Private Ashdod port building ahead of schedule, says ports company
The Israel Port Company said it was five months ahead of schedule in building the Southern Port, a new private port adjacent to the Ashdod Port, and intended to create competition for it.
“The wave breaker is already 400m., and we will add another 400m. by the end of the year,” said Shlomo Breiman, CEO of Israel Ports Company.
Transportation Minister Israel Katz toured the building site of the port on Tuesday, commenting on the impressive progress. www.hellenicshipp...
Svitzer establishes Tug Service in Port of Montreal
Svitzer, the towage unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, will be expanding in Canada as the company announced that it has established a harbor towage service in the Port of Montreal in response to customer demand customer demand
The company services will included shipdocking, escort and ice-breaking services.
Svitzer says it has mobilized two ice-class tugs to the Port of Montreal, Svitzer Nerthus and Svitzer Njal with a third tug arriving during mid-April. The tugs are 30m ASD tugs with 60tBP and 5000HP and were built at the East Isle Shipyard in Prince Edward Island in 2009. After five years of service in Scandinavia, the vessels were mobilized to Canada for Svitzer’s northern operation in Baffin Island. Svitzer will also be mobilizing additional tugs during the next 12 to 18 months providing full-year service in the St. Lawrence River. https://gcaptain.com/svitzer-enters-port-of-montreal/
First trains arrive at Jacksonville port's new intermodal facility
The first trains arrived on April 11 at the Jacksonville Port Authority's (JAXPORT) new intermodal container transfer facility at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Fla.
Prior to the facility's official opening for commercial cargo later this year, the terminal is being used to support the port-based 832nd Transportation Battalion's military training exercises, port authority officials said in a press release.
During the exercise, U.S. Army personnel will move nearly 800 pieces of cargo — including vehicles, containers and equipment — from the facility onto a nearby military ship. The facility enables cargo to move directly between ships and trains, which speeds up the shipment process. www.progressivera...
The 2016 Alaska cruise season is officially under way, and it’s a significant year of firsts including several inaugural Vancouver and Seattle visits, by the region’s largest ever cruise ship and one of its smallest. On its way north, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess was the first to call on the B.C., Canadian city on April 4 at the cruise terminal of Canada Place, which itself is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, according to Seatrade Cruise News.
German cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 paid its inaugural call to Gibraltar on Saturday 9th April. The vessel is part of the German TUI Cruises fleet, which is a joint venture operation with the American firm Royal Caribbean Cruises.
In an informal ceremony aboard the ship the Minister for the Port, the Hon Paul Balban, exchanged plaques with the Captain. www.vox.gi/local/...
On Monday April 11th, the pilot for the bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) via the Truck to Ship method was successfully launched in the port of Vlissingen. Bunkering of this renewable marine fuel emphasises port authority Zeeland Seaports’ objectives to reduce overall emissions.
The pilot began with LNG being refuelled from a truck on the quay in the port of Vlissingen. Zeeland Seaports will determine whether consistent LNG bunkering will be realised in the port based on the results of the pilot, which will last until the end of the year.
Bunkering at Port of Aden Resumes After 1 Year Suspension
The Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (Gulf of Aden Ports) on Saturday announced that bunkering operations have resumed at the port after a year of suspended activities due to regional political turmoil.
Gulf of Aden Ports says the Russian-flagged Optimist, which came from Singapore, called the Port of Aden for bunkering Friday - the first ship to do so since activities were halted at the port in March 2015.
"This visit came as a result of the great efforts exerted by the Port to provide all the necessary services to its customers especially after the security improvements that are witnessed by the city of Aden."
The Aden Bunkering Department is said act as bunker supplier at the port. shipandbunker.com...
$38 million investion needed to berth MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside
County commissioners are being asked to accelerate $38 million to improve PortMiami’s Terminal F for berthing MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside starting in winter 2017. The Trade and Tourism Committee is to consider that resolution by Jose “Pepe” Diaz today (4/14).
Under a commission-approved deal with MSC Cruises, the port must make the improvements to serve the 5,200-passenger Seaside. Although the port capped its agreement with MSC at $25 million, it retained the option for “up-sizing” the terminal to handle even larger ships.
Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt said the increase in passengers generated by the MSC Seaside will generate $3.5 million more revenue that will help to offset the $38 million investment in Terminal F.
For the investment to offset the $38 million and add income for the port, Mr. Osterholt wrote, the port will have to attract another ship as big as or bigger than the Seaside. “At present, a large order book of cruise ships exists with multiple vessels requiring terminal capacities greater than those of the port,” he said. “These new vessels will, at full capacity, carry 6,000 or more passengers while the port’s largest existing terminals were designed and built for passenger loads up to 4,500.”
Expansion of Terminal F is designed to not only accommodate the Seaside, he said, but also loads beyond the 6,000-passenger level.
The port is also trying to design and procure boarding bridges for the terminal to handle ships with even more capacity than the Seaside, he said. “Together, these improvements will enable the port to attract these larger 6,000 passenger vessels to both fully offset the $38 million investment in the improvements and to produce annual net positive income to the port above the $38 million investment.” www.miamitodaynew...
First European Ship Berths Assalouyeh’s Pars Petrochemical Port
TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (MNA) – The first European ship for carrying petrochemical products moored at Pars Petrochemical Port in Assalouyeh on Tuesday.
Following the arrival in Kharg Terminal of oil tankers leased by Total of France, Lukoil of Russia and France’s Cepsa, the first European oil company tied up at Assalouyeh’s Pars Petrochemical Port on Tuesday to load Iranian petrochemical products.
Accordingly, the vessel, which belongs to an Italian firm, has moored at Pars Petrochemical Port at Pars Special Economic-Energy Zone in Assalouyeh and loaded the liquid chemical products produced at Assalouyeh’s petrochemical complexes.
The arrived of the Italian ship marks the first docking of a European ship at Pars terminal while more vessels of other European companies are expected to enter the Iran’s largest petrochemical port.
Pars Petrochemical port with 15 berths and draught of 15 meters can accommodate ships of capacity 80,000 tons deadweight that especially carry gas and petrochemical products.
The nominal capacity of this port is 35 million tons per year and it is predicted that 26 million tons of petrochemical products in liquid from will be exported through this port. en.mehrnews.com/n...
Hong Kong's largest power company, CLP Holdings Ltd., is considering a plan to establish the city's first offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the waters east of the Soko Islands, off southern Lantau, that will enable it to tap more gas from international markets.
This will come nearly a decade after it shelved a land-based version of the project in the southern Sokos despite government approval. A 25-year gas deal with the mainland was signed instead.
An offshore LNG terminal, a large floating vessel, would mean greater energy security because it would allow the city to receive gas from anywhere in the world. www.marinelink.co...