Service of Novorossiysk-Sochi-Novorossiysk ferry line terminated
Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch notifies the consignors on termination of service of the marine cargo ferry on the Novorossiysk-Sochi-Novorossiysk route. According to FSUE Rosmorport, the finishing voyage from the Seaport of Sochi to the Seaport of Novorossiysk was performed by the Ulusoy-6 vessel on December 28, 2013. Functioning of the ferry line on this route is not planned for the current year. "Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch thanks all the consignors who have employed the Novorossiysk-Sochi-Novorossiysk ferry line services to deliver goods in Sochi, including those of Olympic purpose, for mutually beneficial cooperation and expresses confidence that all the transported goods have contributed timely and quality construction of Olympic and other urban infrastructure facilities for the Winter games in 2014", the statement says.
Monday, January 13th 2014 witnessed the official opening ceremony of Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE – the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering. In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS will continue along the tried and trusted course of Damen new-builds and Albwardy’s conversions, dry-dockings and repairs.
Damen Shipyards Sharjah is conveniently located in the Sharjah Hamriyah Free-zone. The spacious new yard, located on a huge 284,000 square metre site, has direct and unrestricted access to the sea and meets the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair. The facility is equipped with a 120 x 26.5 metre ship-lift, with a 5,200 ton capacity and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 metres in length. It also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed and an under-cover new build construction hall. There is also extensive adjacent repair space, with 1,200 metres of quay with a water depth up to nine metres. Up and running for some time now, DSS has the facilities to repair and construct all type of vessels, and has recently delivered tugs, workboats, support vessels, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons.
Gust of wind blows shipping container into St. John's, N.L., harbour
A gust of wind is to blame for pushing a shipping container into the St. John's harbour on Wednesday, an ocean-going transport company said. Oceanex said a windy blast blew the empty container into the harbour. The container drifted across the water before it had to be towed to safety. A small boat nudged the container to a harbour wall where a tugboat came to its rescue. There were no injuries or collisions. Environment Canada issued a wind warning for parts of Newfoundland including St. John's, with gusts of about 100 km/h. Source : Campbell River Courier Islander
The number of Nigerian piracy attacks increased last year to their highest level since 2008 with incidents off West Africa now accounting for almost one fifth of the worldwide total. Sea criminals linked with Nigeria proved “particularly violent” in 2013 and have moved their operations further offshore and to neighbouring countries, the report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) released on Wednesday indicated. In total there were 264 attacks on ships last year, a 40% drop from 2011 when Somalia piracy was at its peak and 237 attacks occurred in that region alone. Some 300 people were taken hostage last year with 12 ships hijacked, 202 boarded and 22 fired upon, while there were a further 28 attempted hijackings. West Africa accounted for 19% of all attacks in 2013, with Nigerian pirates said to be responsible for 31 out of 51 attacks in the region, holding 49 people hostage and kidnapping 36. “Nigerian pirates ventured far into waters off Gabon, Ivory Coast and Togo, where they were linked with at least five of the region’s seven reported vessel hijackings,” the IMB said. The number of pirate attacks worldwide was, however, down to a six-year low, thanks to a significant fall in incidents off Somalia. Source : upstreamonline
Europe’s largest dry bulk terminal EMO unloads a billion tonnes of dry bulk
EMO hits a new dry bulk discharge record — the billionth tonne of dry bulk. A milestone for Europe’s largest dry bulk terminal. Forty years ago, EMO unloaded its first tonne of iron ore (November 28th 1973). Now the terminal has reached the billion tonne mark, the company said in its press release.
The honour goes to the Vale China. The Vale China, with its 375,000 tonnes of iron ore, is one of the largest dry bulk vessels in the world. The vessel is 362 metres long, 65 metres at the beam, and has a draft of 23 metres. Using three 85-tonne grab unloaders, it takes approximately four days to unload the Vale China. Thanks to EMO’s unloading capacity and draft, the EMO terminal is an ideal destination for this huge bulk vessel.
EMO is the largest transhipment terminal for coal and iron ore in Europe. Strategically located at the Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam, the terminal holds a prominent position in the coal and iron ore market. Established in 1973, the iron ore storage and transhipment company, rapidly developed into a modern and multifunctional company. In addition to unloading seagoing vessels and loading trains, lighters and seagoing vessels, EMO carries out other activities such as screening, blending and washing coal. Source : PortNews
The Government of Ghana is engaging local and foreign stakeholders to raise resources for the deployment of inland ports to reduce pressure on the Tema and Takoradi harbours, and the roads.
This forms part of Government’s programme for a massive improvement in the nation’s transportation system to further open up the economy, create decent and well-paid jobs and reduce post harvest losses.
Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, made the announcement during a courtesy call on him, by the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Hans Docter, at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
The Vice President explained that the construction of an integrated transport system would also facilitate and position the country as transport hub in the sub-region for the transportation of goods and services to the market centers and especially to neighbouring landlocked countries
On Friday, Jan 10, Ennore Port Ltd (EPL) became the second port in the eastern coast to handle transhipment of used cars. The arrival of MV Triumph of Japanese Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) marked the commencement of transhipment of used cars. On its maiden visit, the car carrier offloaded 288 cars/vans and four buses and in return carried 620 Nissan cars to South Africa. These used cars will be picked up by another car carrier by January 20 and then it would be shipped to East African countries.
Sources in the logistics sector said that till recently Japanese shipping lines used the Port of Singapore or Hambantota in Sri Lanka as transhipment points for used cars. But due to space constraint they were forced to look for alternative ports and EPL fitted the bill.
Largest ship to ever enter the Thames docks at London's newest port
The new London Gateway port welcomed the largest ever ship to enter the Thames this week, after a huge container vessel was diverted by bad weather.
Driven from its original destination of Felixstowe by high winds and rains, the Gudrun Maersk was towed into port laden with goods from the Far East.
The port, in Thurrock, Essex, opened in November after a huge dredging operation made the river Thames deep enough to accommodate the very larger cargo ships which are becoming standard in the shipping industry.
The ship, which can carry as much as 8,500 lorries, and weighs 115,000 tonnes when fully loaded, docked in the new port on Wednesday.
When it was constructed in 2005 it was the largest container ship in the world, but has since been eclipsed a new model which can carry more than twice as much cargo.
Ships as large as the Gudrun Maersk have been able to venture into the Thames thanks to long-running efforts to remove some 27million tonnes of silt from the river bed.
The change, which affects some 100km of waterway, now means that even the world's largest container ship can comfortably dock just miles from London.
According to the port's operators, the move will help keep the UK competitive, as without the increased capacity the giant goods ships would have started stopping off in mainland Europe instead.
No clarity yet on part-loaded ships as Indonesia's mineral ore export ban takes effect
With Indonesia's ban on mineral ore exports coming into effect from Sunday, there is still no clarity as to whether partially loaded dry bulk carriers would be allowed to leave the ports, shipping sources said Monday. According to a note posted by UK-based London Protection & Indemnity Club on its website last week the partly laden ships could either be asked to sail "as is" or be stopped from sailing. "Where it is not possible for the vessel to complete loading before January 12, 2014, we understand from the correspondent [London P&I Club's correspondent in Indonesia] that the government has stated [via the media] that any ships that have part loaded mineral ore cargoes when the ban comes into effect will be required to sail as is," the P&I club said late last week. "I believe they [the Indonesian authorities] will allow those ships [loaded fully or partially] to sail out," a source with a ship operator said Monday, adding there was a lot of confusion over the clearing of vessels by the customs officials. "There is a lack of clarity at this stage," an India-based shipowner said Monday. "We have to wait and see exactly who is allowed [to operate out of Indonesia] and who isn't." The P&I Club had also cautioned its members whose vessels do not possess relevant permits and licenses for loading and exporting unrefined mineral ore cargoes from Indonesian ports, to ensure that the vessel completed loading before January 12.
Singapore based Triyards Holdings secures two cruise ship contracts
Singapore based TRIYARDS Holdings Limited (TRIYARDS or the Group), an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has won two new orders in vessel construction and outfitting for two cruise liners, the Group said in a press release. The total contract value of the work for TRIYARDS and its partners is approximately US$7.5 million. For the first contract, the Group will be building the hull and installation of piping, electrical and mechanical system and equipment in a new build vessel, the Aqua Mekong cruise vessel. The 63-metre (approximately 205 foot) long vessel will undergo a period of nine months construction. The mocked up part of her 5-star outfitting and furnishing of luxurious cabins will also be carried out in TRIYARDS. The vessel belongs to reputable cruise ship operator Aqua Expeditions, whose vessels operate in South America and South East Asia. She will operate in the Mekong River with high-end hotel and accommodation facilities. The second contract is with International Shipping Partners, one of the world’s largest passenger ship management companies with its headquarters in Miami, Florida, and is for the upgrading of accommodation for the ‘Silver Discoverer’. The 103-metre (approximately 334 foot) long vessel with a gross tonnage of 5,218GT will undergo a 12-week refurbishment prior to her service entry in the last leg of 1Q2014. With this new instalment, the upgraded facilities on the ‘Silver Discoverer’ include a new gym, beauty salon, and expedition cabins.