Lebanon preparing for arrival of power-generating ships
The first of the two Turkish power-generating vessels is expected to arrive in Beirut soon, reported the [Lebanese] daily An Nahar on Saturday, Feb. 09, 2013.
It said that the “Fatmagul Sultan” set sail on Friday, but it did not disclose when it is scheduled to arrive in the country.
The arrival of the ships had been subject to numerous delays.
Reports in December had expected the ship to arrive in Beirut in April even though it was initially expected to dock in Lebanon in November 2012.
Energy Minister Jebran Bassil explained at the time that the delay was attributed to the government's failure to provide the costs of leasing the ships from Turkish power company Karadeniz.
The cabinet agreed in 2012 to lease power-generating vessels that would help provide 700 megawatts of electricity for a period of three years.
Strike Hits DP World's Egyptian Container Terminal at Al Sokhna
Egypt’s Sokhna Port has been hit by yet another labor dispute, disrupting operations and forcing ocean carriers to skip calls at Ain al-Sokhna Terminal, operated by DP World, according to reports from that country.
Reports said nearly 1,200 temporary workers employed by a previous subcontractor at the port began their industrial action Feb. 3, alleging the Dubai-based company had reneged on an agreement to hire them at the terminal.
“We demand that the Ain Sokhna Port come back under the management of the Red Sea Port Authority. That will resolve all labor problems,” union leaders said.
ICTSI wins bid for Honduras terminal at Puerto Cortes
International Container Terminal Services has won the International Public Bidding Process for the design, financing, construction, maintenance, operation and exploitation of the specialised container and general cargo terminal of Puerto Cortes in Honduras. The container and general cargo terminal of Puerto Cortes will have 1,100 meters of quay for containers and 400m for general cargo, 14m of draft (that can reach 15m), 62.2 hectares of total surface area, 12 STS cranes and an annual volume capacity of approximately 1.8 millionTEU. The announcement was made during a public hearing held on 1st February 2013 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
24-hour rail strike on Feb.8, 2013 set to affect coal supplies
A 24-hour strike called for Friday (8 Februiary) is expected to affect rail supplies of coal to Newcastle from the Hunter Valley. The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has given notice of the legally protected strike to Pacific National, an arm of the ASX-listed transport and logistics group Asciano. Pacific National carries about 300,000 tonnes of coal a day, and the strike could affect the ability of other rail companies to use the track network. There is still potential for a resolution to be reached before Friday. However, negotiations have been going on for many months so far without any successful resolution.
Repair works at the big north lock at Brunsbuettel postponed
The Kiel Canal authorities have announced that repair works at the big north lock at Brunsbuettel has been postponed until the middle of next week (Feb.13,2013). During the day time, the new south lock at Brunsbuettel will undergo diver inspections and repairs. By night,it will also be available up to a length of 205 metres. The old locks are in service as usual. As soon as repairs at the south lock are completed, the north lock will be taken out of service.
New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau out of service on Feb. 12/13, 2013
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service for repairs from 0700 on 12 February to approximately 1400 on 13 February, 2013. During the above mentioned period the New Big North Lock Chamber and the North Lock Chamber Old Locks will remain in service.
3,000 Containers stuck at Kochi port as trailer crew strike continues
An indefinite strike by trailer crew since Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 demanding higher wages has hit movement of containers at the Kochi Port.
Benedict Fernandez, Vice-Chairman, Trade Union Coordination Committee, alleged that the trailer-owners’ association had back-tracked from the assurance given to workers to provide a 10.5 per cent hike in wages, which was agreed before the District Collector.
This strike has been forced upon the trade unions, as they had scaled down from the earlier demand of 50 per cent hike after the district administration intervened, he added.
The International Containet Transhipment Terminal officials said that these sorts of hindrances and disruptions in cargo movement would dent the image of the port, particularly at a time when mainline shipping services are looking at Kochi after Cabotage waiver.
There are about 3,000 import containers at the terminal now, and most of them have perishable items such as fruits from the US and China. The ongoing strike will affect the shelf life of such products, the officials added.
India "concerned" by China role in Pakistan port of Gwadar
China's role in operating a strategically important port in Pakistan is a matter of concern for India, its defense minister said on Wednesday, as New Delhi and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.
Indian policy-makers have long been wary of a string of strategically located ports being built by Chinese companies in its neighborhood, as India beefs up its military clout to compete with its Asian rival.
Management of Gwadar port, around 600 km (370 miles) from Karachi and close to Pakistan's border with Iran, was handed over to state-run Chinese Overseas Port Holdings last week after previously being managed by Singapore's PSA International.
"It is a matter of concern to us," Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony told reporters when asked about Chinese control of the port.
When complete, the port, which is close to the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil shipping lane, is seen opening up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf, across Pakistan to western China, and could be used by the Chinese Navy, analysts say. More at www.hellenicshipp...
UAE Fujairah port bans 26 ships, includes tankers for violating anchoring rules
UAE's Port of Fujairah, which is the world's second biggest bunkering center, has banned 26 vessels including supertankers for violating its anchoring guidelines, according to the two port notifications seen by Platts.
In the first notice issued by the Harbor Master of the Port of Fujairah on January 15, 20 vessels were banned from calling on the Port of Fujairah, effective from the notice date.
A second notice banning six ships was issued by the port on Monday, with immediate effect.
"These vessels were not following the port rules and had dropped anchors at a restricted area. They had been warned before but still they have repeated it," Captain Tamer Masoud, the Harbor Master of the Port of Fujairah, told Platts late Tuesday when contacted over the phone.
"The ships should follow our guidelines."
According to the January 15 notice, the vessels banned include VLCCs Star Light Venture, National, Maersk Eli, Amanos, La Paz, Ghazal, Ikomasan, Suezmax tanker Jiaolong Spirit and Aframax tankers such as Sea Lion, Al Buhairah, Four Island.
Also banned are Panamax tankers like Bai Lu Zuo, Salamina, Leader, LPG carriers Maharshi Mahatreya, Sunny Joy, product tankers Trader, Royal Queen, bulk carrier Iron Vassilis and general cargo ship Northern Diamond. www.hellenicshipp...
Due to snow storm and strong wind with force up to 30 m/s, all cargo operation have been severely restricted. Traffic of trucks prohibited in/out of the port and within the city limits. Weather improvement expected around noon Feb 8th.