Great Lakes ships forced to sail lighter through shallow waters
Lakers continue to steam toward Cleveland laden with iron ore and limestone, but a practiced eye might notice the mighty ships riding a bit higher than normal on the horizon.
With water levels on the Great Lakes at record lows, captains are taking on less cargo and running light, trying to make sure they don't run aground. Anxious shippers, meanwhile, are tallying the losses in tons and dollars, fearful that a $34 billion Great Lakes maritime trade is in trouble. More at www.cleveland.com...
Hyundai to Start Low Sulfur Bunker Supply in Busan
As Ship & Bunker reports, South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank will start supply of low sulfur bunkers this week from its Busan terminal located in the country's southeast, a company source has told energy news service Platts. The supply of Emissions Control Area (ECA) compliant 380 cSt bunkers with a maximum sulfur content of 1.00 percent by weight will begin this Friday, June 14, they said. Hyundai Oilbank currently supplies low sulfur bunker fuel to ports in the West of the country from its 390,000 barrels per day refinery in Daesan. shipandbunker.com...
Gibraltar’s new floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar arrives at Gibraltar Port
Gibraltar’s new floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar arrived on June 11 morning on the back of a transportation vessel.
According to her owners, weather permitting, ‘float-off ops’ from her transportation vessel will commence this morning and, aided by tugs, she’ll cruise into Gibdock under her own propulsion ready for minor preparatory works.
Brian Stevendale, CEO for Sunborn Gibraltar, said: “This is a huge news story for Gibraltar, the arrival of the world’s first five star yacht hotel on our shores. “
Former Kai Tak airport turned into new cruise port opened on June 12
Hong Kong has turned a former airport into an HK$8.2 billion ($1.1 billion) cruise ship terminal as the city seeks to woo wealthy Chinese travellers and become Asia's hub for luxury liners. The terminal, built at the city's former Kai Tak Airport, opened on a public holiday, on Wednesday June 12, 2013. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL), one of the operators, expects to draw mostly Chinese tourists to travel from the iconic Victoria Harbour, said Zinan Liu, regional vice president for the Miami-based company. More at www.bangkokpost.c...
An Australian firm, N&M Commodities, is keen to construct a huge $3.5bn deepwater port on Hon Khoai Island, roughly 15km off the southwest coast of Nam Can District in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. The Ca Mau People's Committee has submitted a proposal to build the port to the government, and is awaiting official approval. Spread over 320 hectares the 12 berths will cater for coal, containers, roros, oil and other commodities and will be able to handle ships of up to 250,000 dwt.
"The Mega Port project, the biggest ever infrastructure project between Australia and Viet Nam, is set to break many records in logistical efficiency, capacity, security and most of all sustainability," N&M Commodities said on its website. A bridge with a two lane highway and a railway will link the port to the mainland and to an expressway that would link it to Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Groundbreaking for the port is anticipated at the start of 2014. [12/06/13]
Belize Gov. denies approval for large NCL cruise ship port project
The Belize Natural History Centre at Chaa Creek has applauded a recent government decision to deny approval for a large cruise ship project in an environmentally sensitive area of Southern Belize, according to the Centre’s assistant manager Brion Young. Mr Young said at issue is a proposed development plan by Norwegian Cruise Lines to build a port on Crawl Caye, a small island off the southern coast of Belize, which will facilitate cruise lines operations in southern Belize. Source and more at www.dredgingtoday...
Effective end of June, the Mediterranean short-sea specialist United Feeder Services (UFS) is to strengthen its Italy – Tunis coverage with the assignment of a second 509 teu vessel to the service between Cagliari and Rades (Tunis) (#1436).
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Singapore Oil Company 'Hin Leong' Outlines $3 billion Expansion Plans
Singapore oil trading and shipping company Hin Leong plans to spend up to $3 billion building oil terminals and distribution facilities in Asian markets including China, East Timor, Myanmar and Indonesia, Reuters reports. The company owns Universal Terminal in Singapore, which is one of the largest commercial oil storage complexes on the continent, as well as a fleet of more than 100 tankers.
Phase 1 of King Abdullah Economic City port (North of Jeddah) to open in Q3 2013
TRIAL operations of the first phase of the 14-square-kilometre seaport within the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), which is being built in Saudi Arabia on a 168 square kilometre site located along the coast of the Red Sea 100 kilometres north of Jeddah, are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013.
The company building the new KAEC project, Emaar TEC, said in a statement to the Saudi stock exchange said that the new port will initially be able to handle up to 1.3 million TEU, reports Dubai's Construction Week OnLine.
A company has been established to continue the construction of the port, which will have a throughput capacity of 20 million TEU and occupy a site measuring 20 square kilometre when it is fully developed. More to read at www.seanews.com.t...