Work is progressing fast on the construction of the container terminal and other key infrastructures at the Port of Duqm and is expected to be completed by 2019, reported Muscat Daily, citing a senior official.
While the first phase is expected to be completed by June 2018, total construction, including the terminal and all other infrastructure, is due for completion around middle of 2019, stated Erwin Mortelmans, commercial director at Port of Duqm Company (PDC).
Duqm port lies officially under the management of PDC, a 50:50 joint venture between the Omani government and the Consortium Antwerp Port.
Once Duqm port starts full-fledged operation, it will have a 2.2-km-long commercial berth, a 2.2-km-long container berth, 1-km-long government berth and a break bulk berth for miscellaneous cargoes.
PDC chief executive Reggy Vermeulen said since the opening of its early operations in March 2013, the port has received more than 500 different vessels
Port workers plan strike against move to repeal Act
The Water Transport Workers’ Federation of India intends to go on a nation-wide strike in major ports shortly against the Shipping Ministry’s move to repeal the Major Port Trust Act, 1963, and to facilitate this with the Major Port Authority Bill, 2016.
As a prelude to the strike, WTWFI – one of the five major federations of port and dock workers — decided to organise a 48-hour Sathyagraha in Willingdon Island on May 23 to 25, highlighting that the proposed Port Authority Bill would be detrimental to port and dock workers.
C.D. Nandakumar, president of the federation, alleged that the proposed enactment of the Bill is a deliberate attempt to convert major ports into an authority and later make it companies before privatising. The federation’s assessment was that the land bank worth 1.25 lakh acres in major ports would be the main attraction for corporates and MNCs investing in the port sector.
The new Bill, according to WTWFI, has totally neglected the interests of labour, although workers are the main stakeholders in port operations. The Bill stipulates a single labour nominee against the two at present. Moreover, the labour nominee’s appointment would be carried out through a notification from amongst persons, who in the opinion of the Government, are capable of representing the interests of the employee.
From this, it is clear that the government’s intention is to make the voice of labour feeble and to nominate a worker as per its political choice, he said.
Source: Hindu Business Line
Saqr Port purchases additional tug boat to support expansion plans
Saqr Port Authority, which manages the largest bulk-handling port in the middle East, has taken a further step in its planned capacity expansion by signing a deal with Dutch Shipbuilding and Engineering Conglomerate Damen Group for the delivery of a new ASD 2913 tug The announcement comes in quick succession of Saqr Port's recently publicised deal with German machinery manufacturer Liebherr Maritime for two Liebherr LHM 800 mobile harbour cranes. Both contracts have been signed in support of Saqr Port's plans to establish new berths to create additional capacity in response to rising demand for import / export movements through the Port.
Plans underway to ship ethanol from Port of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan
A Wisconsin-based petroleum distributor is planning to construct a $3 million pipeline at the Port of Milwaukee that will allow the company to ship bulk supplies of ethanol over the Great Lakes.
The project by U.S. Oil to ship the flammable colorless liquid would represent the first shipments of a fuel or fuel additive from the port in years. The company's plans brought sharp questions from members of the Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday and representatives of an environmental group. www.jsonline.com/...
Attack on Yemen's Port Would Push Country Nearer Famine -UN
An attack on Yemen's Hodeidah port would push the country closer to famine as humanitarian agencies have no other way to deliver all the food and aid that is needed, a U.N. official said on Thursday.
A Saudi-led military coalition has been preparing an assault on the key Red Sea port, which is the point of entry for nearly 80 percent of Yemen's food imports.
Earlier this month, a coalition source said the alliance was preparing facilities in Aden and Mukalla in south Yemen as alternative entry routes for urgent aid in the event that Hodeidah port was affected by military operations.
But U.N. World Food Programme director of emergencies Denise Brown said the agency had found no alternative route to cover all the country's aid needs. www.maritimeprofe...
International Cruise Terminal Opening in Tahiti in 2020
An international cruise terminal is scheduled to open in Papatee, Tahiti in 2020 and will be able to accommodate up to three cruise ships at a time. Financed by the Port of Papeete, the new cruise terminal will have the capacity to accommodate 2,000 turnaround passengers and three cruise ships.
Port of Fujairah plans LNG ship-to-ship transfers and new infrastructure
The Port of Fujairah is gearing up for its next phase of growth, as it seeks to retain its position as the world’s second-largest bunkering port by by strengthening infrastructure and introducing LNG ship-to-ship transfers, trading and operations, Port of Fujairah General Manager Mousa Murad told S&P Global Platts in an e-mail.
“We are working on regulations, safety procedures and towage for this [LNG ship-to-ship transfer] operation,” he said in an e-mail on Thursday.
“As far as energy to the country is concerned, we will liaise with Emirates LNG … second option is that we will liaise with private players for LNG trading and bunkering activities,” said Murad, without elaborating further.
His comments come at a time when LNG is becoming a key alternative for shippers to comply with the 2020 global sulfur cap.
Most LNG variants have no detectable sulfur, and emission of particles and nitrogen oxide by LNG-fueled vessels are considerably lower than that of vessels using other marine fuels.
LNG bunkering is expected to rise from 0.5 million mt/year in 2016 to as high as 16 million mt/year by 2025, Wood Mackenzie’s research director for Asia refining, Sushant Gupta, had said at a media briefing in Singapore in February.
The port is also strengthening its infrastructure. Key expansion planned for this year are the addition of new bunker barge jetties 3A and 3B, with a maximum length overall of 120 meters and depth of Fujairah Harbour Datum of minus 15 meters. The two jetties are scheduled to be completed by end-2017, Murad said. www.hellenicshipp...
Port of Québec secures more berthing space ahead of record cruise season
With a record number of cruise ships calling at Québec City this season, the Port of Québec has secured additional berthing options at the Quai Paquet.
The agreement with the Ville de Lévis for use of the Quai Paquet provides space for more vessels, giving cruise lines a variety of berthing options.
The Quai Paquet, located within port territory and run by Québec Port Authority, is a short ferry ride away on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. It offers spectacular views of the iconic Chateau Frontenac. The first ship to call at the wharf is Hapag-Lloyd’s Saga Sapphire on Oct. 1. www.seatrade-crui...
On 18 May, 2017, at 12:15, during loading operations, a minor spill of gasoil from one marine loading arm of the “Ventspils nafta terminals” (VNT) occurred. The operations were interrupted and the spill was immediately stopped.
VNT informed the responsible state authorities and currently makes all efforts to efficiently eliminate any spill consequences and collect the spilled product.
125 years ago, the steamship “Cremon” set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. Hapag-Lloyd will be celebrating this anniversary in Montreal today with the shipping company’s customers and other partners.
“As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. “But Canada has also become a hub of the global shipping industry.” Today, Hapag-Lloyd has almost 200 employees in Canada, in the cities of Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. Source: Hapag-Lloyd