Dutch cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
Fortunagacht arrives at the Port of Cleveland in its inaugural voyage to northeast Ohio. A dutch cargo ship dropped anchor this weekend in the Port of Cleveland, marking the inaugural voyage of a new export route between Antwerp and northeast Ohio. www.wksu.org/news...
First ship sails through DP World’s new Vietnam channel
New Soai Rap channel doubles the size of vessels that can access DP World’s Saigon Premier Container Terminal - DP World said on Monday that the first vessel has passed through the new channel to its Saigon Terminal in Vietnam.
The vessel, the MSC Xutra Bhum, with a capacity of 2,378 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent container units) and deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 30,832, sailed up the 54km channel to the terminal.
DP World’s Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) along the Soai Rap River in Ho Chí Minh City, Vietnam is a 80:20 joint venture with Vietnamese state-owned company Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company (IPC).
The new Soai Rap channel makes SPCT the deepest Ho Chí Minh City port. With a draught of 9.5 metres, and a tidal rise of up to 3.4 metres, the channel doubles the size of vessels that can access the port, including Panamax vessels.
The SPCT can now handle vessels of 50,000 dwt, and vessels with 5,000 TEU capacity are expected to start using the channel in coming weeks, DP World stated. There are also no night-time restrictions on the port.
Fire forces crew to abandon South Korean trawler off Sierra Leone coast
Sierra Leone (Reuters) - A fire on board a South Korean trawler fishing off the coast of Sierra Leone forced the crew to abandon ship, fleeing onto boats that came to their rescue, its captain told Reuters on Monday, Apr. 21.
The fire on the 70-foot (21-meter) Osito 89 broke out in the engine room at 0400 GMT on Sunday about five nautical miles off the town of Kent, south of the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown.
Thick smoke billowed from the vessel on Monday and flames rose from the hull, according to a Reuters witness.
"The fire became wild as it spread into the captain's bridge so I had no alternative but to send an SOS to our company's office," Captain Seak Kim Che said.
Falmouth's port authority hits back at claims that trial dredge was a failure and waste of money
Falmouth's port authority has hit back at claims by conservationists that the trial dredge of the harbour was a failure and a waste of money. Last year, the town’s harbour authority commissioned a trial to remove and re-lay the top 30cm of maerl habitat – a type of coral – within the Fal Estuary. It was designed to answer questions raised by Natural England about the environmental impact of a full-scale dredge, which is proposed by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) to develop Falmouth as a successful and viable operational port. But leading conservationists branded the test dredge a failure after the results showed the loss of the maerl habitat, and called on FHC to stop spending public money. Source : westbriton
The luxury cruise liner MS. AMADEA called at Magam Ruhuupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota early this month with 479 passengers comprising 423 German nationals and 322 crew.
According to the local agents for M/S Amadea, Ceyline Shipping Ltd., their principals have scheduled calls at MRMRP in Hambanthota on a long-terms basis due to the development in the Sri Lankan Ports sector and Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka.
At Hambantota, passengers set off on day excursions in Kataragama and Udawalawe Sanctuary and their tour was operated by M/S Walkers Tours Limited. Passengers had also been facilitated by Sri Lanka Ports Authority to exchange their foreign currency and purchase local products at the port.
Capt. O. Jarle Hatebo, commenting on the visit said that Magam Ruhuupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota is the best and most ideal port for the tourists who visit Southern Sri Lanka.
KUWAIT, April 20 (KUNA) -- The Environment Public Authority (EPA) issued a statement on Sunday refuting reports circulated through social media here regarding a supposed Iraqi vessel that is ablaze within or very close to Kuwaiti territorial waters.
The statement said the EPA "closely follows up on all such incidents with all concerned authorities in the country," and also cautioned the public against circulating any reports of this nature.
EPA also urged all to seek official, accurate and verifiable information from proper sources on all matters.(end) zak.an.wsa
Ketchikan will have about 30,000 fewer cruise ship passengers this summer after technical issues will prompt one line to cancel 15 port calls. The Carnival Cruise Lines ship Miracle had 20 port calls scheduled this summer, the Ketchikan Daily News reported. But the ship has a technical issue that will lower its top speed from 21 knots to anywhere between 18 to 20 knots. The Miracle will make port calls in Ketchikan as originally planned on May 4, May 11, May 18, Sept. 7 and Sept. 16, according to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. But 15 other port calls between May 25-Aug. 31 have been canceled.
The Miracle carries 2,124 passengers, according to the visitors bureau, and was expected to bring 42,480 passengers to Ketchikan. That number has been cut to 10,620 with the 15 canceled port calls.
Officials have adjusted the total projected number of cruise visitors to Ketchikan this year to 850,377, down from 882,237.
Muscat: The Omani government has made it clear that all commercial shipping must shift from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar Port by August as the former undergoes a transformation to be a cruise and passenger hub. Sohar Port has spent $15bn over the past decade building up infrastructure. Sohar now has container capacity of 1.5m teu and significant liquid handling capabilities which are set to be ramped up too. Other investments will take place in the Expanded Petrochemical Cluster through Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) as well as parent company, Oman Oil Company SAOC. A combined capital investment of around $6.5bn over five years is set to take place, the port said in a release. Sohar Port and Freezone chief executive Jamal Aziz said: “We’re now ready for anything; we’ve been working towards this momentous occasion for many years and look forward to a bright and prosperous future with many new partners.” [17/04/14]