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19 hours ago by arnekiel

First ship of 2017 season arrives in Port of Green Bay
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The start of spring brought with it the first ship of the season at the Port of Green Bay. The Michigan Great Lakes arrived at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to port officials. It was to take ethanol from the U.S. Oil terminal to Montreal, Canada. “Last year, the first ship arrived March 22, so this season started just a day earlier than the 2016 season,” port director Dean Haen said in a news release. “The 2016 season officially ended on January 13, so it’s been a short break. It’s a good sign when the Port opens in March; it means that the demand for product from manufacturers is there. Those bouts of warm weather we had this winter were another contributing factor to the earlier start.” The beginning of the season also meant a prize was given away. Melanie Haedt of Suamico won the First Ship Contest by guessing closest to the time of the arrival of the first ship of the season. Haedt's guess of 1 p.m. March 21 was the closest of 150 entries. Her prize includes a $25 gift card to Titletown Brewing Company and a print by Sandford Photography. fox11online.com/n...

19 hours ago by arnekiel

New fruit shipping route links ASEAN and South China port
A ship loaded with fruit from ASEAN countries arrived at Fangchenggang Port Monday, marking a new shipping route for transporting fruit, local authorities said Wednesday. The shipping route from Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh to the port city of Fangchenggang in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is operated by four ships from China COSCO Shipping Corporation. Each ship can carry 1,100 standard containers with a load of 1,800 metric tons. Currently the service runs once a week, but it is expected to run two to three times a week by the end of 2017, according to sources with the Beibu Gulf port administration. Fangchenggang Port is a fruit import port in southern China. The new route will help boost fruit imports from ASEAN countries, while marketing Chinese farm produce and fruit to the ASEAN. www.chinadaily.co...

20 hours ago by arnekiel

Four groups expected to bid for Thessaloniki Port on Friday, March 24
Four foreign investors are expected to bid for a majority stake in Greece’s Thessaloniki Port, on Friday, the offer deadline, the port’s top executive said on Wednesday. Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS), Dubai-based P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World), Japan’s Mitsui & Co and German private equity Deutsche Invest Equity Partners had all completed due diligence, port Chairman Konstantinos Mellios told Reuters. The sale of a 67 percent stake in Greece’s second-largest port, which was launched in 2014, has been beset by delays and political resistance. “Those four are still interested as we speak, there is information that all four will submit binding bids on Friday,” Mellios said, adding that Deutsche Invest had teamed up with French container shipping company CMA CGM. Bids will be submitted by 1900 GMT to financial adviser Morgan Stanley and Greece’s privatisation agency would open the offers by April 7 at the latest, he said. Thessaloniki port workers walked off the job for three hours on Wednesday to protest against the sale but Mellios said it would not affect operations. Source: Reuters

21 hours ago by arnekiel

Fincantieri at Genoa Cuts Steel for Virgin Voyages’ First Ship
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held the steel cutting ceremony of the first of three new cruise ships ordered by Virgin Voyages, a part of Virgin Group of companies, at its Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa on March 22. The new cruise ships, which will feature 110,000 gross tons, are expected to join their owner in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively. With a length of 278 meters and a width of 38 meters, the vessels will feature over 1,400 guest cabins and will be able to host more than 2,700 passengers, accompanied by 1,150 crew members. Fincantieri said that the ships’ design will include “some highly innovative ideas and design solutions, notably for energy recovery, reducing the overall environmental impact.” The new vessels, which will be equipped with an energy production system of around 1 MW, are a part of EUR 2 billion-worth ship construction contracts signed between the parties in December 2016. worldmaritimenews...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Gate Terminal Makes Rotterdam the LNG Hub of Europe
Sometimes, it is easy to implement the sustainable alternative in the maritime industry. When it is time for a new antifouling on the hull of a vessel, it is easy to choose a non-toxic variant. Other sustainable transitions take more effort. Like LNG. This fuel, that makes marine propulsion more environmentally friendly, is promising. But it takes large investments in making or adjusting vessels to work on the fuel and also building an infrastructure that supports these LNG ships. The change can only be set in motion as the big boys pull in. Koninklijke Vopak and Nederlandse Gasunie are companies which believe in LNG as a maritime fuel for the future and are not afraid to invest in this development. They partnered to build Gate terminal at Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. The four functions of the terminal are: receipt, storage, regasification, and supply. Gate terminal is an “open terminal” – it does not buy LNG but only provides services for those who deal with LNG. The main function is to feed the national grid that supplies households with natural gas on behalf of the terminal capacity users such as Uniper, OMV, Eneco, Shell and Dong Energy. More at worldmaritimenews...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Giant STS Crane Starts Work at Port of Savannah
The first of four Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes has become operational at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. Garden City Terminal plans to add another crane every two weeks until late April. The four cranes arrived at the port in December 2016, bringing the port’s total to 26, more than any other terminal in the US. Designed by Konecranes of Finland, the enormous cranes can serve the largest ships which started calling on the US East Coast following the opening of the Expanded Panama Canal. Port officials said another four Neo-Panamax cranes are on order and will be commissioned in 2018. The growing crane fleet will be able to handle more than 1,000 container moves per hour when all 30 cranes are in place, according to Georgia Port Authority. worldmaritimenews...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Crowley and Penn Terminals sign multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement for Puerto Rico – North Atlantic Service
Crowley Maritime Corporation has signed a multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement with Penn Terminals in Eddystone, Pa., to accommodate the company’s weekly Northeast container shipping service to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Crowley, which has served the Northeast market from Petty Island in Pennsauken, N.J., continuously since 1983, will begin service from Penn Terminals Jan. 1, 2018. With Crowley’s lease at Petty Island expiring at the end of this year, and the company transitioning to a lift-on/lift-off (Lo/Lo) operation in its Puerto Rico service, Hourihan said the time was right to make the move. Penn Terminals is strategically located on the Delaware River six miles south of Philadelphia and 11 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware. The terminal is convenient to Interstate 95 and I-476 and 20 minutes from the NJ Turnpike. On-dock rail service is provided by Conrail, CSX and Norfolk Southern. Crowley has served the Puerto Rico market since 1954, making it the longest serving Jones Act carrier in the trade. The company, with more than 250 Puerto Rico employees, offers more weekly sailings in the market than any other shipping line. en.portnews.ru/ne...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Port Bronka sees promising possibilities in containerization of dry bulk cargo
MSCC Bronka (Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka, Big Port St. Petersburg) sees promising possibilities in containerization of dry bulk cargo, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Aleksei Shukletsov, Executive Director of Fenix LLC (operator of MSCC Bronka), as saying at the conference “Port Infrastructure of Russia” being held in Moscow. According to him, cargo containerization is of special interest amid sanctions and geopolitical tension as it allows for prompt redirection of cargo flows to Russian terminals without construction of dedicated terminals from scratch. According to open sources, current level of cargo containerization in Russia is 5-7% while it it is as high as average 20% globally. In March 2017, MSCC Bronka started testing of an innovative dry bulk container. The container designed by YUNA LLC is being promoted by КОТТА Container under cooperation agreement with MSCC Bronka. en.portnews.ru/ne...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Svitzer purchases newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug for Southampton
Svitzer has signed a contract for purchasing a new build 80 tbp ASD escort tug which will strengthen its fleet in Southampton. Svitzer has signed a contract with Sanmar to purchase a newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug for Southampton, strengthening its fleet to meet current and future customer requirements and reemphasising its commitment to the port of Southampton. The new Sanmar - built Robert Allan - designed vessel – RAstar 2800 Class ASD Escort vessel – has been specifically chosen for her manoeuvrability and reliability. The tug will be named Svitzer Adira, a name with connotations of strength and power. She will join the fleet in Southampton in early May. The RAstar 2800 design is principally intended to provide significantly enhanced escort towing and is configured for demanding escort operations and maximum efficiency in handling large vessels in confined spaces. She is powered by two Caterpillar main engines producing 2525 kw and is FIFI 1 compliant.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Nissan chooses the Port of Gdansk - another automotive contract at the port
Since April 1, 2017, a three-year contract for the transport of Nissan cars belonging to Renault Nissan Alliance via the Port of Gdansk will be implemented. Cars intended for the Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian markets will be transported to the Port of Gdansk. This is another automotive contract which will be implemented via the Port of Gdansk. In October 2016, PGA and Adampol signed a letter of intent on strengthening the existing business relationships. The partners committed themselves to take joint action to transform the Port of Gdansk into the automotive logistics center of Poland. At the beginning of January 2017, a new shipping service associated with handling the three-year contract for the transport of Hyundai cars from Nosovice in the Czech Republic via the Port of Gdansk to the British Tilbury was launched at the Port of Gdansk. The new contract is the result of three years of negotiations with Nissan. This diametrically changes the logistic path of the distribution of Nissan cars within Central and Eastern Europe. So far, The Port of Gdansk was used to transport Nissan cars to Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, and 40% of production of Nissan Motor Manufacturing United Kingdom to the Polish market. The remaining volume was transported to Poland from Amsterdam, and was delivered to the compound near Lodz. en.portnews.ru/ne...

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