Decks have been cleared to launch the country’s first high-speed hydrofoil ferry service connecting the Vizhinjam port in the State capital and Marine Drive in Kochi and Beypore port in Kozhikode.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Department of Ports and the Dubai-based Safe Boat Trips, run by Non-Resident Keralities (NoRKs), to begin the service for cruise and leisure. Two 130-seater air-conditioned double-engine ships will be used for the services that will be restricted to daytime. To-and-fro daily services will be offered in the two sectors and the cruise will take four-and-a-half hou rs. The first service would be launched from Kochi Marine Drive to Beypore before Onam, official sources told The Hindu . The Marine Drive-Vizhinjam port service will be launched later.
Investment on ships will be made by the NoRKs, and the Department of Ports will provide the basic facilities at the ports. The Cochin Port Trust has waived all charges for the hydrofoil service.
To give a boost to the initiative, the government has announced a subsidy of Re.1 a km for travel per passenger. Thus, a subsidy of Rs.220 will be provided on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi sector and Rs.150 on Kochi-Kozhikode. The fares will be in the range of Rs.1,200.
The ship will have all modern facilities, including pantry, and entertainment facilities. The vessels can cruise at a speed of 30 to 40 knots (one nautical mile is 1.852 km). www.thehindu.com/...
Turkish maritime authorities have reopened Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait
Turkish maritime authorities have reopened Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait to transiting tankers after shutting it earlier on Saturday for several hours following what the government said was an attempted coup by a faction in the military.
The Bosphorus is one of world's most important chokepoints for the maritime transit of oil with over three percent of global supply - mainly from Russia and the Caspian Sea - passing through the 17-mile waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. It also ships vast amounts of grains from Russia and Kazakhstan to world markets.
On Saturday, forces loyal to the Turkish government fought to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt, following violence and clashes in Ankara and Istanbul.
Shipping agent GAC said traffic had reopened after being shut for several hours for security reasons and ships were now being able to travel again through the Bosphorus which divides Istanbul into European and Asian sides.
A spokesman for Russia's pipeline monopoly Transneft said the main Black Sea port of Novorossiisk was operating normally and had enough tankers near the port to continue loading operations uninterrupted until July 25 regardless of what happens in the Bosphorus.
AIS ship tracking data showed that around 10 oil tankers were anchored off the coast of Istanbul on the southern side of the strait, still waiting for instructions to sail through the narrow passage. dailytimes.com.pk...
Hamad Port cuts waiting time for ships at Doha Port
The newly developed Hamad Port has reduced the waiting time for ships at Doha Port, unburdening the customs clearance system, according to reports by the Peninsula.
Merchant vessels calling at Doha Port typically wait two to three days to dock, according to market sources, but since the opening of Hamad Port in December last year, this has decreased significantly.
Ship movements at Hamad Port increased fourfold in May compared to April this year, from 36 in April to 145 in May, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
“We noticed significant changes at Doha Port. There are no more hassles. Giant vessels have begun to easily dock and offload at Hamad Port,” a clearance agent told the Peninsula. www.arabiansupply...
Expansion of Germany’s largest container rail terminal completed way ahead of schedule
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has completed the expansion of the rail terminal at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) significantly earlier than planned. Following the construction period, regular operations will resume as early as 1 August 2016, which is two months sooner than originally calculated. The CTA’s rail terminal now has nine tracks, instead of the previous seven. The expansion will increase the terminal’s capacity by 140,000 standard containers (TEU) to 930,000 TEU per year, the Company said on Thursday.
Since 2010, annual container throughput at the CTA rail terminal has risen by almost 20 percent to 769,000 TEU in 2015. This means that, once again, the CTA’s terminal had the highest throughput of any container rail terminal in Germany. Rail’s share of total container volume has also continued to grow in recent years. The German Federal Ministry of Transport expects that transport services of rail freight traffic will increase by 43 percent by 2030.
APM Terminals Cotonou, operating as Coman SA at Benin’s primary port, adds two new cranes, the largest mobile cranes in the Benin port, the Group said Thursday in its press release.
Cotonou, Benin- Coman SA, operated by APM Terminals Cotonou in Benin’s primary port, has commissioned two new Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC) at a ceremony presided over by the Benin Minister of Transport, Hervé Hehomey. The new cranes will bring the terminal’s operating total to five, after the decommissioning of an older crane. The cranes have a lifting capacity of 144 tons, making them the largest in the port area.
EU to inject nearly EUR 1.9bn in several projects at the Port of Gdansk
On 8 July 2016, the CEF Transport Coordinating Committee approved a list of transport projects, including as many as three submitted by the Port of Gdansk Authority SA, for funding from the resources of the Connecting Europe Facility funding instrument, the Port Authority says in its news release.
According to the European Commission's information, 16 Polish undertakings qualified as recommended projects to a total amount of nearly EUR 1.9 billion. The beneficiaries include transport industry entities such as: the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (administrator of the national road infrastructure), PKP PLK (administrator of the national railway infrastructure), Cargotor, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, and the Port of Gdansk Authority SA - the only representative of the maritime industry on the recommended list.
Two infrastructure projects from the approved list of projects are PGA SA investments, amounting to more than PLN 600 million, involving the modernisation of the fairway along with the expansion of the quays and improvement of navigation conditions in the Inner Port and the modernisation of the road and railway network in the Outer Port. Both undertakings received the highest possible funding available within the programme at a level of as much as 85%.
The third of the approved projects is a study involving the preparation of project and environmental documentation for road and railway tasks for a project that will be carried out in cooperation with the Gdansk Municipality. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Fire at Rumo sugar and grain terminal at the Port of Santos
A fire has recently broken out Rumo sugar and grain terminal at the Port of Santos in Brazil, which restricted operations, according to Reuters.
The fire reportedly took place at one of its conveyors belts at Rumo’s warehouse XX to XXII.
Operations were partially affected, with the blaze able to be controlled in an hour. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. https://www.porttechnolog...
Carnival Corporation Opens Arison Maritime Center For World-Class Safety Training
Grand opening of world’s most progressive maritime center of its kind celebrated with ceremony honoring company’s chairman and its founder, Micky Arison and his father Ted.
Representing a 75-million-euro investment, new facility features industry’s most advanced simulators and training equipment to provide rigorous annual training to over 6,500 bridge and engineering officers from company’s 10 global cruise line brands. Located outside Amsterdam, center is home to expanded and more than two-times-larger CSMART Academy, doubling current training capacity and building on legacy started at company’s world-renown maritime training, professional development and research facility. www.marineinsight...
Genting HK investing €100m in new facilities at German shipyard
Genting Hong Kong Ltd, a cruise and resort business operator, will invest €100 million (RM440 million) to turn its German shipyard, MV Werften, into one of the world’s most modern cruise shipbuilding groups. “To turn MV Werften into one of the world’s most modern and efficient cruise shipyards, we will invest €100 million in a thin plate laser welding line, a cabin module factory, a new covered section block building hall, modern manufacturing control systems, and new executive and employee offices and facilities,” said Genting Group chairman and chief executive Tan Sri K.T. Lim in a statement. MV Werften is made up of three shipyards in the state of Mecklenburg Vorpommern that the group bought in April. It will be managed in Wismar in northern Germany and focus on building large ships.
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Houston Ship Channel reopens after shutting for two hours due to benzene spill
A stretch of the Houston Ship Channel reopened at 2:26 pm CDT (1926 GMT) Thursday after a benzene spill forced a two-hour closure, the US Coast Guard said in a statement.
Shortly after noon (1700 GMT) the US Coast Guard received word of the spill.
“The Maritime Jingan was moored up at the Vopak terminal and apparently there was some kind of leak,” USCG Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Williams said. “About 500 gallons of benzene were spilled, but only about 50 gallons went into the water.”
Williams said the waterway was closed from the Lynchburg Ferry to Carpenter’s Bayou, a stretch of about half a mile.
“It was not a large area,” he said.