Cruise ships leave behind a bad smell for Cairns city residents
RESIDENTS living opposite the Port of Cairns are kicking up a stink over cruise ship funnel emissions.
Wharf Street residents are calling for better control of the fumes from ship smoke stacks.
Piermonde Apartments residents Belinda and Patrick Peck said a change in wind direction in the past two months had forced them to keep their windows shut.
“It makes us feel sick, absolutely sick. We have headaches, and it stinks,” she said.
“Who wants to breathe that? Who wants to get that forced into their apartment? It’s just terrible.”
She said they and their neighbours were fans of the ships coming into the port and the visitors that they brought.
“We’re not trying to stop the ships. We love the ships, we love what it does for the economy,” she said.
“But we have emission controls with cars, so we need emission controls with ships.” www.cairnspost.co...
Argentina to invest 1.21 bln USD to improve agricultural export ports
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Argentinean government said on Friday that it would invest 1.21 billion U.S. dollars to expand the ports of the Greater Rosario region, which is the country's main agricultural export base.
The announcement was made by the chief of the cabinet of ministers Marcos Pena, Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich, and Miguel Lifschitz, governor of the province of Santa Fe, during the inauguration of new port installations for COFCO, China's largest foodstuffs conglomerate.
Pena told a press conference that the 1.21 billion U.S. dollars would be spent to expand the ports' capacity, allowing them to go from handling 5,000 tons to 12,000 tons of goods a day.
The government will also improve roads inside the port complex to allow up to 1,000 trucks a day to unload their goods, he added.
The Greater Rosario port complex is located north of Santa Fe's capital, Rosario. According to data from the Rosario Chamber of Commerce, since 2015, it has handled 80.9 percent of Argentina's exports of grain and derived products. news.xinhuanet.co...
Subic Bay Freeport—China’s leading clean energy service provider Jovo Group Company Ltd. Guangdong on Wednesday said it is ready to engage in ship-to-ship operations in Subic Bay.
Under the STS transfer operations, liquefied natural gas from the Asia Pacific will be transferred from oil tankers to smaller vessels bound to ports in China.
STS brings petroleum products to China, most of whose ports cannot accommodate bulk carriers because their waters are not deep enough.
In a public consultation, Jovo international business general manager Yuan Lu said the LNG will be brought to Subic Bay from Australia and Indonesia by a Belgium-flag carrier, a 94,000-ton bulk carrier. The cargo will then be transferred at sea to a smaller 47,000-ton ships bound for China. thestandard.com.p...
19 Oct 2016 - A new cruise terminal at the Greek port of Piraeus has been officially opened adding to the array of cruise terminals in this busy port.
With the addition of Pier Saint Nikolaos, Piraeus can now accommodate up to 10 cruise ships at any one time, making it one of the premier cruise destinations in the Mediterranean.
This new cruise terminal is the first tangible evidence of development in the port since China's port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited has officially acquired a 51% stake in the Piraeus Port Authority following prolonged talks. The stake was bought for €280.5 million The company also has an option to acquire a further 16% share in the port over a period of five years, for €88 million. www.maritimejourn...
DP World Southampton has received nine new Kalmar machines to strengthen its straddle carrier fleet.
It is also set to purchase two new super post-panamax quay cranes, which will be ready for delivery in 2018, which will allow it to simultaneously handle three of the largest container vessels afloat.
“We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future,” said Nick Loader, chief executive officer at DP World Southampton.
He added: “Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The size of container ships importing and exporting goods around the world has nearly doubled in just under 10 years.” www.portstrategy....
A ship which was to deliver 750 cars at Kochi Port on Saturday has cancelled the visit due to ‘unjustified’ demands raised by local workers.
The ship, which began its journey from Chennai, will thus skip Kochi and sail straight for Kandla to deliver cars meant for Gujarat. The car carrier vessel that can carry an average of 1,200 cars had delivered 522 cars during its two stopovers in Kochi last month, while on the way to Kandla.
Based on a directive issued by the Union Shipping Ministry, Kochi Port had given 80 per cent concession on different charges to encourage car makers to opt for ships than transport them in extra-wide lorries through congested roads to different dealerships in Kerala.
Traffic Manager of the port Jimmy George said that workers (attached to the Kerala Head Load Workers Welfare Board) demanded that they be entrusted with the task of driving the cars out of the vessel. www.thehindu.com/...
After investigative journalists have revealed the severe short-comings of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in Alang, India, the shipping giant blatantly disregards the findings. In an official statement, Maersk defends its new practice of breaking ships on Indian beaches with tooth and nail without even mentioning the grave concerns raised by the Danish journalists. www.marinelink.co...
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APM Terminals has concluded an agreement with China COSCO Shipping Ports for the sale of a minority share in a new joint venture created for the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network’s operations in Vado, Italy.
A similar agreement has been completed with Qingdao Port International Development Co Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qingdao Port International Co Ltd, which shall become an indirect minority shareholder in the joint venture.
The agreements include interests in both the existing Reefer Terminal in Vado and the new 800,000 teu capacity deep-water terminal currently under construction at the Port of Vado. www.portstrategy....
Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.
The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC, it's partner in the terminal and which has first right of refusal.
Hanjin Shipping owns a 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International LLC, which operates Long Beach Terminal in the U.S. MSC owns the remaining 46 percent. www.marinelink.co...