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.

Svitzer is starting to operate two new tugs in Vitoria as the towage company deepens its presence in the southeast of Brazil.

The Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) has welcomed the maiden call of mother vessel 8,814 teu-Northern Jaguar deployed by Ocean Network Express (ONE) on its PN2 service providing a direct link between Northern Vietnam and the Pacific Northwest.

Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has been awarded two dredging contracts in Indonesia, worth $84.35m for expansion of a container terminal and a new petrochemical complex.

The Liberian flag has been included in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) QUALSHIP 21 (QS21) roster for 2019-2020.

The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released its annual report on port activity in the region with Panama’s Colon port complex top of the list with 4.32m teu and growth of 11% compared to 2017.

APL is launching a new service between central China and the US East Coast, as well as adding Haiphong, Vietnam to another transpacific service.

GAC has opened up in Guyana in response to demand shipping and logistics support services following the discovery of large reserves of oil and gas in its waters, in 2015.

International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has inaugurated container operations at TecPlata, in the port of La Plata, 60km from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. 

International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has upgraded the country’s largest fleet of container-handling equipment at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) with four new hybrid rubber-tired gantries from Japan.

As a severe dry season hits Central America the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced its fifth draught reduction for the new locks, effective 30 April 2019. 

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