Libya's two largest oil export terminals closed again
Striking security guards again halted loadings at Libya's two largest crude oil export terminals, Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, after operations had resumed briefly following a two-week outage, trading and shipping sources said on Monday. The port outages, coupled with strikes and protests at other oil installations, have caused the worst disruption to the North African OPEC member's oil industry since the civil war in 2011. The stoppage had been lifted on Sunday at the Es Sider terminal, which is operated by the Waha Oil Company, a joint venture between Marathon, Hess and ConocoPhillips with Libya's state National Oil Corporation (NOC). "The security guards have stopped the exports (from Es Sider)," Mohammed El-Hattab, chairman of the federation of oil workers and an employee at Waha Oil Company, said. "We are having discussions now and hope to restart today or tomorrow," he added. Loadings at Ras Lanuf terminal have also stopped again after a brief resumption, the sources said. The port is operated by Harouge Oil Operations, a joint venture between Canada's Suncor and Libya's state National Oil Corporation (NOC). No tankers have loaded although two vessels berthed at Es Sider when the port was opened, sources said. At least one tanker has been waiting outside Ras Lanuf since the end of July when the strikes began. The two ports have a combined export capacity of around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd). In total, around 15 crude and oil product tankers were waiting outside the two ports, according to Windward, a maritime analytics services company. Source: Arabian Business
Aqaba port struggling to handle thousands of pilgrims
The number of pilgrims stuck in the port of Aqaba, having failed to find ferry bookings post-Ramadan, is an acute worry, local authorities have warned. The Jordanian port is groaning under the abnormal volume of people seeking ways back home after the Hajj and the crush of people is expected to take at least a fortnight to clear.
Industrial Port of Safaga set for upgrade for the export of liquid phosphoric acid
Dr Ahmed Galal, Egypt’s Minister of Finance, confirmed that the ministry will soon finish technical studies for the seven major projects planned with for participation with the private sector, so that these projects will be put out during the first half of the current fiscal year 2013/2014.
The projects include the development, operation and maintenance of the industrial port of Safaga.
Atter Hanoura, head of the partnership unit with the private sector at the Ministry of Finance, explained that the project of developing the industrial port of Safaga, will allow for the first time the export of liquid phosphoric acid, an intermediate product of phosphate ore. [11/08/13]
NCL to invest $50m in Belize cruise resort project
Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed the purchase of approximately 75 acres in southern Belize for the planned development of an eco-friendly cruise destination. Harvest Caye is made up of two adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts that had previously been approved for a resort development with an air strip. Norwegian plans to invest $50m in the project. More at www.seatrade-insi...$50m-belize-eco-resort.html
As Port Strategy reports, a new era is set for New Zealand freight following the Port of Tauranga’s NZ$21.6m (US$17.26m) investment in the South Island’s PrimePort Timaru. The investment is part of Tauranga’s “strategic alliance” with PrimePort Timaru that will see coastal shipping and rail increase as transport infrastructure in the region is redeveloped. It will also allow for the development of flexible and cost-effective routes to and from international markets for South Island exporters and importers.
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A number of workers in Damietta Port Authority will organize several days of protest in the coming period after the nomination of Major General Ibrahim Yusuf as the minister of transport' adviser. The staff justified their position that Joseph has some issues in the Disciplinary Court for financial irregularities when he was head of Damietta Port Authority and it is expected that in the coming period he might dismiss lots of workers who have raised complaints against him.
Minefields around Israel's Red Sea port of Eilat cleared
An operation to clear minefields near Israel's Red Sea port of Eilat has been successfully completed. The Mine Clearing Authority (MCA) completed the clearance of 123 acres of minefields in the vicinity of Eilat. "The Eilat area is mine-free. The area was a 'ticking bomb' for decades and will soon be utilised by the state for the benefit of civilians," Marcel Aviv, deputy director of MCA, said.
Bahrain gets direct US west coast link with Hanjin/NYK service
Doha: APM Terminals Bahrain, the operators of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), on August 13th 2013 welcomed an inaugural Hanjin/NYK service which gives shippers direct access from Bahrain to the US West Coast and Korea for the first time. "We are pleased to welcome this new direct service which will now open direct lines for shipping companies in the kingdom and significantly boost transhipment activities, thereby contributing to the kingdom's economy," said APM Terminals chief commercial officer Simon Brebner. "Furthermore, the direct call into Bahrain from two of the top 10 global carriers, Hanjin and NYK is a reflection of Bahrain's increasing capabilities to provide transhipment opportunities to and from the Northern Gulf and we look forward to welcoming and delivering value to this service on a regular basis," he added. This new service will arrive in Bahrain every Monday evening. [14/08/13]
Suez Canal security raised to ‘extreme emergency’ level
Cairo: With extreme violence breaking out across the nation ship calls to Egyptian ports have been reported as normal. Meanwhile, Mohab Mamish, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, announced on Wednesday he was raising the state of extreme emergency at the entrances to the canal starting from Suez governorate through the course of Ismailia to Port Said. Mamish announced that Suez Canal is now being policed by the army, airforce, navy as well as the authority’s own fleet of ships. Mamish granted all workers in at the authority a day off today in case of any violence. [Gulf Ship News 15/08/13]