Sri Lanka's Petroleum Refinery resumes operations after temporary closure
July 17, Colombo: Operations at Sri Lanka's Sapugaskanda refinery have resumed yesterday after being closed for over a month due to damaged pipelines which supply crude oil to the refinery.
The plant Wednesday received crude oil unloaded through the repaired pipelines and resumed operations Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.
Addressing a press conference held in Colombo, the Minister said the broken tube line was replaced with an old one, which had been abandoned for about 12 year enabling the pumping of the crude oil from the tanker ships at the port.
He said the repaired pipeline can pump the crude oil from the three ships. Each ship is carrying 90,000 metric tons of oil and the pumping will be completed within ten days, the Minister said. Minister Yapa said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had ordered a new hose from a reputed tube manufacturing company after it was approved by government technical experts.
He said no ship was turned back due to the breakdown of the buoy and the connected pipeline and assured that sufficient stock of fuel was there to cater to the needs of the country.
Media reports in Sri Lanka said that the CPC will have to pay US$ 30,000 per day for each ship as demurrage after the first week from ship's arrival, for anchoring without unloading crude oil.
17/07/2014 Fluor Corporation announced yesterday that it was awarded a contract by Gate Terminal BV, a subsidiary of Dutch Vopak and Gasunie, to design and build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) break bulk terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fluor will provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the jetty, loading facilities, boil-off gas compressors, connection to the LNG terminal and other facilities. “This is an excellent opportunity for Fluor to deliver its engineering, procurement and construction expertise for gas projects in Europe. This project will help address Northern Europe’s growing need for LNG as a transportation fuel,” said Taco de Haan, President of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Break bulk terminals split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller quantities to facilitate the distribution of LNG to be used as fuel for ships and heavy trucks. Gate Terminal anticipates the terminal will be ready for operation in 2016. Source: Business Standard
Lines break in attempts to tow stalled casino boat Escapade
A casino boat carrying about 100 passengers on its maiden trip from Savannah ran aground overnight and remained stranded Wednesday after tow lines broke in the Coast Guard's initial attempts to free it.
The Escapade was supposed to return about 12:30 a.m., and those aboard — wearing life vests — were growing annoyed, though no injuries were reported, according to the Coast Guard and family members awaiting the passengers' return in Savannah.
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Dubai: Western sanctions against Shahid Rajayee port in southern Iran have been lifted and the first foreign cargo ship will berth in the port on July 20, state media reported. Shipping lines from India, Korea, China and Taiwan are all expected to call at the port soon. Located at Bandar Abbas, the container port is one of Iran’s most significant with a capacity of around 4m teu a year. [gulfshipnews 16/07/14]
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has in consortium been awarded work associated with the expansion of the Singapore Tuas Mega Port development. Jurong Town Corporation awarded the reclamation project of Tuas Finger One to the consortium, comprising of Hyundai, Samsung, Penta Ocean, Boskalis and Van Oord. The total contract value is SGD 960 million, and the combined Boskalis / Van Oord share is approximately EUR 100 million. It is expected that the majority of the 24.5 million cubic meters of sand required for this project will be supplied by long distance bulk carriers. In addition to the land reclamation work, the consortium will undertake dredging and construct 3.4 kilometers of quay wall. Work is set to start within the next couple of weeks and will last until late 2018.
Goods backed up at Hai Phong port as new regulation takes effect
Cargo traffic at the Hai Phong port complex, the biggest port in the north, has been seriously congested since the day a regulation on verifying vehicles’ loading capacity took effect on April 1.
A report from the Hai Phong port’s customs agency showed that about 8,000 containers of goods have been left at the ports in Hai Phong. There are also numerous bulk cargo items that cannot be carried to destination points because they are oversized or overloaded.
Approximately 120,000 tons of cargo are stuck at the Hoang Dieu Port Handling Enterprise. At Tan Cang Enterprise, there are 12,000-14,000 TEU of uncleared goods, while the capacity is 8,000-9,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit).
Tanker cargoes disrupted as Yemeni pipeline is blown up
TANKERS face new disruptions to cargo loading, following the blowing up of a major pipeline in Yemen, affecting crude supplies from the pipeline to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea. The pipeline was blown up by Yemeni tribesmen campaigning for a larger share of jobs and government...
Thessaloniki port takes acquisition bids from 8 contenders
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) board has approved of eight potential investors to bid for a 67 per cent stake in Thessaloniki Port Authority.
Qualified are APM Terminals, Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, Duferco Particiption Holding, International Container Terminal Services, Mitsui & Co, DP World, Russian Railways JSC/GEK TERNA and Yilport Holding.
The board also approved the key tender documents including the Request for Proposals (RfP), the draft Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA) and the draft Shareholders Agreement (SHA), reported Reuters.
During the tender phase, the qualified investors will gain access to detailed information about the asset and the terms of the transaction via a virtual data room.