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Nominations open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019 -
Dubai, UAE: Nominations are now open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019, which will take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday, October 21st.

TMS launches Ship Finance and Trade conference -
The Maritime Standard, the Dubai-based publisher and events organisers, has announced that the fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held on Wednesday 6th November at Sofitel Abu Dhabi. This represents a move to a new, more modern venue.

The Maritime Standard launches 2019 Awards -
Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based publisher and events organiser, The Maritime Standard, has officially launched the Maritime Standard Awards 2019. The company has confirmed they will be held at The Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, on Monday, 21st October.

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.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year -
UAE Ports & Shipping Directory Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019

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.

Mexico trucking benchmarks to launch in August -
[caption caption="Trucking rate information from nine shippers underpins the launch of a benchmarking system that will enable shippers to compare the rates truckers are offering with a market average. Photo credit: Shutterstock"][/caption]Mexican shippers trying to cut trucking costs amid the country’s tight capacity and elevated rates will soon be able...

Amid sagging trans-Pacific spot rates, analysts forecast mild peak -
[caption caption="Friday’s spot rates on the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index show that rates in the US import trade from Asia are roughly where they were in mid-July 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With two analysts expecting less than 3 percent growth this peak season, carriers’ only hope to enjoy an upswing in...

US drayage rates rise as length of haul shrinks -
[caption caption="Although domestic drayage rates continue to climb off of record highs in 2018, shippers are not moving containers as many miles, so their overall expenses have fallen nearly 20 percent this year, according to DrayNow. Photo credit: JZ Expedited Companies."][/caption]Drayage expenses have fallen nearly 20 percent this year, according...

Operational gains path to early shipping decarbonization -
[caption caption="Slow-steaming, enhanced vessel utilization, and hull fouling optimization are among the promising interim solutions to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) short-and mid-term decarbonization goals. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With insufficient supply of alternative fuels for the needs of the global shipping fleet and new ship designs years away from commercial...

Indian carriers question cabotage reform gains -
[caption caption="Cabotage liberalization has not been a boon to India’s containerized supply chains, the Indian National Shipowners Association says. Photo credit: PSA India."][/caption]Indian ship owners, reeling under heightened competition, have summarily dismissed an oft-repeated argument by their foreign counterparts that the national cabotage liberalization has propelled domestic transshipment and coastal...

US shippers seek balance on truck capacity seesaw -
[caption caption="Truck capacity is overflowing, but not all shippers are chasing the cheapest rates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The “mother of all truck capacity shortages” came to an end last year, and shippers in 2019 are awash in trucks — outside, perhaps, of a smattering of temporary, regional shortages that may accompany the...

ILWU, APM agree to automated LA terminal training -
[caption caption="With a deal reached on training, APM Terminals’ request for a construction permit needed to install electrical recharging equipment at Pier 400 in Los Angeles can move forward to the final stage of approval. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 and APM Terminals reached a...

Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low -
[caption caption="The tight market for industrial space around the Port of New York and New Jersey got tighter in the second quarter, as a new study shows that trucks are more likely to make their first stop near to the port than in the past. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]Warehousing...

Canadian ports drive PNW market share growth -
[caption caption="Laden import and export containers moving through the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle-Tacoma in 2018 increased 4 percent from 2017, according to PIERS, a JOC.com sister company within IHS Markit. Growth edged up less than 1 percent in the first half of 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Pacific Northwest region...

Ove Meyer resigns as Zeaborn’s managing director -
[caption caption="Ove Meyer will remain a managing partner of Bremen-based parent company Zeaborn Holding following his resignation as managing director of multipurpose/heavylift (MPV/HL) carrier group Zeaborn. Photo credit: Zeaborn."][/caption]Ove Meyer, co-founder and one of three Zeaborn shareholders, has resigned as managing director and withdrawn from all operational management of the...

Sponsored: Blurring division of customer, provider leading logtech possibilities -
Sponsored: At TPM19, Kontainers' CEO Graham Parker discussed insight from conference panelists on standardization and blockchain; early shipping industry experience that led to his founding of a software provider; building a consumer-type experience for freight forwarders, and the most-misunderstood area of technology.TPM19, Long Beach, California ...

Panalpina fends off rivals stirred by DSV takeover -
[caption caption="Panalpina's takeover by DSV, which valued the Swiss-based forwarder at $4.6 billion, should be completed by the fourth quarter. Photo credit: Shutterstock"][/caption] Rival forwarders have been trying to poach Panalpina customers and benefit from the company’s distraction since the DSV takeover announcement, according to Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen.“Our competitors went...

Sponsored: Port Houston details investment strategy -
Sponsored: Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther discusses the link between 2018 growth and the port's infrastructure investments, as well as regional economic factors at play.TPM19, Long Beach, California ...

Australian shippers feel pinch as DP World-labor woes escalate -
[caption caption="More than 600 workers started a two-day strike at DP World’s Sydney terminal on Thursday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Australian shippers already hit with detention fees and shipment delays are bracing for even more fallout as labor tensions escalated between Australia’s stevedoring union and DP World Australia (DPWA), operator of four...

Sponsored: Data determines ocean carrier leaders in reliability, sustainability -
Sponsored: Kuehne+Nagel Exec. Vice President of Ocean Freight Otto Schacht on the company's newest efforts to utilize the data they capture to provide better transparency into ocean carrier reliability as well as sustainability, with fuel consumption and carbon footprint measured for various trade lanes and vessels.TPM19, Long Beach, California ...

E2open builds container shipping beachhead -
[caption caption="Known primarily as a planning platform for manufacturers, E2open"][/caption]Large global shippers will always be tasked with managing a mix of old and new supply chain software, and thus have two paths to upgrade those systems.They can either invest in multiple systems — such as transportation management, visibility, or trade compliance...

US truckload pricing battle heats up -
[caption caption="Second quarter truckload revenue is expected to come in low as excess capacity and lower demand outweigh rate hikes. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US shippers pressing their trucking suppliers to return some or all of the double-digit rate increases they won last year are running into a problem: Carriers have spent...

Seasonal project cargo reaches Russia’s Amur gas plant -
[caption caption="An 835-ton demethanizer is transshipped from heavy-lift vessel to barge at De-Kastri port in Russia. Photo credit: Combi Lift."][/caption]Two massive pieces of project cargo have arrived this month at the site where Russian gas giant Gazprom is building the Amur Gas Processing Plant in a remote location of the...

PierPass fee increase takes effect Aug. 1 -
[caption caption="Revenue from the traffic mitigation fee is distributed to the 12 terminal operators at Los Angeles-Long Beach to help offset extra costs incurred operating night and weekend gates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) in Los Angeles-Long Beach beginning Aug. 1 will face a 1.9 percent increase in the...

CSX says lower truck rates hurting intermodal -
[caption caption="CSX remains confident about intermodal long term, but acknowledged July 16 that trucking rates are low enough that it's hurting containerized shipments and will continue to do so for the rest of the year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]CSX Transportation provided a grim outlook of the freight market in an earnings...

Canada's FortisBC to Export LNG to China -
FortisBC Energy Inc will export Canadian LNG produced by its small-scale LNG terminal in British Columbia to China starting in 2021.The Canadian natural gas utility, which has operated its Tilbury LNG plant since 1971, said in a press release that it has signed a two-year contract to ship 53…

New China-Europe Intermodal Route Opened -
Marking the opening of a new China-Europe freight train route a freight train left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, heading for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.According to a report in Xinhua, the train consists of 42 containers loaded with laptops…

McDermott Wins Pre-FEED Gig by YPF -
American multinational engineering company McDermott International announced it has been awarded a contract by Argentina-based YPF to provide pre-front-end engineering design (Pre-FEED) services for a five million tons per annum (MTPA) LNG Liquefaction Facility…

MOL Names 3rd Yamal LNG Carrier -
Japanese logistics major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.

ASCO Ships Lay Cable for Absheron Gas -
Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), the largest and oldest shipping company on the Caspian sea, informed that works on laying pipes in the Absheron gas condensate field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea are under way.“Aura”…

Navis Names Simon Doughty as GM, VP APAC -
Navis, the terminal operating systems (TOS) provider and part of Cargotec, has announced the appointment of maritime industry veteran Simon Doughty as the General Manager and Vice President for the APAC region.Doughty had previously served as…

TRIG Acquires French Wind Farms -
UK-based investment fund  The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has acquired stakes in four French onshore windfarms, with a total capacity of 107.8 MW. InfraRed’s listed renewables vehicle did not disclose financial details of acquisitions.

Second Tanker in Gulf Turns Sharply Towards Iran -
A second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, turned sharply north towards Iran's coast on Friday afternoon after passing westward through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf, according to Refinitiv tracking data.The turn took place at about 1600 GMT, the data showed, about 40 m

Iran: British-flagged Tanker Seized in Gulf -
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.Britain…

Vietnam: Chinese Vessel Violated its Sovereignty -
Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters.Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially…