Workers at Alexandria’s Egyptian Navigation have gone on strike protesting and calling for the dismissal of the firm’s chairman. Workers are also calling for a halt to initial plans to part privatize the line. They also claimed they are owned bonuses from last year. Some workers at the port of Alexandria have joined the strike in solidarity. Egypt’s maritime sector has been beset by strikes all year. [GulfShip News 08/10/13]
Yemen to build oil terminal at Ras Isa costing $160m
Dubai: The Ministry of Oil and Minerals has signed a contract with a consortium of Indian, Emarati and German companies to build an oil port in Ras Isa, costing $160m.
According to the official news agency SABA, the costs of the land-installations will reach about $120m, whereas the costs of the offshore construction will reach about $40m.
The project will include the construction of four oil tanks with a total capacity of more than 2m barrels. [09/10/13]
Belawan boxport celebrates contracts with six lines
Belawan International Container Terminal (BICT), Sumatra’s largest box facility, has received an enormous fillip with six lines - Maersk, MSC, Evergreen, OOCL, K Line and Hub Line - concluding a service level agreement (SLA) with the terminal’s operator Pelindo I, guaranteeing slots and calls at the terminal. “This agreement will help us to better capture the container market along the Strait of Malacca that is predicted to reach around 51 million teu this year and is expected to continue rising in the future,” spokesman Muhammad Eriansyah told The Jakarta Post.
BICT is set to kick off a terminal expansion plan at the end of this year. [10/10/13]
As of today, the German short sea shipping and logistics company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) will add the port of Huelva to its network. The Spanish Andalusian port will be served as part of the shipping line's 'SEBI', a loop which connects the European northern range with the Iberian peninsula and the Canaries.
CMA CGM further strengthens Morocco coverage for Citrus season
Further to the recent strengthening of its Morocco – North Europe route for the citrus season, CMA CGM is to inject three more vessels into the trade lane. The carrier will add to its recently relaunched fortnightly single-ship ‘Dunkrus’ service with a new ‘wider’ loop with three vessels on a 21-day roundtrip with weekly departures.
A MAN has died and four others are injured after a freak wave overturned their boat near Exmouth on Oct. 8.
Exmouth Police received a call about 9.20am reporting that the vessel carrying five people had been overturned by a wave in waters off Bundegi Boat Ramp.
A 47-year-old man died and a couple and their 7-year-old boy are being transported to Perth for medical treatment by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Another man will remain in Exmouth Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
A second boat helped to recover the passengers and took them to Exmouth, while the overturned boat is currently being towed back.
ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project’s natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal.
“This is a step forward for the Alaska LNG project and shows continued progress toward building Alaska’s energy future”
More than 20 locations were evaluated based on conditions related to the environment, socioeconomics, cost, and other project and technical issues.
“This is a step forward for the Alaska LNG project and shows continued progress toward building Alaska’s energy future,” said Steve Butt, senior project manager. “The work that we have put into the site selection process gives us confidence that the Nikiski site is the lead location for the LNG plant and terminal. The Nikiski site also results in a pipeline route that provides an access opportunity to North Slope natural gas by the major population centers in Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.” www.yourlngnews.c...
Four new cranes big enough to handle new super-sized cargo ships have been delivered to the port of Miami in preparation for the opening of an expanded Panama Canal.
The expansion will nearly double the canal's cargo capacity and the size of the ships that can pass through it. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said on October 7 that the four new cranes will ensure that Miami's port will be able to handle the larger vessels. Port Director Bill Johnson says the port aims to double its cargo traffic over the next several years.
The port also has two other cranes that can accommodate the larger ships. The newer container cargo ships are nearly double the size of older vessels.
Read more here: www.miamiherald.c...
Keppel Offshore & Marine to Pemex to develop a $400m yard
Keppel Offshore and Marine is to partner with Mexican national oil company Pemex to develop a $400m yard to build jack-up rigs.
The Singapore-yard group signed a memorandum of understanding with Pemex to develop, own and operate a yard in Mexico. Pemex and Keppel will form a joint venture to develop the yard to be located the Port of Altamira along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
A total of $400m will be invested in the yard, with an estimated $150m in the first phase.
Powerful Typhoon Fitow landed in Southeast China with strong wind and heavy rain yesterday and the National Meteorological Centre has issued the highest red alert for coastal areas. Several coastal areas in the south of Zhejiang Province including Taizhou, has been hit by the typhoon, with some terminals of Taizhou Haimen port flooded. Neighboring port city Zhoushan is also evacuating people near coastal areas and Zhoushan port has stopped passenger services.
In Fujian, 177,000 people have already been evacuated before the storm hit the coast. [07/10/13]