March 2013

IMO discusses future of maritime communications with IMSO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary- General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, recently visited the headquarters of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) to discuss matters of mutual interest, in particular in the field of the future of maritime communications and how new technologies would support the sustainability of the maritime sector.

IMSO Director General, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, said: “IMSO is honored to receive Mr Sekimizu on his first visit to IMSO in his capacity as the IMO [...]

US and Canada watch for Asian Gypsy Moth

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is warning of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) regulations for vessels arriving at North American ports this summer issued by the US Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The risk of introduction of AGM into North America from the Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China is considered to be high for 2013.

Asian Gypsy Moth is a serious pest that can be carried on the superstructure of [...]

Cartagena maintains lead among Colombian ports

The ports of Colombia last year moved 153 million tons of cargo, representing a variation of 1.3% compared with 2011, according to figures from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia.

The Minister, Sergio Diaz-Granados, said during the previous year Cartagena and Santa Marta remained the largest ports in the country, since the two moved 96.2 million tonnes, representing 63% of the total.

Cartagena recorded the highest volume of cargo for export, with [...]

Central American trade bets on an interoceanic canal

The Panama Canal Corridor and projects added in Guatemala and the Nicaragua Canal will impact future Central American trade.

The InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) is committed to Mesoamerica as a global logistics corridor. In that sense, the question is can the Isthmus be the hub of world trade?

There are three options, one already established (the Panama Canal), the other with great strides (Inter-Oceanic Corridor of Guatemala, CIG) and a third still as a possibility [...]

CMA CGM Invites passengers to travel aboard the Marco Polo

Since the advent of containerization, there has been a notable reduction in opportunities for cargo ship travel that was at one time readily available on conventional ships.

However, the French shipping company CMA CGM has announced that passenger cabins are now available on board the massive CMA CGM Marco Polo containership (16,020 TEUs).

“These original cruises offer travelers the possibility to live a unique experience by discovering oceans, seas and continents to the beat of [...]

Strategic plan discussed for Mexican ports

The 112 lines that move the trade to Mexico, grouped into AMANAC, developed a strategic plan for ports that can provide a solution to the country’s foreign trade with a powerful vision for the next 25 years.

The 112 lines that move trade to the country are members of the Mexican Association of Shipping Agents (AMANAC), headed by Christian Bennett.

They have developed a strategic plan for ports that can provide a solution to [...]

Canal expansion to affect intermodal transport networks

The Central American countries must improve their port logistics infrastructure, roads, quality of transport services and identify institutional coordination to meet the demands of Post Panamax vessels, once the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2015, These were the findings of two studies published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The first study, entitled “Assessment of the Performance of Ports and Port Connectivity in Central America and the Dominican Republic,” evaluates the performance and connectivity [...]