n Spain, Algeciras Bay Port Authority has issued a tender for the construction and operation of its third container terminal. Interested parties have until November 30 to present bids.
The concession, which will be for 50 years, will almost certainly involve a high degree of automation, since this is one area particularly emphasised in the tender.
The new terminal will occupy an area of 30.5 hectares on the southern most tip of Isla Verde Exterior. It will have 680 metres of new berthing line and incorporate a further 130 metres of new build, giving a total of 810 metres. Alongside draft of 18.5 metres will allow it to accommodate neo-panamax vessels.
Total Terminal International, itself a semi-automated facility, already occupies part of the Isla Verde development at Algeciras, while APM Terminals also provides Maersk with its main hub in Spain.
In the first half of this year, Algeciras reported container traffic of 2.3m teu, up 13%. www.portstrategy....
One worker died and three others were hospitalised yesterday from toxic fumes while dismantling a ship in the French port of Brest.
The incident happened onboard the Captain Tsarev, a ship that had been abandoned by its owners eight years ago. The ship had been detained for a propulsion fault eight years ago, its owners then deciding to ditch the ship. In 2014, a fire broke out on the ship too and authorities then decided to engage a local ship recycling team to dismantle it.
Early reports suggest a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher started by accident. 38 firemen were deployed to the scene. The three men in hospital are expected to make a full recovery soon.
A judicial inquest has been launched. splash247.com/gas...
Carrier ships left anchored off Tynemouth coast as company goes bust
Ships have been left anchored off the North East coast after their owner is believed to have gone bust.
The vessels have been visible from the Tynemouth harbour for weeks, with homeowners baffled by the mystery.
One resident from nearby Whitley Bay, who heard rumours of the company going bust, said: “I don’t want our coast to become a kind of dumping ground for container ships.”
He added: “There are three of them a couple of miles offshore which are sitting high up in the water so it doesn’t look like they have any cargo.
“I don’t know if they have a skeleton crew but they seem empty and they’ve been there for ages.
“We hear a Spanish company owns them and has gone bust and people are saying they’ve been abandoned.” www.chroniclelive...
About 220 gallons of lye spilled into the Matagorda Ship Channel on Sunday during a transfer of the material onto a barge at the Calhoun Port Authority.
The lye, also known as caustic soda, was a product of Formosa Plastics Corporation. But it was not in the custody of Formosa at the time of the incident, the company's spokesman, Bill Harvey, said.
The port's director, Charles Hausmann, was not available for comment Thursday.
The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Detachment in Victoria responded to the incident, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease.
The material dissipated on its own about 8 p.m. Sunday, she said.
Jurong Port Kicks Off Operations at Combi Terminal
Singapore’s Jurong Port Pte Ltd has commenced operations of its Combi Terminal, tailored to the requirements of multipurpose vessels.
The new Combi Terminal in Jurong Port is a one-stop terminal for vessels carrying a combination of containers and general cargo.
These vessels previously needed to call at separate terminals or berths to load or unload different cargo types, Jurong Port said. worldmaritimenews...
Opening of Landside Power Plant at Hamburg-Altona: AIDAsol Connected to Power Supply in Altona
August 10, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The June arrival of the AIDAsol marked the official opening of the landside power plant in Altona. In addition to Olaf Scholz, Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board HPA, Dr. Monika Griefahn, Director for Environment and Society AIDA Cruises, and Michael Westhagemann, CEO of the Siemens AG Region Hanse and Chairman of the Cluster Renewable Energy Hamburg, Federal Environmental Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks and Andreas Boschen, HEAD of INEA CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) also attended the event.
Since the number of vessels calling into Hamburg steadily increases, the Senate and the Parliament instructed the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) during the past legislative period to build a landside power plant at the cruise ship terminal Altona and to establish the infrastructure for the shoreside power supply for cruise ships through an LNG Power Barge at the cruise ship terminal HafenCity.
The construction of the landside power plant in Altona is also part of the smartPORT energy initiative, which was started in 2012 by the HPA together with the then Ministry for Urban Development and the Environment (BSU) as well as the Ministry for Economics, Traffic and Innovation (BWVI). The declared objective is the energetic realignment of the Port of Hamburg.
The dimensioning of the landside power plant in Altona, which was built by Siemens on behalf of the HPA, is unique in Europe and an additional steptowards making Hamburg one of the most attractive and environmentfriendly cruise ship locations in Europe. 3blmedia.com/News...
Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.
This maiden voyage of the M/V Thalatta marks a new milestone to support the Port’s and its industry partners’ agenda. Thalatta is one of the newest high efficiency Roll on Roll off (RoRo) HERO class vessels designed to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing emissions. www.marinelink.co...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Houston TX, USA Normal traffic has now resumed in the Houston Ship Channel, after a brief closure between 1546 and 1606 hours yesterday (9 August). The Coast Guard had ordered the closure due to a ship temporarily anchoring in the channel in vicinity of Valero Manchester, after receiving reports of a hydrogen sulfide leak at the Lyondell Houston refining facility. The source of the leak was secured, and traffic resumed.
Mauritania is looking to position itself as an export hub for Brazilian products in Africa. The country has relevant trade partnerships with nations across the continent that buy from Brazil and it could distribute Brazilian goods to African countries. So says Wagne Idrissa, the ambassador of Mauritania in Brasília. Idrissa visited the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce offices this Monday (8) to speak with personnel from local companies interested in doing business with his country. The talks will go on. “Mauritania is a strategic hub connecting North and Southern Africa. It is home to two big ports and a third one is being built. We also have one of the biggest international airports in Africa,” said Idrissa. The ports he mentioned are the Autonomous Ports of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. The country is also home to the fishing-only Nouadhibou Artisanal Fishing Port.