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Tianjin Transport Authority senior official dies in office building fall
Dong Yongcun, head of administrative examination and approval department of Tianjin Transport Authority, died after falling from his office building yesterday amid ongoing investigations on the recent explosion in Tianjin Port. Dong’s department approved the license for Ruihai International Logistics, who controlled the warehouse where the explosion started, to operate hazardous cargo.

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Sault Ste. Marie lock shutdown stalls more than ships
t’s seldom that one of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie has to be taken out of commission in the middle of a shipping season — and rarer still that it has to be drained for repairs. But when an interruption at the Soo Locks doubles from 10 to 20 days as it did this summer, it causes deep concern. All of the ships had to be rerouted through the only lock capable of handling the largest vessels at a time when as much as 9 million metric tons of freight passes through a month. Add to that an unscheduled outage of the only other working lock, the Poe, and the argument is all but made for many why a long-sought new lock is needed, and now. The locks are a vital choke point between the iron ore mines of northern Michigan and Minnesota on Lake Superior, and the steel mills dotted along the lower Lakes. And they were brought to a standstill for an hour as a result of the shutdowns. The recent closing of the MacArthur Lock has heightened concerns about a piece of the nation’s manufacturing supply chain that, if shut down for any length of time, could have catastrophic effects on the U.S. economy with ripples that could devastate the global supply chain for those manufacturers who rely on timely shipments of steel. www.usatoday.com/...

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General Dynamics NASSCO christens the Perla Del Caribe
A new natural gas powered container ship is cruising the water after a launch ceremony Saturday evening. Local shipbuilding company General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Perla Del Caribe, which will transport goods from the U.S. to Puerto Rico. The ship features "green" technology, which will dramatically decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 72%, which is equivalent to removing more than 15,000 cars from the road. www.cbs8.com/stor...

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Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port
A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights, ITF said in its press release.Konopka has been sacked from his role at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active member of ITF affiliate union NSZZ Solidarnosc. Despite the growth of the union, management has repeatedly failed to adequately address members’ concerns over important issues including temporary contracts, pay, holiday working and meaningful negotiation. It also brought in a legal firm to handle negotiations with the union over a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has ground progress to a halt. Members have reported intimidation and threats of dismissal, while nine other union activists have been forced to leave in addition to Konopka. DCT in Gdansk has secured multi million Euro loans to build a second terminal with plans to expand their number of employees from 500 to 1500. Meanwhile many of the existing workers are on temporary, rolling contracts. en.portnews.ru/ne...

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USCG Reopens Key West Ports After Erika Dissipates
Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday,Aug. 29, Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Key West, Florida, ports, terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating. All port facilities in South Florida may resume normal operations, including waterfront facility and vessel transits, subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices. All mariners are reminded that remnants of the storm can cause dangerous conditions at sea. All boaters should monitor weather forecasts before taking to the sea.

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Britain Pumps GBP500mln into Scottish Naval Base of Faslane
The Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane – home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent – is to receive a more than 500 million pounds investment grant from the Government, reports Reuters. Chancellor George Osborne says this move will safeguard 6,700 jobs at the Scottish site and create thousands more. Faslane would be the base for the new submarines. Osborne said: "Across Scotland, around 12,600 people work in defence and my defence spending commitments will secure these jobs." The Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, east of Glasgow, is home to the fleet of four Vanguard-class submarines, one of which is on patrol at all times, that form Britain's 'Trident' nuclear deterrent. www.marinelink.co...

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St. Nazaire lays foundations for its future role as offshore wind hub
St Nazaire is laying foundations, quite literally, for its future role as an offshore wind hub – but it’s not without its challenges, including politics, investment and last but not least: scale. The demands have changed even in the year or so since its client, STX Marine France, constructed a substation for Dong Energy which is now serving the 218MW Westermost Rough field. This next substation, due to be completed in St Nazaire in 2018 for a nearby 480MW French windfarm, will be almost three times the size. At 50m in length, 30m wide and 20m high with a weight of over 3,000 tonnes, it promised to be one the largest so far. However, Maryse Gérard of the port of St Nazaire told MJ that upscaling the facility doesn’t come without complications. “Our port is already active with containers, ro-ro, energy products and agribulk... we aren’t empty, so it’s been a challenge to find the right place to fit all this in,” she said. More at www.maritimejourn...

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Bolloré and China port builder win Cameroon terminal bid
A consortium comprising Bolloré Africa Logistics, CMA CGM, and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has been awarded the coveted 20-year concession to operate the new container terminal at the deepwater port of Kribi in Cameroon.A source close to the consortium said negotiations would now start on the terms of the concession. Source: JOC

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Wan Hai forms JV in Peru
Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai Lines has partnered with Transtotal Agencia Maritima to set up a joint-venture (JV) company in Lima, Peru. Wan Hai Lines Peru SAC, operative since August, will provide direct services to local clients, said Wan Hai. The company chose Peru for the JV because the country not only connects the Asian and Latin American market, but it is also one of the largest fishery products exporter and has abundant natural resources such as crude oil and natural gas. "We believe that this move will reflect a closer knit between South America, Taiwan, and the rest of the Far East," commented Wan Hai vice-chairman Randy Chen. Wan Hai Lines recorded TWD3.2 billion (USD99.1 million) in profit for the January-June period, jumped 82.47% than a year earlier, while its revenue and earnings per share was TWD33.7 billion and TWD1.42, respectively. The carrier on 17 August ceased its Euro services, and focuses on intra-Asia, Asia-United States, and Asia-South America services. www.ihsmaritime36...

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Floating storage facility opens at Mina al Fahal
Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO), a subsidiary of Oman Oil Company (OOC), has announced the launch of a new floating storage facility, with a 2.1 million barrel capacity at Mina al Fahal, for global customers of Oman Export Blend. The launch took place on Thursday. Three customers — China Oil, Glencore and Oman Trading International (OTI) — have won bids for access to the facility on board a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), which will be provided and operated by Oman Shipping Company (OSC). OTTCO’s floating storage facility, which was initiated and supported by Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG), has been developed in partnership with OSC, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME). While the vessel itself will be operated by OSC, scheduling and nomination for the loading of crude oil will be managed by PDO. Ship-to-ship (STS) transfers will be executed by Fendercare Marine, an international specialised STS firm. The initiative makes OTTCO the first storage company in the world to provide floating storage linked to an energy futures contract.

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