Another milestone in Panama Canal Expansion project
The Panama Canal Expansion Program has made a significant stride forward as it reached 3 million cubic meters of concrete poured in the construction of the new lock complexes for the Expansion Program, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said in a press release. The milestone was registered during the construction of the new locks in the Atlantic side, specifically in the second monolith located in the east wing wall water outlet. The wing walls are located at the opposite ends of the lock complexes, where the enormous culverts that are part of the lateral filling and emptying system of the locks finish. The term monolith refers to each of the sections in which the lock walls are being divided to facilitate their construction.
The wing wall outlet is located next to the ocean, where the water used for each transit is finally released into the ocean. The wing wall water intake is located on the end facing Gatun Lake, where water is drawn to fill the lock chambers for vessel transits.
Since the wing wall structure will be permanently exposed to sea water, a marine structural concrete mix was used, providing a greater protection to the reinforcement steel in the presence of chlorides.
23 tankers failed to get bunker since introduction of CEC’s restrictions in port Ust-Luga
Since bunkering restrictions were introduced by the teletypogram of the Central Energy Customs chief (dated 22.08.2013), 23 tankers could not get bunker in the port of Ust-Luga. As the participants of the port’s bunkering market told IAA PortNews, 13 accepted tankers cancelled bunkering contracts and requests for bunkering were not accepted from 10 other tankers. Two tankers were bunkered at the port’s outer harbour.
Russian Customs bans refueling of tankers at offshore locations off the ports of Novorossiysk and Tuapse
Central Energy Customs (CEC), authorized to carry out control and clearance of on board fuel stores, has banned bunker fuel supply to tankers at offshore anchorage in the ports of Novorossiysk and Tuapse as of September 12, representatives of bunker suppliers’ community of the Black Sea ports told Portnews.
The bunkering operations are allowed only at an offshore single point mooring (SPM) No 1A and 1B of Rosneft’s terminal at the port of Tuapse and at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) in Novorossiysk. The PortNews’ sources noted that the ban does not include refueling of dry bulk vessels at offshore bunkering locations.
Unifeeder to add a direct Dunkirk – St Petersburg link
The European shortsea container specialist Unifeeder today announced the launch of a new service from the northern France port of Dunkerque to Russia’s St Petersburg.
Unifeeder said the loop was scheduled to launch in early November with weekly departures and it would feature a stopover at Rotterdam, where connections with other Unifeeder services are offered.
According to the carrier the new loop will focus on the French market and reefer containers to Russia. The reefer service aims in particular at the agricultural and food sectors.
Cruise passengers arriving in Shanghai more than doubled in the first seven months of the year.
A total of 403,800 passengers visited the financial metropolis by cruiseship in the January to July period. Of the total, 66,000 were foreigners. Cruise ships made 88 departures from Shanghai over the period, up nearly 40% year-on-year.
The city is the homeport to five cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas and the Costa Crociere-operated Costa Atlantica. [sinoshipnews 10/09/13]
Athens government reaches agreement with Cosco Pacific for a $305m expansion
The Athens government is set to "fast track" the privatisation of the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), after reaching an agreement in principle with Cosco Pacific for a EUR224m ($305m) expansion of container terminal facilities the Chinese company operates in the port. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras personally stepped-in on 30 August to end a stalemate which threatened to sour the strong relations between his government and the Chinese shipping giant built up with former chief Wei Jiafu.
China’s Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group is taking a total of 40% stake in Kuantan Port Consortium for RM334.42m. Road Builder Holdings and Essmarine Terminal, two units of IJM Corp Bhd, are selling a 38% stake and 2% stake to Guangxi Beibu respectively. “There is no profit impact at the group level. However, the disposal would increase the reserves positively and enhance the group’s balance sheet,” the consortium said, adding that proceeds from the disposal would be used for port expansion and working capital of the group. IJM said its partnership with Guangxi Beibu would bring best practices of port management, and its network of clienteles would enhance the capacity utilisation of Kuantan Port. [seashipnews 10/09/13]
Port of Novorossiysk inaugurates new Ro-Ro terminal
A joint project of Delo Group and Rolf SCS, the terminal for Ro-Ro cargoes was commissioned in Russia’s southern port of Novorossiysk, the Delo Company said in a media release. In 2013, a stevedoring division of the group DELOPORTS completed a project for expansion of the KSK grain terminal to 3.5 million tonnes. In August, after carrying out land surveying work, the KSK built on its free territory a new terminal for handling imported vehicles with a dedicated berth for receiving rolling cargo and a storage yard of capacity of 1,565 cars. The capacity of the new Ro-Ro facility is more than 50,000 autos a year.
In August 2013, the first Ro-Ro ferry with 399 vehicles on board was handled in a test mode. In September, the new Ro-Ro facility was launched in compliance with the project’s schedule. On September 9, 2013 the dedicated terminal handled the vehicles carrier UECC Autopremier that departed from the port of Derince, Turkey on September 6 with a cargo of 756 vehicles on board. In the future Ro-Ro vessels will call at the Novorossiysk terminal once a week.
Vostochny port operator handles third Triple-E series vessel 'Mary Maersk'
Mary Maerks, the third Triple-E class container ships on September 7 2013 docked at Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company terminal based in the Far Eastern Vostochny port, the facility operator VSC said. The VSC terminal is the first port of call for Mary Maersk. In its turn the terminal had previously handled two Triple-E series ultra-large boxships. The Mary Maersk was built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME Daewoo) shipyard. The 18,340teu Mary Maersk general characteristics: LOA - 399 m, beam - 59 m, overall height - 73 m. Upon completion of loading Mary Maersk departed the Far East terminal and set sail to the South Korean port of Busan. Then the boxship will proceed on her port rotation: Kwangyang, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Gdansk, Aarhus, Gothenburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Port Tangier Mediterranee, Suez Canal, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong, Busan, Kwangyang, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas.
Maersk Line is to extend its India and Middle East to Turkey service ‘ME3′ (#1703) into the Black Sea. As of next week, the loop will be lengthened from Istanbul-Ambarli, so far its western terminus, to serve the Russian port of Novorossiysk.
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