Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) kicked off construction work on its modern terminal at the Port of Sohar yesterday. The project, estimated to cost around RO 50 million, will boost the capacity of the terminal from the current 800,000 TEU to 1.5 million TEU. Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, presided over the ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction work on the project. Also present were senior representatives of Sohar Industrial Port Company, OICT and contractors China Harbour Construction Company.
The construction will enable the consolidation of the existing and future container handling operations at Port of Sohar. It will have a total quay length of approximately 1 kilometre and 68 hectares container yard. The terminal will be outfitted with the 4 current quay cranes with 3 additional post-panamax quay cranes and 14 RTGs. The unique deep water availability alongside OICT’s Terminal C enables them to increase the size of container vessels to 9,000 TEU. Source: Oman Observer
Collisions involving three vessels in the section of the Yangtze River in East China's Wuhu city, Anhui province, early Friday morning, May 17, 2013, left seven people missing.
Twenty crew members on board the three vessels fell into the water after the collisions on Baimao Waterway. Thirteen of them have been rescued, according to the Yangtze River Maritime Department.
The vessels included a tug boat carrying iron ore from Central China's Henan province, and cargo ships carrying steel products and limestone, respectively from Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province.
The Ministry of Transport and the ministry's affiliated maritime affairs authorities have sent rescuers and experts for salvage and investigation.
Fire erupted on board of fishing vessel Taigan, docked in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan, around 01:00 LT May 16 13. Land firefighting teams and firefighting boats were fighting fire for some 8 hours. 3 crew poisoned with fumes were hospitalized, 6 crew were found dead in superstructure. Crew was 23, Russians and Ukrainians. Vessel reportedly arrived to Wakkanai from Sakhalin Island with cargo of crab. No details found on the vessel except tonnage 497 tons, maybe vessel changed name and flag recently. Some news say vessel is reefer, but judging by photos, it’s definitely a fishing vessel. Also, 23 crew for a small reefer are too many. See photos at Fire on fishing vessel Taigan, 6 dead, Japan
Fire erupted on board of fishing vessel Taigan, docked in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan, around 01:00 LT May 16 13. Land firefighting teams and firefighting boats were fighting fire for some 8 hours. 3 crew poisoned with fumes were hospitalized, 6 crew were found dead in superstructure. Crew was 23, Russians and Ukrainians. Vessel reportedly arrived to Wakkanai from Sakhalin Island with cargo of crab. No details found on the vessel except tonnage 497 tons, maybe vessel changed name and flag recently. Some news say vessel is reefer, but judging by photos, it’s definitely a fishing vessel. Also, 23 crew for a small reefer are too many. See photos at world.huanqiu.com...
Indian company to build billion-dollar LNG plant in Nova Scotia to ship gas overseas
Indian company H-Energy is planning to build a $3-billion LNG plant and export terminal in Melford, N.S. Managing director Darshan Hiranandani said on May 15, 2013 the facility could be operational by 2020. The Guysborough County facility would be capable of exporting 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Two new ship-to-shore container cranes arrive at Melbourne container terminal
Two new ship-to-shore cranes are to be unloaded at Melbourne. They are two of four new cranes aboard the semi-submersible, Zhen Hua 21 arriving from China. Of the remaining cranes, one will then be unloaded in Brisbane and the other one in Fremantle.
New ship-to-shore container crane arrived at Patrick Fremantle terminal
A new ship-to-shore crane was unloaded at Patrick’s Fremantle terminal after its arrival in port on May 15, 2013.
It is one of four new cranes aboard the semi-submersible, Zhen Hua 21 arriving from China. Of the remaining cranes, one will then be unloaded in Brisbane and the other two in Melbourne.
Aden welcomes CMA CGM ship as part of new REX 3 service
Aden port received on May 15 a vessel belonging to French shipping line CMA CGM, which is working with Taiwan’s Evergreen on a route connecting Malaysia with South Asia and the Middle East. The 2,800 teu ship offloaded 477 containers at Aden on its weekly call to the port as part of the new REX 3 service. Aden is anxious to make itself bigger on the international shipping map now that piracy appears to be on the wane. Source: Gulf Ship News
Newport News coal terminal to dredge berth to handle giant ships
Houston energy giant Kinder Morgan submitted a proposal to dredge a berth at its Newport News coal terminal to 52 feet from its current 45 feet, which would allow larger "Panamax" ships to dock on either side of its pier.
Kinder Morgan's Pier IX terminal and Dominion Terminals Associates' terminal sit side by side by the mouth of the James River in a portion of the river that's deep enough to handle Panamax ships that can traverse the Panama Canal at its current depth, as well as larger Capesize vessels that have to get between oceans via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa or Cape Horn in South America.
Slight growth in Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo handling in first quarter of 2013
The Port of Hamburg has reason to look to the future with optimism. At 32.8 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three months of 2013 put the Port of Hamburg back on a growth course. The trend in bulk cargo handling, especially, fuelled the increase in seaborne cargo handling: In the first quarter of the year a total of 10.1 million tons of bulk cargoes were handled in Hamburg, corresponding to an increase of 6.3 percent. At 2.2 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), the container handling that dominates in Hamburg as a universal port reached almost the same level as in the first quarter of 2012.
On seaborne container services with Asia, at 1.2 million TEU almost as many boxes were handled in the first quarter of 2013 as in the comparable period of last year. In the first three months of the year, the trend in container throughput with the Baltic region and the other European countries linked with Hamburg by feeders was also positive. At 541,000 TEU, the volume of containers transported between the Port of Hamburg and the Baltic region was up by 2.0 percent on the same period of last year. More at www.hellenicshipp...
Labor action set to intensify at PWCS' Newcastle coal terminals in Australia
Union-affiliated workers have endorsed more strikes lasting for periods of 12 and 24 hours at Port Waratah Coal Services' coal export terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia over the next fortnight, a union official said Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Around 220 PWCS employees unanimously decided on this course of action in a meeting held during a four-hour strike between 10 am Sydney time (0000 GMT) and 2 pm Wednesday. But the exact timing of the industrial action is to be decided at a meeting of union representatives, expected in the coming days.
"Today, we had a four-hour stop work meeting and as an outcome of that, the vast majority of members of all [five] unions unanimously decided firstly, to continue to negotiate with the company next week, and secondly they are prepared to engage in further protected action in order to progress these negotiations," said Mick Forbes, the Newcastle sub-branch secretary for the Transport Workers' Union. "We are looking at 12 hour and 24 hour stoppages. It is for a meeting of the single bargaining unit to decide [on the timing of any industrial action]," he said, and adding that unions were required by Australian law to give 72 hours' notice of any strikes. More at www.hellenicshipp...