As Port Strategy reports, a new era is set for New Zealand freight following the Port of Tauranga’s NZ$21.6m (US$17.26m) investment in the South Island’s PrimePort Timaru. The investment is part of Tauranga’s “strategic alliance” with PrimePort Timaru that will see coastal shipping and rail increase as transport infrastructure in the region is redeveloped. It will also allow for the development of flexible and cost-effective routes to and from international markets for South Island exporters and importers.
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A number of workers in Damietta Port Authority will organize several days of protest in the coming period after the nomination of Major General Ibrahim Yusuf as the minister of transport' adviser. The staff justified their position that Joseph has some issues in the Disciplinary Court for financial irregularities when he was head of Damietta Port Authority and it is expected that in the coming period he might dismiss lots of workers who have raised complaints against him.
Minefields around Israel's Red Sea port of Eilat cleared
An operation to clear minefields near Israel's Red Sea port of Eilat has been successfully completed. The Mine Clearing Authority (MCA) completed the clearance of 123 acres of minefields in the vicinity of Eilat. "The Eilat area is mine-free. The area was a 'ticking bomb' for decades and will soon be utilised by the state for the benefit of civilians," Marcel Aviv, deputy director of MCA, said.
Bahrain gets direct US west coast link with Hanjin/NYK service
Doha: APM Terminals Bahrain, the operators of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), on August 13th 2013 welcomed an inaugural Hanjin/NYK service which gives shippers direct access from Bahrain to the US West Coast and Korea for the first time. "We are pleased to welcome this new direct service which will now open direct lines for shipping companies in the kingdom and significantly boost transhipment activities, thereby contributing to the kingdom's economy," said APM Terminals chief commercial officer Simon Brebner. "Furthermore, the direct call into Bahrain from two of the top 10 global carriers, Hanjin and NYK is a reflection of Bahrain's increasing capabilities to provide transhipment opportunities to and from the Northern Gulf and we look forward to welcoming and delivering value to this service on a regular basis," he added. This new service will arrive in Bahrain every Monday evening. [14/08/13]
Suez Canal security raised to ‘extreme emergency’ level
Cairo: With extreme violence breaking out across the nation ship calls to Egyptian ports have been reported as normal. Meanwhile, Mohab Mamish, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, announced on Wednesday he was raising the state of extreme emergency at the entrances to the canal starting from Suez governorate through the course of Ismailia to Port Said. Mamish announced that Suez Canal is now being policed by the army, airforce, navy as well as the authority’s own fleet of ships. Mamish granted all workers in at the authority a day off today in case of any violence. [Gulf Ship News 15/08/13]
Cosco Pacific is currently in talks with Qinzhou port in Guangxi province about plans to further develop the port.
Wang Xingru, managing director of Cosco Pacific said Qinzhou bonded port area and the Sino-Malaysia Industrial Park which is currently under construction will bring lots of future opportunities to the port and now is a good time to develop the logistics of the port.
Qinzhou port serves as a major gateway to ASEAN countries and is also the largest container transit port in the Beibu Gulf region. It completed container volume of 262,000teu in the first half, a year-on-year growth of 20.2%.
Cosco Pacific just inked a deal with Rizhao port last week to jointly develop a multi-purpose terminal at the port and it is also looking to make a further investment into Qingdao port. [14/08/13]
CNOOC gets nod for China’s first floating LNG terminal at Tianjin
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), China’s leading energy firm, announced yesterday that it had received final approval from the government to build China’s first floating LNG terminal in Tianjin.
According to the company’s release, the first phase of the project comprises a floating, storage and regasification unit, an accompanying berth and two 30,000 cubic metre storage tanks. It will have an LNG receiving capacity of 3bn cubic metres per year. Total investment on the first phase of the project is RMB3.3bn.
CNOOC said the floating LNG terminal can shorten the construction period by three to four years comparing with LNG terminal and floating storage and regasification services rented from overseas.
The second phase of the project will be an onshore terminal with an annual receiving capacity of 8 cubic metres.[15/08/13]
Minnesota will give the owners of Great Lakes vessels an extra two years to install ballast treatment technology, but the state remains the only government moving to regulate the freshwater boats.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday unveiled its new five-year water quality permit regulations for ships that enter Minnesota waters of Lake Superior, giving supporters and opponents until Sept. 11 to comment.
The draft rules delay the previous requirement that existing lakers install ballast treatment technology on Jan. 1, 2016, for at least two years and likely until each vessel goes in for major service dry dock after Jan. 1, 2018. www.duluthnewstri...
Labour union VERDI announces new strike on Kiel-Canal at Kiel-Holtenau locks
The local labour union VERDI has announced a new strike for Wednesday 14.08.2013,starting 00.00 hrs am this time affecting the Kiel-Holtenau-Locks. It will disturb the schedule to a large extent and many services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
Two workers killed while disassembling ‘Love Boat’ in at Aliaga scrapyard
A prosecutor has opened a probe into the death of two workers who succumbed to smoke inhalation due to a plumbing fixture on Aug. 10 as they helped disassemble the MS Pacific, a famous cruise ship, which arrived in İzmir on Aug. 6.
The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular U.S. 1970s television show “The Love Boat,” came to Turkey from Genoa after a difficult trip due to weather conditions. The ship was damaged and water filled its engine room because of a violent storm, Doğan News Agency reported.
Ten workers entered the engine room and were poisoned by smoke released from a plumbing fixture’s exhaust pipe while they were using to drain the water. www.hurriyetdaily...