Eleven sailors of different nationalities have reportedly been taken hostage by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab after their Kenyan-owned ship was stranded at remote village on the Somali coast, according a maritime official and a local Somali clan elder.
"We had received a distress call from the ship on Thursday," Andrew Mwangura, the Secretary-General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya and a known negotiator between pirates and ship owners, told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
He said the ship, Kenyan-owned MV Jamila, had developed mechanical problems and was forced to dock at Meyraley village, which is about 100kms from Mogadishu port where it had unloaded goods.
The ship was headed for the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
"But tonight I have [received] information that Al-Shabaab had taken the crew hostage," said Mwangura.
The crew reportedly comprises six Kenyans, including the captain and the engineer, four Tanzanians and one Somali.
According to a local Somali elder and a security officer, a convoy of Al-Shabaab rebels had arrived at the village and took the crew hostage.
The ship had already been looted by locals before the arrival of the rebels, they said. www.worldbulletin...
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that due to maintenance works, the New Big South Lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of operation next week during the following periods:
Mon 14 July: 12:00–18:00 hours
Tue 15 July: 07:00–17:00 hours
Wed 16 July: 07:00–17:00 hours
During these periods, only the New Big North Lock will be in service.
New Cuban container terminal handles 57 ships in 6 months
The container terminal at Cuba’s deep-water Mariel port has handled 57 ships since it opened six months ago as the centerpiece of the island’s first special development zone.
Based on the average amount of cargo loaded and unloaded per ship, approximately 15,000 containers have been handled to date, the terminal’s deputy director, Alvaro Molina, told state television.
The terminal was inaugurated in January and is the heart of the Mariel Special Development Zone, conceived as a future economic engine for the Communist-ruled island and a focal point for foreign investment.
The terminal has 702 meters (2,300 feet) of berth and is equipped with four super post-Panamax cranes, the largest modern container cranes.
It has the capacity to handle 822,000 containers a year, according to state television, which gave a detailed description of the infrastructure, including railways and warehouses, currently under construction at the Mariel port, located 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Havana.
The container terminal was built by Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht
Congestion at India’s Dhamra, Gangavaram ports delays unloading of coal
Capesize, Panamax and Supramax dry bulk ships waiting to unload coal at the key Indian east coast ports of Gangavaram and Dhamra are experiencing delays of up to a month due to congestion and bunching of vessels, shipping agency and market sources said. Dhamra, which receives coking and thermal coal, is witnessing delays of 28-30 days, while at Gangavaram ships have to wait for four to five days before they can berth to discharge their cargoes, an India-based shipping agency source said.
“The buying [into] both ports has gone down to record lows because of the enormous amount of [coal] cargoes sitting at the port,” a shipbroker said.
Most of the sources attributed the delays to lackluster demand for coal in India. Port officials at Dhamra and Gangavaram were not available to comment.
“We have a vessel which was supposed to go to Dhamra, but the charterers just told [us] that she was diverted to Paradip,” another shipbroker said.
Dhamra and Gangavaram had been facing congestion since June 18 and June 27, respectively, sources said.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised on July 10 that port workers in Chile have been on strike since the afternoon of Tuesday 8th July in respect of a dispute over a new law which affects workers’ lunch and rest breaks. The strike, organised by the Union Portuaria, is affecting a number of ports and disrupted operations are primarily impacting container and dry cargoes. The strike will be indefinite until ongoing negotiations between the Union and the Chilean Government can be resolved. All port operations in the following ports are currently affected:
- San Antonio
- San Vicente
- Puerto Montt
South Korean ports reopen as Typhoon Neoguri veers away
The South Korean ports of Yeosu, Gwangwang, West of Ulsan and Onsan reopened at 9 am local time Thursday (July 10) after Typhoon Neoguri veered off the Korea Straits, port officials in the country said.
Typhoon Neoguri, one of the worst typhoons Japan has faced, slammed into the country’s southern main island after lashing the Okinawa island chain.
Bunker suppliers in Korea said the storm had minimum impact on the South Korean bunker market, with the ports closed for only a relatively short period.
Bunker activities are set to return to normal and availability of bunker fuel dates is expected to improve, market sources said.
Coal deliveries to the port of Gladstone will be affected by a 60-hour shutdown of the Aurizon Rail network on 14, 15 & 16 July. The Coal Terminal will continue to schedule and load, where possible using existing stockpiles, however all suppliers on this rail network will be affected by this closure.
Banque Atlantique, SocGen and Afreximbank have raised 200 million euros ($272.81 million) to start a second container terminal at Abidjan port in Ivory Coast, a banking spokesman said on Thursday.
The new terminal contract, awarded to a group led by France's Bollore last year, should boost capacity at one of Africa's busiest ports - a gateway for landlocked nations to the north and a transit point for beans from the world's top cocoa grower.
Port traffic is booming and total tonnage surpassed 21 million metric tons in 2013.
Banque Atlantique has raised 100 million euros and Societe Generale and Afreximbank gave 50 million euros each, Souleymane Diarrassouba, director general of Banque Atlantique, told Reuters. His bank is a subsidiary of Banque Populaire du Maroc.
n order to improve their capacity, Melita Marine Group of Malta has purchased a new floating dock with 5,000 tonnes lifting capacity, an overall length of 102 metres, an inside width 20 metres and draft over keel blocks of 6 metres.
The dock was transported to Malta by OHT's semi-submersible Vessel MV Eagle and has now safely arrived to Melita Marine Group's facilities at Grand Harbour, Valetta. First docking with the 5,000 tonne dock at Malta was the 73 metre long Superyacht 'Plan B'.
Ukraine to Close Ports in Crimea for International Shipping
The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is moving from Eastern Ukraine, where the rebels are on the back foot, to the Black Sea.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure released a note on Monday morning, saying that the country is about to close the ports located on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Evpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta and Sevastopol) for international shipping.
‘The corresponding decree of 16 June, 2014 № 255 “On closing of the seaports,” registered in the Ministry of Justice on 24 June, 2014, № 690/25467, will come into force after its official publication,’ Kiev said.