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Daewoo delivers world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier

Daewoo delivers world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier

Seul - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a leading global shipyard, said Tuesday that it has successfully delivered the world’s first icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to a Russian client. In 2014, Daewoo Shipbuilding clinched a deal from Russia’s state-run shipper Sovcomflot

OSE examines user fee increases

OSE examines user fee increases

Athens - The State-run Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE),which previously operated and exploited all railways activities in the country, is reportedly eyeing an increase in network fees ahead of a memorandum-mandated liberalization of the sector in Greece

The MediTelegraph at the MoS Convention in Trieste / GALLERY
Fincantieri closes its take-over bid for Vard

Fincantieri closes its take-over bid for Vard

Trieste - Fincantieri has announced -with reference to the public voluntary total acquisition bid aimed at the ordinary shares of Vard Holdings Limited that are not already directly or indirectly held, controlled or subject to an acquisition bid from its own subsidiary, Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A. dated 13 November 2016

Fincantieri is close to a deal for STX France

Fincantieri is close to a deal for STX France

Trieste - Fincantieri’s acquisition of the Saint-Nazaire shipyards could happen soon, before the French elections: the goal of closing the deal on the only shipyards in France that are capable of building large civilian and military ships is shared by the government in Paris

Onorato stabilises  255 maritime workers

Onorato stabilises 255 maritime workers

Livorno - The Onorato Armatori Group signed an important agreement yesterday morning that calls for the stabilisation of another 255 Italian sailors in Tuscany with Moby. Yet another operation concluded by the group, which is active in the transport sector in the Mediterranean

Green light on Azerbaijan-Italy gas gipeline

Green light on Azerbaijan-Italy gas gipeline

Rome - The TAP,the gas pipeline that will allow gas from Azerbaijan to reach Italy, diversifying its supply sources, can now be built. The Council of State put an end to a sequence of events that has dragged on for some time, at least until the next appeal

ECG celebrates 20 years of activity

ECG celebrates 20 years of activity

Brussels - ECG,the Association of European Vehicle Logistics is proud to announce its twentieth year as the leading voice of the European vehicle logistics sector. The Association had the pleasure to commemorate this momentous anniversary along with over 250 of its members, supporters and industry friends

Drugs found on board German boxship

Drugs found on board German boxship

Santa Marta - Some 453 kilos of drugs were found on board a containershipat the Port of Santa Marta, Colombia, the country’s Office of the Attorney General said in a statement. Cocaine hydrochloride, believed to be worth around USD 27 million, was discovered in 18 bundles hidden on board “Hammonia Emden”

Wärtsilä expands into solar and battery power

Wärtsilä expands into solar and battery power

Trieste - Wärtsilä,the marine engine and power plant manufacturer, is expanding into solar and battery power in the latest example of a traditional energy company diversifying beyond fossil fuels. The Finnish group has won an order to build a solar power plant at a gold mine in Burkina Faso, west Africa

Iran expands energy cooperation with Russia

Iran expands energy cooperation with Russia

Dubai - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran welcomed Russian investment in its gas and oil fields, signalling major developments in energy cooperation between the two countries. “There is a huge potential for Russian investment in Iran’s energy sector,” Rouhani told reporters at Mehrabad airport

Hupac boosts service Novara-Lubeck service

Hupac boosts service Novara-Lubeck service

Novara - Swiss intermodal operator Hupac, in collaboration with Germany’s Kombiverkehr, has increased to five its weekly departures in both directions along the rail linking the inland port of Novara CIM (Eurogateway terminal) and the Baltic Rail Gate terminal in Lübeck-Travemünde

Livorno, Onorato acquires LTM

Livorno, Onorato acquires LTM

Livorno - The shipowner group Onorato acquired LTM (Livorno Sea Terminal),a terminal operator located at the port’s Dock 1, specializing in the management of Ro-Ro, as well as Ro-Ro-Pax traffic as part of the Motorways of the Sea project

Psa Voltri-Pra’, all ZPMC cranes operational

Psa Voltri-Pra’, all ZPMC cranes operational

Genova - The work of dismantling the aged quay cranes at the PSA Pra Voltri terminal at Genova’s port continues. Following the CR06 crane, it’s now the turn of the CR05 crane, the second to last of the lifting cranes dating back to the start of the terminal’s operations, in the mid-90s

Gioia Tauro, a further 40 million in public funds

Gioia Tauro, a further 40 million in public funds

Reggio Calabria - The prefect of Reggio Calabria chaired a meeting for the examination of the employment issues at the Port of Gioia Tauro, where the MCT Contship Italy group has laid-off 400 workers. Company and unions “have agreed to continue the scrutiny of the firm’s outstanding issues”

Genova-Savona, new board inaugurated

Genova-Savona, new board inaugurated

Genova - “I think the ports of Genoa and Savona could reach the 4,000,000-TEU mark, and with those volumes there’s a need for new terminals at Calata Bettolo and Vado Ligure.” This is what Paolo Signorini,president of the Western Ligurian Sea port system, stated following the inaugural meeting

Logistics firms, revenues increase

Logistics firms, revenues increase

Genova - The ASTRE Group, a network of European associations of road hauliersand logistics, concluded 2016 with €2.7 billion in overall turnover, a record figure. In the past three years, the group has experienced increases of €300 million

LNG shipping prospects brighten up

LNG shipping prospects brighten up

Athens - New LNG projects coming online are bound to improve the fortunes of LNG shipping carriers. In a recent market outlook, shipowner GasLog said that “with a growing number of new demand centers, the demand outlook for LNG carriers with long-term charters remains positive

China is Germany’s most important trading partner
Italy’s black economy: a 400,000-strong army / FOCUS

Italy’s black economy: a 400,000-strong army / FOCUS

Rome - As Mafia infiltration of the agro-sector spreads throughout Italy,so the phenomenon of illicit agricultural labour contracting known as “caporalato” shows no sign of abating; just the opposite. The case of Paola Clemente, a 49-year old farm worker from San Giorgio Jonico whose life was cut short in 2015

Died of exhaustion, six “caporali” arrested

Died of exhaustion, six “caporali” arrested

Andria - On 13 July 2015 Paola Clemente,49, died from overwork in the fields around Andria (Puglia). She died from exhaustion: putting in twelve-hour days for a wage of less than thirty euro. Her death prompted Trani’s prosecutor to open an investigation that yesterday led to the arrest of six individuals

Valencia’s goal:  600,000 cruise tourists
Seven-year sentence for former FS CEO

Seven-year sentence for former FS CEO

Viareggio - Wearing a T-shirt printed with the photo of her smiling daughter Emanuela, Daniela Rombi could hardly stand up from the strain; her husband is gently stroking her head. Those sitting in nearby benches are holding hands. Some attendees have their eyes shut for one last prayer

Fruit and Vegetable trade within Europe worth €33 billion
Fincantieri: “Viking Sky” delivered in Ancona
Rimorchiatori Riuniti, new tug delivered

Rimorchiatori Riuniti, new tug delivered

Genova - Rimorchiatori Riuniti,Genoa-based tugboat operator, took delivery of a new tug from builder Damen. The new tug, called “Germania”, was built in the Galati shipyard in Romania. In December Rimorchiatori Riuniti signed an order contract for a twin ship

 Rina Services certifies Eni Group

Rina Services certifies Eni Group

Genova - The process conducted by Italy’s leading certification company Rina Servicesto evaluate the conformity of Eni’s Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme to the requirements of ISO 37001:2016 “Anti-bribery Management Systems” has concluded successfully

LNG Ferry Megastar delivered by Meyer Turku Shipyard to Tallink

LNG Ferry Megastar delivered by Meyer Turku Shipyard to Tallink

Turku - Lng Fast Ferry Megastarwas delivered to Tallink group from Meyer Turku Shipyard on 24th of January. This ro-pax is not just powered by environmentally friendly Lng (liquefied natural gas), but the ship also has an extremely advanced hull shape resulting in substantial fuel savings during the ship’s operation.

Antwerp port sets TEU record

Antwerp port sets TEU record

Antwerp’s container traffic grew 4% in 2016 from a year earlier, topping 10 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time. The rise to 10.04 million TEUs from 9.65 million TEUs in 2015 would have been higher but for thick mist blanketing the port during the final days of December

Siem: cancellation of shipbuilding contract

Siem: cancellation of shipbuilding contract

Oslo - With reference to the notice to Oslo Stock Exchange dated 30.12.2013 whereSiem Offshore notified entry into shipbuilding-contracts with Remontowa Shipbuilding in Poland for four dual fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) of VS 4411 DF design

Macedonian freight operator orders Chinese locomotives
Ansaldo Energia restarts with Abba’

Ansaldo Energia restarts with Abba’

Genova - Ansaldo Energia has a new company head.It’s Filippo Abba’, the company’s international manager who built much of his career in the Energy Division of Foster Wheeler. As anticipated by Secolo XIX ,the manufacturer of power-generating turbines is starting 2017 with a new framework of governance

“Italian tourist ports are at risk of bankruptcy”

“Italian tourist ports are at risk of bankruptcy”

Genoa - “The most important Italian tourist ports are in danger of failing.” UCINA, Assomarinas and Assonat are now raising the alarm regarding the Constitutional Court’s decision that will be pronounced on 10 January on the retroactive increase in State fees at tourist port facilities

Fabrizio Vettosi and shipping. A lifelong midfielder/ INTERVIEW

Fabrizio Vettosi and shipping. A lifelong midfielder/ INTERVIEW

Naples - Finance expert with a passion for soccer or failed soccer player who wound up in finance? Either description could suit Fabrizio Vettosi, the chief of VSL, who has a true passion for numbers, but always has a pair of football boots and shorts in his car and who has an indefatigable passion for Naples Football Club.

Old but efficient railways: Trieste/A CASE STUDY

Old but efficient railways: Trieste/A CASE STUDY

Genoa - Some considerable time ago the Port of Trieste boarded the train and went out to conquer the market. And there is, in part, a historical reason, because at this port, that rivals Genoa for freight share, most goods that arrive and leave the docks do so by rail

France reserves right to intervene in STX sale

France reserves right to intervene in STX sale

Paris - In an interview published Friday, French secretary of state for industry Christophe Sirugue said that the French government will use “all the levers it has at its disposal” to ensure its objectives are met for the upcoming sale of cruise ship and warship builder STX France

Vitelli is not forswearing the Genoa Boat Show / INTERVIEW
Orsero funds abroad, mystery man arrested

Orsero funds abroad, mystery man arrested

Genova - They arrested him at the Swiss border and the judges believe that there is a substantial “flight risk”, he is associated with the investigation into the Orsero group’s funds abroad. Angelo Bonanata, 60, who is a Genoan residing in Monaco, is a trustee who administers millions of euros

Out-of-date charts: ship stopped in Genoa

Out-of-date charts: ship stopped in Genoa

Genova - An Antiguan-flagged cargo ship was detained in the port of Genoa, at the Ponte Eritrea docks. The ship, called “Maple Ingrid”, weighs in at 9,500 tonnes, and was coming from Algeria with a mixed Russian and Filipino crew of 16 men in total: the ship was stopped yesterday by the Harbourmaster’s Inspectors

“A single standard for training sailors” / INTERVIEW

“A single standard for training sailors” / INTERVIEW

Genova - Rather than between “a rock and a hard place,” Manuel Tavilla, 60, from Sarzana, calls himself “between a rock and a rock.” The former gas tanker captain and fleet manager, was recently reconfirmed as the president of Aniformar, the Italian Association of Maritime Trainers

STX France, unions to oppose Fincantieri

STX France, unions to oppose Fincantieri

Genova - French unions have already raised roadblocks at the entrance of Fincantieri in STX France. The Italian shipbuilding group is the sole bidder for the purchase of the large shipyard, located in Saint Nazaire, but labour representatives are concerned and are presenting other options to an Italian takeover

Ferries: Moby pitted against Blu Navy

Ferries: Moby pitted against Blu Navy

Genoa - To some degree it’s a David against Goliath struggle: on one hand a small operator, on the other a large group. Both have been fighting for years for a route from Piombino to Elba that has become the scenario for a battle between Blu Navy and the Onorato group

Industry, logistics to lift Liguria out of the crisis / EDITORIAL
“Freight trains on the high-speed lines at night” / INTERVIEW
Fincantieri-STX operation: diplomacy at work

Fincantieri-STX operation: diplomacy at work

Genoa - The Seoul court has confirmed that the only offer that has been madefor the acquisition of 66.6% of STX France (a company belonging to the Korean STX Shipbuilding & Offshore Group, which is in liquidation) came from Fincantieri, and that it will be considered by the judges next week

Viking Sky to be delivered ahead of schedule
TUI Cruises strengthens its presence in Italy / GALLERY

TUI Cruises strengthens its presence in Italy / GALLERY

Civitavecchia - TUI Cruises is a premium brand dedicated to the German cruise market that was created out of an equal-share joint venture between Royal Caribbean and the German travel giant TUI. The company is growing quickly thanks of its plan of new constructions undertakenby Finland’s Turku shipyard

“Marina”, Del Rio’s first Genoese ship / GALLERY
Memory lobby defended the “Andrea Doria”

Memory lobby defended the “Andrea Doria”

Genova - At 3:15 pm today at the Galata Museum of the Sea in Genoa,the “Andrea Doria, the most beautiful ship in the world” exhibition will be permanently dedicated to the memory of Captain Piero Calamai and to the crew of the “Andrea Doria”, the Italian cruise liner that sank on 26 July 1956

Leonardo buys 60% of Sistemi Dinamici

Leonardo buys 60% of Sistemi Dinamici

Rome - Leonardo-Finmeccanica has achieved full control of Sistemi Dinamiciwith the acquisition of 60% of its capital from IDS. A press release explains that the operation is intended to further strengthen Leonardo’s commitment to the “unmanned” sector through the acquisition of the program for the new “Hero” Helicopter. Leonardo is thus broadening its portfolio of helicopters and consolidating its capacity as a system integrator