SuperStar Aquarius to offer weekly cruises from Kota Kinabalu
Star Cruises East Malaysia Operations vice-president Edward Johann Leong said throughout this five-month period, the 51,309-tonne ocean cruise liner would be calling at Bandar Seri Begawan (in Brunei) and Bintulu on a weekly basis, said in the company's press release.
Star Cruises will be the first international cruise line to be homeported in Kota Kinabalu, thus continuing its pioneering and leading position in Asia’s cruise industry.
“It didn’t take us long to decide on making trips to Brunei and Bintulu as Sarawak and Sabah have everything to offer in multitude of ways, such as the food and cultural experience.”
“Sabahans and Sarawakians are well-known also for their hospitality and sincerity,” Leong told a press conference at the Tourism Ministry office here yesterday.
Also present were Tourism Ministry permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan and Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari.
SuperStar Aquarius, belonging to Star Cruises, is currently homeported in Keelung, Taiwan. It will embark on a special maiden journey (8D7N) cruise from Kaoshiung on Oct 29, with stops at Hong Kong, Manila and Boracay of the Philippines.
Kuantan port is added to MCC and Maersk Line IA2 service
Since end of June, the 'IA2' has a stop at Kuantan (replacing the second Singapore call).
New rotation : Kuantan – Laem Chabang – Hong Kong – Xiamen – Tokyo – Yokohama – Nagoya – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Jakarta – Tanjung Pelepas – Kuantan.
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Ports of Haifa and Ashdod bracing for strikes as unions prepare to fight privatisation
Israel ports of Haifa and Asdod are bracing for strikes as unions prepare to fight privatisation after a call for tenders to build two US$1.1 billion private container terminals at the state-owned ports of Haifa and Ashdod.
The Histadrut labour federation, which has fought reforms at other ports, has yet to give an official response to the government's decision to issue the tenders for private terminals. The planned private terminals will be able to handle 18,000-TEU ships compared with the 9,500-TEUers unionised facilities accommodate today. The Israel Ports Company, handling the bidding, says current facilities will run out of capacity by 2017-18, as traffic is forecast to grow five per cent a year. The new terminals will each have a 1.4 million TEU annual capacity
Private terminals form part of the government' plan to break what it calls a "union stranglehold" over Haifa and Ashdod known for low productivity and high costs.
Brazil's Santos dockers threaten 24-hour strike over privatisation
Dockworkers at Brazil's Port of Santos, South America's biggest maritime gateway, were threatening a 24-hour strike to protest privatisation reforms that were passed by Congress in May, Reuters reports. Already picketing port entrance near Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, they have caused a three kilometre-long queue on the highway to the port, said private road operator Ecovias. The National Stevedores Association in Brasilia said workers at other ports had decided against a July 10 strike and would instead join a variety of industries in Brazil planning a general strike on July 11, but the Santos dockers union plans to go ahead.
Port of Rotterdam: “Construction of the Maasvlakte 2 terminals is on schedule,”
Maasvlakte 2, Rotterdam’s deepwater expansion, is rapidly taking shape and continues to grab the headlines in terms of port coverage. Now it’s a race to the finish, as APM Terminals Maasvlakte II and DP World’s Rotterdam World Gateway deepwater container terminals are both due to open for business in autumn 2014. A major turning point in the development is the Yangtzehaven cut-through this spring; this will enable APMT to receive its first ship, which will itself deliver the first gantry cranes for the terminal. Shipped in knock-down form, they will be assembled onsite. See more at: www.portstrategy....
Ahmadinejad inaugurates $443 million dry dock project in Bandar Abbas
Iranian president inaugurated a dry dock in Persian Gulf shore, built by Iran Ship Building and Offshore Industries Complex CO. (ISOICO) on July 11. Some $443 million have been spent for building of this project in Bandar Abbas port, Fars News Agency reported, naming the project "the biggest dry dock in Middle East". The dry dock is a dock that can be drained of water to allow the inspection and repair of a ship's hull. ISOICO is located in 37 kilometers west of Bandar-Abbas. It has been constructed with the purpose of designing, construction and repair of various types of vessels and offshore structures.
Iran's first domestically manufactured ocean-going tanker, manufactured at ISOICO yard, has begun its maiden voyage in the Persian Gulf waters on February 24.
Port of Churchill's shipping season could be extended by almost 40 per cent
New research shows the Port of Churchill's shipping season could be extended by almost 40 per cent, thanks to global warming.
But the challenge will be to get the support of international insurance companies.
Churchill's shipping season, now about 110 days, could safely be extended another 15 days at the start, for a navigation season opening on July 1, and 25 days at the end, taking it to late November. That would allow substantially more product, particularly grain, to be exported from the port. www.winnipegfreep...
While Namibia agreed in principal to construct a dedicated railway line that will link Botswana and Namibia for the transportation of coal, the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) is very busy preparing for the eventuality of shipping coal to the rest of the world. The Port of Walvis Bay is also diversifying to access western markets as well. “Although we are on the wrong side, effective and efficient services of our port speak volumes. We want to be the preferred port of choice since we are in demand for business and want to capitalise on it,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Namport, Bisey Uirab, when addressing the media yesterday at Walvis Bay. Uirab said the coal deposits in Botswana are huge and the government of Botswana is weighing all options to transport coal from their country, one being through Walvis Bay.
Panama Canal Authority Considers Fourth Set of Locks
As JOC reports, the Panama Canal Authority is studying the construction of a fourth set of new locks that would accommodate super post-Panamax vessels, which would run parallel to the third set of locks currently under construction, as part of its $5.2 billion expansion project, according to Breakbulk, JOC’s sister publication. The plan was unveiled at the American Association of Port Authorities’ Latin America Congress of Ports held in June in Bogota, Colombia. “We are looking at the demand and demand is what (will) rule (the project),” said Rodolfo Sabonge, executive vice president of commercial planning and development for the canal authority, during a presentation. “Size will matter.” The current Panama Canal expansion, scheduled for completion in June 2015, will accommodate post-Panamax vessels. Source: www.joc.com/port-...