The future of kraftliner shaped by Smurfit Kappa and Wagenborg

If you thought the paper industry was going to disappear, think again. Although the worldwide demand for graphic paper declined in 2015 for the first time ever, the paper and forest-products industry as a whole is growing. Especially, packaging is growing all over the world. We talked with Sture Öberg, logistics director for Smurfit Kappa, about the common future of ‘his’ kraftliner trade from Piteå to the continent with Wagenborg.

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Lower power output, greater efficiency and smarter shipping

Lower power output, greater efficiency and smarter shipping: for now, that’s the approach Wagenborg is taking towards the energy transition. “And in the meantime, we’ll be thinking very hard and testing fuel alternatives.” Fleet Manager Theo Klimp talks to us about accepting responsibility in these unusual times.

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Open mindset results in dedicated Pacific trade

Shipping dry cargo from the US East Coast to the Far East is nothing special. What is unusual is when inbound and outbound trade turns out to be similar in terms of volume, frequency and vessel needs. And what is even more special when a shipping company succeeds in bringing two businesses together and optimises shipping logistics for both. This is the story of Wagenborg, Alcoa and Rayonier Advanced Materials.

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Sulphur 2020: Everything you need to know about the upcoming regulations

On 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will implement the new fuel Sulphur regulation. Sulphur 2020 is arguably the most impactful environmental regulation to date in ocean transport and has far-reaching technical, commercial and operational consequences. We spoke to Sebastiaan Verstappen, Senior Chartering Operator and responsible for bunker procurement at Wagenborg, to find out more.

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Wagenborg's half century partnership with NAM and Shell

The champagne bottle had just shattered on the bow of the Kasteelborg when we talked to NAM director Johan Atema and Egbert Vuursteen, standing proudly side by side. Egbert Vuursteen tells us about the successful naming ceremony for Wagenborg’s second walk-to-work vessel for NAM/Shell. “Today is another highlight in the close, constructive relationship between NAM and Shell on the one hand and Royal Wagenborg on the other.”

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Navigating in ice requires specialist know-how

Wagenborg is a company that has literally broken the ice in the harshest and desolate environments in the world. Its early operations mainly involved the timber and salt trade to the Baltic, but today Wagenborg sails the seven seas. Even so, the majority of its fleet movements can be traced back to the Baltic, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes, and Arctic waters. Why is that? Despite global warming, those areas are still characterised by harsh winter conditions, and it’s in those conditions that Wagenborg’s largely ice-reinforced fleet operates extremely well. That may sound pretty simple, but in practice, things are rather different.

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From shortsea to deepsea shipping

We talk to Koos Zumkehr (director chartering), Coos Blaauw (chartering manager) and Hans Kroon (director Wagenborg Shipping North America) about scale, cooperation and fleet development.

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New methods of working at sea

After a tender procedure, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and Shell UK Exploration & Production (Shell UK) have signed a contract with Wagenborg Offshore for the deployment of a second Walk-to-Work vessel. The new vessel will join the Kroonborg, put into service almost three years ago, in maintaining NAM and Shell UK’s unmanned platforms in the southern sector of the North Sea. We talked to Joris Eelman, Maintenance & Ops team leader NUIs, about the second Walk-to-Work vessel and how he sees the future.

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Energy carriers of the future

Maurice Stokhof de Jong is the Contract Manager at the Projects & New Build department. He’s been closely involved in the development and construction of numerous vessels and he keeps close track of technological developments so as to be prepared for the future – which is very necessary. “When you look at it over a long period of time, shipping has switched from being 100% sustainable (sails, wind energy) to being 100% fossil-fuel powered, and now – in a highly regulated period – we’re switching back to 100% sustainable.”

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