Green groups plan lawsuit over expansion of Port Everglades’ entrance channel
Green groups on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 said they are planning to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to force a rethink about plans to expand Port Everglades in south Florida.
The environmentalists are concerned that the work of widening, deepening and lengthening the entrance channel to the port will entail much more extensive damage to coral reefs than the Corps anticipates.
Parties planning to sue – Miami Waterkeeper, the Centre for Biological Diversity, Florida Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice and a Fort Lauderdale dive shop called Sea Experience – fear that the official projection of 21 acres of coral reef being damaged by the work is a woeful underestimate.
They base their concerns on what happened in a similar project at Port Miami where a far bigger area of coral – equivalent to the size of 200 football fields -was killed than the Corps’ environmental review had forecast.
Unithai Shipyard and Engineering, Thailand’s topr shipyard, has expanded its operations to a deepsea port in Thailand’s western Ranong province.
Supporting the government’s strategic plan to develop Ranong port as a marine transport, logistics and offshore business hub for the region, Unithai Shipyard has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yongchao Company, which provides a wide range of logistical support for oil and gas operations in the Andaman Sea.
“In combining the capabilities of Yongchao and Unithai Shipyard, the operations have become a one-stop-service,” Unithai Shipyard managing director Teerapon Udomkanjananan said. “Once a vessel arrives at the port, all services – including formalities, repairs, crew changes and warehousing – will be completed in just one stop. This will support the expansion of marine and offshore business in this region in the future. And at the same time, this collaboration will also enhance our capabilities in providing the only heavy fabrications available on the Andaman Sea coast.” splash247.com/uni...
Kinder Morgan gets approval for liquefaction project near Savannah
Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan announced on Thursday that it has received approval for two of its subsidiaries to go ahead with the near-$2bn Elba Liquefaction Project close to Savannah, Georgia.
Elba Liquefaction Company and Southern LNG Company got the nod from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build and operate the facility at the existing Elba Island LNG (liquefied natural gas) Terminal.
They also received approval to proceed with a modification project to expand the Elba Express Pipeline. splash247.com/kin...
Kochi tuning to be the beeline of luxury cruise ships
KOCHI: It seems the Kochi is turning to be the beeline of the luxury cruise ships as nearly few months after the visit of Cruise ship ‘Queen Elizabeth’, it was Royal Caribbean International's billion-dollar smart ship, Ovation of the Seas in India, called at Cochin port on Wednesday.
The worlds most technologically advanced, like her Quantum Class sister ships arrived here with 4,091 tourists. The ship will sail Singapore on Thursday and it will reach there at Singapore on June 8.
The newest Quantum-class ship from Royal Caribbean is equipped with unprecedented offerings for the cruisers adventure activities, entertainment and dining options that will help them delight in cruise travel, featuring the same ground-breaking venues as its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. In addition, with Ovation of the Seas, local cruisers are given the option of segmented sailing. Guests have the flexibility to board the ship from Dubai and disembark at Cochin or board from Cochin and go all the way to Singapore on 6 and 8 night cruises respectively. www.newindianexpr...
The Port of Beaumont in Texas and a section of the Neches River were closed after an oil spill from a pipeline. An estimated 800 gallons of crude entered the river from the Jefferson Energy Terminal. Authorities said the source of the leak had been secured. splash247.com/por...
Chinese group to invest $25m for Darwin Port development
Chinese multi-sector company Landbridge Group has announced a plan to invest $25m to develop Australia’s Darwin Port as part of a huge expansion of the port’s operations, including a one-kilometer extension of its quay line.
Two oil tankers had unloaded their cargo by Monday at Le Havre oil port in northern France, cutting the number of ships held up there by a rolling nationwide strike to nine from 11 on Friday, a port authority spokeswoman said.
Work has resumed at the port, she said, after dockers and port workers joined the protest called by hardline trade unions CGT and FO for on Thursday and Friday. The strike is part of a series aimed at forcing the government to withdraw planned changes to labour laws.
In the southern oil port terminal of Fos-Lavera, France’s biggest oil port, an official of Fluxel, which manages the oil terminal, said on Monday some vessels were modifying their route but work has not resumed.
He said 15 vessels were at the quayside and another 26 in the harbour, of which 15 were waiting to unload and 11 waiting to load, with cargoes of oil, LNG, chemicals and products.
On Friday, about 38 oil tankers were held up at the Fos-Lavera port.
The CGT objects particularly to proposals that would let companies opt out of national obligations on labour protection if they adopt in-house deals on pay and conditions with the consent of a majority of employees.
Workers at French oil port terminal extend strike until Wednesday
Workers at the CIM oil terminal that handles about 40 percent of French crude imports have voted to extend their strike at the Le Havre oil port hub until 1000 GMT on Wednesday, a CGT union official told Reuters.
“There will be another vote on Wednesday afternoon,” the official said after Monday’s vote.
Le Havre is France’s second-biggest oil port and the action by workers, part of nationwide strikes against a planned labour reform, has disrupted the delivery of crude to refineries and refined products clients.
However, managers took over operations at the CIM terminal late last week and reopened pipes.
A source at the Le Havre port told Reuters that 17 managers and engineers have been operating the plant round the clock since last week after the government ordered pipes to be reopened to allow supplies to flow.
“They have been working non-stop since Tuesday, sleeping on site,” the source told Reuters. “Sometimes, picketing union members have gone out to get some food items for them.”
A spokeswoman for CIM declined to comment.
A CGT union member official told Reuters that there was a security risk with 17 people doing what would normally be done by a team of 38.
“Of course these are senior guys and engineers who know what button to push, but there is a risk with so few people,” he said.
CIM, which supplies nearby Exxon Mobil’s 240,000 barrel-per-day Port Jerome-Gravenchon refinery, is central to France’s oil sector. The Port Jerome refinery is one of three refineries among the eight in France that has not been halted by the strike.
The hub at Le Havre port has 2.4 million cubic metres of crude storage capacity and 1.7 million cubic metres of refined products storage capacity for jet fuel, diesel, petrol and naphtha. It supplies jet fuel to the three airports in the French capital.
Irish Continental Group plc invests €144 million to build a new cruise ferry at FSG Flensburg
Irish Continental Group plc (“ICG”) has entered into an agreement, with the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (“FSG”), whereby FSG has agreed to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €144 million. The cruise ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins and with capacity for 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.The Agreement between ICG and FSG provides that the cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery in May 2018. 20% of the contract price will be paid in instalments during the construction period. The balance of 80% will be paid on delivery.
At least 5 weeks to repair damage to Panama Canal locks at Miraflores / Balboa
The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Monday that the repairs to a wall in the southern section of the Miraflores lock that collapsed over the weekend is progressing at a steady pace, but will take at least five weeks to complete. “All the canal’s operations are continuing in an absolutely normal way. It is estimated that the first phase of the work will be completed in four or five weeks,” the ACP said. A number of experts studied the lock and concluded that it is “solid, secure and stable,” the ACP said. “That wall is not part of the basic structure of the lock; it was originally built as a containing wall to hold back earth from the original slopes along the banks,” the ACP said.The Panama Canal, through which 6 percent of the world’s trade is shipped, was built by the United States between 1904 and 1914, and was managed by Washington until Dec. 31, 1999, when the Torrijos-Carter Treaty took effect that had been signed in 1977.To be held on June 26 will be the inauguration of the canal’s first enlargement, which was begun in 2007 for an initial cost of $5.25 billion and will allow three times more freight to pass through the canal than at present.The expansion of the route, constructed by an international consortium led by Spain’s Sacyr infrastructure company, will be inaugurated with a ceremony to which heads of state and government from all over the world are invited, as well as representatives of the principal shipping lines. Source: EFE