Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reminds new Panamax vessel measurement rules
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reminds all Shipping Agents, Owners and Operators that vessels arriving at Canal Waters, whether for docking or transiting the Panama Canal, must comply with vessel requirements - New Panamax: All vessels with dimensions greater than Panamax or Panamax Plus that
comply with the size and draft limitations of the new locks; namely, 366 meters in length by 49 meters in beam by 15.2 meters TFW draft. New rules as PDF: www.pancanal.com/...
Damen Shipyards signs contracts for four vessels at Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding
Shanghai: Damen Shipyards has signed the contracts for another four vessels at its partner yard Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding. The contracts are for one landing craft vessels and three large pontoons,
Damen Shipyards Pontoons&Barges division is a young division within the Damen Shipyards Group and has an order book of more than 40 vessels at the moment. The philosophy of Damen Shipyards to have vessels on stock to ensure short delivery times is also a part of the Pontoons&Barges division and at this moment several finished or semi-finished barges are available in both Rotterdam and Nantong. [29/11/12]
26 Nov 2012 - The strike by self-employed road hauliers which has been ongoing at the port of Bilbao since November 5 has been called off. The dispute arose as a means of exerting leverage on commercial transport companies to sign labour contracts or professional agreements involving the drivers.
Previously, other drivers at ports around Spain had threatened to join the campaign and convene their own strikes.
Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT) to handle UniFeeder calls twice a week
Ust-Luga port-based Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT) commences to handle two container ships operating on Unifeeder weekly container service, the National Container Company press release said. The new timetable is effective as from on December 3. The ship calls will be made on Wednesday and Sunday.
New LNG import terminal planned for Swedish Port of Lysekil
Norwegian-based Skangass AS has hired The Linde Group (Linde) to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Lysekil on Sweden's west coast, Linde have announced, Ship & Bunker reports. The new mid-scale import terminal is scheduled to start operations in spring of 2014, supplying natural gas to the Preem refinery and for industrial and transportation uses. Linde executive board member Aldo Belloni said the company completed Sweden's first LNG terminal in Nynäshamn last year.
Government approves Rs 622 crore project at Kandla Port for crude import
The government today approved a Rs. 622 crore project for import of crude oil at Kandla port that will enhance its capacity by 12 million tonnes per annum to 104 million tonnes per annum. "The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) today approved the project for development of Single Point Mooring (SPM) and allied facilities for the import of crude oil off Veera (outside Kandla creek) in Gulf of Kutch at Kandla Port," an official statement said.
South Africa's Transnet plans new coal export terminal at Richards Bay
South African logistics group Transnet plans to build its own coal terminal at Richards Bay to break the export stranglehold of major miners and open up capacity for new market entrants, Reuters reports.
The existing Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), the world's largest coal export facility, handles output from established major mining companies.
But would-be exporters complain it is difficult to acquire capacity from its owners - Anglo American, BHP Billiton , Xstrata, Exxaro and Glencore .
Construction of Maasvlakte 2 terminals on schedule
The construction of Maasvlakte 2 is still on schedule and the first phase is close to completion. After the ‘back door’ was closed on 11 July 2012, contractor PUMA (Boskalis and Van Oord) will open the ‘front door’ next weekend, Nov. 24/25, 2012 , the Port of Rotterdam news release said.
That is when the Yangtzehaven cut-through will start. The temporary inland lake that was created on Maasvlakte 2 will disappear so that the new port will soon be accessible to the ships which need to moor at the APM Terminals Maasvlakte II (AMPT MVII) and the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal in 2014. Both container terminals are hard at work with the construction on their freshly reclaimed land.
UAE offers to invest in Bangladeshi deep-sea port at Sonadia
The United Arab Emirates has offered to invest in four multi-billion-dollar projects in the shipping sector that include development of a deep-sea port.
"We recently received a letter from the Gulf nation showing their interest in four mega projects including developing deep sea port in Bangladesh," Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nazrul Islam told bdnews24.com.
China and India have also offered to invest in the proposed port at Sonadia.
The other three projects where the UAE wants to invest are New Mooring Container Terminal in Chittagong, Inland Container Depot with rail connectivity in Dhaka and Mongla port.