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Confetra approves new rules

Confetra approves new rules

Rome - Confetra, the Confederation of Transport and Logistics, has approved its new Statute, which introduces changes ranging “from the revitalization of regional organisations to the establishment of the Coordination for Southern Italy”

Fincantieri, Massolo: “U.S. tender, the market is optimistic”

Fincantieri, Massolo: “U.S. tender, the market is optimistic”

Genoa - Concerning Fincantieri’s participation in the $20 billion tenders for a contract in the United States, “the market is right to be as optimistic as we are.” This was stated by the chairman of Fincantieri, Giampiero Massolo, about the company’s bounce upwards on the stock exchange

New funds for Calabria’s ports

New funds for Calabria’s ports

Reggio Calabria - The Region of Calabria, the Regional Consortium for Production Activities, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Port Authority of Gioia Tauro have signed an intergovernmental agreement designating the port infrastructure system to be of international importance

First trains between Prato and La Spezia

First trains between Prato and La Spezia

La Spezia - The line is open and the first two trains have travelled between the port of La Spezia and Prato’s freight village. Initially about twenty containers from the LSCT terminal in Spezia were sent to Prato, hen another convoy with about ten containers made the reverse trip

Strike in the port of Genoa

Strike in the port of Genoa

Genoa - There were pickets on Thursday at all the entrances to the port where the road haulage strike called by the confederal trade unions CGIL CISL and UIL started. The strike was set to last from today to Saturday the 14th

The d’Amico group sells the Cielo di Milano

The d’Amico group sells the Cielo di Milano

Genoa - D’Amico International Shipping (DIS) has announced that its subsidiary Amico Tankers has signed an agreement for the sale of the MT Cielo di Milano, a 40,081 tonnes deadweight ‘Handy’ ship built in 2003 at Shina Shipbuilding (South Korea) for a total of $8.025 million

Oristano, LNG terminal approved

Oristano, LNG terminal approved

Oristano - The Port Authority’s Management Committee gave the go-ahead for a fifty-year concession to Edison SpA to build the first liquefied natural gas terminal in Sardinia. It will be built in the port area of Oristano on a property of over 11,000sqm associated with almost 8,000sqm of water

“Dignity” decree, port labour in danger

“Dignity” decree, port labour in danger

Rome - The world of port labour is up in arms. The Dignity Decree that the government is about to pass will limit the possibilities for short-term contracts. The stop and go scheme could reduce the flexibility of Italian dockworkers

Worker dies after being struck with a block of marble

Worker dies after being struck with a block of marble

Massa Carrara - The worker who died on Wednesday morning at a marble warehouse in Marina di Carrara was named Luca Savio, and he was 37 years old. He left a wife and a young son behind. Carabinieri and ASL technicians are conducting investigations to reconstruct the details of the accident

Bari, agreement with Interporto Bologna

Bari, agreement with Interporto Bologna

Bari - At the Port Authority for the south Adriatic in Bari, its chairman, Ugo Patroni Griffi and the director of Interporto Bologna SpA, Sergio Crespi, signed an agreement of collaboration aimed at developing the Bologna Interporto - Bari Scalo Ferruccio - Brindisi Porto railway accord

Coal in Civitavecchia, port at risk of stoppage

Coal in Civitavecchia, port at risk of stoppage

Civitavecchia (Rome) - The port of Civitavecchia could be impacted by a strike of dock workers from Lazio. The workers are against a proposed change in the operator handling services for some 4.5 million tons of coal that are annually unloaded from sixty cargo ships, to supply the Enel power plant in Torrevaldaliga North

Star Bulk acquires 15 vessels from Songa

Star Bulk acquires 15 vessels from Songa

Athens - Star Bulk Carriers has announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of 15 operating dry bulk vessels from Songa Bulk for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk and US$ 145.0 million in cash

Wartsila to promote smart-ships in Norway

Wartsila to promote smart-ships in Norway

London - Transas, a Wartsila company based in the UK, has announced that it will develop a smart technology solution for the Norwegian fleet operator Wilson SSA. The system will generate a collaborative environment for ship operations by connecting ship fleet operations with ports and coastal traffic management

CMA CGM makes merger approach to Hapag-Lloyd

CMA CGM makes merger approach to Hapag-Lloyd

LONDON/FRANKFURT - The world’s no. 3 container shipping line, CMA CGM of France, has made an exploratory approach to German rival Hapag-Lloyd over a possible merger as players in the sector hunt for tie-ups to beat depressed conditions, finance sources say

Daewoo shipyard wins order from MGM

Daewoo shipyard wins order from MGM

Seoul - Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering, one of South Korea’s three top shipbuilders, has clinched a new deal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit for Maran Gas Maritime (MGM), a Greek shipping company

Brodosplit: new contracts with Fincantieri

Brodosplit: new contracts with Fincantieri

Split - Under the Agreement on long-term business and technical cooperation, Brodograđevna industrija Split and Italian group Fincantieri have signed two new contracts for the construction of fitted sections (grand blocks) for mega cruisers, which are being built in Italian shipyards

Vard clinches deal for new Hapag cruises ship

Vard clinches deal for new Hapag cruises ship

Trieste - Vard Holdings (a Fincantieri company) has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The new expedition cruise vessel will join Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic series

Thyssenkrupp restructures to continue after Tata deal
Delays in Felixstowe, forwarders unlikely to be compensated

Delays in Felixstowe, forwarders unlikely to be compensated

Felixstowe -Freight forwarders have been warned not to expect compensation from the owners of the Port of Felixstowe owners following serious delays that resulted from a new operating system introduced last month. The new operating system saw container lines experiencing significant delays

US tariffs “would jeopardize 4.3 million jobs”

US tariffs “would jeopardize 4.3 million jobs”

Bruxelles - The EU made its comments in documents submitted to the US Department of Commerce as part of that country’s continuing Section 232 national security investigation into imports of cars, SUVs, vans, light trucks and automotive parts. EU-operated companies produced almost 2.9 million vehicles in the US in 2017

Euronav becomes world’s only ULCC owner

Euronav becomes world’s only ULCC owner

Antwerp - Euronav has become the world’s only remaining owner of Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs), the largest class of oil tankers and some of the largest vessels on earth. On Friday, Euronav announced that it has acquired the “Seaways Laura Lynn”, one of the two remaining ULCCs in the global fleet

Hapag-Lloyd slashes profit forecast

Hapag-Lloyd slashes profit forecast

Frankfurt - German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd slashed its full-year profit forecast, saying that freight rates had recovered more slowly than expected while fuel and charter costs had ballooned: “These developments cannot be fully offset by cost saving measures that have already been initiated,” it said

RCG launches Greek rail freight operations

RCG launches Greek rail freight operations

Thessaloniki - Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) subsidiary Rail Cargo Group (RCG) and Greek partner Goldair Cargo officially launched their Greek open-access rail freight operations at the RCG’s Sindos terminal in Thessaloniki on June 27

Fuels: methanol is back

Fuels: methanol is back

Genoa - The new dual-fuel engine built at the Wartsila shipyards in Trieste, Sweden’s Summeth sustainable navigation research project, and ENI’s experiment on a fleet of Fiat 500s signal the return of the love affair between manufacturing and methanol

“Methanol, ideal solution for short distances” / INTERVIEW

“Methanol, ideal solution for short distances” / INTERVIEW

Genoa - Resistance from industry represents the biggest obstacle to the use of methanol in cars and ships. That was the 2011 conclusion arrived at by the authors of an MIT study on the “future of natural gas”, and it’s echoed today by Eelco Dekker, manager at the Methanol Institute

Tensions rise at Banca Carige as chairman resigns

Tensions rise at Banca Carige as chairman resigns

Genoa - Winds of change for Italy’s Banca Carige, where top managers lately have struggled to complete their appointed term. The bank’s chairman, Giuseppe Tesauro, has just quit, , “effective immediately”, saying the move was prompted by “divergences arising from the bank’s governance and its management”

Confitarma launches a new logo

Confitarma launches a new logo

Genoa - A private session of the Assembly of the Italian Shipowners’ Confederation, chaired by Mario Mattioli has approved the financial statements and annual report for 2017. “Today the Italian flagged fleet is one of the largest in the world,” says the President of Confitarma

ILVA: document from commissioners, postponement for further discussion
Five illegal migrants found in a container in Genoa

Five illegal migrants found in a container in Genoa

Genoa - They were found dehydrated, shut into the container they had hidden in for two days, in an attempt to enter Italy under the radar. Five men, all from Tunisia, including a 17-year-old boy, were discovered inside a container on Via Balleydier

Vard Holdings receives order worth half-a-billion

Vard Holdings receives order worth half-a-billion

Oslo - Vard Holdings, the Norwegian shipyard that is a global leader in the construction of specialized ships, and a subsidiary of Fincantieri, has signed a contract for the construction of three ships for the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency

Norway’s OSM launches campaigns against crewmembers’ depression

Norway’s OSM launches campaigns against crewmembers’ depression

Arendal (Norway) - Norway’s shipping company OSM has chosen The Day of the Seafarer to launch a global campaign aimed at safeguarding and improving the mental health of its 11,000 crewmembers. According to a recent report some 26% of seafarers have regular feelings of being “down, depressed or hopeless”

Jacques Saadé, founder of CMA CGM, is dead at 81

Jacques Saadé, founder of CMA CGM, is dead at 81

Paris - He was the founder and president of the CMA CGM group, to which he had devoted his life turning it into a world leader in the maritime transport of containers. Jacques R. Saadé has passed away on the 24th of June 2018 at the age of 81

Harley says EU duties could prompt price hikes

Harley says EU duties could prompt price hikes

Frankfurt - Harley-Davidson Inc could be forced to raise prices in Europe due to EU tariffs on U.S. goods, hitting buyers of new motorcycle models when they are shipped to dealers later in the year, the head of its central European business said

OPEC meets Russia and allies to agree oil output boost
Review of major projects out soon, position maintained on High-Speed rail
Alitalia, Italian State wants to try again

Alitalia, Italian State wants to try again

Rome - There’s an attempt to bring the Italian State into Alitalia, in conjunction with one or more from the private sector, with the aim of keeping all twelve-thousand employees in the company. It’s a kind of re-versioning of the scenario which Berlusconi launched unsuccessfully in 2008

Borsalino to be auctioned for 7.8 million but the name will remain with Camperio
Contract for the doubling of rail line to VTE has been awarded

Contract for the doubling of rail line to VTE has been awarded

Genoa - The construction contrac t to double the access track to the VTE terminal in Genoa-Pra’ was awarded for a value of €13.2 million. The Luigi Notari Company of Milan will be in charge of the first phase of the construction for the enhancement of the port (in a group with two other companies, Sifel and Cfl)

Genoa, Maersk returns to the Sech Terminal

Genoa, Maersk returns to the Sech Terminal

Genoa - Yesterday afternoon, the Port of Genoa’s Sech terminal received its first ship from Maersk Line’s ME2 service. The Danish company was returning to Sech after several years elsewhere. The ship that called was the Maersk Senang, at 7,250 TEU, 318m long and 40m wide

A bullet in the mail for Palermo’s port chairman

A bullet in the mail for Palermo’s port chairman

Palermo - An envelope containing a bullet was addressed to the chairmanof the Port System Authority of the Western Sicilian Sea, Pasqualino Monti. The head of the port had, the previous day, signed an anti-mafia protocol, together with the prefect of the island’s capital

Heroes of Giglio Island besieged by creditors

Heroes of Giglio Island besieged by creditors

Ravenna - Silvio Bartolotti says he predicts a “grand future” for his salvage company. What is certain is that his firm, the long-established Ravenna-based Micoperi, is facing a less-than-ideal present. Micoperi gained notoriety for having carried out the process of righting the wreck (parbuclinkg) of the “Concordia” shipwreck

Import-export is booming for Liguria / GALLERY

Import-export is booming for Liguria / GALLERY

Genoa - “Customs policy on China is not at all unrelated to European issues: because Chinese steel will have to find other outlets, pouring this production capacity into Europe.” Whilst at the annual meeting, Riccardo Braggio, president of ALCE, warns about the changes that are taking place in the global economy

Di Maio: «I’ll explore Ilva plan in depth»

Di Maio: «I’ll explore Ilva plan in depth»

Rome - Meetings continue to be positive, the minister is listening to everyone, but there is still no solution for the future of ILVA and one will not come soon. The Deputy Prime Minister himself, Luigi Di Maio, made this clear when he announced further work is needed

DHL buys Iveco LNG trucks

DHL buys Iveco LNG trucks

Frankfurt - DHL Freight, a unit of the German logistics giant DHL, said it has purchased four liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Stralis trucks from Iveco in Belgium. These heavy-duty, long-haul trucks have a driving range of up to 1,500 kilometers and enable a total weight of tractor and trailer of up to 40 tons

Genoa’s Port Authority “ready to find a solution for Costa”
New Silk Road stops at Ravenna

New Silk Road stops at Ravenna

Ravenna - The state group China Merchants, which also controls the China Merchants Bank, one of the banks that Beijing is using to finance the political-economic initiative of the new Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative: a series of maritime and land infrastructure projects on the trade routes between China and Europe)

OPEC sees strong oil market, possible need for more output

OPEC sees strong oil market, possible need for more output

Vienna - Global oil demand is set to stay strong in the second half of 2018, an OPEC technical panel forecast this week, suggesting the market could absorb extra production from the group. OPEC’s de facto leader, Saudi Arabia has proposed gradually relaxing production cuts

«Container shipping earnings spoiled by oil prices»

«Container shipping earnings spoiled by oil prices»

London - Britain-based shipping analyst Drewry Consultants Ltd. has significantly downgraded its profit expectations for the container shipping industry this year. “An unexpected surge in oil prices has dramatically altered the cost base of carriers”

Tarros backs the Med. “An important strategic choice”