New Locks Brunsbüttel to be fully operational again this afternoon (Sept. 7, 2012)
Repairs of the New Big North Lock Chamber in Brunsbüttel are in progress with expected completion on Friday, 07.09.2012. The New Big South Lock Chamber and both small lock chambers remain in service. On the weekend all 4 canal locks will be operational. Next week diving operations are planned in the New Big South Lock Chamber, for that reason the lock will be closed for 2 days according to the official WSA newsletter
New facility Marina South Wharves inaugurated in Singapore
The new Marina South Wharves (MSW) was officially opened on September 6th in a ceremony, the MPA press release said.
Developed by MPA at a cost of $16 million, MSW will complement the existing lighter terminal at Penjuru. MSW will be particularly useful for lighter operators serving ships in the Eastern anchorages, given the shorter travelling distances and thus lower operating costs. MPA has appointed Jurong Port Pte Ltd as the operator of MSW. Jurong Port Pte Ltd is also the operator of Penjuru Terminal.
Rickmers' Pearl String service adds port of Nagoya to its service
From September 2012, Japan's port of Nagoya will be added to Rickmers-Linie’s round-the-world Pearl String Service schedule on a monthly basis, Baird Maritime reports.
Shippers will be able to ship directly to Houston, New Orleans, Savannah, Philadelphia, Antwerp and Hamburg. The service also offers additional relay opportunities over Rickmers' hub port in Houston to other ports in the Caribbean and Central/South America. The upgraded service will employ nine Rickmers Hamburg-class vessels.
Water levels on the river Rhine in Germany have risen sharply and cargo vessels are again able to sail fully loaded, traders said on Tuesday, September 04, 2012. In northern sections of the Rhine around Cologne and Duisburg vessels are sailing with normal loads after low water levels had forced ships to sail partly empty in the last week, traders said. The rest of the Rhine are also now deep enough for normal operations, traders said.
Huaihe river gets its first box terminal in Bengpu
Shanghai [31/08/12]: Second phase expansion plan of river port Bengbu in eastern China's hinterland province Anhui has passed official examination to become the first harbour on the Huaihe River to have a container terminal, according to Xinhua. The project is estimated to cost RMB278m (US$43.7m) to build, and will cover an area of 27.33 hectares.
New Estonia-Russia ferry service to be launched in September 2012
A Ro-Ro / passenger ferry is set to start sailing in September on the route linking North Estonian Port of Sillamäe and the Russian Port Ust-Luga, the Baltic Course reports. The ferry will transport trucks and cars and cargo on trailers. The vessel can accommodate 200 passengers. Initially, there will be daily sailings of one ferry but the service operator will deploy one more ship on the route if trade flow increases, departing simultaneously from Sillamäe and Ust-Luga port.
Work to remove MV Miner grounded off Cape Breton to begin within week
Tue, 4 Sep 2012 HALIFAX - The company in charge of dismantling a ship that ran aground off Cape Breton a year ago says it expects to begin salvaging the vessel within the next week. Abe Shah, a senior partner with the Bennington Group, says the New York-based company has submitted a revised plan to the province for the removal of the MV Miner from Scatarie Island. Shah says the 230-metre bulk carrier will be cut into bigger pieces than originally planned in order to expedite its removal during the Atlantic hurricane season, and work should begin within the next five to six days. He says two heavy industrial steel cutters will be used and the work will be conducted during daylight hours seven days a week, weather permitting. Shah says it should take about 30 days to remove the vessel if all goes well. Last week, the provincial government extended the company's permit until Dec. 1 to remove the derelict ship, which ran aground on Sept. 20, 2011, while being towed to a scrapyard in Turkey. www.mysask.com/po...
MSC Bari was docked as first ship at the new container terminal in Khalifa Port during its opening in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Abu Dhabi launched operations at a multi-billion dollar port facility, seeking to diversify its oil-based economy with a project that could intensify competition for the region's shipping traffic with neighboring emirate Dubai. Abu Dhabi Ports Co said Khalifa Port, built on a manmade island, and its adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone would together be two-thirds the size of Singapore when fully built.
Port Authority of New Orleans says river traffic resumes, terminals working
Traffic returned to the Mississippi River on August 31, 2012 and both break-bulk and container operations resumed at Port of New Orleans terminals.
In addition, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation arrived at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal about 2 p.m. and disembarkations and embarkations for the Cruise ship's revised three-day "Fun Cruise @ Sea" went smoothly. Mediterranean Shipping Company's 778-foot MSC Nederland was the first cargo vessel to leave Port today after she sought safe harbor at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal during Hurricane Isaac.
Port terminals will be bustling for the next few days as terminal operators handle a backlog of vessels. A total of 23 ships are scheduled to call on Port docks by Tuesday. Included are 12 container vessels, nine break-bulk cargo vessels, and two cruise ships. www.fox8live.com/...
Mississippi River reopens though some vessel traffic limited
The Mississippi River reopened Friday, August 31, 2012 to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed four days earlier as Hurricane Isaac approached.
The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels including a cruise ship waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation arrived at the port Friday afternoon.
Barges had been stranded on the river bank in places because of Isaac's storm surge, which plowed up the river and effectively caused the Mississippi to flow backward until winds shifted to the north and pushed water back into the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.
Port terminals will be bustling for the next few days as terminal operators handle a backlog of vessels, said Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. A total of 23 ships are scheduled to call on port docks by Tuesday. Included are 12 container vessels, nine break-bulk cargo vessels, and two cruise ships, he said.