Maersk Line is to extend its India and Middle East to Turkey service ‘ME3′ (#1703) into the Black Sea. As of next week, the loop will be lengthened from Istanbul-Ambarli, so far its western terminus, to serve the Russian port of Novorossiysk.
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New LPG carrier Sibur Voronezh calls for test load at Ust-Luga SIBUR LPG-Terminal
The LPG carrier SIBUR VORONEZH has called at the Port of Ust-Luga. The tanker was built for Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and leased to SIBUR on a long-term charter agreement for the year-round transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from SIBUR’s LPG terminal, the SCF Group said on Monday, Sept. 9.
The Sibur Voronezh docked at the newly inaugurated terminal of SIBUR for test loading of LPG cargo in the pre-commissioning phase of the terminal launching. Then the LPG-laden tanker will bound for a Sweden port to delivery the cargo to consumers.
The LPG carrier was built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd. In late July, the vessel left the dock of the Korean port and in a 40-day voyage covered over 12,000 nm.
Lyngby Denmark based construction company, E. Pihl & Søn AS has filed for bankruptcy, threatening a number of major projects including works at Aarhus and Copenhagen harbours. It is reported that several major construction projects at Aarhus harbour are threatened along with contracts at Copenhagen harbour and the canal bridges at Vejle. In Copenhagen, Pihl’s bankruptcy will also have an effect on the bridge over the inner harbour.
Post-Panamax crane to lift Melbourne DP World to new heights
DP World Melbourne is looking to take its container handling capabilities to new heights with the commissioning of its new post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) crane on Sunday, Sept. 8. David Hodgett, Australia’s minister for ports, was on hand to officially inaugurate the new crane, which DP World Melbourne claim will improve efficiency to handle growing trade. “This investment by DP World is a clear sign that industry is on board with the AU$1.6 billion Port Capacity Project that will truly lift the port to new heights,” said Hodgett. “DP World’s Melbourne terminal is its largest and busiest operation in Australia and an invaluable strategic asset for the company which moved 26.6 million containers across the globe in the first half of this year.
Maersk – Seago to reorganise Baltic regional services
In the second half of September, the APM-Maersk Group will reshuffle its Baltic Sea feeder network and modify a number of services that connect the Baltic Sea ports to bremerhaven and/or Gdansk
Shanghai Nanhui Port, a new breakbulk port in Shanghai Lingang Industrial Area, has started operation on Sept. 1st.
The port is equipped with nine berths and has a designed annual capacity of 2.51m tons. It will mainly serve the heavy machinery manufacturers in the Lingang Industrial Area.
Kaliningrad deepwater port project to have an investor
The project of a deep water port in Kaliningrad has found an investor, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of the Kaliningrad region Alexei Klyuneyev said at the 5th Anniversary Baltic Transport Forum in Kaliningrad.
Klyuneyev declined to disclose the investor but added the name will be announced within a month. The official said that the project feasibility study will be adjusted to take into account the interests of neighboring ports. The deepwater port is one of the major infrastructure projects included in the State Program of social and economic development of the Kaliningrad region. The ice-free deep-water port able to give access and accommodate large tonnage vessels will be able to compete with its rivals on the Baltic Sea.
Only one lock at Brunsbüttel until Friday, 6th - Strike planned for next week
Since significant problems with the hydraulic system of lockgates have occurred on two little locks, they must be taken out of service. Thus is currently only the Great Northern available. At the North Little lock repair shall be finished on Friday 6th, so then one large and one small lock of shipping is available. The damage to the little Südschleuse should be on completed on Monday 9th of September. Then, 1 Large and 2 Small locks are available again. Today union verdi announced a week long strike on whole Kiel Canal for the next week starting September 9th.
Transneft says crude exports at Novorossiysk port to resume on September 5
Russian oil pipelines network operator Transneft has completed repair on the Samara-Lisichansk pipeline and is set to recommence as of September 5 crude oil supply for export through the port of Novorossiysk, RIA Novosti reported quoting Igor Demin, an adviser to President of Transneft. "Repair works on the main pipeline have been completed. At 10.05 am (Moscow Time) they started to fill up the pipe. The tanks should be filled with volume sufficient for an oil tanker shipment. Taking into account all of these procedures, loading of the first tanker is expected to start in the afternoon of September 5", Igor Demin said in a statement.