Pemex says plant beginning to restart at quake-hit Salina Cruz refinery
Mexico’s state oil company Pemex on Tuesday announced that its Salina Cruz refinery has begun the start-up of its plants after closing because of September’s big earthquake, according to Reuters. Salina Cruz, located in the southern state of Oaxaca on the Pacific coast, is the nation’s largest refinery and can process 330,000 barrels per day.
South African attorneys Shepstone & Wylie have alerted North P&I Club that restrictions imposed on the supply of fresh water to vessels calling at Cape Town, North Club mentions in an announcement.
Cape Town recently experienced drought that affected the region. As a result, the port authority introduced a ban on all use of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes.
Thus, provision of potable water to all calling vessels has been suspended, except from extreme cases, North Club notes.
According to the port of Cape Town, the vessels calling there, are requested to bunker potable water at other ports not affected by the drought.
However, Cape Town isn’t the only port affected by the drought.
As local media report, Mossel Bay, Ngqura and Port of Elizabeth also face water restrictions.
MSCC Bronka set to increase its heavy cargo transshipment capacity
MSCC Bronka (Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka, Big Port St. Petersburg) is going to increase permissible load on the berth and its highway approach from 200 t to 500 t, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Miroslav Russkikh, head of the company’s Sales and Marketing Department, as saying at Heavy Russia conference in Moscow. According to him, this target can be achieved through construction of a road connecting the port with Krasnoflotskoye highway. Besides, in QI’2018 Bronka will get the second Liebherr LHM 800 featuring lifting capacity of 308 t.
Argentina says to reduce cost of docking services in Rosario ports
Argentina will cut the cost of docking services in the ports of Rosario, the country’s main agricultural hub, by 70 percent when it implements a maximum rate for entry and exit guide services in December, an official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The official decision is part of President Mauricio Macri’s crusade to lower the costs of producing and exporting grains to boost economic growth in the world’s No. 3 soy and corn exporter.
“By the end of December, we will make the final ruling to apply the maximum rate for navigation services, which we understand will be 30 percent of the current rates,” said Jorge Metz, national undersecretary of ports and waterways in the country’s Transportation Ministry.
The cost of docking services in Rosario, the point of departure for 80 percent of Argentina’s agricultural exports, is about $108,000 per vessel, according to Metz.
That figure represents about 30 percent of the port costs attached to the roughly 2,500 cargo ships that travel to Rosario annually, Metz said, adding that the ministry has the authority to regulate the rate, thanks to a decree issued earlier this month.
UK’s Grangemouth LPG export terminal reopens after delay
Ineos’ LPG export terminal in Grangemouth, Scotland has restarted after more than two months of delays, according to market sources.
Vessels began lifting product from Grangemouth on Wednesday, according to market sources in the region.
The Eships Dana was believed to be the first vessel to lift product from the terminal. According to S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow, the Eships Dana left Grangemouth on Wednesday and was heading to Teesport in northeast England.
The LPG vessel Coral Palmata is also currently berthed at Grangemouth, according to cFlow data, after arriving on Wednesday. The lifting date and destination were not clear.
Ineos did not comment on the timing of the restart or the cause of the delay.
St. Thomas, Magens Bay Reopen to Cruise Ships After Hurricane Irma
St. Thomas has accepted its first passenger cruise ships since Hurricane Irma, a welcome milestone for the recovering U.S. Virgin Islands.
Adventure of the Seas called upon the island Friday, November 10, while Norwegian Dawn was there on Nov. 11 and Royal Princess stopped on Sunday, Nov. 12. The luxury ship Seabourn Odyssey called upon the island on November 3, according to the island's tourism Facebook page.
Magens Bay, one of the Caribbean's best-known beaches, has also reopened to tourists. On the island tourism's Facebook page, videos showed steel drum celebrations and dancing, along with tourists enjoying water sports.
Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas on September 6, causing significant damage on the island, as well as nearby St. John. While St. Croix was spared by that storm, it received the brunt of Hurricane Maria just a few weeks later. Neither St. John or St. Croix have received yet cruise ships yet, although the latter is expected to reopen soon.
Cruise lines provided humanitarian aid to the islands after the storms, sending ships as relief vessels to bring supplies and evacuate residents. Royal Caribbean used Adventure of the Seas– the same ship that came to the island with tourists Friday -- to deliver thousands of pounds of food, water and medicine.
Before the storm, St. Thomas was one of the Caribbean's premier ports, often having as many as six cruise ships a day. Although ships are returning one at a time for now, expect more to come; 60 ships are expected in December, according to the Virgin Island Consortium website.
Navigation on rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg to be closed from November 16
Waterways of Saint-Petersburg will be closed for navigation from 16 November 2017 (00:00 Moscow time) as ordered by Transport Committee of Saint-Petersburg, says press center of the city administration. Waterways of Saint-Petersburg include Griboyedov Canal, Kronwerksky Strait, Pryazhska, Moika, Fontanka, Karpovka rivers, etc. Navigation on the Neva, Malaya Neva, Bolshaya Nevka, Srednyaya Nevka and Malaya Nevka will also be closed from November 16 under the order of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot).
ort engineers gather for £350m Aberdeen harbour construction
Senior Port engineers from across the UK met in Aberdeen this week to hear from experts in planning, design and construction about how the Harbour’s ambitious £350m expansion has materialised, British Ports Association said in its press release.
Members of the British Ports Association and the UK Major Ports Group’s joint Port Infrastructure Group saw progress on construction of the north breakwater, a temporary Accropode Production Facility and the new visitor centre.
Dredging commenced in September, designed to increase the water depth within the bay ahead of the construction of quays over the next three years. After touring the construction site and existing harbour, the group heard more details about the design and specifications as well as some of the lessons learned during the process.
The expansion will be complete in 2020 and will provide 1,400 metres of quay at water depths of up to 10.5 metres. The Port Infrastructure Group plans to return to the site when it is complete.
Puerto Coquimbo Terminal (TPC) has detailed plans for the the construction and operation of a new multipurpose dock, according to Mundo Maritimo.
It has submitted the plans in an Environmental Impact Study (EIA) to the Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA), detailing the Port of Coquimbo modernization project.
Coquimbo port through the modernization project aims to increase its competitiveness.
Construction on berthing sites No 3 and No 4 would allow the Port to serve ships of up to 366 meters in length.
The EIA also indicates that the construction of the project would take 54 months, initiating works after obtaining the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA).
Coquimbo port's new multipurpose dock would consist of an access bridge and the opening of two new berthing sites, No 3 and No 4.
Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT), the operator responsible for most containers in Rotterdam port, has introduced a new inland barge container handling service, Barge Transferium Maasvlakte.
Its new service, Barge Transferium Maasvlakte, provides round-the-clock crane capacity for handling inland waterway vessels.
It will handle containers destined for, or coming from, the ECT terminals.
ECT deepsea terminals will retain their inland vessel handling capacity as usual.