Port of Haikou to build two new port areas for $1.4bn
With two new port areas, Macun and Xinhai, about to start construction at south Hainan province's Port of Haikou, the port is on course to join the 100m tonne club by 2015. A total of $1.4bn is being spent on the new port facilities boosting boc throughput to an anticipated 1.8m teu and passenger throughput is expected to crack 20m people a year. The island of Hainan is one of the premier cruise destinations in China and Haikou is fighting it out with Sanya for cruise calls with both ports lavishing vast sums to boost facilities.
The National Development and Reform Commission has greenlighted the first-stage of China Shenhua Energy's construction project at Zhuhai port. Shenhua will build a coal storage and transportation centre at the port costing RMB4.57bn with two 100,000 dwt berths, one 50,000 dwt berth and four 3,000 dwt berths giving the facility an annual capacity of 40.8m tonnes.
Shenhua says the investment “will ease the tense situation of coal terminal capacity in Guangdong province and improve the regional supply level”.
Around China massive stocks of coal are spilling out of the nation’s ports as utilities have eased back on consumption in recent months. [16/07/12]
Sydney navy base to be used to host large cruise ships like QM2
A strategic Sydney naval base is to be used to dock large cruise liners, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sunday, July 15, 2012, just months after the government advised against it on security grounds. Sydney is running out of space to accommodate an explosion of cruise ships wanting to dock while some of the new superliners, such as Queen Mary 2, can not fit under the city's Harbour Bridge.
Some 214 cruise ships arrived in Sydney last year, up from 150 the previous year. They currently dock at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay or on the other side of the bridge at Barangaroo. Rather than turn down docking requests, the New South Wales state government earlier this year asked if the Garden Island navy base in Woolloomooloo, near the heart of the city, could be used as well. Read more at www.rnw.nl/englis...
New LNG bunkering terminal to create new business in Klaipeda City
Klaipeda Oil prepares the construction documents for the liquefied natural gas terminal and also analyzes the future functioning of a ships' filling or the so-called bunkering system. The Head of Klaipeda University Maritime Department Vytautas Palauskas noted on July 13, 2012 that the question of ships' bunkering will become especially relevant after 2015.
The requirements for marine fuel ant its sulfur emissions will become much tighter and that will increase the number of gas-powered ships in the Baltic Sea. It is believed that the first ships to use gas will be the route ships sailing in the Baltic Sea and transporting passengers or cargo. Read more at www.baltic-course...
Port of Charleston nabs customer Hamburg Süd from port of Savannah
Hamburg Sud, one of the world’s top-20 container shipping lines, is pulling its only Georgia port-of-call from the Port of Savannah in favor of the Port of Charleston.
When the ship Bahia Grande calls on Charleston in September, it will mark the start of Hamburg Sud’s additional service, the fourth new shipping service attracted to the port this year. “We are pleased to add a new, weekly Australia service in the Port of Charleston, which effectively fills a gap in our service offerings,” said Jim Newsome, State Ports Authority president and CEO.
A spokeswoman for Hamburg Sud said relocating the Australia/New Zealand service to the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant allows the shipper to be more efficient.
Video: Sternwheeler crashes into pirate ship on Columbia River
A sternwheeler crashed into a pirate ship on the Columbia River Friday in front of hundreds of people while attempting to pull up near a dock for the Maritime Heritage Festival in St. Helens.
Fortunately, no one was hurt despite a majority of the crew still being on board both boats.
Witnesses say the current was stronger than usual on the Columbia, and that likely played a role in what happened.
At one point the captain of the sternwheeler realized the boat was coming into the dock too strong and tried to reverse, but it was too late, according to witnesses.
"The dock even kind of shook, it was crazy," said witness Brent Violette. Video report on www.kptv.com/stor...
Feds to reroute San Francisco Bay shiptraffic to help protect whales
Now, after a two-year effort spurred by the uptick in accidents with 3 kinds of whales , federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay. It includes rerouting shipping traffic and establishing better ways to track whale locations.
The changes crafted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shipping industry representatives, whale researchers and the Coast Guard will likely take effect next year, after a final review by the United Nations International Maritime Organization. Read more at www.lohud.com/usa...
Customs of the coastal city Tianjin and hinterland city Xi’an have signed an agreement of cooperation on expanding the dry port network, further cementing Tianjin’s cargo hinterland, SinoShip reports. According to the agreement, Tianjin will also offer customised service for major exporters, importers and freight forwarders Xi’an. Tianjin has now signed deal with 21 dry ports. [12/07/12]
Zhongshan (Guangdong) port to start dramatic dredging works
The port of Zhongshan is laying the groundwork to switch from being an inland player to a facility attracting ocean-going ships. The Guangdong port will start dramatic reclamation and dredging works that will last up to five years. Once completed new berths will be built to the east of where Zhongshan’s terminals are currently based that will be able to handle ships of up to 50,000 dwt, far larger than today’s 5,000 dwt limit. At present, there are three 5,000 dwt class terminals, five 3,000 dwt ones and eleven berths handling ships in between 1,000 and 2,000 dwt. Zhongshan’s decision to upgrade its facilities comes soon after Nansha, located 54km south of Guangzhou city centre, announced plans to build a further 30 berths. [12/07/12]
SDIC Yang Pu Port inks agreement with Jurong Port (Singapore)
SDIC Yangpu Port has inked an agreement with Jurong Port to jointly develop Yangpu port to be a shipping hub and logistics centre for Southeast Asia.
After two years research and negotiation, SDIC Yangpu Port and Jurong Port finally reached an agreement and will set up the jv - SDIC Jurong Yangpu Port with 51% shares and 49% shares separately, to operate the terminals business of Yangpu together. Yangpu is based on Hainan Island in the far south of the People’s Republic.
SDIC Yangpu Port is the only public terminal operator in Yangpu economic zone. Currently it has two 35,000 dwt class berths and six 50,000 dwt class berths, mainly for handling of bulk cargos and containers. It completed 4.6m tons cargo throughput in the first half of this year.