Carnival Moves One Step Closer to New Cruise Port in the Bahamas
Last August, Cruise Fever reported about Carnival Cruise Line sending a proposal to the Bahamian government to build a private cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. Now, Seatrade Cruise News is reporting that Carnival is now one step closer to building the port after a new memorandum of understanding has “cleared the way for completion of negotiations with Carnival Cruise Line for the creation of a major cruise port with compelling attractions in East Grand Bahama”, said Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie.Not everyone is on board with Carnival looking to building a cruise port in the Bahamas, many locals in Freeport are afraid that cruise ships will bypass the current port for the new private port. Freeport remains one of the least popular cruise ports in all of the Bahamas and Caribbean.When will this private port experience open if the Bahamian government accepts Carnival’s proposal? No timetable has been given at this time and both sides have many obstacles to clear before any deal is finalized. However if approved, it will likely be welcome news to cruisers who either stay on the ship in Freeport, or who bypass cruise itineraries that stop there.Carnival Cruise Line remains one of the few cruise lines that does not have their own private port in the Bahamas. While parent company Carnival Corporation owns Half Moon Cay and Carnival ships often stop there, the island is branded as Holland America Line. Source; Cruise Fever
Tasmania’s clean, green image will get a very practical boost with the launch of SeaRoad Shipping’s newroll-on roll-off freight vessel for Bass Strait service. SEAROAD MERSEY II, powered by liquefied natural gas, will be officially christened by Robyn Kelly, wife of Chas Kelly, chairman of parent company SeaRoad Holdings, at the renowned Flensburger Shipyard, Germany, at about 7.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. SEAROAD MERSEY II represents an investment of more than $110 million in the future of Tasmania and its connectedness to the mainland and the world. It is the first coastal ship in Australia to use clean, green LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.
Chemoil to start supply of bunker fuel in Australia's Brisbane
Singapore (Platts)--2 Jun 2016 341 am EDT/741 GMT
Bunker fuel supplier Chemoil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore, will start operations to supply bunker fuel at Brisbane port in eastern Australia, from June 23 onwards, the company said in a statement Thursday.
As part of its operations, the company will deploy a bunker barge, the Valiant III, which has the capacity to hold marine fuel oil and marine gasoil grades, it added.
Chemoil has also signed a long-term terminal storage agreement with GrainCorp, while barging operations will be undertaken by United Maritime Australia, the company said.
The company is already active in ports along the New South Wales coast since April this year, and it intends to target cruise lines, it added. www.platts.com/la...
Votes at French refineries on ending strike; pipeline shipments continue
London (Platts)--3 Jun 2016 1157 am EDT/1557 GMT
Voting has been underway at French refineries affected by strikes Friday afternoon, with staff at Total's Donges and Grandpuits voting in favor of ending industrial action, the company said.
But CGT sources said that the labor union is set to continue with strikes over the weekend at refineries that have been affected by industrial action for the past two weeks, while operations at France's main ports are also likely to remain disrupted until early next week.Nonetheless, confidence was growing in the market that the refineries are likely to restart early next week.
French oil major Total said that a majority of staff voted to end the strike at its Granduits refinery near Paris. Total also said late Thursday 94% of the staff at its Donges refinery had voted to restart the plant. But CGT sources denied that a restart is imminent and said striking staff did not accept the result of the vote. www.platts.com/la...
Filipino Port Operator Invests $130 Million In Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port
Philippines-based global ports operator International Container Terminal Services ICTSI is investing in Iraq’s southern Umm Qasr commodities port.
ICTSI will operate, develop and expand the port, near Iraq’s border with Kuwait, and invest $130 million in the first phase of the deal.
Umm Qasr sits at the top of the strategic Gulf waterway and, while it does not export oil, it is vital in servicing the oil sector, and receives grain shipments and heavy equipment used in the oil industry.
The Manila-based port management company signed a contract with General Company for Ports of Iraq involving the container facilities at Umm Qasr.
The three-stage project involves constructing three quays that can handle a cargo of 1,500 containers, in addition to storage yards and installation of six gantry cranes, two for each phase.
“The estimated cost of the project is $140 to 150 million dollars for each stage. Each stage involves construction of a quay and a 200,000 square metre yard opposite to store containers and machinery, which are used to load and unload vessels,” said Sharif al-Battat, commission manager at ICTSI.
Battat added that the first quay should be operational by August. www.hellenicshipp...
Kalmar to deliver 10 straddle carriers to DP World’s West Swanson Terminal in Melbourn
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received orders for 10 diesel-electric straddle carriers from DP World for their West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. One order for five units was booked in Cargotec’s 2015 fourth quarter order intake and the other five units were booked in 2016 first quarter order intake. The machines will be delivered during the third quarter of 2016.
New 2M shipping schedule excellent news for port of Rotterdam
The container shipping alliance 2M – formed by Maersk Line and MSC – published the new shipping schedule for its Europe-Asia route today. And the changes have proven very much to Rotterdam’s advantage, with an extra first port of call position and an extra last port of call position in the itineraries of the largest vessels. The Port of Rotterdam Authority consequently expects a substantial increase in 2M container volumes in the period ahead. The existing shipping schedule already included Rotterdam as last port of call: the prime position, commercially speaking. In the new schedule, this status of ‘favourite’ will be doubled, since Europe’s largest port has been selected as first port of call on the important AE10 service, which offers the shortest transit time between the Far East and the North West Continent. The AE10 service is maintained by vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU.
In the five revised 2M schedules, one service no longer includes Rotterdam as a port of call. This service is maintained by smaller 13,000-TEU vessels. However, this loss is amply compensated for by Rotterdam’s improved position in the four other east-west services maintained by the larger ships. In its forecasts, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will therefore be taking account of a substantial increase in the number of containers that need to be handled on behalf of 2M.
Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Onshore Jamaica LNG terminal expected online by mid-2018
The onshore Jamaica LNG terminal, known as the Old Harbour project, is expected to be completed by mid-2018, according to a statement by the Jamaican government on 1 June.
The island’s information service stated that a supply agreement has been finalised by developer New Fortress Energy and utility Jamaica Public Service.
Agreements have also been reached with Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider China Power, which is building the terminal.
In the short term, New Fortress Energy is providing a floating storage unit (FSU) to Montego Bay. The FSU, which is expected to be the 138,000cbm Golar Arctic, is expected to be installed by the end of the year. Anglo Dutch Shell was named by sources as one of the likely term suppliers for the Jamaica LNG supply, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
Green groups plan lawsuit over expansion of Port Everglades’ entrance channel
Green groups on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 said they are planning to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to force a rethink about plans to expand Port Everglades in south Florida.
The environmentalists are concerned that the work of widening, deepening and lengthening the entrance channel to the port will entail much more extensive damage to coral reefs than the Corps anticipates.
Parties planning to sue – Miami Waterkeeper, the Centre for Biological Diversity, Florida Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice and a Fort Lauderdale dive shop called Sea Experience – fear that the official projection of 21 acres of coral reef being damaged by the work is a woeful underestimate.
They base their concerns on what happened in a similar project at Port Miami where a far bigger area of coral – equivalent to the size of 200 football fields -was killed than the Corps’ environmental review had forecast.
Unithai Shipyard and Engineering, Thailand’s topr shipyard, has expanded its operations to a deepsea port in Thailand’s western Ranong province.
Supporting the government’s strategic plan to develop Ranong port as a marine transport, logistics and offshore business hub for the region, Unithai Shipyard has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yongchao Company, which provides a wide range of logistical support for oil and gas operations in the Andaman Sea.
“In combining the capabilities of Yongchao and Unithai Shipyard, the operations have become a one-stop-service,” Unithai Shipyard managing director Teerapon Udomkanjananan said. “Once a vessel arrives at the port, all services – including formalities, repairs, crew changes and warehousing – will be completed in just one stop. This will support the expansion of marine and offshore business in this region in the future. And at the same time, this collaboration will also enhance our capabilities in providing the only heavy fabrications available on the Andaman Sea coast.” splash247.com/uni...