Huge Purpose-Built Cruise Ship Genting Dream Floated Out
Dream Cruises first ever cruise ship has floated out of its construction hall in Germany for the last fitting out phase.
Genting Dream began floating out at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany at around 2:00 PM local time today. The huge 151,300 gross ton ship emerged from the construction hall inch by inch until the entire ship could be seen. The purpose-built Chinese ship then underwent several tests in the harbor before it finally berthed alongside the yards fitting out pier. While Genting Dream is at the pier work will continue including fitting out all the interior spaces. Meyer Werft has said more tests and trials will be carried out over the next few days. More crew members will also begin to arrive so that the ship will be ready for sailing.
The next major milestone for Genting Dream will be the conveyance down the River Ems towards the North Sea. The vessel will then undergo Sea Trials in mid-September before being delivered to Asian based Dream Cruises. www.cruisehive.co...
USS John P. Murtha Conducts First Port Call in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
According the ship's webpage; she is named for John P. Murtha, a retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer and member of the Pennsylvania House from 1969 to 1974. Murtha was also the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
John P. Murtha's keel was laid down on June 6, 2012 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was then launched on October 30, 2014, with her christening held on March 21, 2015 with Donna S. Murtha, the congressman's daughter, as the ship's sponsor.
"We got underway from our building yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi on Aug. 11 and this is our very first stop on our maiden voyage," said USS Murtha Operations Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Will Ashley. "This is my first pre-commissioned ship and to be able to see the progress from the building phase, to the trial phase and ultimately to crew the ship and take her out, is truly an honor."
USS Murtha provided tours throughout the day, presenting a unique opportunity for the residents of NSGB and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay to see the Navy's newest amphibious ship. More than 500 personnel were able to tour the ship, including NSGB's Drug Education for Youth camp members.
Florida, the USA based Port Manatee has signed an agreement to keep Del Monte fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the port since 1989, is now signed to a lease extension with Port Manatee through Aug. 30, 2021, with options for three additional extensions of five years each. If all options are exercised, Del Monte will be doing business at Port Manatee until at least 2036, the Port Authority said in a news release.
“Extension of Port Manatee’s long-term partnership with Del Monte demonstrates the mutual commitment on the part of our port and a most-valued tenant,” said Betsy Benac, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority, which at its meeting on Aug. 18 approved the new agreement for Del Monte’s distribution facility at Port Manatee.
Port Manatee’s executive director, Carlos Buqueras, added, “We look forward to sharing success with Del Monte for decades to come.”
One of the North America’s largest marketers and distributors of fresh produce, including as the world’s No. 1 fresh pineapple marketer, Del Monte deploys refrigerated vessels to weekly import bananas and pineapples from Central America via containers and pallets. Export cargo includes linerboard that is used for packaging, as well as various third-party containers and project cargos.
New container terminal in Jakarta starts commercial operations
On August 18, a new container terminal built by NYK Line together with PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) (“IPC”), Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (“Mitsui”) and PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) opened for commercial service at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia. This new terminal will be operated by the newly established company PT New Priok Container Terminal One.
The terminal will have an annual handling capacity of approximately 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers, an overall berth length of 850 meters and a 16-meter draft, allowing the terminal to accommodate advanced mega containerships. The terminal will pursue the efficient reduction of emissions by making use of environmentally friendly “green” facilities.
In accordance with the company’s “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan, the NYK Group will continue its efforts to provide customers with “green” container terminal services that meet their global shipping needs, by making use of our knowledge and expertise gained by containership business.
Gibdock clocks record summer for offshore business
Simultaneous attention to four offshore support vessels at Gibdock demonstrates that the Gibraltar yard is now a regional hub for this specialized repair, maintenance and renewal work, operating as a base for mobilisation and de-mobilisation projects.
Gibdock achieved its busiest month this year in the offshore market in June 2016, pressing home its strategic location and reputation for high quality, on-time redelivery, at a time when it is updating a series of management, safety and environment accreditations. www.hellenicshipp...
Car shipments soon coming through Port of San Francisco
On Monday, Aug. 22, a ship carrying automobiles will dock in San Francisco. A cargo ship is an unusual sight for a city whose waterfront normally revolves around cruises and restaurants.
But, yes, the Port of San Francisco will be handling car shipments for the foreseeable future.
The Pasha Group, a San Rafael logistics company, signed a 15-year lease this year to operate a state-of-the-art shipping facility on Pier 80 that can process cars going to and from Europe, Mexico and Asia. The company plans to spend $5 million to $10 million upgrading the facility over the next few years.
“We’ve already been reaching out to potential customers,” said John Pasha, senior vice president of automotive services.
The question is: Will demand be strong enough? www.sfchronicle.c...
Cape Town - Several oil-covered African penguins were rescued on St Croix and Bird Island in Algoa Bay after an oil spill caused a slick of about 5km.
So far 95 penguins have been rescued and taken to rehabilitation facilities in the area since they started washing up on beaches on Tuesday.
Fayroush Ludick, SANParks regional spokesperson, told Netwerk24 that the situation is now considered to be a national disaster and will be handled at a national level.
African penguins are critically endangered.
A spokesperson for environmental affairs, Zolile Nqayi, says a national task team was deployed to the area and he is still waiting on feedback from officials on the ground.
Captain Neville Noble, Port Manager for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) in the Port of Ngqura, told News24 that about 100 litres of oil was split during a ship-to-ship transfer on Sunday.
Biggest ever cruise ship drops anchor in Fishguard
Fishguard has today (Friday, Aug. 19) hosted the largest cruise ship ever to drop anchor in the harbour.
The German Cruise Ship, the AIDAVita, is 202 meters long, weighs 42,290 tonnes and carries 1,260 passengers.
The ship was able to dock in Fishguard following infrastructure improvements which were funded through the Welsh Government’s Tourism investment Support Scheme.
The project received £147,598 to provide a pontoon facility to accommodate the safe embarkation/disembarkation of passengers from cruise ships at anchorage in Fishguard Port.
The cruise ship market is big business for Wales – and Cruise Wales and partners are working to grow the market.
An increasing number of visitors from Germany are coming to south west Wales through cruise ships docking at Milford Haven Port, Pembroke & Fishguard.
Some 59 ships will stop in Wales this year which is a 20% increase on last year.
The cruise industry is worth £2.9 million to the Welsh economy. www.westerntelegr...
Crowley launches new container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica
As part of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s goal to help customers increase the velocity of their supply chains, and in doing so reduce their overall landed costs, the company announced today that it is launching a new, weekly, fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica.The two container ships in the service, which will call at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Terminal, will make port calls in Jacksonville on Thursdays, Port Everglades, Fla., on Fridays, and arrive in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on Wednesdays.
Port of Tauranga completes major five year expansion programme
Port of Tauranga completes major five year expansion programme, the company said in its press release.
Parent EBITDA for the year to 30 June 2016 rose 2.2% to $125.7 million from $123 million in the prior year as container traffic rose 12.1% to a record of more than 954,000 TEUs - up from 851,000 TEUs in the prior year.
These gains were offset by a decline in bulk cargoes reflecting continuing challenges in New Zealand's forestry and agricultural sectors. Notably, log exports fell more than one million tonnes with declines also in imported stock feed and fertiliser.
Reported revenues fell to $245.5 million from $268.5 million, due to a $32 million decrease in revenue as a result of having to equity account Tapper Transport as an associate company within our Coda partnership.
Net Profit After Tax fell 2.4% to $77.3 million as the Company's largely completed $350 million five year investment programme resulted in higher depreciation charges, which are up $2.7 million in the current year alone.