Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas Arrives at Cochin Port
Mega Luxury Cruise Vessel “M.V.Ovation of the Seas” called at the Cochin Port on June 2, 2016 for a 2-day stop-over in its circuit of Dubai-Muscat-Kochi-Penang-Singapore. The vessel with 4000 passengers and 1649 crew was given a warm and colourful reception at the Cochin Port in ethnic style with flowers, sindhoor and chendamelam.
‘Container handling facility at Paradip port within 6 months’
A container handling facility would be set up at Paradip port within six months to boost exports from Odisha, Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia said on June 4, 2016.
Teaotia, who met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, said the government would adopt a positive approach in dealing with issues raised by the state, according to a release from the Chief Minister’s Office.
The state government also shared its views on export promotion with the ministry officials.
“Odisha has a great tradition of export and today also the state has much potential.
“Both the state and Central government are committed for infrastructural development in the state. We need to work together in close collaboration to sort out the regulatory issues and expedite the completion of the projects,” Teaotia said.
Joint Secretary, Commerce, Sanjaya Chadha said the Odisha government has taken a number of steps for promotion of exports.
The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) will start the public bidding process for the P400-million one-stop-shop fastcraft terminal at the Cebu Base Port once the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will approve its loan application.
CPA General Manager Edmund Tan said the agency’s loan application with DBP in Cebu has been sent to the DBP-Manila for approval.
“Hopefully, it will be approved so we can start the process of bidding our fastcraft terminal at the Cebu Base Port worth P400 million,” Tan said.
Tan said that the Robinsons Galleria Cebu has a pending proposal to construct a skywalk or flyover to connect the newly-opened mall at the North Reclamation Area (NRA) to the fastcraft terminal at the base port, better known as Pier 4.
“But they will only build the skywalk once our terminal will start construction or completed, depending on what Robinsons management decides,” Tan said.
The future fastcraft terminal will be located at the area formerly occupied by Supercat and 2Go. The area was abandoned after it was damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. www.hellenicshipp...
Carnival Moves One Step Closer to New Cruise Port in the Bahamas
Last August, Cruise Fever reported about Carnival Cruise Line sending a proposal to the Bahamian government to build a private cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. Now, Seatrade Cruise News is reporting that Carnival is now one step closer to building the port after a new memorandum of understanding has “cleared the way for completion of negotiations with Carnival Cruise Line for the creation of a major cruise port with compelling attractions in East Grand Bahama”, said Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie.Not everyone is on board with Carnival looking to building a cruise port in the Bahamas, many locals in Freeport are afraid that cruise ships will bypass the current port for the new private port. Freeport remains one of the least popular cruise ports in all of the Bahamas and Caribbean.When will this private port experience open if the Bahamian government accepts Carnival’s proposal? No timetable has been given at this time and both sides have many obstacles to clear before any deal is finalized. However if approved, it will likely be welcome news to cruisers who either stay on the ship in Freeport, or who bypass cruise itineraries that stop there.Carnival Cruise Line remains one of the few cruise lines that does not have their own private port in the Bahamas. While parent company Carnival Corporation owns Half Moon Cay and Carnival ships often stop there, the island is branded as Holland America Line. Source; Cruise Fever
Tasmania’s clean, green image will get a very practical boost with the launch of SeaRoad Shipping’s newroll-on roll-off freight vessel for Bass Strait service. SEAROAD MERSEY II, powered by liquefied natural gas, will be officially christened by Robyn Kelly, wife of Chas Kelly, chairman of parent company SeaRoad Holdings, at the renowned Flensburger Shipyard, Germany, at about 7.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. SEAROAD MERSEY II represents an investment of more than $110 million in the future of Tasmania and its connectedness to the mainland and the world. It is the first coastal ship in Australia to use clean, green LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.
Chemoil to start supply of bunker fuel in Australia's Brisbane
Singapore (Platts)--2 Jun 2016 341 am EDT/741 GMT
Bunker fuel supplier Chemoil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore, will start operations to supply bunker fuel at Brisbane port in eastern Australia, from June 23 onwards, the company said in a statement Thursday.
As part of its operations, the company will deploy a bunker barge, the Valiant III, which has the capacity to hold marine fuel oil and marine gasoil grades, it added.
Chemoil has also signed a long-term terminal storage agreement with GrainCorp, while barging operations will be undertaken by United Maritime Australia, the company said.
The company is already active in ports along the New South Wales coast since April this year, and it intends to target cruise lines, it added. www.platts.com/la...
Votes at French refineries on ending strike; pipeline shipments continue
London (Platts)--3 Jun 2016 1157 am EDT/1557 GMT
Voting has been underway at French refineries affected by strikes Friday afternoon, with staff at Total's Donges and Grandpuits voting in favor of ending industrial action, the company said.
But CGT sources said that the labor union is set to continue with strikes over the weekend at refineries that have been affected by industrial action for the past two weeks, while operations at France's main ports are also likely to remain disrupted until early next week.Nonetheless, confidence was growing in the market that the refineries are likely to restart early next week.
French oil major Total said that a majority of staff voted to end the strike at its Granduits refinery near Paris. Total also said late Thursday 94% of the staff at its Donges refinery had voted to restart the plant. But CGT sources denied that a restart is imminent and said striking staff did not accept the result of the vote. www.platts.com/la...
Filipino Port Operator Invests $130 Million In Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port
Philippines-based global ports operator International Container Terminal Services ICTSI is investing in Iraq’s southern Umm Qasr commodities port.
ICTSI will operate, develop and expand the port, near Iraq’s border with Kuwait, and invest $130 million in the first phase of the deal.
Umm Qasr sits at the top of the strategic Gulf waterway and, while it does not export oil, it is vital in servicing the oil sector, and receives grain shipments and heavy equipment used in the oil industry.
The Manila-based port management company signed a contract with General Company for Ports of Iraq involving the container facilities at Umm Qasr.
The three-stage project involves constructing three quays that can handle a cargo of 1,500 containers, in addition to storage yards and installation of six gantry cranes, two for each phase.
“The estimated cost of the project is $140 to 150 million dollars for each stage. Each stage involves construction of a quay and a 200,000 square metre yard opposite to store containers and machinery, which are used to load and unload vessels,” said Sharif al-Battat, commission manager at ICTSI.
Battat added that the first quay should be operational by August. www.hellenicshipp...
Kalmar to deliver 10 straddle carriers to DP World’s West Swanson Terminal in Melbourn
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received orders for 10 diesel-electric straddle carriers from DP World for their West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. One order for five units was booked in Cargotec’s 2015 fourth quarter order intake and the other five units were booked in 2016 first quarter order intake. The machines will be delivered during the third quarter of 2016.
New 2M shipping schedule excellent news for port of Rotterdam
The container shipping alliance 2M – formed by Maersk Line and MSC – published the new shipping schedule for its Europe-Asia route today. And the changes have proven very much to Rotterdam’s advantage, with an extra first port of call position and an extra last port of call position in the itineraries of the largest vessels. The Port of Rotterdam Authority consequently expects a substantial increase in 2M container volumes in the period ahead. The existing shipping schedule already included Rotterdam as last port of call: the prime position, commercially speaking. In the new schedule, this status of ‘favourite’ will be doubled, since Europe’s largest port has been selected as first port of call on the important AE10 service, which offers the shortest transit time between the Far East and the North West Continent. The AE10 service is maintained by vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU.
In the five revised 2M schedules, one service no longer includes Rotterdam as a port of call. This service is maintained by smaller 13,000-TEU vessels. However, this loss is amply compensated for by Rotterdam’s improved position in the four other east-west services maintained by the larger ships. In its forecasts, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will therefore be taking account of a substantial increase in the number of containers that need to be handled on behalf of 2M.
Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority