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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.

Maersk says it’s signing trans-Pac contracts at higher rates -
The recovery of short-term trans-Pacific rates “has happened already for...


Trans-Pacific contract talks to test carrier rate discipline -
Trans-Pacific ocean carriers’ newfound discipline on capacity could yield...


Taking a stand on US trade -

In the first few weeks of the new Trump administration, all international traders want to talk about, and with good reason, is where the new US president really stands on trade.



BNSF domestic intermodal gains offset ocean container traffic dip -
It highlights the hurdle the US Class I rail industry faces to grow...


Lack of transparency hampers containerized cold chain -
The largest pain point yet to resolve in refrigerated shipping is the lack...


Surprises in store for ILA contract talks -
Several ILA officials threw a surprise curve ball in a pre-negotiation...


Hold on for a trans-Pac rollercoaster -

Shipper concerns over fewer choices and options because of the significant changes that occurred to ocean carriers during 2016 is just one issue that will be echoed throughout the 17th Annual TPM Conference opening Feb. 26 in Long Beach. 



Experts: Harrison-run CSX would offer mixed bag for shippers -
CSX Transportation is geographically, financially, operationally, and...


Capacity discipline mitigates trans-Pac spot rate fall -
This development could signal that carriers will exert more discipline...


Eimskip boosts trans-Atlantic capacity after record year -
Eimskip says more acquisitions are on the way in 2017.


IAG cargo volume, revenue down -
The parent company of British Airways struggled a bit in 2016...


Mega-ships to US East Coast stoke barge potential -
Barge routes have had varied success around the United States.


US retailers destock, restock faster, boosting freight -
US retailers are seeking the right balance between in-store and online...


Finnlines posts record profit -
“For a fourth year in a row, we recorded an improvement in operating...


Russia doubles down on Arctic sea route -
New infrastructure is expected to be in place by 2021.


Blanked sailings blamed for JNPT congestion -
APM Terminals Mumbai said canceled sailings are largely to blame for a...


Asia-Europe spot rates stage first increase of the year -
After recording seven straight weeks of declines, spot rates on the China-...


Managing rates costs forwarders $500M annually, study finds -
Forwarders are wasting a huge amount of time and effort on managing the...


Eimskip enhances service to Portland, Maine -
Eimskip aims to make weekly visits by 2020.


APL unveils day-definite, guaranteed trans-Pac service -
APL product aims at shippers with day-definite intermodal shipment needs.


DryShips declares first dividend under new policy -
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the “Company” or “DryShips”), a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that its Board of Directors has decided to initiate a new dividend policy. Under this policy, the Company will pay…

Gloria reachstackers for Messina Group -
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has delivered nine Kalmar Gloria reachstackers to the Italian ro-ro and container shipping line Messina Group. The order includes a Kalmar Complete Care maintenance contract, which brings several advantages, such as financial predictability…

Oakland Port to see cranes going higher -
Up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today the $14 million-to-$21 million project will begin this spring at its largest marine terminal. The objective: make it easier to load…

AAPA Welcomes Ross the new U.S. Commerce Secretary -
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of America’s ports – was pleased to learn this evening that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Wilbur Ross as the nation’s new Secretary of Commerce. As commerce secretary, Mr.

Portland Port, ICTSI to terminate Lease -
ICTSI Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland have mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6. The agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31…

Butzelaar takes over from Whitworth as CEO, Seaspan -
On behalf of its Board of Directors, Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) announced today that long-serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Whitworth, will be retiring at the end of 2017. Jonathan announced to the Board in 2016 his timeline to retirement.

East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement in the offing -
The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service. “The U.S.

Mexico’s APM Terminals Open for Business -
APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s largest semi-automated terminal, received its first official vessel call today with the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah on the AC2 Transpacific service from Asia. “This is a milestone…

Socio-Economic Impact of EU Shipping Industry Remains Solid -
Adding supply chain and worker spending multiplier impacts, the shipping industry’s total employment contribution rises to 2.1 million people and its total GDP contribution is estimated to have been € 140 billion in 2015. These are the key findings…

HMAS Canberra Sees the Eye of the Tiger -
HMAS Canberra has achieved another aviation milestone embarking two Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters for the first time. The two Tigers, will join two MRH-90 Taipan medium lift helicopters and one MH-60R Seahawk conducting first of…