APM Terminals Buenos Aires, operator of the Terminal 4 facility in Argentina’s primary port, was named winner of the first annual “Innovation in Safety Award”, bestowed by ICHCA International, an independent organization dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and transportation, at the annual ICHCA conference, held this year in Spain. Source: APM Terminals
Van Oord Consortium Preferred Bidder for Fehmarnbelt Project
Femern A/S, a subsidiary of the Danish state-owned Sund & Bælt Holding A/S, has today announced its intention to award a substantial contract related to the construction of a tunnel connecting Denmark and Germany to the Fehmarn Belt Contractors consortium including Van Oord. Besides Van Oord, the consortium includes Hochtief AG, Ed Züblin AG and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. The total budget for the Fehmarnbelt link construction is DKR 45 billion (approximately EUR 6 billion) and the value of the contract to Van Oord is approximately EUR 300 million.
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will connect Denmark and Germany and will be the world's longest immersed road and rail tunnel. The fixed immersed tunnel link across the Fehmarnbelt will be more than 18 km long and carry a four-lane motorway alongside a twin
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Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage
The Hong Kong Shipping Register has crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.
To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said. Hong Kong’s maritime tradition is almost two centuries old.
Hong Kong served as a port of registry under the UK Ship Register since the 1840s until the establishment of the autonomous Hong Kong Shipping Register in 1990 under the administration of the Marine Department. For those who are interested, our first shipping register is now on display at the other side of the hall.
Upon its inception in 1990, the Hong Kong Shipping Register had a mere 765 ships with a total gross tonnage of six million.
PortMundra, a privately-operated, minor cargo complex with modern infrastructure and ample hinterland connectivity, is emerging as an attractive port call for major container lines operating to and from India. Hapag-Lloyd this week announced a plan to introduce a regular weekly call at Mundra on its North China India Service.
Investor-led injection of $75 million slices turnaround times in Luanda’s port
Angola’s two largest ports, at Luanda and Lobito, provide a solid and expansive base for trade, not only for the country itself, but also for its landlocked neighbours. Enormous investment in port facilities and infrastructure have helped boost their capabilities and capacities, as well as reduce waiting times. Now, the ports are being integrated into Angola’s land transport networks
Given its deep waters, generous coastline and some of the best roads and railways in sub-Saharan Africa, Angola enjoys several geo-strategic advantages. Keen to capitalise on the country’s favourable positioning, the Angolan government is currently encouraging a series of projects to restore and rehabilitate the country’s large network of ports. When completed, the ports will serve as a critical springboard for increasing the country’s international investment and export opportunities.
Over the coming years, the plan is to turn Angola into a transport hub that will benefit domestic producers by allowing them to more easily and cost-effectively import and export goods beyond borders. Critical to this plan are the country’s top two ports: Port of Luanda and Port of Lobito. www.hellenicshipp...
Tuticorin port plans to provide cold storage facility and LNG terminal
In a move to encourage exporters of perishable cargo, the V O Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin is planning to start a cold storage facility where exporters could safely store their perishable cargo before shipping them. At present, exporters especially those of seafood use reefer (refrigerated) containers to transport perishable cargo.
VOC port accounted for nearly 42,203 tonnes of seafood exports during the financial year 2014-15. According to port sources, approximately Rs 2,328.27 crore worth frozen marine food products like shrimp, fish, cuttle fish and squid are being exported from here. The port accounts for 4.01% share in terms of quantity and 6.18% share in terms of value in export of marine food products. The representatives gave their inputs for the proposal, port officials said. VOC port is planning to establish a LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in the port. The participants are interested about using the stranded cold energy from the proposed LNG terminal at the port. “LNG terminal would have lot of chillness to maintain the liquefied gas which could be used for the warehouse too. Both the LNG terminal and cold storage facility are at initial stages and port trust is exploring the possibilities of establishing them in coming years,” said a port official.
Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after refinery explosion
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Houston Ship Channel from Cotton Patch Bayou to Sims Bayou after a precautionary safety zone had been put in place due to an explosion at Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc., Saturday morning.
At 10:30 a.m., a Sector Houston-Galveston watchstander observed smoke rising in the sky over the tree-line outside an office window and coordinated with Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston watchstander's, who observed the smoke coming from the facility and found other responders were already enroute.
The Captain of the Port closed the channel at 10:40 a.m., until Coast Guard hazmat teams were able to investigate the scene for any impact from possible chemical release in the air or any impact on the waterways.
The facility reports that the fire is out and air monitoring has been conducted by Pasadena Refining and Harris County Pollution Control, with no indications of any offsite impacts.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. www.yourhoustonne...
On Friday, 4 March 2016, the Danish political parties behind the Fehmarnbelt link, a new 18km road and rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany, mandated Femern A/S to appoint the preferred bidders for the main tunnel contracts with the aim of entering conditional contracts no later than mid-May 2016.
Conditional contracts mean that final and binding contracts will be signed with the successful contractors, but that construction work will be postponed until the German construction permit is in place. The contracts are valid until the end of 2019 with the option to renegotiate at that time.
Once the final conditions for conditional contracts are settled satisfactorily between Femern A/S and the winning contractors, the company will present the results to the Minister of Transport before the contracts are signed in May 2016.
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Fincantieri starts building of cruise ship "Seabourn Encore"
"Seabourn Encore", the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Seabourn Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Venice).
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Mr. John Delaney, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, while Fincantieri was represented by Antonio Quintano, the Marghera yard manager.
“Seabourn Encore”, due to join the Seabourn fleet in the end of this year, is being built according to the standards and technical solutions that make Seabourn one of the most prestigious brands in the ultra-luxury segment and will continue the fleet modernization that began in 2009.
The all-suite ship is approximately 41,000 gross tons, 210 metres long and 28 metres wide and will be able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots. It will carry up just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. Every suite will feature a private veranda.
Safety will be one of this ship's major strong points. It will be built using the very latest technologies, whose standards will exceed the requirements of the relevant legislation. Fuel consumption will be significantly reduced by optimizing the ship's hydrodynamics.
Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (of which 47 from 2002), and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group's yards.
German Navy frigate "Sachsen-Anhalt" christened in Hamburg
The third of a total of four 125 class frigates for the German Navy was christened “Sachsen-Anhalt” today at the Hamburg site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Following the christening of the first two frigates “Baden-Württemberg” in December 2013 and “Nordrhein-Westfalen” in April 2015 this is a further important milestone in the shipbuilding program for this frigate class. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-level representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved.
The frigate “Sachsen-Anhalt” is scheduled to be handed over to the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw in early 2019. Commissioning and in-port trials of the first F125 frigate, the “Baden-Württemberg”, have now advanced to the stage where sea trials can commence as planned in spring this year. Handover of the “Baden-Württemberg” to the BAAINBw is scheduled for mid-2017. The contract for the F125 program is worth around two billion euros in total.