Mississippi River maximum recommended draft reduced because of silting
The Louisiana Maritime Association has issued guidance that the maximum recommended draft for vessels on part of the Mississippi River be reduced from 47 feet to 45 feet.
It relates to the Southwest Pass, the primary shipping channel on the river and the only channel that can be used by deep draft vessels.
This recommendation follows observation of heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels.
The draft restriction is expected to be in place for a number of weeks pending dredging by US authorities. splash247.com/mis...
Plymouth cruise port feasibility study to be conducted
A study is to be carried out into the feasibility of building a cruise terminal in Plymouth.
The aim is to have an operational cruise ship berth operational in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020 if the economic case proves compelling.
A consortium comprising Plymouth City Council, Associated British Ports, the Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce, Destination Plymouth and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have commissioned marine consultants GP Wild International to compile a report over the summer.
The study’s scope will include discussions with organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, Queen’s Harbourmaster and the Environment Agency to get an overview of what would need to be achieved to overcome current constraints.
Ferry companies currently use Plymouth for sailings to France and Spain. www.travelweekly....
Shell seeks modified permit for Arctic offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — With a key safety vessel repaired and in northern waters, Royal Dutch Shell PLC has applied to amend its federal exploratory drilling permit to allow drilling into oil-bearing rock in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast.
Shell last month received permission to begin some drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea but was banned from digging into petroleum zones roughly 8,000 feet below the ocean floor.
The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement limited the permit then because equipment was not on hand to handle a possible well blowout.
The equipment is on the Fennica, a leased Finnish icebreaker that suffered hull damage July 3 as it left Dutch Harbor, a port in the Aleutians Islands.
Arctic offshore drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups that say industrial activity will harm polar bears, Pacific walrus, ice seals and threatened whales already vulnerable from climate warming and shrinking summer sea ice.
They also say that drilling in U.S. Arctic waters, which the government estimates holds 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil, will delay a transition to renewable energy. eaglefordtexas.co...
Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line sign 15-year deal
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will continue operating out of Pier 66 until at least 2030 and split with the Port of Seattle an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.The Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday unanimously voted to sign a long-term lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to continue operating out of Bell Street Cruise Terminal’s Pier 66 and to split an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.
The Port said a 15-year lease for a cruise terminal is unprecedented on the West Coast. It also said this is the first time the Port has entered into a direct agreement with a cruise line and a cruise line has agreed to invest in terminal improvements.
“This is a historic deal for the Port of Seattle,” Port CEO Ted Fick said in a statement. “Norwegian Cruise Line is showing real vision by investing in the economic growth of this region.” www.seattletimes....
Court removes cruise execs from Port Everglades dispute
A state appeals court Tuesday ruled that two cruise-ship company executives should be kept off a panel that will determine whether to reduce payment rates for harbor pilots at Port Everglades. The nine-page ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal stems from a dispute about a proposal by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to reduce what are known as “pilotage rates” by 25 percent for passenger vessels using Port Everglades in Broward County. www.theledger.com...
The port of Grangemouth is to receive a six-figure investment to increase its capacity for refrigerated containers.
The move will be a major boost for importers and exporters of fresh produce using Scotland’s largest container terminal.
The owners, Forth Ports Ltd, are significantly investing in extending the electricity supply infrastructure at Grangemouth from 126 specialist power supply points to 432.
Refrigerated containers – known as ‘reefers’ – need power immediately on arrival to keep their contents fresh until being loaded on to vessels for export or collection by haulage firms for delivery across Scotland. www.thecourier.co...
Thailand-based construction firm Italian-Thai Development is planning to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dawei industrial zone Myanmar, with an investment of $500m says a news story in the Reuters.
A press release from Roland Berger, who are consultants to the project, says that the LNG terminal is part of the first phase of the $1.7bn Dawei project. It will be designed with an annual capacity of six million tons. www.marinelink.co...
ndian Oil Corporation (IOC) has begun initial works for setting up the Rs 5,150-crore ($830 million) liquefied natural gas (LNG)terminal at Ennore, Chennai.
LNG terminal would be ready by 2018, said the company Chairman B Ashok. The company had inked a MoU with the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) for the project.
Ashok said that his company has given contracts for building refrigerated tanks and re-gasification facilities for the LNG terminal project.
The project has three components in it, which are setting up of refrigerated tanks, re-gasification facilities and marine facilities. www.marinelink.co...
Union threatens strike action on Argentina’s main trade waterway
Argentina’s main waterway for moving grain exports faces a threat of being blocked by labour action, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.
The threat is mounted by a union, The Centre of River, Fishing and Maritime Cabotage Captains and Officers, which says its very existence is threatened by a government bill under consideration.
The union says that if the Merchant Navy and Shipbuilding Industry Bill is voted into law it would consider a full strike, affecting all port push boats, most sand ships and tanker ships that load and unload fuel in the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway.
That could impact international trade and seriously hamper the Greater Rosario Port Complex, one of the world’s leading food exporting hubs.
Some import and export trade from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay also depends on the waterway. splash247.com/uni...
Labour action imminent on Panama Canal’s third set of locks project
Progress of the Panama Canal expansion project could hit a speed bump if a labour issue involving contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) is not resolved on Monday.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is concerned that the dispute over a wage increase could see 6,000 unionised workers of the National Union of Workers of Construction and Similar Industries (SUNTRACS) take their threatened strike action. The workers want the agreed 8.9% pay rise to be retroactive.
As of Monday morning there was still no resolution of the wage row.
GUPC is the main contractor for the Canal’s third set of locks project, which is 93% complete.
Under the expansion plan a third lane of traffic is being created in the Canal, hence the need for the third set of locks.
When complete the “supersized” Canal will be able to accommodate ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of freight, around triple the current maximum size.
Barring extended labour problems or other variables the expanded Canal is expected to be ready by April 2016 after a 10-year, $5.25 billion commitment. splash247.com/lab...