Crowley Maritime Corp. barge delivers first new gate for Panama Canal expansion on the Pacific side
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s heavy lift barge 455 4 successfully delivered the first in a series of new gates for the ongoing Panama Canal expansion, marking the arrival of the first new gate on the Pacific side.
Crowley will transport all eight of the gates involved in the Pacific side lock expansion.
The 455 4 was contracted by Sarens, a Belgium-based heavy lift company, to transport the gates from Cristóbal, a port on the Atlantic side of the Canal, to a purpose-built receiving on the canal’s Pacific side. The 105-foot wide barge, currently the largest capable of transiting the Canal, was towed by Panama Canal Authority (ACP) tugs and made the transit in only one day.
The first gate to make the trip is the smallest, standing 22 meters tall and weighing 2,300 tons.
The maintenance and diving works to the Big North Lock Chamber at Brunsbuttel have been completed one day earlier than expected.
Therefore, both big lock chambers will remain in service until the morning of 4 November when the Big South Lock Chamber will be taken out of service until 6 November.
Statoil marks 500th delivery of LNG from its Snovhit offshore development
Statoil has marked its 500th delivery of cargo from its Snovhit offshore development in the Barents Sea. The ARCTIC VOYAGER will carry a cargo of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) from Melkoya to Aliaga in Turkey. Since start-up in 2007, more than NOK 80billion worth of LNG has been dispatched from the island in Norway.
German Retail chain Tchibo is examining the possibility to route its import containers via Wilhelmshaven deep-water port. First test shipments are currently being made, the company said in its press release. At the intermodal railway station adjacent to the EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, the first Tchibo containers were loaded from ship to rail. The train left Wilhelmshaven at 9 a.m. yesterday and arrived in Bremen at 11.30 a.m. From there, the goods are transported to Tchibo’s high-bay warehouse, from where they are distributed to the Tchibo sales outlets in Germany and the rest of Europe. Tchibo ships its containers from the Far East to Wilhelmshaven. Source: PortNews
Rosneft puts into operation its bunkering tanker RN Tuapse
RN-Bunker LLC, Rosneft subsidiary, has put into operation its state-of-the-art bunkering tanker at port Tuapse. According to Rosneft press center, cargo capacity of the vessel named RN Tuapse is 7,000 t. The tanker meets all safety requirements and complies with all international shipping conventions. RN Tuapse is the fifth bunkering tanker which was jointly put into operation by Rosnefteflot CJSC and RN-Bunker LLC under Rosneft programme on the development of the company’s bunkering business. RN Magellan, RN Taurus, RN Polaris and RN Olimp have been providing bunkering services from 2011. Source: Portnews
Southern California Port Congestion reaches critical point, says carrier Hapag-Lloyd
Hapag-Lloyd informs about the congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has reached a critical point.
I. Several container ships are anchoring off the harbor and waiting in line to berth. Now Vessels are also being delayed due to ongoing congestion.
II. There continues to be an acute shortage of truck power. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates that the industry has a shortage of approximately 30,000 drivers nationwide. Hapag-Lloyd continues to explore opportunities to contract additional vendor companies.
III. The success of the import delivery appointment system at some terminals has been limited in part by a lack of sufficient container handling equipment to pre-mount those containers prior to the scheduled pick-up appointment. Import customers and their motor carrier vendors are encouraged to confirm availability of their cargo by checking the terminal’s website prior to sending a truck to the terminal in order to avoid a denial of service when they arrive at the terminal gate.
IV. Chassis shortage is also exacerbated due to our services being fragmented over many terminals. A chassis relief team comprising of terminals, chassis vendors and PierPass has been established and is looking to set up a temporary asset sharing plan among the chassis providers with the next 30-90 days. A long term solution is expected in 2015.
Port congestion has gotten so bad in Los Angeles-Long Beach that harbor truckers are imposing congestion surcharges of $50 to as much as $100 an hour, and retailers and other beneficial cargo owners are paying the extra.
New, larger ships begin calling on Philadelphia port
A new and larger capacity class of shipping vessels is calling on the Port of Philadelphia. On Oct. 17, the Monte Rosa made its first call to the port by docking at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in south Philadelphia. The ship is the first in a new series of vessels to begin service between the east coasts of South America and North America, according to a news release.
It possesses a capacity of 5,562 TEU (20-foot equivalent units) and its arrival marks a substantial expansion of existing refrigerated cargo capacity between the two continents, according to the release.
“The Monte Rosa represents the next generation of refrigerated cargo ships to dock in Philadelphia,” David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals LLC, which operates the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, said in the release.
“As the first of several 5,500 TEU ships to be phased into the existing East Coast-Brazil service line, this vessel will greatly increase our capacity to deliver fresh South American produce to the Philadelphia market and beyond.”
Operated by Hamburg Sud, the Monte Rosa is one of 10 Monte-branded class vessels.
Of its on-board capacity, 1,356 slots include refrigerated container plugs for transporting perishable cargo, according to the release.
The ship is the first of seven vessels with more than 5,500 TEUs to begin weekly service between South America and the U.S.
Calling on the port for the past four decades, Hamburg Sud is one of the port’s long-time ocean operator partners.
Source: The Packer
China’s first floating liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal completed its first phase of construction in the northern port city of Tianjin. Covering an area of 75 hectares and designed to supply 3 billion cubic meters of gas each year, it can supply imported liquified natural gas to energy-thirsty cities such as Beijing and Tianjin, said the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which owns the terminal. Two low-temperature storage tanks have a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters of gas each and were built specifically for the project. Construction began in 2012 with a total investment of 3.3 billion yuan (537 million U.S. dollars). The terminal is one of the key projects for air pollution prevention in the Chinese capital. It will also supply natural gas to Hebei and Shandong provinces in the long run.
Floating LNG facilities can be moored offshore and allow energy companies to store, regasify and supply LNG close to markets.