The Port of Rotterdam Authority is delighted that two European subsidy applications relating to LNG have been granted. This means that the European Union supports the development of a Rotterdam LNG hub. It involves a subsidy of €40 million for LNG infrastructure for the Rhine-Main-Danube area and a €34 million subsidy for the LNG breakbulk terminals in Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Together, the projects will create a logistics chain for LNG; the first in Europe. The Port Authority wants to make Rotterdam the most sustainable port of its kind and sees LNG as a way of substantially reducing emissions from shipping. The subsidy is in line with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s endeavour to fully develop the market for LNG as a fuel and to open an LNG hub in Rotterdam before the end of 2015. In order to achieve this the Port Authority is investing in infrastructure (incl. a breakbulk terminal), it is closely involved in putting the necessary (inter)national policy and regulations in place and is investing in cooperation with relevant partners. The two subsidies were also the result of close cooperation with other (inter)national parties.
Fire destroys largest Brazilian Sugar Terminal with 380,000 tons Sugar
A fire ravaged Copersucar’s sugar terminal in Brazil on Friday, paralyzing operations of the world’s biggest sugar trader and putting 10 million tonnes of export capacity offline for six months or more.
The fire hit all of Copersucar’s warehouses at the Santos port, igniting 180,000 tonnes of sugar – roughly 10 percent of Brazil’s monthly sugar exports – and driving prices of the sweetener to a one-year high on global markets.
The loss of nearly all of its port capacity will send Copersucar scrambling to lease or rent terminal space to cover its obligations to global buyers and exchanges in the coming months. Copersucar says nearly a fifth of the world’s sugar exports flows through its trading desks.
Hanjin Shipping plans to stop calling on Port of Portland
Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., the Port of Portland’s biggest trans-Pacific container carrier, confirmed Friday the shipping line intends to pull out of Portland, ending two decades of service to exporters and importers.
Ending weekly service would be a major blow to the Northwest economy, hurting big importers such as Fred Meyer and Columbia Sportswear Co. and numerous exporters that would have to pay more to truck containers to the Port of Seattle. The pullout in January would also end a $250,000 weekly payroll for longshore workers who load and unload the vessels at Terminal 6 in North Portland. www.oregonlive.co...
Israeli tender speculation over new terminals at Haifa and Ashdod
Media speculation is rife that one of Europe’s largest operators is intending on bidding to build and operate two new terminals at the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod.
Media speculation is rife that one of Europe’s largest operators intends to bid for a build and operate contract for two new terminals at the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod.
The operator concerned, Eurogate, declined to comment when contacted by Port Strategy today, but PS expects many of the major operators to be interested in bidding for the project. The Israeli ports are both well located and serve as a gateway to a stable, growing market.
PS approached a number of international operators to see if any planned to submit bids. PSA responded to say it would not comment on the issue. No further responses had been received by the press deadline.
Israel Ports Company (IPC) published the first stage of the international tender for operations of the new container terminals, which it says are critical for Israel to remain competitive, back in July.
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The Port of Hastings Development Authority (PoHDA) is looking to secure specialist consultants for four work packages: port planning and design, environmental and social, hydrodynamics and legal services.
“The feasibility phase will inform a final development decision from the Victorian Government on the development of an expanded port at Hastings,” said Mike Lean, chief executive, PoHDA.
“We anticipate the project will take about three years to progress through feasibility before entering procurement and delivery, on track for an operational container port in the mid 2020,” he added.
Work packages for commercial and economics advisory and risk management will shortly progress directly to requests for tender.
Over the next four years, the authority will look at port design options and will carry out preliminary studies and fieldwork, impact assessments and detailed scientific studies to build a business case.
The project’s progression is backed by AUS$110m (US$105.67m) funding from the Victorian government.
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Pirate attacks by heavily armed gangs increase by a third off Nigerian coast
Pirate attacks off Nigeria's coast have jumped by a third this year with ships passing through West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities hub, increasingly under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.
"Pirates, often heavily armed and violent, are targeting vessels and their crews along the (Nigerian) coast, rivers, anchorages, ports and surrounding waters. In many cases, they ransack the vessels and steal the cargo, usually gas oil," the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported on Thursday.
Countries on the Gulf of Guinea, including Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast, are major sources of oil and cocoa and increasingly metals for world markets.
Unlike the dangerous waters off Somalia and the Horn of Africa on the eastern coast of Africa, through which ships now speed with armed guards on board, many vessels have to anchor to do business off West African countries, with little protection. More at www.reuters.com/a...
Tug "Heinrich Hübbe" sinks on river Elbe near Rissen, allided near dredger ODIN with a barge
Small Hamburg port authority owned Tug "Heinrich Hübbe" sinks on river Elbe near Rissen, after allision near dredger ODIN with a barge. About 4,800 liters of diesel fuel were on board . On the water first oil stains have been seen. The sunken tug " Henry Hübbe " was located, according to a report by NDR 90,3, more than ten meters away from the fairway . Therefore, the accident site can be easily passed by ships at a reduced speed , said a police spokesman . The 25-year-old machinist could save himself by jumping onto the dredger, the 27-year-old skipper had jumped into the water. According to initial findings abt. 100 litres of fuel from the tank are probably gone into the water. Greater damage to the environment not incurred. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Video report in german language at www.ndr.de/region...
The Zim Alabama has been anchored offshore of Savannah, Georgia (USA) for about 10 days. I have not heard any radio traffic that indicates why and I am just curious why a cargo ship would be moored for so long. Any ideas???
Maersk Line adds Sydney call to Straits – New Zealand service
Maersk Line will broaden the coverage of its Straits – New Zealand service next month and add an Australian call to the loop. As of 1 November, the weekly service will start calling at Sydney (Botany Bay) en route to New Zealand. The 2,833 teu JENS MAERSK will inaugurate the new call.