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Diana Containerships posts loss

Diana Containerships posts loss

Athens - Diana Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today reported a net loss of $78.3 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $79.8 million for the third quarter of 2016, of which $50.0 million relates to loss and impairment of investment in Diana Containerships

Parisi: “Growth continues in the Adriatic”

Parisi: “Growth continues in the Adriatic”

Istanbul - “Europe Multipurpose Terminals has shown constant growth in recent years, and we are considering keeping it between 10 and 20% in the near future. A new ship will be launched tomorrow that will call at the Molo VI Wharf, therefore the number of ships per week will increase starting early next year

U.N. RO-RO: “Major intermodal hub at Trieste”

U.N. RO-RO: “Major intermodal hub at Trieste”

Istanbul - “We are aiming to build the biggest European intermodal hub in Trieste.” The C.E.O. of U.N. RO-RO, Sedat Gumusoglu, announced that in 2017 his company would invest “about €10 million in infrastructure.” U.N. is the largest Turkish shipowner involved in the so-called Motorways of the Sea

GNV shows positive performance

GNV shows positive performance

Genoa - GNV’s board of directors approved the company’s results for the first ninemonths of 2016, which showed an increase in volumes and revenue and a record EBITDA, +23.3% compared to the same period in 2015

FNM is considering a freight line to Genoa

FNM is considering a freight line to Genoa

Genoa - A new freight service from Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) will link the port system of Genoa and Savona to a freight village in the Po River Valley and from there to Northern Italy and Central Europe. For the moment the idea is only on paper in the company’s 2016-2020 strategic plan

“Carige Bank, Berneschi found guilty”

“Carige Bank, Berneschi found guilty”

Genoa - It was one of the few gripping moments in a trial that had promised to be electrifying, but in the end has proven to be simply what it was supposed to be: an exhausting series of accounting data, diagrams cross referenced with corporate real estate deals to make one’s head spin

Hamburg Q3 throughput volume +0.3%

Hamburg Q3 throughput volume +0.3%

Hamburg throughput volume grows of 0.3% in the first three quarters of 2016. Seaport-hinterland rail transport achieves 3.1 percent advance. At 104.9 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three quarters of 2016, covering general and bulk cargo segments, was 0.3% up on the previous year.

San Giorgio receives order from offshore sector

San Giorgio receives order from offshore sector

Genoa - The Genoa-based San Giorgio del Porto shipyard was awarded the contract for the maintenance of two offshore vessels belonging to Emas Chiyoda Subsea, a Singaporean-Japanese company that operates in the offshore installations industry with a fleet of 40 vessels

Ansaldo STS, Hitachi’s MTO ends up in the ECJ

Ansaldo STS, Hitachi’s MTO ends up in the ECJ

Genoa - It will be the job of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to assess whether a ruling by Italy’s financial market regulator, CONSOB, regarding the price of shares in Ansaldo STS, which are subject to a mandatory tender offer (MTO) launched by Hitachi, conforms to EU norms

Swingers go cruising behind shipowner’s back

Swingers go cruising behind shipowner’s back

Genoa - It could be considered a case of entrepreneurial spirit,. and seeking new market segments. After all, it’s a fact that to gain admission to some of the “members-only” nightclubs in the Veneto or Lombardy regions, one has to queue because hundreds of people are waiting to get in

250 maritime workers protest in Rome

250 maritime workers protest in Rome

Rome - They, like so many others - and they are many - feel cut out of the game, far from the government’s palaces, in a state of malaise which for Italian sailors means feeling abandoned by the traditional unions and shipowners

ERG Group’s results showing growth

ERG Group’s results showing growth

Genoa - ERG registered profits at a current value of 83 million for the first nine monthsof 2016, for 9% growth compared to the same period in 2015. “For the ERG Group, the year that is coming to an end is very important for the process of industrial consolidation as an independent European electrical producer”

“No more conflicts between ports”

“No more conflicts between ports”

Genoa - Carla Roncallo has been the commissioner of the Port Authority of La Spezia since Wednesday, and is the future president of the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea: her name was proposed by Minister of Transport Graziano Delrio, approved by the Regions of Liguria and Tuscany

“The ILVA sale is of interest for Cornigliano”

“The ILVA sale is of interest for Cornigliano”

Milan - “Investments in ILVA’s vertical products are an essential element of the industrial plan. We must push for verticalization. In Genoa, the future manager will find the new galvanisation line 5, in which we have invested over €8 million, and tin-plate line 4 revamped for €400,000

“Ligurian fleet second largest in Italy”

“Ligurian fleet second largest in Italy”

Genoa - “Genoa is still the capital of the shipping industry, because of the maritime cluster that is still expressing: the port, shipowners, shipyards and companies in associated industries.” This is what Stefano Messina explained at the Genoese Propeller Club convention

Salerno, tenders for the Manfredi Wharf

Salerno, tenders for the Manfredi Wharf

Salerno - The Port Authority of Salerno has announced a request for tenders from the Public Works Department for the project to convert the Molo Manfredi Wharf and the whole area of the new Cruise Ship Hub, which consists of the conversion of the historic docks in the commercial port with the goal of making the area

Trade defence against Chinese dumping

Trade defence against Chinese dumping

Brussels - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a new way to assess whether Chinese manufacturers are exporting products such as steel at unfairly low prices in response to Beijing’s demand for change by the end of the year

Seamen: China wins long race

Seamen: China wins long race

Genoa - “It is the first time that the Chinese have surpassed the Filipinos,”said Francesco Gargiulo, the Chief Executive Officer of IMEC, the largest employers’ association in the maritime world, which is based in London. Manila has conceded first place, which it held for decades, when ‘Filipino’ became synonymous with ‘seaman’

STS labour force is increasing +147 units in Italy
Carige bank, accounts in the red

Carige bank, accounts in the red

Genoa - The pressure exerted on Carige by the European Central Bank “did not affect customer deposits, which in fact performed well in October and early-November.” The first tranche of non-performing loans will be offloaded “by the first quarter of 2017, at a 10% loss, but it could be further improved.”

Where corps of deep sea divers dare to go / STORY

Where corps of deep sea divers dare to go / STORY

La Spezia - They can dive to a depth of 300m below sea level to save sailors trapped in a submarine, recover a wrecked ship, repair a strategic methane pipeline or discover thousand-year-old treasure. They descend to a strange world where the sun’s light does not reach

France could face power cuts this winter

France could face power cuts this winter

Paris - French grid operator RTE said on Tuesday it may have to take exceptional measures including short power cuts in certain areas and voluntary cuts by industrial users in order to continue providing electricity to French homes in during winter

Deltamarin unveils cruise ship of the future

Deltamarin unveils cruise ship of the future

Helsinki - Finnish ship designer Deltamarin has presented an activity cruise vessel concept which was selected as the winner of the company’s internal ship design competition. The Zero Emission ship can sail without harming the environment as it is completely environmentally neutral and does not use any fossil fuels

Before the cruise. A journey to Venice / REPORTAGE
Maersk platform, green light from the Region

Maersk platform, green light from the Region

Vado Ligure - In another two weeks the regional Environmental Impact Statementon the container platform at Vado Ligure will become official. Meanwhile, the expert committee gave its approval to the project yesterday: in particular, the experts focused on the safeguarding of the coastal area

STX, Fincantieri and DCNS in the running

STX, Fincantieri and DCNS in the running

Seul - Four companies indicated their interest in acquiring the South Korean groupSTX Offshore & Shipbuilding, or its most valuable part, a 66% stake in the STX France company, which owns the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the most important shipbuilding centres in Europe

Port of Taranto rejects Ulisse Consortium

Port of Taranto rejects Ulisse Consortium

Taranto - The Port Authority of Taranto has rejected the Ulisse Consortium’s requestto operate the Multisector Wharf. The failure of the tenders shuffles the deck for the future of the most important area in the port, which until last year was used as a terminal for containers

Fincantieri, agreement with Huarun Dadong

Fincantieri, agreement with Huarun Dadong

Trieste - Fincantieri and Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD),one of the leading Chinese shipyards specializing in ship repair and refitting activities, have further built-on their exclusive cooperation deal established in March of this year, by signing, as announced by Fincantieri, in recent days an agreement

STS, analysts puzzled over business plan

STS, analysts puzzled over business plan

Genoa - The strategy of Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy,its majority shareholder, is not convincing analysts. According to investment consultancy firm Equita, following results for the first nine months of the year, no indication on finding potential synergies with Hitachi have emerged

The dangerous closeness companies-port systems / EDITORIAL

The dangerous closeness companies-port systems / EDITORIAL

Genoa,Naples, Civitavecchia, Palermo, just to mention some high-profile examples. It’s certainly not the first time, in the often troubled history of Italian ports, that a public prosecutor delves into how docks are managed. Neither are the arrests conducted in La Spezia something unique

The system of power of the Port Authority

The system of power of the Port Authority

La Spezia - Some did it for money,some to make their overly demanding wives happy, and others out of hunger for power. In any case, Port Authority contracts in La Spezia were “steered”. As a matter of fact, they were made to measure for their businessmen accomplices

The storm in the port of La Spezia

The storm in the port of La Spezia

La Spezia - Abuse of power, exploitation of a management role, these “tricks” were “the normal procedure for managing public tenders within the Port Authority of La Spezia,” between President Lorenzo Forcieri and his closest collaborators

Trieste, agreement on Employment Agency

Trieste, agreement on Employment Agency

Trieste - ALPT Trieste, the employment agency for port labour, and FILT CGIL, FIT CISL, Uiltrasporti, UGL Mare, CLPT - USB and CIU - Unionquadri, reached a union agreement for the starting up of the agency’s activities. This agreement covers important policy issues concerning second-level negotiation

Rina Services introduces Rescue Classification

Rina Services introduces Rescue Classification

Genoa - Save the Children, the shipping company Vroon and the certification company Rina Services wanted Vroon’s “Vos Hestia” to be ‘classified’ as able to rescue anyone who runs into trouble crossing the Mediterranean. Rina Services made the announcement

Venice, Di Marco is new Director of VTP

Venice, Di Marco is new Director of VTP

Venice - Venezia Terminal Passeggeri (Venice Passenger Terminal) has announced the name of its new general manager. It is Galliano Di Marco, the former president of the Port Authority of Ravenna, who left the port in March after the Ministry of Transportation appointed Admiral Giuseppe Meli as commissioner

Three new eco oil tankers for d’Amico

Three new eco oil tankers for d’Amico

Rome - DIS, d’Amico International Shipping, launched three new eco-ships in the Vietnamese Hyundai Vinashin shipyard: one handysize and two medium range units. The overall investment for the three ships amounts to $104 million

German Shipping Corporations Convicted of Environmental Crimes
Port of Genoa: Delrio-Toti meeting

Port of Genoa: Delrio-Toti meeting

Rome - An agreement on who will become presidents of the Ports of Genoa and La Spezia will come in the next week. President of the Region of Liguria Giovanni Toti and Minister Delrio met and expressed their “shared hope” that they will reach a conclusion by that time

Corsica Ferries’ 2017 routes

Corsica Ferries’ 2017 routes

Vado Ligure - Corsica Sardinia Ferries is adding to its schedule for 2017. The links: departures for Corsica from Savona, Livorno, Nice and Toulon with Mega Express and Cruise Ferries. In the high season, the links from the Port of Piombino will also be active

Taranto, general cargo is growing

Taranto, general cargo is growing

Taranto - In the month of September 2016,the Port of Taranto recorded a total increase in traffic of 21.4% compared to the same month last year, for a total of 1,904,426 tonnes moved (+335,627 tonnes). The greatest increase was in the movement of various goods, which saw a 45.3% increase (+131,201 tonnes)

Porto Livorno 2000, conflict over privatisation

Porto Livorno 2000, conflict over privatisation

Livorno - The tender for the sale of the majority stake in Porto di Livorno 2000 are movingforward. The Port Authority of Livorno is defending its choice to privatise the in-house company and has attacked Mayor Filippo Nogarin

Naples, EU spotlight on €51 Million for basins

Naples, EU spotlight on €51 Million for basins

Naples - With the decision published in the European Gazette this week, the European Commission started the procedure described in Article 108 Paragraph 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, requesting clarification on the €51 million granted for the renovation and rebuilding of the basins in the port

Is the swordfish in danger?

Is the swordfish in danger?

Genoa - ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, raised the alarm: in the Mediterranean, the swordfish is overfished, and the swordfish catch must be limited. “We are very worried about the future of the Mediterranean swordfish,” says Giuseppe di Carlo

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