Kiel Canal reopened since Oct. 31, 11:30 am for ships in smaller traffic groups 1-3
At 11.30 hrs on Oct. 31 the locks on both sides were opened again for smaller ships of traffic-groups 1-3 . According to the Canal Authority the Kiel Canal locks at both sides in Kiel and Brunsbüttel remain shut down to all ships in the larger traffic grups 4-6, until further notice.
STX sells Helsinki shipyard to Russian state-owned USC
The Russian state-owned shipbuilding firm USC has confirmed it will take full ownership of the Arctech Helsinki
shipyard from its current owner, the Korean company STX. Arctech had been in financial difficulties.
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) already holds a 50 percent stake in Arctech, and will now take full control
when it buys out STX, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
USC’s head of communications Aleksei Kravchenko confirmed the purchase to Yle. The timetable is not yet confirmed,
but Kravchenko believes the deal could take some time. The purchase price is under 20 million euros, according to
Kommersant. USC is not concerned about the yard’s financial situation, according to Kravchenko. He says he believes
it will be easier to secure orders from Russian businesses and government agencies once production is under full
Russian control. Arctech specialises in Arctic seafaring knowhow, and employs around 400 workers at its site in
Helsinki’s Hietalahti harbour. The news was reported first in Finland by Kauppalehti. Source : YLE UUTISET
The UK’s Port of Dover had to shut and cancel ferry services from the Eastern Docks – which suffered minor damage during the storm on Oct. 28. But it was the Western docks that came off worse– fifty Fred Olsen cruise customers’ cars were damaged by the sea overtopping the breakwaters caused by gusts of over 70mph. - See more at: www.portstrategy....
Cape pair contract worth $110M for Hanjin’s Subic facility
Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction has won a contract to build two bulkers worth around $110m from an unspecified Marshall Islands-based shipowner. The 180,000 dwt ships are due for delivery in the final quarter of 2015 and are set to be built at hanjin’s Philippine yard at Subic Bay.
The Subic facility has taken a raft of orders this year, predominantly containerships, and slots for 2015 are fast running out. [25/10/13]
Hanjin’s Subic yard nearly doubles annual order target
Manila: A research note out from Korea’s Kiwoom Securities shows what a hugely successful year Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s Philippine subsidiary has had.
"Hanjin's Subic Shipyard is expected to accomplish over 180% of its annual order aim with a possibility of winning $2.2bn contracts by the end of this year," the report noted.
The giant Subic yard has inked 37 orders this year, a mix of larger bulkers and mid- to large-sized containerships, ensuring it is busy for at least the next three years. [28/10/13]
Family dies as car plunges from ferry into Suez Canal at Port Said
A family of three (2 Children and one man) died after their car fell from a ferry into the Suez Canal on Sunday Oct. 27, Egyptian police said. The ferry carries passengers and cars between Port Said and Port Fouad. The ferry's captain told motorists who were boarding the ferry to make space for an ambulance, which was carrying a patient in critical condition, the state-run MENA news agency reported Sunday. The driver of the car then attempted to move the vehicle, which crashed through the front gate of the ferry and fell into the canal.
A rescue team retrieved the vehicle, but was unable to save the family inside. [28/10/13]
Tangier Mediterranean Port has opened a new container storage area for boxes that are set to stay for longer periods of time at the port. The area is dedicated to import containers that need more time to get results of sample analyzes taken by various departments including Customs. It came, as well, at the request of customers who are interested in having an additional storage time before the payment of customs duties. [30/10/13]
Kai Tak’s cruise terminal homeport aspirations grow
The first cruise liner to have taken Hong Kong as a homeport took off at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with more than 3,000 passengers on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas set off to Taiwan in the afternoon and will return to Hong Kong on 2 November.
Peter Lam, chairman of the local tourism board, said during the ceremony that the cooperation with other ports in the region is essential for growing Hong Kong's cruise tourism as the cruise lines tend to chose attractive ports of call in the same region when planning an itinerary. [30/10/13]
Kalmar completes ship-to-shore boom extensions for Terminales Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has successfully completed the engineering of boom extensions on two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by Terminales Rio de la Plata (TRP) at the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the company said in its press release. The project, awarded to Kalmar in January 2013, took just seven months to complete, with both cranes returned to full operation in August, well within the original year-end target. The project is a further demonstration of Kalmar's ability to undertake highly complex engineering procedure for any brand of STS crane.
TRP, a DP World Container Terminal business, currently handles 800,000 TEU annually. It is now gearing up for the arrival of substantially larger container vessels, some with capacities of up to 18,000 TEU. This required the STS crane boom geometry to be adapted and extended from 45 metres to 51 metres.
Triple-E class container ships to make regular calls at Gdansk
The biggest vessels in the world, Mærsk's new Triple-E class container ships make regular calls at Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk. Following the historic event of the maiden voyage made by "Mæersk McKinney Møller" on 21st August of this year, the Gdansk port also hosted "Majestic Mærsk" on 18th September and "Mary Mærsk" on 24th September. The Triple-E class vessels are 400 metres long and have a beam of 59 metres, with up to 14.5 metres draught. Their carrying capacity is 18 thou. TEU (20-feet containers). They make calls at the port of Gdansk under the AE10 container line providing regular services between Europe and ports in Asia. Another container ship "Marie Mærsk" has recently left the shipbuilding dock. The shipping company placed an order to build ten vessels of this class, with the possibility of building another ten in the next years.