In an attempt to resolve the worsening housing shortage problem in Sweden, local authorities have announced plans to house some 1,260 refugees on board a cruise ship.
Even the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket), which struck the deal with the ship’s owner, Gothenburg firm Accumul8or Invest AB, doesn't deny the obvious: “It’s a bit unusual.”
“It’s nothing we’re used to. It’s new for Sweden and it’s also new for the shipping industry,” Migrationsverket press spokesperson Willis Aberg told local tabloid GT. It's not clear yet at which port the vessel will dock. Among the large harbors previously mentioned are Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Oskarshamn, Uddevalla and Gävle, the Local reported.
Sweden has received 150,000 asylum seekers so far this year, the most per capita in the EU. The previous record of 84,000 was set during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. https://www.rt.com/news/327092-swedish-cruise-ship-refugees/
Arctic drilling rig expected to leave Port Angeles harbor
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An Arctic drilling rig that has made its home in the Port Angeles harbor is expected to depart for Europe.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the giant oil drilling platform, the Polar Pioneer, has been welded to a ship owned by a company from the Netherlands.
A representative of the U.S. division of that company, Dockwise Shipping, says it is ready to depart on Wednesday.
Robb Erickson says the 902-foot semi-submersible heavy-lift ship will take the Polar Pioneer to Norway by following the coast to the Strait of Magellan at the tip of South America. From there it will cross the Atlantic.
The Dockwise Vanguard is the largest ship of its type in the world and can lift more than 120,000 tons of cargo. https://marcellus.com/news/id/133694/arctic-drilling-rig-expected-leave-port-angeles-harbor/
Coast Guard rescues eight crew members of distressed ship
Eight fishermen who spent five days on a lifeboat after their vessel sank in the Atlantic Ocean have been rescued off the Brazilian coast.
The skipper of another fishing boat spotted the group Thursday afternoon some 15km from Cascavel beach in the northeastern state of Ceara, Brazilian authorities said on Friday.
The crew of the second boat rescued the eight castaways and brought them ashore.
Suffering from dehydration, the survivors were taken to hospitals in Fortaleza, the state capital, and two of them remained hospitalised on Friday.
The eight men set out two weeks ago from the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte aboard the fishing boat Rey Arturo, which sank last Sunday near the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.
The boat split into pieces, giving the crew no time to send a distress call, and the eight fishermen barely had time to get into the lifeboat.
Though careful rationing allowed them to make their limited food and water last for days, the lifeboat began to sink under their weight.
By the time the skipper of the second vessel saw them, the eight fishermen were floating in the water, tied to what was left of the lifeboat.
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Port Tawfiq receives first tourist ship in 9 years
The governor of Suez, al-Araby al-Sarwy, and security director of Suez, Major General Magdy Abdel Aal, received the Port Berlin ship at Port Tawfiq on Friday. It is carrying 275 German tourists and 169 crew members. The ship is the first to visit the port in nine years. It was coming from the port of Sharm el-Sheikh to visit Suez's archeological areas.
A major celebration to welcome tourists was held upon their arrival. Berlin is the first tourist ship to arrive in Port Tawfiq in nine years, since the sinking of the al-Salam 98 ship.
There was a pilot run last year for the port, which received pilgrims during Umrah, but it was closed again afterwards.
The Suez governor welcomed tourists with roses and leaflets in foreign languages on archeological areas in the governorate. He offered the ship's captain the shield of the Suez governorate and gave his assistants commemorative medals.
Port of San Diego Publishes Planning Update Report
Port of San Diego has published a so-called framework report with updates to its master plan for the approximately 6,000 acres of land and water within its jurisdiction.
The integrated planning process began in 2013 and has included extensive public outreach.
The framework report outlines objectives of the port master plan update, including: Modernizing the plan by prioritizing key planning features and clearly defining land and water use guidelines for development, with enough built-in flexibility to be able to quickly adjust to market demands. Simplifying the plan in order to streamline the permitting process for developers, investors, and District staff to more effectively and efficiently process projects. And balancing the needs of development with those of valuable natural resources so that the two can harmoniously co-exist in a manner that is fiscally sustainable.
According to a prepared statement, comprehensive planning ideas are contained in the report to guide all projects in the following key areas: Land use, water use, and mobility; public access and recreation; natural resources; safety and resilience; and economic development.
Port staff will use the report to begin drafting a master plan, which will be followed by review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Coastal Act. www.cruiseindustr...
New operator of Nova Scotia ferry service still waiting for its ship to come in
Bay Ferries Ltd. is working with the provincial government to get the 2016 season underway, but progress will be slowed until it finds a ferry. The Canadian company that plans to run the ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia next summer is still searching for a vessel.
Bay Ferries Ltd., the company that Nova Scotia picked to run the service, is scouring the globe for a ship but has yet to find one, said Geoff MacLellan, the province’s minister of transportation. www.pressherald.c...
New Bunkering Facilities Part of Revamped Al Mirfa Port at Abu Dhabi
A series of planned upgrades to Abu Dhabi's Al Mirfa Port have been completed, including new bunkering facilities that will enable the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to provide fuel to vessels using an offshore platform, UAE news reports.
"The development of the Western Region's ports is a strategic priority and in line with our leadership's directives of enhancing the region's economic resources," said Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), while touring the new facilities with other senior officials. shipandbunker.com...
Largest container ship ever to arrive at Port of Los Angeles on Saturday
A huge new cargo ship is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend, Dec. 26./27.
The CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin will be the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port when it arrives Saturday.
Recently delivered to the French shipping line CMA-CGM, the ship is 1,300 feet long, 177 feet wide and has the capacity of nearly 18,000 containers.
A port statement says that’s about a third larger than the biggest container ships that currently call at the twin ports of Los Angeles and adjacent Long Beach.
Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka says the mega ship’s arrival signals a new chapter in Pacific Rim trade flow.
Qatar’s Hamad Port begins accepting commercial vessels
Marking a major economic milestone for Qatar, the country’s new Hamad Port soft-launched commercial shipping operations yesterday, QNA reports.
The new $7.4 billion (QR27 billion) port is located in Umm Al-Houl near Mesaieed. It received its first ship in July, the heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 10, which was laden with 12 cranes that will be used to unload goods from vessels that dock there. The new Hamad port will eventually cover a site of around 20 sq km and include three container terminals, with an eventual combined annual capacity in excess of six million containers per year.
The port area will also house a new base for the Emiri Naval Forces and a special economic zone industrial area.
Container ships are expected to start using Hamad Port in mid-2016. dohanews.co/qatar...
Antwerp Prepares for Construction of LNG Bunker Barge Station
The Port of Antwerp says it is preparing to begin construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker station for barges, noting that a concession agreement is set for signing in the beginning of 2016.
With the Rhine-Main-Danube LNG Master Plan having come to a close on December 16, the Port of Antwerp says preparations for the bunker station reasserts the port's commitment to LNG bunker development. shipandbunker.com...