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 Cebu
355 days ago by arnekiel

2 vessels collide off Cebu; 1 hurt
Cebu – A chief engineer was hurt when a fast craft collided with a cargo vessel late Wednesday afternoon at Lauis Ledge off Talisay City, the same spot where a passenger vessel and cargo ship collided two years ago, killing 116 passengers and crew. The Lauis Ledge has become an eerie spot for vessels traveling from Cebu to Bohol so passengers of fast craft Starcraft 9 went into panic when their vessel collided with cargo vessel MV Our Lady of Faith at 5:50 p.m. All of the 262 passengers and crew of the Bohol-bound fast craft, however, were safe, except for chief engineer Romeo Astillejo, who was thrown into the sea during the collision. Astillejo was rescued by fellow crewmen and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. The cargo ship, manned by Captain Jose Adaptar, was en route to Bacolod City from the port in the City of Naga while the fast craft, under Captain Roman Pialago, was bound for Tubigon, Bohol. PCG Central Visayas District chief-of-staff Weniel Azcuna said they are investigating the two captains and crew of the vessels. www.tempo.com.ph/...

 Callao
355 days ago by arnekiel

Strike hits Callao port
Port workers have begun an "indefinite" strike at the general cargo facility in Callao, Peru operated by APM Terminals (APMT). APMT spokesperson Tom Boyd confirmed to IHS Maritime that the labour action, which he dubbed "illegal", began on 13 May. Boyd stressed that the strike is not affecting APMT's container operations in Callao. "The container terminal is operating fine.

 Acu
356 days ago by arnekiel

Petrobras to use Edison Chouest offshore base at Brazil’s Açu port
Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras will use offshore docks operated by U.S. ship-leasing company Edison Chouest to handle oil-service vessels at the Brazilian Port of Açu, the head of the company that owns the port said. The decision to use the Edison Chouest facilities at Açu will help Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the oil company is formally known, to ease crowding at its main offshore service docks in Macaé, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Açu on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. The agreement with Edison Chouest was signed three months ago and is going ahead despite opposition from the city of Macaé, said Eduardo Parente, chief executive of Prumo Logística SA, which owns the port of Açu. No value for the deal was released.

357 days ago by arnekiel

Britain's largest container ship docks in Southampton
The largest British-registered container ship has docked in Southampton Port on May 13. CMA CGM Kerguelen has stopped off at DP World Southampton’s container terminal in the western docks on her maiden voyage. The vessel left Shanghai in Hong Kong, last month. She is 398 metres long and 54 metres wide. She is the first of a series of six vessels of the same size set for delivery this year. The ship will call at 11 countries and has the capacity to transport almost 200,000 tons of goods from clothes and televisions to sofas and washing machines. It will use Southampton’s brand new deep water berth, SCT 5, which was specifically built and commissioned to accommodate these ultra large container ships. Over £100 million has been invested by Associated British Ports to ensure that Southampton can continue to stay at the forefront of the UK container market.

357 days ago by arnekiel

Shell to Seattle: oil drill rigs are coming
Royal Dutch Shell says it has a valid lease for Seattle terminal space and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters so it plans to move its drill rigs to this city despite the protests of activists and a port commission request that it wait. About a dozen activists in kayaks met one of the two drill rigs as the 514-foot-long Noble Discoverer arrived Tuesday evening in Everett, north of here, on its way to Seattle. A second drill rig, the 400-foot-long Polar Pioneer, has been parked in Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula, but is expected to arrive in Seattle later this week. That event is expected to draw larger protests. Shell's plans for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this summer cleared a major hurdle on Monday, when the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the company's plan after reviewing thousands of comments from the public, Alaska Native organizations, and state and federal agencies. Shell must still obtain other permits from state and federal agencies, and opponents said they aren't giving up. They focused their attention Tuesday on the Port of Seattle's decision earlier this year to grant a two-year, $13 million lease for terminal space to Foss Maritime, a local company that's working with Shell to prepare its fleet for heading up to the Arctic. The city of Seattle has said the use of the terminal as a base for drill rigs isn't allowed under the port's current land-use permit, which is for cargo operations. More at www.denverpost.co...

357 days ago by arnekiel

Evergreen adds Ho Chi Minh, drops Bangkok from Taiwan-Thailand (TWT) service
TAIWAN's Evergreen Line has added a new southbound call at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to its weekly Taiwan-Thailand (TWT) service that is operated by two 1,164-TEU vessels, and removed Bangkok from the rotation.The service calls at the new Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc terminal that opened in Ho Chi Minh last December to relieve congestion at the main Cat Lai terminal in the city. Both terminals are operated by Saigon New Port, which is controlled by the Vietnamese navy.The port rotation of the amended weekly TWT services is: Kaohsiung, Ho Chi Minh City, Laem Chabang, Hong Kong, Taichung, Kaohsiung, reported Alphaliner. Source : Schednet

358 days ago by arnekiel

New sensor systems add safety at Louisiana port
Two major Louisiana shipping hubs will see improvements this week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. New sensor systems will make navigation safer and allow for more efficient ship traffic at the Port of Morgan City and the Port of Fourchon. The Physical Oceanographic Real Time System, or PORTS, was created by NOAA and uses oceanographic and meteorological sensors to provide mariners with accurate real-time information on the environment at seaports. NOAA is working with individual ports to design the systems. In a statement on its website, NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services director said, “Even one additional foot of draft can substantially increase the profit of a shipment.” Morgan City is a hub for import-export ships. According to NOAA, Port Fourchon services 90 percent of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry and handles more than 20 percent of the enation’s energy supply. They are the 24th and 25th ports in the nation to receive the technology. Port of Morgan City executive director Raymond Wade praised NOAA and the new technology, saying it would improve overall safety. Read more: neworleanscitybus...

358 days ago by arnekiel

No long-term negative effects from Squamish dock fire, says report
The Squamish Terminals dock fire that burned for three days in mid April, left no long-term negative effects on air and water quality, according to a news release by the terminals. It cited Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) which endorsed the monitoring report on the fire, a report conducted by Envirochem Services. Fuelled by creosote-covered pilings, the intense fire forced the evacuation of the workforce from the Terminals, which are located north of Vancouver, British Columbia. There were no serious injuries. The report concluded that there was no evident risk of “contamination of soil or vegetation” nor of “unacceptable air quality or risk for adverse exposure at sensitive receptor locations monitored downwind of the fire.” splash247.com/no-...

358 days ago by arnekiel

Delfin applies for the United States’ first LNG deepwater port
Dallas-based Delfin announced on Monday that it had submitted an application for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico. The application, lodged with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the US Coast guard (USCG), would, if approved, be the United States’ first LNG deepwater port. It is proposed that Port Delfin would be located 50 miles offshore Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Back in March it was revealed that Delfin signed a preliminary agreement with Lithuanian natural gas supplier LITGAS whereby Delfin would supply LNG to the Baltic nation. splash247.com/del...

358 days ago by arnekiel

Crowley invests $48.5m in Puerto Rico port
Multinational transportation and logistics player Crowley on Monday inked a $48.5m construction contract for a new pier at San Juan port in Puerto Rico. Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley will build the pier at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal and, in a further commitment to the US island territory, Crowley also concluded a 30-year lease extension for the Isla Grande property with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. The pier-building contract, which Crowley Puerto Rico Services signed with Puerto Rico construction firm LPC&D Inc, calls for a 900-foot-long concrete pier along with associated dredging. When complete the pier should be able to dock Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas-powered ships. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2017, in time for the inaugural call of the first new Commitment Class ship, El Coqui. splash247.com/cro...


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