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Hansa makes waves off Fairy and other tales

HHL wave power 1PORT FAIRY, Australia: March 09 2016. Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has helped install a bioWAVE energy unit for a power plant in Port Fairy in the state of Victoria, Australia.

The pilot unit and retrieval rig, weighing 698 tonnes, were loaded in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam and discharged at Portland, Australia where the HHL ship Freemantle used its cranes to lower the unit onto the seabed where it will convert wave energy into electricity.

The bioWAVE device, which was inspired by undersea plants, is a 26-meter oscillating structure designed to sway beneath the ocean through an arc of up to 40 degrees.

The subsequent motion activates opposing hydraulic cylinders containing pressurized hydraulic fluid that spins a 250kW generator to produce electricity fed into the national grid via an undersea cable.

“As we strengthen our focus in the offshore industry, with a particular focus on transportation and installation in the subsea oil and gas market as well as the offshore windfarm sector, we expect to undertake more of these highly technical installations,” said Hansa CCO Joerg Roehl.

Qatar Airways - a "global connector"

BERLIN: March 09, 2016. Qatar Airways says it will begin services to 14 more destinations by the Summer of 2017 including what it claims will be the world's longest daily non-stop flight: Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.

Five European destinations will include Pisa (August); Sarajevo (September); Helsinki (October); Skopje, Macedonia (November) and Nice (Summer 2017). In Africa, Qatar Airways will begin services to Marrakech (July); Windhoek, Namibia (September); Seychelles (December); Douala and Libreville (January 2017) and Lusaka (Summer 2017). In December the airline will add Auckland plus Krabi and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: "Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice. These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value."

Lufthansa Cargo also connects more of the globe 

FRANKFURT: March 11, 2016: Lufthansa Cargo has responded to the announcement of several new services from Doha with some of its own from Frankfurt.

From March the airline will operate a weekly MD11 freighter service to Doha and another one to Domodedovo, Moscow and then on to Ashgabat and Baku; an Aerologic B777 freighter begins service to Seattle and Los Angeles; a B777F will replace an MD11 to Tokyo and Seoul (six times a week) and Beijing (four times a week); a daily service to Hong Kong will be added in addition to current AeroLogic capacity; and freighter flights to Chi Minh City will increase from one to twice a week.

In addition, says the company, "countless new destinations will also be available" via passenger aircraft including an A340 to Panama City five times a week and another to San José, California from July; Eurowings A330 capacity to Varadero, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata from Cologne with Phuket and Bangkok added this month, Cancun and Mauritius from May, Boston from June and Miami from September. Frequencies to Shanghai will also increase with Austrian Airlines flying five times a week from April and then daily from May with a B777.

Nile Dutch Rotterdam

Nile Dutch joins CMA CGM link

ROTTERDAM: March 08, 2016. NileDutch, the West Africa container line, has upgraded its Far East – West Africa service to weekly, joined the ASAF service of CMA CGM, and added Chiwan, China; Port Kelang, Malaysia; and Cape Town, South Africa to the new rotation.

The service will operate with 6,000 TEU vessels and call at Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Kelang, Tajung Pelepas, Cape Town, Pointe Noire (Congo), Luanda and Singapore.

Pointe Noire is the feeder hub for Douala, Libreville, Bata, Malabo, Boma, Matadi, Cabinda and Soyo. Luanda (Angola) will be the hub for cargo for Lobito and Namibe. Cargo to Abidjan will be transhipped via Pointe Noire.

GAC to handle ISO tanks

DUBAI: March 09, 2016. The Hoyer Group, a bulk logistics provider, has appointed GAC as its official agent in 17 countries in the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. GAC will manage the end-to-end movement of thousands of ISO tanks around the world.

A family business since 1946, Hoyer provides bulk logistics solutions, transporting, storing and handling liquid and solid products and liquefied gases for the chemical, food, gas and mineral oil sectors, including tank cleaning maintenance and repair.

"With GAC we have found a professional partner in a region that is important to us, and look forward to a successful collaboration," said Ortwin Nast, Hoyer CEO.

Bengt Ekstrand, GAC Group president added: "We share similar values, we strive for similar standards in our operations and our ethical practices and we both aim to build long-term relationships. GAC is proud to work with such a professional company."

Valencia Spain container terminal 1APM enlarges terminal network

THE HAGUE: March 09, 2016. APM Terminals has completed its US$1 billion acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB's port and rail interests. The Maersk Group subsidiary said it has yet to receive approval to acquire additional terminals in Turkey and the Canary Islands that are less than 5.0 percent of the current deal.

APM Terminals said it would invest US$400 million over the next five years in upgrades and expansion to its new facilities that will add eight ports with an annual combined capacity of two million TEU to a network of 72 ports in 69 countries.

"We are excited to complete the acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB and look forward to working together with our new colleagues," said CEO Kim Fejfer.

"While growth in Latin America has slowed overall, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala are outperforming the rest of the continent and we believe offer exciting short and medium term opportunities," he added.

Bulgarian Bright Flight to serve North Rhine

PADERBORN-LIPPSTADT: March 04, 2016 Bulgarian cargo airline Bright Flight has based an An-26B freighter at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport (PAD) in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia region. Bright Flight was founded in May 2014 and operates two An-26B cargo aircraft with maximum cargo capacity of 5.5 tons for ad hoc express services.

"The perfect conditions at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport allow us to perform efficiently for our clients," commented Nikolay Panov, the airline's Sales and Marketing manager. "Urgent orders can be met within two hours after acceptance," he added. In addition to automotive and machine parts, Bright Flight says it is licensed to carry dangerous goods, medical equipment and live animals.

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