Six Tongan crewmen are reported to be well and have been taken to land after the vessel they were on, MV Sitka became stuck on a reef in Kadavu Island, Fiji in the weekend, due to mechanical problems.
Tonga Police confirmed this afternoon that Tonga Coastal Radio on Sunday, 21 August received a distress call from the vessel after it got stuck on the reef near Kadavu.
There were six Tongan male crew on board including the skipper. Tonga Police contacted Fiji and were advised by the Nadi Rescue Coordination Centre that the Fiji Navy is handling the case.
“We have been informed the crew are well and are being taken care of by people at Kabariki village on the island. They are expected to take a ferry to Suva on Thursday, 25 August. The men will probably return to Tonga later this week,” said a police spokesperson.
It is understood the vessel is remained stuck on the reef today.
The MV Sitka is an inter-island cargo vessel that can carry 200 tonnes of general cargo. It was initially brought to Tonga on a chartered basis by a local company South Seas Shipping (SSSC) from Australia.
The vessel arrived in Nuku'alofa in March 2010 and had transported cargo between Nuku’alofa, Ha’afeva, Pangai and Neiafu.
Its management at this stage remains unknown.
Kadavu is the fourth largest island in Fiji. matangitonga.to/2...
Two lanes of Panama Canal locks at Miraflores shutting down this week for repairs
Two lanes of the Panama Canal locks are being shut this week for scheduled repairs which will last through to Friday.
Work in the dry chamber seals will be done on several gates and will require the west lane of Miraflores locks to be closed to vessels for the duration, starting late on Monday (August 22).
And the east lane of Gatun locks will be closed as of late on Tuesday, with the work again expected to last until Friday.
The repair work will entail the deployment of four flat top barges and a number of tugboats, as stated in a recent Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping.
On June 26 the Panama Canal held a grand inauguration ceremony for its new third locks, the result of a $5.3bn expansion project to accommodate supersized container ships and other large vessels. splash247.com/two...
Algeciras Bay Port Authority in southern Spain has put up a tender for its third container terminal, and China's Cosco Shipping Ports is already being mentioned as a fore runner candidate, says a report by Caixin.
According to port authority, Algeciras is Spain's biggest container port and oil importing dock, and handled 2.3 million 20-foot containers in the first half the year – a 13 percent year on year increase.
Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd., the port operating arm of state-owned China COSCO Shipping Corp., is the world's fourth-largest container operator by capacity.
Its recent overseas shopping spree includes buying two-thirds of Piraeus, the largest port in Greece, for US$ 409 million last August and upping the stakes in Euromax Terminal Rotterdam BV, a container terminal operator in the Netherlands, to become its largest shareholder in May. www.marinelink.co...
China’s First Overseas Military Outpost and Naval Base to Open in 2017 at Djibouti
China is building its first overseas naval base and military outpost at the small port town of Obock in the Republic of Djibouti on ground originally intended for use by the U.S. Army. The Chinese base on a 364,000 square meter (90 acre) plot will house supply stores; barracks for a small force of Chinese marines or Special Forces; maintenance facilities for aircraft and ships and weapons sites. Obock or Obok is located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Tadjoura, where it opens out into the Gulf of Aden. China refers to the Obock naval base as a "support facility" and said they don't have plans of building large bases such as those the U.S. military favors. It also denies the base is ratcheting up tensions with the U.S. whose Camp Lemonnier, the largest U.S. military base in Africa, is located only eight miles away. Camp Lemonnier currently houses over 4,000 U.S. troops and is used for Special Forces and drone operations against jihadist groups in the region. Source: chinatopix
Carnival Cruise Line to Make Maiden Visits to Thailand and Vietnam
Carnival Cruise Line is planning a voyage from Sydney to Singapore, which will include the company's first calls to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Ko Samui in Thailand, as well as several cruises from China.On sale now, the 19-night cruise aboard Carnival Spirit departs 3 May 2018 and also calls at Bali in Indonesia and Airlie Beach and Darwin in Australia. When it reaches Singapore on 22 May 2018, the ship will enter dry dock and then operate a series of Asian voyages from Shanghai during the local summer season before returning to its homeport of Sydney. Carnival Cruise Line vice president Jennifer Vandekreeke said the new itinerary would expand the holiday opportunities for Australians.
ICTSI Congo at Matadi receives 1st of 2 mobile cranes
Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), the new container and general cargo terminal on the Congo River, DR Congo, has received the first of two new mobile cranes scheduled to go into service at the terminal, the company said in its press release.
The Terex Model 5 crane is the largest member of the medium size crane family available from Terex Port Solutions and was delivered fully erect on-board the m/v BBC ODER which commenced its voyage from Antwerp, Belgium.
With a working radius of up to 51m, the geometry of the Model 5 unit is designed to serve Panamax class container ships. This unit and its sister unit, set to arrive in September, will operate with an automatic twin-lift spreader (60t in twin lift and 50t in single lift) and will also provide a heavy lift capability, 125t at an outreach of 18m.
Other key equipment to be deployed at the terminal includes reach stackers and front loaders as well as Navis N4 for efficient management of vessel loading/unloading and terminal operations.
The Matadi Gateway Terminal is a joint venture company between ICTSI, the Ledya Group and SCTP SA. ICTSI operates 30 terminals in 21 countries and is recognised to be a leading developer, manager and operator of gateway terminals of different sizes and serving extended hinterlands including cross border.
Port of Ipswich invests a further £160,000 into new equipment
ABP’s Port of Ipswich has invested over £160,000 into the recent purchase of five new cargo handling grabs to meet an increase in trade of dry bulk materials at the port.
This recent purchase brings ABP’s investment into the Port of Ipswich up to £2.2m this year.
The grabs have been ordered through pALM Bulk Solutions who have provided ABP with the five MRS grabs, increasing the capabilities of the current bulk handling equipment.
The grabs, of varying sizes, are all of a high close, clam shell design. The largest grab will have a capacity of 13.0 m³ and is designed for handling a wide range of bulk materials including fertilizer, grain, soya and animal feeds.
They have been designed to fit equipment already in operation at the port, including the dockside crane and material handlers.
The purchase of the new grabs follows a strong year of investment into the East Anglian ports. Earlier this year seven forklift trucks were purchased and brought into operation at the Ports of Ipswich and King’s Lynn and two new loading shovels.
Project to increase mega-ships’ visits to Port of Felixstowe
Britain’s premier port is to undertake a multi-million pound project to enable it handle more of the world’s biggest container ships. The Port of Felixstowe has seen the number of visits by mega-vessels – able to carry more than 18,000 standard-sized boxes – grow consistently since it opened its largest deep-water extension at a cost of £300million five years ago.
Last year a project was completed to extend new Berths 8&9 with the creation of a 190-metre finger quay to allow it to handle two of the huge ships at once.
Three further ship-to-shore cranes, the largest of their type anywhere in the world with an outreach of 62 metres, capable of reaching across container ships with 24 containers wide on deck, costing £15m, were also added to the quay.
Now port bosses are turning their attention to Trinity Terminal, one of the world’s longest quays at 2,354 metres, with a plan to deepen the water alongside part of the terminal and increase the height of some of its cranes.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has granted permission for the project at Berths 6&7. www.eadt.co.uk/ne...
Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80
First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal
The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), a subsidiary of the Pasha Group, to Pier 80 for the first ship call to unload 500 automobiles being transported by truck to Northern California dealerships. Pier 80 is the Port’s 69-acre cargo terminal in the southern waterfront.
Pier 80 will employ approximately 50 longshore workers during vessel operations.
“This marine terminal agreement signifies a new beginning for cargo operations at the Port of San Francisco,” said Willie Adams, who serves as President of the San Francisco Port Commission and International President of the ILWU. “We want the world’s shipping community to know that the Port of San Francisco is open for business. We also want to thank Mayor Lee for his leadership and for helping us to support working families in this community.” www.longshoreship...
Hutchinsons Pakistan Terminal to Start After 5-Year Delay
(Reuters) Billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd. is set to start its second Pakistan terminal after a five-year delay, giving mega vessels access to the coastal city of Karachi for the first time.
Hutchison’s terminal operations in South Asia’s second-largest economy will commence before the end of this year, as agreed with the Karachi Port Trust, the company said in an e-mailed reply to questions on Monday.
Li’s company, a unit of his Hong Kong-based flagship CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd., is tapping into expanding growth in Pakistan as China plans investments valued at $46 billion in power plants and road projects. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is targeting an annual growth rate of 7 percent next year as the country is set to complete an International Monetary Fund loan program next month. https://gcaptain.com/billionaires-pakistan-terminal-to-start-after-5-year-delay/