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Russian freighter with illegal arms bound for Nigeria and USA arrested in South Africa
Russian general cargo ship LADA was arrested by South Africa authorities after security check on Aug 19 off Elizabeth Port. Inspection was carried out after anonymous tip-off, reporting possible arms trafficking. The ship, prior to check and arrest, off loaded 14 containers with legal cargo at Port of Ngqura, northeast of Port Elizabeth. Arms and explosives were found in 20 containers on board, allegedly illegal. Arms were destined, according to South Africa s criminal investigative organization, The Hawks, for Lagos Nigeria and USA.
Five general cargo ships grounded by storm, Kaohsiung
Five general cargo ships were beached by storm early in the morning Aug 23 along Kaohsiung beaches, TAI CANG HU 1 and AN LI 669 are aground to the south of Kaohsiung entrance, and SHUN HONG (IMO 8748232), CHANG LONG 68 and FLYING DRAGON (Call sign Q9L5D) are aground to the north. There are 66 crew on board of grounded ships, they re said to be relatively safe, Coast Guard helicopters are on standby to evacuate the crews if situation worsens. No salvage possible until weather improvement.
Higher Charter Rate for Diana s Capesize Bulker
Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has secured more work for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Semirio. The company inked a time charter contract with Hong Kong-based Pacific Bulk Cape Company for the 174,261 dwt ship.
As informed, the gross charter rate is USD 20,050 per day for a period of minimum ten to about twelve months. This is a considerably higher rate given that the 2007-built ship is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at USD 14,150 per day.
HHLA, Hapag-Lloyd and Becker Marine Test Alternative Power Supply for Ships
Terminal operator HHLA, container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and technology supplier Becker Marine Systems have successfully tested alternative power supply for ships while on layovers in the Port of Hamburg.
Over the past few weeks, the parties have been testing a prototype of the mobile power generator multiple times with some of Hapag-Lloyd s giant 20,000 TEU containerships. This is said to represent a further step toward improving air quality at the Port of Hamburg.
Mumbai Maersk Sets World Record for Highest-Ever Load
Maersk s second generation Triple-E vessel Mumbai Maersk has loaded 19,038 TEU, setting a world record for highest-ever load for a single containership and surpassing the 19,000-mark for the very first time for any vessel in the world.
The world record load has raised a new bar for Maersk, beating Madison Maersk s record of 18,215 TEU, which was achieved in 2015. The ship left the dock of Tanjung Pelepas Port, Malaysia, over the past weekend and is headed toward Europe, its first stop being the Port of Rotterdam on September 5.
Euronav Offloads Suezmax Oldie
As part of its fleet renewal program, Belgian crude oil shipping company Euronav has disposed of a 1998-built Suezmax tanker. The 146,640 dwt Cap Romuald was sold for USD 10.6 million to an unnamed buyer.
As informed, the Suezmax was delivered to its new owner on August 22, 2018. Following the sale, Euronav said it will record a capital gain of approximately USD 9 million in the current quarter.
Bangladesh s 1st LNG Import Terminal Inaugurated
Bangladesh s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, Moheshkhali Floating LNG (MLNG) terminal, located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, has officially commenced operations, Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited said.
The commissioning of the terminal took place on August 18, 2018 , and the facility has begun delivering natural gas to the Chittagong region of Bangladesh, marking the first time the country has received natural gas from the global market.
Teekay LNG Raises USD 100 Mn from Bond Issuance
Owner and operator of gas carriers Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has collected around USD 100 million from the issuance of NOK 850 million of bonds. The senior unsecured bonds mature in August 2023 in the Norwegian bond market.
"Teekay LNG expects to close the bond offering on August 29, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions," the company said. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the bonds for refinancing of existing bonds and/or general partnership purposes.
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II to Increase Capacity by More than 20 Pct by 2019
Thanks to the ongoing efficiency improvements, APM Terminals Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam is to increase capacity by more than 20% by 2019. The terminal will be able to accommodate the additional volume by utilizing two new Super Quay Cranes which arrived in Rotterdam in June 2018.
Once the cranes are operational, they will contribute to much-needed capacity. After the full commissioning, the terminal will be able to service two triple-E vessels simultaneously, with five SQCs each.
Hafnia Tankers, BW Tankers Looking into Merger
Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers is exploring the possibility of consolidation with BW Tankers, part of BW Group, Hafnia s CEO Mikael Skov said announcing the company s results for the second quarter of 2018.
The merger is being explored on the back of BW Group s acquisition of 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct. Carsten Mortensen, CEO of BW Group, said at the time that a further integration of BW Tankers and Hafnia tankers would be looked into.
ConocoPhillips, PDVSA Seal USD 2 Bn Settlement
U.S. energy corporation ConocoPhillips has signed a USD 2 billion settlement agreement with PDVSA, Venezuelan state-owned oil company. The deal relates to PDVSA s failure to meet contractual obligations as indicated by an arbitral tribunal in April 2018, constituted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
The Venezuelan company agreed to pay USD 500 million within a period of 90 days from the time of signing, while the rest of the amount would be paid quarterly over a period of 4.5 years.
World s 1st LNG-Powered Cruise Ship Sees the Light of Day
AIDAnova, the world s first cruise ship powered with LNG, has left Meyer Werft s building dock in Papenburg, Germany. It took almost two hours to float out AIDA Cruises newbuilding in the evening hours of August 21.
The 180,000-ton vessel will now berth at Meyer Werft s outfitting pier where its mast and funnel cladding will be fitted. In addition, further testing with LNG will be performed on the ship s engines and acceptance procedures by the shipowners will also take place.
Ship Finance Adding Three Boxships with Long Term Charters
Ship Finance International Limited has reached an agreement to acquire three large container vessels in combination with long term time charters.
The company informed that the vessels in question are modern eco-design built in 2015 with 10,600 TEU carrying capacity. The units are expected to join their new owner in the near term. Ship Finance International did not reveal the purchase price for the trio.
Philippines : Solon seeks better government services for seafarers
Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento is asking the House Committee on Transportation to look into the status of pre-departure, on-site and other support services provided by government agencies to seafarers.
He noted that the Philippines remains to be the top source of seafarers around the world and continues to benefit from the billions of remittances being poured into the country every year by Filipino seafarers.
"There is a need to ensure that the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Office of MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority) and OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), and other concerned agencies, are complementing their efforts in order to provide effective and integrated support services to our seafarers, to prevent the wastage of funds and to ensure that we really deploy and maintain competent seafarers who have undergone quality training," Sarmiento said in filing House Resolution 2022.
Marked Recovery In Container Volumes At The Port Of Gothenburg
During the first six months of this year, container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 19 per cent, from 318,000 to 378,000 TEUs. The number of cars and intra-European ro-ro units shipped increased by ten and four per cent respectively, whilst the energy segment fell by three per cent. The figures are taken from the Port of Gothenburg s recently published mid-year volume report.
Recovery in the container sector
The vast majority of Swedish foreign trade takes place by sea. In the case of trade with countries outside Europe, it is most common for freight to be transported by container ship.
Konecranes wins large repeat order for container cranes in Lithuania
JSSC Klaipedos Smelte in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, has placed a large repeat order with Konecranes for ten Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. The delivery of the RTG cranes will be completed in November 2019 and the STS cranes in December 2019. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.
In August 2018 Konecranes signed a contract with JSSC Klaipedos Smelte in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, for the supply of ten Konecranes RTG cranes and two Konecranes STS cranes.