The arctic weather conditions sweeping North American have caused heavy delays to shipping at some Canadian ports according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).
Delays have been happening since 4 January primarily due to heavy ice build up between Lanoraie and the Three Rivers (St Lawrence River). ISS said despite three icebreakers working around the clock no vessels had been able to depart outbound from Montreal and five vessels docked at the port were waiting to depart.
“In addition, there are currently twelve ships tied up at Three Rivers and Quebec awaiting favourable ice conditions in order to transit to Montreal. More at www.seatrade-glob...
Hanjin Shipping decides this week whether to drop Portland
Longshore workers have not boosted container movement at the Port of Portland in the last month, according to the terminal operator, casting doubt on Hanjin Shipping Co.'s decision expected this week on whether to pull its vessels.
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a Port deal Dec. 12 in which union electricians gave up the equivalent of two jobs at the terminal to longshoremen, in hopes that dockworkers would increase productivity, inducing Hanjin to continue weekly calls. But the International Longshore and Warehouse Union never publicly agreed to increase the number of containers moved per hour by its members. www.oregonlive.co...
San Antonio port union declares strike “indefinite”
In an act that feels like déjà vu for Chile’s fruit industry, workers in the Port of San Antonio have been striking since Friday, Jan. 3 in a push for retroactive lunchbreak pay, in the terminals of STI, the Central Port and the Panul Port. While last year’s crippling stoppages were in solidarity with the Port of Angamos, this year the issue relates directly to the port at hand; the largest fruit exporting hub for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fruit exporter. To better understand the situation, www.freshfruitpor... caught up with port union president Sergio Vargas.
Vargas confirms that the strike is of an indefinite nature as he is still waiting to hear from the government to propose a solution to the problem.
As part of measures for permanently shifting pipeline operations of oil marketing companies (OMCs) from heavily populated north Chennai areas, the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas (MoPNG) on Monday said 100 acres of land have been allotted to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at Atthipet near Ennore for setting up a new terminal.
In this regard, the Ministry filed an ‘action taken’ report before the National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, which was hearing the application filed by V.P. Krishnamoorthy of Washermenpet who sought the shifting of pipelines. This application was filed soon after a huge oil leakage was reported in Tondiarpet, last September.
Costa Deliziosa 1st cruise ship to dock in Piraeus in 2014
Greek Shipping and Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on Friday, Jan. 3 attended a welcoming ceremony for the arrival of the 'Costa Deliziosa', the first cruise ship to sail into Piraeus port in 2014, as ANA news agency reported. "We welcome the first cruise ship to arrive in Piraeus port in 2014," the minister said, stressing the importance of the cruise sector for Greece's economy and also the major increase in this sector during recent years.
Gold-headed Cane presented to first ocean-going vessel of 2014
The Montreal Port Authority officially kicked off the New Year on Jan. 3, by presenting the Gold-Headed Cane, worth about $3,500, to the captain of the first ocean-going vessel to enter the city in 2014. The longstanding tradition annually awards the 14-Karat gold-plated cane to the captain of the first ship to arrive in the port, without a stopover at the beginning of each year.
This year, it happened at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 1. The Federal Spey, is a bulk carrier (full of bulk sugar) operated by the Canadian shipping line Fednav International, is the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2014. The Federal Spey crossed the Port of Montreal’s limits near Sorel, arriving filled with raw sugar and waving the flags of the Marshall Islands.
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Libya warns against tanker calls to east of the country
Libya has once again warned companies against buying any crude offered by sepratists who have been in control of three oil ports in the east of the Opec producer for more than five months.
The government has lost control of the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es-Sider and Zuweitina ports, which previously accounted for 600,000 barrels a day of oil exports. "The National Oil Corp (NOC) warns everybody not to send ships to load or discharge at these (three) ports," the state oil firm said in a statement. NOC would take legal action against the signing of petroleum purchase agreements with another party, it said. The status of force majeure has been extended at all three ports, NOC added. Members of the government have previously warned ships calling without official documentation risk being fired at. [GulfShipNews 05/01/14]
First petrochemical exports leave King Abdullah Port at Rabigh
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) exported Sunday the first shipment of petrochemical products from King Abdullah Port, located in King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. The shipment represents the first export operation of the port. The cargo, which consisted of 54 containers of polymer material, was shipped on board a carrier heading to Singapore. Petro Rabigh is a Saudi joint stock company, founded in 2005 as a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical of Japan. Petro Rabigh processes up to 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian light crude oil, and uses 1.2m tons per year of ethane as feedstock to produce a variety of petrochemical products. [GulfShipNews 06/01/14]
Panama Canal may take control of completion of new locks
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) says it could step in to take control of the completion of locks for the canal’s expansion after the consortium building them threatened to stop work over a $1.6bn payment dispute.
“We would like to reassure our customers that the contract was well drafted and includes guarantees that will allow the completion of the new locks, even if the ACP needs to step in to assume control of the project and deliver it in the shortest possible time,” said Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal.
On the 30 December the contractor building the locks for the expanded Panama Canal, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), issued a suspension of works notice from 20 January over $1.6bn in additional costs it says it is owed by the ACP. www.seatrade-glob...
Tianjin port, is to build two new berths for its cruise home port project, which combines cargo and passenger transport together. “The second phase project could transfer the container, domestic and international liner services from the old cruise terminal to the new facility, which could handle 60,000 tue containers and 420,000 passengers,” an official in charge of the cruise port project said. Last year, Tianjin port received 70 international cruise ships and over 250,000 tourists. [SinoShipNews 07/01/13]