Finnlines starts new direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus
Finnlines is reshuffling its services between Denmark and Finland and provides as of 28 May, 2018 direct service between Helsinki and Aarhus, the company said in its press release.
There will also be a direct connection between Aarhus and Uusikaupunki, which offers new possibilities for cargoes between Denmark and Western Finland. Turku will be available via transhipment in Travemünde
The new weekly service between Travemünde and Aarhus is especially suitable for all kinds of rolling cargo, particularly for high and heavy cargo unable to cross the Kiel Canal bridge due to weight limitations.
The transit times will be shorter with direct departures, please see attached schedule.
Crowley Launches New Direct, Weekly Shipping Service from Puerto Plata to Port Everglades
To better serve customers shipping from the Dominican Republic to South Florida, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group announced today that it has launched a new direct, weekly shipping service from Puerto Plata to Port Everglades, Fla. Crowley is the only ocean carrier that provides a direct shipping service connecting these two locations.
Canada’s Port of Baie-Comeau is to welcome 18,875 passengers and crew during 21 calls from a record 11 cruise ships in 2018. For the fifth consecutive year, Baie-Comeau’s cruise season will open with a call from Pearl Sea Cruises’ Pearl Mist, this time on 27 May. The port will welcome maiden calls from CTMA Cruises’ CTMA Vacancier on 19 September, Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo on 23 September, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic on 25 September, Silversea’s Silver Wind on 7 October and Silver Spiritt on 9 October. The latter three ships will also make return calls during the 2018 season.
Grimaldi concerned about security in the Port of Patras
The Grimaldi Group has raised concerns about security and safety in Greece’s Ionian Sea port of Patras, after a young Afghan was killed during an affray among immigrants trying to find a passage to Italy.
Costa Group and Marseille Fos Port announce partnership
Aboard the Costa Mediterranea, the CEO of the Costa Group - the leading cruise line company in Europe - and the CEO of the Port of Marseille Fos (Marseille Fos Port Authority) today signed an agreement aimed at increasing their cooperation in three areas:
• enhanced control of exhaust emissions through concerted action, notably in terms of deploying advanced exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) and LNG propulsion in which the Costa Group is investing heavily
• creation of a dedicated warehouse for the strategic equipment and spare parts needed for repair and refit operations in the Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNM) shipyard. This multiuser warehouse will be made available to all CNM customers, in particular the Costa Group and the Carnival fleet. In conjunction with the relevant government departments, the Marseille Fos Port Authority will provide support to CNM as regards introducing the most efficient processes and equipment
• development of a training project for naval officers and engineers wishing to join the Costa Group's fleet, setting up a specific professional marine training course in Marseille.
NSW Ports has announced that it is the first Australian port organization to introduce an environmental incentive to apply to vessel-related charges at its facilities.
Levied by NSW Ports at Port Botany and Port Kembla, the initiative will reward higher standards of environmental performance.
NSW Ports will develop the details of the program, with an aim to implement it by January 1, 2019, by consulting the relevant shipping lines.
The incentive is consistent with international approaches at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Port of Los Angeles, USA; and the Port of New York and New Jersey, USA.
NSW Ports’ incentives apply to vessels registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI).
The ESI is a scoring system that gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of seagoing ships regarding air pollutants.
Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) announced the opening of the new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) at Lach Huyen Port in Vietnam on May 13, 2018.
HICT spans a total area of 45 hectares, and is the first terminal in northern Vietnam with a berth deep enough to allow calls by 14,000 TEU container ships.
Featuring two berths around 750m, the terminal is expected to handing approximately 1.1 million TEU annually.
The new terminal will meet demands for shorter transit times and lower transport costs in the region, while helping accelerate the economic growth in Northern Vietnam.
Additionally, MOL participates in the tugboat business at Lach Huyen Port and will be able to meet expanding demand for HICT by supporting the large containerships that will call more frequently.https://www.porttechnolog...
2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards: Hamburg receives ‘Best Global Seaport’ award
On 15 May 2018, the readers of Asia Cargo News trade magazine acclaimed the Port of Hamburg as the ‘Best Global Seaport’. After two awards as ‘Best Seaport – Europe’ in 2015 and 2016 this is the third award to the Port of Hamburg. The ceremony was held at a commemorative event at the Wanda Reign Hotel, On the Bund, in Shanghai, in the presence of 230 international guests mainly from the transport and logistics field. The Port of Hamburg was represented by Dr Ding Ling from the Representative Office in Shanghai, who accepted the award on the port’s behalf. On the short-list, the Port of Hamburg held sway against the ports of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. The magazine’s readers submitted their nominations to Asia Cargo News. Important for them were reliability, customer management, innovation and consistent service quality. Among the criteria assessed were investments in the area of infrastructure, including meeting future market challenges. Added to this were a competitive, cost-friendly system of fees and a suitable infrastructure for handling container traffic. Further criteria targeted the overall port package, such as promoting adjacent services in the areas of logistics capacities, forwarding and transport. With more than 10,000 readers, Asia Cargo News is among the most important publications for the logistics, sea- & airfreight field in Asia.