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April 2016 - New SOLAS requirement effective 1 July 2016

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New SOLAS requirement effective 1 July 2016

Dear Valued Customers,

To ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, requires in chapter VI, part A, regulation 2 that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard the ship.

The new SOLAS requirement will be enforced effective 1 July 2016.

In accordance with these new requirements the Merchant is ultimately responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a packed container carrying cargo using SOLAS Chapter VI, Regulation 2 (MSC.1/Circ.1475) guidelines. The Merchant is also responsible for ensuring that the verified gross mass is communicated to the Carrier in the shipping documents sufficiently in advance to be used by the ship's master or his representative and the terminal representative in the preparation of the ship stowage plan. Irrespective of its form, the document declaring the verified gross mass of the packed container should be signed and dated by the Merchant or by its duly authorized representative. The signature may be an electronic signature or may be replaced by the name in capitals of the person authorized to sign it. In the absence of the merchant providing the verified gross mass of the packed container, the Carrier reserves the right not to load the container on to the ship.

More detailed information and guidelines regarding the scope of applicability, main principles, methods for obtaining the verified gross mass of a packed container, documentation, enforcement and other related aspects can be found at:

April 2016 - BreakBulk Europe

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Visit us at BreakBulk Europe

CISN Shipping Group and its direct Trans-Atlantic services, ARRC and CSAL, will be represented during this year's Break Bulk Europe event. 
We look forward to seeing you at our booth

923 H4 

Where:              Antwerp Expo |  Jan van Rijswijcklaan 191, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
When:               May 23-26, 2016
Event Website:

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April 2016 - TransRussia 2016 Exhibition

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You are invited to join us at 21st TransRussia 2016 Exhibition!
to be held in Moscow from April 19th to April 22th at the Crocus Expo IEC.
Our experts will be on hand at pavilion 1, hall 1, booth A351 to answer your questions.
Please click on picture below to obtain a free invitation card.


February 2016 - Cargo Logistics Canada Expo+Conference

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Cargo Logistics Canada Expo+Conference

Visit us at Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference February 17-18, booth #614
Palais des Congres, Montreal, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, Québec H2Z 1H5, Canada


January 2016 - ARRC Announcement of short sea Continent/Baltic service

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ARRC Announcement of short sea Continent/Baltic service

Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers is pleased to announce the opening of a new short sea liner service between Continent ports and ports in the Baltic sea with the launch of a Multi Purpose Geared Tweendecker of 6.300 mts DWT m/v “Langeland” as of 3rd February 2016.

The base ports will be Antwerp/Rotterdam and St. Petersburg, but with a possibility to make calls to other ports on facultative basis.

The service will be open for shipment of general breakbulk, bulk, metals and steel cargoes, oversized and heavy equipment, as well as containers.

It will upgrade our existing coverage between Baltic – Continent – USA ports and will facilitate transshipment options for our customer’s cargoes to/from destinations across the globe via the Port of Antwerp.

We look forward to continuing to serve our valuable customers as well as welcoming new customers on-board.

Operational work for new service will be provided by our St.Petersburg’s office.

For any additional information regarding this service, please contact local ARRC representatives.



January 2016 - SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015

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SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015

South Carolina Ports Authority posts container volumes growth in 2015; Charleston welcomes new multipurpose carrier service.

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) posted 10 percent container growth in 2015, a year highlighted by strong volumes and significant progress on the harbor deepening project.

SCPA handled 144,718 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in December, pushing total container volume to 1.97 million in 2015.

As measured in pier containers, or total boxes handled, SCPA's two container terminals moved 1.12 million boxes in 2015, an increase of 9.54 percent over 1.02 million containers handled last year.

"Our 10 percent TEU volume growth for the 2015 calendar year is outstanding," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Successful recruitment of discretionary cargo has been an important driver of volumes, as well as continued strength of the automotive sector. However, looking ahead to the second half of our 2016 fiscal year, we expect flat to very modest growth due largely to weakness in overseas markets. Because of the Panama Canal expansion delay, we will not see new ship deployments of significance until FY2017."

Non-containerized cargo business volume was strong in 2015, with 1.34 million pier tons handled during the year. Finished vehicle volume grew 13 percent year over year, with 268,964 vehicles crossing SCPA docks in 2015.

The Inland Port handled 7,824 rail moves in December, more than double the facility's December volume last year. The facility's rail volumes grew 76.5 percent during its second full calendar year of operation, with 75,111 total rail moves completed in 2015.

In addition to strong volume growth during the year, Newsome also highlighted the successful progress of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. With the issuance of the Chief's Report in September and signing of the PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement in December, the project continued to move forward with historic momentum through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning process. Last week the project cleared another milestone with the Record of Decision, the formal recommendation of the project to Congress for authorization.

New Multipurpose Carrier Service
SCPA recently added a new regular shipping service, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC), to its vessel calls at Columbus Street Terminal. The first ARRC vessel arrived on January 8, handling approximately 6,000 tons of import cargo.

ARRC specializes in handling freight for multiple business segments, including container, breakbulk, rolling stock and project cargo. Charleston is an addition to ARRC's Balt-Atlantic service, which utilizes multiple vessels to connect St. Petersburg, Russia and other North Europe ports with the U.S. East Coast.

"ARRC's multipurpose capabilities are an exciting addition to SCPA's breakbulk opportunities that further enhance our connection with North Europe," said Paul McClintock, SCPA Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We're pleased to welcome their regular calls."

Board Action
The SCPA Board approved two contracts related to the development of the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, including consultancy services for the concept design phase and a change order for additional construction activities pertaining to the containment wall. The facility will increase SCPA's current container capacity by 50 percent, with the first phase expected to open for operations by 2020.

To accommodate rapid growth within SCPA's refrigerated cargo market, the Board also approved a construction contract for the installation of additional refrigerated container infrastructure at the Wando Welch Terminal.

Main Office Sale
The Board authorized SCPA to sell the Main Office at 176 Concord Street in Charleston and directed the Real Estate Development Committee to finalize the offering and process by February 1.

"The need for our administrative and corporate office to be closer to our port operations is the primary driver of our decision to sell our current office," Newsome said.

Resolution Honoring Former Charleston Mayor
The Board also adopted a resolution honoring the former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and declaring January 20, 2016, as Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Day at the Port of Charleston.

"Mayor Riley's father served on the SCPA Board from 1969 to 1977, and he continued that legacy as a tireless supporter of the growth and development of our Port," said SCPA Board Chair Pat McKinney. "Especially with regard to the harbor deepening project, Mayor Riley has worked in partnership with our Board and staff to ensure the economic well-being of the Port, and in turn the entire City of Charleston."

Riley utilized his relationships with the Obama Administration to elevate the importance of harbor deepening and to garner support and timely forward progress of the project on the federal level. He has also supported SCPA's cruise business and plans for the non-maritime redevelopment of Union Pier for the benefit of the Port and the City.

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