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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.

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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.

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...

Truck shippers still wising up to post-ELD reality -
[caption caption="For trucking companies, third-party logistics providers, and shippers alike, the lack of progress in this area after a year spent stressing the need for greater collaboration is disappointing. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]MEMPHIS — Despite more than a year of talk about “shippers of choice” and “driver-friendly freight,” many shippers and...

River navigation hurdles stymie Russian OOG transport -
[caption caption="River transport only accounts for 5 percent of all Russian freight movements, but that percentage jumps seasonally to 30-50 percent for out-of-gauge cargo. Photo credit: Glogos Project."][/caption]Navigability is increasingly problematic throughout key stretches of Russia’s river systems, hamstringing the transport of overweight and out-of-gauge (OOG) cargo.While river transport accounts...

Maersk looks to Indian tech startups for innovation -
[caption caption="Maersk's website is one of the largest business-to-business platforms in the world, generating an average of $1.3 million per hour in revenue. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As India’s freight industry rapidly moves to a more technology-enabled supply chain environment, Maersk Group has established a “startup partnership group” in an effort to...

Tariff rush drives record LA-LB transloading -
[caption caption="Although the 2018 imports and intermodal shipments were inflated somewhat due to the tariffs, the 10-year trend has been increased transloading of imports to domestic containers in Southern California. Photo credit: Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority."][/caption]The upward trend in Los Angeles-Long Beach toward transloading of containerized imports into domestic containers...

Flexport’s uniqueness rests in its pricing power -
[caption caption="Fast-growing freight forwarder Flexport was able to eliminate 99 minutes of human labor per container moved in 2018, according to CEO Ryan Peterson. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Comments by Ryan Peterson, founder and CEO of Flexport, in a recent interview with JOC.com proved revealing and helped answer the question of how...

Larger ship calls challenge Indian port productivity -
[caption caption="APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India (GTI) handled a total of 7,179 container moves during the 64.6 hours that APL New York was at berth, for a gross productivity rate of 111.1 container moves per hour. Photo credit: APM Terminals Mumbai."][/caption]A new record ship call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust...

Ensenada targets LA-LB cargo with expansion -
[caption caption="Mexico’s fifth-largest port by container volume, Ensenada handled 194,491 loaded TEU in 2018, an 18 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. Photo Credit: Hutchison."][/caption]Amid double-digit volume growth, the port of Ensenada, Mexico, is investing $100 million to expand its container...

Shippers eye Australia port strike for escalation -
[caption caption="This week’s planned strike action at Brisbane follows strikes last week at all four of DP World’s Australian terminals in the ports of Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane (pictured) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Australian shippers as of Monday were experiencing minimal cargo disruption in the wake of an industrial action that began...

LA terminal automation delays can't change ILWU contract -
[caption caption="APM Terminals’ plans to automate a portion of the Pier 400 facility at the Port of Los Angeles have been delayed for at least another 28 days. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As longshore pushback against automating a Los Angeles marine terminal mounts, more delays like the port commission’s 28-day project pause...

Failed Santos strike shows new resilience to labor -
[caption caption="A 21-day strike by freelance workers from the OGMO longshore labor pool in Brazil's port of Santos caused only minor delays. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Santos port operations are returning to normal after casual stevedores on Thursday called off a 21-day strike and left with their demands unfulfilled, sending a clear...

IoT Enhances Multi-Mode Logistics Tracking -
The Internet of Things (IoT) has become commonplace in almost every home and office. We use it to turn on the lights, connect our devices to satellites broadcasting streaming media, or place orders for grocery delivery. But the IoT has also quickly become an integral part of supply chains. It...

Retail shippers raising supplier delivery standards -
[caption caption="Suppliers to stores such as Dollar General can arrange their own transportation or outsource back to the retailer, which uses Werner Enterprises, among others, to haul merchandise. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Walmart’s recent announcement of new tighter delivery standards for suppliers, starting in May, signals how retailers are ramping up the...

Teamsters, YRC agree in principle on new contract -
[caption caption="Terms of the tentative pact between the Teamsters union and the largest unionized LTL operator aren’t final yet, but the extension of the current contract until May 31 should reassure skittish shippers. Photo credit: YRC Worldwide."][/caption]The Teamsters union and YRC Worldwide reached a tentative agreement in principle on a...

New flat-fee PierPass model well-received -
[caption caption="Under PierPass 2.0, appointment fees have been reduced from $72.09 per TEU to $31.52 per TEU and are assessed around the clock, as opposed to only during nighttime shifts. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]PierPass said the shift four months ago from incentive pricing to a flat fee has been agreeable to...

Hapag-Lloyd ups new strategy expectations -
[caption caption="Hapag-Lloyd’s new Strategy 2023 is to focus on improving service quality, selective global growth, and on raising profitability. Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd."][/caption]Hapag-Lloyd says its customer-focused, value-adding strategy this year will result in a substantial improvement in earnings in 2019, supported by growing container volume and rising freight rates.That’s a spot...

Montreal’s Viau terminal to nearly double capacity -
[caption caption="An expansion of the port of Montreal's Viau Terminal will increase its annual handling capacity from 350,000 TEU to 600,000 TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The port of Montreal is expanding the capacity of one of its four main terminals by 70 percent to keep up with a growing demand that...

Higher ‘accessorials’ raising US shipping costs -
[caption caption="Pressure on truck rates may lead to greater use of accessorial charges to capture costs not always covered by pure pricing. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As US freight rates decelerate from the breakneck pace of 2018, shippers need to watch for rising accessorial charges on freight bills, according to the head...

Savannah, Houston drive Asia import shift to East, Gulf coasts -
[caption caption="The port of Savannah handled 1.4 million TEU of imports from Asia last year, an 11 percent increase from 2017, according to PIERS. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The ports of Savannah and Houston in 2018 saw the sharpest growth in imports from Asia among the 10 largest US gateways. Throughput of Asian...

Arviem linking visibility with trade financing -
[caption caption="Arviem's new product will allow goods in transit to be “financeable from the container doors closing,” Aidan Shilling, director of working capital services, tells JOC.com. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A provider of sensor-based cargo tracking and monitoring services to shippers has developed a way to let beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and...

Bergink Takes the Helm at Framo -
Martijn Bergink has taken over as CEO of pumping systems manufacturer Framo.Former Framo CEO Sameer Kalra has officially handed Bergink responsibility for the business as Kalra becomes the new head of the Alfa Laval Marine Division and a member…

US Navy's MSC Opens Center for Excellence -
Military Sealift Command hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of its new Center for Excellence located on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 25.The Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence provides MSC-centric basic training…

PDVSA Oil Port Paralyzed by Another Blackout -
Venezuela's main oil export port of Jose and the country's four crude upgraders have been unable to resume operations following a massive power blackout on Monday, according to industry workers and a union leader close to the facilities.The most recent oil shipment for export…

Can the Cruise Shipping Boom Continue? -
As the global cruise industry enjoys it most robust period of growth ever, the question invariably becomes: How long can it last?Cruising, which is a blend of the hospitality and maritime businesses, continues to grow at a historic pace. The…

NOSAC to USCG: Allow Domestic OSVs in Disaster Recovery -
Last week, the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) overwhelmingly approved recommendations that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) remove the hinderances that prevented U.S. energy-industry vessels, from assisting Puerto Rico with recovery…

PROSTEP, NAPA Complete Meyer Turku Project -
A partnership between PROSTEP, the product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and solutions company and NAPA has successfully completed a ship design solution development project for Meyer Turku.NAPA and PROSTEP combined their respective experience to develop an interface for NAPA Designer…

Wärtsilä Power for Two New Tug Boats -
The engines and steerable thrusters supplied by Wärtsilä are delivering for a pair of two new tug boats operated by the Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety. Following sea trials, the first vessel is already in operation, while the second will enter service in April 2019.

The Ocean Cleanup: APL Signs On -
Ocean carrier APL announced Tuesday that it will provide free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government, non-profit organization working to develop technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.“We applaud The Ocean Cleanup’s course in cleaning up our oceans.

Navy Contracts for Austal USA -
Austal USA was awarded a $261.8 million contract for the 13th and 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) by the U.S. Navy, bringing the total value of the 14-ship deal to slightly more than $2 billionThe EPF’s large, open-mission deck…

UK P&I Club Gets Regulator Clearance for Dutch Brexit Hub -
British ship insurer UK P&I Club has received approval from the Dutch regulator for a new subsidiary in Rotterdam to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in case Britain loses single market access, it said on Tuesday.UK Club…