Vancouver’s economy could suffer a $1.2-billion blow in the case of a major oil spill caused by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, concludes a new report released by the city.
The report, conducted by the University of B.C.’s Fisheries Economics Research Unit, examined the potential economic costs of a 16-million litre spill in Burrard Inlet, the body of water bordering to the city that is busy with industrial use, cruise ships and float planes.
Researchers looked at the performance of five ocean-dependent activities closely linked to the marine environment, including commercial fishing, port activities, inner harbour transportation, tourism and recreation.
The report found these activities directly employ four per cent of the city’s population and contribute more than $3 billion in gross domestic product to Vancouver’s economy every year. A spill could cost these industries hundreds of millions of dollars, it said. globalnews.ca/new...
Woman chains herself to Shell support ship near to Seattle
Seattle: A woman protested against Shell’s planned Arctic drilling campaign on Friday by chaining herself to one of the company’s support ships near to Seattle. The action showed that while the big-ticket appeal of last weekend’s “Shell no” events in the city’s harbour may have passed, the spirit behind the “Festival of Resistance” continues. The woman latched on to the Arctic Challenger while it was anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle. A police spokesman said that officers talked to the ship, the port and the woman and won’t be trying to remove her.
Sogester of Angola to manage cargo terminals at the port of Namibe
Sociedade Gestora de Terminais (Sogester) of Angola will invest more than US$21 million in buying machinery and cargo trucks for the port of Namibe, in the south of Angola, according to the legal director of the company. Alexandre Bala Toto said Sogester would manage the cargo terminals of public company Porto de Namibe, under a partnership with two foreign companies, one from the United Arab Emirates and one from Denmark. The company’s plans for the cargo terminals involve refurbishment of infrastructure and the introduction of management methods to achieve cost reductions and a better use of available resources. Bala Toto, who spoke after a session to sign an investment contract with the National Agency for Private Investment (ANIP), said the port of Namibe operated shifts that are unusual in the current management of port companies, because work was carried out between 7 am and 3 pm, which led to almost zero productivity. Sogester also found the port had defective machines and conducted four moves per ship per hour, as well as the fact that, in terms of safety, everyone had access the port facilities.Sogester is the result of a partnership between Danish company APM Terminal, of the Maersk group and Angolan company Gestão de Fundos, which since 2007 has had the concession on container Terminal II of the port of Luanda. ANIP is the government body responsible for implementing the national policy on private investment, its promotion, coordination and supervision, created in 2003 and is stipulated by the Private Investment Law that all private contracts with monetary amounts exceeding US$1 million are under its jurisdiction.The investment contract with Sogester was the highest of a group of nine involving over US$34 million in the sectors of trade, services and industry in the provinces of Luanda, Bengo and Benguela (Lobito).On the occasion, the president of ANIP, Maria Luisa Abrantes said that in the first quarter of 2015 investment agreements had been signed totalling US$800 million, a figure that increased to US$1.1 billion by last Friday, 15 May. source : macauhub/AO
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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