Your midweek round-up of news from the world of heavy lift and project forwarding.
Interesting news from the Clipper Group this week with the confirmation that the company's partner and ceo Kristian Morch has left the board of Thorco Shipping due to differing views about the strategic direction of the company, leaving Clipper without a presence on the Thorco board.
Readers will recall that in 2013 Clipper Projects, which was a part of the Clipper Group, merged with Thorco Shipping under the Thorco brand, to form one of the world's largest multipurpose/project shipping lines with a fleet of around 90 vessels. Furthermore, in June last year, Thorco Shipping's chairman Thor Stadil said it expected to expand its fleet by 50 percent in coming years and was planning to list on the Copenhagen stock exchange when industry conditions improve.
Clipper Group has told HLPFI that "it is not in any way dramatic, and Clipper continues to have its remaining multipurpose fleet in commercial management with Thorco".
HLPFI understands that of the 40 ships that Clipper originally placed in the merged company, there are only 10 still under Thorco management.
Both sides are talking down Morch's departure, but it seems to be further evidence of the widely divergent views of the plans any shipping line needs to take to deal with a market that remains extremely tough.
BigLift Shipping has named Asian Independent Shipbrokers (AIS) as its new representative for the South East Asia region.
McAleese has reported a AUD52.5mn (USD41.4mn) net profit after tax for the first half year ended December 31, 2014, which is a great improvement on last year.
The PMA and the ILWU have announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 US West Coast ports.
China Petroleum Pipeline and North America Western Asia Holdings have entered into an agreement to jointly pursue potential energy sector development projects in Iraq.
Jaxport has approved an expanded long-term lease with Crowley Liner Services, which will see Crowley relocate its Puerto Rican service from its private terminal to the port.
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) posted a 110.37 percent year-on-year increase in the amount of project cargoes handled at the port in January 2015.
Entrec Corporation has announced its 2015 business plan and a net capital expenditure programme of USD21mn.
The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has expressed its opinion that Manston Airport on the south coast of the UK should not have been allowed to close.
The first in a series of six multipurpose ecobox-design vessels - Nordana Sky - has been launched by the Ferus Smit shipyard in Leer, Germany.
The latest newbuilding in Thorco Shipping's fleet - Thorco Lanner - has been launched by Honda Heavy Industries in Japan.
The con-ro vessel Jolly Cobalto has been delivered to Italian shipping company Ignazio Messina from South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.
Terex Cranes has launched a free online lift planning tool - Terex Liftplan.
Pacorini Metals has invested in a new Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane for its terminal in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) concluded 2014 with a high order intake for various Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane models.
On the move
Effective March 1, 2015, Blue Water Shipping is opening a new office in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
Hansa Heavy Lift has strengthened its position in the Asian market by opening a new representative office in Shanghai, China.
ALE has lifted the largest and heaviest bridge sections as part of the final stages of the landmark Cadiz Bridge construction project in Spain.