Michele Labrut

Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News


Seatrade correspondent Michele Labrut has continuously covered the maritime sector of Central & Latin America since moving to Panama City in the 1980s. Author of Seatrade's annual Panama Maritime Review and of several books, Michele also writes for Time magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Merit (Knight grade) by the French Government for her services to international journalism.

The first European dredger converted to dual-fuel LNG/MGO propulsion has departed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) to return to work, 23 months after the contract signing.

Van Oord, in consortium with TechnipFMC, has been awarded a contract by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the LNG project Area 1 Mozambique Golfinho/Atum. 

Two Latin American subsidiaries of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) were recently given the international seal of fair logistics for ensuring transparent and competitive services for both customers and port users.

The Panama Canal has published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure for the major shipping sectors.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has again postponed a further draught reduction, which would have been the sixth of this year.

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has announced the company acquired WK Hydraulics, a specialist maritime hydraulics systems manufacturer located in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. 

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Humera Ahmed vice-president of legal and business development.

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), the Croatian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) at the Port of Rijeka, is set to realise a comprehensive expansion plan in the period up to mid-2020.

Recent rainfall in the Panama Canal watershed during the past week has allowed the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to postpone the effective date of the sixth draught reduction until 19 June.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, gave the "go-ahead’"on 2 June for the land reclamation associated with the new PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco.

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