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1 day ago by arnekiel

Ebola in Nigeria's Oil Hub
A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell ill after treating a patient who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola in Lagos after flying in from Liberia last month. The death in Port Harcourt brings the number of Ebola fatalities in Nigeria to 6, all of whom were direct or indirect contacts of Sawyer. The man who infected the doctor in Port Harcourt had "evaded our surveillance team in the last week of July" in Lagos, Chukwu said. He has since recovered and has been discharged after testing negative for the virus. However, a World Health Organisation official told journalists in Geneva on Thursday that it was not confirmed that the doctor died of Ebola and that a WHO team flew out two days ago to Port Harcourt to assess the case.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Kiel Port Growth Continues
Cargo and passenger handling rise by 3%. Handling in the Port of Kiel continued to grow in the first half of the year. A total of 3.24 million tons of cargo were handled in the first six months of 2014 which is an increase of 3% over the same period of last year. In the passenger sector, about 900,000 ferry and cruise ship passengers – a rise of 3.1% - embarked or disembarked. The main pillar of growth was once again ferry traffic, which accounted for 80% of all handling. Routes to and from Scandinavia recorded above-average development while services to the eastern Baltic were at about the same level as last year. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG) said, “We can record overall positive development, but this is however being depressed by trade restrictions on Russia”. Exports of foodstuffs to Russia have fallen off, while imports from Russia have been less affected due to a depreciated Rouble”. In the first half of 2014 not only ferry traffic increased in Kiel: the handling of bulk cargo rose as well. Along with fuel (coal), the turnover of building materials (gravel) in particular showed significant growth. This handling increase has been made possible by the expansion of the open-air storage depot in the port’s Scheerhafen at the start of the year. “Road construction in Schleswig-Holstein continues to stimulate the handling of building materials in Kiel”, added Dirk Claus. For example, expansion work is taking place on the A21 motorway and work on the A7 is about to begin. “This motorway expansion in turn is proving advantageous for the port”, he said.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Long Beach Cargo Operations Resume
Repair work begins after storm surges subsides The Port of Long Beach resumed full cargo-handling operations Thursday, Aug. 28, after a lessening of storm surges from Hurricane Marie that had battered south-facing piers and interrupted the loading and unloading of four vessels a day earlier. With swells down to 8 to 10 feet, from a peak of 15 feet or more on Wednesday, Total Terminals International on Pier T went back to work on two Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ships. Crescent Terminal on Pier F also resumed the unloading of Mercedes-Benz automobiles and wind towers from two vessels. All other terminals at the Port of Long Beach remained open for vessel operations during the storm surge, and trucking operations at all terminals, including at TTI and Crescent, were unaffected.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Storm Surge Halts Vessel Operations at Long Beach
Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they were suspending vessel operations for the day because 10- to 15-foot high wave surges powered by Pacific Hurricane Marie endangered longshore workers. Total Terminals International on Pier T, with two Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ships at berth, and Crescent Terminals on Pier F, with two break-bulk ships including a MOL roll-on, roll-off vessel at berth, stopped working the ships late Tuesday. There was flooding reported at Crescent. All other terminals at the Port of Long Beach remain open for vessel operations, and trucking operations at all terminals, including at TTI and Crescent, are also continuing and unaffected by the wave surges. The worst of the surges were expected at high tide shortly before 11 a.m. and again at 11 p.m.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Tugboat Capsizes Near 106th Bridge, Chicago
The Coast Guard informs it is responding to the capsize of a tug on the Calumet River near the 106th St. Bridge in Chicago, in which the two crew members were able to escape from the vessel and swim to shore. The 2-man crew of the 57-foot tug, Bonnie G. Selvick, attempted to turn the vessel around while transiting south on the Calumet River. During the process, the vessel rolled over, began taking on water and sank within minutes. The two crew members escaped and swam to shore. One of the crew member contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan with a marine band radio on channel 16. Watchstanders directed the launch of a crew on board 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Tanzania: Bagamoyo Port Construction Starts This Year
THE construction of Bagamoyo Port is expected to begin this year once the required agreements have been penned down, the Tanzania envoy to China said on Monday. Previous, the construction of the port at Mbegani creek was estimated to begin next January but speed of negotiations permitted the project to kick off this year, thanks to Big Results Now (BRN) initiative. The Tanzania envoy to China, Mr Abdulrahaman Shimbo told ‘Daily News’ that the port will be built in phases were the main leg expect to begin soon after completion of negotiation, which are at final stages. “The initial agreement was signed earlier this year to pave way for final negotiations, which after completion the agreement to start work will be signed,” Amb Shimbo said. The earlier agreement also enables the starting of initial feasibility study of a mega port that will take 30 years to be constructed to its full capacity at a cost of 10 billion US dollars. Nevertheless, the envoy said, the port construction for quay side, container yard, dust cargo terminal and dredging–would take three years to be completed in 2017. “This will include the supporting infrastructure of two railway lines (TAZARA and TRL),” Mr Shimbo, a retired army general, said. To walk the BRN talk, within the first 10 years, the logistic and export processing zone will be in place. The port’s first phase, once completed in three years, will have the capacity to handle 20 million containers a year, compared with Mombasa’s installed capacity of 600,000 and Dar es Salaam’s 500,000 to become the largest in eastern coast. China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI), the world largest independent port operators, is the main investor for construction and development of Bagamoyo Port. CMHI, adheres to a “customer first” principle, strives to strengthen its core competencies to serve the expanding global economy, after accumulating experience since 19th century. The envoy said China Merchant is the main player but there other investors in the project which includes land locked countries that the country served like Zambia, Malawi, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. He categorically refuted allegation that the port will be used also as the Chinese military base saying these are unfounded and negative reports that centred on tarnishing the commercial port project. “I was the immediate chief of staff of Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, there is no such thing that is purely commercial port to be constructed in collaboration of private sector and government” Mr Shimbo, a retired Lieutenant General, said. CMHI’s parent company is China Merchants Group, a conglomerate established in 1872, whose three core businesses include transportation (ports and related services, toll roads, energy shipping and logistics), finance (banking, securities, funds, insurance) and property. It also own China Merchant Bank. In 2010, CMHI-invested terminals handled 52.28 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)–topping national rankings and placing CMHI at the forefront of the world’s largest independent port operators. Throughput volume of CMHI-invested terminals in mainland China accounted for 32 per cent of China’s total container throughput. Source: Tanzania Daily News

1 day ago by arnekiel

Samsung C&T Corp wins EPC contract to expand Singapore LNG Terminal
Samsung C&T Corporation has won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) for the phase 3 expansion of the Singapore LNG Terminal. The EPC contract is valued at around SGD700m ($560.6m), and involves further expanding the terminal to include a fourth LNG storage tank and additional regasification facilities

2 days ago by arnekiel

Rosario Port urges lifting of trans-shipping ban on Uruguayan harbours
Container trade from Rosario Port Complex to southern Brazil has declined between 25 and 30 percent as a consequence of Resolution 1108/13 The port complex via which breadbasket Argentina exports about 70 percent of its harvest yesterday urged the administration of Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to suspend a resolution that has banned the trans-shipment of cargo in Uruguayan ports, alleging that the measure is severely affecting regional trade. “We demand the urgent suspension of the resolution and the opening up of a dialogue space to reach consensuses which benefit national logistics, Argentine exporters and the activity of the Port of Rosario,” the ENAPRO Rosario Port Complex authority said in a statement on Friday. “That measure overrides the regional economy, is a stumbling-block for the integration of the region and of the Mercosur trade bloc, and is the result of a refusal to dialogue before adopting it, besides having a centralist spirit,” added the public, non-state, self-governing agency which rules one of the largest food export complexes in the world.

3 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Lobito, Angola, receives investment of US$1.247 billion
The dry dock, container terminal and ore terminal at the port of Lobito, in Angola’s Benguela province, costing and estimated US$1.247 billion, were inaugurated by the President of Angola, Angolan news agency Angop reported. The container terminal is 414 metres long, the ore terminal has a 310-metre jetty and the dry dock is directly connected by road and rail to the port of Lobito and the Benguela Railroad, providing an area of 90,000 square meters. The container terminal cost US$673 million, the ore terminal US$522 million and the dry dock US$32 million, and the total investment also included acquisition of a multipurpose tugboat (US$16 million) and a speedboat (US$4 million). The inauguration were included in the meeting of the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers, chaired Thursday in Lobito by the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos. The connection between sea transport in the port city of Lobito and the Benguela Railroad that runs to the border (Moxico province), is part of Angola’s strategy to attract exports from the Angolan interior as well as from other countries in the sub-region, such as Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Source: Macauhub

3 days ago by arnekiel

Lock closure for urgent maintenance work
Due to urgent maintenance work and further inspection, the Kiel Canal's New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel locks will be out service until Friday (29 August). During this period, the New Big North Lock Chamber and the Small South Lock Chamber will remain in service.

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