Port of Charleston alters schedule with Hurricane Matthew threatening coast
The State Ports Authority will restrict cargo shipments on Wednesday and then close its container terminals for the rest of the week starting Thursday as Hurricane Matthew threatens the Carolinas coast.
Meanwhile, Carnival’s Ecstasy cruise ship remains on schedule to bring passengers on a current cruise back to Charleston on Saturday. The Ecstasy is scheduled to depart Charleston for another excursion to the Bahamas later that afternoon. That could change depending on Matthew’s track.
“We are continuing to watch the storm very closely and are fully cognizant of its projected path and potential impact to homeport operations in Charleston,” said Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz.
Ecstasy passengers this week were re-routed from the Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexico, because of the hurricane. Those passengers were offered $50 in onboard credit and 25 percent off a future cruise.
“Given the unpredictability of tropical weather systems, and with guest and crew safety as our foremost priority, we are taking a prudent course of action to keep the ship out of harm’s way and provide our guests with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience,” de la Cruz said of the Ecstasy’s current sailing.
At the Port of Charleston, no export-bound refrigerated cargo will be accepted at the North Charleston and Wando Welch terminals starting Wednesday, although imported and empty refrigerated containers will continue to be delivered. The handling of empty containers and the acceptance of hazardous shipments will be halted at noon, while all other shipments will continue through 6 p.m. www.postandcourie...
Port Canaveral to be evacuated in wake of Hurricane Matthew
An evacuation order was put in place on Tuesday evening for Port Canaveral as Hurricane Matthew moves closer to Central Florida.
In addition to the land-side evacuation, the U.S. Coast Guard has given notice that the Canaveral harbour will close by tomorrow afternoon. Under the Captain of the Port order, no vessel traffic–including cruise and cargo ships, as well as recreational and commercial fishing boats will be allowed in harbor until after the storm passes and the order is lifted.
“This is a serious storm and the protection of people and property is our primary concern,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray. “We expect high winds and storm surge throughout the port and have urged the Port community to prepare their facilities so business can resume as quickly as possible after the storm.”
Port Canaveral has not closed down operations due to severe weather since the 2004 storms when the harbour was closed for 11 days to ship traffic. www.traveldailyme...
Port Miami which is the cruise capital of the world will be closed to all ships from Wednesday, October 5 due to the strong Hurricane Matthew.
The port has posted on its website that it will be closed until further notice due to the oncoming category 4 Hurricane Matthew. One Royal Caribbean ship will be affected by the closure. Empress of the Seas 5-day Bahamas cruise will be delayed by one day, instead, the ship will depart Port Miami on Friday, October 7. the ship was originally scheduled to depart the port on Thursday, October 6. Empress of the Seas exact departure time is still to be confirmed as the cruise line will have to wait for permission from authorities.
Evacuations continue as Hurricane Matthew approaches
Hurricane Matthew, making slow but devastating progress through the Caribbean, is forcing the closure of at least one oil terminal in the Bahamas, according to Bloomberg.
The South Riding Point Terminal in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island will be evacuated by its leaseholder Statoil later this week. The terminal includes storage for 6.7m barrels, loading and unloading facilities.
Matthew, a Category 4 storm, was hammering Haiti with 145mph winds on Tuesday, the most powerful hurricane to land on that part of Hispaniola in 52 years. splash247.com/eva...
As one gigantic cruise ship sat dockside at the Port of Sydney on Wednesday, its thousands of passengers pouring into the downtown area or boarding busses to visit iconic destinations such as Fortress Louisbourg, another cruise ship waited in the distance, its passengers forced to take small vessels before stepping ashore or possibly opting to remain on board.
The scenario was even more chaotic the previous week when three cruise ships visited Sydney on the same day, one of them docked next to the Joan Harriss Pavilion and the other two forced to wait offshore.
So once again we ask what’s the hold up when it comes to building a second cruise ship berth?
Why haven’t the three levels of government already signed off on this $20.1-million project, which, in all likelihood, would pay for itself within 10 years of completion? Read more at www.capebretonpos...
DAR ES SALAAM Port has for the first time received the longest ship, having 261-metre length, to ever dock at the facility. According to the Director General of the Tanzania Ports Authority, Eng Deusdedit Kakoko, Mv Hammonia Grenada has the capacity of carrying 4,256 containers.
"The ship had docked on Wednesday afternoon and offloaded 483 containers and loaded 656 others for transporting them to Thailand," noted Eng Kakoko.
The arrival of the ship at the Port was regarded as true reflection on the ability of the port to handle large vessels which in the past diverted to Mombasa Port.
He has assured customers that the port is fully operational and the arrival of Mv Hammonia has just opened doors for more larger ships. www.dailynews.co....
Zaha Hadid’s New Antwerp Port House Looks Like a Giant Spaceship
Since Zaha Hadid’s sudden death in March, the studio that bears her name has had its hands full finishing the prolific and trailblazing architect’s roster of some three-dozen works in progress. The latest is perhaps one of her most striking creations, the newly inaugurated Port House in Antwerp, Belgium—Europe’s second-largest port—built on the back of a former fire station. The new structure is a headquarters for the port and its staff of 500, who were previously scattered in offices throughout the city. Picture report on www.slate.com/blo...
The Chittagong port is experiencing record container congestion owing to non-operation of long vehicles that carry loaded and empty containers to and from the harbour for the last four days.
If the situation continues for two more days the port would face a deadlock, according to officials of the Chittagong Port Authority.
Covered vans bring the export cargoes from factories all over the country to the 16 private inland container depots in Chittagong for loading into export containers.
The containers are then sent through long vehicles like prime movers or trailers to the port for loading onto the ships waiting at the jetties.
On Monday, Prime Mover, Trailer Malik Sramik Oikya Parishad, a platform of the owners and workers of the vehicles, went on an indefinite strike after the Road Transport and Highways Division launched a crackdown on overloaded vehicles on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
From August 17, if a trailer on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway is found weighing more than 33 tonnes, it is subjected to fines that start from Tk 2,000 and can go up to Tk 12,000. www.thedailystar....
One of the world’s largest shipping lines, Maersk has made a strong bid for the East Container Terminal (ECT) for which international bidding closed last week. This is in conjunction with John Keells Group.
“We have been in Sri Lanka for the past 25 years and have a large stake in the SAGT terminal as well and now we hope to be actively involved in the ECT as well,” Maersk Line, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh MD, Franck Dedenis said.
He said that Sri Lanka is heading in the right direction by concentrating in the development of the maritime sector. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the recently concluded Maritime Conference endorsed this and invited the international business community to invest in this segment. He (Premier) is sincerely keen and has a plan for the future and we too are really impressed on it and want to contribute to this vision. We fully support the Government of Sri Lanka vision to develop Sri Lanka into a maritime hub and are doing our best to ensure its success.”
This is also the reason Maersk Group created history of sorts and sailed one of the world’s largest ships, The Triple - E liner to Colombo recently. At 400 meters in length, the Triple-E is among the largest ships with capacity of 18,000 TEUs to 20,000 TEUs. www.dailynews.lk/...
Venice Is Fed Up With Cruise Ships And Angry Protesters Are Blocking Them
Venice, which this year logged a new low of fewer than 55,000 inhabitants—down from 164,000 in 1931 – registers up to 30,000 cruise ship passengers tramping through the small, ancient city per day. World famous for its canals and gondolas, Venice is a major destination for Mediterranean cruises. More than 600 big ships pass through the Giudecca Canal each year, ferrying millions of passengers to views of the 15th century Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and other architectural and artistic wonders.
The total of visitors per year is calculated to be almost 22 million, an overwhelming number considering the size of the fragile, salt-corroded the city, which has long required constant attention to keep it from sinking, literally.
Per day, the number of tourists is around 60,000 exceeding by 5,000 the number of Venetians which, in the words of UNESCO officials means that “the capacity of the city, the number of its inhabitants and the number of tourists is out of balance and causing significant damage to the city.” Read further at www.forbes.com/si...