House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for PRB coal
Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Powder River Basin coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping the project.
House lawmakers lead by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., voted to keep the permitting process going for the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Washington. The Lummi Nation, which has fishing waters next to Cherry Point, had asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon its review of the port proposal. The Lummi argued that its treaty rights would be violated by the terminal.
However, Montana’s Crow Tribe made a counter argument that its treaty rights to profit from coal mined on land in the southeastern part of the state were in danger if the port plans were killed. The Crow have coal to ship and a stake in the Gateway Pacific Terminal. trib.com/business...
Strikes to halt operations at Greek ports on Thursday
Another 24-hour strike by transport workers in Greece is expected to halt operations at at many Greek ports and terminals on Thursday.
The strike has been called by the country’s two main labour unions and will leave most public transport services closed from 06:00hrs (local time) on December 3 until 06:00hrs on December 4.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has issued an advisory saying berthing, shifting and sailing operations at ports may be delayed during the stoppage period.
The Greek Seamen Union and Piraeus Towage Crew Union are among those striking, making local ferries, tug boats, pilots and stevedores at all ports likely to be affected.
Oil installations at Eleusis–Aspropyrgos and Thessaloniki are also likely to experience delays or stoppages, ISS added. splash247.com/str...
Maersk Line Starts New Direct Service from West Coast South America to Japan
Maersk Line has announced a new direct service with short transit time from West Coast South America to Japan for dry and reefer cargo.
In our continuous efforts to provide our customers with a competitive and fast connection from West Coast South America to Japan, we will now offer a new short transit time service from San Antonio and San Vicente in Chile to Yokohama, Japan for both dry and reefer cargo.
This service will also offer improved service time from Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
Meanwhile, Maersk Line's AC2 loop, which operates between Asia, and the western coasts of Mexico, Panama and Colombia, is in the process of upgrading to larger vessels, according to the Danish ocean carrier's most recent online service schedules.
Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, the service is adding four 13,102-TEU vessels to replace three 9640-TEU vessels and one 11,294-TEU vessel. www.marinelink.co...
A backlog of tankers waiting to unload around Venezuela has built up, even though a crude cargo from France’s Total and another six tankers carrying products were recently discharged at state-run PDVSA’s ports after weeks of delays, according to Reuters tracking data and shippers.
Several oil providers and PDVSA have agreed to a type of prepayment mechanism that involves loading cargoes and paying for them just before delivery, but even so some unpaid cargoes have been swirling around Venezuelan ports since November, traders said.
A dozen and a half tankers, mostly carrying refined products, were anchored around Venezuela and Curacao – where PDVSA operates a refinery and a storage facility – waiting to discharge as of Dec. 2, according to Reuters vessel tracking data.
Another 45 vessels were heading towards the Caribbean or waiting to load crude or products at PDVSA’s terminals as well. www.hellenicshipp...
Bosporus strait on Wednesday shut to large tankers on weather
The Bosporus Strait is closed to large tankers due to strong currents, shipping agents said Wednesday.
Mastership Maritime Agency said traffic was suspended on at 8:54 pm local time (1854 GMT) due to a strong surface current in the Strait and that the suspension would continue for the whole of Wednesday for tankers with a length of over 200 meters but that smaller tankers would be able to resume using the Bosporus from 9:20 am local time on Wednesday.
A second shipping agent — Boutros Maritime and Transport — said the Bosporus Strait has been closed to tankers over 200 meters since Tuesday night due to the current.
According to both shipping agents, there are 11 tankers waiting to pass through the Bosporus in a Northbound direction, and nine waiting in the Southbound direction. Source: Platts
DP World adopts automated gates at Nhava Sheva port
DP World has set up automated gates at Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, JN Port, to speed up truck movement.
Earlier, there used to be huge queues for trucks carrying containers at the check-post as papers were also checked at the entry-gate. Now, this paper checking has been compressed to a smart card swiping mechanism for trucks that enter the port.
In effect, there will be sharp capacity expansion from the land side access to the port, which will add to the port’s efficiency, Anil Singh, Senior VP and Managing Director of DP World Subcontinent told Business Line.
About 2,800 trucks enter the gates every day, but with automation of gates the capacity is expected to increase sharply. DPW has already started handling ships at the 330 meters extension berth, although the entire berth, in phases, will start functioning from July 2016.
The gate automation technology has been adopted in DP World’s London Gateway terminal, and a few other DP World terminals globally. To be replicated
Pilots resume boarding all vessels on Houston Ship Channel after 4 days of fog
Heavy fog that has plagued the US Gulf Coast for the last four days has lifted enough that Houston Pilots Monday (Nov.30) have resumed boarding all vessels on the Houston Ship Channel, a dispatcher said.
“The channel is open and we started boarding again at 10:35 am CST (1635 GMT)” the dispatcher said.
Pilots had resumed boarding outbound vessels at 2 am.
The dispatcher said the pilots were working through the queue of ships.
“Right now we have about 25 inbound waiting and five outbound,” he said at 1:30 pm. “As far as sailings go, we are all caught up, but inbound could take a day or two.”
Hyundai New ACS Service First Time Calls Krishnapatnam Port
HYUNDAI MERCHANT MARINE (HMM), the Korean conglomerate operating its ASIA CHENNAI SERVICE (ACS) made an ad hoc call at Krishnapatnam Port on 26th November 2015.
ACS service which was launched in 2007 is a direct service ex Chennai to Port Kelang, Singapore, Shanghai, Busan, Ulsan, Hong Kong and Yantian. MV Hyundai Vladivostok Voyage 602E after sailing from Chennai on its east bound route called Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT) on the 26th and sailed the same day carrying 498 export laden containers.
State-of-the-Art Vale Terminal at SOHAR Port Wins Global Award
Vale in Oman was awarded the prestigious Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal award, for its terminal located in SOHAR Port at the 2015 International Bulk Journal Awards in Belgium in November. Its terminal was recognized for its ability to receive the Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) which have the capacity of 400,000 DWT and require a draft of 25m. As well, it is highlighted as the largest bulk terminal in the Arabian Peninsula in terms of handling capacity and it is the deepest in South Asia and the Gulf region. In addition to that, the terminal is equipped with high-tech and modern equipment that ensures safe mooring of ships and environmental monitoring systems.
City-based Yogayatan Group will lay the foundation stone of a port at Mankhurd on Friday. This mid-size terminal will be the second port in Mumbai. The all-weather port will have access to multiple cargos and aims to support industrial development in the region, a statement by the company said.
The port will be located at a distance of 100 metres from the Vashi Creek railway bridge and 10 nautical miles from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The group has bought 10 acres of land for the port.
Yogayatan Group chairman Dr Rajendra Singh said: “The port will be operational in the next three months. With constant support from the Indian government, we will strive to expand operations of the port.”
The group is planning to develop the port in multiple phases.
It will have a multi-purpose cargo port for dry bulk cargo, a ship building and ship repair yard, thermal power plant, LNG terminal, container terminal, supply base and passenger terminal.
The facility is expected to complement the port in Mumbai in line with government’s policy to reduce congestion and pressure on existing ports.
Source: The Hindu