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19 hours ago by arnekiel

Precondition for lock entry at Brunsbüttel and Kiel Holtenau (Kiel Canal)
The Kiel Canal authorities have announced that due to limited lock capacity it will be mandatory to check efficiency of vessels' manoeuvrebility and astern operation before entering Kiel-Canal locks, either from Elbe River or Kiel-Fjord. The result of the manoeuvres must be reported by VHF (Kiel Channel 1 or Kiel-Channel 4) to the lockmaster. If manoeuvres are found to be unsatisfactory, entry to the locks may be refused. Reported by GAC

 Kiel
19 hours ago by arnekiel

Check of efficiency of vessels' manoeuvrebility and astern operation mandatory
The Kiel Canal authorities have announced that due to limited lock capacity it will be mandatory to check efficiency of vessels' manoeuvrebility and astern operation before entering Kiel-Canal locks, either from Elbe River or Kiel-Fjord. The result of the manoeuvres must be reported by VHF (Kiel Channel 1 or Kiel-Channel 4) to the lockmaster. If manoeuvres are found to be unsatisfactory, entry to the locks may be refused. Reported by GAC

1 day ago by arnekiel

KPA Registers New 24-Hour Cargo Handling Record
THE Kenya Ports Authority has registered a new record for the highest cargo tonnage handled within 24 hours at the facility, allafrica reports. A total of 20,393 metric tonnes of clinker were discharged round the clock aboard a bulk carrier, MV Massalia, at berth 19 on Saturday. The clinker, which is a key ingredient for manufacturing of cement, is destined for Tororo Cement factory in Uganda. The vessel arrived at the port last Friday laden with 47,960 metric tonnes from Mina Sarkar in the United Arab Emirates. The record performing ship is registered in Marshall Island and owned by Massalia LLC and is managed by Thorn Ship Management of Singapore. KPA Operations General Manager, Twalib Khamis, said this is the first time they have recorded such a highest performance for the bulk carrier ships.

 Aden
1 day ago by arnekiel

Aden still virtually closed
The Port of Aden remains effectively closed as it is currently not considered to be safe and there are no stevedores available, GAC reports. Other Yemeni ports (Hodeidah, Saleef, Mokha and Ras Isa), however, are unaffected and operating as normal.

 Sydney
1 day ago by arnekiel

Port Jackson & Port Botany - Strike notice given
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has given notice of protected industrial action by its members working on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany as follows: - A six hour stoppage, from 0001 to 0600 hours on Tuesday 28 April; - A six hour stoppage, from 1200 to 1800 hours on Tuesday 28 April; - A six hour stoppage, from 0600 to 1200 hours on Wednesday 29 April; - A six hour stoppage, from 1800 to 2400 hours on Wednesday 29 April. This follows the failure to reach bring to a close negotiations between the Port Authority of New South Wales with the MUA and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) over a replacement Enterprise Agreement for its Sydney workforce since March 2014. The action proposed will suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots in Port Jackson and Port Botany. The MUA have given an assurance that they will not take industrial action in the event there is a legitimate maritime emergency, and they have also agreed to exempt the following critical safety and security functions from any industrial action: Source: GAC

1 day ago by arnekiel

Falmouth Set for Expansion
The new Falmouth cruise terminal in Jamaica is already set for an expansion according to the Jamaica Observer, as more megaships take over the Caribbean market and Jamaica remains a key destination close to Florida. Current berths are said to be designed for 6,000- and 4,000-passenger vessels, with the latter berth set to be expanded to handle bigger (Oasis-class) ships.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Swedish Armed Forces to carry out the 'Emerentia 15' exercise at the Port of Gothenburg
On April 24-26, the Swedish Armed Forces will carry out the 'Emerentia 15' exercise at the Port of Gothenburg. Some 700 military personnel will take part in the exercise. Day-to-day operations will not be affected although certain aspects of the exercise will be visible at the port, the company said in its press release. The port is of major strategic significance to the community and a key part of the Swedish transport and logistics system. It is therefore crucial that port operations can continue even if the security situation were to change. The exercise, Emerentia 15, is based on a scenario where the port is under threat, resulting in a heightened level of security. The aim of the exercise is to maintain and develop the collective capability of the community to protect critical infrastructure.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Passenger Port of St. Petersburg to see 232 calls in 2015
Passenger Port of St. Petersburg has prepared for arrivals of 232 cruise ships in 2015, including ferries (no cargo handling), with 490,000 passengers on board that will visit St. Petersburg, the port operator said at a meeting on the organization of passenger traffic in the shipping season of 2015. "The navigation season kicks off on May 2 with arrival of Costa Pacifica, and will close on October 26 after call of Marco Polo. Source: Portnews

 Suez
2 days ago by arnekiel

Bulk carrier grounding disrupted Suez Canal traffic for 10 hrs
Bulk carrier Magsenger-1 was reported by Canal authorities to ran aground early in the morning local time Apr 21 (or late at night Apr 20) on 136 kilometer mark, Suez Canal, while proceeding in southbound convoy. Vessel was refloated, according to authorities, some, 10 hours later, and moved to Gulf of Suez anchorage. Traffic was said to be disrupted for about 10 hours. No damages reported.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Port closures update
At Newcastle, the situation remains largely unchanged, with flood waters and channel markers still stopping shipping. The Port Authority's Advice today (23 April) states QUOTE... During the storm we received damage to a number of navigation aids. The first priority is the entrance approach buoy, which was moved 150 metres off station into the channel by the large swells. Now that the swell has reduced to 3 metres from Tuesday's peak of 13 metres, we can attempt to remove this buoy from the channel. Our priority is to remove the buoy as quickly and as safely as we can so that limited vessel movements can commence. The Harbour Master has declared the river in fresh due to the Hunter River flooding upstream. This will mean that movements will be restricted due to the fresh water. The Harbour Master will assess each individual vessel movement with likely restrictions and a limited start up. We have been advised that the Hunter River in the port may not reach its peak for 48 hours. ...UNQUOTE. The rail line is still closed at Hexham with trains banked up awaiting access to terminals. It is believed that terminals are still to complete loading a couple of vessels due to electrical and flooding issues, and it is possible that power may not be restored to all of the Hunter/Newcastle area until sometime on the weekend.


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