China’s first floating LNG terminal at Tianjin ready in December 2013
China’s first floating LNG import terminal is expected to commence operation and receive its first deliveries next month. CNOOC, the operator of the terminal won approval from Beijing in August, and the first phase of the Tianjin-based facility, costing RMB3.3bn, is designed to have an annual receiving capacity of 2.2 million tonnes. Energy demand is increasing as winter approaches, and Beijing has asked energy companies to boost gas supply and increase gas imports to domestics fields. [07/11/13]
BAE has confirmed 940 jobs will go at its Portsmouth shipyard and all ship building will end there after reaching an agreement with the government to restructure its UK naval ships business.
Consultation will start on a total employee reduction of 1,775, including 940 in Portsmouth in 2014 and 835 across Filton, Glasgow and Rosyth, progressively through to 2016.
The Portsmouth shipyard, where King Henry VIII's flagship The Mary Rose was built, employs 1,200 people. Ship building operations will terminate in the second half of 2014. www.insidermedia....
Huge transformation at the Port of Salalah planned until 2020
The coming seven years will see a huge transformation at the Port of Salalah with new liquid jetties, breakbulk facilities, container berths, a cruise terminal and a tank far, according to a recent presentation from a senior executive from the port. The port will be boosted by a strong build up in rail connectivity. [GulfShipNews 06/11/13]
First ship expected at London Gateway DP World on Nov. 6
The first ship is expected to arrive at DP World London Gateway on Nov. 6.London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope, is the £1.5 billion “super port” which is expected to save British importers and exporters hundreds of millions of pounds every year from reduced transportation of goods across the UK. The container ship MOL Caledon is expected to arrive from South Africa at around 11pm on Nov.6 .
London Gateway is also Europe’s largest logistics park with 9.25 million square feet of warehouse capacity, and it is thought the development will add £3.2 billion to the economy each year and 12,000 direct jobs and possible close to 30,000 jobs in the South East.
Work begins on world’s largest nuclear-powered ice breaker
Russia has started building the world’s largest universal nuclear-powered icebreaker capable of navigating in the Arctic and in the shallow waters of Siberian rivers. The unique vessel will further increase Russia’s dominance in the region.
The 173m ship is being built by the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in St Petersburg, and is planned to be completed by 2017. Once finished the ship will be 14 metres longer and 4 metres wider than the current record holder, “50 year Victory” that is 159 metres long and 30 metres wide. More at indrus.in/economi...
A special commission has approved a plan to divert cruise ships away from Venice's historic center. The fatal sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2011 ratcheted up pressure to divert the ships from the central Giudecca canal and St. Mark's Basin. Currently, ships pass within 300 meters (1,000 feet) of St. Mark's Square. Premier Enrico Letta's office in Rome said in a statement Tuesday that the commission approved digging a new canal so ships can enter the lagoon from the west, avoiding the historic center. The Venice Port estimates the project will take two years to complete. In the meantime, smaller ferries will be banned from passing through Venice and cruise ship traffic will be reduced by 20 percent, beginning in January. Last year, 645 ships arrived in Venice.
PSA from Singapore takes China Shipping’s Lianyungang stake
Singapore’s PSA International is back in China making its first acquisition there for a number of years. PSA has bought a stake in the fast growing Jiangsu port of Lianyungang. The joint venture between PSA and Lianyungang Port Group will take over the container terminal project from China Shipping Container Lines, which has moved to cut terminal assets in a bid to get back in the black.
The container terminal marks PSA’s first major foray into the Yangtze River Delta.
Commenting on the partnership, Tan Chong Meng, group ceo of PSA, said, “Lianyungang’s strategic location, established transport infrastructure and extensive hinterland offer tremendous potential for this joint venture to ride the waves of continuous growth in the Yangtze River Delta region.”
Seago introduced new weekly service between Gdansk and Agadir (Morocco)
DCT Gdansk announces that on the 29th of October 2013 its client, Seago Line, introduced a new weekly direct connection between Gdansk (Poland) and Agadir (Morocco). The service is designed to cater for import and export volume flows between Poland and Morocco in the shortest possible time. The connection allows reaching Casablanca in only 10 days and Agadir in 13 days. Previous connection between Poland and Morocco, also serviced by Seago Line, was taking 15 days. The biggest advantage of this service is the ability of reducing transit time of reefer containers which is a key factor in perishable goods transportation. The new Seago Line’s service allows Polish importers and exporters to tighten cooperation with North African market.
LNG terminal in Klaipeda to be launched in late 2014, Lithuanian President says
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Latvian President Andris Bērziņš and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the traditional annual meeting of the three Baltic presidents who gather to discuss topical regional issues. According to the release of the presidential press center, the heads of state placed special focus on common actions to ensure energy, economic, military and information security of the Baltic States.
Dalia Grybauskaitė noted that the search for alternatives to Russian gas and reduction of dependency on a single supplier remain as vital strategic objectives of the Baltic States. It is therefore crucial to speed up implementation of power links with Sweden, Poland and Finland, enhance permeability of the Baltic interconnections and ensure diversified energy supplies. According to President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity to speed up the implementation of energy projects that are important to all Baltic States. The European Commission has placed on the priority list 15 Baltic projects, including 6 projects from Lithuania. The projects will receive funding under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to be launched at the end of 2014 in Klaipėda is one of the soonest alternatives to Gazprom gas, according to the President. This terminal could supply gas to Estonia and Latvia as well, if needed.
NYK Group invests in Yang Ming's Kaohsiung Terminal
Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Nippon Container Terminals Co. Ltd. , an NYK Group company, have decided to acquire a 12.5 percent stake in Yang Ming’s Kao Ming Container Terminal Corp. (KMCT), the company said in its press release.
KMCT was established as a Build-Operate-Transfer project under the Port of Kaohsiung’s Intercontinental Container Terminal BOT Project with the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, which is overseen by Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd. The terminal started operation in January 2011 and is well known for its high-quality automated services, safety, and environment-friendly facility.
Moreover, KMCT uses windmills and solar panels to generate power which has allowed the facility to cut CO2 emissions. KMCT emphasizes energy conservation, a reduction of emissions, and protection of the environment, and successes in these areas have won it a reputation as a “green terminal.”