New Antarctic icebreaker to be operated by Sydney company DMS Maritime
A contract to operate Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker has been signed after two years of negotiations.
$1.1 billion of ship's budget will be spent in Tasmania
Ship to carry passengers and supplies to Antarctic bases
Government to have final say in naming competition
The $2 billion contract has been awarded to Sydney-based company DMS Maritime, which will operate and maintain the ship over the next 30 years, and oversee construction in Romania.
There were no Australian tenders for the specialised ship construction job.
Mark Irwin from DMS Maritime said the vessel would be ready in mid 2020. www.abc.net.au/ne...
Majority of cruise ships making stops in Sitka this summer will be coming in to dock
Holland America Line has agreed to tie all its ships up at the Old Sitka Dock, meaning 45 ships will be bringing tourists directly to shore. This is a big change from years past, where Holland America ferried their passengers to town via tender boat.
The news of the big cruise line tying up in town was music to the ears of Fred Reeder, the port director of Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska in Sitka.
“Oh, I am ecstatic,” Reeder said. “Doing 20 years of riding tenders, I mean we’re talking in the tens of thousands of tender boats I’ve ridden, I’m happy not to get on another tender.” www.alaskapublic....
Jordan denies British cruise ship over norovirus fears
Aqaba authorities have prevented a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 British tourists from entering the southern port city, as some passengers are infected with the norovirus, an official said Tuesday.
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Commissioner for Economic Development and Investment Affairs Sharhabeel Madi told The Jordan Times that authorities had been aware that the virus was detected among the tourists since Sunday, when the ship was on its way to the Kingdom, noting that the cruiser was not allowed to enter Jordan’s territorial waters.
“After receiving information from the cruise tour operator and the maritime agent that the ship is carrying several infected tourists, the Jordan Maritime Authority consulted the Health Ministry and decided to ban the ship from entering Jordanian waters to protect citizens from the virus,” Madi said.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, norovirus, also known as winter vomiting disease, causes gastroenteritis and is highly infectious. The virus is easily transmitted through contact with infected individuals from one person to another.
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A project manager from the Maersk Group's port and terminal unit APM Terminals in Angola was kidnapped a few days ago. He was held captive for four days before he was released.
ShippingWatch was informed about the case Monday night. Today, the Maersk Group confirms the following:
"Maersk Group can confirm an employee was abducted in Angola and held captive for four days and that he has been released unharmed. The Maersk Group is supporting him and his family with the necessary support in this difficult time. Due to the ongoing investigation by local authorities and the security of our employees, the Maersk Group will not be providing any further details. We kindly ask that this and the privacy of our colleague are respected and protected," Maersk says in a statement.
According to ShippingWatch's sources, the case concerns a French employee in joint venture Sogester, Sociedade Gestora de Terminais, S.A, a terminal company owned by Maersk and an Angolan partner. The employee was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday when he was en route from his home to Sogester's inland terminal in Viana.
Sources say the employee was released on Saturday, possible following payment of a ransom, though it has not been able to confirm this.
This marks the second time in just a short period of time that Maersk has been the target of criminal activities in West Africa.
Navios Maritime Holdings has revealed Brazilian miner Vale has ditched plans to use an iron ore terminal under construction in Nueva Palmira, Uruguay. Navios said it might take legal measures to enforce its entitlement to damages in accordance with the contract terms. splash247.com/nav...
With transport for a project for Saudi Aramco in the remote south west of Saudi Arabia facing numerous obstacles for moves between an existing port and the job site, Mammoet built a new jetty, allowing for direct site access.Aramco's Jizan refinery is due to start production in 2017, and will process 400,000 barrels of crude per day. The closest port to the site is 100km away, and the 100 large and heavy transports required would involve passing a range of obstacles, including overhead powerlines and bridges.Mammoet worked with the client to develop an alternative route. In order to simplify the logistics of getting these oversized components to site, a tailor made jetty next to the project site was constructed. Mammoet helped the client to design the jetty, using engineering drawings of the transport to ensure that the jetty has the right dimensions and structure to cope with the size and weight of the components. Mammoet provided technical information for the road design between the jetty and the project site to accommodate the heavy items. Mammoet's early involvement in the planning and design of the logistics for these components will minimize the risks along the route, reducing the chance of delays. The first components were delivered to site using the new jetty in October 2015, with more arriving regularly since then, including two components weighing over 1,000t. source : cranes
Shipping giant Maersk Line has opened a direct service between Cork and Cuba. The move will enable Irish companies to capitalise on an expected boom resulting from the normalisation of relationships between the United States and Havana.The recent easing of economic sanctions against the Caribbean island by President Barack Obama has led to a flurry of investment there by US firms. Now Irish companies are getting the opportunity to increase business with the Communist country with the introduction of the service, which will call at Mariel, a port located about 40km from the Cuban capital.The service is an expansion of the shipping company’s existing CRX Latin American route, which connects Mexico and Costa Rica directly with Europe. That route, which was reintroduced in 2011, already calls at Cork.The new port of Cork-Mariel route will boast the fastest transit times in the market, connecting European exporters and importers to Maersk’s network of feeder connections. These include a weekly service to the island’s second biggest city, Santiago de Cuba.Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, is expected to announce full details of the expanded service in the coming days. Six vessels with an average capacity of 2,545 20ft equivalent units are expected to operate on the expanded route. Source: Irishtimes
The cruise shipping season got underway in the Port of Kiel in the early hours of today with the arrival of the season’s first ship AIDAluna at the Ostseekai Terminal.
The cruise ship is coming in after from a transfer trip from the Caribbean and will be based in Kiel – as will the AIDAvita and the AIDAlaura - for the whole of the summer season. During an on-board reception, Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow, representing the ship, its passengers and crew, was given a cordial welcome to Kiel by PORT OF KIEL Managing Director Dr. Dirk Claus. “The Port of Kiel faces a first-rate cruise shipping season”, Dirk Claus said. “We have made all the preparations for it and we are delighted that AIDA Cruises will be represented here with three ships for the very first time.”
The stationing of AIDA Cruises’ third ship, along with the earlier delivery of the TUI Cruises newbuilding Mein Schiff 5, is steering Kiel towards a personal best in terms of arrival figures. Currently, 144 cruise ship arrivals have been registered this year by port authorities, a figure which tops the previous record of 137 cruise ship calls in 2012. Well over 450,000 passengers are expected this season while the total tonnage of cruise ships calling at Kiel will rise by about 8 percent to pass the 9 million GT mark for the first time. www.marinelink.co...
The Horizon Fairbanks, which became a central figure on Bellingham’s waterfront as it sat idle for the better part of a decade, left town for good in the pre-dawn hours Monday.
The ship was towed out of Bellingham just before 4 a.m. April 25, marking the end of its stay at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, which started in 2007.
The Port of Bellingham had anticipated its departure some time this month — word had it the vessel might leave over the weekend — as Horizon Lines owner Matson had given the port a 30-day notice on April 11 cancelling its agreement to lease the space.
The notice gave the company through about May 10 to move the vessel, said Mike Hogan, port spokesman. Matson paid about $1,000 a day under the agreement.
It appears Matson sold the Fairbanks to All Star Metals, a ship recycling company based in Brownsville, Texas, to be scrapped, said Dave Warter, marine terminals manager for the Port of Bellingham.
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Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath crane to Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland
Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath gantry crane to Meyer Turku Oy. The design, precision drive components, electrical installation and automation system and structural components will be supplied by Konecranes, while Meyer Turku will manufacture the main girder in its own hull production. The new crane will be taken into use in May 2018. The order also includes a modernization of the Turku shipyard’s current 600 ton crane, service and maintenance parts.