Second mobile harbour crane upgrades South Port NZ Ltd (South Port), located at Bluff
A second German-made Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane is in operation at New Zealand's most southerly box port, joining another that's been in service since 2010, reports the Otago Daily Times, serving the Dunedin area on New Zealand's South Island. South Port NZ Ltd (South Port), located at Bluff, will be used for container handling for Mediterranean Shipping Co, the harbour's biggest customer.
"Six or seven years ago we were handling 8,000-10,000 TEU annually. Last financial year that was up to 32,000 TEU and we are expecting that to increase again in the next 12 months," said South Port cargo chief Geoff Finnerty
Russia’s Novorossiisk bunker fuel operations disrupted by bad weather
Bunker fuel operations in the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk have been disrupted by difficult weather and high seas, sources said Tuesday. “We are able to supply inside the port, but not at the anchorage. We are expecting bad weather throughout the week,” a trader said.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pleased to announce that port workers at the Aqaba Container Terminals (ACT) facility in Jordan run by APM Terminals have gained a victory following international protests against a police roundup of union members. Workers represented by the ITF-affiliated General Union of Port Workers went on strike last week over contract changes and ACT management’s failure to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement due since July. Almost as soon as the strike began police raided the site and arrested 150, including the union’s leaders. Despite this and the attempted pre-prepared use of strikebreakers, the union – buoyed by support from the ITF and its affiliated unions in the region and globally – maintained its strike. It has now won its case, including the company’s waiving all penalties imposed during the strike, in particular rescinding 23 sackings; and a renewed commitment from the Jordanian government to have its grievances addressed by the national labour court
Qatargas celebrates 5000th loading by Ras Laffan Terminal
Qatargas achieved yet another significant milestone when its Ras Laffan Terminal Operations (RLTO) celebrated the loading of its 5000th cargo on the 13th of October. This is the equivalent of more than two billion barrels of product. The 5000th cargo also marks the first cargo of ultra-low Sulfur diesel from Ras Laffan Port
Kuwait halted maritime traffic in its three sea ports due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. Navigation stopped at the Al-Shuwaikh, Al-Shuaiba and Al-Doha ports for safety reasons due to lack of horizontal visibility and after wind speed had reached 37 nautical knots, Director of Sea Operations at Al-Shuwaikh Port reported.
Vessels arriving from West Africa
As per a circular issued by Turkey's Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas, vessels entering Turkish waters from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria are prohibited from having contact for any matters like crew change, provision supply, bunkering, FW supplies, etc.
Contact with such vessels is considered to be highly risky due to Ebola. Contact will only be allowed after 21 days of sailing from port in the above-mentioned countries.