S.Africa’s Transnet to shut down Richards Bay coal line in July for maintenance
South African freight group Transnet said it would shut down its coal line supplying Richards Bay terminal in July for 10 days to carry out maintenance. Lloyd Tobias, the general manager for coal, told an energy conference in Cape Town that the routine shut-down was moved to July from May at the request of exporters. Source: Reuters
UAE plans floating LNG import terminal later this year
State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) plans to start a new liquefied natural gas floating import terminal (FSRU) in the second half of this year, three LNG industry sources said.
The floating import terminal is being supplied by U.S. gas shipping company Excelerate Energy, the sources said. Both ADNOC and Excelerate Energy did not respond to requests for comment.
One of the sources said the terminal’s import capacity will be about 1 million tonnes per annum. The UAE already imports LNG via a floating terminal supplied by Excelerate Energy off the coast of Dubai.
The Port of Tema has been well-positioned in the West African sub-region to lift and discharge any heavy and/or delicate cargo that arrives in Ghana.
Speaking to EyeonPort shortly after discharging a milling shell — which is a factory equipment with tonnage capacity of 156 and meant for the cement industry in the Free Zone Enclave of Ghana — the Mechanical Manager of Tema Port, Stephen Owiah, said two harbour cranes were deployed with a combined capacity of 288 tonnes to discharge the milling shell within 30 minutes. Such an efficient level of loading and offloading heavy cargo is not common among ports in the sub-region.
He said the Mechanical and Stevedoring departments of the Tema Port have over the past few months boosted capacity significantly, and early last year lifted a power generation plant with a capacity of 205 tonnes — which speaks volumes of the port’s capacity to lift heavy cargo.
The Managing Director of SevenLogs said shipping operators have confidence in Tema Port because of its capacity to compete with international ports. Source: GhanaWeb
Importers from Uganda and Rwanda now threaten to ditch Mombasa port
Traders from Uganda and Rwanda who use Mombasa Port have threatened to shift to Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania. The traders accuse the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) of subjecting their goods to verification of cargo at the Container Freight Stations (CFS).
They said this verification should be done at the port instead of transferring the burden to the CFS, such as Portside Container Terminal where KRA has ordered a 100 per cent physical inspection of all cargo. The traders say they do not understand why customs officials cannot inspect the goods inside the port using scanning machines. Yesterday, they said transferring inspection to CFS causes delays. Source: Standard Media
Turkish port operator Yıldırım Holding to construct large port in Ecuador
Yildırım Holding will invest in the construction of a port in Ecuador, and the framework agreement for the $750 million project was signed in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ecuador.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the project, Yıldırım Holding CEO Yüksel Yıldırım noted that the project would be completed in five phases, each with 500,000 TEU capacity, and $240 million would be invested in the first phase, using the holdings equities plus loans. The project will be Turkey’s biggest investment in the country, and once completed, the port will be the largest container port on the Pacific Ocean coast of Latin America.
“This will be a crucial port in the YILPORT network, once we include it in our global port portfolio. Mostly bananas, shrimps, other seafood and mineral products will be exported from the port, known as Puerto Bolivar, which at the same time will support the exports of the country,” said Yıldırım.
The dredging depth will first be 14 meters, and then will increase to 17 meters to allow even the largest vessels to moor. The handover ceremony for the port is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Industry given February deadline for $500m Darwin marine facility
Proponents for the shiplift facility will have just 24 days to express interest following the release of project documents by the Giles Government.
The Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project document is for a $500m-project on 150ha at East Arm Port.
The Giles Government has indicated it is prepared to invest up to $100 million in a joint public-private facility. A decision is expected by July.
The facility was one of the key projects Territory Labor agreed would proceed should it win government in August.
A government source said key Defence contractors, including Austral, KBR and Serco, had expressed an interest in the project.
Discussions have already started with Defence, Border Force and industry to secure local marine maintenance commitments that would underpin the ship lift. www.ntnews.com.au...
In the evening of Feb 3, 2016, a fierce fire started in the port of Fredericia as a tank with liquid fertilizer sprang a leak and then ignited a tank with coconut oil. The fire broke out in an area with many chemicals. The harbor was closed to ship traffic until the situation was under control. From the quayside, the two Svitzer tugs "Svitzer Mjolnir" and "Svitzer Nari" cooled down the tanks with water cannons. Residents wwere evacuated from their homes. Two people have been treated in the emergency room. After the fire was under control on Feb 4, the barricaded area was restricted to a radius of about 50 meters from the fire area and a few roads for the sake of the many emergency vehicles. One tanker left the port when the fire started and lay at anchor in Båring at the entrance to the Little Belt. Another tanker that should have called at Fredericia also anchored in Båring. Also German fire fighters were involved in tackling the blaze.
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Istanbul to deploy drones to watch for ships dumping waste in Bosporus Strait
Istanbul's Metropolitan Municipality said on Thursday, Feb. 04 that the city would deploy surveillance drones starting in March to prevent further pollution of the Bosporus Strait from ships.
The municipality's environmental pollution control department head, Mustafa Tahmaz, said there was already a mechanism that was recording and photographing the ships' actions as regards to the pollution they were causing in the strait, but the city would now also start to deploy drones for a more effective surveillance.
""When needed, we conduct an inspection via helicopter within the context of a program. Starting in March, we will also conduct inspections using drones."
The city imposed fines totaling TL 2.8 million [$1 million] last year on 90 ships --28 of which were Turkish-flagged-- that polluted the strait among a "standard level". According to Tahmaz, 55 thousand vessels pass through Bosporus on an annual basis. www.dailysabah.co...
Ferry operator eyes Navy ship for Portland-Yarmouth route
PORTLAND, Maine — The company selected to take over ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, has looked to the U.S. Navy as one possible supplier of a ship it could use for the route this year.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, said in statements Thursday that they have on behalf of the city of Portland asked the Navy to consider whether it any of its surplus ships could be used for that route.
“It supports commerce, brings new travelers to the area, and ultimately, helps create good-paying jobs for Maine people,” King said in a written statement. “I will do all that I can to help the city of Portland position itself to resume the service as soon as possible, including advocating on the city’s behalf to the U.S. Navy to explore vessels that could be put toward that use.”
Pingree and King set up a conference call with the Navy for the parties interested in resuming the ferry service in December.
Bay Ferries Ltd., which the province of Nova Scotia selected to take over the ferry line from Nova Star Cruises, said Thursday that it’s still looking for a ship but declined to identify its prospects, including the U.S. Navy, citing competitive concerns. https://bangordailynews.com/2016/02/04/news/portland/ferry-operator-eyes-navy-ship-for-portland-yarmouth-route/
Crane collapse at Jingjiang Port leaves worker dead
A crane collapsed during operations at Jingjiang Port’s Taihe terminal in Jiangsu yesterday, Feb. 3, 2016.
The operator of the crane died after being sent to hospital. Two vessels berthing at the terminal were also suffered damaged.
Authorities have commenced investigations into the incident.
Jingjiang Port is a major river-to-ocean transit port on the Yangtze River, and the Taihe terminal mainly operates breakbulk cargo.