Sibur expects completion of new Ust-Luga LPG terminal by year end
Sibur expects to fully complete the construction of Ust-Luga LPG terminal by the end of 2013, IAA PortNews reporter cites Chief Engineer of the terminal Konstantin Kazenkov as telling journalists. According to him, the facilities are to be built in four phases. The terminal currently undertakes test shipments of LPG. The third gas carrier loaded in Ust-Luga is to deliver 11,000 m3 of LPG to France. The first phase provides for transshipment of pressurized LPG. Later on, with the launch of isothermal storage facility, it will be possible to ship gas by refrigerated vessels which can carry eight times as much gas as pressurised gas carriers.
Effective late July, CMA CGM is to add Marghera, an industrial port near Venice, to its Phoenician Express (#10) service between the Adriatic Sea and the Far East.
The service is one of the four Mediterranean/Black Sea – Far East services that the French CMA CGM runs in partnership with Maersk Line. The Danish carrier, which markets this loop as its ‘AE12′, has so far not given any indication of its participation in the Venice-Marghera call. For the time being, the port will only be called by the CMA CGM vessels.
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Emirates LNG Company is looking to build an import gas terminal at Fujairah capable of handling 9m tonnes a year.
The UAE has become a net gas importer over the last few years. Emirates LNG is studying the idea of building a floating storage and conversion unit and has been in touch with two Norwegian firms, Excelerate and Golar, over the proposal.
The Minister of Public Works and Transport Ghazi Aridi has intervened to try and resolve issues at the port of Beirut where containers are stacking up. The port has struggled to handle a sudden surge in volumes up from around 8,000 teu a day to 19,000 at the moment.
The failure in negotiations between the Suez Canal Authority and local workers yesterday was blamed on the absence of Mohab Mamish, the head of the authority. Mamish had been the focus of an ugly clash last week as protesters surrounded his car.
Protests continued for the seventeenth day in a row, with a subcontractor firm demanding reinstatement. [Gulf Ship News 17/06/13]
The Port of Salalah and APL have entered into a new era of partnership with the arrival of APL Salalah, the container vessel named after the Sultanate of Oman’s second largest city. A ceremony was held yesterday (June 18, 2013) in the port premises to mark the 10 years of partnership between APL and the Port of Salalah. The ceremony was held under the auspices of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar. Al Busaidy did a guided tour of the vessel and said: “This makes me proud to see vessels of this capacity calling on Port of Salalah. It strongly endorses capabilities of the port, which is one of the largest employers in Oman. Salalah’s mega-port has supported in positioning Oman on the global stage by providing a progressive hub for manufacturing and distribution.” The recently launched APL Salalah is capable of carrying 10,700 teu. www.gulfshipnews....
Weekend strikes eat into PWCS coal shipments from Australia's Newcastle port
The Port Waratah Coal Services coal terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia shipped 1.89 million mt of coal exports in the week ended Sunday after industrial action at the weekend, a decline of 8.25% from 2.06 million mt in the week ended June 9, said the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator in a report, Monday (June 17). Workers belonging to five unions at the PWCS coal shipment facility stopped work at 11 pm Friday (1300 GMT) for four hours, and again for two, four-hour periods at 11 pm Saturday and at 11 pm Sunday -- a total of 12 hours, PWCS spokesman Paul Chamberlin said Monday. Ship-loading activity at the PWCS terminals during the weekend industrial action was "close to normal" and ships present at the terminals received their cargoes of coal exports as scheduled, said the PWCS spokesman.
Unions have notified PWCS of their intention to hold a further four-hour strike from 11 pm Wednesday until 3 am Thursday morning, Chamberlin added.
The two coal terminals operated by PWCS at Newcastle port exported 1.89 million mt of mostly thermal coal and some coking coal in the week period ended Sunday, and combined stocks at the terminals increased 420,000 mt to 1.67 million mt Sunday, said HVCCC in its report.
Australian State May Sell Top Coal Terminal at Newcastle
The world's biggest coal-export terminal may be put up for sale in the latest privatization of state property in Australia, and a further test of global investor appetite for infrastructure assets Down Under. Australia's New South Wales state government said Tuesday it was considering selling a 99-year lease on Newcastle Port. It hopes to fetch as much as 700 million Australian dollars (US$666 million) for the asset, which handles more than 105 million metric tons of coal annually, mostly bound for China and Japan, a person familiar with the matter said. An auction of Newcastle Port would add to a string of assets sales planned by Australia's most populous state as it attempts to plug a budget deficit and protect its AAA credit rating ahead of A$60 billion of proposed investments over four years in roads, schools and hospitals. online.wsj.com/ar...
Mina Khalifa will soon have direct link to Qingdao and Korea
Carrier trio makes further revision to Korea – Middle East service
As of 14 July, the port of Qingdao will be added to the Korea – Middle East service (#631) jointly operated by Hanjin (four vessels, ‘FMX’), CSAV (two vessels) and UASC (one vessel, ‘AGX2′).
The Hvide Sande port is now ready to receive ships and goods to and from central and western Jutland after a port expansion of 148 million Danish crowns has just been completed. The port was expanded by a new south jetty of 700 meters and an extended north pier, which together improve the service. At the same time, the water depth was increased to six meters. The West Port is now offering a quay length of 150 meters, with a capacity of up to 10 tonnes per square meters and a storage areal of over 20,000 square meters. The port is now ready to receive large quantities of bulk goods such as chips, wood, grain, feed products and project cargo such as turbine parts, larger machines and oversize cargo according to the Hvide Sande Service Group which was founded by 31 companies in Hvide Sande companies which were associated with the port expansion. The new commercial port will be officially opened on June 30, 2013, by the Transport Minister Henrik Dam Kristensen.
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