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Sched Netweb site
JUNE 25, 2015
  • HK port operators back Maersk on threat from competition ordinance
  • Ocean3 pulls loop as peak season dawns, OOCL cancels sailing
  • Collapsing freight rates no fun for forwarders as profit evaporates
  • PSA has opened Pasir Panjang container terminal in Singapore
  • Maersk said to buy nine 14,000-TEUers from Hyundai Heavy
  • Hungary first European country to sign 'One Belt, One Road' plan
  • 3 RTGs arrive at St Petersburg's Bronka terminal that opens in September
  • Mega ship trend closes in on limits to vessel size, says OECD expert
  • Russian customs relents, lifts restrictions on TIR Convention trucks
  • ESC Global Security licensed to protect German fleet
  • La Spezia wants Asia-Europe ships to dock in Italy, abandon northern range
  • Virgin Australia enters air freight after terminating Toll contract
  • National Airlines Council of Canada welcomes Cuban air accord
  • Volga-Dnepr flies 16-metre prop shaft to stricken ship in Brazil

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Exim Indiaweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Baltic Exchange resolves issues posed by Capesize vessel change
  • New MOL President stresses oncompany being a first-choicelogistics business partner
  • Persistent shortage of ship officer crew coming down, says report
  • Shipping Secretary to grace 'Day of the Seafarer' celebrations today
  • Transworld Group's Ritesh Ramakrishnana next-gen biz leader to be watched,says Lloyd's List
  • PSPCL to import 6 lakh t of coal from S. Africa
  • Record five lakh t of wheat being imported
  • Record 58,487 t of iron ore discharged at Kandla Port
  • CONCOR connects Hyundai Motors containers by rail to Chennai Port
  • Rail freight shows depressing 1.2 pc growth in April-May Earnings better
  • IIP in May to grow at same rate as April: D&B

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International Transport Journalweb site
JUNE 25, 2015
  • Things really set to take off in Paris Aviation
  • UK: HGV levy raises more than forecast
  • New TSA administrator voted into office
  • Big step towards harmonisation of conditions in Europe
  • Streck showered with honours
  • Six carriers team up to link Asia and ECSA
  • New logistics park close to Gothenburg
  • Dubai International freight volume down in April
  • 25th triple seven flies straight to Thai
  • New trade exchange along new Silk Road
  • Basel Nord planning driver set up
  • New contract logistics director for Ceva Iberia
  • Shifting heavylifts to rail and water
  • Accolade for C.H. Robinson
  • Port of Mobile responds to growing industrial base
  • Gaw Capital emphasizes mainland activities
  • Hactl extends handling franchise
  • Official kick-off of Singapore's PPT expansion

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IHS Maritimeweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Van Oord wins Burbo Bank Extension wind farm contract
    Dutch dredging and offshore major Van Oord has today signed a contract with DONG Energy to install foundations at the UK Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. The project involves 32 monopiles and transition piece foundations, plus the supply and installation of scour protection, as well as
  • Banks trade shipping debt as finance landscape changes
    Banks have started to trade in the debt of their shipping customers, said Andy Georgiou head of global ship finance at Royal Bank of Scotland. This does not need to mean that the long-term business relationship between the lender and its shipping company borrower will come under threat, he said.
  • Gothenburg to build SEK4 billion logistics park
    The Swedish port of Gothenburg, the Nordic region's largest port, is to create a new 1 million m² logistics park with industry partners. It is expected to generate more than 2,000 jobs and be completed by 2025. Speaking to IHS Maritime, a port spokeswoman stated, "Gothenburg Port Authority will
  • MH370 search pause as GO Phoenix heads home
    The Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix has completed its contract as part of the underwater search fleet for the missing MH370 passenger jet. According to the 24 June weekly update from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) charged with co-ordinating the search mission, the GO Phoenix left the
  • ABS to class Landmark Capital's 45,000 m³ LNG carrier
    Leading ship classification society ABS has been chosen to class a new design of 45,000 m³ LNG carrier to be built in China for Sino-Norwegian company Landmark Capital. The 45,000 m³ carrier, which comes with an option for another vessel, will be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries in China.
  • Dover/Calais ferry services resume following strike chaos
    After sailing schedules were suspended throughout yesterday, Ferry services to and from the French port of Calais have now resumed normal operation with spaces available, as both P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink twitter streams have confirmed. P&O Ferries, which is part of the DP World group, tweeted
  • Drop in idle fleet raises hopes
    A sharp drop in idle container ship capacity during the first half of June is fuelling hopes among container ship tramp owners that charter hire rates could pick up again. Paris-based market researcher Alphaliner reported yesterday that the idle container ship fleet (charter-free vessels and
  • China's imported iron ore prices decline
    Imported iron ore prices at 33 major Chinese ports declined last week, showed Xinhua-China Iron Ore Index's report released on 23 June. The price index for imported iron ore 62% dropped four points to 61 for the week that ended on 22 June from a week earlier, while price index for iron ore 58% also
  • Speculation mounts on cancellation of Abbot Point project
    Speculation that Indian conglomerate Adani Group is about to cancel its controversial Abbot Point port and mining project in northern Queensland surfaced on 24 June following reports that it had halted all engineering work on the project. The reports, attributed to industry sources, were first
  • Asian Supramax rates push up on higher demand
    Supramax bulker freight rates are getting higher in recent days as more coal and nickel ore are being moved from Southeast Asia to China and India. The Baltic Exchange Supramax-Asia index on 24 June recorded the South China via Indonesia-East Coast India rate at USD7,038/day, up USD7 from 23 June
  • Virgin selects Miami as home port for cruise ship venture
    Virgin Cruises, the new cruise shipping venture set up by Sir Richard Branson, has selected PortMiami as the home port for its first cruise ship that will set sail in 2020. The company has also signed a binding letter of intent with Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri for three new mid-size
  • Shanghai to open coastal trade to overseas container carriers
    Shanghai plans to offer cabotage trading right to foreign-controlled container shipping companies registered in the port city's free-trade zone (FTZ). China-flagged container ships controlled by overseas shipping companies and registered either in Shanghai or Shanghai's Yangshan port will be given
  • Twenty-seven companies vie for Sewol salvage job
    Twenty-seven companies will be bidding to salvage the capsized Sewol ferry. The tender, called by South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF), closed on 23 June. The companies formed seven consortiums. Five of these groups comprise local and multinational salvage companies, while two
  • Transocean delays delivery of two drillships from Sembcorp Marine
    US-listed drilling company Transocean Inc has deferred the delivery of two ultra-deepwater drillships being constructed at Singapore's Sembcorp Marine. According to Transocean's fleet status report released on 22 June, it has deferred the delivery by two years. IHS Maritime's data show
  • Alam Maritim bags $5.9m Chevron Malaysia job
    Malaysia-listed offshore services provider Alam Maritim Resources has clinched a MYR22 million (USD5.9 million) contract from oil and gas company Chevron Malaysia. The contract was signed by its joint controlled entity Alam Swiber Offshore for installation works involved in the replacement of
  • China CSSC reports strong orderbook of 163 ships, 10 rigs
    Shanghai-listed China CSSC Holdings announced on 24 June that the company has secured orders for 163 vessels, totalling 20.57 million dwt, and 10 rigs as of 31 December 2014. In 2014 the company received orders for 61 vessels, amounting to 8.99 million dwt, and none of these orders have been
  • Ezra shareholders approve rights, convertible bonds issues
    Singapore-listed offshore services provider Ezra Holding has obtained approval from its shareholders to authorise convertible bonds and rights issues. The company is expected to raise approximately USD150 million from the rights issue and another USD150 million from the convertible bonds issue.
  • New MOL president calls for innovation
    In his inauguration message on 23 June, Mitsui OSK Lines' (MOL's) new president Junichiro Ikeda said that the company must continue to innovate in the face of an ever-changing shipping industry. Ikeda noted that financial year (FY) 2015 is the second year of "STEER FOR 2020", MOL's mid-term

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The Loadstarweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • 'Mind-blowing' - all change again on DGF board as former EMEA CEO is recalled
  • Shippers warned: more service cuts will come as carriers struggle to curb losses
  • Yilport unveils ambition to be among the global top ten port operators in ten years

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Marine Logweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Canada asks Davie to quote for stop-gap fleet oiler retrofit
  • Newport News gets $23.8 million for CVN 77 work
  • Hyde Marine appoints German BWTS sales agent
  • Vard acquires ICD Software
  • South African yard delivers wave piercing crew boat

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Drewry report sees progress in shortage of vessel officers
  • ATA truck tonnage index up during month of May
  • Container group seeks nominations for East Coast Connie Awards
  • Port of Portland taps Goldberg as business development manager
  • NYK joining carrier group to form Asia/SAmerica service

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • More VLCC deals thought to be round the corner
    Market watchers to keep an eye on Gener8's IPO to see if pricing ideas are met
  • NSB's next widened ships wait for bank approval
    First altered panamax MSC Geneva has completed sea trial, but Nord LB says it must be delivered before surgery starts on sisterships
  • Norden ups full-year expectations on buoyant tanker market
    Danish operator raises forecast for full-year ebit to range of $50m to $90m
  • Wan Hai appoints new vice-chairman and president
    Chairman Po-Ting Chen gives up role as president
  • Tesco raises concern over bigger boxships
    Director at multinational retailer says that its customers will be the ones to suffer unless ports can manage these extraordinary peaks in cargo
  • MyFerryLink walkout ends as CalMac action starts
    Dover-Calais operations resume as disruption expected on Scotland's west coast
  • Greek owners 'have plan B for Grexit'
    Most shipping companies have alternative jurisdiction lined up, says lawyer
  • Nordic American boss blasts 'gigantomania' in tanker industry
    'Empire building' is not for Nordic American Tankers, which prefers to take things slower
  • PSA launches phase 3 and 4 of Pasir Panjang development
    The $2.6bn project will enable Singapore to handle 50m teu by the end of 2017
  • Aronnax: Richard Branson the new shipowner
    With three vessels for Virgin Cruises on order, one hopes he listens to the advice he has paid for.
  • Regulators circle Oakajee funding scheme
    Bid to revive a stalled iron ore port project has landed Western Australian miner in trouble with corporate regulators

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Hapag-Lloyd to raise South America northbound rates
    Hapag-Lloyd is raising rates on the East Coast of South America to Central and North America trade lane amid a recent shakeup in vessel-sharing agreement. Hapag-Lloyd, the fourth-largest carrier on the trade lane, announced a general rate increase of $325 per 20-foot container and $500 per 40-footer on shipments on its...
  • FMC to order carriers to hand over data key to monitoring West Coast agreement
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is moving to force ocean carriers to provide data and information for monitoring a FMC-authorized agreement formed to attack West Coast port congestion. The FMC in a closed meeting Wednesday unanimously voted to direct its staff to prepare an order to force the carriers to...
  • Pacific Rim trade deal within grasp after Congress sends 'fast-track' bill to Obama
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted to renew trade promotion authority for the first time in nearly eight years, setting the stage for a Pacific Rim partnership that some have heralded as the largest trade pact in history. The 60-38 vote renewing "fast-track" authority for six years is a significant...
  • Train service for containers commences from Krishnapatnam Port to Bangalore
    A new efficient train service commenced its first journey from Krishnapatnam Port to ICD WFD on 19th June 2015, thereby marking a new milestone on the service offerings by the port. The first rake was a full load of import laden containers belonging to the business houses in and around...
  • AfA applauds Senate confirmation of new TSA administrator
    WASHINGTON - The Airforwarders Association, which represents more than 360 companies that move air cargo through the supply chain, today welcomed the confirmation of U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to be the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. "We were impressed with Vice Admiral Neffenger during his confirmation hearings...
  • Maersk to implement GRI on fast-growing Asia-Africa trade lane
    Buoyed by a 13.8 percent jump in containerized trade between Africa and East Asia over the last two years, Maersk Line will implement a general rate increase of $100 per 20-foot equivalent unit, starting July 15. China's exports to Africa have increased 14.4 percent from 2 million TEUs in 2012, to...
  • Work on St. Petersburg's deep-sea port gets start date
    In September, dockside construction will begin on a new deep-sea port with a capacity of 1.45 million 20-foot-equivalent units, amid sanctions and a collapse in the price of oil that have pulled down St. Petersburg's container volume. The decision to begin construction may seem odd given the current trends in container...
  • Tripartite has secured $4.5m for infrastructure
    The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite has secured an USD 4.5m grant from the NEPAD - Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility. Out of this facility, USD 1.7m will go to Botswana to implement infrastructure projects that will strengthen trade between COMESA and SADC. Secretary General of COMESA Sindiso Ngwenya disclosed this when he received credentials...
  • SeaLand says new Americas service offers transshipment opportunity
    SeaLand sees its new service linking Central America with the U.S. East Coast as an opportunity to increase its interchange of cargo from ships of its larger corporate sibling Maersk Line. "We've designed this service to connect well with the rest of our inter-American network," Timothy DiPietropolo, SeaLand's line manager for...
  • Drop in idle fleet raises ship owners' hopes for higher rates
    A sharp drop in idle container ship capacity during the first half of June is fueling hopes among container ship tramp owners that charter hire rates could pick up again. Paris-based market researcher Alphaliner Tuesday reported that the idle container ship fleet, including charter-free vessels and liner-controlled vessels without service assignment,...
  • Creating a framework for African connectivity
    Nairobi - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments, safety regulators and industry to take action to drive aviation connectivity and infrastructure development in Africa for the economic and social development of the continent. "Africa is set to be one of the fastest-growing aviation regions over the next 20...
  • Bartos named interim president at Con-way Truckload
    Transportation and logistics company Con-way chose Hank M. Bartos, a 30-year transportation and logistics veteran to temporarily lead its truckload division. Bartos succeeds Joseph Dagnese, who last week was named president of Con-way's less-than-truckload division. The move is the latest management shift at Con-way following the departure of former Con-way Freight...
  • 2015 Fleet and Vehicle Management Report
    What do today's fleet professionals think of GPS tracking technology? More than 1,100 business owners, fleet operators, and general managers participated in a recent survey regarding their biggest fleet management challenges - and how they use technology to solve them. See significant findings on areas such as:...
  • India's Shreyas Shipping adds container ship to fleet
    Shreyas Shipping and Logistics on Wednesday said it signed an agreement to buy the Hub Gallardo, a container ship with a capacity of approximately 700 20-foot-equivalent units, the Indian short-sea ship operator's second acquisition this month. "The price of the vessel is $2.9 million," the company said in a filing to...
  • AFL-CIO pushes back against port legislation
    The AFL-CIO says legislation to require government collection of port performance data before and during longshore bargaining would politicize federal data collection and allow statistics to be used to undermine unions' negotiating positions. Edward Wytkind, president of the labor federation's Transportation Trades Department, urged the Senate Commerce Committee to remove or...
  • Drayage drivers end Nhava Sheva terminal boycott
    Container trailer companies in Nhava Sheva late Tuesday lifted their boycott of APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India, giving beleaguered shippers some relief from landside capacity constraints that have tightened during the past year amid rising volumes via Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. "The boycott has been called off by the Nhava Sheva...
  • Logistics, trucking firms face uphill battle
    SAN DIEGO - Chief executives of companies that operate in the highly competitive trucking and logistics space admit they have a real challenge on their hands as they work to provide good service, seek new business and turn a profit as operating costs, including truck driver wages, go up. "Customers want...
  • Legislation on ports, labor gains momentum
    The Preventing Labor Union Slowdown Act that was filed at the weekend by Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, was the third bill in the past two months that focuses on U.S. ports, but for retailers who depend upon a smooth flow of commerce, the attitude toward port legislation is, bring it...
  • Asia-Europe rate war forces O3 Alliance to blink first
    HONG KONG - The Ocean Three Alliance has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing one of its Asia-Europe strings at the start of the peak season, which will take 12,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units out of service, according to Alphaliner.CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC will take out one of their four Asia-North...
  • Singapore's new terminals target mega-vessel productivity
    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gets the hang of handling a crane by remote at Pasir Pajiang's automated crane operating center.HONG KONG - Singapore has opened two new phases of its $2.6 billion Pasir Panjiang Terminal, another step along a massive development road that will help the port cope...
  • Asia-Europe rate war forces O3 Alliance to blink first
    HONG KONG - The Ocean Three Alliance has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing one of its Asia-Europe strings at the start of the peak season that will take 12,000 TEUs out of service, according to Alphaliner.CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC will take out one of their four Asia-North Europe...
  • China slowdown puts brakes on factory output
    HONG KONG - The general slowdown in China's container exports was supported by the latest manufacturing data that shows weak factory activity being recorded in the mainland for the fourth consecutive month.The HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing manager's index recorded 49.6 in June. Anything under 50 signifies contraction, and that is where...
  • 'Data explosion' predicted to unlock unused trucking capacity
    SAN DIEGO - Truck drivers may be legally permitted to drive 11 hours a day, but do they? Trucking technology provider PeopleNet reviewed data from more than 200,000 onboard computers used to log driver hours and concluded many drivers don't even come close to that limit. "We're constantly measuring how many...
  • US regulators urged to end union chassis inspections
    With longshore unions on both coasts moving aggressively to enforce chassis inspection requirements, the American Trucking Associations wants the Federal Maritime Commission and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately put an end to inspections it says are creating costly delays for drayage truck drivers. "These inspections are illegal," Curtis...
  • APT Terminals giving Houston terminal back to port authority
    APM Terminals is transferring its lease at Houston's Barbours Cut terminal to the port authority, which will market the 80-acre site to other users. Maersk Line, which now uses the APMT facility, will continue its existing services to Houston, the Gulf Coast's busiest container port. Maersk is a partner in the...
  • East-west rates 'in free fall,' Drewry says
    Rates on major east-west container routes are "in free fall" and likely to remain depressed by supply-demand imbalances for at least two more years, according to analysts at Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. "We believe freight volatility is likely to continue and in fact get worse over the next two years," Stijn...

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TradeWindsweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Gener8 hears $14
    Gener8 Maritime is on the verge of pricing its closely watched New York IPO, but it will be forced well below its intended target range of $17 to $19 per share.
  • By order of the king
    King Philippe and Xi Jinping witness signature of $200m FLNG loan for Exmar.
  • Capes and BDI set 2015 high
    Physical rates rise to year-to-date peak, tracking progress in the paper market.
  • Soechi targets tankers
    Indonesian's Soechi Lines is plotting tanker buys with the proceeds of a US dollar bond issue worth up to $200m.
  • Saga eyes new ships
    UK group Saga is planning to acquire new vessels to boost its cruise operations.
  • Canada seeks ship
    Canada's government wants to convert a merchant vessel into a ship fit for naval supply work.
  • Brighter view drives Norden
    Norden shares gained ground today after the shipowner bumped up its profit forecasts.
  • Swire in diabetes warning
    Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has launched a campaign to highlight the dangers of type 2 diabetes to crew.
  • Crew "feared for lives"
    An Australian inquest into two deaths on a Japanese bulker has heard how the captain's behaviour made crew fear for their lives.
  • Double boost for Braemar
    A strong tanker market and some significant sale and purchase deals kept Braemar Shipping Services on track in the first quarter.
  • Cargoship sinks off India
    All 14 crew have been rescued after their cargoship sank off India.
  • Faulty pump caused flooding
    UK's MAIB tells Shipmar to improve safety after cargoship abandoned off Cornwall.
  • "A ship or two"
    Nordic American Tanker (NAT) is in a strong position to add tankers to its fleet in a "positive" market.
  • MMA wins Chevron deal
    Australia's MMA Offshore has secured a management deal from Chevron for its operations in the north-west of the country.
  • Olsen raises $389m
    Fred. Olsen Renewables Limited (FORL) has sold 49% of its UK onshore wind farm business for £246m ($388.62m).
  • Norden raises its sights
    A strong showing from its tanker division and smaller than projected losses from its bulker arm have led Norden to dial up its full-year forecast.
  • Rosario strike off
    A strike was called off at Argentina's key grain port of Rosario after dock workers won a 31.5% pay rise.
  • CalMac's emergency run
    Scottish ferry owner CalMac has pledged to get runners to Barra for its annual charity event despite strike action by workers.
  • Pirates kill four
    Suspected pirates have shot dead at least four policemen in Nigeria.
  • Courage sells capesize
    Courage Marine has sold one of its two capesize bulkers, the company has comfirmed in a statement.
  • Traf and SLNG team up
    Trafigura has sealed a deal to use excess capacity within the Singapore LNG (SLNG) terminal on Jurong Island.
  • RIG delays Jurong duo
    Singapore shipyard group sees delays to two rigs with threats of more to come.

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American Shipperweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • AAPA raises concerns about Senate "sunshine" bill
  • USCG applies conditions of entry on vessels from Gambia
  • Executive Moves: Crane Worldwide Logistics and Con-way Truckload
  • Panama Canal begins filling new Pacific locks
  • Overseas Cargo, Inc. plans South Florida expansion
  • Carriers reshuffle Asia-ECSA services
  • Report: Shippers to face rising logistics costs in U.S.
  • Kazakhstan to join WTO
  • Oakland seeks to speed port truckers
  • Mercator acquires Catapult International

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JUNE 24, 2015
  • Stricken vessel towed to safety
    Container ship abandoned off the West Coast of India has been stabilised.
  • New rules on sulphur content come into force next week
    ClassNK issues reminder on Hong Kong deadline.
  • Oakland reduces particulate pollution from ships
    Cold ironing instrumental in port's success.
  • Diesel demand weak over longterm
    Marine and land demand patterns will be shaped by regulation, says analyst.
  • 'Below average demand' in Asian bunker hub
    Fuel oil sellers 'eager to dispose of their cargoes.'
  • SLNG signs deal on spare capacity
    Terminal key part of Singapore's LNG bunkering plans.
  • China to legislate on bunker fuels
    'Ocean-going vessels will be required to use fuels that conform to China's environmental protection standards,' says official news agency.
  • UK: Arrested boxship to go on sale
    Vessel seized earlier this year over defaulted loan payments.
  • Maersk subsidiary orders diesel electric OSV
    System reduces fuel consumption by 13%.
  • Spain: Automated oil spill detection vehicles undergo testing
    As part of European project.
  • Automated oil spill detection vehicles undergo testing
    Experiment ongoing in Spain.
  • Chimbusco organises safety awareness campaign
    Emergency response exercise scheduled for later part of June, it says.
  • Batteries chosen for Scotland's hybrid ferry
    System claims up to 30% bunker savings.
  • Wartsila's first two-stroke low-speed DF engine passes test
    System is the first two-stroke low-pressure DF engine to pass YMPC's Factory Acceptance Testing.

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