On Jan 19, 2018, at 1.25 p.m. the "Hardanger" slammed into the fisher quay at Stavanger. Due to the powerful impact people fell on the deck, but no one was injured. After 10-15 minutes the trap doors of the ferry were opened and the cars could drive onto the quay. The gate could not open completely. About half an hour after the allision the ferry resumed the service to Tau.
Norwegian report with photo:
The "Nifikor Begichev" which sailed from Ust-Luga on Dec 30, 2017, destined for China, in the night Jan 3, 2018,ran into a storm and experienced troubles in the English Canal with bulk cargo on deck. The ship was drifting for some time, and on 5 a.m. on Jan 3 turned back. The extent of damages sustained was unknown. She returned to Ust-Luga anchorage on Jan 9.
The cargo included in the first shipment of the S-400 air defense missile systems, which was sent to China under the 2014 contract, which has been damaged by the storm and was returned to Russia.
Work was underway to assess the damage in order to make it possible to cover losses in accordance with insurance. After the work has been completed, undamaged equipment was to be sent to the customer.
Oiltanking, Vopak LNG and Gasunie LNG are in the process of establishing the joint venture “German LNG Terminal GmbH”
Gasunie LNG Holding B.V., Oiltanking GmbH and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. are in the process of establishing the joint venture ‘German LNG Terminal GmbH’. The purpose of the joint venture is to build, own and operate an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminal in northern Germany. The terminal will also provide LNG distribution services. To attract interest from the market and to gain detailed insight in customer demand, an Open Season will be launched. The Open Season starts on January 17, 2018. The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany’s sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative low-emission fuel for ships and trucks. The development of German LNG Terminal is currently focusing on the location Brunsbüttel. The presence of the adjacent port of Hamburg and the industrial companies located in the region represents an attractive business environment. Via the Kiel Canal, in the direct proximity of the intended terminal, the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States can easily be reached.
The start of the Open Season marks an important milestone in the development of Germany’s first LNG terminal. The aim of the facility is to offer the following services: discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.
In July 2017, the three companies received EU antitrust approval to establish a joint venture. Subject to, among others, the outcome of the Open Season start of construction of Germany’s first LNG terminal is envisaged after the final investment decision in 2019, to be ready for operations in Q4 2022.
Source: Port of Hamburg
The first group of three, of a total of 12 advanced remotecontrolled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, has departed China for delivery on February 15th to the new APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Morocco terminal. Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the super post-Panamax cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 TEU vessels.