Tanzania: Mtwara Port Buoyed Up By Arrival of Dangote Trucks
Regional authorities are upbeat over the prospects of increased business and revenue after 1,115 trucks imported by Nigerian business mogul Aliko Dangote docked at the Mtwara Port at the weekend.
“This is a good beginning as we open up economic opportunities for the region,” said Acting Regional Commissioner Khatibu Kazungu who witnessed the docking of the ships carrying the trucks.
The trucks are destined for the Dangote Cement factory. They add to the Nigerian businessman’s current fleet of trucks transporting cement from Mtwara to various parts of the country.
Mtwara Port general manager Stella Katondo said later this month another vessel carrying 500 vehicles for the same cement plant is expected at the facility. www.hellenicshipp...
Pakistan Navy vessel rescues 41 passengers of Yemeni dhow in Gulf of Aden
A Pakistan Navy vessel has plucked 41 people to safety after a Yemeni dhow carrying 60 passengers sunk in the Gulf of Aden. The search for other passengers is still under way. PNS Shamsheer was operating as a part of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), an international Coalition Task Force formed under the UN’s mandate to counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden.Commodore Shoaib of Pakistan Navy is the current commander of the Combined Task Force 151. Upon receiving information about the sinking of a dhow carrying 60 people, the headquarters of CTF-151 dispatched a surveillance aircraft to locate the survivors At the same time, PNS Shamsheer was tasked for search and rescue operations. The operation also involved the naval ships of Spain and Australia with embarked helicopters aided by the land-based aircraft from Japan and Germany. This is not the first time that a Pakistan Navy ship has rendered its services in this way. Previously during the deployment, PNS Shamsheer offered medical assistance to the crew members of a cattle dhow named Al Amir, while it was transporting livestock from Somalia to Oman. On November 26, medical assistance was also offered to a Somali dhow Fais-e-Sale Mohammadi in the Gulf of Aden area. source : THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE
NORDEN enters long-term contract on transport of wood pellets with Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.
Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has entered into a 9-year contract for the transportation of wood pellets with Canada’s largest manufacturer of wood pellets, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. According to the contract, NORDEN will transport a total of 3.5 million tons of wood pellets from 2018 from Vancouver and Prince Rupert in Western Canada to Europe. The transports will be carried out on Supramax vessels, of which NORDEN is one of the world’s largest operators. There will be 8 trips a year, and each trip is expected to take 65 days. The wood pellet contract with Pinnacle follows a number of other contracts for the transportation of wood pellets which NORDEN has made. source: NORDEN press release
Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers. Yiannis Halas, general secretary of the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation, said Saturday the strike was suspended even though, in his words, “none of our issues has been resolved.” Merchant Marine Minister Panayiotis Kouroumblis, speaking in a TV interview, said: “Finally, reason has prevailed, after several days of talks,On Friday, angry farmers on the island of Crete, who said their produce was rotting in the ports, fired flares and threw stones at the striking crew of a ferry moored in port and burned down a ferry company’s ticket office. source: federalnewsradio
Royal Caribbean Cruises Approved To Begin Cruises To Cuba
Royal Caribbean has announced that the Cuban government has granted approval for the company to begin cruises to Cuba. The company said it plans to announce its first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. “Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Largest cruise ship ever to enter Australian waters docks in Fremantle
THE arrival of the $1 billion OVATION OF THE SEAS has drawn scores of spectators to Fremantle, with enthusiasts eager to catch a glimpse of the largest cruise ship to enter Australian waters. Welcomed by the traditional water cannon salute and drummers on South Mole, the vessel arrived with much fanfare on its maiden visit to the port city. Launched in April, OVATION OF THE SEAS is 348m long, 3m longer than the QUEEN MARY 2, has a gross tonnage of 168,666 and can carry 4905 passengers in its 2091 rooms. One of its most talked-about features is Bionic Bar, where robots prepare and deliver drinks. The size of the ship required extensive planning on the part of Fremantle Ports to ensure it was brought safely in and out of the harbour. source : perthnow
Hyundai Named Preferred Bidder for Algeciras Terminal
Hyundai Merchant Marine has been named the preferred bidder for a port terminal in Algeciras, Spain, according toa company announcement. The terminal is currently owned in part by Hanjin Shipping. Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in a South Korean port in late August. The development marks a turnabout for HMM which recently lost out on a bid to buy Hanjin’s U.S.-Asia business to Korea Line. Mauritania is expanding port to handle more shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade. Mauritania Looks to Nouadhibou Port for Brighter Futur HMM is expected to finalize its purchase of a 100-percent stake in Total Terminal International Algeciras in late December. The closing will follow a period of due diligence on the assets which began on November 28 and whicj will last for two to three weeks. Located in Algeciras, Spain, the TTI Algeciras is considered a global strategic logistics hub as it serves as the intersecting point of the route connecting Europe with South America and Asia with North America. The 3.9 million suqare foot terminal, with the annual capacity of 1.86 million TEUs, is considered to be one of the more lucrative assets of Hanjin Shipping, which is currently undergoing liquidation. The temrinal can accommodate large containerships with capacities of over 10,000 TEU. Currently, Maersk Line, CMA-CGM, China Cosco Shipping, MOL, and K Line use the terminal.
HMM and MSC front runners to buy Long Beach Terminal
HYUNDAI Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) are the leading contenders to buy Long Beach, California's, biggest container terminal, said people familiar with the matter, in a joint bid that may bolster the Korean operator's effort to join a major shipping alliance. People involved in the talks said HMM and Geneva-based MSC are expected to win the race for the 385-acre facility that handles three million containers after another bidder, Korean Line Corp., withdrew its bid, The Wall Street Journal reported.
In Oswego, a massive, rust-covered container ship glided across Lake Ontario Wednesday morning. It eased toward the Port of Oswego and abruptly came to rest after bumping against the dock. The 24-foot-tall ship was carrying equipment from Germany that will head to a brewery in Rochester. The port is expecting another shipment of similar equipment next year for a brewery in Fulton. Port director Zelko Kirincich wants to see more container ships visit the port because he says it's more cost efficient for businesses that are importing and exporting by ship. “They are efficient, there’s less chance for damage, everything goes right in the truck, there’s less storage issues -- it’s all about the bottom line," Kirincich said. Kirincich thinks the port may be poised to host more of these ships in the coming years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a major dredging project earlier this year that opened the port to bigger ships with more cargo. And Kirincich predicts the amount of grain to be exported through the port will double in 2017.Employees at the Port of Oswego help unload cargo from a container ship -- the first of its kind to visit the port. Source; WRVO NEWS
Terminal developer sues Oakland over coal transportation ban
The would-be developer of a port terminal in Oakland, California, is suing the Bay Area city over a ban on coal being transported through its precincts, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The federal lawsuit brought by Phil Tagami, an associate of state governor Jerry Brown, calls for the overturning of a city ordinance passed in June this year.
That ordinance banned the transport, handling and storage of coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) at terminals and bulk facilities in Oakland.
In passing the ban, councillors cited environmental and health concerns relating to coal dust.
Tagami’s company Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) was contracted to build a terminal on the site of the former Oakland Army Base, which closed in 1999. splash247.com/ter...