A German businessman and power boating fanatic on Saturday broke a 57-year-old record for the fastest boat crossing between the United States and Cuba. Roger Klueh, 50, powered his "Apache Star" powerboat the 160km separating Key West and Havana, shattering a record that had stood since 1958. Klueh and his small crew piloted the high-tech speedboat between Key West and Havana in just under two hours. The boat was capable of top speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.The earlier speed record, set by American Forest Johnson, was a comparatively leisurely six hours 23 minutes. Five months after that race, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels seized power from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, the beginning of the downturn in US-Cuban relations and the end of boat competitions across the Florida Straits. Klueh has said his record attempt was made possible by the historic thaw in ties between the former Cold War foes. CLICK HERE ! Source : Straits Times
Greece’s privatisation fund TAIPED has drawn up a new business plan for the utilisation of state assets, as well as ratifying the new list of pending actions that require the government’s intervention for much delayed sell-offs to proceed.
Under the new schedule, the first half of next year rather than the second half of 2015, will see action peaking in the privatisation programme. It will concern the utilisation of the Piraeus and Thessaloniki port authorities, as well as that of railway companies Trainose and Rosco.
Both China’s Cosco and Denmark’s APM Terminals have expressed a keen interest in Piraeus Port Authority, but this project appears to be a particularly thorny issue, especially given internal wrangling in the Syriza-led coalition government. Many of the party’s MPs, including Shipping Minister Dritsas, a member for Piraeus, are against selling-off the port’s administration.
Indeed, the in-fighting could see Prime minister Alexis Tsipras, being forced to call another national election before the end of the year. Source: Seatrade Global
Halterm International Container Terminal announces CMA CGM Columbus Service
CMA CGM’s General Manager Canada, Lionel Chatelet, said the company was delighted to add Halifax to its Columbus service, thus expanding its services to clients in Asia and North America by offering faster transit times to key Canadian centres. The first call will be by the 8478 TEU capacity vessel, CMA CGM VIVALDI which, at 334 metres in length, is the largest container vessel to berth at Halterm. With ships carrying up to 9200 TEU capacity, the Columbus service offers a step up in the capability of container services into the region. Halterm CEO, Ashley Dinning, said that Halterm’s value to Asian shippers and Canadian exporters was the consistent and efficient service the company, through its dedicated workforce, provided to vessel, rail and truck modes as a gateway to and from Canadian and Mid-West centres.“We now have the opportunity to deliver on these new, direct connections for the Canadian market” he said. “CMA CGM, with its commitment and vision for its customers, has recognised the potential of the deep water, high capacity vessel calls we can support at Halterm”.“This is great news for us, for Halifax and for the province and we are looking forward to an even stronger relationship with our valued customer going forward” Dinning said. Under a new long term contract, the Columbus service now joins CMA CGM’s St Laurent Service at Halterm. The latter serves Canada’s trans-Atlantic export markets. Lionel Chatelet said CMA CGM’s clients placed high value on on-time delivery and the direct connection to Halifax opened up new rapid delivery options via Halterm for the Columbus service. The rotation for the new service originates in Shanghai, China. It includes Hong Kong and Yantian, China, followed by Vung Tau, Vietnam; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Halifax, Canada; New York, Norfolk and Savannah, USA; Port Kelang, Vung Tau, Hong Kong, Yantian, Ningbo, China and Busan, Korea. Source : AJOT
Brazil build new container terminal at Port of Paranagua
Brazil agreed with operator Portuario Porto Pontal the construction of new container terminal at Port of Paranagua with capacity 2 million TEU and cargo area of 600,000 sq m. The terminal will be multi-billion USD investment shared between the government and port operator, implementing the most modern technologies and making the port important transportation hub for container shipping in Southern Brazil. The new container terminal will be in the Portal de Parana and will be equipped with 56 cranes, railway integration and will be able to handle the largest container ships operating nowadays. The new investment is important step from the strategy of government to develop maritime and port infrastructure in South part of the country. DP World and APM Terminals already have terminals in the ports of Santos and Itahai and will be directly competing with the new transport hub Portal de Parana. many other port operators are interested in developing terminals in Brazil, such as Hutchison Port Holdings, PSA International and Stevedoring Services of America. All of them are not yet present in the market in Brazil, but might get in agreement with the local operator Portuario Porto Pontal for joint venture operations of Portal de Parana. Port of Paranagua is located in state of Parana in Brazil, serving the sea link for Curitiba and city of Parana. The deepwater port dates to the 16th century and currently is the busiest southern port of the country with annual turnover of more than 4.3 billion USD. The port is important exporter of were soybeans, poultry meat and soybean meal. Source : Maritime News
Cuinard Line's Queen Victoria made her Maiden Call at Marmaris on Tuesday with 2,023 passengers and 983 crew aboard. Once more the Marmaris Cruise Port welcomed maiden guests in traditional Turkish style.The Queen Victoria’s guests were greeted with the music and shows of the Ottoman military marching
Stena Line Objects to State Aid for Undersea Fehmarn Tunnel
Ferry operator Stena Line believes that the European Commission’s tacit approval of public financing of the Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link between Denmark and Germany is discriminatory and not in line with EU State aid rules.
The financing model notified by Denmark involves public support for the planning, construction and operation of the rail-road fixed link and the Danish rail and road connections.The costs of the entire project are estimated to be DKK 64.4 billion (EUR 8.7 billion), part of which is funded by the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility. worldmaritimenews...
King inaugurates LNG terminal, maritime services wharf in Aqaba
His Majesty King Abdullah II, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah, the Crown Prince, inaugurated Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and the maritime services wharf of the power ports in Aqaba.
The new projects will contribute to the development of the national economy, trade and services environment in Aqaba Special Economic Zone and enhance the Kingdom’s energy supply.
The LNG port aims to compensate for the shortfall in the Kingdom’s natural gas imports, diversify gas sources that is mainly used to generate electricity and make Aqaba’s port a regional center to secure various energy sources to neighboring Arab countries, which would put Jordan on the global natural gas map.
The Maritime services wharf, meanwhile, seeks to provide a technical platform for receiving and unloading LNG ships in the port of Aqaba, and also provide it with special maritime services at the highest international standards in the area of towing, counseling and providing marine safety requirements.
The King also toured Sheikh Sabah LNG Port’s facilities and was briefed about its functioning, and safety procedures, which are applied in accordance with the best international standards.
Inside the FSRU Golar Eskimo’s control room, King Abdullah inaugurated pumping the natural gas into the Arab gas pipeline to reach power stations in the Kingdom.
Source: Petra News Agency