The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that a reported ice jam, located approximately 1 mile south of the Trenton-Morrisville (U.S. Route 1) Bridge on the Delaware River, has caused portions of the river to back up and flood.
When the aforementioned ice formation breaks, immediate river depth and current changes are likely to occur, potentially affecting the navigability of the Delaware River.
Mariners are advised to take any necessary precautions to ensure that safety is maintained while anchoring, mooring, or navigating in the Delaware River. Although Sector Delaware Bay will release a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) once the ice formation breaks or if significant changes occur, mariners are advised to maintain situational awareness while operating in the Delaware River. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and City of Trenton Office of Emergency Management are presently monitoring the ice jam and will be available for contact at (610) 562-3003 and (609) 989-4000 respectively.
In addition, increases in ice levels in the Delaware River have prompted additional restrictions for waterway use. In addition to the previous restrictions noted on MSIB # 02-14, only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal.
Exporters on high alert as strikes hit Chile’s ports once again
While Chile’s number one export item, copper, is a non-time sensitive product, fresh fruit producers have been left sweating after one of the country’s most profitable ports and major handler of produce shipments, Puerto San Antonio, joined the ports of Mejillones, Iquique, Antofagasta and Huasco on strike as of Tuesday.
Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asosex) President Ronald Bowen told local press that losses could reach 50 million dollars if the strike lasts throughout the week. Bowen said up to 700 hundred containers of fruit were stalled and thousands of producers would be affected.
Conflict has been brewing in ports across Chile over the last few weeks as talks between port workers, private companies and the Labor Ministry have broken down.
The conflict began in the Antofagasta and Coquimbo regions but late Monday night workers from different unions along the country decided to join the work stoppages in solidarity.
Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20
Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20 provided that ice is 10-15 cm thick, says the port authority’s headquarters for icebreaking operations. Tug and tow trains are prohibited from ice navigation. Vessels without ice reinforcement (non-ice-class vessels) are allowed for ice navigation only with icebreakers’ support. Vessels with category of Ice 1 and above are allowed for navigation in ice-covered waters either independently or with icebreaking escort.
Bintulu Port expects positive growth from port expansion
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (Bintulu Port) is poised to see growth via liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its major cargo handled for the total cargo throughput in 2013 and 2014, the company said in its press release.
The port handler is also expected to see steady growth of palm oil products cargo this year, which is estimated to continue in line with the increase in palm oil plantation in Sarawak.
In addition, the dry bulk sector is set to see encouraging growth for the next two years and is expected to contribute positively to Bintulu Port.
“For 2013 and 2104, the outlook seems to be promising with overall modest growth in cargo throughput with certain cargo sector showing strong growth potential,” the port operator said in an interview with The Borneo Post.
The Cameroonian port of Douala has again been congested, blamed on the slow clearing and removal of goods and renovation work being carried out on quay no 14, PANA reported here, quoting port users. Customs clerk, Didier Tizeum, said that the situation in the port in Douala “has again become unbearable”. According to him, clearing and removal of goods that took a day earlier now take more than a week. Users also complained of the long and complex clearing and removal of goods, saying that the consequences are enormous for importers, clearing agents, customs clerks and other service providers.
Source: African Manager
Four ZPMC cranes ordered for Tanzania’s largest port
Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has ordered two ship-to-shore (STS) and two hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC. The four units will be commissioned at the Port of Dar-es-Salaam container terminal, the largest in Tanzania, during the fourth quarter of 2014. Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) won the concession to manage and operate Tanzania’s largest container terminal port at Dar-es-Salaam in 2000. In 2001, HPH entered into an agreement with ICTSI and certain financial investors to acquire ICTSI International Holdings Corp, the overseas port development and holding subsidiary of ICTSI. Source: Port Technology
Container Terminal Operator Invests over N70 bn on Seaport Facilities
Foremost terminal operator, the Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) has said it has invested over N70 billion on seaport amenities since the inception of its operation in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 2006. Akinbosotu, TICT manager, said the terminal had also improved in its service delivery, as over 1000 containers are recorded daily, adding that such development has enhanced profit generation for the federal government. ‘’For last month the terminal recorded 48,000 TEU’s which has never been achieved in the history and when you multiply it by twelve you will notice that we are going up to about 600,000 TEU’S per annum and it has never happened before.’
Nassau Container Port (NCP) has beat out 24 ports in the Caribbean to be rated number one in productivity by the powerful Florida Shipowners Group, who handles the majority of the trade in the region. “The Nassau Container Port’s reputation as a first class facility is spreading. Since operations began in 2012 the Nassau Container Port has welcomed representatives from the Port Authorities of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Haiti. These Port Authorities share a passion for excellence and have found their visit to NCP to be of great value,” Maura said.
NCP, Nassau’s newest port, is a 56-acre port facility is located on Arawak Cay, just two miles west of Downtown Nassau. The port provides facilities for both domestic and international bulk, break bulk, container and project cargo clients.
OW Bunker launches operations in Cartagena, Colombia
OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading resellers and physical distributors of marine fuel, announced the launch of a new operation in Cartagena, Colombia. The move into the Colombian bunker market builds upon OW Bunker’s presence across the region with existing offices in Chile, Uruguay, Panama and Brazil. OW Bunker’s Colombia office is located in Cartagena – the country’s most active port - on the region’s northeast coast along the Caribbean Sea. Providing customers with a full range of high quality products as well as risk management solutions and related services, the office is ideally located as a hub for serving the wider Caribbean marine fuel market as well as vessels transiting the Panama Canal, particularly container vessels, tankers, bulk carriers and cruise ships.
The arctic weather conditions sweeping North American have caused heavy delays to shipping at some Canadian ports according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).
Delays have been happening since 4 January primarily due to heavy ice build up between Lanoraie and the Three Rivers (St Lawrence River). ISS said despite three icebreakers working around the clock no vessels had been able to depart outbound from Montreal and five vessels docked at the port were waiting to depart.
“In addition, there are currently twelve ships tied up at Three Rivers and Quebec awaiting favourable ice conditions in order to transit to Montreal. More at www.seatrade-glob...