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1 hour ago by arnekiel

Seattle and Tacoma terminals to be upgraded to handle mega ships
THE Port of Seattle is into a period of public consultation on proposed redevelopment of the harbour to accommodate mega ships.When redevelopment is completed in mid-2019, the 185-acre facility will handle 18,000 TEU ships an increase from the limit of 6,000 TEU, reported IHS Media. The environmental impact statement will address the proposed dredging to 55 feet, dock strengthening and power upgrades. With 2,900 feet of berth, Terminal 5 will be able to dock three vessels simultaneously. It also features on-dock rail for the transfer of intermodal containers to trains that serve the transcontinental rail network.Laden import and export containers increased by seven per cent in April year on year with total volume coming in 3.5 million TEU for 2015, up four per cent.There are nine container terminals in Seattle-Tacoma. Alliance CEO John Wolfe has already said that there are too many terminals, and after a lengthy process of rationalisation and consolidation, Seattle-Tacoma may eventually feature as few as four large container terminals. Source :Schednet

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Queen Victoria' will be argest vessel ever to berth in Killybegs
One of the most magnificent cruise ships in the world, the Cunard Line's "QUEEN VICTORIA", will visit Killybegs at the end of May, 2018, it has been confirmed. The 90,000 tonne vessel, which is just under 300 metres long, will have about 3,000 people on board between passengers and crew and will be the largest vessel ever to berth in Killybegs. Said Ann Dorrian, at the Killybegs Information Centre: "We are over the moon. This is great news. It is a tribute to all the volunteers who work so hard in this office to welcome cruise passengers and to the whole community who do so much to present the town at its best." News that the ship was confirmed for the 2018 season was broken on Monday (May 23) by Sinbad Marine Services Ltd., ship's agent in Killybegs. The company's Facebook page stated: "We are delighted to announce that the longest vessel ever to berth in Killybegs, cruise ship MS "Queen Victoria", will arrive on 20th May, 2018.

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Norwegian company looks at running ferry from Key West to Cuba
Representatives of one of Norway's largest ferry operators met this week with the city of Key West's port director, as city leaders say they won't give up on the idea of landing a Key West-to-Cuba ferry. The meeting between Norled executives and Port Director Doug Bradshaw on Thursday was a courtesy meeting requested by the Norwegians, according to city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.But it's one more sign that Key West is doing what it can to once again have a ferry service to Cuba, which sits nearly 100 nautical miles away. Ferries between the two nations stopped when the countries broke off diplomatic relations half a century ago. But relations were renewed in late 2014.Norled is "considering the startup of a regular 'day cruise service' between Key West and a foreign destination, Ok-Hini Ronning wrote in a company e-mail to the city obtained by the Keynoter. The company would use a catamaran built to hold 300 passengers, the e-mail stated. Crean confirmed the meeting took place but Norled has competition. "Several companies are interested in doing a ferry service," said Mayor Craig Cates. "I know there's three. I met with two six to eight months ago.The city can eventually put out a request for proposals to find a company to run the ferry service, Cates said. But first, the city needs assurance from the federal government it would staff a new customs office here.Last November, the Key West City Commission ordered staff to figure out if the existing ferry terminal, 100 Grinnell St., could be turned into a customs facility. Such a project is estimated to cost $2 million. "Some companies have said, 'We'll pay $2 million if you give us a lease,' " Cates said.Commissioner Richard Payne has pushed the Truman Waterfront as the best location for a Cuba ferry, but the Navy closed the harbor to the public in 2013 citing the need for military training as part of its national security mission. Cates said the Navy hasn't responded to requests by city leaders to sit down and discuss reopening the harbor.source:keysnet

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Fortescue to operate second towage service at iron ore port
Australia's Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has won a tender to become the second provider of marine towage services at the port of Port Hedland, the world's busiest export terminal for iron ore.Fortescue, which ships 155 million tonnes of iron ore through the port, and is acquiring its own fleet of freighters, said a subsidiary, Pilbara Marine Pty, was granted a towage license by Pilbara Ports Authority, creating a second service provider and additional capacity at the port. Fortescue was named on a shortlist in 2014 to win the licence, along with Maersk subsidiary Svitzer Australia.The sole licence is held by the port's biggest user - BHP Billiton A tender for the second operator was open in 2014 following pay dispute between Teekay Shipping, which operated the licence for BHP, before being replaced last year. BHP could not be reached for immediate comment.Port figures show more than 435 million tonnes of iron ore was shipped via Port Hedland last year, with almost 6,000 vessels moving in and out of port waters. Fortescue said its licence will run for 15 years and is expected to come into effect in 2019. Fortescue in 2014 announced plans to buy eight iron ore freighters from China for around $500 million, saying the carriers, each capable of carrying between 250,000 and 260,000 tonnes of iron ore, would improve loading efficiencies. Source: Reuters

1 hour ago by arnekiel

Gibraltar fears border with Spain could close if UK quits EU
Gibraltar could find its access to the single European market blocked by a hostile Spanish government if the United Kingdom were to vote to leave the European Union in a referendum next month, the chief minister of the tiny British territory on Spain's southwestern tip said Sunday Fabian Picardo told The Associated Press that Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo had warned that if Britain exits the EU, the Popular Party government currently in power would "require that we accept joint sovereignty with Spain to have access to the market.Picardo said British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond had acknowledged that the European mechanisms in place to keep the frontier between Spain and Gibraltar flowing "will not be available to us if we are not members of the EU." Gibraltarians were overwhelmingly "on the 'remain' side" in the EU debate, he said."But, it's important to send a message to those in the U.K. who think that there would be no adverse consequences for Gibraltar in the event that the U.K. were to leave the EU, that Garcia-Margallo made his point very clearly," Picardo said.Gibraltar would find its trade adversely affected if Spain took such action, but nevertheless, "we will never pay any sovereignty price either for access to the single market or for any other reason," Picardo said. Source: Associated Press

23 hours ago by arnekiel

Mexico’s Tuxpan Port Terminal starts operations
CMA CGM will be the first shipping line to call Tuxpan Port Terminal (TPT), on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, with the Victory Bridge service connecting Tuxpan with the US and Europe. The $375m, 710,000 teu terminal is the first automated port to begin operations in Mexico. Tuxpan Port Terminal (TPT) is a subsidiary of Seattle-based SSA Marine. The 2010-built 4,200 teu vessel CMA CGM Hammonia Venetia will make the maiden call at Tuxpan on 4 July. The port’s 556 m long quay with a depth alongside of 15 metres makes it the only terminal on Mexico’s Gulf Coast able to receive New-Panamax vessels up to 14,000 teu. It was fully completed in 1Q 2016. It also features 240 reefer plugs, a dedicated customs and agricultural inspection facility and a 33 hectare-yard to receive some 50,000 vehicles per year and has four super post-panamax cranes with an outreach of 23 containers wide. Tuxpan is located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, some 240km from the capital city in between the ports of Vera Cruz and Altamira, which are also on the CMA CGM Victory Bridge service. www.seatrade-mari...

1 day ago by arnekiel

STX Sells Lorient Shipyard
The shipbuilding group STX France has offloaded its Lorient shipyard to a naval consortium. The shipyard, which has produced civil and naval vessels, will be purchased by Kership, a joint venture between French industrial shipbuilder Piriou and naval manufacturer DCNS. "We are extremely happy with this decision," a statement from Kership said, adding that it "reinforces the consolidation of French shipbuilding industry." STX France Lorient, based at the mouth of the river Blavet in Brittany, has operated since 1993 and is capable of producing ships of up to 120 m in length. www.marinelink.co...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Work slated to begin on $1.5 billion Cameron port
Construction is set to begin this fall on a $1.5 billion deepwater staging port in Cameron. The Advocate reports Port Cameron LLC plans to begin the first phase of the four-year project in November. Real estate services firm JLL Houston will lead the leasing efforts for the facility. The first phase, which will be on 500 acres on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, with available space for future expansion, is scheduled to be complete around fall 2017. Director of Operations Ted Falgout said in a statement from JLL that Port Cameron provides companies convenient access to offshore installations in the Gulf of Mexico. A study from consulting firm Loren Scott Associates says the port will generate about $2.8 billion in sales and 10,000 jobs for Louisiana when fully leased. Source: Associated Press

1 day ago by arnekiel

LoI issued for second LNG terminal at Port Qasim
The government has issued Letter of Intent (LoI) to award the contract for setting up second Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Port Qasim in Karachi. As per details, the Board of Directors of Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL) in its meeting held on May 6 approved a financial bid submitted by Pakistan GasPort Limited (Consortium) which includes Fauji Oil Terminal and Distribution Company Limited (FOTCO) which offered a levelized (service) charge of $0.4177 per MMbtu for handling of 600 Million Cubic Feet per Day (MMCFD) of LNG at the terminal.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Managers take over operations, reopen pipes at French oil hub
Managers have taken over operations and reopened pipes at the CIM oil port terminal in Le Havre, northern France, after union members decided to extend their strike on Friday, a CGT union official said. CIM, which handles about 40 percent of French crude imports, has not been able to deliver crude to refineries and refined products to the market since Tuesday after workers joined a nationwide rolling strike against planned labor reforms. Unions, teachers, students and youth groups led the initial strikes and protest in March and April against the labor law changes but opposition was faltering until the government began the process of forcing the bill through the lower house of parliament on May 10. The oil workers’ intervention has given the protests, which began in March, new impetus. The CGT objects particularly to proposals that would let companies opt out of national obligations on labor protection if they adopt in-house deals on pay and conditions with the consent of a majority of employees. “Managers have taken over control of CIM and they have started to reopen pipes because Exxon’s Gravenchon refinery, which was still operating, was running low on crude,” CGT union official Thierry Defrense told Reuters. “This was ordered by the local government official,” Defrense said. www.hellenicshipp...

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