$36 million steel terminal opens at Port of Mobile
A new $36 million terminal for handling steel coils has been dedicated at the Port of Mobile. The new terminal is accessible by rail, truck or barge. It sits behind behind Alabama State Port Authority’s Pier D2 berth on a 40-foot-deep channel at the port authority’s main docks complex. Source: Journal of Commerce
EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches
European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia – at great human and environmental cost – will still be hard to stop.
Of 1,026 ocean-going ships recycled in 2014, 641 were taken apart on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to figures from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which campaigns for an end to the hazardous practice.
Tankers, cruise liners and other old vessels are rammed onto beaches and stripped down by hundreds of unskilled workers using simple tools such as blowtorches. Chemicals leak into the ocean when the tide comes in.
There is also a human cost: the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai estimates that some 470 workers have died in the past 20 years in accidents in Alang-Sosiya, the world’s largest stretch of ship-breaking beaches, in Gujarat. Some 35,000 mostly migrant and unskilled workers operate there.
The new rules aim to stop what Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment and Maritime Affairs, called “the shameful practice of European ships being dismantled on beaches”.
They will require that EU-registered ships be recycled only at sustainable facilities, and a list of these is expected to be published next year. It is likely to include yards in China, Turkey, North America and the European Union, but not South Asia.
“The European list will split the market into a safe market and a substandard market,” said Patrizia Heidegger of Shipbreaking Platform.
Egypt’s “new Suez Canal” is to be inaugurated in August, Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab said at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The premier invited the summit’s guests to attend the inauguration of the newly expanded Suez Canal, which is to include a new lane to allow for ships to pass in opposite directions at the same time.
He also called on them to invest in a commercial zone to be established near the extended Suez Canal.
The widening of the Suez Canal and the new commercial zone are both part of Egypt’s Suez Canal Development mega-project, which also includes plans to develop the seaports in the bordering governorates of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said and in the South Sinai town of Nuweiba, as well as the Sharm Al-Sheikh airport.
As clashes continue in and around Aden, the seaport remains virtually closed except for some oil shipments at Aden Refinery.
Dry cargo shipments have stopped as no stevedores are available due to the fighting. Yemeni ports at the Red Sea - Hodeidah and Saleef – are still operating as there are no hostilities at these areas. Offshore terminals are also unaffected and working as usual.
Port operations in Turkey were facing disruption as a result of a massive power cut that had hit dozens of provinces across the country on Tuesday 31 March. Although the Turkish Straits and ports were not closed, husbandry operations (crew changes, spares, etc.) have been negatively affected. The cuts affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul's tram and metro systems. A crisis centre has been set up at the energy ministry.
By early afternoon the Turkish Electricity Transmission company said only 15% of Istanbul and Ankara had power.
Finland braces for shipping strike this Thursday, April 2
Finland is bracing for a nation wide shipping strike on April 2. Both the Finnish Engineers’ Association and the Finnish Seafarers Union have announced their intention to join a strike this Thursday in support of a strike organised by the union members working on Finnish ice-breakers. Source: splash24/7
Gibraltar Completes First Ship-to-Ship Transfer of LNG
Gibraltar Completes First Ship-to-Ship Transfer of LNG
The LNG transfer was said to have taken 12 hours
Gibraltar has successfully conducted its first ship-to-ship transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Gibraltar Port Authority announced in an emailed press release. The process between LNG carriers SS Excelerate and SS Seishu Maru was said to have taken 12 hours and was overseen by UK-based marine service company Fendercare Marine. "I certainly want to see more of this in the future, reinforcing our leading role as a premier bunker port offering the widest possible range of marine services," said Bob Sanguinetti, CEO of the Port of Gibraltar. The port authority added that the operation has been "very tightly controlled," with the port having also instituted additional superintendents and stricter weather parameters. Last month, the Gibraltar government indicated that it had thrown its full support behind LNG, having said that LNG bunkering is both safer and cleaner than diesel bunkering. Source: Ship & Bunker News Team
Tauranga Port spending $150m to prepare for mega ships
Port of Tauranga is planning to spend $150 million over the next three years to position the port for the new generation of mega container ships. The money will be spent on the first stage of deepening the port’s shipping channels, buying two new tugs and two additional cranes.
Italy’s Saipem says needs more money to finish Poland’s LNG terminal
Italian firm Saipem will complete the delayed construction of Poland’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal this summer, but only if it receives further payment, Polish daily Rzeczpospolita said, quoting Saipem’s spokeswoman. Saipem is leading the consortium which is building the terminal in the Baltic city of Swinoujscie. “The LNG terminal will be ready to take the first loads in the summer, assuming that the consortium receives appropriate support from Polskie LNG and that financing of the terminal’s full operations in the following months will be provided,” Camilla Palladino told Rzeczpospolita. Polskie LNG, which is owned by Poland’s gas grid Gaz-System and is responsible for the investment, declined to comment, Rzeczpospolita said.
The terminal is Poland’s flagship project in its plan to cut dependence on gas imports from Russia. Poland said earlier this month it would not increase payments for the construction, which was supposed to be completed by the end of 2014 for a total of 2.4 billion zlotys ($636 million). Source: Reuters
Houston Ship Channel delays could take until May-Jun to clear
There is a shipping delay of up to a month in the Houston Ship Channel, with the backlog expected to last into May or even June, trade sources said Sunday on the sidelines of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers’ annual meeting.
“There’s no space, vessels are tied up,” a trader said.
A separate trader said he was forced to pay demurrage on a cargo due to the delays.
The 52-mile ship channel provides access from the Gulf of Mexico through Galveston Bay to various ports in Houston and other cities in the area that have industrial facilities, including refineries and petrochemical plants.
The delay in ship movement in the Houston Ship Channel impacts the delivery and loading schedules of crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products, among other things.
Fog as well as a ship collision in early March, followed by a spill of MTBE, are the main reasons for the recent delays, sources said.
The time to berth and load a cargo at terminals in the area is currently around five to nine days, compared with the usual one to two days, a company source with a shipping company said, adding that it could take until May or June to clear the backlog.