Federal Yukina opens Detroit's 2012 shipping season
On Saturday, April 7, 2012, the Port of Detroit welcomed the arrival of the ocean going vessel, Federal Yukina. The arrival time was 7:00 a.m. at the Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company, located at 4105 West Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The ship's arrival will begin the Port of Detroit's 2012 shipping season.
"With the advent of the warm weather approaching, it is exciting to welcome the Federal Yukina vessel to the Port of Detroit because it signifies freight transportation throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. This is vitally important to our economies and security," says John Jamian, executive director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA).
The Federal Yukina, a Hong Kong flagged vessel, set sail on March 21, 2012 from Teesport, United Kingdom with a cargo of steel products.
New India port of Kattupalli (near Ennore) opens this month
The Kattupalli port is to begin operations this month end with a soft launch, reported The Hindu. The port owned by L&T is coming up adjacent to the Ennore port with an initial investment of over US$391 million. The original plan was to launch in April. However, with most of the works completed, the company was preparing to launch in January. But due to a delay in getting clearance from the Customs department, which should first notify the terminal to handle containers, the launch will be in April. “The issue with the Customs has been sorted out. We will inaugurate the port with a soft launch. Most of the VIPs are not confirming the date, hence, a soft launch,” said an official at L&T Ports. It is learnt from industry sources that the company has even appointed trailer operators inside the terminal for movement of containers.
The opening of a new Russian oil terminal on the Baltic Sea, seen as a new direct link to Europe, is having an effect on
world crude markets, analysts say. Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin last month celebrated the opening of the
Ust-Luga terminal along the Gulf of Finland, west of St. Petersburg, by pressing a button to signal the loading the first oil tanker there. The new universal port is at the end of the newly constructed, $3.3 billon Baltic Pipeline System-2 trunk oil pipeline system, which runs from Unecha in Russia's Bryansk Region to Ust-Luga. The state-owned Russian oil company Transneft says it plans to pump 30 million tons of oil per year through the BPS-2 pipeline during its first operational stage, eventually ramping up to 38 million tons after a second stage is completed in December 2013. . Source: UPI
Greek sailors working on passenger ships in the domestic network April 10 began a two-day strike against government
reforms, leaving ferries at anchor in ports all over the country ahead of the Orthodox Easter holiday, causing chaos
among travellers at the this traditionally busy time and hitting hoteliers and agriculturalists hard. Greek Orthodox
Easter this year falls on April 15.
Chennai container terminal receives 4 new ship-to-shore quay cranes
Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd has received four new ship-to-shore quay cranes and eight new rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGCs), The Hindu Business Line reports.
The private container terminal inside the Chennai port is owned and managed by PSA International, Singapore.
The four post-Panamax quay cranes are capable of lifting two 20-foot containers per move. All the new cranes will undergo commissioning tests and will be progressively deployed for operations from May 2012, says a company press release.
Mr V. Sivarajan, Managing Director of PSA India, said that the terminal will now have a total of seven quay cranes and 18 RTGCs. This would more than double its existing terminal handling capacity.
Fujairah oil terminal to begin operations in October
Gulf Petrochem Group, a leading player in oil sector, is confident to launch operations at Fujairah oil terminal project in October this year, its top official said, Khaleej Times reports.
The Sharjah-based company, which finalised the deal with Fujairah government in January, said the phase one of the oil terminal project is on the verge of completion and will have capacity of up to 1.2 million cubic metres of storage. Fujairah Government has a 12 per cent stake in the project.
Nova Scotia finances shipping line linking Halifax to New England
HALIFAX, N.S. -- The province of Nova Scotia has provided a $500,000 loan guarantee to American Feeder Lines International, helping them transport containers by ship from the Port of Halifax to markets in New England.
Specifically, the money will help support the company’s weekly shipping service from Halifax to Boston and Portland, the province announced.
Fire-Fighters are battling an uncontrolled blaze in Fremantle Port that has engulfed at least 11 sea containers. A Fire and Emergency Services Authority spokeswoman said the stack of containers in the Rous Head Harbour on North
Mole Drive, North Fremantle, caught fire about 4pm today. Original reports from fire officials suggested 20 containers
were ablaze, but the number was rounded down to 11 late today. At 7pm, the fire is contained but not controlled.
FESA says 13 fire crews with about 40 fire-fighters are on the scene applying water to the sea containers to stop the
fire spreading and flare-ups. One of the containers, which
are found in the commercial section of the port and belong
to a hire and servicing company Container Refrigeration, contains oil, according to the FESA spokeswoman. The majority of the containers are empty.
Hanjin offers Tianjin to north Europe line deploying 13,000-10,000-TEUers
HANJIN has launched a new shipping line to Europe calling at Tianjin's Euroasia International Container Terminal,
Xinhua reports. This is the third international shipping route started from Tianjin, using four 13,000-TEU and seven
10,000-TEU ships, offering one sailing a week, calling at Algeciras, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. Hanjin is the
largest shipping company in Korea and the ninth biggest in the world. It has a fleet of 100 containerships with a total
capacity of 483,000 TEU. Source : Asian Shipper
The first cruise company to use Abu Dhabi as a home port is pulling out less than a year after it started sailing from the capital as the industry struggles in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster. Italy's MSC Cruises has scrapped plans to return to the emirate this year for the next season in a setback for the emirate's ambitions to become a cruise industry hub. A variety of factors were behind its decision to withdraw, including commercial reasons, the limited facilities and range of cruise destinations in the region, and a preference to take the ship that was destined for Abu Dhabi to South Africa instead, the company said.
"There is no doubt that MSC Cruises' guests enjoyed the destination," MSC Cruises said. "However, for the long-term success of cruising in the [GCC] region, new ports of call need to be developed, terminal facilities must be upgraded and there must be increased focus on sourcing from local and regional markets." www.thenational.a...