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1 hour ago by arnekiel

Stena Line to leave Varberg in 2019
The Grenaa-Varberg ro-pax service will come to a halt at the beginning of 2019, when the licence for calling at the Swedish Port of Varberg will terminate. The licence won't be prolonged as the City of Varberg and the Varberg Municipality, together with the port authority, will commence re-modelling of the port in order to erect a new housing and city area, called the Västerport, on part of the former port premises.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

TOTE Expands Into Hawaii Trade
TOTE Maritime increased its investment in the U.S. Jones Act trade on Friday, announcing an order for four new containerships from Philly Shipyard. The ships will be used to compete with Matson and Pasha in the Hawaii trade. "Philly Shipyard . . . fully supports the efforts to introduce new vessels into the Hawai'i containership trade to replace aged ships in time to meet new environmental regulations," said Steinar Nerbovik, Philly’s president & CEO, in a statement Friday. In addition to the newbuild order, TOTE has begun talks to secure container terminal space in Honolulu. The firm said that timing is critical to get the service running in early 2020, when new environmental regulations will take effect. TOTE has operated vessels from the U.S. mainland to Alaska and Puerto Rico for four decades, but this would be its first venture to Hawaii. It has invested significantly in newbuilding in recent years, spending hundreds of millions for two LNG-fueled container carriers to serve Puerto Rico. The vessels replaced the lost ro/con El Faro and her sister ship El Yunque. maritime-executiv...

22 hours ago by arnekiel

New MSC service offers complete coverage of South America East Coast
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is pleased to announce a new service between South America’s east coast and Northern Europe, improving port coverage and transit times. The new NWC/SAEC service will operate the following rotation: Rotterdam – London Gateway – Bremerhaven – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Sines – Rio Sepetiba – Santos – Navegantes – Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Rio Grande – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Rio Sepetiba – Salvador – Pecem – Rotterdam The new service will call at Pecem and Salvador in Brazil in order to attend the fruit seasons, providing fast connections with European destinations. MSC offers excellent connections to/from Zarate, Vitoria, Paraguay and Rosario via our hubs in South America as well as to/from Scandinavian, Russian and Baltic ports via our European hubs. This service will be jointly operated by MSC and Hapag-Lloyd with a fleet of nine modern vessels with improved reefer capacity. The first ship southbound will depart Rotterdam on 27 September 2017; the first vessel northbound will sail on 24 October. Source: MSC

22 hours ago by arnekiel

Port of Rauma: First parts of the port investments ready. New yard & quay side in use at container terminal
Construction at the Port of Rauma container terminal is progressing well. First part (60 meters) of the new container quay was taken in use on Monday August 14th, 2017. After the addition, the total length of the container quay is now 215 meters.The container quay will be extended to 520 meters within the rest of the year 2017. “We are very satisfied with the new quay side and container yard which was now finished. Quay side operations will get more efficient as the gantry cranes will reach further out. Now we can handle even the longest vessels at the container quay” sums up operations director Mr. Juha Rehmonen (Euroports Rauma Ltd). Managing director Mr. Hannu Asumalahti (Port of Rauma Ltd) points out that connecting the existing container quay with new parts is one of the most challenging parts of the project. Therefore a major milestone has been passed as this part of the quay side is finished and taken into use. “Moreover, it’s important to take into use areas that the port customers can utilize right away through improved terminal operations. The traffic volumes have been positive in 2017, which means that the large port investment will be finished at a suitable time. The container terminal expansion started in the spring 2016 and most of the work will be finished by the end of 2017. The total cost of the project is 25 M€. Alongside the container terminal extension, also the Rauma channel will be dredged from 10 meters to 12 meters maximum authorized draught in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency. The dredging will will also be finished by the end of 2017.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Milaha Launches Direct Container Service Between Qatar and Kuwait
Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has launched the first ever direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait. The new service, named KQX (Kuwait Qatar Express Service), will operate between Hamad Port in Qatar and Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait once a week initially, using a 515 TEU vessel. With 50 reefer plugs available on the vessel and a highly competitive transit time of 1 day, the new service is ideal for transporting perishable products and food stuff, among other cargoes, coming into and out of Qatar, as well as for connecting Kuwait to Milaha’s broader feeder network in the Arabian Gulf and beyond.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Fourth covered terminal commissioned
VCK Group commissioned its fourth covered cargo terminal in the Suezhaven in Amsterdam today. The All-Weather Terminal 4 has attracted an investment of around € 11 million. The commissioning of the new terminal means that covered transhipment capacity in Amsterdam has risen to between one and a half and two million tonnes. This now makes Amsterdam the largest provider of covered transhipment in Europe. Developments in the market for all-weather transhipment have spurred growth in volume. Sea-going vessels are becoming larger and often require immediate transhipment between sea-going and inland vessels. The all-weather terminal is therefore three metres wider and four metres higher than the three terminals constructed previously. Moreover, Port of Amsterdam has applied for LME certification. With approval from the London Metal Exchange, the terminal will soon be able to attract cargo from the global market for industrial metals. LME certification is expected to be issued in early 2018.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Explosive boat attack foiled targeting UAE ship
Yemeni forces destroyed an explosives-laden boat targeting a United Arab Emirates military vessel at Mokha port on Wednesday. A source at the port said that the foiled terror attack was initiated by Houthi militias. A large explosion was heard across the port when forces eliminated the threat before it reached the docked ship. Earlier on Wednesday morning, Yemen National Army forces repelled a Houthi militia attack south of Taiz city. The militia sustained heavy casualties in a battle that involved the use of heavy weapons.

2 days ago by arnekiel

People Keep Throwing Eggs at Tourists in Barcelona
When Edgar Torras started leading tours of Barcelona, locals thanked him for bringing in tourists. Seventeen years later, they pelted his customers with eggs and the city has further restricted his route to avoid over-crowding in the historic center. “Suddenly we seem to be the enemy,” said Torras, founder of Barcelona Segway Glides. It’s becoming part of the tourist scene not mentioned in the guidebooks. Some Spaniards increasingly view visitors as a burden rather than an economic boon, with a backlash building in Barcelona and other hot spots. Last month, masked youths attacked a tourist bus in the city, and a protest against incomers is set to take place in the Basque resort of San Sebastian on Thursday. With Spain the world’s biggest tourist destination after France and the U.S., the government is beginning to worry that the unrest could undermine that status. Tourism accounts for about 13 percent of all jobs in Spain. The number of foreign visitors will rise about 12 percent this year to a record 84 million in 2017, according to analysts at CaixaBank SA. https://www.bloomberg.com...

2 days ago by arnekiel

Construction Begins On Spectrum of the Seas Cruise Ship
Construction has started on Spectrum of the Seas, the first Quantum Ultra class ship which will arrive in 2019 for Royal Caribbean. So it has now been confirmed that the same of the first next generation Quantum class ship will be Spectrum of the Seas. The name has been rumored for some time along with other names including Melody of the Seas. Construction has now officially started on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. A ceremony was held at the shipyard where the first piece of steel was cut. The steel will make up the large blocks which will come together over time to make the ship whole. https://www.cruisehive.co...

2 days ago by arnekiel

Vessel congestion hits consumers
The congestion of container vessels at the outer anchorage of the Chittagong port is proving to be costly for traders and consumers. First, foreign vessels owners are charging the importers and exporters extra money. Second, they are counting demurrage every day for berthing the vessels at the outer-anchorage. So, the prices of imported goods are going up, eventually affecting the consumer. Bangladesh imports over 4,500 items from different countries. These items include raw materials like clinker, limestone, rice, wheat, onion, garlic, and ginger. In the 2016–2017 fiscal year, Bangladesh imported 6.2 crore tonnes of different goods worth Tk. 32,000 crore. The prices of almost all imported goods are going up by the day. Although foreign vessel operators’ organisations had earlier fixed the fare via a declaration, they have now changed the system. They are charging more under titles like Port Congestion Surcharge, Emergency Cost Recovery Surcharge, and Additional Fare. According to the new tariff, they are charging an extra USD 150 for goods-laden containers and USD 75 for bringing empty containers to Chittagong from others ports. The businessmen mostly import and export goods through ports like Singapore, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Kelang in Malaysia, and Shanghai, Ningbo, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in China. For waiting at the outer-anchorage, a container vessel has to cough up USD 7,000 to USD 12,000 every day as demurrage. Most vessels are being forced to berth for 12 to 15 days while the normal turnaround time is two to three days, said Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and shipping agents. www.theindependen...

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