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12th August 2018

Major fire in Port of Antwerp triggers disaster plan

A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.

Source: The Brussels Times

10th August 2018

Kotug tows the line with Attenborough hull

Kotug Smit Towage has towed the 10,000-tonne hull of RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship to the Cammell Laird basin in the UK.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

10th August 2018

OLA Groups with another breakbulk shipment of a crawler crane

OLA Groups Logistics have recently arranged the breakbulk shipping of a crawler crane to Jakarta in Indonesia.

Source: AJOT

8th August 2018

DP World to take over Unifeeder

Once the Dubai-based terminal operator gets the regulatory green light, it'll have a clear path to add the world's second biggest independent feeder company to its logistics portfolio in a deal worth €660m.

Source: Baltic Transport Journal

6th August 2018

UAL adds Fortitude to roster

The Netherlands-headquartered Universal Africa Lines (UAL) has added the multipurpose ship UAL Fortitude to its fleet of vessels serving the West African market.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

6th August 2018

Seahawk - a case study in complex, import project cargo logistics

A move of three unassembled air cooling condensers to three different construction sites added layers of complexity to an international logistics solution.


4th August 2018

LNG to become the fuel of choice for shipping?

Looking at LNG as a marine fuel, the IEA, in their 2017 World Energy Outlook estimates the market potential to 26 million tons per annum by 2030. According to DNV GL, LNG could account up to one-third of marine fuels by 2050.

Source: The Maritime Executive

3rd August 2018

Maersk Line moves record breaking break bulk cargo from South India to China

Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group, creates new record by successfully moving the largest ever break bulk cargo at 103 ft in length and weighing over 16 tons from Krishnapatnam to Tianjin, China.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

2nd August 2019

Hirtshals' new link to Norway

The Norwegian shipping company Egil Ulvan has incorporated the Danish seaport into its multipurpose service that covers almost the entire western coast of Norway.

Source: Baltic Transport Journal

2nd August 2018

SC Lowy leads largest Italian shipping debt transaction

SC Lowy, an international banking and finance group specialised in fixed income, has led the largest Italian shipping debt transaction as it acquires the portfolio of bad loans from Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a large Italian lender participated by the state.

Source: Dry Bulk

1st August 2018

Cement exempted from India's coke import ban

According to Argus Media, India's Supreme Court has finalised a ban on petroleum coke imports that exempts some key industrial users such as cement.

Source: Dry Bulk

31st July 2018

Slovenia to build new Adriatic mooring for RORO ships

LJUBLJANA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port Koper at Adriatic Sea has been granted green light to build a new mooring for vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, also called RORO (roll-on/roll-off) ships.

Source: Xinhuanet

30th July 2018

New Gulf- Australia breakbulk service

LEER, Germany: BBC Chartering has launched a new monthly project and heavy lift cargo service between the Gulf, India and Australia.

Source: FreightEurasia

29th July 2018

Oil and Gas equipment and pipes from UAE to Iraq

The Iraq member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC), FLS-KAA, recently won a contract to move about 11.000 freight ton Oil and Gas equipment and pipes from UAE to Iraq.

Source: Heavy Cargo News

27th July 2018

Ghent developing all-weather terminal

The roofed loading bay and warehouse in Ghent represents an investment of more than EUR50 million (USD58.4 million).

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

26th July 2018

Antwerp port steels for trade tariff blowback

Antwerp is one of the largest ports in Europe, where Millions of tons of cargo transit every year, its top trading partner is - by far - the United States.

Source: EuroNews

26th July 2018

Global Shipping - Ambitious Plans to Reduce Emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a strategy this year for reductions by the shipping industry of CO2 emissions. The UN agency adopted goals that would reduce ocean-carrier emissions by 50 percent by 2050, compared to 2008 levels.

Source: Global Trade

25th July 2018

Canadian Government comments on wheat resumption to Japan

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, issued the following statement on 20 July on the announcement by Japan's agricultural ministry that it had lifted the temporary suspension of trade in Canadian wheat.

Source: Dry Bulk

25th July 2018

SAL Heavy Lift ships ten engines from Italy to the Great Lakes

With great anticipation people in L’Anse, Michigan, US were waiting for the arrival of MV Palabora, owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, member in Germany to the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network.

Source: Heavy Cargo News

20th July 2018

JAL Cargo to use Silk Way for Japan-EU trade

BAKU, Azerbaijan: July 20, 2018. Following the signing of a new EU-Japan trade deal that covers 25 percent of world GDP, JAL Cargo is to begin using Silk Way West Airlines 747-8 freighter capacity between Asia and Europe via Baku.

Source: FreightWeek

20th July 2018

Corpus Christi welcomes wind shipments

Port of Corpus Christi’s recently developed breakbulk cargo laydown yard, the Rincon West Yard, has received its first shipment of wind turbine components.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

19th July 2018

Shipping losses decline, but risks remain

Large shipping losses have declined by more than a third (38 percent) over the past decade, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2018.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

19th July 2018

Fincantieri secures an order for two cruisers

TUI Cruises has entrusted the Italian shipyard with the delivery of two GT 161k-big cruise ships, both of which will be powered by liquefied natural gas.

Source: Harbours Review

19th July 2018

Port of Corpus Christi Expands Capacity for Wind Turbines

Port of Corpus Christi is well-known for its energy exports, but it is also the Gulf Coast's leading port for a specific category of energy imports: wind turbines for onshore wind farms. To accommodate the growing volume of turbine components arriving in Texas, Port of Corpus Christi is investing in its breakbulk capacity.

Source: The Maritime Executive

19th July 2018

Maersk Line, MSC Team up with ZIM

2M partners, Danish carrier Maersk Line and its Swiss-based counterpart Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), have entered into a strategic cooperation deal with Israeli shipping company ZIM on the Asia – US East Coast trade.

Source: World Maritime News

19th July 2018

Shipping losses decline, but risks remain

Large shipping losses have declined by more than a third (38 percent) over the past decade, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2018.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

17th July 2018

Antwerp Port Posts Best Half-Year Results

Supported by increased container volumes, the port of Antwerp has set new records with the best half-year results ever.

Source: OPCA Network of Project Agents

13th July 2018

Wärtsilä signs €170 million scrubber deal

The year 2020 is approaching along with the Sulphur Cap regulation of 0.5%, putting pressure on maritime agents to decrease emissions, and to utilise new innovations for environmentally sound vessels and services in the marine industry.

Source: Ship Management International

12th July 2018

Maritime UK responds to UK Government's Brexit White Paper

The Chairman of Maritime UK, David Dingle, has issued a statement responding to the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper.

Source: Ship Management International

11th July 2018

H&P adds a giant to its fleet

H&P’s offshore department, headed by Robert Fowler, will be responsible for managing the vessel.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

10th July 2018

Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) appoints new member in Belgium

Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) appoints Heavy Logistics nv. as exclusive country member for Belgium with immediate effect.

Source: Heavy Cargo News

9th July 2018

Ocean Volatility; Rising Rage

Rising freight rates are by no means a new annoyance to the industry. The increases and decreases in ocean rates have frustrated many freight forwarders for years, however, is there a risk that due to capacity surges and an expectation on carriers to deliver efficiently, both in terms of speed and cost, ocean freight is going to become unstainable, loathed form of distribution for many freight forwarders? Let’s see.
Source: Forwarder Magazine

7th July 2018

BNSF Logistics Acquires Unlimited Freight

BNSF Logistics, LLC, a leading multi-modal third-party logistics service provider, today announced the acquisition of Unlimited Freight, a New Braunfels, Texas-based 3PL.

Source: Heavy Lift News

5th July 2018

Start-up forwarder overtakes £1m turnover mark in six months

An ambitious and privately-owned London-based freight forwarding company, headed up by experienced businesswoman Shatha Aziz, has hit the £1m turnover mark just six months after it launched.

Source: Forwarder Magazine

5th July 2018

Global Trade Magazine's Top 50 Power Ports

Ever since the first commercial transaction was conducted by sea at Florida’s Port of Jacksonville in 1562, Americans have relied on seaports to help move merchandise around the globe.

Source: GlobalTrade Magazine

2nd July 2018

Höegh handles shunt reactor

Höegh Autoliners has transported a shunt reactor from Jebel Ali, UAE, to Antwerp using its recently developed super-low roll trailer, designed to cater for higher breakbulk and project cargoes.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

28th June 2018

Peters & May breaks its record

Following the 2018 Caribbean sailing season, which usually lasts from the end of November until June, Peters & May loaded the yachts on to the vessel in Fort Lauderdale and Antigua for one of its seven sailings back to Rotterdam and Southampton.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

27th June 2018

Ganga Jal Marg project going ‘full steam ahead’

The Varanasi river terminal under the World Bank-aided Ganga Jal Marg Vikash Project will be completed this year, ahead of schedule, according to sources. In a recent assessment, the Bank expressed satisfaction at the progress of the ₹5,369-crore project. Jal Marg Vikash is an ambitious infrastructure project of the Narendra Modi government and is expected to have an electoral impact.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

27th June 2018

New customer praises successful export operation through Immingham Port

A heavy lift project cargo item has been brought to ABP’s port of Immingham for export on to Mariupol in Ukraine in what was praised as a successful joint operation.

Source: PortNews

26th June 2018

BOCS names Cory Brothers in UK

Cory Brothers has been appointed by Bremen-based BOCS as the general agent in England and Wales for the latter's services to West African ports.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

25th June 2018

Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerp

Railport Antwerp, a joint initiative by Antwerp Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation and the industry associations Essenscia Vlaanderen and VOKA-Alfaport, is to expand its activities. The company will actively serve rail transport in the port, including intermodal container transport, with the aim of doubling the proportion of rail transport in the port of Antwerp over the next few years. An important step in this process is the appointment of Nils van Vliet as CEO.

Source: Port of Antwerp

22nd June 2018

Port of Amsterdam all set for LME packages

The arrival of two Gantry ship-to-shore cranes in the Port of Amsterdam today will see a long-held wish of the Port become a reality: strengthening the position of the terminals in the ferrous and nonferrous metal markets for both short and deep-sea cargo.

Source: Port of Amsterdam

21st June 2018

Ports must plan for electric charging

Electric power trains will solve global CO2 emissions challenges but terminals need to account for charging requirements, according to an electromobility expert.

Source: Port Strategy

21st June 2018

CMA CGM to buy European shortsea specialist Containerships

Leading global container shipping group CMA CGM has agreed to buy European shortsea container shipping and logistics specialist Containerships from Container Finance Ltd Oy, along with Container Finance’s entire shipping, port and terminal holdings in Multi-Link Terminals Ltd and CD Holding Oy.

Source: Lloyd's Loading List

20th June 2018

Jones Act-compliant system for offshore installation

Netherlands-based GustoMSC and Barge Master have joined forces to develop a Jones Act-compliant feeder barge system for offshore wind energy projects in the USA.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

15th June 2018

Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam

A scrubber technology that saves on fuel costs while at the same time complying with the IMO 2020 0.5% sulfur emission regulations. Van Oord, also active in dredging and the construction of wind farms at sea, sees benefits in this solution.

Source: Port of Rotterdam

15th June 2018

HSH ready to invest

Germany’s HSH Nordbank, once the world’s largest ship financier, is reportedly setting its sights on a return to maritime investments after years of financial turmoil.

Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International

14th June 2018

Rising fuel costs hurting US shippers on land and at sea

Rising fuel prices are adding to the spiralling supply chain costs faced by US shippers already reeling from increasing costs due to a trucking capacity crunch.

Source: Lloyd's Loading List

11th June 2018

Container Trade Rises

Rotterdam secures first place after achieving 10% growth in 2017, while Valencia regains lead position in the Mediterranean

5th June 2018

Freight Association Repeats call for end to shipping line surcharges

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, is repeating the calls it has made previously for an end to surcharges imposed by shipping lines.

4th June 2018

Fehn sets sail with next phase of Eco Flettner

Fehn Ship Management’s 4,200 dwt general cargo vessel Fehn Pollux has arrived in Leer for the next stage in the installation of a newly developed sail propulsion system, the Eco Flettner.

May/June issue 2018

HMC eyes heavy lift

Heerma Marine Contractors (HMC) will discontinue its offshore pipe laying activities and focus entirely on heavy lift, decommissioning and renewable energy activities.

Source: Heavy Lift Magazine

May/June issue 2018

New agents strengthen AAL's European footprint

Multipurpose shipping line AAL has strengthened its European network with the appointment of new agentsin Belgium, France and Spain, while adding new staff in Germany.

Source: Heavy Lift Magazine

May/June ssue 2018

Ocean-7 have opened up a new office

Ocean-7 have opened up a new office in Bangkok and Thailand in a joint venture with WeShip projects

Source: Heavy Lift Magazine

May/June ssue 2018

Ocean-7 have opened up a new office

Ocean-7 have opened up a new office in Bangkok and Thailand in a joint venture with WeShip projects

Source: Heavy Lift Magazine

May/June issue 2018

Geodis opens in Uganda

Geodis has opened an office in Kampala, Uganda that will initially cater to the surge in industrial projects currently taking place in the East Africa region.

Source: Heavy Lift Magazine

31st May 2018

Port of Rotterdam CEO calls EU to invest more in ports

During the 15th ESPO conference, the CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein, called the European Union to increase its investments in the infrastructure of ports and hinterland connections. This will further enhance Europe’s economy and competitive position.

25th May 2018

Ocean freight rates stable ahead of summer peak season

Ocean freight rates are relatively stable and slot availability seems ample on front haul container trades ahead of the summer peak season. However, there are mixed expectations on whether spot rates could soon rise on key trades, including China-Europe, and rising fuel costs are also set to become a factor.

22nd May 2018

New kombi shuttle between Baltic Germany and the Czech Republic

ECL and DSV Road have set up a new rail service for containers and trailers that runs between the Port of Lübeck's Baltic Rail Gate intermodal terminal and Zaječí in the South Moravian Region.

Source: Baltic Transport Journal

12th March 2018

Technological Development Innovation in Ports of the Future

Long term trends show a shift from labour to IT, a slowing down of growth and a change of cargo types and shipping patterns. The changes in ports will be more rapid, but they are uncertain. In response Adaptive Port Planning is required and the infrastructure has to become more flexible.

Source: Global Maritime Hub

11th January 2018

Transhipment at North Sea Canal ports hits record of 100 million tonnes

The positive economy led to a 2.5 percent increase in the transhipment of goods at the Port of Amsterdam to 81.3 million tonnes in 2017. Together with the other seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, transhipment rose to a record level of 100.8 million tonnes.

This is the message from the provisional transhipment figures released today. In IJmuiden, transhipment was up 7 percent to 18.5 million tonnes. Beverwijk saw transhipment increase to 800,000 tonnes (up 6 percent). Zaanstad booked an increase of 35 percent to 300,000 tonnes.

Source: Port of Amsterdam