Illegal bunker fuel trade on the rise in Singapore
Cases of illegal trade in marine diesel are on the rise in Singapore and more offenders have been arrested, according to the republic’s Police Coast Guard (PCG). From January to July this year, around 60 metric tonnes of ship fuel changed hands illegally, 10 times more than the whole of last year, local media reported.
Chiquita inaugurates Guatemala port expansion at Puerto Barrios
Chiquita Brands International Inc., is exporting from an upgraded Guatemalan port.
During a Sept. 11 ceremony, the Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita celebrated the inauguration of a $30 million expansion and renovation of port facilities at Terminal Ferroviaria de Puerto Barrios in Guatemala.
The Puerto Barrios expansion and renovation is part of Chiquita’s earlier announced reconfiguration of shipping rotations.
Chiquita plans to replace its U.S.-Gulf shipping rotation with larger, more efficient vessels allowing for some costs and stowage capacity to be shared with third-party shipping partners, which plans to lower per-unit shipping costs for both parties, according to a news release.
Through its Guatemalan subsidiary COBIGUA, Chiquita is the largest exporter of Guatemalan bananas and plantains and one of the port’s main customers, according to the release.
Through more than 225 yearly container vessel calls, Chiquita imports and exports more than 125,000 containers of fresh fruit as well as refrigerated and dry cargo and other goods, according to the release.
“For more than 100 years, Puerto Barrios has been a strategic point of embarkation and entry for Chiquita and Guatemala,” Ed Lonergan, Chiquita’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “We are particularly excited about the enhanced levels of service to our Chiquita and Great White Fleet customers that will result from this investment in expanded capacity, and the economic opportunities that this will generate for the local community.”
Chiquita remains grateful to the Guatemalan people and the ceremony participation of Guatemala’s president Otto Pérez Molina, whose participation made the expansion possible, Lonergan said in the release.
Chiquita shipped containers of donated medical equipment to Puerto Barrios in partnership with Charlotte’s Heineman Foundation and the Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach Program.
Source: The Packer
Taiwan’s main seaport Kaohsiung has made progress with upgrading works that are expected to boost container handling capacity and operational efficiency, according to Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) - 16-09-2014. The port of Kaohsiung is in the process of deepening of draughts for wharves at container terminals 3 and 4, and upgrading works at wharf 115 are expected to be completed ahead of schedule before the end of this month. “Once finished, the upgraded wharf number 115 will measure 917m in length, 16.5m in depth and be able to concurrently accommodate two 14,000 teu super containerships,” TIPC said in a statement. “Two of the wharves, 116 and 117, have already been completed and are currently in use by Evergreen Marine,” TIPC said, adding that the three wharves would raise the port’s handling capacity and efficiency.
After the upgrading works at wharf 115 are completed, the wharf will be handed over to Evergreen for operating authority. Starting in October, the shipowner will install five newly purchased gantry cranes at the wharf.
Evergreen has designated wharves 116 and 117 since June this year for 14,000 teu containerships operated by the company itself and its CKYH partners running regular routes to Europe, replacing the previous limit of 8,500 teu boxships.
US Port of Charleston gets $10.8 million to handle post-Panamax ships:
The US Port of Charleston has been awarded nearly $11 million by the federal government for the port’s push to accommodate post-Panamax ships expected to arrive once the Panama Canal expansion is completed. The US Department of Transportation said Friday it is giving a $10.8 million grant to the Port of Charleston, in South Carolina, to rehabilitate the Wando Welch Terminal, the port’s busiest container terminal that accounts for 60% of the port’s exports. The grant will be used to upgrade structural support of the wharf and modify cranes to handle larger ships. The Port of Charleston is the ninth-busiest US port and fourth-busiest on the East Coast.
Odessa port’s new Quarantine Mole container terminal has been ‘put to the final test’, with the first vessel berthing. The first and second phases of the terminal have already been commissioned. According to the first deputy head of the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine (ASU), Yurii Vaskov, all the government authorizations and certificates necessary to start operation of the terminal have already been obtained.
“That technical problem involving the breakwater has also found its solution. Today, one can already say that the general contractor, which is responsible for the project, has officially confirmed that construction has been completed and that it has resolved this situation with its own funds as part of the original cost of the project,” said Vaskov.
As reported, the Odessa seaport and HPC Ukraina (a subsidiary of Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH) began implementing the Quarantine Mole project in 2010. HPC Ukraina presently operates a container terminal with a capacity of 700,000 TEU in Odessa, and the new project essentially involved expansion of the existing terminal through reclamation of 19.3 hectares of alluvial territory. The capacity of the new container terminal at Quarantine Mole will be 600,000 TEU. Following the commissioning of the first phase of the new terminal, the Odessa port will be able to receive modern container ships with increased capacity (in the first phase 8,000 TEU, a length of up to 323 meters, and a loaded draft of 14 meters). In the future, after implementation of the subsequent phases, the terminal will be able to receive container vessels with lengths of up to 364 meters, drafts of up to 15.5 meters, and container capacities of up to 10,000 TEU.
Source: CFTS (Centre for Transport Strategies)
Sohar Port agro-terminal expected to evolve into grain trading hub
Atyab Investment, the investment arm of Oman Flour Mills — a public joint stock company engaged in the milling and food processing business — will play a lead role, on behalf of the Omani government, in the development and operation of a major grain storage and handling terminal envisioned at Sohar Port.
The facility, which stems from the government’s vision to establish a strategic food reserve in Sohar, also has the potential to kickstart the emergence of a strong agro cluster at the industrial port and adjoining free zone. Equipped with a complex of silos, major flour mill and bulk grain handling facilities, the terminal is also expected to serve as a hub for trading in grain commodities for the first time in the Sultanate.
A waterfront site within the port that once housed the now-vacated Terminal-B facilities of Oman International Container Terminal ( OICT ) will be readied for the establishment of the grain terminal, according to a high-ranking executive of Port of Sohar.
Port Everglades Celebrates 2014-2015 Cruise Season with New Terminal and More
Port Everglades will kick off its 2014-2015 winter cruise season by hosting the traditional naming ceremony for Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess, welcoming Resorts Worlds' Bimini SuperFast day cruise, and celebrating the grand opening of its completely renovated Cruise Terminal 4.
Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Conquest will also make their first-time calls at Port Everglades this winter, with Carnival Conquest continuing to sail year-round through the summer. A total of five ships will embark on world and grand cruises from Port Everglades this year, allowing guests to enjoy Greater Fort Lauderdale as a sunny vacation destination.
In total, Port Everglades anticipates 3.9 million cruise passenger moves (embark, debark and in-transit) aboard 42 different cruise ships during the 2014-2015 season.
“We look forward to a busy cruise season again this year, especially once our newly renovated Cruise Terminal 4 opens and our guests experience improved access and a much more efficient transportation flow,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak.
Princess Cruises will officially name its newest cruise ship, Regal Princess, at Port Everglades on November 5th, making this the seventh Princess ship to be named at Port Everglades. The 3,560-guest sister ship to the Royal Princess began sailing her inaugural season in the Mediterranean in May, and Princess Cruises elected to postpone the official naming ceremony until Regal Princess reached her North American homeport in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Regal Princess will sail from Port Everglades on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from November 9, 2014 through April 25, 2015.
Resorts World's Bimini Superfast will begin sailing year-round from Port Everglades to Bimini every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning October 14, 2014. The 1,500-passenger Bimini SuperFast cruise ship departs at 9AM from Cruise Terminal 21 and returns at 9PM. The ship features 180 cabins, six restaurants and bars, casino and onboard activities during its 2-3 hour journey.
In early December, Port Everglades will open its newly renovated $24 million Cruise Terminal 4, which was completely gutted and renovated with a revamped transportation area, 172 surface parking spaces, improved lighting and acoustics, high efficiency air conditioning system, 50 check-in counters and two new passenger loading bridges to expedite the embark and debark process. Port Everglades will apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the terminal due to the scheduled energy-efficient terminal improvements.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) unveiled today the design of what will become the next big landmark for cruise tourism in the Arabian Gulf region – Zayed Port’s new cruise terminal building.
Traditional Arabic ornaments, colors and shapes combined with modern architectural elements define the new building’s distinctive style which celebrates the UAE’s cultural heritage and pays tribute to its long maritime history.
A particular eye-catcher is the building’s roof design which is a lattice-work, taking the UAE’s national tree – the Ghaf – as inspiration. Wooden beams inside the building take inspiration from the UAE’s traditional dhow sailing vessels.
Covering 8,000 square meters, the new building will include all key passenger facilities, as well as a mezzanine level with souvenir shops, restaurants, office facilities and waiting areas for cruise staff. It will feature tourist information services and passport border control counters to ensure that the customs process is smooth and timely.
Ground clearance work for the new terminal, which will be capable of handling three cruise vessels simultaneously, has already begun with a completion timetable anticipated at 2016.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued all 15 crewmembers of the ferry "Super Shuttle Ferry 7", 730 gt (IMO: 7322495), after big waves caused by the typhoon Luis battered the vessel on Sep 14, 2014, at around 7 p.m., after the ship had been seeking shelter in the port of Manila. The ferry had been docked in the area for about a year because of repair works. It capsized and sank outside the breakwater, leaving only parts of the starboard side visible above water. All of its crew prepared to abandon ship. The incident was immediately reported by engine cadet Mark Anthony Gonzales to his brother who is assigned at the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) in Manila.
The Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) Manila immediately alerted all vessels within the area to provide assistance and tried to locate a tug for the conduct of search-and-rescue (SAR) operation.
The crewmembers held on aboard life rafts for two hours after the ferry sank at about 8 p.m. Around 10:15 p.m., a SAR team composed of personnel from Coast Guard District National Capital Region-Central Luzon, Coast Guard Station Manila and Special Operations Group rescued seven crew members aboard a life-raft at the vicinity of U.S. Embassy in Roxas Boulevard, Manila. They were shivering from the cold and had difficulty walking. One had difficulty even sitting because of body pains.
One was rescued near the breakwater by the tug "Energy Star". He was a security guard of the vessel and was found at midnight clinging on to a piece of plywood.
The other seven crew were able to swim safely towards Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila with the help of floating debris and reported the sinking to the nearby Police Station 5.
The survivors were the chief mate, an electrician, a boatswain, an engine cadet and an oiler and 10 crewmen. Two of the crew members were cleared of any physical injuries and allowed to go home. The remaining 12 survivors were immediately brought to Coast Guard Medical Service (CGMed Svc) at Headquarters, Philippine Coast Guard for physical examination and medical treatment of minor injuries mostly skin lacerations and abrasions.
The survivors were then turned-over to the representatives of Asian Marine Transport Incorporated while Bolo, who incurred right foot injury and was ailing due to exhaustion for excessive swimming was left at CGMed Svc for further observation by attending physician.
The Coast Guard inspected the wreck at the anchorage area of Manila Bay to see if it was leaking oil. It noted that the capsized vessel could be a navigational hazard.
Meanwhile five more bodies including an infant girl about two years old have been recovered on Sep 15 by the Philippine Navy off the coast of Southern Leyte after the "Maharlika 2" sank. A total of 113 passengers were rescued.
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