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May 7, 2019updated 09 May 2019 11:04am

April’s top new stories

Knud E Hansen signed a contract with Chinese firm Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to develop the basic design of three RoRo vessels, based on the Finnlines/Grimaldi/Knud E Hansen design and Cargotec’s Kalmar business area is set to deliver 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in Italy. wraps up key headlines from April 2019.

Knud Hansen designs new green RoRo vessels for Finnlines

Knud E Hansen signed a contract with Chinese firm Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to develop the basic design of three RoRo vessels, based on the Finnlines/Grimaldi/Knud E Hansen design.

Even though the vessels will be based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation vessels, they will be customised to the needs of Finnlines to handle heavy cargo and operation in cold climates. The customisation is a result of cooperation between Finnlines and Knud E Hansen.

With a length of 238m and width of 34m, the vessels are designed to meet the Finnish / Swedish ice class, 1A Super.

Kalmar to supply 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Italy’s MCT

Cargotec’s Kalmar business area is set to deliver 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in Italy.

MCT is owned and operated by Terminal Investment Limited (TIL). The order is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the fourth quarter of this year.

CMA CGM launches eSolutions to digitise customer experience

French shipping and logistics company CMA CGM Group launched eSolutions to facilitate the digital transmission of information between the company and its customers.

The eSolutions comprise an online agency and other e-commerce channels such as Electronic Data Interchanges (EDI) and Application Programming Interfaces (API) to digitise the customer experience.

Most of the CMA CGM Group bookings are already being made through its e-commerce solutions and half are through the web platform. CMA CGM eSolutions will enable customers to experience a 100% digital journey when they choose the company to transport their goods.

Sunstone to build sixth cruise vessel in Infinity series

SunStone Ships signed a contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) for the construction of the sixth vessel in the Infinity series, which is designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions.

SunStone CEO and president Niels-Erik Lund expects the remaining four options to be signed by the end of the year. The company charters its ships to various operators in the cruise industry. It is also the largest tonnage provider of expedition cruise ships and provides technical and hotel management services through associated companies.

NextDecade agrees to fund widening of Brownsville Ship Channel

LNG development firm NextDecade signed an agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District to finance the deepening of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas, US.

The venture is officially known as the Brazos Island Harbor (BIH) Improvement Project and is expected to receive a $300m investment.

According to the contract, NextDecade will pay 100% of the costs to deepen the channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the site of its Rio Grande LNG project, which is nearly half the length of the BIH project.

Wärtsilä secures waterjet supply contract for high-speed ferry

Finnish firm Wärtsilä secured a contract to supply its newly launched modular waterjet for a high-speed ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Under the contract, Wärtsilä will deliver four WXJ1200 waterjets for the new 100m-long wave-piercing catamaran ferry being constructed at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia. The ferry is capable of sailing at a speed of 36k and can carry up to 1,000 passengers and 239 cars, or a combination of trucks and cars.

Mitsui enhances VLCC fleet with addition of Phoenix Jamnagar

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) received a very large crude carrier (VLCC), Phoenix Jamnagar, constructed at Japanese logistics firm Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) Ariake works.

The new vessel will operate under the control of its Singapore-based, wholly owned subsidiary Phoenix Tankers. Leveraging its expertise, JMU designed and developed Phoenix Jamnagar as a next-generation Malacca Max Type VLCC.

Ocean Infinity completes subsea inspection on Grande America wreck

Seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity concluded an operation related to subsea search, inspection and operations on the MV Grande America wreckage.

Ocean Infinity carried out the inspection as per the terms of the agreement signed with marine services company Ardent.

Grande America capsized and sank on 12 March in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France after its cargo of containers and vehicles caught fire during a voyage from Hamburg to Casablanca.

OOCL to sell Long Beach Container Terminal for $1.78bn

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) signed an agreement to divest 100% of Long Beach Container Terminal to a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) for $1.78bn.

LBCT LLC operates the Long Beach Container Terminal in the Port of Long Beach, California, US.

The deal is undertaken as per the terms of the National Security Agreement entered on 6 July by OOCL’s parent company OOIL, Faulkner Global Holdings, as well as the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice.

Wallem to deploy BASSnet’s enterprise solution for fleet management

Hong Kong-based Wallem Group selected BASSnet Fleet Management Systems to manage its entire fleet.

BASSnet will offer a total solution for maintenance, safety, operational and financial management to Wallem on a fleet-wide basis.

Wallem Group CEO Frank Coles said: “Having run several maritime software companies and considering the complexities of operations, compliance and the regulatory environment, I was keen to not reinvent the wheel.”

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