A ship laden with Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived in Aqaba Port on Monday, May 25, 2015, marking the first shipment of the product to the Kingdom, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The steamship –– rented from an international company in 2013 –– will be used as a storage facility. It can hold up to 160,000 million cubic metres of LNG.
The shipment arrived from Singapore to the new specialised terminal. The port was named after the Kuwait emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, in February this year.
Aqaba Development Corporation CEO Ghassan Ghanem said the LNG port will begin operations on Tuesday.
Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.
Student activist Chiara D’Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.
D’Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said. Source and more to read at: www.stardem.com/a...
CMA CGM adds Baltimore to U.S. calls; launches separate service with 15 vessels
French containership giant CMA CGM Group said today it will expand its trans-Atlantic network effective the end of May, when it begins calling at the Port of Baltimore and adds a rotation linking nine ports in the U.S. and northern Europe.
Baltimore, which CMA CGM has traditionally served through intermodal connections, will get its first direct vessel call in the ship line's history. The U.S. port will be added to the liner "Liberty Solo" service, which will now connect seven U.S. and European ports using four vessels, each with a 1,800-2,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity, CMA CGM said.
The new "Vespucci" service, supported by 15 4,500-TEU vessels, will connect the ports of Antwerp; Rotterdam; Bremerhaven; Le Havre; Southampton; New York; Norfolk; Charleston; and Savannah. The new service will be operated in cooperation with German liner Hamburg Sud Group and United Arab Shipping Co., which is jointly owned by six Arab states in the Persian Gulf.
With these additions, CMA CGM said its North America and Northern European services will cover 15 ports of call, more than any other container line. Source: www.dcvelocity.co...
The Port of Melbourne might be leased for 50 years to boost cash for Victoria’s degree crossing removing program. Treasurer Tim Pallas stated the worth of the lease was more likely to be $5 to $6 billion at a conservative estimate.“The lease holder shall be anticipated to ship efficiencies to spice up competitors,” Mr Pallas informed reporters on Wednesday.
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The Port of Longview announced Tuesday that it is negotiating with Riverside Refining to bring an oil refinery to its site.
The refinery would process 45,000 barrels a day, of which 30,000 barrels would be crude oil, with the remainder being used cooking oil, according to a March 18 letter from Riverside to the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council and the governor's office. The council would be the permitting agency for the project. That volume would be about one-sixth of the expected volume that would come to a rail-to-ship oil transfer terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that is now under review by the siting council.
In the letter, Riverside said it expects the refinery to generate about 1,600 barrels of liquid petroleum gas, 9,800 barrels of gasoline, 15,300 barrels of diesel/jet fuel and 4,900 barrels of kerosene each day. In its proposal, Riverside said all its finished products would be shipped by barge to local and regional markets along the West Coast.
The 47-acre site would receive shipment of one unit train every two or three days, Riverside said in its proposal. More to read at: www.columbian.com...
Guangzhou channel expansion to allow two-way ship travel
Guangzhou Port Group has announced plans to invest CNY3 billion (USD484 million) to expand the deepwater channel of the port to meet the demand for two-way transport of large vessels. The expansion project will start from Nansha port area in the north to the deepwater area in the west of Aizhou island at the Pearl River estuary, covering Koumen channel, Dahao channel, and Linding channel. Approximately 66.6 km of the phase-three outbound channel will be expanded to 385 m wide and 17 m deep.
A total of 65.2 million m³ of soil will be dredged, part of which will be unloaded at the temporary ocean dumping area while another part will be reclaimed to Longxue Island. Once completed, 100,000 dwt container ships (fully loaded) and 150,000 dwt container ships (not fully loaded) can enter and exit the port at the same time. More and source: www.ihsmaritime36...
Strike at Callao Port Already Cost Exporters USD 50 Mln
The ongoing dispute between dockers at Callao port, in Peru and APM Terminals has already resulted in over USD 50 million losses in containerized exports due to dockworkers’ strike, now entering its second week, data from the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX) shows.
Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at port Ust-Luga
FSUE Rosmorport has announced an open tender to select a contractor for the maintenance dredging within the water area of berth No1 of Ust-Luga port’s coal terminal, first phase of the port's transshipment complexes, approach canal of Novaya Gavan Ruchyi, first phase of container terminal. According to the company’s press center, initial price is RUB 110,826,000. The source of financing – internal funds. The deadline for application of bids – June 8, 2015. Source: portnews
Djibouti says it is aiming to become a key port, akin to Dubai or Singapore, and a commercial hub of eastern Africa, Yahoo News reports.
The small country of about 850 thousand says it wants to capitalize on its location on one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and access to the Suez Canal, as well as its current position as the main port for Ethiopia, to become the gateway from Asia to Africa.
"More and more shipping lines are interested in Djibouti, we are now making the way to be a Dubai, even Singapore!" said Suleiman Ahmed, a senior executive at Doraleh Container Terminal.
Growing interest in Djibouti, a six to 10 percent increase in cargo traffic per year, and a growing number of countries, such as the U.S., France, and Japan using the country as a place for military and naval bases, comes as other ports in the region reportedly face increasing struggle.
"Yemen's once key port of Aden - just across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti - is now a war zone," reported Yahoo News. More at shipandbunker.com...
Sri Lanka is looking at boosting China’s stake at the Colombo Port and in the process increase the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s (SLPA) ownership in the new harbours.
Currently, discussions are underway between the SLPA and the China Merchant Holdings (CHM) on getting the latter to come in as an investor for the East Terminal under construction, Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said at a media briefing held in Colombo n Friday. He explained that since the Colombo South Harbour’s revenues generated by the government amount to only 15 per cent the CHM, under the present arrangement, gets the rest of the majority stake in the terminal.
In this respect, the minister said the government was looking at increasing its stake in the South Harbour as it believes the state should have a majority share of the revenue.
The new policy of the government as per joint ventures is for the state to own 51 per cent as a result of which the East Terminal would be given out on this basis to any investor.
In a bid to turnaround the agreement already entered into with the CHM by the Rajapaksa administration, discussions are underway to work out a deal with the Chinese company. Source: The Sunday Times