Aviation

Etihad looks to UAE supply chain in refreshed procurement strategy

Abu Dhabi - Etihad Aviation Group is has launched a new programme for suppliers in the UAE who would like to partner with the airline to provide their products and services. Vendors across the supply chain are encouraged to join Etihad’s Al Watani programme provided they fulfil its application criteria. To be eligible, suppliers must demonstrate their active contribution to the UAE’s market by having an operating business in the country.

The agreement

CMPort and Thessaloniki Port ink agreement on information system

Thessaloniki - China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) held a virtual signing ceremony with the Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A.(ThPA) in Shenzhen, Greece and Hong Kong and signed two agreements on the strategic cooperation and port information system

By the end of July

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruise operations

Hamburg - Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced plans to commence sailing by the end of this month with the implementation of hygiene and preventive measures. The cruises will first begin from Hamburg on the "Europa 2" luxury ship and the "Hanseatic" inspiration expedition ship

U.S. Defence

"We need $10B to pay contractors’ Coronavirus expenses," Pentagon tells Congress

Washington - The Pentagon needs Congress to approve “around $10 billion” to cover defense contractors’ coronavirus-related expenses, a top defense official said Monday. Alan Shaffer, deputy defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, became the first Defense Department official to put a price tag on the relief effort

The operation

Samsung Heavy Industries unveils innovations for Nigeria's shipbuilding industry

Seoul - Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is developing innovative methods to facilitate smart shipping by undertaking thorough research across their multiple research centres in Geoje, Daeduk and Pangyo in Korea. According to a statement issued by the company, the aim is not only to transform Samsung's shipyard at Geoje into a smart shipyard

Post-Covid

China's export slump to ease in June

The slump in China’s exports likely eased in June as some countries reopened their economies, while imports contracted less sharply on higher crude oil and commodities purchases, a Reuters poll shows

Brexit

UK denies wanting to build lorry park in Dover

Britain’s government has no plans to build a new lorry park in Dover, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Monday, adding that ministers would create infrastructure away from ports and instead inland

The analysis

Demolition activity suffers as freight rates rebound

Athens - As freight rates, particularly in the dry bulk market, ships’ recycling activity has taken a hit. In periods of a strong market environment, demolition activity tends to suffer and this has occurred once more

The ISCD Index

Singapore retains top spot as international shipping centre for 7th consecutive year

Singapore - The Baltic Exchange, in collaboration with Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, has published the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. The index, in its 7th edition, provides an independent ranking of the performance of the world’s largest cities that offer port and shipping business services

Statistics

Long Beach: -6,9% in container traffic during 2020 H1

Long Beach - The coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer U.S. west coast ports. The Port of Long Beach on Friday reported that 602,180 TEU was moved across its docks in June, making for an 11.1% decline compared to June 2019. Imports shrank 9.3% to 300,714 TEUs, exports dropped 12.2% to 117,538 TEUs, and empty containers shipped overseas to Asia were down 13.1% to 183,928 TEUs

The deal

Israel Shipyards supplies two OPV-45 vessels to an African Navy

Tel Aviv - Israel Shipyards announced July 9 the delivery of two OPV-45 Offshore Patrol Vessels to an African navy. The agreement to supply the ships was signed in order to provide significant protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region. The agreement includes ongoing support and training of the technical and operational teams

A TEN-T project

Webuild to work on €220m contract for Turin-Lyon high-speed railway base tunnel

Turin - Webuild, formerly Salini Impregilo, and its partners have won a €220-million contract to help develop the base tunnel between Turin and Lyon, a major infrastructure project that is part of an ambitious European Union initiative of sustainable mobility to connect the continent’s railway networks and increase the transport of people and goods on rail rather than road