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17 hours ago by arnekiel

Vostochny Port monitors environment with the help of a drone
JSC “Vostochny Port”, the largest Russian coal stevedore and a member of the port coal holding “Managing Port Company, LLC”, reported that the fire and environment monitoring on its corporate premises is conducted with the help of a drone (quad copter). The flying camera “Phantom” operates online to inform a dedicated operator promptly on the situation in the air and on the territory of the port. “Vostochny Port” employees completed experimental flights and commenced regular environment monitoring with the drone and it has proved to be very effective. The drone is also used to patrol coastal waters as well as monitoring the technical condition of equipment at the port terminals.

17 hours ago by arnekiel

JAXPORT welcomes largest containership - MOL BRAVO - to ever call a Florida port
​JAXPORT and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point on June 24 welcomed the 10,100-TEU (container) MOL Bravo, the largest containership to ever visit a Florida port. The MOL Bravo transited the Suez Canal from Asia before reaching the U.S. East Coast, the company said in its press release. Although the ship is moving a significant amount of cargo during its Jacksonville stop, it won’t be able to operate at full capacity due to the 40-foot depth of the St. Johns River shipping channel. The federal project to deepen the channel to 47 feet to accommodate more cargo aboard the largest ships is set to begin construction by early 2018.

17 hours ago by arnekiel

Changes To Port Dues Across Pilbara Port - Port Hedland
Pilbara Ports Authority’s Board has approved an increase to port dues at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland, which will be applied to shipowners. The increase of 17% is limited to port dues levied on a vessel’s gross registered tonnage (GRT) and equates to between 3 and 4 cents per tonne. This is the first increase in port dues in three years, and is to be implemented by 1 October 2017. All other port fees remain on hold until 30 June 2018, as announced in December last year. Source: Pilbara Ports

17 hours ago by arnekiel

Changes To Port Dues Across Pilbara Port - Dampier
Pilbara Ports Authority’s Board has approved an increase to port dues at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland, which will be applied to shipowners. The increase of 17% is limited to port dues levied on a vessel’s gross registered tonnage (GRT) and equates to between 3 and 4 cents per tonne. This is the first increase in port dues in three years, and is to be implemented by 1 October 2017. All other port fees remain on hold until 30 June 2018, as announced in December last year. Source: Pilbara Ports

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Djibouti opens salt port, latest in series of shipping projects
Djibouti opened a $64 million port on Thursday, the third of four ports designed to boost the tiny Horn of Africa nation’s position as a trading hub, its ports authority said. Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DFZA) said in a statement the Port of Ghoubet would serve as a terminal to export of salt from Lake Assal, a saline lake that lies below sea level. The port would be able to handle ships up to 100,000 dead weight tonnes, with capacity to export over 5 million tonnes of salt a year, the ports authority said. The nation, with a population of 876,000, already hosts U.S. and French naval bases, while China is building a base. Djibouti handles about 95 percent of the inbound trade for neighbouring Ethiopia, which has a population 99 million. Source: Reuters

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Abu Dhabi Ports signs concession agreement to develop, manage and operate Fujairah Port
H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, witnessed in his palace yesterday the signing of a 35 year concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah. As part of the agreement, the entities have announced the establishment of “Fujairah Terminals”, a new operational arm wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports. Through the establishment of ‘Fujairah Terminals’, the agreement will grant Abu Dhabi Ports the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure in addition to managing all Container, General Cargo, RoRo and Cruise Ships in the Port. It further extends this exclusivity throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business. The agreement also includes deepening of berths to enable the Port, which already serves clients and companies in the entire Gulf Region, Indian Ocean and Indian Subcontinent, to cater to larger vessels. Abu Dhabi Ports will be investing in the infrastructure of Fujairah Ports, further enhancing its capabilities. Development includes deepening of berths to -16.5 metres to allow bigger vessels to come to the Port of Fujairah, building an approximate 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as an additional 1km quay to accommodate the expected growth in the number of ships arriving to the port, increasing shipping operations in the process. Source: Abu Dhabi Ports

18 hours ago by arnekiel

More infrastructure projects lie ahead for Cebu Port Authority
As they celebrate their 25th founding anniversary, the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) assured that more infrastructure projects will be implemented in the coming years. Among the first and biggest will be the new international port in Barangay Tayud, Consolacion town. The national government will be making a $204-million loan with the Korean government for the construction of the new port, which is targeted to start by the latter half of 2018. “It has been approved for funding by the Korean government through the Export-Import Bank of Korea. It is a $204-million loan granted through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund of the Government of Korea,” said CPA’s senior corporate lawyer Karen Gonzales. She said the Department of Finance (DOF) is already preparing the necessary loan documents for the release and downloading of the funds for the project. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be on top of the project, but once construction is finished, it will be turned over to the CPA. Source: Cebu Daily News

18 hours ago by arnekiel

Ctg port likely to face container congestion during Eid vacation
The Chittagong Port is likely to face container congestion in the upcoming Eid vacation due to probable slow delivery of the containerised cargo against excessive unloading of the same. However, the Chittagong Port Authority said the Port is unlikely to face congestion of containers as the delivery is almost normal after fighting out the impact of the recent cyclone and low over the Bay. Sources said that the real storage capacity of the port has recently been increased to 45, 000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit) of containers although the capacity on record is 36, 357 TEUs. Port users said the average delivery of containers per day from the major sea port of Chittagong normally is 3,000 to 4,000 TEUs, but over the last few weeks the rate of delivery has decreased to around 2,500 TEUs. On the other hand, the import of cargoes, especially the containerised ones are far greater since beginning of May this year ahead of the national fiscal budget and the Eid-ul-Fitr, leading to excessive storage of containers in the port yards. Source: The Financial Express

3 days ago by Timsen

Kiel Week is drawing cruise ships
The Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – is a big draw for cruise ships as well as many other vessels. Between June 17-25 Kiel expects visits by a total of 15 different luxury liners. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said, “The Kieler Woche – with its sailing competitions and cultural program and even as a marine meeting opportunity – has always been an international event. The cruise ships fit into this context very well and also provide their guests with a unique visitor experience” On Wednesday, June 21, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and P&O’s Arcadia berthed side by side at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. The Queen Elizabeth arrived in the Kiel Fiord in the morning from St Petersburg, Russia, while the Arcadia arrived at the same time from Skagen in Denmark. Well over 3,000 English-speaking passengers used the occasion to see Kiel from its most beautiful side. Arcadia left for the Swedish capital Stockholm in the evening while the Queen Elizabeth also cast off in the evening for Southampton. The port’s berths were well occupied as early as the first Saturday of the Kieler Woche when two ocean-going cruise ships and three river cruise ships arrived – along with the big ferry ships of the Color Line, DFDS and the Stena Line. “The Kieler Woche is one of the biggest highlights of the cruise shipping season”, said Claus, “both as far as the number of ships and the passenger totals are concerned. During peak periods more than 15,000 travellers embark or disembark from ships at the port’s different terminal facilities.” To date during this year’s Kieler Woche, visitors to the Kiel Fiord have included TUI Cruises’ latest addition Mein Schiff 6, as well as three ships from AIDA Cruises – the AIDAvita, the AIDAcara and the AIDAbella. On Friday, June 23, there will be an encounter in Kiel between two sister ships. Phoenix Seereisen’s Albatros and Fred. Olsen’s Cruise Line’s Black Watch will meet at the Ostseekai Terminal. On Saturday the port is expecting the MSC Fantasia and on Sunday, the closing day of the Kieler Woche, the fourth AIDA ship of the season – the AIDAluna – will arrive. As well as the big oceangoing cruise liners, four river cruise ships were visiting Kiel this year and all of them were spending several days in the port. Overall 28 different cruise ships are this year scheduled to visit the port a total of 142 times. In close proximity to the City centre Kiel has three modern and high-capacity terminal facilities available for ferry and cruise ships. In addition cruise ships can exchange passengers at Berth 1 in the Ostuferhafen. This year, more than two million passengers are again expected to board or leave a ferry or cruise ship and about half a million of them will be cruise ship passengers. The total tonnage of cruise ships calling at Kiel will rise by a good 7 percent to more than 10 million GT for the first time. The shipping company with the most visits to Kiel this year is AIDA Cruises which is offering 50 trips from the port. It is followed by TUI Cruises with 26 calls by Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 6 and MSC with 21 visits by the MSC Fantasia. On no fewer than seven days during the season, three or sometimes even four cruise ships will berth in addition to the Baltic ferries and dominate the port scene. Report with photo: https://www.maritimeprofe...

3 days ago by arnekiel

Further Panama Canal extension mooted
The Panama Canal could be further extended before 2025 if demand warrants it, according to Jorge Quijano. If demand warrants it, the Panama Canal could be further extended before 2025, according to Canal administrator, Jorge Quijano. “Within 15 years there will be a need to build a fourth sets of locks, if demand continues as it is,” he said, adding that 2025 is his best guess for when this will become necessary. According to Mr Quijano, a small group of experts has been put together to undertake the necessary technical and demand studies. He observed: “The world is more connected every day and the maritime option is the least costly and least contaminating, and for this reason our route becomes more effective.” For the current fiscal year (1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017), the Canal Authority calculates that traffic will rise to 391m tonnes compared with 330m tonnes in the previous year. Source: Port Strategy

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