Week 4 (23 January - 29 January, 2017)
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A new president has taken office in the White House. Only time will tell what to make of it, reading various sources before jumping to conclusions seems more relevant than ever. The mainstream media got it wrong with both Brexit and Trump so perhaps we should spend less time on tuning in and more on our shipping business.

In this issue of Project Cargo Weekly we have an interview with one of the world's leading RoRo carriers, Höegh Autoliners. The subject is their Asia/Africa service. It may interest some readers that breakbulk cargo and big quantities of it are moved on roll on roll off ships even to "outport" destinations.

The second interview this week is also related to Africa. We speak with a local shipping agent in Tunisia. Tunisia is well positioned in North Africa, but with some large and currently chaotic neighboring countries. In war and peach shipping continues steaming along, so contacts in these regions are still needed.

We also have our usual dose of sector news and our weekly video and photo. If you are looking to hire a competent staff check our jobs sections, where you will find a newcomer this week.

Wishing you a continued good week!

Kind regards,

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Höegh Autoliners - A Leading Global Provider of RoRo Transportation Services

  • Interview with Mr. Oskar Orstadius, Head of Breakbulk Sales about their East & Southeast Asia to Africa service

    What is the ramp capacity and door opening on the vessels servicing the Asia/Africa trade? Do you accept project cargo (static and rolling) for all the services into Africa?

    On this trade we basically have two vessel types in service. They have a door opening between 5,0 and 5,1m and ramp capacity ranging from 100-150ton. Read more...

CMC - A Shipping Agent in Tunisia

  • Q&A with Mr. Noureddine Mannai of CMC
  • What major projects are in the pipeline in Tunisia?

    The main projects in the pipeline are:

  • The National Power Company is talking about 8 power plants
  • Hydroelectric Dams
  • Cement Plants (2)
  • Wind farms
  • Extension of the Light Rail Network in Tunis
  • A New Light Rail Project in Sfax
  • A New Deep Water Port in Enfidha will to be operational in 2019-2020
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  • PETRONAS Selects LyondellBasell Hostalen ACP PE Technology for 400 KTA Malaysia project

    The polyethylene process technology will be used for a 400 KTA high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit to be constructed in their Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) complex in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. Read more...

Mining & Minerals

  • Outotec to Deliver Concentrate Filtration Plant for Toquepala Copper Project in Peru

    Outotec has been awarded a contract by Southern Copper Corporation, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico S.A.B de CV. ("Grupo Mexico"), for the delivery of concentrate filtration plant to the Toquepala concentrator expansion in Southern Peru. Read more...


  • GE has partnered with construction firm Catcon and AGL Energy to develop and build the 200MW Silverton Wind Farm in Australia

    Touted to be the sixth largest wind farm in the country, the Silverton Wind Farm will feature 58 3.4MW wind turbines from GE. The turbines will have rotors which would span 130 metres. Read more...

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Pulp & Paper

  • Andritz to deliver folding box board production line to Kama Karton

    Andritz has received an order from Kama Karton LLC, Krasnokamsk, Russia to supply a complete production line for folding box board with a basis weight range from 200 to 350 g/m2. Read more...

  • Suzano to construct two tissue paper production units in Brazil

    The equipment will be supplied by Voith. Both Imperatriz and Mucuri tissue machines will produce jumbo rolls to be supplied to toilet paper converters in the northeast region of Brazil. Read more...


  • A Coventry company that develops autonomous vehicles has revealed plans to open a base in Australia to support its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

    RDM Group has developed Pod Zero, a vehicle that can travel up to 15mph. It was trialled at Cenex in Leicestershire and is attracting interest from airports, universities, theme parks and shopping centres. Read more...

  • Magna International Inc. says it will invest in a new paint facility in Slovenia to help support new programmes going into its contract vehicle assembly facility in the Austrian city of Graz.

    Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in the second quarter and the company expects to create approximately 400 jobs. Read more...

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Shipping News - Container Leasing

  • Triton Container International Limited and TAL International Group, Inc. Complete Combination to Form Triton International Limited

    Combination Creates the World’s Largest, Most Capable and Most Efficient Intermodal Container Leasing Company. Read more...

Shipping News - Freight Forwarding

  • iContainers Opens Rotterdam Branch

    In the last two years, the Barcelona headquartered iContainers has grown its global operations with new offices in Florida, Ahmedabad and now Rotterdam. Read more...

Shipping News - Newbuilds

  • Eimskip, RAL Order Containerships from China

    Iceland’s Eimskip and Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line (RAL) have signed an agreement to share capacity, and together ordered three new ice-class containerships to be built in China. Read more...

Shipping News - Houston

  • Intermarine's Industrial Terminals Activated as Foreign Trade Zone

    Foreign and domestic merchandise may be moved into zones for operations, not otherwise prohibited by law, including: storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacturing, and processing. Read more...

Shipping News - IT & Cyber Security

  • A Look at Shipping's Cyber Security Risks

    If a vessel's systems is compromised, the effect could be considerably more serious than would be the case ashore. The ship, its crew and cargo could be placed at risk, and could in addition create risk to other parties. As with cyber risk ashore, the human interface commonly represents the principal weakness in the cyber security framework. Read more...

Shipping News - Liner News

  • IRISL launching new container service connecting France, Iran & Asia

    The service will begin in February and will be operated by HDASCO Line (Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Company), also named HDS lines, which is a speciast container carrier under the IRISL Group. This new service times are as follows times: 19 days between Le Havre and Bandar Abbas for example. It will call at the following ports: Bandar Abbas, Asaluyeh, Bandar Iman, Khomeini, Busher and Khorramsharh in Iran and the port of Um Qasr in Iraq. Read more...

Video of the Week

MV Rickmers Antwerp sailing out from Haiphong en-route to Hong Kong
MV Rickmers Antwerp sailing out from Haiphong en-route to Hong Kong.
Two hydrofoils are visible on the deck. These two oversized pieces of cargo were loaded in Singapore. When they arrive at their destination in Hong Kong they will be discharged by the ship's own cranes.

Photo of the Week

Project Cargo on CMA CGM

Picture from a cabin on board CMA CGM Christophe Colomb close to Zeebrugge.  Project cargo is visible on board and a great view towards offshore wind turbines on the horizon. 

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Job Openings

C.E.R.L., a French forwarding agent, specialized in project cargo, heavy lift and abnormal loads, is looking for a Sales Executive. 

  • Experienced in sales of project cargo
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant working experience
  • Self motivated and diligent
  • English speaking / French is a plus

Interested applicants, please email resume to: Maria Nouveau

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