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Antwerp port sets TEU record

Antwerp port sets TEU record

Antwerp’s container traffic grew 4% in 2016 from a year earlier, topping 10 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time. The rise to 10.04 million TEUs from 9.65 million TEUs in 2015 would have been higher but for thick mist blanketing the port during the final days of December

Siem: cancellation of shipbuilding contract

Siem: cancellation of shipbuilding contract

Oslo - With reference to the notice to Oslo Stock Exchange dated 30.12.2013 whereSiem Offshore notified entry into shipbuilding-contracts with Remontowa Shipbuilding in Poland for four dual fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) of VS 4411 DF design

Macedonian freight operator orders Chinese locomotives
Ansaldo Energia restarts with Abba’

Ansaldo Energia restarts with Abba’

Genova - Ansaldo Energia has a new company head.It’s Filippo Abba’, the company’s international manager who built much of his career in the Energy Division of Foster Wheeler. As anticipated by Secolo XIX ,the manufacturer of power-generating turbines is starting 2017 with a new framework of governance

“Italian tourist ports are at risk of bankruptcy”

“Italian tourist ports are at risk of bankruptcy”

Genoa - “The most important Italian tourist ports are in danger of failing.” UCINA, Assomarinas and Assonat are now raising the alarm regarding the Constitutional Court’s decision that will be pronounced on 10 January on the retroactive increase in State fees at tourist port facilities

Fabrizio Vettosi and shipping. A lifelong midfielder/ INTERVIEW

Fabrizio Vettosi and shipping. A lifelong midfielder/ INTERVIEW

Naples - Finance expert with a passion for soccer or failed soccer player who wound up in finance? Either description could suit Fabrizio Vettosi, the chief of VSL, who has a true passion for numbers, but always has a pair of football boots and shorts in his car and who has an indefatigable passion for Naples Football Club.

Old but efficient railways: Trieste/A CASE STUDY

Old but efficient railways: Trieste/A CASE STUDY

Genoa - Some considerable time ago the Port of Trieste boarded the train and went out to conquer the market. And there is, in part, a historical reason, because at this port, that rivals Genoa for freight share, most goods that arrive and leave the docks do so by rail

France reserves right to intervene in STX sale

France reserves right to intervene in STX sale

Paris - In an interview published Friday, French secretary of state for industry Christophe Sirugue said that the French government will use “all the levers it has at its disposal” to ensure its objectives are met for the upcoming sale of cruise ship and warship builder STX France

Vitelli is not forswearing the Genoa Boat Show / INTERVIEW
Orsero funds abroad, mystery man arrested

Orsero funds abroad, mystery man arrested

Genova - They arrested him at the Swiss border and the judges believe that there is a substantial “flight risk”, he is associated with the investigation into the Orsero group’s funds abroad. Angelo Bonanata, 60, who is a Genoan residing in Monaco, is a trustee who administers millions of euros

Out-of-date charts: ship stopped in Genoa

Out-of-date charts: ship stopped in Genoa

Genova - An Antiguan-flagged cargo ship was detained in the port of Genoa, at the Ponte Eritrea docks. The ship, called “Maple Ingrid”, weighs in at 9,500 tonnes, and was coming from Algeria with a mixed Russian and Filipino crew of 16 men in total: the ship was stopped yesterday by the Harbourmaster’s Inspectors

“A single standard for training sailors” / INTERVIEW

“A single standard for training sailors” / INTERVIEW

Genova - Rather than between “a rock and a hard place,” Manuel Tavilla, 60, from Sarzana, calls himself “between a rock and a rock.” The former gas tanker captain and fleet manager, was recently reconfirmed as the president of Aniformar, the Italian Association of Maritime Trainers

STX France, unions to oppose Fincantieri

STX France, unions to oppose Fincantieri

Genova - French unions have already raised roadblocks at the entrance of Fincantieri in STX France. The Italian shipbuilding group is the sole bidder for the purchase of the large shipyard, located in Saint Nazaire, but labour representatives are concerned and are presenting other options to an Italian takeover

Ferries: Moby pitted against Blu Navy

Ferries: Moby pitted against Blu Navy

Genoa - To some degree it’s a David against Goliath struggle: on one hand a small operator, on the other a large group. Both have been fighting for years for a route from Piombino to Elba that has become the scenario for a battle between Blu Navy and the Onorato group

Industry, logistics to lift Liguria out of the crisis / EDITORIAL
“Freight trains on the high-speed lines at night” / INTERVIEW
Fincantieri-STX operation: diplomacy at work

Fincantieri-STX operation: diplomacy at work

Genoa - The Seoul court has confirmed that the only offer that has been madefor the acquisition of 66.6% of STX France (a company belonging to the Korean STX Shipbuilding & Offshore Group, which is in liquidation) came from Fincantieri, and that it will be considered by the judges next week

Viking Sky to be delivered ahead of schedule
TUI Cruises strengthens its presence in Italy / GALLERY

TUI Cruises strengthens its presence in Italy / GALLERY

Civitavecchia - TUI Cruises is a premium brand dedicated to the German cruise market that was created out of an equal-share joint venture between Royal Caribbean and the German travel giant TUI. The company is growing quickly thanks of its plan of new constructions undertakenby Finland’s Turku shipyard

“Marina”, Del Rio’s first Genoese ship / GALLERY
Memory lobby defended the “Andrea Doria”

Memory lobby defended the “Andrea Doria”

Genova - At 3:15 pm today at the Galata Museum of the Sea in Genoa,the “Andrea Doria, the most beautiful ship in the world” exhibition will be permanently dedicated to the memory of Captain Piero Calamai and to the crew of the “Andrea Doria”, the Italian cruise liner that sank on 26 July 1956

Leonardo buys 60% of Sistemi Dinamici

Leonardo buys 60% of Sistemi Dinamici

Rome - Leonardo-Finmeccanica has achieved full control of Sistemi Dinamiciwith the acquisition of 60% of its capital from IDS. A press release explains that the operation is intended to further strengthen Leonardo’s commitment to the “unmanned” sector through the acquisition of the program for the new “Hero” Helicopter. Leonardo is thus broadening its portfolio of helicopters and consolidating its capacity as a system integrator

Lactalis makes full takeover offer for Parmalat

Lactalis makes full takeover offer for Parmalat

Milan - Parmalat is prepared to definitively leave the Milan Stock Exchange, after five years of minimal presence, with exchanges reduced because the shares available for trading were limited to 12.26% of the capital after Lactalis’s 2011 takeover bid

Alitalia in talks with unions

Alitalia in talks with unions

Rome - No change to Alitalia’s leadership. The company denied rumours of the impending departure of its CEO, Cramer Ball, and its vice president James Hogan, and focused on the issues to be resolved over the next two “crucial” months for the airline’s survival

Aviation, EU to exempt foreign flights from emissions scheme
Rotterdam port risks falling out of the top 10 seaports rankings worldwide
Barcelona goes green / REPORTAGE

Barcelona goes green / REPORTAGE

Barcelona - According to data obtained by the city’s public planning agency, Barcelona Regional, port activity is responsible for 7.6% of the average annual concentration of sulphur dioxide (SO2).

North P&I Club  lands in the chineese shipping community
Increased traffic between Gothenburg port and Belgium
“A logistics system combined with Europe”/ INTERVIEW
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.”