Work on the BVI Cruise Pier Expansion Project is currently underway, and was marked on Sept.1 by the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool and Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Claude O. Skelton Cline, hosting a tour.
Government officials highlighted both the marine and landside work currently happening at the Cruise Pier, according to the port authority.
On the marine side, IDL Projects and Meridian Construction Joint Venture Company is responsible for the strengthening, lengthening and widening of the current pier. Vanterpool said in a statement that piling for the marine works may begin as early as this week.
The company will also dredge in and around the pier facility and turning basin to allow safer maneuvering of ships; remove an existing rock face that currently protects the land and replace it with a bulkhead for better protection of the landside; and establish a 20-foot boardwalk along the southern waterfront which will eventually handle pedestrian traffic.
The scope of work for the expansion involves the lengthening and widening of the cruise pier to more than 1,300 feet and 60 feet, respectively. The pier is also being strengthened to accommodate ships up to 170,000 tons. Along with the pier work, the project also includes a landside development, called Tortola Pier Park, which will feature commercial, retail, entertainment and green spaces, open to the public.
CMA CGM announces Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge from all Asian ports to Sohar (Oman)
From Asia to Sohar (Oman), CMA CGM will implement an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge for all cargoes on CIMEX services as follows:
Amount: USD 100/20' - USD 200/40'
Date of application: September 8th, 2014 (B/L date)
Cargo: Dry, OOG and Reefer cargoes
Mexico’s Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas oil ports closed due to bad weather
Two of Mexico’s major crude oil export hubs along the country’s Gulf coast were closed due to bad weather, the communications and transport ministry said. The ministry said that the Cayo Arcas port has been shut since Sunday afternoon, while the Dos Bocas hub was closed on Monday morning (Sept. 01).
Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef
Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic metres of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world’s biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.
The fragile reef, which stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia’s east coast, and sprawls over an area half the size of Texas, was the centrepiece of a campaign by green groups and tour operators opposing the plan.
They feared that dumping soil 25 km (15 miles) from the reef would harm delicate corals and seagrasses and potentially double ship traffic through the area.
The Abbot Point port is being expanded to accommodate $16 billion(9.65 billion British pound) worth of coal projects planned in the inland Galilee Basin by two Indian firms, Adani Enterprises and GVK, and Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart.
On Tuesday, the paper said North Queensland Bulk Ports, Adani Group and GVK would re-submit a proposal as early as this week to Environment Minister Greg Hunt offering alternative dumping sites on land.
The change is designed to defuse controversy over potential damage to the reef and avoid a court case launched by the North Queensland Conservation Council, it added.
Three dead one missing in Batam Shipyard explosion
Three workers of Batam-based PT Bandar Abadi shipyard, Indonesia died and eighteen were injured in a blast that occurred on Friday, August 29 onboard a ship that was undergoing repairs at the yard, the Jakarta Post writes.
One person is still missing, based on the latest reports.
According to the local police chief Comr. Zainal Arifin, the explosion took place during welding of a pipe in a basement cabin. The heat from the welding is believed to have caused the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas [LPG] canister.
Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
Hapag-Lloyd hits Africa shippers with Ebola inspection fee
Hapag-Lloyd will begin charging an Ebola inspection fee on all shipments to and from West Africa from Sept. 21 as mandatory health checks on ships are expected to cause lengthy delays. Cargo shipments to Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria will be charged $250 per 20-foot container and $350 per 40-foot container. Source: Journal of Commerce
Maersk Line has levied a congestion surcharge on all North American cargo discharged at the port of Sohar in Oman from Oct. 1 as the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to Sohar leads to berthing delays.