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Novatek creates maritime arctic transport company

Novatek creates maritime arctic transport company

Moscow - Russia’s ship giant Novatek has confirmed plans for a new Arctic LNG transhipment hub. “Establishing an efficient Northern Sea Route shipping model is one of our key priorities to realize our long-term strategy,” says Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s chairman of the management board

Cargo throughput declines at Port of Hamburg

Cargo throughput declines at Port of Hamburg

Hamburg - The Port of Hamburg saw a 7.5 percent decline in total cargo throughput. Total throughput dropped to 32.7 million tons from 35.4 last year. Total throughput covers general cargo throughput (22.7 million tons, down 1.8 percent from last year) and bulk cargo throughput (10 million tons, down 18.2 percent)

Britain is determined to tackle “dirty money”
Greece, lenders reach initial agreement on bailout review
Plastic in the sea, Federagenti alliance

Plastic in the sea, Federagenti alliance

Porto Cervo - Federagenti, the Federation of Maritime Agents, has launched a truly multifaceted alliance to prevent and combat the emergency. Crews and officers on ship duty will participate in real time monitoring and reporting of concentrations of plastic waste

Leisure boating construction on the rise

Leisure boating construction on the rise

Viareggio - The leisure shipbuilding sector is among those with the highest growth rate in the Italian economy. The value of new builds in 2017 amounted to 2.3 billion euro, with a growth of 14%. The biggest contribution comes from the inboard motor segment.

Italian shipping, 3.5 billions in foreign investments

Italian shipping, 3.5 billions in foreign investments

Porto Cervo - Shipping is the sector that attracts the most foreign investments in Italy, between acquisitions, mergers and partnerships. Over the last ten years almost sixty companies have been either totally or partially acquired, or subsidised

Gioia Tauro, unions still worried

Gioia Tauro, unions still worried

Gioia Tauro - SOS calls for the port of Gioia Tauro, just as the Italian government launches the port’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The calls for help originate from the Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Ugl-Mare and Sul trade unions. “The current situation - they explain in a release - is beyond belief”

Marinoni and CSNI develop solutions to increase comfort on board ships
La Spezia, call for proposals for the Pagliari dock
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Greece says “still far” from a deal on Macedonia name row
BV: maritime division shows growth

BV: maritime division shows growth

Genoa - The Bureau Veritas Italia Group has held onto its positive trend from 2017 and even accelerated in the first quarter of 2018 with a turnover of €23.5 million, up 10.6% compared to the same period of the previous year. The positive trend is confirmed by the hiring of 40 new staff members since the beginning of the year

Switzerland: Rhine ports see increased traffic

Switzerland: Rhine ports see increased traffic

Basel - In the first quarter of 2018, freight traffic in Switzerland’s Rhine river ports amounted to 1.33 million tonnes, up 13.7% from 1.17 million tonnes in the first three months of last year. The increase is in part a consequence of comparison with the first quarter of 2017

Transport: agreement between Italy and Switzerland

Transport: agreement between Italy and Switzerland

Rome - A framework cooperation agreement was signed in Rome between ASTAG, the Swiss association of road haulage and passenger transport operators, and Trasportounito, an Italian association strongly rooted in the world of small and medium-sized companies that transport goods and passengers

Gioia Tauro, budget surplus of 77 million

Gioia Tauro, budget surplus of 77 million

Gioia Tauro - With a favourable opinion from the auditors, the Port Committee, which met at the headquarters of the Port Authority of Gioia Tauro, approved the final balance sheet for the 2017 fiscal year. The body closed its financial management, for the year, with a surplus of over €77 million

Euroseas spins off its dry bulk fleet

Euroseas spins off its dry bulk fleet

Maroussi - Greece-based owner of containerships and bulk carriers Euroseas has spun off its drybulk fleet into a separate company. Named EuroDry Ltd., the new company has applied for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market

Damen delivers 19-vessel order to Combi Lift

Damen delivers 19-vessel order to Combi Lift

Gorinchem - Damen has officially delivered on-time a complete 19-vessel order to Amur Assets Shipping, a joint venture set up by Combi Lift to support its role in the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant “Gazprom” 150 km from Russia’s border with China

Carnival opens the Helix Center in Barcelona

Carnival opens the Helix Center in Barcelona

Miami - Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, on 5th May officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives.

Gaslog hikes its dividend after a rise in profit

Gaslog hikes its dividend after a rise in profit

Monaco - Gaslog, an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas, LNG, reported a “record quarter of revenues and EBITDA”. On the back of these results, the company has announced a 7.1% increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to 15 cents per share.

DHL tightens the links between Europe and China

DHL tightens the links between Europe and China

Beijing - The world’s leading logistics company DHL has introduced biweekly scheduled flights between Incheon in South Korea, Wuxi in Jiangsu province in China and Frankfurt in Germany to cater to a growing airfreight demand between North Asia and Europe particularly in electronic products

Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Transas is completed

Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Transas is completed

Portsmouth - The technology group Wärtsilä announces that its acquisition of Transas, a global company headquartered in the U.K., has been finalised. Transas is a global market leader in marine navigationsolutions that include complete bridge systems, digital products and electronic charts

Rolls-Royce says will soon provide update on commercial marine unit
German minister urges EU unity in trade conflict with U.S.
Cosco Shipping Ports: +86% in revenues

Cosco Shipping Ports: +86% in revenues

Beijing - The board of directors of Cosco Shipping Ports Limited presents the unaudited condensed consolidated results of the Company and its subsidiaries for the three months ended 31 March 2018.

Metals and sugar face freight rate surge

Metals and sugar face freight rate surge

Paris - Dry bulk freight rates for the smaller sizes of ship are likely to rise significantly over the next three years as demand is expected to outstrip supply, a shipping analyst said Thursday. New orders for Handysize, Handymax and Supramax vessels were at extremely low levels

Norwegian ferry tests autodocking system

Norwegian ferry tests autodocking system

Oslo - A ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled is the first in the world to experiment with autodocking technology. Equipped with Wärtsilä’s innovative autodocking system, the 83-meter ferry Folgefonn concluded three months of testing with harbor docking trials in April

Fincantieri delivers the Seabourn Ovation

Fincantieri delivers the Seabourn Ovation

Genoa - It’s called Seabourn Ovation and it’s the latest extra-luxury cruise ship to be built in Genoa, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente. 40,350 tonnes gross tonnage, about 210m and 28m wide, Seabourn Ovation can reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots

Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Genoa - Ansaldo Energia has signed contracts in Tunisia for the construction of an electricity power plant and related services for a total of €240 million. The contract, signed with the Société Tunisienne de l’Élecriticité et du Gaz (STEG), relates to the construction of an open-cycle gas-fired power plant

Ten years of struggle to find a space where to grow

Ten years of struggle to find a space where to grow

Genoa - The history of Phase, the last mechatronic company that’s remained 100% Italian could have taken a different turn as early as 2008, when Venturini and his team – cramped in their old factory - asked the Municipality of Genoa for authorisation to open a new plant

The “Ferrari of electric motors” in the Port of Genoa / REPORT

The “Ferrari of electric motors” in the Port of Genoa / REPORT

Genoa - It’s difficult to believe that electric cars will ever replace traditional automobiles when it takes infinitely longer to recharge a battery than to fill a tank with petrol. Even the “fast” recharging stations take between forty minutes and an hour to give an electric car a range of just over 200 kilometres

Norwegian focuses on Civitavecchia and Venice

Norwegian focuses on Civitavecchia and Venice

London -With the delivery by Meyer Werft of Norwegian Bliss, the largest ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet, the company’s management has completed one of the stages of its development plan. NCL emphasizes the importance of the Mediterranean and Italy in particular

NCL Takes delivery of Norwegian Bliss

NCL Takes delivery of Norwegian Bliss

Bremerhaven - Meyer Werft delivered Norwegian Cruise Line’s new flagship, Norwegian Bliss at a ceremony in Bremerhaven. It is the third ship in the Breakaway-Plus class and will be followed by an additional vessel to be delivered next year

Interporto Venezia: sale to Volpi is off

Interporto Venezia: sale to Volpi is off

Milan - At least for the moment, the sale of the Interporto di Venezia to Gabriele Volpi, entrepreneur of logistics and second largest shareholder in Carige, is off. In a press release, the court-appointed liquidators of the companies in the Marghera logistical complex

Italo, sale to GIP closed

Italo, sale to GIP closed

Rome - The closing of the sale of Italo Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (Italo) shares to Global Infrastructure Partners III Funds was signed in execution of the sale contract signed on 11 February 2018. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was confirmed as the company’s chairman

German bank joins Responsible Ship Recycling Standard Initiative
French tycoon Bollore placed under formal investigation
Oldendorff boosts Babycape fleet

Oldendorff boosts Babycape fleet

Lübeck - German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers has decided to further expand its Babycape fleet by buying four and taking two bulkers on a period charter. The four vessels, as informed, have been bought from companies controlled by Interorient Navigation from Cyprus

Assiterminal, on a day of peace

Assiterminal, on a day of peace

Genoa - It lasted four hours, and those who were present at the assembly say that there had not been such a heated debate in some time. The agenda was the future of Assiterminal, the association of Italian terminal operators, the latest issue in the clash between Confcommercio and Confindustria

315 redundancies expected at Fedex Italia

315 redundancies expected at Fedex Italia

Rome - Transport unions have “declared a state of unrest for all workers employed at Fedex and TNT”. FILT CGIL, FIT CISL and Uiltrasporti have explained that with the merger between the two companies, “Fedex has launched a collective redundancy procedure, equivalent to 315 structural redundancies”

Ports: Spain takes over from Italy

Ports: Spain takes over from Italy

Genoa - In the ranking of countries in competitiveness, drawn up each year by the World Economic Forum, in the infrastructure category, Italy is in 27th place with 5.4 points (out of 7), while Spain is in 12th place with 5.9 points

“Survival of the European maritime technology sector depends on the EU”
How ports can help cut shipping gas emissions

How ports can help cut shipping gas emissions

Paris - Ports play an important role in reducing the global carbon footprint of maritime shipping, says a new report by the International Transport Forum. Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping currently represent around 2.6% of total global emissions

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London Thamesport boost short sea capacity

London Thamesport boost short sea capacity

London - Dutch-based transport company A2B-online Container B.V. has added a fourth weekly sailing on its service between Hutchison Ports London Thamesport and Moerdijk in The Netherlands. The new sailing was inaugurated on Wednesday April 18 by the first call of the A2B Spirit (ex-Norfeeder)

Port of Genoa plans to strengthen links to Spain and Morocco
Cruises: Italy ready to take the lead

Cruises: Italy ready to take the lead

Civitavecchia - The port of Barcelona is still number one when it comes to cruise passenger numbers in the Mediterranean, but it seems that it can now feel Civitavecchia breathing on its neck, threatening to take over: it has increased to 2.4 million passengers, less than 300,000 off the record held by the Catalan port

Bulc opposes limits for trucks at Brenner pass

Bulc opposes limits for trucks at Brenner pass

Vienna - The European Union, says its Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, will accept the Tyrol’s government-proposed fixed quota of one million trucks a year, only at “certain well-specified conditions.” Any limits to the freedom of passage would need to be justified

Fincantieri ready to start maintenance hub in Australia

Fincantieri ready to start maintenance hub in Australia

Rome - Fincantieri is ready to establish a maintenance and refurbishment hub in Australia for international cruise ships, if it wins the contract for the construction of a fleet of nine new frigates for the Australian Navy, a project worth 35 billion Australian dollars (around €23.5 billion)

EU in “contact with Italy” over port taxes

EU in “contact with Italy” over port taxes

Brussels - The European Commission has contacted Italy on the issue of ports, as it has done with other EU countries, with the aim of ensuring equal tax treatment for all. That is the position expressed by a spokesperson for the EU Commission