston — and plan to send...

Virginia expands trade zone to attract more shippers to port -
[caption]The Virginia free trade zone ranked in the top 20 nationally in a number of categories for ranking such zones created by the US government.[/caption]The Port of Virginia hopes the expansion of a nearby foreign trade zone will make the port more attractive to shippers since they have a larger...

First blade rolls off UK wind power manufacturing line -
[caption]The Port of Hull, pictured, will be critical to the development of North Europe offshore wind farms.[/caption]The first wind turbine blade manufactured at a new hub in the Port of Hull marks the beginning of regular production at a new £310 million ($378 million) facility to support wind energy projects...

US drug and alcohol test clearinghouse could limit truck driver force -
[caption]The drug and alcohol clearinghouse was welcomed by the largest US truck lobby.[/caption]A drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse promises to make it harder for drivers that have failed such tests to get behind the wheel of a truck, potentially further reducing the pool of available labor in an industry already...

Companies fight it out for Russia’s largest stevedore -
[caption]The port of Novorossiysk, pictured, is the largest Russian Black Sea port.[/caption]Russian and global transport companies are in a heated fight for control of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, Russia’s largest stevedore company. NCSP’s assets include the ports of Novorossiysk, Primorsk, and Baltiysk. The deal would involve a still undetermined majority stake...

Rotterdam discounts transshipped containers -
[caption]Weakness in the Asia-Europe trade has threatened the preeminence of Rotterdam, pictured, as Europe's top port.[/caption]The Port of Rotterdam has increased the discount for transshipped containers for the second year running as it bids to boost flatlining traffic and meet the threat from fast-growing rival Antwerp. From January, the discount to...

Container line rates hold key to US Gulf resin exports -
[caption]Exports of plastic resins from Gulf Coast petrochemical plants are the subject of intense debate and competition in the US shipping industry.[/caption]HOUSTON — Port Houston’s hopes of dominating an expected boom in US plastic-resin exports during the next few years will hinge on increased US-Asia container ship capacity — and...

Podcast: Labor, Infrastructure Push Boston Ahead -
JOC.com and Massachusetts Port Authority Director Lisa Wieland discuss its recent $42 million FASTLANE grant, channel deepening and modernization plans for Conley Terminal, as well as the general strengths of Boston as a New England logistics option. ...

India expands effort to reduce dwell times at busiest port -
[caption]Indian authorities remain committed to strengthening productivity at the country's ports.[/caption]India’s Ministry of Shipping has concluded that to further lower dwell times at India’s busiest container port, support from the nearby private port of Mundra and the Tughlakabad Inland Container Depot near Delhi is essential. While Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has...

US shippers resisting major trans-Pacific contract rate hikes -
Backed against a wall of deep losses and weak demand but emboldened by a doubling of spot rates since mid-2016, container lines are warning trans-Pacific shippers of significantly higher spot and contract rates next year. Shippers, however, aren’t convinced the fundamental drivers around pricing have changed, setting the stage for...

Höegh LNG, SHI Ink FSRU Deal -
Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") for one firm and three optional FSRUs at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The 170,000 m3 FSRUs have regasification capacity of 750 MMScf/day and full trading capabilities.

APL launches New Zealand Express II Service -
APL today announced the launch of the New Zealand Express II (NZ2) service – a new weekly service with direct connection between New Zealand and key North Asian ports. “APL introduced the new NZ2 service to serve the China-New Zealand market in a direct and more efficient way.

Tenth Terex Gottwald Crane for Japan -
The fleet of diesel-electric Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes in Japan continues to grow. In spring 2017, Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will supply a Model 2 crane to the Port of Otake in the south of the country. There, the machine in the…

Atwood Delays Drillship duo by Two Years -
Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced today that it has agreed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. ("DSME") to delay the requirement to take delivery of Atwood's two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships, the Atwood Admiral and the Atwood Archer…

GAC SMHI Weather Solutions for Safer, Efficient Shipping -
Forecasts and route planning tools from GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions are playing a key role in a European Union initiative to promote safer and more efficient shipping. The Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project, developed by a European Consortium led by the Swedish Maritime Administration…

AET for Improved Crack, Corrosion Detection -
ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Structural Monitoring Using Acoustic Emissions. This industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET). “A primary goal at ABS is to improve safety without interrupting operations…

CMA-CGM to the Rescue of Kito de Pavant -
On Tuesday morning (December 06, 2016), the navigator Kito de Pavant suffered a serious damage following a collision with an unidentified floating object while sailing in the North of the Crozet Islands. The crew CMA CGM Marion Dufresne then…

TEN Announces Four New Time Charter Contracts -
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN), a leading diversified tanker owner, has announced new time charter contracts for four vessels, an aframax, two panamaxes, and a handysize product tanker, all to major end users. The average contract length…

Hapag-Lloyd's Hanseatic to Remain in Fleet Until September 2018 -
The popular five-star expedition ship, the MS HANSEATIC is set to remain in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet for six more months, until the end of September 2018. The first of the Germany-based cruise provider’s two new expedition ships will be launching in April 2019.

Yang Ming May Merge with Port -
Taiwanese container carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp should merge with state-owned port company Taiwan International Port Corp. (TIPC), report local media quoting a member of Taiwan's parliament. Legislator Chen Ou-po of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposed that Yang Ming…