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366 days ago by arnekiel

Abengoa will build a new port terminal in Uruguay
Abengoa, the company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been awarded the construction of the new port terminal located in Capurro, Montevideo. This project aims at having an exclusive area for the transfer and re-embarkation of fishery products to major international markets and in turn relieve the central docks of the port, seen the increasing activity. Abengoa, with a 50% stake in the winning consortium, will be responsible for drawing up the final design and construction of approximately 1,000 meters of quays for industrial fishing vessels, with the corresponding protection, berthing and defense works. Also, it will fill an area of 2.5 hectares, and will carry out the paving, drainage, power distribution of drinking water and fuel, as well as the dredging of the basin and its final location against the promenade, on an area up to 20 hectares. In this latter work, stands out the use of geocontainer technology. The engineering works are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, with a deadline of nine months for the drafting and 30 months for its execution. Direct work for 140 people is foreseen. The implementation of this project is aligned with the company’s diversification strategy and reaffirms Abengoa’s leadership in the Uruguayan market, where it has been participating for 35 years in major projects in the country. The company’s experience in the execution of major infrastructure projects stands out. Source: Abengoa

366 days ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Minister attempts to avert further port strike
Just the threat of a strike can disturb Cyprus’ economy, Communication and Works Minister Marios Demetriades warned Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) employees unions on Monday as he attempted to avert the 48-hour strike at the Limassol port announced for August 27 and 28. He met with union representatives who are threatening to strike in protest over what they say is the lack of progress in talks with the government over a voluntary retirement scheme. The government’s position is that CPA employees have no reason to strike as they have been given the option of voluntary retirement or transferring to the civil service on the same salary and benefits once the ports are privatised. The government has also promised to try and have some of them rehired by whatever private company eventually manages the port. At the meeting, Demetriades gave the union representatives in writing all that has been discussed and agreed by the two sides and asked them to submit their comments so that the final text is presented to the cabinet. www.hellenicshipp...

366 days ago by arnekiel

Revised navigation depths at Cairns
Mariners are advised by GAC to take note of the revised navigation depths at Cairns, as follows: Entrance Channel: Design depth: 8.3 metres Actual depth: 7.8 metres No other changes have been noted with regards to the navigational depths of the harbour and berths.

366 days ago by arnekiel

Port Kembla closure
A number of severe weather warnings had been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the Illawarra Coast, and the Port Kembla Harbour Master on Aug. 25 has directed that Port Kembla be closed, GAC reports. Boarding operations, ship handling and tug operations have become extremely hazardous due to high winds and seas in (and at the entrance / approaches to) the port. It is very likely that the port will remain closed until 25 August 2015 evening (local time) or possibly through the next day, although the forecasts are a little hard to interpret due to the localised nature of the weather systems. Based upon the forecasts issued by BOM, the Harbour Master had directed all vessels to clear the anchorage on Sunday evening (local time) and vessels have been told to remain more than 12nm from the Coast until further notice. This includes the vessels that were at anchor in the Northern Illawarra but not destined for Port Kembla.

366 days ago by arnekiel

Port Saint John To Deepen Harbor
Recent funding announcements from the federal and provincial governments and Port Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada) will include a major harbor deepening project. The seven-year $205 million project, which is a 3-way funding partnership, involves major capital work at the Port’s West Side cargo handling piers and facilities but will also include capital dredging of the main channel.

366 days ago by Timsen

Fire will burden bad financial situation
The fire at the Daewoo Shipbuilding Yardon Aug 24, 2015, damaged sufficiently two tankers, but the value of the loses was to be estimated at later stage. The local authorities started investigating the accident and checkinh the safety rules and procedures in the shipyard. The ships under construction were with length of 226.00 m, beam of 36.60 m and deadweight of 86,000 DWT. The vessels were with estimated delivery date in second half of 2016 with total value of the project 1.44 billion USD. The accident in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s yard definitely will burden the bad financial situation of the South Korean shipbuilding industry. Two dockworkers died and seven others were injured after large fire erupted in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s yard in Okpo, South Korea. The situation was classified as serious according to the local authorities and forced evacuation of all workers and engaged several shore firefighting brigades. The accident happened during welder working at VLGC under construction, which caused explosion of gases in the inner compartment and fire in the vessel. The fire spread rapidly to the whole dock and even caught another VLGC under construction, sending huge flames and smoke in the air. The local fire department spent most of the day tackling the blaze and after almost 24 hours succeeded to get control of the fire. Reports with photos: www.newsmaritime.... viswa.mfame.guru/...

367 days ago by arnekiel

Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at Big Port St. Petersburg
North-West Basin Branch of FSUE Rosmorport has announced an open tender (No СЗбф 163-15) for the maintenance dredging at the water area of the Ugolnaya Gavan (Coal Harbour) of Big Port St. Petersburg, the company says. According to the company’s press center, initial price is RUB 23,728,080. The source of financing – internal funds. The deadline for application of bids – September 1, 2015.

367 days ago by arnekiel

Expansion of port in Egypt’s Port Said to be launched in two weeks
Egypt will launch in two weeks the expansion of Port Said’s port, Mohab Mamish, head of the Suez Canal Authority, told a local television channel. The initiative entails adding several platforms to the current facilities. The first phase of the project will cost LE5 billion ($638 million), President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Sunday in a speech during a cultural seminar organised by the army’s moral affairs department at the military El-Galaa Theatre, Cairo. The government will incur less than half the costs, said El-Sisi. He added that the project will be completed by October 2016 The port’s expansion is one of several government infrastructure projects aimed at attracting investment in the Suez Canal economic zone. Source: Ahram Online

367 days ago by arnekiel

Protesters re-open road access to Iraq’s Umm Qasr port after new jobs promised
Road access to Iraq’s southern Umm Qasr commodities port was restored on Sunday following a two-day closure by protesters after the authorities promised to create new jobs, a port company spokesman and port workers said. Thousands of Iraqis have protested in recent weeks in Baghdad and southern Iraqi cities, calling for jobs, government services and reforms of the judiciary, parliament and local governing bodies. At Umm Qasr, negotiations with security officials and the director of the state-run General Company for Ports of Iraq resulted in a pledge to create up to 75 new jobs, said company spokesman Anmar al-Safi. Dozens of demonstrators, who had set up tents in front of the port’s two main gates, agreed to let trucks pass and employees enter the facility, Safi and workers said. The harbor near the oil-exporting city of Basra receives grain shipments and heavy equipment used in the oil industry, but does not export crude oil. Source: Reuters

367 days ago by arnekiel

Fire at DSME Kills Two Shipyard Workers, Injures Seven
Two shipyard workers were killed and seven others injured following a fire onboard a vessel under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports that the fire broke at around 9:44 a.m. Monday on board an 84,000-ton liquified petroleum gas (LPG) carrier under construction at the yard. Firefighters recovered two bodies from the scene more than seven hours after the fire started, Yonhap reported. Seven workers have also been hospitalized. The reported added that the fire appears to have been caused by a welding spark inside the vessel that was being constructed. gcaptain.com/fire...

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