Navios Maritime Holdings has revealed Brazilian miner Vale has ditched plans to use an iron ore terminal under construction in Nueva Palmira, Uruguay. Navios said it might take legal measures to enforce its entitlement to damages in accordance with the contract terms. splash247.com/nav...
With transport for a project for Saudi Aramco in the remote south west of Saudi Arabia facing numerous obstacles for moves between an existing port and the job site, Mammoet built a new jetty, allowing for direct site access.Aramco's Jizan refinery is due to start production in 2017, and will process 400,000 barrels of crude per day. The closest port to the site is 100km away, and the 100 large and heavy transports required would involve passing a range of obstacles, including overhead powerlines and bridges.Mammoet worked with the client to develop an alternative route. In order to simplify the logistics of getting these oversized components to site, a tailor made jetty next to the project site was constructed. Mammoet helped the client to design the jetty, using engineering drawings of the transport to ensure that the jetty has the right dimensions and structure to cope with the size and weight of the components. Mammoet provided technical information for the road design between the jetty and the project site to accommodate the heavy items. Mammoet's early involvement in the planning and design of the logistics for these components will minimize the risks along the route, reducing the chance of delays. The first components were delivered to site using the new jetty in October 2015, with more arriving regularly since then, including two components weighing over 1,000t. source : cranes
Shipping giant Maersk Line has opened a direct service between Cork and Cuba. The move will enable Irish companies to capitalise on an expected boom resulting from the normalisation of relationships between the United States and Havana.The recent easing of economic sanctions against the Caribbean island by President Barack Obama has led to a flurry of investment there by US firms. Now Irish companies are getting the opportunity to increase business with the Communist country with the introduction of the service, which will call at Mariel, a port located about 40km from the Cuban capital.The service is an expansion of the shipping company’s existing CRX Latin American route, which connects Mexico and Costa Rica directly with Europe. That route, which was reintroduced in 2011, already calls at Cork.The new port of Cork-Mariel route will boast the fastest transit times in the market, connecting European exporters and importers to Maersk’s network of feeder connections. These include a weekly service to the island’s second biggest city, Santiago de Cuba.Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, is expected to announce full details of the expanded service in the coming days. Six vessels with an average capacity of 2,545 20ft equivalent units are expected to operate on the expanded route. Source: Irishtimes
The cruise shipping season got underway in the Port of Kiel in the early hours of today with the arrival of the season’s first ship AIDAluna at the Ostseekai Terminal.
The cruise ship is coming in after from a transfer trip from the Caribbean and will be based in Kiel – as will the AIDAvita and the AIDAlaura - for the whole of the summer season. During an on-board reception, Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow, representing the ship, its passengers and crew, was given a cordial welcome to Kiel by PORT OF KIEL Managing Director Dr. Dirk Claus. “The Port of Kiel faces a first-rate cruise shipping season”, Dirk Claus said. “We have made all the preparations for it and we are delighted that AIDA Cruises will be represented here with three ships for the very first time.”
The stationing of AIDA Cruises’ third ship, along with the earlier delivery of the TUI Cruises newbuilding Mein Schiff 5, is steering Kiel towards a personal best in terms of arrival figures. Currently, 144 cruise ship arrivals have been registered this year by port authorities, a figure which tops the previous record of 137 cruise ship calls in 2012. Well over 450,000 passengers are expected this season while the total tonnage of cruise ships calling at Kiel will rise by about 8 percent to pass the 9 million GT mark for the first time. www.marinelink.co...
The Horizon Fairbanks, which became a central figure on Bellingham’s waterfront as it sat idle for the better part of a decade, left town for good in the pre-dawn hours Monday.
The ship was towed out of Bellingham just before 4 a.m. April 25, marking the end of its stay at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, which started in 2007.
The Port of Bellingham had anticipated its departure some time this month — word had it the vessel might leave over the weekend — as Horizon Lines owner Matson had given the port a 30-day notice on April 11 cancelling its agreement to lease the space.
The notice gave the company through about May 10 to move the vessel, said Mike Hogan, port spokesman. Matson paid about $1,000 a day under the agreement.
It appears Matson sold the Fairbanks to All Star Metals, a ship recycling company based in Brownsville, Texas, to be scrapped, said Dave Warter, marine terminals manager for the Port of Bellingham.
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Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath crane to Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland
Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath gantry crane to Meyer Turku Oy. The design, precision drive components, electrical installation and automation system and structural components will be supplied by Konecranes, while Meyer Turku will manufacture the main girder in its own hull production. The new crane will be taken into use in May 2018. The order also includes a modernization of the Turku shipyard’s current 600 ton crane, service and maintenance parts.
Breakbulk throughput rose 6.7 percent at Port of Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam said breakbulk throughput rose 6.7 percent in the first quarter of the year to 1.2 million tonnes.Overall volumes handled at the port, including container and liquid bulk, were largely unchanged compared to the previous year, but combined breakbulk and roll-on, roll-off traffic grew year-on-year“The port’s throughput grew by 4.9 percent in 2015. Our ambition is to match this high throughput volume in the present year. So far we are on course – but we still have three quarters to go,” said Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO.Low oil prices meant that the port handled an increased amount of crude oil, mineral oil products and other liquid bulk, with an increase of 2 percent, 7 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. This was offset by a decrease in dry bulk with iron ore and scrap metal falling 6.1 percent due to cheap Chinese steel dumped on the European market, the port authority said.Container volumes decreased 3.1 percent to 3 million TEUs due to unfavorable economic developments in China, Russia and Brazil. Source: breakbulk
MSC holds coin ceremony for MSC Seaside at Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard
MSC Cruises held a traditional coin ceremony for its first Seaside-class newbuild, MSC SEASIDE , at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard in Italy on 21 April.Expected to enter service in December 2017, the 160,000gt MSC SEASIDE is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside-class. Her sister is set to enter service in 2018, while a third vessel – an existing option for one additional Seaside generation ship – will be delivered by 2021. All three ships are part of MSC’s ten-year, €9 billion investment plan, which includes building and launching up to 11 next-generation ships between 2017 and 2026. “MSC SEASIDE, the biggest ship ever built in our shipyards, will strengthen our leadership as the most innovative shipbuilder in the cruise industry,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.
Nanaimo port expansion pitch worries Gulf Islanders
People on Gabriola Island are worried a proposal to expand the boundaries of the Nanaimo Port Authority will make it easier to turn the area into a freighter parking lot. Residents on Gabriola Island have been fighting a plan from the Pacific Pilotage Authority of Canada to put five freighter anchorages off the northeast end of the island. They believe a push from the Nanaimo Port Authority to have jurisdiction over the area is another step towards ships anchoring next to the island. www.hellenicshipp...
Direct Kiel-Verona intermodal service marks 1000th trip
The direct rail shuttle link between the Baltic port of Kiel and northern Italy is celebrating a jubilee today (April, 22): it is marking the start of its 1000th shuttle train from Kiel’s Schwedenkai Terminal to Verona’s Quadrante Europa Terminal. “Kiel-Verona is making a sustained contribution towards moving traffic onto the railways and has completely fulfilled all the high expectations”, said Peter Dannewitz, Head of Sales at Kombiverkehr KG. “The service is now a firmly established part of eco-friendly cargo transport in our European network between the Baltic and Italy”, he added. The shuttle train service was started in October 2012 and supported for three years by funds from the EU’s Marco Polo programme. During this period, from November 2012 to October 2015, more than 557 million ton/kms were recorded and as of today more than 20,000 load units, mainly trailers, have already been switched to railway transport. The service is marketed by operators Kombiverkehr and Cemat as well as by the shipping company Stena Line. Traction partners are the DB, RBH, Lokomotion and RTC.