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SHIPPINGNEWS ROUND-UP more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com NEWS in BRIEF


Shipping investment Accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has said that shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019, as long as the industry fulfils its environmental, social and governance responsibilities, but added that uncertainty is likely to remain the norm.


Spliethoff acquires five Hansa MPVs S


pliethoff Group confirmed that it has acquired five multipurpose tweendeck vessels from Hansa Heavy Lift’s fleet.


Hansa Heavy Lift, which operates specialised


tonnage with lifting capacities up to 1,400 tonnes, declared itself insolvent in December 2018. Oaktree Capital Management said that due to ongoing structural challenges in the heavy lift shipping sector, it would not make any additional capital investments in the business. Spliethoff has since bought HHL Elbe, HHL Tyne,


HHL Amur, HHL Mississippi and HHL New York. The 12,750 dwt HHL Elbe and HHL Tyne both


feature a combined crane capacity of 300 tonnes. These vessels will be renamed Hudsongracht and Humbergracht, respectively. HHL Amur and HHL Mississippi, each featuring


a combined crane capacity of 360 tonnes, will be renamed Heerengracht and Houtmangracht. The 20,100 dwt HHL New York, featuring a


MSC revises services Effective March 2019, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is planning significant revisions to its ocean network to better serve shippers moving cargo between Asia and Europe. The shipping line added that it will phase-in additional vessels to existing loops on the trade.


combined crane capacity of 800 tonnes, will be renamed Prinsengracht and will join BigLift Shipping’s fleet. The four smaller vessels will be incorporated into the Spliethoff fleet. Six of Hansa Heavy Lift’s were arrested in


December 2018, according to a spokesperson from the preliminary administrator appointed to oversee the carrier’s insolvency proceedings, Dr Christoph Morgen. HHL Elbe was arrested in Rouen, France. World Fuel Services filed a lawsuit at the Miami


federal court against HHL Elbe Shipping Ltd – the owner of HHL Elbe – on January 3, 2019, as it attempted to reclaim unpaid bunker bills, according to various sources. Hansa Heavy Lift employees will be paid by the


state between December 2018 and February 2019. Effective March 2019, the state support will end and Hansa will need to pay its remaining staff using its own funds.


Rosatom to manage NSR for Russia


Rosatom has been appointed as Russia’s management authority for the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The responsibilities for the


administration of the NSR, which until now has fallen under the jurisdiction of the ministry of transport, will now


be transferred to Rosatom – a state-owned nuclear power development company. Rosatom’s new powers in


the Arctic include development and operational responsibilities for shipping, as well as infrastructure and ports along the northern Russian coast.


The company will use its fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers to ensure the route remains ice-free during the navigation season. Rosatom will now appoint a


subsidiary organisation that will issue permits to sail via the NSR.


HeavyLift@Sea reveals deck carrier design The DC 10000 is under


Hamburg-based engineering company HeavyLift@Sea has revealed the basic design for a heavy cargo deck carrier.


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construction at a Chinese shipyard. The vessel, designed for a Hamburg-headquartered


Maersk emissions target A.P. Moller-Maersk has set out its goal to reach a net-zero carbon dioxide emissions target by 2050. Aiming to accelerate the transition, Maersk has called for strong industry involvement to help make carbon-neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030.


BBC targets yacht market BBC Chartering, has launched the BBC Yacht Transport division. It will provide the global yachting community with access to the shipping line’s fleet of more than 160 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels.


EMAR selects Damen The Dutch maritime services company EMAR Offshore Services will take delivery of a second Damen ASD Tug 2811 in the first quarter of 2019.


Crowley adds capacity Crowley Logistics has increased the cargo capacity of its services between northeastern USA, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the islands of the Caribbean Basin through the addition of its flat-deck barge 455-4 to its sailing schedule. Crowley’s second newbuild con-ro vessel –Taíno –also entered service in January 2019.


shipping line specialising in offshore wind projects, is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019 (see page 24) .


Samskip takes lead Multimodal logistics provider Samskip has been named lead partner in Seashuttle – a project that aims to bring emissions-free, autonomous containerships to market.


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