Diesel Spill Closes Section of Houston Ship Channel
A small but busy section of the Houston Ship Channel was closed Tuesday morning after a report of a diesel spill in Greens Bayou.
The Coast Guard says it received a report at about 7:13 a.m. that a diesel storage tank at cement facility was overflowing into the waterway. The spill is estimated to be about 1,000 gallons and originated at the South Central Cement facility.
The Captain of the Port established a safety zone at 7:57 a.m., closing the Upper Houston Ship Channel where it intersects Greens Bayou.
The Coast Guard has personnel on scene along with crew from Garner Environmental, which has been contracted by South Central Cement to conduct cleanup operations.
The diesel release has been secured and the spill is being contained using boom.
The section of the waterway closed leads to Kinder Morgan’s Galena Park terminal complex and three Houston-area refineries: Lyondellbasell’s 263,776 bpd plant; Valero Energy Corp’s 100,000 bpd plant; and Petrobras’ 100,000 bpd plant in Pasadena, Texas, according to Reuters.
CMA CGM’s 11,500 teu ANDROMEDA is expected to call in Iran in August, with the country added to the ship's Asia-Europe loop. Iran’s release from US and EU shipping sanctions is seeing the world’s major ocean carriers rush to call at the Middle Eastern state.Top officials from MSC and DP World visited the country last week to assess expansion opportunities and on Sunday Ebrahim Idani, director general of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Department, told local media that CMA CGM’s 11,500 teu ANDROMEDA is expected to call in August. CMA CGM will add Shahid Rajaei port in Iran to its Asia-Europe loop. Shahid Rajaei port is located 23 km west of Bandar Abbas and is Iran’s most modern container terminal with 18 gantry cranes. Other ocean carriers, such as Maersk Line and COSCO are expected to announce Iran calls soon. Source : Arabian Supply Chain
A woman threw herself overboard the Staten Island ferry into the East River as it was docking in Manhattan on Sunday, officials said. The 48-year-old woman was spotted in the water a few feet away from the ferry as it was pulling into Whitehall Terminal around 12:10 p.m., authorities said. A Coast Guard escort boat—which commonly rides alongside the ferry—was able to quickly throw the woman a board to latch onto and pulled her out of the water, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said.“At the time they spotted the woman in the water she was just a short distance from the ferry, it was just a few feet, but as the ferry turned to line up to go straight in it the distance was increasing,” said the spokesman. The woman was taken to Battery Park where EMS rushed her to Bellevue Hospital.Prior to her jump the woman had made statements that she was trying to commit suicide, sources said. The woman was not in the water very long and showed no visible signs of injury, officials said. Source : NY times
Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Brazil’s newest and most modern container terminal, has reached a number of important milestones:
The facility, a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has handled container number 1 million, discharged on its quay from vessel no. 1000 to berth at its facility on Friday, 24 July. This was achieved only one year and eight months after operations officially began at this terminal. Authorities and executives of BTP together watched the offloading of the container from MSC Agrigento,a vessel on the Ipanema service, arriving from Durban, South Africa.
This milestone follows a number of other impressive achievements in terms of operational performance.
BTP’s highest monthly average productivity per crane was achieved in May, with 34.11 moves per hour on the ship-to-shore cranes. www.hellenicshipp...
Khalifa Port sets new productivity record on CMA CGM THAMES
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), manager and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), set a new productivity record by handling 2615 moves in just under 13 hours on the 9,365 TEU CMA CGM Thames which called into Khalifa Port on Tuesday 21st July .
Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a joint venture agreement with SahaThai Terminal, a container terminal operation company in Thailand, to establish a new barge terminal operation company called Bangkok Barge Terminal.
Due to shallower water depths at the Bangkok river port, Laem Chabang port, some 90 km downstream, has become the main gateway port of Thailand with its capability in accommodating many liner services with larger containerships. Consequently, container transport between Laem Chabang and the outskirts of Bangkok by land transport via truck and rail, as well as waterway transport via barges now play important roles.
The BBT-operated barge container terminal is slated to open in 2016. splash247.com/mol...
Dhaka is taking steps to regulate its sprawling shipbreaking industry, including dishing out fines and prison sentences for companies found to not be following the correct procedures.
The Bangladesh Ship Recycling Bill, 2015 is being discussed at the moment in the capital. It will see the setting up of a Bangladesh Ship Recycling Biard to monitor the sector. The prime minister has approved the bill in principle. It will soon go before parliament.
Cabinet secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the law’s aim was to address occupational health hazards of the industry’s huge workforce, ensure safe working conditions, better waste management, and protect the coastal environment.
Bangladesh is the world’s second largest ship breaking nation – the industry employs tens of thousands of people along its southern coast, often working in appalling conditions. splash247.com/ban...
Maersk Line contracted fish transportation within Russia
Maersk Line contracted with OJSC Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port regular service for transportation of fish and fishing products from the Far East to the central regions of Russia. According to the contract the shipping operator annually should transport 170-200 thousand TEU with frozen fish for the domestic market. The new agreement between Maersk Line and OJSC Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port includes regular and higher speed services for transportation of the reefer containers within the Russian Federation. The contract is for 1+1 year, but according to both sides can be extended if the service is satisfactory and the capacity is not decreasing.
Venice Gets EU Funds to Build Mama Vessel Prototype
The European Union has granted EUR 9.7 million to Italy’s Port of Venice and Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido to co-finance the construction of the prototype of a Mama Vessel, a semi-submersible ship designed by England’s BMT Titron that will link Venice’s planned Offshore – Onshore port system. The Mama Vessel prototype is a part of the Poseidon Med II project, approved in 2014 under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) project, with a total budget of EUR 53.2 million. The EU funds will cover the final design and construction of the prototype Mama Vessel, or technically, Semi Submersible Barge Transporter. The Mama Vessels will have the capacity to transport two ‘cassettes’ of up to 384 teu from the offshore terminal to shore and vice versa, or by the use of two river barges which serve the Po River up to Mantova. worldmaritimenews...