The Figueira da Foz bar will be closed to all shipping, on Oct 13 and Oct 14 for six hours a day, so that divers can access objects submerged in the river with a view to their removal. The decision to close the bar temporarily was taken in regard of the security of the divers working on the removal of objects such as fishing gear and nets submerged in the navigation channel in the vicinity of the southern jetty. The bar closes one hour before each peak of high Tide, reopening half an hour after the high tide and one hour prior to low-tide and reopening also half hour after the peak of low tide, a total of six hours.
Outside those periods, the bar is open to all shipping, but the boats must navigate in a channel between the north pier and a buoy placed in the river by the authorities 60 meters north of the "Olivia Ribau".
The diving company contracted by the trawler's owner estimated that the work of identification and removal of submerged objects may be completed at the end of Oct 14. The sunken trawler - which at high tide is invisible at the Surface and only signaled with buoys will later be pulled towards Cabedelinho beach for dismantling.
After a month in detention, all crew mmembers of the "Tchebotarev Mechanic" who were under suspicion of smuggling, have been released. The Russian sailors were exempted due to the efforts by the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, after the Libyan Prime Minister al-Khalifa Ghowel came to Grozny at the invitation of Kadyrov.
Cruse lines with itineraries from Port Canaveral and other East Coast ports whose ships have scheduled stops in the Bahamas have been scrambling to change their itineraries to avoid Hurricane Joaquin.
Among them are five Port Canaveral-based ships — Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation, Sunshine and Valor, and Disney Cruise Line's Dream and Fantasy.
Generally, the ships are replacing a Bahamas port-of-call with a stop at another port or a day at sea, although the Sunshine is making a more drastic change.
There have been no reports of cruise lines canceling any cruises, according to a database compiled by the widely followed Cruise Critic website.
Cruise Critic reports that ships operated by five cruise lines — Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian and Princess — have switched up itineraries to avoid Joaquin..
"This does happen every year" during hurricane season, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. "And it causes anxiety and angst for people" who have scheduled a cruise.
But Brown said those concerns may be overblown.
"The best thing about a cruise during a hurricane event is the ship can move out of the way," Brown said.
The ports of call may change, but rarely is a cruise canceled entirely, she said. www.floridatoday....
APM Terminals inks 18-crane contract for Italy terminal
APM Terminals has signed a contract for four ship-to-shore gantry cranes and 14 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes for its Vado container terminal under construction on Italy’s north-west Ligurian coast.
The new terminal, the first major new port construction in Italy in several decades, is due to open in January 2018 with an annual capacity of 800,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units and will be able to handle vessels up to 18,000 TEUs capacity.
The Maersk group’s port arm is investing 150 million euros ($171 million) in the new terminal while the Italian government is spending 300 million euros on civil works for the project.
“This crane and container handling equipment order is a very important milestone in the development of APM Terminals Vado, and the future of the Savona-Vado area,” said APM Terminals Vado’s managing director Carlo Merli.
“This shore side infrastructure is essential to the development of new logistics networks and inland transport possibilities for Italy as the Ligurian coast becomes accessible to the global shipping fleet’s largest vessels.”
The ship-to-shore cranes are scheduled to be delivered in March 2017 and the rail-mounted cranes are due to arrive the following month.
The new terminal, which will handle both containers and liquid bulk cargoes, will be integrated with the existing 275,000 TEUs-a-year Vado Reefer Terminal, which APM Terminals acquired in August. www.joc.com/port-...