A joint team of police and customs investigators were checking the "Wind Long" on suspicion of carrying narcotic drugs in Batam, Riau Islands, on Feb 24, 2018. The police`s Crime Investigation Department used sniffer dogs belonging to the customs office in Batam. On Feb 23 a patrol boat of the regional office of the special customs directorate general in Riau Islands province intercepted the "Win Long" in the Philips Strait waters separating Indonesia and Singapore on suspicion of carrying narcotic drugs to be smuggled into Indonesia. The ship was then towed into the customs office in Ketapang in the Karimun district to have its cargo unloaded for investigation.
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The "Ural", which was bound from Novorossiysk to Douala was still being held in Sfax. On Feb 15 the ship got caught in a storm and requested entry at Sfax for additional repairs. The ship was carrying a cargo for the authorities of the Central African Republic. The customs examination of the vessel was still going on. A representative of the company that owns the cargo was currently in Tunisia to clarify the situation with the ship. There were no Russian nationals among the crew of the detained vessel.
When inspecting the ship, Tunisian authorities found a batch of heavy-load trucks, infantry fighting vehicles, light weapons, ammunition and tents on board of the vessel.
Malacca Straits VLCC traffic doubles in a decade as shipping traffic hits all time high in 2017
Defying difficult market conditions traffic in the world's busiest shipping lane, the Malacca Straits, continued to grow over the last three years hitting an all time high of 84,456 transits in 2017. A report by Singapore-based Nippon Maritime Center (NMC), provided exclusively to Seatrade Maritime News, and based on figures from the Marine Department of Malaysia, showed that traffic had grown consistently since 2011. “In the last three years, daily transit reports to Klang VTS increased from 222 vessels per day in 2015 to 231 vessels per day in 2017, despite challenging shipping market conditions,” the NMC said. This equates to nearly 10 vessels entering or leaving the straits every hour, or one vessel every six minutes. source : Seatrade Maritime News
Portugal’s Leixoes port to get 510 mln-euro investment
The Port of Leixoes, outside Porto in Portugal’s north, is to receive 510 million euros (630 million U.S. dollars)of investment, Portugal’s Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, announced.
“The Leixoes Terminal is one of the top ports in the national system,” said Vitorino, “and is rightly, therefore, one of the ports where we make the biggest investment.” Besides building a new terminal, there are plans to extend the breakwater and deepen the access channel and turning basin.
Some of these projects are already underway and ought to be finished by 2021. Others are at the engineering study stage or awaiting environmental impact assessments. The whole project should be completed by 2026.