Beginning at 0001 hours until 1200 hours on Friday, August 7, 2015, (12 hours), the WEST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform emergency repairs on Miter Gates 15 and 23, and maintenance work on the conductor slots and valves. This outage is required to ensure a safe lockage operation for our customers.
As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System, Condition 1.a. will be in effect on Friday, August 7, 2015.
The JIT transit slots, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.
Two Maiden Calls for Columbus Cruise Center at Wismar
The Port of Wismar and the Columbus Cruise Center recently marked two maiden calls.
First, on August 2, the new Windstar Star Legend made her first visit to Wismar.
During a plaque and key ceremony Wismar's Mayor, Thomas Beyer, gave a warm welcome to Captain James Grifftiths, his passengers and crew.
"The passengers enjoyed our welcome program very much and especially the farewell accompanied by music of the Klasbachthaler Orchestra and gun salute of the traditionally dressed fusiliers,” said Nicole Wriggers, cruise coordinator of Columbus Cruise Center Wismar.
The following day the Mayor and local dignitaries kept busy with the arrival of the Azamara Quest. A pier party was organized along with fireworks to send the ship off.
"We have received a lot of positive feedback from passengers and crew
on our activities. From a dedicated town map to the farewell ceremonies the entity of the mosaic pieces makes them all feel very welcome in Wismar,” said Michael Kremp, managing director of Seehafen Wismar GmbH and Columbus Cruise Center Wismar GmbH.
Zhe Chile-flagged fish factory "Guamblín", 2406 gt (IMO-No.: 6419344), sank on Aug 5, 2015, in the Bay of Coquimbo.The Chilean Navy had tried to pull the ship to the open sea after it had suffered water ingress, but the ship capsized and sank around 7 a.m. It had been moored in the bay since 1991 along with other derelict vessels, among them the "Don Humberto", "Jin Yang" and "Kum-Ho". It was owned by Pesquero San Ambrosio & Invers in Cuquimbo.
Port of Halifax hopes post-Panamax ships bring big business
The arrival of bigger, post-Panamax container ships which started Monday is good news for the struggling port of Halifax.
The CMA-CGM Vivaldi stopped at the Halterm terminal carrying 8478 TEUs (total equivalent units) the largest container ship to call on the port.
An even bigger ship, known as a super post-Panamax ship built for 9200 TEU is scheduled to arrive in Halifax next month.
Both of these larger vessels are owned by CMA-CGM of France, the third largest container shipping company in the world with 445 ships.
The port of Halifax has seen its volume of containerized cargo drop by about 10 per cent last year and nine per cent during the first half of 2015. www.cbc.ca/news/c...
Port of Aden reopens following damage from Yemen war
The Port of Aden in southern Yemen is back in business just days after the Yemeni government announced the recapture of the city from Houthi militants and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
War and militant activities in the area forced the port to shut down last April, when the Houthis captured Aden.
After being taken by the militant group, the port suffered huge damage to its infrastructure due to clashes between Houthi and pro-Saleh militias on one side and Popular Resistance Committees loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on the other.
At the end of last June, the Houthis shelled al-Zait port in Aden, causing a huge fire to break out amongst the fuel tanks.
The total losses arising from the incident was around 143 million liters of oil, according to a government report.
New Libya Oil Chief Mulls Resuming Exports at Eastern Ports
The new head of the state oil company for eastern Libya is considering restarting exports from the region’s two largest ports and plans to boost crude output.
“Among my priorities will be lifting force majeure at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf,” Nagi Elmagrabi, chairman of the National Oil Corp. for the eastern region, said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I will also seek to increase oil production.”
Libya pumped about 1.6 million barrels a day of crude before the 2011 rebellion that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule. Output fell to a quarter of that level this year as militias affiliated with rival governments in the east and west of the country fought for control of oil resources. Tribes and workers seeking jobs and better pay have also blocked operations at fields and pipelines, making the country the smallest producer in OPEC. www.bloomberg.com...
Out-of-service Soo Lock slows shipping on Great Lakes
When it comes to the shipping industry, "summer sailing" is the best sailing on the Great Lakes. Not yet braced for November's gales and free of spring's lingering ice, summer sailing finds the big ore boats and other vessels running at optimal speed.
But a shutdown this week of one of the two operating Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has slowed the industry when it least expected it.
"Summer sailing is when we're supposed to be making our best times of the year," said Glen Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake Carriers' Association that represents U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes. "Now, we've got this; this is going to have significant impact on shipping over the next eight to 10 days."
The Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the closing of the MacArthur Lock on Monday, leaving only the Poe Lock for traffic between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. One set of gates on the MacArthur Lock is not closing properly, the Corps said in a news release, estimating a minimum 10-day outage. The Corps will "dewater the lock so the cause can be determined," after which immediate repairs will commence.
The news hit the Great Lakes shipping industry like an unexpected punch. www.duluthnewstri...
Klaipedos Nafta may buy import terminal from Hoegh LNG
Lithuania will decide by autumn whether to buy a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification ship from Norway’s Hoegh LNG by 2025, in a bid to lower the cost of its LNG import terminal, the government said on Tuesday, Aug. 4, Lithuania hopes to save about 70 million euros ($76.79 million) over 30 years by borrowing at currently low rates to buy out the vessel at the end of its 10-year lease, the prime minister’s office said.
Klaipedos Nafta, which operates the terminal, will prepare to take out a long-term loan of 300 million euros by autumn, it added. “We are looking for ways to lower the costs of infrastructure,” Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said in a statement. Hoegh has declined to sell the ship earlier than 2025, the prime minister’s spokeswoman told Reuters, but the country still aims to make a decision now. Lithuania completed installation of the LNG terminal in October 2014 in a bid to reduce its energy dependence on Russia’s Gazprom, the only other gas supplier to the Baltic states. The terminal now operates at about one eighth of its 4 billion cubic meters per year technical regasification capacity, after Gazprom proceeded to cut the price of its gas for Lithuania.
The country has levied a surcharge on all gas sold in its market to pay the costs of the LNG terminal, initially estimated at 920 million euros during 55 years of operation.
A spokeswoman for Hoegh LNG confirmed Lithuania had a right to buy the vessel when the ten-year contract expires.