Shelter-in-place lifted, Houston Ship Channel reopened after naphtha release
A shelter-in-place was lifted and the Houston Ship Channel was reopened at 2:08 p.m. Wednesday after an incident in the upper ship channel that caused the release of as much as 23,000 gallons of naphtha (PTN).
The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and other agencies and responders are working together to ensure the safety of people in the area, responders and to minimize any impact to the environment if possible.
"Upon consultation with the NOAA support coordinator, their models showed that most of the product would evaporate in approximately three hours," said Cmdr. Eric Carrero, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Coast Guard. "We are continuing to ensure the safety of personnel and the environment."
The Coast Guard was notified of the incident through a National Response Center report from someone on the ship channel at 11:46 a.m., reporting a smell in the area. Shortly after, a representative from Kirby Inland Marine reported the allision that impacted cargo tank number one on the starboard side of the barge. The Chevron facility where the barge was docked issued a shelter in place for their facility and the Coast Guard shut down a 1.5 mile section of the upper ship channel from Light 152 to Greens Port Industrial Park. https://www.dvidshub.net/...
6 protesting Shell's Arctic drilling arrested in Seattle
Six activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean were arrested Tuesday, five who blocked entrances to the Seattle port where the company's massive rig is parked and another who disrupted a port commission meeting.
In the morning, five activists tried to block work at the port to prevent the ship from heading to the waters off Alaska, a spokesperson for the ShellNo Action Council told The Seattle Times.
Seattle police arrested five members of a group called the Seattle Raging Grannies, who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs. The five women, the oldest was 92 were arrested for investigation of obstruction and pedestrian interference. They were processed then quickly released from the department's Southwest Precinct in West Seattle.
They were arrested for blocking train tracks outside Terminal 5, officers said. www.news24.com/Gr...
Penang got a taste of the maritime luxury when the 347.1m length Quantum of the Seas called at the Port Swettenham Cruise Terminal today, June 10. The cruise ship with 6,532 passengers and crew on board arrived at the port about 7am and departed about 4pm the same day for Singapore. The ship is on a close to two-month journey which started on May 2 from New York, USA, and end in Shanghai, China, on June 24. The liner is one of three "Quantum" class ships owned by cruise operator Royal Caribbean International. This is one of the largest cruise ships to have called at Penang with state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law on hand to welcome the arrival. www.thesundaily.m...
Maersk targets Nigeria ports in Africa expansion push
A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, owner of the world’s largest shipping container line, is seeking to win contracts to build and upgrade ports in Nigeria and Kenya as the Danish company expands its African operations. Maersk is awaiting a final sign-off on a contract to help build a new port in Badagry, Lagos State, according to Lars Reno Jakobsen, the company’s senior vice president for Africa. “That project, once it’s been finalised, could be more than $2 billion in terms of investment,” he said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town on Friday.
“Hopefully, we can start some time this year. It will provide capacity, not only for containers, but also for oil, break-bulk and offshore.”
Strong winds have caused large empty shipping containers to end up in Wellington on June 9, 2015. Two large empty shipping containers were blown into the water by strong wind gusts around 9 p.m. The containers were blown into the water off the container terminal at Wellington's CentrePort. One had since washed ashore at Oriental Bay Beach. Another container was perched against the seawall near the Thorndon container terminal,. Centreport would work to safely retrieve the two shipping containers in the morning. North northwesterly gusts had reached up to 100 km/h at Wellington Harbour in the night. In the morning strong gales continued to batter the capital, with winds of up to 150 km/h recorded in exposed place, but winds were likely to ease later in the afternoon
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On June 9 the port of Hamburg opened its third cruise ship terminal at the Kronprinzen Quay in Steinwerder. The new terminal will meet the cruise industry’s growing demand. The expectations are the third Hamburg terminal at the Elbe River to be called by more floating hotels and larger ones, which will increase the ship traffic in the region.
Over 8,000 passengers will be able to disembark and board ships through the new Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder. The terminal will feature separate areas for arrivals and departures, to ensure smooth passenger and baggage flow.
Other two cruise ship terminals are located in the Hafencity and Altona district. Until now, when the port was called simultaneously by several passenger ships, it was overcrowded and created blockage of the traffic flow.
Approximately EUR 64 million were invested in the terminal
Kochi port receives first wheat shipment from Australia since ten years
After about a decade, the Kochi Port has started receiving wheat shipments in this season with the first vessel from Australia reaching on Monday.
The ship MV PAN EDEL WEISS carrying around 32,000 tonnes of Australian wheat in bulk anchored at Ernakulam wharf in the morning. The consignment was imported by a private firm P.K.Roller Flour Mills, Kozhikode.
When contacted a senior company official told Business Line that the unseasonal and unexpected rains in several parts of North India have damaged a good percentage of wheat crop and there was a scarcity of getting good quality wheat.
This has prompted them to look for import options and decided to source Australian prime wheat considered to be superior quality. Normally the company is procuring wheat from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh to meet its production requirements.
To a question, the official said that the import price of wheat is to the tune of ₹19,000 per tonne. This is the first consignment and the second shipment will depend on the feasibility of the initial delivery. Source: www.thehindubusin...
n the first quarter, goods throughput in Rotterdam was 7.2% up on the same period of last year. Dry bulk (particularly ores and coal) fell by 5.1%. Container throughput increased substantially, by 5.1% in weight and 7.6% in TEU. Liquid bulk throughput (particularly crude oil and oil products) grew even more notably, by 14.7%.
Port's skyline to change as Enviva storage domes begin to take shape
A new addition to the Port City's skyline could arise as early as this weekend. That's when Enviva, weather permitting, plans to inflate a giant white "balloon" that will form the inner soft skin of one of two 170-foot-tall concrete domes the company is constructing to store wood pellets at the Port of Wilmington. www.starnewsonlin...
The controversial planning application, which has sparked opposition from residents and local political representatives, is being submitted by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to An Bord Pleanála
The Harbour Company is seeking planning permission for an €18m cruise berth facility to cater for massive cruise ships, which would mean passengers will be able to walk onto the port resulting in a much needed financial boost to the local economy.
The port has been left idle of commercial ship terms since Stena Line Ferries pulled services earlier this year, citing the need to concentrate its business out of Dublin Port, located 12km away. The service was reduced to a seasonal operation five years ago. www.irishexaminer...