ShipTek 2008 – Final Frame Up

March 15, 2008

The mega event ShipTek 2008 organized by Marine BizTV and Aries Marine is in its final groundwork. The mega event scheduled on April 29-30, 2008 at Cochin for two consecutive days has already drawn the attention of the entire maritime fraternity from across the globe. Marine BizTV Video Awards, the dazzling award nite of 2008 is expected to add a greater dimension to the event.

ShipTek 2008 is supported by the leading classification socities like Class NK, Germanischer Lloyd and RINA. Keppel Offshore & Marine, MSI, Transas, Zebec Marine and Seagull Marine are also among the sponsors. Besides, all valued sponsors of ShipTek 2008 will be given free advertisement slots in Marine BizTV for a span of one year.

ShipTek Expo constitutes exhibitors from all part of the globe viz. Keppel O&M, Singapore; Class NK, Japan; MSI, Singapore; Walport International, UK; Aries Marine, UAE; Zebec Marine, India; Transas, Russia; Marine BizTV, UAE, Fogtec, Germany; GL, Germany and Pacific Technology, UAE.

 

The two day international conference will see paper presentation from the leading players of the industry like Class NK, Japan; Wartsila, China; RINA, Italy; SCMA, Singapore; Hindustan Shipyard, India; Transas, Russia; Fogtec, Germany; Keppel Marine & Offshore, Singapore, GL, Germany and KOMAC, Korea. The last date for synopsis registration closes by 25th March 2008.

 

Associating with the media partners – DVV Media, Ship Repair and Conversion Technology, MAREX, Water Link, Sailor Today, The Marine World, Shipping Today, LOG India, DiveStyle, EXIM, Ships and Shipping, The Maritime Executive, Transport Weekly, Baird Maritime and Work Boat World, the event is getting a wider publicity all around the globe.

The support and assistance from the worldwide maritime corporate transforms the entire facet of the event into an ever-memorable networking experience to the delegates and to the Shipbuilding industry as a whole.

For more details, please visit http://www.marinebiztv.com/shiptek

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China-EU Marine Agreement effective from March

March 15, 2008

The China-EU marine agreement, applicable to both China and all 27-member countries of the Europe Union, signed on February 28, and came into effect on March 1.

It is the first such agreement ever concluded between the two sides, and will doubtless play a vital part in maintaining the healthy development of bilateral relations in marine transport. Sources from the Ministry of Communications say the agreement is concerned mainly with the establishment of commercial institutes by companies from either side in the other’s home land and the use of port facilities and services etc, with both parties agreeing to non-discrimination on issues such as use of port facilities, charging, customs clearance, berthing and loading/discharge arrangements etc, and neither side will enact any administrative, technical or legislative measures that may cause actual discrimination against the people or institutes from the other side. According to the agreement, each side shall allow in its native land the conduct of marine transport and logistics services, including door-to-door multi-modal container transport by companies from the other side, both independently and in the form of joint venture firms. Bilateral trade volume between China and EU reached US$356.1 billion in value in 2007, making the EU China’s largest trade partner.

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Greek tourist ship runs aground

March 15, 2008

Greek authorities have evacuated a ship carrying 313 people, mostly foreign tourists, which ran aground near the island of Poros, south of Athens.

Helicopters, a military transport plane and coastguard vessels were involved in rescuing those on board the Giorgis, which hit a reef in the Saronic Gulf. The merchant marine ministry said there had been no reports of any injuries. The ship ran aground during a cruise from the port of Piraeus to the nearby islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. The mayor of Poros, Dimitris Stratigos, said the Greek-flagged vessel was stranded in an inlet about three nautical miles (5.5km) from the island’s port. After the Giorgis began to take on large amounts of water, an operation to evacuate the passengers and crew was launched by the coast guard and the local authorities, he added. “The evacuation is finished and we are making the final checks to make sure everyone is safe,” an official from the merchant marine ministry later told the Reuters news agency. There were reportedly 103 Japanese, 58 Americans and 56 Russians, and around 30 Britons aboard, among others. There were also 35 crew.

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Singapore’s MPA launches maritime career portal

March 15, 2008

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Ceo BG (NS) Tay Lim Heng launched a one-stop job portal Maritimecareers.com.sg, at the quarterly NetworkONE Reception for the maritime community yesterday.

The portal, which is an initiative under MaritimeONE (Outreach Network), is designed to support Singapore’s rapid growth as an international maritime centre. It effectively performs the role of an on line job match maker that operates 24/7, promoting maritime careers and education, bringing prospective employers and employees together, and featuring jobs spanning all three maritime sectors: shorebased maritime services, offshore and marine engineering, and seafaring.
“The launch of this new maritime career portal marries the growing interest among our youth in the maritime sector and the industry’s need for quality manpower to fuel the rapid growth of Singapore as an international maritime centre,” said Tay. “By leveraging on the internet, the job match-making can be effected around the clock.” S.S. Teo (pictured), chairman of the MaritimeONE steering committee, said, “We are very heartened by the support of the maritime industry to the various events and initiatives that the MaritimeONE has organized. This portal is yet another avenue for the industry to showcase its wide ranging career opportunities that many may not be aware.

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French shipping group CMA CGM 2007 profit up 58 pct

March 15, 2008

French shipping group CMA CGM said that its 2007 net profit rose 58 percent to $966 million as it launched 42 new services throughout the world and took delivery of 98 new vessels.

The company said sales rose 40 percent to $11.8 billion. Stripping out acquisitions, growth was 35 percent, it said. CMA CGM’s fleet is now composed of 384 group-operated ships with a carrying capacity of 913,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) compared with 698,000 at the end of 2006. It said the container fleet grew 28 percent in 2007 for a total of 1,535,000 TEU. In the statement, Chairman Jacques Saade was quoted as saying the company was preparing for “the arrival of a new generation of large vessels in our fleet which will represent a new era for the maritime shipping industry and for CMA CGM”. CMA CGM competes with companies such as A.P. Moller-Maersk and Evergreen Marine Corp. A CMA CGM spokesperson said earlier this week the company was not interested in acquiring Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd amid speculation it could be split off from parent group Tui.

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Canada-US link gets green light

March 15, 2008

TransCanada has been given the green light by the US State Department to build pipeline facilities at the border between the US and Canada as part of its pending $5.2 billion crude pipe project that will eventually link the two countries.

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline, which is co-owned by ConocoPhillips, will begin construction on the pipe in the second quarter of 2008. The in-service date is expected some time during the fourth quarter of 2009. Keystone received National Energy Board approval last year for two major regulatory applications to construct and operate the Canadian portion of the project. Keystone also received approvals in 2007 and early 2008 for major US state-level regulatory applications. Affiliates of TransCanada will be responsible for constructing and operating the 3456-kilometer (2148-mile) Keystone Pipeline, which will be capable of delivering 590,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to US mid-west markets at Wood River and Patoka, Illinois, and to Cushing, Oklahoma. Initial deliveries to Patoka are expected to begin in late 2009. Keystone has secured firm long term contracts of 495,000 barrels per day with an average duration of 18 years.

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