South Korea's Mokpo New Port seeking terminal operator
As South Korea's Mokpo New Port opens a new car carrier terminal in June, the port will be choosing a terminal operator through a competitive bidding process.
In a press statement, Mokpo regional maritime affairs and fisheries office said: "In the land area of 96,000m², the terminal will have a 30,000-tonne ship berth with a quay length of 240 m. The chosen operator will sign on a five-year contract worth an estimated KRW427 million (USD290,954) of annual rental."
Local major logistics companies such as CJ Korea Express, Daehan Logistics, Dongbu Logistics, Sebang, and Sun Kwang took part in a pre-bid meeting on 13 May.
The office concluded that the port would consistently support improvement of the terminal by adding yards with an aim of handling 1 million vehicles per year.
All applications must be submitted by 17 June. www.ihsmaritime36...
Kalmar to deliver turnkey heightening of three ship-to-shore cranes for DP World Antwerp
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. The order was signed into Cargotec's first quarter of 2015 order intake, with the completion of the project scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2016, the company said in its press release.
C&F workers at the Mongla port have gone on an indefinite strike in protest against harassment by customs officials. The strike was called by the C&F Workers Union on Wednesday afternoon (May 20).
The Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association has backed the move.
Khulna Customs Commissioner Md Al Amin Pramanik held a meeting with the protesters on Thursday afternoon to resolve the problem.
Mongla Port Authorities Director (Traffic) Kazi Muktadir Hossain told bdnews24.com that, at present, ten ships, carrying fertilizer and clinkers, were berthed at the port.
“The C&F agents have unloaded the ship but the delivery work has stopped. Container handling, however, remains undisrupted,” he said.
Mongla Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association President Sultan Hossain Khan said that, on May 13, an agent, M/S Al Mamun Enterprise, imported tri-cycle parts.
Port of Antwerp has launched breakbulk application for more efficient freight handling. The Antwerp Port Community System (APCS) has now met this requirement with a new breakbulk application that will make today’s copying and re-copying of data a thing of the past. The result is more transparent, faster communication concerning cargoes, enabling them to be handled even more efficiently. More to read at: www.marinelink.co...
The Port of Wilmington is preparing for a $9.8 million rehabilitation of a nearly century-old cargo ship berth, a project largely financed with a federal grant awarded in 2012.
Port Director Gene Bailey said members of the port's governing Diamond State Port Corp. have tentatively approved a contract for the work, pending resolution of one agreement detail.
Wilmington's upgrade is moving ahead as other major Delaware port proposals are in the works both north and south.
Route to Rosario port blocked after Nord Hydra, laden with coal, ran aground
Pigs in China and bakers in Brazil will have to wait as Argentine exports from soybeans to wheat are delayed by the closing of the Parana River’s main channel. The route to Rosario port — from where 80 percent of Argentina’s grains and oilseeds are shipped — is blocked after the Nord Hydra, laden with coal, ran aground on Tuesday, 290 kilometers (180 miles) from Buenos Aires. That forced authorities to close the channel, delaying 48 other vessels, according to Rosario Port Manager Guillermo Wade. The holdup could be costing a total of $960,000 a day.
On May 19, 2015, a fire broke out aboard the Bahamas flagged cruise ship "Norwegian Escape", 164600 gt (IMO: 9677076), acutally under construction at the Meyer Yard in Papenburg. In the first phase it was unclear whether the yard's own fire squad would be able to contain the fire, the volunteer forces of Papenburg were alerted too at 7.30 p.m. to the ship in construction dock II. Upon their arrival the fire was already out. The hall was ventilated as toxic gases had emerged. Damage remained limited, and it was not expected that the delivery of the ship to the Norwegian Cruise Line in October would be affected.
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Large Oil Spill Impacts Several Miles of Beach Near Santa Barbara
The U.S. Coast Guard and first responders are responding to a large oil spill that has impacted several miles of shoreline in Santa Barbara County, California.
The Coast Guard reports that the spill occurred Tuesday afternoon around 12 p.m. and the sheen washed ashore along Refugio State Beach, near Santa Barbara.
The source has been confirmed as a ruptured 24-inch pipeline, the Coast Guard said. The source has been secured.
Media has reported that the spill is estimated to be about 21,000 gallons.
The USCG in Los Angeles has reported that the sheen stretches across approximately 4 miles of beach at Refugio Beach.
A commercial oil spill response company has been contracted to begin clean up operations.
Port of Antwerp grants discount for ships with lower particulate emissions
As of 1 June 2015 the port of Antwerp will grant a discount to seagoing ships that use alternative technology to reduce emissions of particulates. The new discount comes on top of the existing ESI discount, which means that in some cases ships can benefit from a 30% reduction in the port dues that have to be paid whenever they call at Antwerp. With this additional environmental discount Antwerp Port Authority seeks to encourage investments in green technologies for more sustainable shipping, by supporting and rewarding these technology pioneers. The discount is being introduced for a period of three years and will be gradually reduced. www.hellenicshipp...
The last spike has been driven into a $90-million road and rail corridor project in Prince Rupert, B.C., that politicians and business leaders say will boost Canada's trade capacity with Asia-Pacific markets.
The eight-kilometre corridor includes five parallel rail tracks, a two-lane road and a port-owned power distribution system, all designed to support future development at the northern coastal port.
The project is part of a long-term plan giving the port the capacity to ship goods such as potash and liquefied natural gas and other Canadian products to international markets.
It took two years to complete the corridor, with funds coming from the federal and provincial governments, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, CN, and potash exporter Canpotex.
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