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Unmanned Shipping a Topic at Seagoing Conference

Experts from the maritime industry met on the M/S Pearl Seaways from January 28-30 for the e-Navigation Underway 2014 international conference. One topic of the talks and discussions was unmanned shipping, which Fraunhofer CML is examining and advancing as part of the research project MUNIN (Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks).
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ABB to Provide UK Wind Farm Subsea HV Cable Link

ABB, the power and automation technology group, inform they have won an order worth around US$55-million to supply a submarine AC (alternating current) power cable system for a new wind farm, located off the coast of Norfolk, England. The order was received from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a company owned by Statoil and Statkraft.

Commercial Marine World on Show at Seawork

From countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Europe, more than 500 exhibitors will be at Seawork International, the commercial marine exhibition and conference, opening on Tuesday, June 10 for its annual three-day run in the ABP Port of Southampton, U.K. More than 7,000 visitors are expected to attend Seawork…
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Rimorchiatori Riuniti Orders Damen Tug

Leading Italian tug operator RimorchiatoriRiuniti has ordered a Damen ASD Tug 2411.Reflecting the industry’s move to larger vessels, the new Damen tug, which has a 70-metric-ton bollard pull, will replace a smaller 40-metric-ton unit built in 1990. The new vessel will be deployed in Genoa and is expected to arrive by end-July.

NSA, Rickmers-Linie Partner for Puerto Rico Service

National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades and Puerto Rico, has partnered with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers and greatly expand break bulk service opportunities to the island. Rickmers-Linie will also serve as general sales agent for National Shipping in North America.
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DHL Solve Weighty Problem, Deliver UK MRI Scanner to USA

DHL Global Forwarding say they have delivered the world's largest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner ever built to the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota. The journey of the 100-ton heavy-load module from Oxford, United Kingdom, to its destination in the U.S. via ocean and road freight  took almost 6 weeks.
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Thrustmaster Adds Waterjets to Product Line

Thruster manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. expanded its product lineup to include waterjets after acquiring the technology of DOEN Pacific on Wednesday. DOEN, a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems for the past 48 years, is one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world building waterjets up to 4,000 kW for the commercial and military marine markets.
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DP World 2013 Container Volumes Continued to Grow

Dubai-based DP World reports that container volumes continued to grow In 2013 with a stronger second half performance across all regions. DP World Limited handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during 2013, with gross container volumes growing by 0.7% on a like-for-like 1 basis.
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Saltire Energy Invests £5M in Aberdeen

Saltire Energy has announced plans to expand its operations in Aberdeen following a £5 million investment in a 2.6-acre site in Badentoy, Portlethen. Planning permission has been secured for 4,650 sq. ft. of offices, a 12,500 sq. ft. warehouse and a 12,500 sq. ft. workshop on the new site with approximately 75,000 sq. ft. of additional open storage space.
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Report: U.S. 2013 Imports Highest in Six Years

2013 Ocean Imports Were 3.7% Higher Than 2012. Zepol Corporation ( reports that U.S. vessel imports were up 3.7% from 2012, which totaled over 18.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot container) brought into the United States last year. U.S. imports in 2013 started off at a slow start but ended with a surprising and unexpected surge from July through December.
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Conference to Focus on Aquatic Particles

In October 2014, Sequoia Scientific of Seattle, MacArtney and University of Copenhagen will team up to organize the fourth edition of Particles in Europe (PiE) - a biannual conference focusing on particles in the aquatic environment. Centered around the informal sharing of academic knowledge as well as hands on experience and ideas…
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Mitchell Named Chief Executive at Sparrows

Stewart Mitchell will take over as chief executive of global offshore and mechanical handling group, Sparrows, on March 10, 2014. The announcement follows the decision of current chief executive, Doug Sedge, to stand down after four and half years with the company. During this period Sedge led the significant expansion and internationalization of the business…

Europe, China Economic News Challenges Shipping Demand

The global economic recovery continues along the rather bumpy lines described in the most recent report on macro economics from BIMCO. Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said, "Economic data coming in today dampens optimism for the Euro zone a bit. A lower of level of GDP growth and inflation is affecting shipping demand slightly negatively.

Yousfi Named Algerian Oil Minister

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named a new cabinet after his election to a fourth term, reappointing Youcef Yousfi as energy minister in the North African OPEC oil producer, state news agency APS reported on Monday. Bouteflika, re-elected in April for five more years, did not campaign himself and has spoken…
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Finland Steel Firms Deal Flagged by Helsinki Bourse

"If the exchange offer for all the shares in Rautaruukki announced by SSAB on 22,January 2014 is completed, the ownership of SSAB in Rautaruukki would, upon the completion of the settlement trades of the shares tendered into the exchange offer by 5, May 2014 (including the acceptance of the exchange offer by Rautaruukki's largest shareholder Solidium Oy…

Euro Coal Dips on Weak Spring Demand

European physical coal prices dipped on Tuesday as mild spring time demand clashed with healthy supplies and high stock levels. Cargos for delivery in June to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA) traded at $74.60 a metric ton on the GlobalCOAL platform on Tuesday afternoon, down $0.30 from its previous settlement. European…

German Spot Rises, French Prices Drop

Cooler temperatures and strong consumption lifted German prompt power prices on Tuesday, while the May 8 holiday in France curbed local demand prospects and cut the price there. A low pressure front with cool air and rain will move into Europe's biggest power market and cut the temperature range by 2 degrees from currently between 16 and 23 degrees by Friday…

McMurdo Completes Techno-Sciences Acquisition

Strategic acquisition validates Orolia's McMurdo Group as premier supplier of COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue solutions, establishes U.S. McMurdo Group, a global company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, today announced the successful acquisition of Techno-Sciences, Inc.
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Record Cruise Passenger Arrivals at Lisbon

A record 13,000 passengers disembarked on Tuesday in the port of Lisbon from the towering hulls of cruise ships, including Cunard Line's gigantic trio of "Queens" making a rare joint stopover in a nod to the destination's growing popularity. Tourism has been an important element in helping Portugal's economy emerge last year from its worst recession since the 1970s…

Spot Prices Down on Renewables Influx

Sustained winds and rains on Wednesday increased wind and hydro power availability, weighing down European spot power prices ahead of a holiday in some markets on Thursday. The German baseload power contract for Thursday delivery fell 6.70 euros to 27 euros ($37.6) a megawatt hour. French baseload power for Thursday dropped…