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“Free zone vs. effects of the EU Customs Code”

“Free zone vs. effects of the EU Customs Code”

Genova - “To take the opportunity provided by the Chinese plan for the new Silk Road, we must institute a free zone in Genoa,” says Riccardo Braggio, the President of ALCE, the Ligurian Association for Foreign Commerce

“Beware of microfragments poisoning the sea” / INTERVIEW
Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

La Spezia - Global warming not only increases the temperature of the oceansbut also contributes to their acidification, compromising the efficiency of the calcium skeleton processes of many animals, such as corals and molluscs

Prysmian aboard the “Energy Observer”

Prysmian aboard the “Energy Observer”

Milan - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announced its partnership with the “Energy Observer”, the world’s first catamaran powered solely by renewable sources, at the Paris Air Show today

Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice - The German company Lokomotion Rail, has introduced a new pair of trains on the freight rail link between Venice and Frankfurt, on behalf of DB Cargo. They were originally meant to be used on the Bologna-Frankfurt line

Taranto, freight down -30% in April

Taranto, freight down -30% in April

Taranto - In April this year,the port of Taranto moved 1.8 million tonnes of goods, for a -30.0% decrease from over 2.5 million tonnes in April 2016. Disembarked freight came to 969,000 tonnes (-46.1%) and embarked freight came to 818,000 tonnes (+8.2%)

Boating sector celebrates a return to 2011

Boating sector celebrates a return to 2011

Genova - It’s more than a recovery, it’s a comeback. After six whole years. Italian boating for the second consecutive year is growing in revenue, doing even better than expected. Yet, to date, the increase has only served to counter the enormous depression that the crisis had produced in the sector

Confitarma, council secures Mattioli’s candidacy

Confitarma, council secures Mattioli’s candidacy

Rome - Those present recount that when the scrutineers emerged with the resultsof the voting process for the new composition of Confitarma’s council, the tension was palpable, and a brief awkward silence ensued: the name Cesare d’Amico was not on the list

Goletta Verde raises alarm on the Ligurian Sea

Goletta Verde raises alarm on the Ligurian Sea

Genova - Nine heavily polluted sea sections, one polluted. These are the data that emerged from the 23 samplings that Goletta Verde of the Legambiente group carried out on various sea areas in Liguria, at outlets of streams and rivers: “A slight improvement compared to last year, when we had found 16 polluted points.”

Milestone Logistics leads an alliance in Spain

Milestone Logistics leads an alliance in Spain

Valencia - Milestone Logistics in Spain announces they are leading an alliancewith four other companies to offer full services in the supply chain. The “360 Alliance”, which offers logistics consulting services, international transport, warehouse logistics and packaging solutions, is led by Milestone Logistics

Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

Barcelona - The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has votedagainst accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose. A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today

“Logistics, our new challenge” / INTERVIEW

“Logistics, our new challenge” / INTERVIEW

“The port of Venice and its development - answers Pino Musolino, the President of the Venice-Chioggia Port System Authority - can contribute in a fundamentally important way, by supporting exports from companies in the region, by contributing to the growth of industry in the North East”

“Dark money in Volpi’s Swiss accounts”

“Dark money in Volpi’s Swiss accounts”

Genova - The business was discussed in anonymous and elegant Swiss offices,but it was the usual smugglers who carried the suitcases full of illegally acquired banknotes and kilograms of gold across the border. The techniques have been refined over time, for example, the organisation arranged SIM cards

PSA Voltri-Pra’, extended hours at gate

PSA Voltri-Pra’, extended hours at gate

Genova - As a result of the increase in the flow of container traffic at the PSA Terminal Voltri-Pra’, from 1 June to 15 September, acceptance hours will be extended at the lorry gate. The summer Monday to Friday operating hours are the following

Corsica Ferries, new lines and new jobs
New Boeing jet and F-35 lift spirits in Paris

New Boeing jet and F-35 lift spirits in Paris

Paris - The Paris Airshow opened under bright blue skies on Monday, with a new member of Boeing’s best-selling 737 range set to vie for attention with a potentially huge order for F-35 fighter jets and a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron

Star Bulk acquires a modern Supramax vessel

Star Bulk acquires a modern Supramax vessel

Athens - Star Bulk Carriers,a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Supramax dry bulk carrier from an unaffiliated third party

Spain: $123 mln lost amid two-day strike

Spain: $123 mln lost amid two-day strike

Barcelona - The latest round of dockworker strikes in Spain has cost the country EUR 110 million (USD 123 million), Spanish Ministry of Public Works said. The dockworkers launched a 48-hour strike on Wednesday, June 14 across Spanish ports after they were unable to reach a deal with employers’ association Anesco

Radioactive Waste Found on Maersk’s FPSO

Radioactive Waste Found on Maersk’s FPSO

Dhaka - The High Court of Bangladesh has halted the breaking of the floating oil production and storage tanker, “North Sea Producer”, following discovery of radioactive substances aboard the vessel. The radioactive substances accumulated over the years of processing crude oil were found in inside pipes

Genoa: “Dredging already called”

Genoa: “Dredging already called”

Genova - “The dredging of the channels to allow MSC’s new cruise ships -which will have greater draughts – entry into the cruise terminal has been called for in the three year Operational Plan for 2019. We will evaluate the time frame, and we are ready to accelerate it.”

Confitarma, Mattioli at the helm

Confitarma, Mattioli at the helm

Rome - Much ado about nothing. In the end, there will be no rift between the Genoese and everyone else. Yesterday, the wise men who are leading the search for the association’s new president met the “rebel” shipowners in Genoa, those who started the resistance to the choice of Mario Mattioli

Big breakbulk Genoa to Veracruz shipment / GALLERY
Fincantieri buys stake in Isselnord

Fincantieri buys stake in Isselnord

La Spezia - Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri said it has signed through one of its subsidiaries an agreement for the acquisition of a stake in Isselnord, an Italian company operating in defense-related sectors and in the main industrial branches in the civil sector, specialized in logistic support engineering

Big ships account for 80% of shipping’s CO2

Big ships account for 80% of shipping’s CO2

Oslo - At Nor-Shipping 2017, researchers with DNV GL released a study that points to the difficulty of reducing the industry’s CO2 output below current levels. The problem is structural: big cargo vessels emit 80% of shipping’s greenhouse gases, but they’re also the industry’s most efficient ships

Antwerp could be next China rail destination

Antwerp could be next China rail destination

Antwerp - Steel could be the key to making the Port of Antwerp the next major European cargo hub with a direct rail freight link with China. Port officials signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Port of Caofeidian

Regus opens offices in Genoa, eye on port / INTERVIEW

Regus opens offices in Genoa, eye on port / INTERVIEW

Genoa - Following its drive to expand in Italy with 35 business centres,Regus is now present in Genoa too. The Belgian company founded by Mark Dixon in 1989 - and present in Italy since 1997 - is opening a 1,300 sqm business centre next week; located in via De Marini, in Genoa’s San Benigno area

Brodosplit launches world’s largest sailing ship / GALLERY

Brodosplit launches world’s largest sailing ship / GALLERY

Split - Hull 483, the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. was launched today in Shipbuilding Industry Split Inc. There were many representatives of the buyer present at the launching ceremony, while Mrs. Ann Krafft, the wife of the owner of the company Mr. Mikael Krafft

Antwerp sets new record with “Madrid Maersk”

Antwerp sets new record with “Madrid Maersk”

Antwerp - A new record was set in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp Friday morning, June 9, when the “Madrid Maersk” moored there for the first time. With a length of 399 metres and a capacity of 20,568 TEU it is the largest container ship ever to call at the port, the company said

Shipowners welcome EU sea transport policy

Shipowners welcome EU sea transport policy

Brussels - European Transport Ministers adopted yesterday conclusions on the priorities for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2020. The conclusions endorse the content of the so-called “Valletta Declaration” adopted at the informal ministerial conference organised by the Maltese Presidency end of March

Greek debt relief could mean creditors waiting for up to 123 bln euros
European refiners see life after IMO 2020 / FOCUS

European refiners see life after IMO 2020 / FOCUS

London - As the 2020 deadline for the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO)global sulphur cap on bunker fuels draws closer, Europe’s refiners are now starting to respond. Confirmed as 2020 in October last year, the IMO cap was seen by some as a bridge too far for Europe’s ailing refiners

British Airways resumes flights from London
Scorpio to snap up Navig8 product tanker fleet

Scorpio to snap up Navig8 product tanker fleet

Monaco - Scorpio Tankers (STI)is to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers to form one the world’s largest product tanker owning companies. As part of the deal, STI will acquire Navig8’s 27 operating product tankers. The merger is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2017

Fleet grows slower, dry bulk market recovers

Fleet grows slower, dry bulk market recovers

Athens - When all has been said and done, the recovery of the dry bulk market is down to a number of factors, with the prevailing one being the significant reduction of the dry bulk fleet’s growth. Thankfully for ship owners, this seems to be evolving to a much more stable trend

Captain commits suicide during voyage

Captain commits suicide during voyage

Tilbury - A captain of a container ship has apparently committed suicide duringa voyage from New York, United States to Tilbury, the UK, according to Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). The 2,824 TEU “Santa Bettina” was one week into its voyage when the captain apparently took his own life on board

Gondan delivers dual fuel tug

Gondan delivers dual fuel tug

Madrid - Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondan has delivered “Dux”, the first dual-fuel tug built in Europe, to Norway’s Østensjø Rederi. Designed by Robert Allan, the state of the art escort vessel is the first tugboat in a series of three that will provide tug services to Statoil at its far-north terminal

Yilport starts investments in Ecuador

Yilport starts investments in Ecuador

Puerto Bolívar - Yilport Holding started investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes. The MHCs arrived on 21 May, and the equipment will be operational by the first week of June, the company said in its press release

Global Ports Holding launches IPO on LSE

Global Ports Holding launches IPO on LSE

London - Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has listedits initial public offering (IPO) on London Stock Exchange (LSE). The company was officially listed on LSE on May 17. With the pricing of its offer at 740 pence per share, the floatation gives the company a market capitalization of USD 605.7 million

Greece, Travel body slams ferry union

Greece, Travel body slams ferry union

Athens - As ferries remained anchored in Greek ports Thursday for the third day in a row due to a seamen’s strike, the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (HATTA) hit out at the seamen’s union (PNO) for the protracted action, saying it was holding the Greek tourism sector hostage

GTT to equip 2 new LNG carrier vessels for DSME

GTT to equip 2 new LNG carrier vessels for DSME

Paris - GTT has received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering(DSME) to equip two LNG carriers with its NO96 GW containment system. DSME shipyard based in Geoje – South Korea – will build the vessels of 173,400 m3 each, on behalf of a European ship-owner

E.U. shipowners set Brexit priorities

E.U. shipowners set Brexit priorities

Bruxelles - European shipowners have set out their priorities for Brexit,saying it is a process fraught with many uncertainties and that the current operating climate should be preserved. The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)highlights that free movement of goods and people is central to E.U.

The d’Amico Group sells ship for $27 million

The d’Amico Group sells ship for $27 million

Rome - D’Amico International Shipping, the division of the D’Amico Group that operates in the product tanker sector, signed a contract for the sale of a ship, with an annexed lease-back contract. The ship is the Mt “High Fidelity”, a 49.9-tonne deadweight medium-range ship built in 2014

Jolly Nero tragedy, captain receives sentence / GALLERY

Jolly Nero tragedy, captain receives sentence / GALLERY

Genova - May 7 2013, at 23:05: while executing the manoeuvre to exit the port of Genoa, the engine of the cargo ship “Jolly Nero” went dead. Something went wrong, gave way, and that big ship smashed into the Control Tower, destroying it, and causing the death of nine people and injuring four

Throughput record for Contship in La Spezia

Throughput record for Contship in La Spezia

La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) has recorded its largest ever result in container throughput in the first four months of 2017. Total throughput at the terminal, which is the leading gateway container handling facility in Italy operated by the Contship Italia Group

Greek seamen extend strike for 4 days

Greek seamen extend strike for 4 days

Athens - Greek seamen and journalists walked off the job Tuesday, a day before a nationwide general strike to protest new austerity measures the government is legislating for in return for more bailout funds. The seamen’s union announced Tuesday afternoon they would extend their strike

Newbuilding bulkers’ prices on the rise

Newbuilding bulkers’ prices on the rise

Athens - Newbuilding activity is on the rise for a number of reasons,but demand isn’t the sole reason of the recent price hikes, which have been noted from shipbuilders. According to the latest report from shipbroker Allied Shipbroking, “the combination of a push towards higher spec units by shipbuilders”.

Genoa: new services at PSA Terminal

Genoa: new services at PSA Terminal

Genova - Tuesday 9 May was the day of the inauguration of the new ship services at the PSA Voltri-Pra Terminal. The first is Ocean Alliance’s MED1 - operated by Evergreen, OOCL, CMA, APL and Cosco - which will call at the terminal for the first time with the 14,000-TEU container carrier “Tampa Triumph”

Atlantia offers €16 billion for Abertis Group

Atlantia offers €16 billion for Abertis Group

Milan - The offer made by Atlantia for the Spanish group Abertis came in at €16.3 billion. The holding company controlled by the Benetton family is thus aiming to create a “global leader in the transports infrastructure management business,” a giant with 14,000 kilometres of motorways

MPS, Viola and Profumo to go on trial

MPS, Viola and Profumo to go on trial

Siena - The Public Prosecutor’s office in Milan requested that Alessandro Profumoand Fabrizio Viola, the former president and C.E.O. of MPS, and Paolo Salvadori, the former president of the institute’s board of auditors, be put on trial