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La riforma dei porti non si sblocca


Sblocca Italia blocca la riforma dei porti italiani: gli ormai evidenti dissidi tra il Presidente del Consiglio Renzi ed il Ministro Lupi in materia di porti hanno portato ad uno stralcio della materia dal recente documento di
sviluppo e rilancio dell’economia italiana rimandando le decisioni sulla riorganizzazione dei porti ad un (forse) prossimo futuro.

 Sembra che al momento abbia vinto la lobby dei porti, o meglio la lobby di quelli che decidono il futuro dei porti; si sa che questi sono infrastrutture strategiche per lo sviluppo economico di un’area e quindi non è il caso di fare confusione nel momento in cui alcuni porti (alto Tirreno e alto Adriatico) stanno programmando e investendo in progetti di grande portata economica e strategica, appunto.

Le Autorità portuali sono ancora 24 di cui ben 9 commissariate, segno anche questo non di pessima attenzione da parte del governo, ma di una volontà di mantenere sotto stretto controllo “infrastrutture strategiche per lo sviluppo economico”.

CSSC Wants In on China’s First Cruise Ship


China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has expressed interest in building the country’s first self-developed luxury cruise ship. According to CSSC Chairman, Hu Wenming, the group has been building up
its know-how on construction, design and management of large cruise ships, stressing that the success of the first project of this type is of utmost importance. Hu said that based on estimates by 2020 Chinese cruise travelers will make up around 50% of global cruise travelers, hence the importance of the country’s ability to develop indigenous capacity of constructing these ships.

Hamburg Port pioneers onshore power supply for Cruise Ships


Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has commissioned Siemens as a general contractor to supply a turnkey onshore power supply system to cut the combustion of marine fuel to supply the required electricity to all
onboard systems when cruise ships are in port, which is a major contributor to local air pollution in harbours. The system, to be built and installed by 2015, will be able to supply electricity to cruise ships of all common sizes, regardless of the design of the ship’s electrical system, while they are in port.

 This will be the first European onshore power supply system of this type with a capacity of 12 megavolt amperes (MVA), and it will work with a patented, mobile robot arm designed specifically for the tidal range. Frequency converters with control software from Siemens adjust the frequency of the harbour’s local distribution grid to match the ship’s electrical system.

 According to Siemens, the onshore power supply system from Siemens has a cable management system developed especially for cruise ships that provides a fast, easy, and flexible connection between the shore and the ship. A robot arm is used to carry the connectors for the power cable and the communications link into the ship through the outer hatch, as if on a tray.

The system is self-propelled and can be automatically operated from the ship as needed, so that no additional specialists are needed on shore. The cable management system is stored in a flood-protected garage when not in operation, ensuring that visitors have public access to the dock. Siemens says that telescoping cranes, trucks and buses can drive over the dock operating area with no restrictions during the lay days.

Instabilità politica mondiale frena la crescita delle energie rinnovabili


L’International Energy Agency (Iea) ha pubblicato nel suo Rapporto a medio-lungo termine del mercato delle energie rinnovabili, le sue stime sulla produzione mondiale di questo settore. Iea prevede un aumento
entro il 2020 di circa la metà della produzione attuale che porterebbe la quota delle rinnovabili ad oltre il 25% della produzione globale di elettricità.

Iea però lancia un campanello di allarme nell’immediato perché l’aumento di produzione potrebbe rallentare durante l’anno in corso, con il rischio che nel prossimo anno la produzione scenda sotto i livelli necessari per cogliere gli obiettivi fissati per combattere il cambiamento climatico.

Eppure si viene da un anno, quello scorso, che aveva visto una forte crescita della produzione di energia eolica, solare e idrica, raggiungendo il 22% a livello mondiale. Naturalmente l’andamento della prossima produzione dipende dalle future scelte politiche e non dal mercato che è pronto ad assorbire quote di nuova produzione sempre crescenti dalle energie rinnovabili.

Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut


Japanese classification society ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd., have installed the world’s first carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) propeller on a main propulsion system of a merchant vessel. The
CFRP propeller was installed on the Taiko Maru, a domestic 499 GT chemical tanker owned by Sowa Kaiun YK by Marugame-based Koa industry Co., Ltd. in May 2014. The CFRP propeller installed on the vessel was developed and produced by Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd., with support from ClassNK, which granted approval for the design and manufacturing process of the CFRP propeller, as well as provided research and funding support for the project as part of the ClassNK Joint R&D for Industry Program.

Despite its ultra-lightweight composition, CFRP exhibits the same, if not superior strength, to the aluminum-bronze composite materials used in conventional propellers, according to ClassNK. Due to the light weight of the propeller, propeller shafts can be manufactured with smaller diameters, contributing to a significant reduction in weight and fuel costs.

The Taiko Maru had already been fitted with CFRP propellers in its side thrusters in September 2012. Based on their successful performance, Sowa Kaiun YK made the decision to extend the use of the CFRP propeller technology to its main propulsion system, making the vessel the first in the world to use a CFRP for its main propulsion system, Class NK reports. During sea trials the CFRP required 9% less horsepower to operate compared to conventional aluminum-bronze propellers, and Class NK believes that expansion of their use on merchant vessels is expected to contribute to better fuel economy and greater efficiency in operations.

Volumes up, profit down at CMA CGM


The Board of Directors of CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping company, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial
statements for the second quarter of 2014.
In the second quarter, in a market environment shaped by diverging developments in different regions:
 • Consolidated revenue amounted to USD 4.2 billion, up 3.7% year-on-year;
 • Volumes carried increased by 8.0% to 3.1 million TEUs;
 • Average revenue per TEU decreased by 3.9% over the period. CMA CGM believes that the sustained growth in volumes was mainly attributable to the development of the Group’s Asia-Europe and Africa lines, and of the Asia-Pacific lines of its subsidiary ANL.

As a result, the Group achieved record-high volumes for the period. In addition, CMA CGM has reduced costs per TEU by 4.8%, as well as fuel costs per TEU by 9.3%, which the company attributes to the combined effect of lower bunker consumption per unit and more moderate bunker prices. Core EBIT amounted to USD 204 million in the second quarter of 2014, versus USD 172 million in the prior-year period, representing an 18.4% increase.

Consolidated net profit came to USD 94 million, versus USD 268 million in the second quarter of 2013, with last year’s amount including a non-recurring USD 248 million in proceeds from the sale of the 49% stake in the port terminal operations subsidiary Terminal Link.

Following the arrival of the Danube, the first 9,000 TEU long-term charter vessel deployed on the Black Sea lines, the Elbe and Rhône vessels will be delivered to CMA CGM in the coming weeks. The freight rates remained volatile overall, with the usual high level of volumes at this time of the year helping drive current rate increases, according to the Group. On this basis, CMA CGM expects its third-quarter operating performance to be sustained.

Un mare di legno! La sostenibilità costeggia la riviera con Rilegno


L’agosto degli stabilimenti balneari della Romagna e della Toscana si è colorato di legno. In alcuni stabilimenti balneari-campione di Rimini, Riccione e Cesenatico, Marina di Grosseto, Castiglione della
Pescaia, Montignoso di Massa e Lido di Camaiore, è arrivato “Un mare di legno”, cassette formato ridotto che promuovono il riciclo, rigorosamente a marchio Rilegno, il consorzio nazionale per la raccolta, il recupero e il riciclaggio degli imballaggi di legno
Il consorzio - che opera a livello nazionale garantendo ogni anno una buona destinazione per oltre 1 milione 400 mila tonnellate di rifiuti legnosi - ha scelto le cassette di legno come particolare ‘supporto’ per promuovere le buone pratiche di riciclo del legno.

Lo slogan “E poi…? Scopri il riciclo del legno su www.rilegno.org” si trasmette attraverso contenitori di tendenza, per l’aperitivo o per i punti informativi. Nascono come cassette per contenere frutta e verdura nei supermercati, nei banchi ortofrutticoli o nei mercati all’ingrosso, e diventano partner ideali dell’aperitivo nei locali di tendenza, ecologici ed ‘eco-chic’.

 Ma sono soprattutto rispettosi dell’ambiente e amici del riciclo. Sono gli imballaggi di legno, che oggi sbarcano anche in Riviera, negli stabilimenti balneari che hanno scelto di sposare la sostenibilità dando una connotazione green alle proposte di intrattenimento e ristorazione per i propri ospiti. A partire da Ferragosto infatti alcuni stabilimenti della riviera romagnola e toscana, quelli più di tendenza eco chic, hanno permesso l’arrivo di “Un mare di legno”, iniziativa di Rilegno - il consorzio nazionale per la raccolta, il recupero e il riciclaggio degli imballaggi di legno, aderente al sistema Conai (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi).

 Tutti hanno ricevuto da Rilegno una fornitura di piccole cassette di legno. Piccole (cm 20x20 e 20x30), versatili e totalmente naturali, sono personalizzate con il logo del consorzio e invitano a scoprire come funziona il riciclo del legno.

Le cassette sono pensate per essere veri e propri jolly, e potranno essere utilizzate dagli esercenti come vassoi e contenitori di stuzzichini per l’aperitivo, oppure diventare quello che suggerisce la fantasia dei titolari dei locali coinvolti, tutti “ad alta attenzione ambientale”. Insieme alle cassette, negli stabilimenti che aderiscono all’iniziativa saranno esposte alcune locandine che illustrano il progetto “Un mare di legno” e informano sugli usi dell’imballaggio di legno e sulle sue corrette destinazioni.

Turismo, la Spagna macina records


Oltre 8 milioni di turisti nel solo mese di luglio con una crescita di circa il 6% sullo stesso mese dello sorso anno: con questi incrementi la Spagna si avvia a stabilire un nuovo record turistico, in un settore che sta
trainando il paese iberico fuori dalla crisi. Dall’inizio dell’anno a luglio sono arrivati 36,3 milioni di turisti con un aumento del 7% sullo stesso periodo 2013 che aveva già segnato un record storico. Il 2013, in totale aveva visto oltre 60 milioni di turisti in Spagna piazzandola al terzo posto dopo Francia e Stati Uniti nella classifica mondiale.

The stars hit the stage!


With less than one week to go until registration for the Desafío Inca closes, the drivers and riders who’ve already signed up will make up a star-studded field for the third and last leg of the 2014 Dakar Series. The
start list features big names such as Spain’s Nani Roma and Chile’s Ignacio Casale (winners of the 2014 Dakar in the car and quad categories, respectively), as well as Peru’s local hero Nicolas Fuchs, ready to make his big debut in the world of rally raids! The second edition of the Desafío Inca will be a who’s who of elite rally raids, with the leading specialists in each category going head-to-head in the Ica region from September 11 to 14.

Chief among them, the big winner of the 2014 Dakar, Spain’s Nani Roma! As he gears up for his title defence as the champion of the greatest rally raid on Earth, which he fought tooth and nail for in January, exactly ten years after winning the rally on a motorcycle, the Catalan has chosen to test his Mini on the roughly 930 km long Desafío Inca, an ideal, unique opportunity to tackle a course with lots of variety and a strong flavour of sand and dunes.

 The Mini driver will be on the hunt for another Dakar Series triumph to go with the Desafío Ruta 40 he won in 2013, when he also took part to prepare for the Dakar. He’ll come up against the stiff opposition of rivals such as Chile’s Team Tamarugal and their sparkling-new SAM Mercedes, which have already proved their reliability and potential for several seasons with Germany’s Matthias Kahle at the wheel. More than enough to light up the car race, which will also see the rally raid debut of Peruvian motor sports star Nicolás Fuchs.

 The 31-year-old driver from Lima, who took the production category WRC 2 World Championship in 2013, has already shown his ability to adapt and spring a surprise or two, or even become the kingmaker of the category. The quad race should also go down to the wire, with defending champion and 2014 Dakar winner Ignacio Casale as the man to beat.

He’s back at a race which, in his own words, gave him the confidence he needed to finish on the top step of the podium in Valparaíso last January. The Chilean rider has no doubt set his sights on a repeat win. Some of his great rivals, all of them Dakar stage winners, will be out to thwart him, including Uruguay’s Sergio Lafuente, Argentina’s Sebastián Halpern, Chile’s Víctor Manuel Gallegos and the other crowd favourite, Peru’s Ignacio Flores. Another home boy, Alexis Hernández, will also strive to please his fans.

Studio Conai, nuova occupazione dai rifiuti urbani

2020, data che sembra fatidica per molti settori dell’economia e della società europea: lo è anche per il settore del riciclo dei rifiuti urbani e domestici perché la UE ha indicato in quello anno l’obiettivo del 50% del
riciclo dei rifiuti. E il raggiungimento di tale soglia comporterà anche la realizzazione di 90.000 nuovi posti di lavoro.

 Lo afferma Conai – Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi – nello studio Ricadute occupazionali ed economiche nello sviluppo della filiera del riciclo dei rifiuti urbani presentato nell’ambito del convegno “Creare occupazione, quali garanzie”. La filiera del riciclo è molto varia, si va dalla raccolta differenziata al trasporto, alla selezione dei rifiuti e al loro riciclo, e potrebbe generare circa 75mila nuovi posti di lavoro mentre altri 12mila sarebbero generati dalla realizzazione delle infrastrutture, tra cui gli impianti di selezione, compostaggio, termovalorizzazione.

 La ricaduta occupazionale sarebbe più cospicua al centro sud Italia, in relazione ai ritardi nella raccolta differenziata che portata a regime potrebbe determinare una maggiore occupazione in percentuale superiore alle altre aree del paese.

Spiking LPG demand fuelling VLGC orders


A sharp rise in LPG shipping demand, particularly out of the US, is driving an ordering frenzy for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) which will increase the size of the LPG shipping fleet by over 50% over the next two
years, according to the LPG Forecaster report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. The main demand driver has been US exports and their trade with Asia. US LPG exports rose 64% in 2013 and a growing proportion of this traffic is moving to Asia, up from 7% in 2012 to 14% in 2014.

The report shows that while Japanese imports declined in the second quarter of 2014, imports into both China and South Korea rose strongly. A steady flow of cargoes in the Middle East and an increase in exports from West African countries also helped boost demand for larger LPG carriers, especially VLGCs.

These developments have led to a rise in tonne-mile demand, resulting in tight tonnage availability and record high spot freight rates, according to Drewry. Drewry’s VLGC Middle East to Japan benchmark doubled in the first six months of 2014, reaching an all-time high of USD 117 per tonne in April. Source: Drewry’s LPG Forecaster Record earnings and the prospect of rising long-haul trade between the US and Asia has encouraged ship operators to invest in new tonnage. In the six months to June 2014 the orderbook for LPG carriers jumped over 25% from 171 vessels to 215, meanwhile the VLGC orderbook soared 68% from 47 to 79 ships.

 “LPG shipping has managed to attract around USD 2.7 billion in newbuilding investment so far this year,” said Drewry’s lead energy shipping analyst Shantanu Bhushan. “Most of the current orderbook for VLGCs are expected to join the LPG fleet between 2014 and 2016, and with minimal demolition activity anticipated Drewry is forecasting that fleet capacity will rise 52% over this period.”

Drewry projects that the approaching refinery turnaround season in the Far East could help boost imports into the region further. “This will help support spot rates through the remainder of the third quarter and into the fourth. However, we do not expect current highs to continue for long due to the pressure of rising tonnage availability in the major loading regions,” Bhusan said.

Anche a Ravenna lo sdoganamento delle merci in mare


Da lunedì prossimo inizierà, in via sperimentale, la procedura che consentirà di espletare le formalità doganali delle merci in container prima che la nave su cui viaggiano arrivi in banchina nel porto di Ravenna. La
sperimentazione dello strumento innovativo consentirà di abbattere i tempi di sdoganamento e consegna dei container prevedendo anche maggiori margini temporali per la presentazione delle dichiarazioni, in largo anticipo sull’arrivo della nave, a vantaggio di quelle merci soggette a diverse certificazioni di competenza anche di diverse amministrazioni.

No alla mobilità dei beni culturali e investire sulla mobilità delle persone


Lettera aperta a Dario Franceschini, Ministro per i Beni e le Attività culturali e il Turismo, sulla mobilità dei beni culturali
 Caro Ministro, i beni culturali non sono di un Museo o di un territorio, ma sicuramente lo
caratterizzano e contribuiscono a farlo conoscere nel Mondo. Parto da questa premessa per una riflessione sul dibattito che la proposta di Vittorio Sgarbi, per il trasferimento dei Bronzi di Riace a Milano in occasione dell'Expo 2015, ha scatenato. Ci è stato detto, a più riprese, che l’Expo avrebbe rappresentato, come sono certo che potrà rappresentare, un'importante occasione per l'intero Paese e non solo per Milano e la Lombardia. 

E allora facciamo in modo che lo sia realmente, e non spostando i Bronzi di Riace o altri beni culturali a Milano, ma facendo in modo che chi arriva a Milano, per partecipare all'Expo sia incentivato a muoversi sull'intero territorio nazionale. Accantoniamo l'idea di mobilità dei beni culturali e investiamo sulla mobilità delle persone. Per questo serve un piano straordinario per il turismo, un provvedimento urgente che non può essere frutto esclusivo di decreti e norme ma deve essere il risultato della collaborazione degli operatori di settore con le istituzioni locali e nazionali. 

Penso, ad esempio, a tariffe agevolate per il trasporto nazionale e locale, ai treni della cultura, alla riduzione delle tasse aeroportuali per la mobilità interna, al reimpiego di tutto il personale in cassa integrazione per lavori "turisticamente" utili. Oltre all'opportunità di un serio intervento per favorire il turismo giovanile, scolastico e sociale.

 I tempi, per tutto questo, sono stretti ma ci sono, basta solo un po' di buona volontà. Se invece si vuole scegliere la strada più semplice, e meno produttiva per il Paese, allora si può sempre ricorrere alla mobilità dei beni culturali, impacchettiamo i Bronzi di Riace e li mandiamo a Milano. Poi però, caro Ministro, sono certo che Lei si farà garante che in Calabria arrivino, ad esempio, il David di Donatello e - perché no - anche la Madonnina di Milano. 

La proposta è certo un po' provocatoria, ma se vogliamo fermare, o far diminuire, i flussi turistici la scelta di muovere i nostri beni culturali rientra tra le scelte più azzeccate. Con grande piacere mi metto a disposizione per occasioni di colloquio e collaborazione. 

 Carmelo Lentino Consigliere Vicario del Forum Nazionale dei Giovani, con delega alla cultura e turismo, e Segretario Nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana Alberghi per la Gioventù

Hyundai Mipo Scores Carrier Trio


Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co, a subsidiary of South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, has secured orders for three vessels, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and one asphalt carrier. The
LPG order, worth USD 104.7 million, comes from the Marshall Islands-based operator StealthGas. The carriers are slated for delivery by the end of 2017. These vessels will measure 159-metres x 25.6-metres x 17.3-metres and will be capable of transporting up to 22,000m3 of LPG.

 The asphalt carrier will rank among the world’s largest asphalt carriers, featuring four cargo holds, each with sixteen tanks. The vessel, ordered by an unnamed European shipper, is scheduled for delivery by 2017. The price of the vessel has not been revealed.

Ga.Fi. Sud chiude in positivo il primo semestre 2014

Nonostante la stretta creditizia e la congiuntura negativa, l’attività svolta da Ga.Fi. Sud, primo confidi campano ad essere iscritto nell’elenco degli Intermediari Finanziari Vigilati da Banca d’Italia, per il 1°
semestre 2014 è da considerarsi più che soddisfacente. Infatti l’operatività, in termini di volumi di affidamenti garantiti, cresce complessivamente del 43% rispetto allo stesso periodo del precedente anno, mentre l’aspetto finanziario, per quanto riguarda le commissioni incassate, addirittura del 50% superando anche il budget previsto.  Il portafoglio complessivo delle garanzie si incrementa del 21% rispetto al 31.12.2013 ed ha già superato i 100 milioni di euro. Anche l’aspetto economico registra una crescita soddisfacente con l’utile di periodo pari a € 157.000 che presenta un incremento del 42% rispetto al 1° semestre dello scorso anno. Inoltre, a suffragio dell’eccellente lavoro svolto dal Confidi presieduto da Rosario Caputo, è arrivata, il 23 luglio scorso, la “lode” di Medio Credito Centrale per aver riportato un Tasso di Sofferenza sulle operazioni controgarantite dal fondo pari all’1,35%, mentre il Tasso Medio di Sofferenza (dato dal rapporto tra credito in sofferenza e l’ammontare complessivo del credito garantito dal Fondo) a livello nazionale, al 30 giugno scorso, è pari al 4,51%. Pertanto, il tasso portato da Ga.Fi. Sud è meno di un terzo di quello nazionale. A tale attività si accompagna una continua e incisiva attività di organizzazione e di adeguamento alle procedure per rispondere sempre meglio alle logiche della vigilanza nonché a tutti gli adempimenti connessi richiesti.

Filt Cgil, 15 settembre stop traghetti e navi per mancato rinnovo Ccnl


“Sciopero nazionale di tutto il comparto marittimo lunedì 15 settembre”. A riferirlo la Filt Cgil spiegando che “tra i motivi del dissenso ci sono il rinnovo del Ccnl di settore che manca da oltre 4 anni e le mancate
risposte da parte dell’armamento al fenomeno della disoccupazione marittima”. “La rottura unilaterale - spiega la Federazione dei Trasporti della Cgil - del tavolo di negoziato da parte delle associazioni di rappresentanza datoriale per il rinnovo del Ccnl, avvenuta lo scorso 2 luglio, ha pesantemente lacerato i rapporti industriali e, a causa del persistente atteggiamento di chiusura da parte delle medesime associazioni, ha creato le condizioni per l’avvio di una perdurante stagione di conflitti di cui non si può prevederne la durata”.

 “Nella giornata del 15 settembre nel rispetto della regolamentazione del diritto di sciopero - informa infine la Filt - le navi traghetto e da carico, presenti nei porti nazionali subiranno un ritardo di 24 ore alla partenza e tutti i lavoratori, amministrativi, operai, impiegati delle biglietterie e rimorchiatori portuali si asterranno dal lavoro per 8 ore”.

Wärtsilä to Look After Harvey Gulf’s Newbuilds

Harvey Gulf’s offshore Construction Vessels
Wärtsilä has signed a long-term Technical Management Agreement with Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC. This five-year agreement covers Condition Based Maintenance and Dynamic Maintenance Planning
for eight new offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels – six liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled platform supply vessels and two offshore construction vessels powered by diesel fuel. Condition Based Maintenance system enables feeding engine parameters into Wärtsilä’s database, after which they are evaluated by specialists at the Condition Based Monitoring center.

 As described by Wärtsilä, this enables early detection of performance issues, reduced downtime as well as optimized engine performance and fuel consumption. Knowing the actual condition of the engine allows the implementation of the Dynamic Maintenance Planning concept.

This brings a significant opportunity to reduce operating costs by optimizing the timing of major overhauls and reducing the consumption of spare parts. The agreement also includes Online Remote Operational Support, which enables Wärtsilä’s technical experts to support vessels in real time, without the need for engineers to travel to the vessels. “We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Harvey Gulf. This agreement reaffirms their commitment to the offshore oil and gas business in the Gulf of Mexico by adding safe and environmentally sustainable LNG fuelled vessels to their modern fleet.

 With this extended partnership, we will enable the safe and reliable operation of their offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels throughout their lifecycle,” said Walter Reggente, Service Director of Wärtsilä North America.

Stintino, pronti per la 32^ Regata della Vela Latina


Siamo ormai a ridosso della 32^ Regata della Vela Latina in calendario sabato 30 e domenica 31agosto a Stintino: l’evento, a cura di AVeLa Tradizionale con il patrocinio del Comune di Stintino, dal 1983 ha
promosso la valorizzazione del millenario armamento triangolare simbolo del Mediterraneo. Le imbarcazioni ospiti sono già ormeggiate alla Banchina dei Velieri presso il Porto Mannu, mentre le prove del Trofeo Presidente della Repubblica partiranno sabato mattina nello specchio acqueo antistante Stintino e si svolgeranno nella Rada della Pelosa, visibili dalla strada e dalla passeggiata panoramica.

Presso il Museo Arti e Mestieri (via Lepanto) è aperta a partire dalle h. 18,30 la mostra “Vele latine e libri di mare” con una ricca dotazione di libri, fotografie e modelli. Al Porto Vecchio si inaugura domanì sera la rassegna “L’Isola in Vetrina” con spettacoli, gastronomia, moda, stand espositivi per tutto il fine-settimana.

Questo il programma della 32^ Regata: Sabato 30 h. 12 Partenza Trofeo Presidente della Repubblica (n. 2 prove) h. 20,30 “CENA DEL PESCATORE” presso Banchina dei Velieri (riservata agli iscritti) domenica 31 h. 18,30 premiazione presso il palco di “Isola in Vetrina” – Porto Vecchio Banchina dei Velieri (segreteria) mostra fotografica di Silvano Silvia Iscritte flotte e marinerie di Stintino, Varazze, Porto Torres, Castelsardo e Alghero, l’irriducibile armatore di s. Antioco Pierluigi Cossu dopo aver lottato invano contro il mare di maestrale con il suo gozzo EOS, non si è arreso e parteciperà a bordo di una lancia stintinese messa a disposizione da AVeLa Tradizionale

Northwestern Passage to open by early September


Large areas of sea ice still remain in the Northwestern Passage along the Canadian coast. However, based on analysis of satellite images by the Global Ice Center (GIC), ice experts at Japan-based Weathernews
predict this should melt away by early September, thus opening the passage for vessels. The Northern Sea Route bordering Russia is now open to commercial shipping traffic as of August 21st, 2014.

 This is two weeks earlier than last season when lower than average temperatures resulted inslow pace of melting in the Arctic Ocean. Last summer, the northeastern passage opened at the beginning of September. Sovcomflot Group’s (SCF) Anichkov Bridge was the first large capacity tanker to transit the Northern Sea Route this year. The 47,000 – dwt MR vessel completed her voyage along the route on August 18, 2014, the Russian shipping company said.

The Northern Sea Route has been in use by vessels escorted by Russian icebreakers since late June. However, enough ice has melted north of the New Siberian Islands (Novosibirsk) to allow vessels to pass through the region with minimal risk of collision from now until early October, according to Weathernews’ Global Ice Center. Use of the NSR by the shipping industry as cost-saving alternative route continues to grow in recent years.

Gran gala di danza all’Arena del Mare di Salerno


Anche Salerno sposa la danza con una grand soiree di altissimo spessore artistico. Dopo il “Premio Danza Capri Interational”, quest’anno in due luoghi di eccellenza come Capri e Positano, torna giovedì 4 settembre
la II Edizione del Gran Gala di Danza Internazionale. Ad annunciare l’evento, realizzato con il patrocinio del Comune di Salerno, è il coordinatore artistico della due manifestazioni, Luigi Ferrone, primo ballerino del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. L’appuntamento salernitano si preannuncia come un trionfo del balletto classico. Lo spettacolo sarà diviso in due momenti.

Nel primo il sipario si aprirà su Carmen, di Georges Bizet, vero e proprio caposaldo del mondo della danza straordinariamente racchiuso in un unico quadro dal coreografo Luigi Martelletta. «Ho immaginato una scena con quinte e fondali bianchi, una tabula rasa su cui poter trascrivere scena dopo scena il mio balletto - spiega il coreografo - ne è scaturito un lavoro "facile da leggere", semplice e profondo al tempo stesso».

Ad interpretarlo due etoile internazionali: Rolando Sarabia dell’American Ballet e Venus Villa del Balletto Nazionale di Cuba. In scena tutta l’energia carnale di una Carmen diversa, fatta di contrapposizioni e sfumature. La seconda parte della serata sarà affidata invece al Concerto Gershwin a cura del maestro Ferrone che sarà eseguito dalla Compagnia Crown Ballet, composta da ballerini provenienti da varie scuole di danza internazionali come le etoile Oscar Valdés Carmenates, il 22enne che ha entusiasmato tutta Italia con la sua partecipazione fulminea all’ultima edizione del talent Amici, e Leisa Martinez Santana (entrambi del Balletto Nazionale di Cuba), Corona Paone, orgoglio salernitano per la sua splendida carriera ancora in fieri al Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, e i solisti Francesca Ricciardi, Claudia D’Antonio e Annalisa Casillo. Finalissimo tra contemporaneo e hip hop con le compagnie di eccellenza Urban Key e Emox Ballet, formazioni, entrambe italiane, simbolo della “nuova” danza, fatta di grande capacità interpretativa, tecnica e coordinazione.

Ferretti, aumento di capitale da 80 mln di euro


Nuovo piano industriale del Gruppo Ferretti, sostenuto da un corposo aumento di capitale: infatti l’assemblea dei soci di FIH, Ferretti International Holding, ha deliberato un aumento di capitale sociale di 80 milioni di
euro. Questo aumento di capitale incrementa l’investimento effettuato dai soci di Ferretti, naturalmente in particolar modo del socio di maggioranza, Weichai Group Holding Hong Kong Investment: fanno parte della compagine sociale anche The Royal Bank of Scotland, SVP e alcuni soci di minoranza.

Il rafforzamento patrimoniale come scritto è notevole e la disponibilità di flussi finanziari consentirà lo sviluppo del nuovo piano industriale finalizzato al rilancio e alla crescita delle attività.

DP World’s Newly Added Capacity Bearing Fruit


Global marine terminal operator DP World has recorded strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the six months to 30 June 2014, delivering profit attributable to owners of the company
before separately disclosed items of $332 million, 40.8% ahead of the first half of 2013 on a like-for-like basis. Financial highlights include:
• Revenue of $1,659 million; (1H2013 revenue of $1509 million)
• Adjusted EBITDA of $778 million; adjusted EBITDA margin of 46.9%; (1H2013 adjusted EBITDA of $689 million; adjusted EBITDA margin 45.6%)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin improved due to strong throughput growth at higher margin locations coupled with cost control measures DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “The addition of new capacity and a pick-up in global trade has resulted in a return to robust volume growth, which has translated into an impressive financial performance.

Our portfolio is well positioned to capitalise on the significant medium to long-term growth potential of this industry and we continue to seek new opportunities in the faster growing markets.” Group Chief Executive Mohammed Sharaf commented: “We have reported an excellent set of financial results for the first six months of 2014, delivering 11.6% like-for-like revenue growth. Encouragingly, earnings continue to significantly outpace revenue growth with 19.1% EBITDA growth and 40.8% EPS growth on a like-for-like basis. “The substantial investment programme that we initiated in 2012 is starting to bear fruit as new capacity aids in the delivery of stronger top and bottom line growth. We have made good progress at our recently opened greenfield projects in Embraport, Brazil and DP World London Gateway, UK and we look forward to adding a further 8 million TEU of capacity to our portfolio over the next two years, providing further opportunity for growth. Crucially, our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to generate high levels of cashflow, which gives us the ability to invest in the future growth of our current portfolio, and the flexibility to make new investments should the right opportunities arise as well as delivering enhanced returns to shareholders over the medium term.

Cmc Marine ai saloni di Monaco e Genova


Doppio appuntamento ai Saloni di inizio stagione per la CMC Marine: l’azienda toscana infatti oltre alla tradizionale partecipazione al Salone di Genova 2014 si presenta quest’anno per la prima volta anche al
Monaco Yacht Show 2014, a fronte della crescita delle quote di mercato nel settore dei mega yacht e forte di una rete internazionale di service ormai consolidata e estesa nei principali paesi del Mediterraneo e in USA.

 L’azienda sarà presente prima a Montecarlo con uno stand nella Darse Sud dal 24 al 27 Settembre, e subito dopo al Salone di Genova dall’1 al 6 Ottobre, per presentare le ultime innovazioni. Appuntamenti in cui CMC Marine potrà presentare ai Saloni Internazionali gli ultimi aggiornamenti, ed i nuovi sviluppi applicativi, recentemente introdotti sui propri sistemi Stabilis Electra.

 Tra le novità il nuovo algoritmo di controllo Dia_Log 2.0 – sviluppato dai tecnici che si occupano di Ricerca e Sviluppo e coperto da brevetto italiano n. TO2012A000472 – per l’automazione delle pinne stabilizzatrici, che si è dimostrato essere straordinariamente efficace nella stabilizzazione degli yacht all’ancora.

Particolarità di tale algoritmo è quella di essere adattivo rispetto alle condizioni del mare: incorpora infatti un modello del sistema barca/pinna che consente al sistema stesso di valutare gli effetti di una pinnata ancora prima di realizzarla; comparando gli eventuali diversi movimenti possibili, si riesce quindi a scegliere ad ogni ciclo di rollio qual è quello che garantirà il maggior comfort allo yacht.

Questa ultima innovazione rappresenta un ulteriore sviluppo nella ricerca che CMC Marine porta avanti per proporre costantemente sul mercato prodotti che garantiscano il massimo comfort e sicurezza, portando avanti con successo la strategia di innovazione del prodotto e attenzione per il cliente che negli ultimi anni ha permesso all’azienda di diventare uno dei principali player del settore, con una forte crescita nel settore dei megayacht.

America’s Cup appoints H. Schiller as Commercial Commissioner


One of the most respected global leaders in sport to oversee all business aspects of one of the sporting world’s most storied events. The America’s Cup organizers have appointed Harvey Schiller as Commercial
Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup. The role of Commercial Commissioner is new to the America’s Cup. Schiller will be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America’s Cup. He will work closely with all of the competitors, the Regatta Director and the America’s Cup Event Authority.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in the America’s Cup,” Dr. Schiller said. “Following the thrilling event we saw last summer, when ORACLE TEAM USA came from behind to win the Cup, interest in the event is as high as it’s ever been. Our job now is to translate those opportunities into growth of the event for the benefit of all participants. As such, I’m extremely gratified to see how the teams have started working together with such a high level of cooperation over the past few months.”

 Schiller has had one of the most legendary careers in public service and sports business, having served as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, the Executive Director of the US Olympic Committee and President of Turner Sports as well as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets and President of the International Baseball Federation.

His personal accomplishments away from sport include a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the United States Air Force (where he retired as Brigadier General), and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He also currently serves on the board of the World Baseball Classic and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dr. Schiller has also served on the America’s Cup Advisory Board since 2010.

Dry Bulk Shipping Earnings Set for Comeback


Despite weak freight rates so far this year, dry bulk shipping earnings are forecast to recover as demand for both major and minor bulk commodities rises, according to the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by
shipping consultancy Drewry. Freight rates have been depressed due to a continuing oversupply of vessel capacity, despite recent moderation in the growth of the fleet. Drewry’s Dry Bulk Freight Rate Index, a weighted average of earnings across multiple trades, declined 39% in the six months to June. Drewry estimates that the dry bulk global fleet grew at an annual rate of 1.3% in the second quarter of 2014, down 0.4% on the first quarter.

Some of this growth was the result of declining inactivity as vessels previously laid up due to bankruptcy proceedings came back onto the market. But much of the damage relates to over ordering of previous years, which has left the industry with an operating surplus of over 240 million dwt. Despite this, activity in the newbuilding market has increased, due largely to demand for eco-vessels.

Ordering for Capesize and VLOC vessels has increased on a positive outlook for coal and iron ore trades.The current overall orderbook represents around 23% of the global fleet. On the demand side, strong growth in Chinese iron ore imports was partly offset by a contraction in coal and grain shipments.

Chinese imports of iron ore grew 12% quarter-on-quarter, driven by domestic smelters’ preference for high quality and low cost imports. Grain shipments were impacted by adverse weather conditions and geopolitical issues in Eastern Europe. Chinese steam coal imports declined around 4% in the year to June, reducing earnings of Capesize and Panamax vessels.

Connected Cars e Startup: l'automobile e le tecnologie "smart"

Smart Mobility World è la prima manifestazione europea dedicata alla mobilità del XXI secolo: sostenibile, connessa e integrata in grado di offrire una visione completa sui temi Smart City, Green Mobility e
Connected Cars. Una leadership rafforzata dall’impostazione sempre più internazionale dell’evento che ha visto partecipare nella scorsa edizione buyer e visitatori provenienti da una dozzina di nazioni e dalla esclusiva conferenza internazionale "Connected Automobiles", 12 e 13 novembre dedicata alle nascenti auto e veicoli connessi. La manifestazione si svolgerà il 13 e 14 novembre presso il Centro Congressi Lingotto a Torino ed è organizzata da ClickutilityTeam, GL events Italia-Lingotto Fiere e Innovability con il supporto della Camera di commercio di Torino, Città di Torino, Regione Piemonte e Confindustria Piemonte.

A Torino sono attesi oltre tremila visitatori professionali che si incontreranno con oltre cento sponsor, espositori e partner, sono previste 28 sessioni tra convegni e workshop e centinaia di test drive su auto green sulla storica pista del Lingotto.

Terminal Investment Ltd acquires 50% of International Trade Logistics

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (“MSC”) announced that TIL has acquired Global Infrastructure Partners’ (“GIP”) 50% interest in International Trade Logistics (“ITL”). The ITL group includes Exolgan, the largest container terminal in Buenos Aires, and its associated logistics and warehousing activities. Diego Aponte, Vice President of MSC and Chairman of TIL, commented: “We see the acquisition of ITL from GIP
as a logical extension of our partnership with them in our global terminal business. Furthermore, the investment in Exolgan aligns with our strategy at MSC to acquire equity in key terminals so as to ensure the efficiency and capacity required for our global shipping network.” Adebayo Ogunlesi, Managing Partner of GIP, commented: “We are very happy to have extended our relationship with the MSC Group through this sale of our interest in ITL to TIL. We are confident that Exolgan, which is the largest and most efficient terminal in Argentina, being capable of servicing two 10,000 TEU ships concurrently, will fit well within the TIL terminal portfolio and will, in the future, provide excellent service to MSC and its other customers.”
 About International Trade Logistics 
 International Trade Logistics is the largest container terminal and associated logistics business in Argentina. ITL has three business units:
 • Exolgan – a four berth, seven super post panamax crane, 2.5 million TEU potential capacity container terminal which handled ca. 550k TEU in 2013;
 • Exologistica – a contract logistics business focused on the consumer products, industrial and petrochemical sectors and providing integrated solutions to Exolgan customers; and
 • LPI – a logistics warehousing business servicing Exologistica and third parties as well as Exolgan off terminal services.
 ITL is jointly owned with PSA of Singapore.
 About MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. 
 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland, is a privately owned shipping line, founded in 1970, which has rapidly grown to become the number two global container shipping line. During recent years MSC’s maritime fleet has expanded substantially and currently stands at 466 container vessels with an intake capacity of ca 2.4 million TEUs.
About Global Infrastructure Partners 
 Global Infrastructure Partners is an independent infrastructure investment fund with over US$19 billion under management. GIP invests worldwide in infrastructure assets and busin

Scorpio Bulkers in Sextet Deal


Monaco-based bulk shipper Scorpio Bulkers has ordered six 82,000dwt Kamsarmaxes from Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Shipyard, the Chinese media report. Under the deal, the vessels will start delivery from
the second quarter of 2015. The value of the order has not yet been revealed. Scorpio was unavailable for comment when asked by World Maritime News for confirmation. This is the first order for Kamsarmax bulkers at Shanghai Shipyard, as the yard specializes in construction of general cargo vessels, container ships along with offshore vessels. Scorpio Group’s tanker and bulker divisions, have over a hundred more units on order in total, 43 more tankers and 74 bulk carriers.

Rickmers-Linie is again the partner of choice for Kirow railway cranes to China

Kirow railway crane being loaded onto the Rickmers Singapore 
Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based liner carrier for break bulk, heavy lifts and project cargoes has again been chosen by Kirow for the transportation of railway cranes from Hamburg to Xingang. The shipment in August marked the continuation of a long-standing relationship between the two companies, but was nevertheless a special shipment. It contained six cranes of the type KRC 2880. 20 more units of the type KRC 1680 are to follow into 2015. Kirow has been a long-term supplier of the Chinese railways. The company has already delivered a number of railway cranes for the ever expanding railway network in China. The cranes are used in various railway administrations throughout the country. Kuehne & Nagel in Leipzig and Hamburg took care of the freight forwarding and the booking of the six cranes. The cranes were transported to the Wallmann Terminal in the Port of Hamburg by barge and road transport. The ocean leg from Hamburg to China is being performed by the Rickmers Singapore which will arrive in the port of Xingang in late October. The 2002-built Super Flex heavy-lift vessel can lift up to 640 tons and is one of nine identical sister vessels in the Round-the-World Pearl String service of Rickmers-Linie. This service rotates eastbound around the world, linking Europe, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and again Europe.

Politiche attive lavoro, intesa Campania-Calabria

Gli assessori al Lavoro e alla Formazione della Regione Campania Severino Nappi e della Regione Calabria Nazzareno Salerno hanno siglato un accordo per la condivisione di strumenti di politiche attive del lavoro fra le due Regioni. In particolare, la Campania metterà a disposizione della Calabria i percorsi formativi delle
qualifiche professionali, raccolti nel catalogo regionale campano, che sarà utilizzato dalla Calabria per l’attuazione di “Garanzia Giovani”.

 La Campania, nei mesi scorsi, ha siglato analoga intesa con la Regione Sicilia, per la condivisione del catalogo formativo regionale in materia di ammortizzatori in deroga, ai fini del reinserimento professionale dei cassintegrati. Nelle prossime settimane, la Regione Campania e la Regione Liguria, sigleranno un’ulteriore intesa per la messa a disposizione dei percorsi formativi realizzati dalla Campania nel settore delle professioni del mare, in favore dei giovani liguri.
 "Il Sud - sottolinea l’assessore al Lavoro Severino Nappi - non è solo ritardo e disorganizzazione ma è sempre di più sistema e modello. Sistema perché con la Calabria e le altre Regioni Obiettivo Convergenza abbiamo scelto di mettere in campo, tutte le volte in cui è possibile, politiche comuni e strumenti condivisi in materia di lavoro e formazione, siglando, con la partecipazione del ministro del Lavoro, anche un protocollo che non ha precedenti nella storia di questo Paese.
Modello perché anche una regione del Nord come la Liguria, sceglie di affidarsi alla progettualità della Campania per un settore così strategico come quello dell’economia del mare. In particolare con il collega Salerno, collaboriamo a stretto contatto, perché siamo consapevoli che, oggi più che mai, la questione del lavoro al Sud ha bisogno di una voce comune".

Much Bigger Fleet for LNG Shipping Needed in the Long Term


Continuing weak demand and excess tonnage are expected to depress LNG shipping earnings in the near term. But longer term the sector could face vessel shortages as ordering slows and liquefaction projects
come on stream, according to the LNG Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast report published by shipping consultancy Drewry.

The global LNG trade fell for the second consecutive year in 2013 by 1%, as many liquefaction sites faced unplanned shutdowns, which resulted in tight supplies and higher prices. According to Drewry, Japanese imports rose just 1% in 2013 and are expected to stagnate as the country looks to restart its mothballed nuclear power plants, in the face of rising fossil fuel import costs and a depreciating currency.

 Imports to Europe declined 23% due to lower demand and increased reliance on piped gas. Likewise, imports by the US and Canada fell 45% and 42% respectively because of surplus natural gas production. Meanwhile, insignificant additions to global liquefaction capacity and unplanned shut- downs led to a tight LNG supply during the year.

 “Despite weak demand, LNG vessel capacity rose 5% in the 18 months to June 2014 to 56 million cubic metres” Drewry is forecasting that fleet growth will accelerate at an annual rate of 8% both this year and next to reach 66 million cubic metres by the end of 2015. “A deadly combination of expanding vessel fleet, limited cargo availability and falling trade caused short-term freight rates for conventional LNG carriers to decline through 2013 and the first half of 2014,” said Drewry’s lead gas shipping analyst Shantanu Bhushan.

“Although there are plans to add 64 billion cubic metres per annum of liquefaction capacity during 2014-15, major concerns for shipowners are the timely completion of these projects, the possible restart of Japanese nuclear power plants and the fast rising vessel fleet.

As a result, the outlook for unchartered vessels over the next 18 months is not favourable and we expect spot and short-term freight rates to remain under pressure.” However, demand is expected to recover strongly in the latter part of the decade as new production comes on stream, on completion of various projects under construction in Australia and North America, as shown in Drewry’s Review.

Carburanti green nuovi limiti per l'Italia

Entrano in vigore in tutti i porti italiani i nuovi limiti che impongono alle navi l'uso di carburanti green a basso contenuto di zolfo. È stato infatti pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale il Dlgs n° 112 del 16 giugno 2014 di attuazione Direttiva n° 2012/33/UE che modifica la Direttiva 1999/32/CE sul tenore di zolfo dei combustibili
marittimi. In base alla nuova normativa infatti si obbligano le navi passeggeri in servizio di linea all'uso di carburanti con contenuto di zolfo fino a un massimo dello 1.5% in navigazione; un limite che si prevede venga abbassato allo 0.5% dal 1 gennaio 2020.

Il porto di Venezia grazie all'accordo volontario Blue Flag II, già nel corso della stagione 2013, impone a tutte le navi che arrivano a Venezia l'uso di carburanti allo 0.1% di zolfo per tutte le navi in transito (a partire da fuori della bocca di Porto di Lido) e per tutta la durata dell'ormeggio.

Una stringente normativa valida per il solo porto lagunare che anticipa e supera i limiti europei (e ora anche italiani) imponendo l'uso di carburanti super green. I controlli, come peraltro previsto dal Dgls, sono effettuati dalla Capitaneria di Porto con puntuali verifiche a campione.

KKR, Borealis Hustle Nine Container Ships

Bomar Rissen, one of six container ships in Borealis’ current fleet
 The joint venture between KKR Special Situations Group of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (USA) and Borealis Maritime Ltd. (UK) has signed an agreement with Frankfurt-based Commerzbank to buy nine
container vessels financed by the bank. USD 216 million proceeds will be used for the redemption of loans. “This transaction is the second successful capital markets portfolio transaction in Deutsche Schiffsbank unit within the space of one year, and this despite an ongoing difficult market environment in the international shipping markets,” said Stefan Otto, divisional board member NCA Deutsche Schiffsbank.

As recently as December 2013 Commerzbank had sold a credit portfolio encompassing 14 chemical tankers. In the framework of the run-down strategy of the NCA segment, in the first seven months of 2014 it was possible – in addition to natural credit maturities – to sell a total of approximately 70 ships through individual transactions with a total credit volume of approximately USD 699 million.

Fiducia dei consumatori

Ad agosto 2014 l'indice del clima di fiducia dei consumatori in base 2005=100 diminuisce a 101,9 da 104,4 del mese precedente. Il peggioramento interessa tutte le diverse componenti e segue le diminuzioni rilevate a giugno e luglio. Il peggioramento della fiducia deriva soprattutto dalla componente economica, che scende a 107,6 da
114,2, mentre quella riferita al quadro personale passa a 100,1 da 101,2. Gli indici riferiti al clima corrente e futuro diminuiscono, rispettivamente, a 101,5 da 104,0 e a 103,4 da 106,2. Riguardo alla situazione economica del Paese, i giudizi sulle condizioni attuali peggiorano: il saldo passa a -91 da -79; anche per le attese si rileva un peggioramento: il saldo passa a -7 da 6.

Quanto alla disoccupazione si attendono aumenti: il saldo cresce, infatti, a 56 da 53. Il saldo relativo ai giudizi sulla situazione economica della famiglia migliora lievemente passando a -55 da -56, mentre quello sulle attese diminuisce a -13 da -10. I giudizi sul bilancio familiare migliorano lievemente (a -12 da -13 il saldo).

Le opinioni sull'opportunità attuale di risparmio registrano una diminuzione (a 116 da 120 il saldo), mentre si rileva un lieve miglioramento delle possibilità future (a -45 da -46 il relativo saldo). Le valutazioni sull'opportunità di acquisto di beni durevoli risultano in netto peggioramento (a -90 da -79 il saldo). Il saldo relativo all'andamento recente dei prezzi al consumo diminuisce a 1 da 9 del mese precedente.

Il saldo delle attese sull'andamento dei prezzi, invece, migliora arrivando a -21 da -25 del mese precedente. A livello territoriale il clima di fiducia diminuisce in tutte le ripartizioni ad eccezione del Centro, in cui risulta stazionario.

IMB: Guard against threat of cyber attacks

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is calling for vigilance in the maritime sector as it emerges that shipping and the supply chain is the ‘next playground for hackers’. IMB said, “Recent events have shown that systems managing the movement of goods need to be strengthened against the threat of cyber-attacks. It is vital that lessons learnt from other industrial sectors are applied quickly to close down cyber vulnerabilities in shipping and the supply chain.” The threat of cyber-attacks on the sector have intensified in the past few months, with cyber security
experts and the media alike warning of the dangers posed by criminals targeting carriers, ports, terminals and other transport operators. They argue that while IT systems have become more sophisticated and thus enabling companies to better protect themselves against fraud and theft, it has also left them more vulnerable to ‘cyber criminals’.

Speaking at the TOC Container Supply Chain Europe Conference in London recently, TT Club’s insurance claims expert Mike Yarwood said, “We see incidents which at first appear to be a petty break-in at office facilities. The damage appears minimal – nothing is physically removed.” He added; “More thorough post incident investigations however reveal that the ‘thieves’ were actually installing spyware within the operator’s IT network.”.

Yarwood said that more commonly targets are individuals’ personal devices where cyber security is less adequate. Hackers often make use of social networks to target truck drivers and operational personnel who travel extensively to ascertain routing and overnight parking patterns. The criminals were looking to extract information such as release codes for containers from terminal facilities or passwords to discover delivery instructions.

Hamburg: Container Terminal Burchardkai ready for 18,000-TEU ships

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) inaugurated the berth 5/6 at its Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). State-of-the-art container gantry cranes make it possible to handle ships with a capacity of 18,000 standard containers (TEU) there. The CTB is thus prepared for the latest generation of mega-ships. Stefan Behn, member of the Executive Board
of HHLA and responsible for the Container segment, emphasises the importance of the new berth: “With the new berth 5/6, we are able to handle the world’s largest container ships quickly and efficiently.

 The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads caused by the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships. Our customers can therefore also even better keep the container mega-ships on their tight schedules. The development of ships’ sizes confirmes our timely decision to rebuild the Container Terminal Burchardkai without interrupting normal operations, thus gradually increasing its capacity to over five million standard containers and making sure it is in the best-possible condition for the future.

The new berth is a central component of this project, which underpins HHLA’s claim to technological leadership”. Berth 5/6 is equipped with five of the most modern tandem container gantry cranes in the world. The new gantry cranes, from the Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows. Thanks to their 74-metre jibs, they are very well equipped to handle the 23 container rows of 18,000-TEU ships.

The new cranes can also operate in tandem mode. One hub makes it possible to move two 40-foot containers or four 20-foot containers. Each gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle a maximum payload of 110 tonnes. Berth 5/6 is 595 metres long. A total of more than 1,400 metres of quay and 15 container gantry cranes are available at CTB’s port of Waltershof to handle the mega-ships.

The new quay walls have a load-bearing capacity of approximately 1,000 kilonewtons. Each container gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes. To build them, approximately 280,000 m3 of sand were rinsed and a 22-metre-wide stem was built. Total capital expenditure amounted to € 85.5 million.

Container Carriers Bringing Down Carbon Emission

BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) said in its latest annual CO2 emission performance data for the container shipping industry that on an average, its member carriers have reduced CO2 emissions per container transported in 2013 by 7.7%. Clean Cargo Working Group is a business to business collaboration between 40+ global customers and container carriers
dedicated to accelerating sustainability improvements in the container shipping industry. This is the fifth year that CCWG has released its average trade lane emissions data in an effort to improve transparency and understanding of environmental impacts from goods transport.

This is also the first year in which they disclose aggregated average utilization factors for each trade lane. The carriers included in CCWG represent 85% of all global container shipments, encompassing over 2, 900 ships calculated from 23 of the world’s leading ocean container carriers.

 A particular strength of the CCWG is that it collects and reports CO2 performance data not only at a global level, but also at a granular level for a set of standardised transportation routes (‘trade lanes’) e.g. Asia to the West Coast of North America.

This gives customers more transparency in terms of performance numbers for the routes that they use – providing a more credible way of comparing performance. The continued performance improvement is also attributed to carrier fleet efficiency and data quality, both of which have direct benefits for shipping customers. As was reported earlier this year, Maersk Line has reduced CO2 emissions by 12% per container-kilometre in 2013 alone.

"Capodanno Bizantino" e "Non solo Gran Gourmet", a Salerno


L’assessore al Turismo e ai Beni culturali della Regione Campania Pasquale Sommese interverrà oggi, giovedì 28 alle ore 11 all’EPT di Salerno, alla conferenza stampa di presentazione di due iniziative: la XIV
edizione del Capodanno Bizantino, e “Non solo Gran Gourmet”, quattro appuntamenti tra arte, cultura e tradizione gastronomica in programma dal 31 agosto al 17 ottobre in altrettante località del Cilento e dell’Irpinia.

5 quintali di marijuana sequestrati dalla Guardia Costiera


Un ingente quantitativo di sostanze stupefacenti è stato posto sotto sequestro dagli uomini della Guardia Costiera di Otranto il 26 agosto scorso. Nell’ambito delle quotidiane attività di pattugliamento del litorale di
giurisdizione, i militari hanno notato, nelle acque antistanti San Foca di Melendugno, la presenza di un’unità da diporto semicabinata di circa sette metri senza persone a bordo e in posizione ritenuta sospetta. Hanno pertanto proceduto ad ispezionare l’unità, rinvenendo sotto coperta diversi borsoni contenenti “panetti” di sostanze stupefacenti. In zona è stata inviata la motovedetta CP 518 con personale aggiuntivo di supporto, che ha avviato e scortato il natante nel porto di Otranto.

Dai controlli effettuati in banchina, è stata accertata la presenza di 470 chilogrammi di marijuana. La droga, che se immessa sul mercato avrebbe fruttato proventi illeciti per circa 3 milioni di euro, su disposizione del magistrato di turno presso la Procura della Repubblica di Lecce, è stata sequestrata, insieme al natante usato per il trasporto. Sono attualmente in corso indagini da parte dei militari della Guardia Costiera volte a stabilire elementi di prova per individuare i responsabili.

Definire le caratteristiche dei partecipanti alla gara UIRNET


Se, come pare dalle bozze del Decreto Sblocca Italia in circolazione, tutti i soggetti pubblici che in qualche modo hanno a che fare con il trasporto delle merci dovranno collegare i loro sistemi informatici con UIRNET
diviene indispensabile ed urgente definire tra i Ministeri delle Infrastrutture e Trasporti e dello Sviluppo Economico e le Associazioni e Confederazioni delle Aziende della Logistica alcune necessarie garanzie.

Questa la richiesta che Confetra ha avanzato di nuovo ieri al Ministro Lupi ed al Ministro Guidi. Confetra sollecita la realizzazione di un benchmarking delle modalità attraverso le quali altri Paesi hanno integrato i diversi sistemi informatici pubblici e privati del settore logistico e dei trasporti e prende atto che in Italia dal 2006 è sembrato necessario costituire e finanziare una apposita Società - UIRNET - piuttosto che stimolare l’integrazione tra i diversi sistemi informatici nati nei porti, negli aeroporti negli interporti, nelle piastre logistiche, nelle aziende di autotrasporto. UIRNET, secondo lo Sblocca Italia, sarà destinataria di tutte le informazioni relative alle merci da mare a destino con qualsiasi modalità siano trasportate.

 In breve tempo, quindi, avrà a disposizione una banca dati alimentata dalle informazioni sensibili che le Aziende produttrici, di logistica e dei trasporti, riversano nei diversi sistemi informatici pubblici (Capitanerie, Dogane, Ministero della Sanità ecc) i quali entro 120 giorni dovranno essere coordinati in UIRNET. UIRNET, autorizzata per Legge, ha deciso di ridelegare il compito che le è stato delegato nel 2006 attraverso un bando pubblico che è stato nuovamente posposto al 31.10.2014.

Ne consegue, secondo Confetra, il dovere per lo Stato di definire le caratteristiche irrinunciabili che dovranno avere i partecipanti alla gara tali da garantire il corretto funzionamento ed i costi di un sistema che sarà (forse) più efficiente ma (certamente) monopolistico.

ZIM Cuts Losses


Israel’s shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Ltd. has published its results for the second quarter of 2014, on the backdrop of the successful conclusion of its debt restructuring on July 16, 2014. Under the
terms of restructuring, Israel Corporation’s holding in ZIM was reduced from 100% to 32%. ZIM said that it was continuing execution of its strategic plan in order to continue improving its results, despite the persisting decline in freight rates around the world.
 “In spite of the uncertainty during the second quarter around the company’s ability to conclude the debt restructuring, the labor disturbances by company’s unions in Israel, shutting down of the company’s headquarters and the Sea Officers Union preventing a ship from sailing, ZIM managed to improve its results and maintain rate of profitability in the vicinity of the industry’s average.”
 For the second quarter of 2014, ZIM reported a loss, before interest and tax (EBIT), of about USD 9 million, reflecting improvement compared to the corresponding quarter of 2013, for which it reported an EBIT loss of about USD 29 million.

Second-quarter EBITDA totaled close to USD 29 million, compared to approximately USD 12 million in the corresponding quarter of 2013. Operating cash flow totaled close to USD19 million in Q2 2014, an improvement compared to about USD 14 million in Q2 2013.

 The volume of TEU containers carried in Q2 2014 of 2014 decreased by 2% compared to the second quarter of 2013, to 619,000 TEUs. Most of the decrease was due to terminating lines between Northern Europe and the United States (in mid-2013), and lines between Asia to Northern Europe (at the start of the second quarter of 2014).

Wärtsilä to Unveil Latest Fuel-Saving System

Viking Lady
Wärtsilä is planning to launch its new Low Loss Hybrid (LLH) innovation at the ONS 2014 exhibition being held in Stavanger, Norway. The Wärtsilä LLH utilises different power sources in combination with energy
storage devices to operate the prime movers closest to their optimum performance. The company claims that in addition to annual fuel savings of up to 15 per cent, depending on the type and configuration of the engine and mission profile, LLH ensures a substantial reduction in exhaust gas emissions.

 The overall hybrid control system is the key element in the total control and stability of the ship’s electrical system and the energy flows. The Wärtsilä LLH system is integrated with the inverter control units and interfaces with the conventional power management system. 15 % cut in fuel consumption The total energy storage system is approved according to the new DNV class rules for battery power. The Wärtsilä LLH is suitable for application in a variety of market segments, including offshore vessels, tugs, ferries and coastal vessels, for new building as well as to upgrade existing installations.

A key feature of the Wärtsilä LLH is its ability to reduce transient engine loads that cause increased fuel consumption and added emissions. Furthermore, by increasing the power redundancy, the system allows the engine to operate closer to its optimum design point where it has highest efficiency and least emissions. Reduced maintenance and increased system performance through rapid response from the energy storage system are also among the benefits offered.

Polynesian Shipping Line Changes Hands


The Board of Polynesian Shipping Line Limited has decided to sell the company to Neptune Pacific Line Limited.Polynesian Shipping Line Limited business has been sold as a going concern and will continue to
provide services in the Australian and New Zealand trades to Fiji, the Samoas and the Kingdom of Tonga as well as the interisland trade, the company announced. In addition, the existing global freight services to the Samoas and Tonga will continue and be developed further, according to the announcement.
 “Whilst the ownership of Polynesian Shipping Line Limited has changed, its business as usual with our customers and service providers. No change is envisaged to existing arrangements in the immediate future,”Polynesian Shipping Line said.

A key aspect of the sale is the signing of a contract of affreightment between Polynesian Shipping Line Limited shareholder interests and Neptune Pacific Line Limited. “This Agreement will see Polynesian Shipping Line limited shareholder interests continue to support the business for many years to come,” the company added.

Study Confirms Natural Gas Is Eco-Friendlier


The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s
Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues.

Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. The study concludes that when taking into account the global warming potential of CH4, N2O, and CO2, LNG fuel is found in coastal scenarios (both West Coast and East Coast) to produce less overall GHG emissions (as measured in CO2 equivalent units) than diesel fuel scenarios using either low-sulfur distillate (depending upon pathway) or high-sulfur residual fuel.

While this analysis does not include an assessment of impacts resulting from each of those pollutants, one can consider the fact that the IMO deemed NOx and SOx both important enough pollutants to regulate. The information provided by this study is important as marine transportation stakeholders evaluate the use of natural gas as a viable alternative propulsion fuel for reducing air polluting emissions.

The research was conducted through a cooperative partnership with the Maritime Administration, the University of Delaware and The Rochester Institute of Technology.

MUA Standing Its Ground on Offshore Jobs


The case of Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) that the Australian Government had acted contrary to its powers in making a Determination that overrides the
Offshore Resources Act was heard last week in the Federal Court in front of Justice Buchanan. He has reserved his decision, on which the MUA will inform members when it’s handed down. “The Maritime Union of Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Officers Union, will continue to fight for the right to work in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The union continues to meet with crossbench Senators as well as the Labor Party and the Greens to ensure they are kept appraised on our campaign to ensure workers are given priority for projects in the offshore. Senators are also being asked to vote against the Government’s Bill to repeal the Offshore Resources Act,” MUA said. The MUA opposes using the Maritime Crew Visa (MCV) as a way to undercut current, and hard-fought, conditions and wages in the offshore sector.

National Secretary Paddy Crumlin has vocally condemned the decision undertaken by Assistant Immigration Minister Senator Michealia Cash to run roughshod over the Senate’s Disallowance Motion, which effectively overturns the application of the entire Offshore Resources Act reversed the use of MCVs. The MUA said that it has also set up a fighting to fund to “support this case and defend against other anticipated attacks.”

MSC Crociere seleziona personale per le “navi del futuro”

MSC Crociere è alla ricerca di circa seimila professionisti che andranno a lavorare, da qui al 2018, a bordo delle nuove navi da crociera commissionate ai principali cantieri europei. Le nuove costruzioni, 4 ordinate e 3
in opzione, fanno parte del nuovo piano industriale del valore di 5,1 miliardi di euro e porteranno MSC Crociere a raddoppiare entro al 2022 la capacità della flotta, che arriverà a poter ospitare 80.000 passeggeri al giorno.

Si tratta dell’inizio di una nuova fase di espansione della Compagnia che, dopo una crescita senza precedenti, è oggi dotata della flotta più moderna al mondo e ha conquistato la leadership nei mercati crocieristici del Mediterraneo, Sud Africa e Brasile, proponendo anche una vasta offerta di itinerari nei Caraibi, in Nord Europa, Oceano Atlantico, Antille, Sud America, Sud Africa Isole Canarie, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Oman e Australia.

 Il piano industriale, oltre alla costruzione delle 7 nuove unità, comprende anche il “Programma Rinascimento” che prevede l’aggiunta di nuovi spazi e tecnologie sulle 4 unità esistenti della classe Lirica. Le nuove figure professionali entreranno a far parte dello staff in vista dell’arrivo di nuove avveniristiche navi, rivoluzionarie nei servizi, nella tecnologia e nella struttura.

 Seimila nuovi posti di lavoro qualificati per uomini e donne che avranno la possibilità di seguire costanti corsi di formazione ed aggiornamento. Nei 45 Paesi del mondo in cui la Compagnia opera si contano un totale di 16.300 dipendenti, di cui diecimila italiani, tutti professionisti del mare.

LR Issues Fire Loadings and Protection Guide

The new Lloyd’s Register Energy Guidance Notes, launched at ONS 2014 on August 25, assist designers, owners and operators of oil and gas equipment on how to assess fire loadings on an installation, and how to protect people and equipment against different fire scenarios. “Protection against fires on board vessels and installations is critical to a
safe operating environment,” said Joar Dalheim, Lloyd’s Register’s VP Technology, Consultancy Services. “Our Guidance Notes provide a significant reference document to guide oil and gas designers, owners and operators on different risk-based methodologies to establish what could be at risk, ranging from simple fire risk issues to highly technical and complex fire risk situations.”

A primary goal for the launch of the new Guidance Notes is to provide direction and criteria that help industry to increase the level of protection against fires on board vessels, mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), mobile offshore units (MOUs) and offshore installations. It also covers land-based infrastructure. “Fire and explosion continue to remain on the list of top safety hazards for any vessel and its crew,” said Dalheim.

“Minimising risk is critical as the challenges around deeper and more remote offshore exploration expand.” Offshore units must comply with fire safety regulations set out by the national administration in the area where the unit is located and/or country in which the unit is registered.

 A large part of these new industry Guidance Notes are dedicated to fire protection principles, fire mitigation measures and fire response which is an important part of the Fire and Explosion Evaluation (FEE) report, and which would be required for classification purposes. The FEE is intended to be an assessment of the potential fire loadings and blast pressures, based on the specific hazards associated with the general layout of the unit, production and process activities and operational constraints.

DP World at the Helm of Trilogiport’s Development


Following the previous investments in the Beverdonk Container Terminal at Grobbendonk, DP World has taken over all the shares Euroports owned in Trilogiport (Liège container terminal). With this, the
international terminal operator takes full responsibility for the development of Trilogiport, the company said in a release. “DP World thus confirms its confidence in Belgium as a logistics hub and base for the hinterland,” the release read. Trilogiport is the planned container terminal at Liège Port, which is yet to be developed: a
project that is part of the Marshall Plan of the Walloon Government, a key objective of which is the development of Liège as a logistics hub. Louis Bertrand, Director – General of the Liège Port Authority said: “DP World supports our strategy to connect Antwerp and Rotterdam to Germany, the Netherlands and France via Liège.”

The project, set to be completed in 2015, is expected to create more than 1,000 associated jobs in the long term. Liège Port will itself invest in the construction of the platform and a bridge linking the site directly to the motorway; on the other hand, a logistics park adjacent to the terminal will be developed by WDP and D.L. Trilogiport Deutschland GmbH / Cetim.

The Albert Canal is one of the most important traffic arteries for multimodal transport from and to the Port of Antwerp as well as an alternative to the increasing amount of traffic on the motorways. DP World has been operating the Beverdonk Container Terminal in Grobbendonk since the end of 2011. With the operation of two terminals, at the beginning and at the end of the Canal, synergies can be achieved in terms of the optimisation of lighter transport and provision of appropriate solutions for customers.

1st Mare Forum Monaco Yachts Summit 2014

World Economy and Global World Wealth Outlook - Trends in Regulatory Regimes – The Role of Flagstates and Portstates – Quality Yachts – Innovations - Eco Yachts – Management – Investments and
Finance On Thursday 25 September the 1st Mare Forum Monaco Yacht Summit 2014 will take place in Monte Carlo during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014 where yacht owners, yacht builders, executives from the yacht, shipping and maritime industries, lawyers, flag and port states representatives, trading and brokerage companies; key investors in yachting, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs; classification societies, marine equipment manufacturers, financial institutions, regulators, politicians and the media will gather at this prestigious conference where the exchange of views, visions and valuable information will make this forum another imperative and meaningful event. The 1st Mare Forum Monaco Yacht Summit 2014 is co-organised by Mare Forum and Blueship and supported by the Cayman Registry.

Slow Week for Dry Bulk Newbuilds

Bluetech 42 bulker design ordered by Navibulgar
 A couple of orders to report in dry sector this week with Santoku Senpaku adding further Kamsarmax to their orderbook, this time for two firm 82,000 DWT bulk carriers at Tsuneishi Zosen with delivery in 2017,
according to Clarkson’s Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Navibulgar has also contracted four firm plus two option 42,300 DWT Ice 1C Handymax. Delivery is due in 2016 with pricing understood to be just above USD 24 Mill per vessel. In tankers, Sungdong has added two firm widebeam 74.5k DWT LR1 to their orderbook with an order from Nisshin.

Delivery is from the end of 2016. In gas, KSS Line announced that they added a third vessel to their series of 84,000 CBM VLGCs at HHI, with delivery of the latest vessel in mid-2016. According to the Bulletin, looking at containers, DSME is reported to had won an order for two 19,000 TEU container vessels from Bank of Comms Financial Leasing, with delivery of both units in 2017.

At the other end of the size scale, Daesun won two separate orders each for two firm 1,000 TEU container feeders – from Nam Sung Shipping and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG). All four vessels are planned for delivery in 2016 with pricing in excess of USD 19.5 Mill, the Bulletin reads.

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