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The Maritime Standard Awards extends nomination deadline -
As a result of the huge volume of last minute nominations for this year’s The Maritime Standard Awards it has been decided to grant a last, final, one week extension. Nominations now close on August 17th, but there can be no extension beyond that.

Abu Dhabi hosts The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2017 -
The third annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place on November 8th 2017 at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. The event is expected to attract more than 150 senior executives from different sections of the market, including shipping, ports, finance and banking and law.

Nominations now open for TMS Awards -
The Maritime Standard launches its call for nominations for its 2017 Awards on 15th May. 15th May 2017, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, which take place at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Monday October 23rd, will be a glittering, high quality event with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance. It is an occasion organised by The Maritime Standard to recognise industry achievements and celebrate success.

The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2017 - date and location confirmed -
The second annual The Maritime Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. The event is expected to attract over 150 top executives from across the regional tanker business, as well as global participants.

The Directory Printed Book 2017 is available now -
The Directory Printed Book 2017 is available now You can contact us to get the printed paper version or browse the online version and download the desktop software of the printed directory book.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 aims to set the bar higher still -
The region's leading maritime industry awards, officially launched today, are now in their fourth year. They will celebrate and reward the achievements of the best and brightest stars in the industry across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, from the shipping, ports and related maritime sectors, at a glamorous, high quality gala dinner in Dubai

DEXTER Sea Storage area for shallow water vesselsand barges in UMM AL QUWAIN -
Sea Storage area for shallow water vessels and barges in UMM AL QUWAIN

CERTIFICATE OF APPRICIATION for AL SOL MARINE SERVICES -
Event held on 28-Feb-2017 at KOTRA Office located in Arenco Tower, Dubai & AL SOL MARINE SERVICES represented by Mr. JAMES STANLEY MARTIN awarded with "CERTIFICATE OF APPRICIATION" by Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (Government of Korea).

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.

GE-LA productivity project expanding port-wide -
More terminals in the Port of Los Angeles can now participate in a pilot program to gather and test the merits of Big Data in the supply chain. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission Thursday approved an extension of the cutting-edge pilot project to create the Los Angeles-GE Transportation port-wide “system of...

Brazil’s Log-In reels from boxes lost overboard, lower volume -
The Log-In Pantanal after the loss of nearly 50 containers in a storm. Brazil’s sole surviving domestically owned container line, Log-In Logistica, is reeling following the loss of 47 containers into the sea and a decline in volumes in the second quarter. The Captaincy of the Ports of São Paulo (CPSP), which...

Russia considers ending Belt and Road rail cooperation -
China's Belt and Road aims to link the country to the world via sea and land routes. Russia is considering ending its cooperation with China’s Belt and Road program because of a lack of funding and delays in project implementation, according to sources in Russia’s Ministry of Transport. The dispute focuses on...

Roadrunner to sell Unitrans as it reconfigures 'portfolio' -
Roadrunner Transportation Systems is trying to steady the wheel after hitting several speed bumps. In the latest step in an ongoing financial and operational reorganization, Roadrunner Transportation Systems is selling cold-chain logistics subsidiary Unitrans International Logistics for $95 million. Unitrans will be acquired by Quick International Courier, which specializes in expedited...

Global port volume heads for a six-year high -
The Port of Rotterdam saw its throughput rise 9.3 percent in the first half to 6.6 million TEU. Credit: PA The solid increase in container volume being reported by the world’s carriers in the first half of 2017 was mirrored by global port throughput that is on track for its strongest...

Port Houston adds space at Bayport terminal -
Port Houston's Bayport terminal turned 10 this year and continues to grow. Construction has begun at Port Houston’s Bayport terminal on a 25-acre yard that will add space for storage, maintenance, and repair of empty containers and chassis while freeing up another site at the terminal for cargo handling. Terminal Link Texas...

New alliances unevenly impact Hamburg as traffic stalls -
Hamburg's position up the Elbe River limits how heavily loaded ships can be when calling the port. The port of Hamburg’s container traffic stalled in the first half of the year as the launch of new carrier alliances benefited one of its terminal operators at the expense of a rival stevedore. Europe’s...

Strong demand keeps DFDS rally rolling -
DFDS' growth was fastest in the Nordic region. DFDS says it remains on track to top last year’s record financial result after the leading European roll-on, roll-off and logistics company’s second-quarter earnings jumped almost 12 percent as a result of strong demand. The Danish group, which operates a 50-ship fleet, boosted pre-tax...

Idle fleet sticks despite strong cargo demand -
The prevalance of mega-ships has made existing capacity sufficient despite growing demand. The idle container ship fleet has crept slightly higher even as strong cargo demand across all liner trade lanes continues to spur activity in the charter market, according to industry analyst Alphaliner. First-half container volumes are up 6.7 percent year...

JOC Top 50 LTL Carriers: Small carriers, fast growth -
The top 25 LTL carriers made up more than 90 percent of the total revenue represented by the rankings.  Growth rates in trucking are not always connected to size. While larger truckload carriers last year outperformed their smaller competitors in terms of revenue growth, the opposite often was true in the...

CP’s new Detroit-Vancouver service aimed at auto parts, grain -
The new Canadian Pacific service provides opportunities for industrial and agricultural shippers alike. Canadian Pacific Railway has launched a new direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit primed to supply the Michigan manufacturing hub with auto part imports and potentially tap the regional manufacturing and agriculture base for exports out of...

Port Freeport resin packaging center targets Latin America -
A&R Logistics, which last month announced a bulk-to-containers packaging center for plastic resins at the Port of Savannah, is developing a similar operation at Port Freeport, Texas, to focus on exports to Latin America. The Freeport project comes as several polymer plants in Texas and Louisiana prepare by early 2018 to...

UK forwarders: Brexit customs proposal short on details -
Andrew Baxter, managing director at logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group, said the UK government was taking a positive approach to minimising the customs issues that could be caused by Brexit. Credit: Europa Worldwide Trade and customs arrangements dominated the first of several papers to be released by the UK government outlining...

UTC expands in Guyana -
UTC Overseas, recognized leaders in global project cargo logistics, today announced the expansion of its presence in Guyana with the appointment of Bob Stevens, the firm’s Caribbean Field Director, to support its recently opened Guyana office.  Stevens, who holds dual Belize/British citizenship, has detailed experience in the region.  He has...

CMA CGM-NYSHEX pact offers US exporters peak season reliability -
CMA CGM recently added extra loaders to the ports covered by the pact. US shippers exporting out of the Gulf and Southeast can work to ensure their containers will get on the ship for Asia amid pressure on carriers to prioritize imports during peak season, thanks to a new partnership between...

Maersk drops market share pursuit to focus on profitability -
Maersk Line will not be ordering any new mega-ships this year or in 2018. Maersk Line used the container shipping price war last year to gain significant market share, but that strategy is over and the focus is now on maintaining a profitable business rather than growing its share of the...

New pact with China could propel rice to major US export -
US exports of containerized rice surged more than 40 percent in the first half. A new bilateral agreement could open China’s huge market to US rice as early as next year and propel now moderate rice volume through Oakland and other ports. “The signing of the phytosanitary agreement was a big, big...

Indian dockworkers again threaten strike over port reforms -
The reform of India's port administration system has been a contentious issue for years. Labor federations representing dockworkers at Indian major, or public, ports have revived their call for a nationwide indefinite strike from Aug. 18 after months-long negotiations with government authorities broke down amid differences over issues tied to port...

Damco breaks even, takes cyber hit -
Ocean volumes were down but air cargo traffic was up at Damco. Damco broke even in the second quarter compared with a year-earlier profit of $10 million as Maersk Group’s freight forwarding and supply management unit was impacted by thinner ocean margins, a cyber attack, and increased product investments. The Netherlands-based company...

Rickmers Maritime closes on ship sale -
The saga of Rickmers Maritime has come to an end. Rickmers Maritime, the bankrupt charter ship owner, raised an extra $4 million as it closed on the sale of its remaining nine container ships. The Singapore-based company is selling the classic Panamax vessels to New York Stock Exchange-listed Navios Partners for $59...

As IOC Books Cargoes, Nigerian October Liftings Mixed -
India's IOC booked a total of 4 million barrels from traders Shell and Total, while Nigeria's initial October export plans mostly showed slipping levels. Export plans for Forcados, Qua Iboe, Bonny Light, Bonga Erha, Amenam and Usan nearly all showed lower figures compared with September.

MES Delivers Another Bulk Carrier -
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. "Cyclades" (MES Hull No. 1958) at its Tamano Works on August 17th, 2017 to Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, Hellenic Republic.

Strong Capesize Rates Push Baltic Index Higher -
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday as rates for capesize vessels moved higher. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels…

Project to Build World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship -
Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier…

Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators -
Responders are continuing the search for five missing Army aviators from a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, Oahu, Wednesday. En route is Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) and crew, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Honolulu.

HMM to Launch Arctic Sea Service -
South Korea’s leading container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine Co (HMM) is considering launching a regular liner service via the Arctic Sea, a move that could cut transits between Asia and Europe considerably, reported Pulse. South Korea’s…

Global Ports Sells Logistika-Terminal to PJSC TransContainer -
Global Ports Investments PLC announced that First Container Terminal Inc., one of the Group’s sea terminals, has signed an agreement to sell its 100% shares in JSC Logistika-Terminal (LT), one of the Group’s two inland terminals, to PJSC TransContainer…

DoJ Closes Vantage Probe Over Petrobras Deal -
Vantage Drilling International, announced  that it has received a letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) acknowledging Vantage's full cooperation in the DOJ's investigation concerning possible violations by Vantage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…

Theresa May hails HMS Queen Elizabeth -
The Royal Navy’s new flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed in her home port of Portsmouth early on Wednesday morning and was greeted Prime Minister Theresa May visited the aircraft carrier and hailed it as a symbol of the UK’s maritime might, said a press release from UK Chamber of Shipping.

Colac Remembered -
Despite being in the thick of action on many occasions, Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac ended the Second World War with only two members of her ship’s company killed and two wounded, another amazing ship and crew being remembered 75 years on.