Greek ports face two days of stoppages in towage union strike
Two days of strike action by towage workers will bring ship movements in Greek ports to a standstill today and tomorrow (Oct. 22-23), Inchcape Shipping Services has warned.
The maritime and cargo services company said in an advisory to customers that work stoppages announced by the Crew Union of Towage Companies in Greece would affect vessel movements at all Greek ports and terminals.
Over the two days there will be daily four-hour stoppages from 06:00-10:00 local time. The towage union announced the action in protest of the planned privatisation of Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports. Inch cape said during the two stoppage periods, vessels would not be able to berth or sail from ports or terminals.
Greece has pledged to privatize its major ports as part of a reform package demanded by the country’s international creditors to qualify for its third and final 86 billion euros [$96 billion] bailout. www.joc.com/port-...
Scottish Ferry Operator Inks £97 million Deal on Two Dual-Fuel Vessels
Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) says it has signed a contract with Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) for two 100 metre long, dual-fuel ferries worth £97 million ($150 million), Scottish media reports.
It is reported that the ferries will be able to run on both liquid natural gas (LNG) and marine diesel, and will be the fourth and fifth such additions to the ferry operator's fleet, with two already in operation and a third set to be added into service in December.
"I'm delighted this contract has been formally awarded to Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) and the shipyard can now start work on these new 100m ferries, the largest commercial vessels to be built on the Clyde since 2001," said Derek Mackay, Scotland's Minister for Transport and Islands
FMEL is reported to be responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the two vessels, which are said to be set to operate on CalMac's Ardrossan-Brodick and the Uig Triangle routes. shipandbunker.com...
5 Vessels Arrested in "Clear Case of Illegal Bunkering"
he Nigerian Navy says it has arrested five vessels and a Cotonou boat for illegal bunkering after operators of the vessels were allegedly caught illegally discharging 108,000 litres of diesel from a private jetty in Port Harcourt, local media reports.
"We discovered on Monday that the vessels MV Denis, MV Faith, MV Lum VII, MV Eliora, FP Comfort, and a large Cotonou boat were discharging illegally refined products into five barges," said Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim, the Commander of NNS Pathfinder.
"This is a clear case of illegal bunkering going by the position of the Federal Government on sourcing and distribution of illegally refined petroleum products.
"Investigation is ongoing to unravel involvement of individuals and groups behind this illicit trade." shipandbunker.com...
Izmir port container facility on track for 2016 opening
The opening of the new container terminal on Turkey’s Aegean coast will become the largest of its kind serving the country’s capital Istanbul and southern regions. APM Terminals Izmir facility
APM Terminals said the development would ‘contribute significantly’ to Turkey’s export growth.
“Turkey’s very ambitious plans to become of the world’s ten largest economies will rely in part upon new and greater access to the global logistics chain, and the larger vessels serving world trade, and we are proud that APM Terminals Izmir will play a role in that process,” says APM Terminals managing director Mogens Wolf Larsen.
Final deliveries of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and gantry cranes are scheduled for December, complementing the container equipment already in place.
The deep-water APM Terminals Izmir facility is expected to begin commercial operations in early 2016, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).
As Europe’s seventh largest economy, the Turkish government has grand plans to propel the country’s export capacity to US$500 billion annually by 2023.
The APM Terminal Izmir facility will operate under a 28-year concession agreement with Turkish petrochemical conglomerate Petkim and will have 700 meters of quay and a 16 meter depth during its first phase of development.
The new port falls under the Petkim Petrochemical Complex development geared towards export production and represents an investment of US$400 million.
In addition, there is potential to expand annual throughput capacity to four million TEUs annually. www.freshfruitpor...
This year 207 cruise ships will have called at Gibraltar bringing over 290,000 passengers
This year 207 cruise ships will have called at Gibraltar bringing over 290,000 passengers to our shores, that is an additional 27 ships from last year, of which 12 are inaugural calls. We continue to pursue our policy of one to one contact with all the decision makers in the cruise industry outside of these events too and the return on this endeavour is clear for all to see; cruise ship calls are up. The Port of Gibraltar provides excellent and professional facilities to our cruise customers along with those providing excellent services in the private sector.’
Shipping traffic to Syria surges as Russia steps up offensive
More than 100 cargo vessels have reached Syria in the past few weeks, in the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year as Russia steps up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad.
The ships have arrived directly from Russia, Black Sea ports such as Constantza in Romania as well as from Lebanon and Egypt, according to shipping data, maritime intelligence and international trade sources.
They say the cargo includes supplies to bolster the offensive as well as grain and sugar to feed those involved in the deepening conflict. Reuters was not able to independently confirm what was in the ships.
Russia has not issued any orders for the delivery of goods to Syria, a Russian government spokeswoman said.
Some deliveries were to fulfil orders made by the Syrian and Russian governments while others were private suppliers, expecting an opportunity to sell their goods as fighting picks up, the sources said.
“Ships are backed up and the logistics of bringing cargoes is complex and chaotic at the moment. We are seeing all of this due to Russia’s bigger involvement,” a Middle East based commodities trade source said.
The cost of freight to Syria on a container ship jumped in the past two weeks by 25 percent to over $80 a tonne, he said.
Syria’s five-year civil war has escalated since Russian jets started air strikes against rebels battling Assad on September 30 after increasing its presence in mid September with extra forces at its naval base at the port of Tartous and at a coastal airstrip.
There were just seven ships arriving at Tartous in late August, but this had jumped to 29 in the week of October 12, according to data collated by UK-headquartered maritime technology company Pole Star. It showed 95 ships arrived at Tartous between mid-September and October 21.
In the other main port of Latakia, ship arrivals peaked during September with a total of 34 ship arrivals in the period from mid September to October 21, Pole Star data showed.
Mauritius takes next step to become global bunker hub
The Government of Mauritius has taken the next steps to develop its capital and largest city Port Louis, into a global bunkering hub that will be able to export 1 million metric tons of bunker fuel and ultimately employ 25,000 people across the marine industry.
The Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands spoke at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) conference held in Port Louis on 13-15 October and outlined the government’s ambitions for this growing business sector.
Each year 35,000 ships transit the waters around Mauritius moving between Asia, Southern Africa and South America and over the last few years, the number of ships taking on bunker fuel in Port Louis has been increasing.
Last year the volume supplied rose from 269,324 metric tons in 2013 to 287,546 metric tons in 2014, an increase of around 6.8%. However, this figure represents just 30% of the government’s short term goal of 1 million metric tons of bunker exports per year. www.hellenicshipp...
The Johor Port Authority (JPA) is planning to expand the port-handling operations and related activities at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) next year.
JPA general manager Muhammad Razif Ahmad said the cost to expand the facilities and capacity at the port under phase three of the development plan was estimated at about RM5bil.
He said the major investment would go into the construction of new berths to handle a surge in cargo-handling volume in the next 10 years.
Razif said PTP currently handled about 10.5 million tonnes of cargo yearly and the volume would rise to 15 million tonnes yearly when the project is completed in 2019.
“JPA and the management of PTP are always looking at how to further expand, develop and strengthen operations at the port from time to time,” he said after the opening of the Johor Port Week 2015.
Razif said presently PTP, which started operations in 2000, had 14 berths measuring five kilometres constructed under phase two. www.hellenicshipp...
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port receives world’s largest vessel
The largest vessel in the world, the MSC Maya, docked at King Abdullah Port on Oct. 14, 2015, making it the latest of the new supersize container ships to deliver cargo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The MSC Maya, which has a total capacity of 19,224 TEUs, was launched on Sept. 26, 2015 at the port of Antwerp in Belgium and in less than a month in service it has berthed at Saudi Arabia’s first port owned, developed and managed by the private sector.
Commenting on the event, Eng. Abdullah Hameedaddin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, said: “We are immensely proud of King Abdullah Port capability of receiving the world’s largest vessels since it positions Saudi Arabia among the elite group of countries with the facilities to host the supersize containers that are being built today and even in the coming decades.” www.hellenicshipp...
State Government will investigate creating a State Development Area at the Port of Bundaberg to facilitate economic development and jobs growth.
The news comes as the Palaszczuk Government announced it would increase funding to the Bundaberg gas pipeline from the LNP’s $11 million to almost $20 million in a bid to build the port into an economic hub for the Wide Bay region.
Ms Palaszczuk said the government had cemented the future of the Bundaberg gas pipeline and reached a fixed-price contract of $19.8 million with Australian gas Networks Limited to design, deliver and operate the pipeline and support job development now, and into the future.
“We know this project is important for local industry in Bundaberg and Maryborough,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This is a 26km pipeline and every centimetre and every dollar of the $19.8 million investment is an investment in jobs.
“Construction of the pipeline itself will support 45 jobs, including up to 15 local construction jobs, and support already planned private investment such as Knauf Plasterboard.
“Essential infrastructure like the gas pipeline means Knauf and others will be able to benefit into the future.”
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said Knauf was set to invest $70 million in its plant at the port. www.hellenicshipp...