The longest cruise ship to enter Newcastle harbour, The Radiance of the Seas, arrived in Newcastle on Oct. 13 morning.The 293-metre vessel has 2500 passengers on board, the majority of whom are Canadian. - See more at: www.malaysiasun.c...
Egyptian authorities step up security along the Suez Canal
Egyptian authorities stepped up security on Oct. 12 along the Suez Canal having received information of further possible terrorist attacks. The attack is expected from a group of jihadists after a call from the Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, for Islamists to launch attacks against the army in Egypt. Hours before the holidays of Eid al-Adha, the Egyptian army and security forces deployed along the canal, accompanied with helicopters and military aircraft flying above. Inspection procedures on the roads near to the canal have also been increased.
Barbed wire fences and more checkpoints have been installed and roofs overlooking the canal in Suez, Ismalia, Port Said and Port Tawfiq have been secured.
Sources said the strict control measures will continue throughout the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Six weeks ago the giant Cosco Asia containership was struck by RPGs by a jihadist group as it transited the Suez Canal. [13/10/13]
Van Oord and BAM International get contract for Moín Container Terminal, Costa Rica
A consortium consisting of Van Oord and BAM International, has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of Phase 2A of the new container terminal for APM Terminals in Moín, Costa Rica. The total contract value amounts to USD 460 million which is split between Van Oord and BAM International on an almost equal basis. It will take the consortium approximately three years to complete the project, the Company said in a press release.
The consortium will be responsible for the construction of the new terminal and marine access. The scope of work for Van Oord consists of the construction of a 1.5-km rock breakwater, reclamation of an area of 40 hectares, including soil improvement works, and the dredging of the access channel and turning basin. Van Oord will deploy a trailing suction hopper dredger, a cutter suction dredger and rock installation equipment. BAM International will construct the 650-metre quay wall, as well as the pavement, associated buildings and all utilities.
Second migrant vessel sinks off Lampedusa with 200 aboard, 50 bodies sighted
Rescuers have reported seeing bodies in the water after a boat carrying as many as 200 migrants capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The accident happened around 65 miles southeast of the Mediterranean island, in waters for which Malta has search and rescue responsibilities. The Italian coastguard and Maltese government officials have confirmed that a search and rescue operation is under way. The Italian news agency ANSA reported that about 50 bodiess had so far been sighted, including around 10 children, following the accident about 100km south of the island of Lampedusa. At least 339 people drowned on October 3 when a boat carrying Eritrean and Somali migrants sank near the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa, southwest of Sicily.
Gwadar Port will be made fully functional in the next five months, said Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael on Thursday at the inaugural session of the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Shipping, Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2013.
Almost 60 per cent of development work with specific reference to road infrastructure has been completed at the site. “The port will connect Gulf region and the Middle-East to Southeast Asia and is equally vital for national growth and in securing economy of Pakistan,” said the minister. “We are going to buy four oil tankers for our fleet after which we will be able to extend fleet of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) up to 15 by the end of this year,” he said. The minister on the occasion also announced that the ship breaking industry is being moved to Port Qasim for which 170 acres of land has been earmarked and development work is being carried on. About 3000 industries are being moved to Port Qasim while an uninterrupted electric supply will be ensured there for which 500 megawatt electricity will be produced through coal plant.
Namport to seal N$3 billion deal with China over newbuilding of a container terminal
The Namibia Ports Authority and China Harbour and Engineering are expected to sign a N$3 billion contract in Windhoek as early as tomorrow, setting the wheels in motion for the construction of a container terminal on reclaimed land in the port of Walvis Bay. Nam-Port’s Board of Directors convenes in Windhoek today for the last time before the signing. China Harbour and Engineering is now expected to take occupation of the construction site on the southern end of the port of Walvis Bay within days, and is expected to start soon to land the first construction equipment and materials. Construction is expected to commence in January 2014.
Both Kiel-Holtenau large locks closed - New Large North lock to be reopened late evening
Due to a collision of a vessel with a lockgate at Kiel-Holtenau when entering the southern big lock chamber, the canal is blocked for in- and outbound traffic of vessels larger than 125 m loa at this very moment. Technicians are on the way to attend/inspect damages. The authorities decided to re-open the other big lock chamber, which is still under maintenance works, this evening (Oct. 11). The max. beam allowed to use this lock is limited for vessels of max. 29 metres breadth due to the fact that a lockgate is moored inside. We shall keep you informed about further developments.
In a decisive move to convert Oman's Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourism hub August 31, 2014 would be the deadline for receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels carrying project material at the port, reports the Times of Oman, citing Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, MarineLink reports.
The directive comes in response to the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to convert the Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist port and transfer all commercial activities to the Sohar Industrial Port.
In consequence of the decision, all such commercial activities would be shifted to the Sohar Industrial Port. The last four months of 2014 would be devoted to clearing all goods at the port's warehouses and yards. www.marinelink.co...
Workers at Alexandria’s Egyptian Navigation have gone on strike protesting and calling for the dismissal of the firm’s chairman. Workers are also calling for a halt to initial plans to part privatize the line. They also claimed they are owned bonuses from last year. Some workers at the port of Alexandria have joined the strike in solidarity. Egypt’s maritime sector has been beset by strikes all year. [GulfShip News 08/10/13]
Yemen to build oil terminal at Ras Isa costing $160m
Dubai: The Ministry of Oil and Minerals has signed a contract with a consortium of Indian, Emarati and German companies to build an oil port in Ras Isa, costing $160m.
According to the official news agency SABA, the costs of the land-installations will reach about $120m, whereas the costs of the offshore construction will reach about $40m.
The project will include the construction of four oil tanks with a total capacity of more than 2m barrels. [09/10/13]