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4 hours ago by arnekiel

Conhexa to re-boost activity in Port of Sète fruit terminal
Through the Port of Sète’s new operator, the Conhexa group, the port wants to reposition itself in the traffic of refrigerated produce, a sector that is growing worldwide. Following a call for proposals by the Port of Sète in June 2016, the Conhexa group, which is a major player in this type of traffic, was chosen to manage the 23,000m2 fruit terminal. www.freshplaza.co...

4 hours ago by arnekiel

Marseille Fos to Cut Dues for Eco-friendly Ships
Marseille Fos has joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and is now set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations. From July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels – a 60/40 percent split – that call at the port. Other sectors will be added in 2018. The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI. Marseille Fos reductions will apply from a score of 35 - the level attributed to ships equipped for the so-called ‘cold ironing’ facility to take shoreside electrical power at berth instead of using onboard diesel generators. www.maritimeprofe...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Durban port authority defends harbour pilots, launches new tug
Concerns that fast-tracking the training of harbour pilots may have contributed to recent quayside crashes in Durban were unfounded, Transnet said on Friday. Transnet National Ports Authority chief executive, Richard Vallihu, was speaking on Friday on the sidelines of the launch of Durban’s newest tug, the locally built Umbilo. Vallihu said boards of inquiry were scrutinising the two incidents, which together caused millions of rands in damage. The Mediterranean Shipping Company’s vessel, the Benedetta, struck a gantry crane at the container terminal, the Mercury newspaper reported this week, while on April 30, the bulk carrier Julian smacked into a ship loader while berthing at Bulk Connections on the Bluff. Umbilo, which is named for the Durban river, was built by Southern African Shipyards for the authority and its home port will be Durban. It is the sixth tug completed by the Bayhead company as part of a R1.4 billion order for nine tugs.

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Record Tanker Arrival in Gulf of Mexico
The largest oil tanker to ever call at a Gulf of Mexico port arrived in the Port Corpus Christi on Friday. The VLCC Anne docked at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center export terminal, the first crude oil export facility in the U.S. to receive such a large vessel. Occidental Petroleum Corporation is planning to load VLCCs regularly in the future. Anne is owned by the Belgium-based Euronav, is 1,093-foot-long and capable of holding over two million barrels of oil. When fully laden a VLCC requires a draft of 66 feet. Ship channel depth at Port Corpus Christi is at 47 feet so the vessel must be partially loaded, with an accompanying vessel to fill the remaining cargo once offshore. Current VLCC operations require multiple smaller vessels to transport product offshore for loading, so loading VLCCs at Occidental’s export terminal is expected to provide significant cost and time savings. maritime-executiv...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Ports America to Operate Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has chosen Ports America to operate both Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise terminals through until 2029. Ports America has agreed to invest $38.5 million in capital improvements across both terminals. The company will invest $23.5 million in capital improvements to Manhattan Cruise Terminal, which will include new capacity for larger vessels and improvements to Pier 90. The $15 million capital investments at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will include an increased capacity for larger vessels. There are three major passenger ship cruise terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal, owned by the City of New York and operated by Ports America, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal operated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port operated by Cape Liberty Cruise Port LLC. www.maritime-exec...

5 hours ago by arnekiel

Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal
Yilport Holding started investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes. The MHCs arrived on 21 May, and the equipment will be operational by the first week of June, the company said in its press release. The new cranes will provide terminal services to the container vessels at Puerto Bolívar’s new berth, which is 300 meters’ long with a draft of -14 meters. MSC Panama container feeder service is already calling Yilport Puerto Bolívar terminal, and the new cranes are expected to attract more calls. Yilport Holding CMO, Mr. Erhan CILOGLU stated that Yilport’s global standards will boost Puerto Bolívar container terminal as a strategic hub for Ecuador’s fresh fruit trade and provide exporters with more options on their worldwide shipments.

1 day ago by arnekiel

New service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean
The port of Antwerp informs about new service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean. The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia. Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo. The company operates six vessels, enabling it to offer a monthly rotation. From Antwerp the ships travel via the Baltic (calling at among others St. Petersburg and Ust Luga) and then on the more northerly Russian ports such as Archangel, Sabetta, Murmansk and Nova Zemla. The agent for this service is Seabow, specialising in breakbulk and ro/ro with the emphasis on Russia.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Venice world heritage status under threat
A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colbert’s pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, a large-scale installation of giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal to prop up the crumbling Palazzo Sagredo. Venice’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro could also do with a helping hand. Under-populated and over-touristed, Venice is facing threats from all sides. Its status as a world heritage site is slowly sinking, with Unesco threatening to slap the city on its in-danger list, a fate normally reserved for war-ravaged ruins, under-funded third world sites and, er, Liverpool. Unesco’s concerns about cruise ships, mass tourism and damage to the fragile lagoon ecosystem “have been met with empty promises but no concrete proposals”, according to Italia Nostra, the country’s influential heritage body. For outsiders, megaships are the biggest blight, symptomatic of the vested interests that paralyse Venetian decision-making. For Jonathan Keates, chairman of Venice in Peril, the cruise ships “are an abomination whose size threatens the dimensions of the city”. Indeed, the World Monument Fund put Venice on its watch list in 2014 precisely because “large-scale cruising is pushing the city to an environmental tipping point and undermining quality of life for its citizens”. Read more at https://www.theguardian.c...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Cruise ship experience awaits Hajj pilgrims from India in 2018
After 22 long years, India - home to the second largest Muslim population in the world - has decided to revive the historic sea route to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Many elderly Muslims fondly recall the journey by ship from Mumbai to Jeddah which usually took 10-12 days, often through rough seas, until 1995 when the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India’s ageing fleet was phased out and Haj pilgrims had no option but to travel by air. But come 2018 and cruise ships with all modern amenities will sail from Mumbai, Kolkata and Kochi ahead of the world's biggest yearly assembly of believers in Mecca. Each new ship will accommodate around 5000 pilgrims and cover the distance between Mumbai and Jeddah in just 2-3 days. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, India’s Minister for Minority Affairs, has announced that the re-introduction of sea route will dramatically reduce Haj expenses by more than 50 percent. At present, the government subsidises Air India’s Haj flights from 23 destinations in the country. Pilgrims travel either through the government’s Haj Committee of India (HCOI) or Private Tour Operators (PTO). english.alarabiya...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Trump wants $108 million for deeper ports; Corps adds $56 million boost that includes Jacksonville
President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress. The Port of Jacksonville is one of five harbor-deepening projects scheduled to benefit from the $56 million already approved. The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees maintenance and construction on U.S. waterways, on Wednesday evening released its spending plan for discretionary funds recently approved by Congress. That plan includes includes $17.5 million for deepening to begin at the Port of Jacksonville. For projects still in the study and permitting phase, $2.8 million will go to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and $557,000 for the Sabine-Neches waterway that serves three Texas ports.

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