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Titan acquires two small scale LNG carriers for bunkering capability retrofit

Titan, the independent supplier of low and zero-emission fuels, has acquired two small scale LNG carriers – the Seapeak Unikum and Seapeak Vision – from Seapeak, the Canadian gas transportation company formerly known as Teekay LNG Partners. The vessels will be retrofitted to ensure suitable LNG bunkering capabilities, enabling them to both transport and bunker LNG, liquefied biomethane (LBM), and in the longer-term hydrogen derived e-methane (e-LNG). Both sister vessels have a cargo capacity of 12,000 cubic metres (cbm) and are 152m in length by 19.8m in width. The two ...

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nauticAi launches elog with Finbo Cargo as first paperless vessel

The Åland Islands-based Finnish shipping company Eckerö Group has chosen the Finnish developed nauticAi Log™ type approved electronic record book for its Finnish flagged RoPax vessel Finbo Cargo. This truly Made-in-Finland deal comes after a thorough 10-month trial period, during which the system has been developed and fine-tuned in close cooperation with the ship’s crew to integrate seamlessly into Eckerö Lines onboard processes and emission reporting system. “We have been searching for a simple, elegant, and affordably elog for Finbo since we brought her to Finland and nauticAi Log™ ticks ...

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Digital platforms SEDNA and Voyager join forces to advance global voyage management

SEDNA, the enterprise email solution set up to transform business processes by connecting email with core business systems, and Voyager, an operations management platform for bulk commodity shipping enabling customers to manage the entire lifecycle of their voyage operations in their online environment, have partnered together to streamline and enhance the availability and use of shipping data across their maritime technologies. Voyager will now be available as a tech integration in the SEDNA email platform and vice versa, enabling the seamless flow of shipping information, like vessel tracking and invoicing ...

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GARD: Additional amendments to Rules 2023

As set out in Member Circular No. 15/2022, further changes to the Rules for P&I and Defence cover for ships and other floating structures (“Rules for Ships”) and the Rules for P&I and Defence cover for mobile offshore units (“Rules for MOUs”) for both Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – and Gard P.& I. (Bermuda) Ltd (collectively the “Associations” and individually the “Association”) were expected due to changes to the terms of the applicable reinsurances as a consequence of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The following amendments to the ...

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DSME contracts TMC for BW LNG’s carriers

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has engaged TMC Compressors (TMC) to provide the global marine market’s most energy efficient marine compressed air system to four LNG vessels the South Korean shipbuilder is constructing for BW LNG. Under the contract, TMC will provide its Smart Air compressors, which can offer up to 40 percent energy saving compared to conventional compressors. The system will consist of control and service air compressors. According to BW LNG, the four LNG carriers also feature ME-GI propulsion, full re-liquefaction system, air lubrification system and shaft ...

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Amer Shipping orders two dry cargo vessels from Concordia Damen

Inland shipping construction yard Concordia Damen will deliver two ‘CDS Dry Cargo 110’ vessels to Amer Shipping. Sustainability considerations and the hull shape of this in-house developed ship type were the deciding factors, partly because it allows skippers to sail longer at (very) low water levels, which is predicted to occur often in the coming years. Amer Shipping already has a fleet of 57 vessels, including owned tankers, dry cargo and container vessels as well as associated ships. The company transports approximately 8 million tons of cargo per year, mainly ...

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Diversified trade strengthens at Port of Newcastle amid challenging 2022

Figures released today reveal diversified trade through the Port of Newcastle remained strong in 2022, despite the impact of multiple flood events associated with a multi-year La Niña. CEO Craig Carmody said the results are testament to the Port’s resilience during one of the wettest years in recent memory. “In the first half of 2022 the Hunter experienced five flood events, which had implications across the supply chain,” he said. “Unsurprisingly this contributed to an overall decrease in total import/export trade volumes and ship visits through the Port compared to ...

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King Abdulaziz Port Welcomes New MSC Service

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has today announced the addition of King Abdulaziz Port to a new freight service operated by Swiss-based container group MSC. The latest connection is set to bolster the Dammam based port as a focal point for regional and global trade while strengthening the Kingdom’s hub credentials in fulfilment of the ambitions of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS). The capital of the Kingdom’s Eastern Province will enjoy weekly sailings to eight maritime destinations spanning the Arabian Gulf, South Asia, and Southern Africa. They include ...

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JLT Mobile Computers targets the port, manufacturing, and warehousing segments with upgraded JLT6012™ computer

JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer of reliable computing solutions for demanding environments, has upgraded its powerful and versatile JLT6012 rugged vehicle-mount terminals (VMTs). Originally developed for demanding warehouse and logistics applications that require IT solutions running Windows OS, the JLT6012 VMTs have proven to be a reliable computer platform in some of the world’s most challenging physical and environmental applications. The upgrades now take the rugged computers’ arena of operation into further industries, including container ports, yards, and manufacturing plants. A result of JLT’s extensive and ongoing research and ...

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Indonesia sees 2023 coal exports of 457 mln T, less than earlier cited – official

Indonesia’s coal exports are targeted at 457.3 million tonnes this year, an energy official said on Tuesday, a day after the minister said exports would reach a record of more than 500 million tonnes. The ministry’s coal director, Lana Saria, said exports would drop this year, however, despite demands from European buyers, as domestic consumption is seen rising. She said the data earlier cited by the minister had not been reconciled. She also said Indonesia is assessing the impact of China’s resumption of coal imports from Australia. “Whether China would ...

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Japan’s 2022 oil imports rises 9.7% y/y to 2.73 mln bpd – METI

Japan’s crude oil imports rose 9.7% to 2.73 million barrels per day (158.64 million kilolitres) in 2022 from a year earlier, marking a second straight year of increases, preliminary data released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Tuesday. Oil imports rose last year as fuel demand continued to recover from the pandemic-induced slump in 2020. Under METI’s data, crude oil imports represent the amount that directly enters refineries, oil stockpiling bases or oil terminals. The country’s oil imports from Russia fell 60.2% from a year ...

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Russia to ship 20,000 tonnes of oil from Kazakhstan to Germany via Druzhba pipeline in February

Russia’s Transneft said on Tuesday that oil shipments from Kazakhstan to Germany via the Druzhba pipeline, exempt from Western sanctions, will begin in February, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Transneft. The company said it had agreed a contract to supply 20,000 tonnes of Kazakh oil to Germany in February. The TASS news agency also said it had supplied 500,000 tonnes of oil to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline. The European Union has pledged to stop buying Russian oil via maritime routes from Dec. 5 as part of wider ...

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Ukraine grain exports down 30.8% so far in 2022/23, ministry says

Ukraine has exported almost 26.3 million tonnes of grain so far in the 2022/23 season, down from the 37.9 million tonnes exported by the same stage of the previous season, agriculture ministry data showed. The volume included about 9.4 million tonnes of wheat, 14.9 million tonnes of corn and about 1.8 million tonnes of barley. The ministry said grain exports so far in January had reached 3.5 million tonnes as of Jan. 30, down from 5.5 million tonnes in the same period last year. After an almost six-month blockade caused ...

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Recent precipitation in U.S. Plains fails to lift shabby wheat health

Parched winter wheat in the U.S. Plains has received well above average precipitation this month and drought levels have improved since last fall, but crop health has not yet made a significant recovery. Nationally, U.S. winter wheat conditions at the end of November were nearly the worst ever for the date, and updated state reports on Monday confirm that the wheat-heavy Plains are still in need of cooperative weather going forward to avoid yield losses similar to last year. Winter wheat condition in top grower Kansas is 21% good or ...

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Composite PMI of Stainless Steel Sector in Contraction Zone in Jan due to Holiday Factor

In January, 2023, most players in the stainless steel market were closed early for Chinese New Year holiday, hence the composite PMI of the industry came in at 49.82, staying in the contraction zone. Specifically, stainless steel mills mostly carried out maintained in the second half of January affected by weak demand and high costs, and the production index was below the 50-point market and stood at 49.5. Although the market demand was poor ahead of the CNY holiday, the players were optimistic about the post-holiday market. So the signing ...

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