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350 days ago by arnekiel

Slow Progress in U.S. West Coast Port Talks
(Reuters) – The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. However, neither side has ventured to say how much longer it might take to reach a settlement, and both parties continued to abide by a news blackout on the details of their talks and the issues that divide them. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, representing terminal operators and shipping lines at the ports, opened their talks in May and mutually agreed to keep negotiating after their old contract expired June 30. The parties said in August they had reached a tentative deal on healthcare benefits, “but apart from that everything else remains on the table,” association spokesman Steve Getzug said. Since resuming talks after a hiatus in November, negotiators have met on a fairly regular basis, they said.

351 days ago by arnekiel

Kalmar gains order for zero-emission RTGs as Gdynia Container Terminal increases capacity in Poland
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a further order for five of its latest generation zero emission rubber-tyred gantry granes (RTGs) from Gdynia Container Terminal (GCT) in Poland. The order follows the delivery of two similar machines earlier in 2014. The latest order was booked into Cargotec’s fourth quarter intake with delivery scheduled for December 2015. GCT opted to specify the Kalmar solution as the 41 tonne capacity E-One2 Zero Emission RTG, which stacks 6+1 wide and 1-over-6 high. This model produces lower emissions compared to conventional diesel-powered RTGs and requires significantly less maintenance thanks to its simplified design. The electric power system completely eliminates the need for engine maintenance, which translates into much lower downtime and reduced maintenance costs. The delivery will include the Kalmar SmartFleet process automation solution that improves operational transparency and reduces downtime through remote equipment monitoring and reporting. The Kalmar SmartRail automatic gantry steering system is also part of the operational package to improve safety and operator performance as it allows the operator to concentrate fully on driving and manoeuvring the containers.

351 days ago by arnekiel

Cargo ships, barges find delays at Houston docks
Demand for export cargoes had led to backups at fuel docks in Pasadena and Galena Park near Houston, stalling Gulf Coast gasoline in port and delaying deliveries by up to two weeks, market sources said. Cargo ships with room for 300,000 barrels or more of refined products have a two-week delay entering the Kinder Morgan docks at Pasadena, market sources said. One US products trader said his company’s gasoline at Kinder Morgan likely will be picked up two weeks later than the expected December 18-20 transfer, and he needs the storage to enable future gasoline trades. “My tanks are tied up,” the trader said. “It would be safe to say that I am greatly inconvenienced.” According to Kinder Morgan’s website, the Pasadena terminal has one ship dock with a 32-foot draft and four barge docks. It takes products from refineries, including those owned by Marathon Petroleum and Valero, and loads pipelines, including Colonial and Explorer. Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley would only say the company is “experiencing nothing out of the ordinary” at the terminal.

351 days ago by arnekiel

ABPplans to invest £6m in the revamp of cruise ship terminal
Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled plans to invest £6m in the revamp of a cruise ship terminal in Southampton after striking an agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines. The renovation works at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal include a complete redesign of the departure, check-in, security and passenger lounges as well as drop-off and pick-up areas. The expansion of the internal space, which will include removing 100 tonnes of blockwork walls and floors and installing 500 tonnes of new steelwork frames, will create a reception area of 35,000 sq ft and means that passengers can wait there before boarding their cruise. A 46-person lift is to be added, along with ten new toilet facilities and heating ventilation, to cater for the thousands of passengers who pass through the terminal every hour. With each cruise ship turnaround estimated to bring more than £2m to the economy, Nick Ridehalgh, director of ABP Southampton, said: "The benefits of the improvements will affect a much wider group than just those heading off on cruises. Businesses across the city, such as taxis, hotels and restaurants for examples, all benefit from the cruise industry."We must ensure we continue to work with the cruise lines and their guests to ensure Southampton remains the UK cruise port of choice."Steven Young, director of port services and government affairs at Carnival UK, added: "Cruising out of Southampton forms the core part of our offering to the UK cruise market which in terms of volume is second only to the US."This particularly appeals to those who prefer not to fly and who appreciate the ability of being able to drive to the terminal door, hand their keys to a valet parker and then have their luggage delivered to them, for a stress-free travel experience." Source : insidermedia

354 days ago by arnekiel

Deep-water port under development in Escanaba
Basic Marine has begun the development of Escanaba’s north shore, which will become the home of a new deep-water port. “The final plan is to be a deep-water port, that’s the objective of this whole thing. Initially, what we’re striving to do is do ship repair,” Lyle Berro, business development manager for Basic Marine, told the Daily Press of Escanaba. “This will be the only facility on the upper Great Lakes … that will be able to take a loaded ore freighter and have it be able to come in and have repairs done on it.” In the beginning, Basic Marine will be able to host two or three ships, but eventually the goal is to have as many as 10 ships docked over the winter receiving repairs.

354 days ago by arnekiel

Two U.S. Navy Contractors Killed by Falling Buoy at Pearl Harbor Facility
Two civilian contractors were killed Wednesday morning after being hit by a falling five-ton buoy at Pearl Harbor’s Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. The buoy reportedly fell from a height of about 70-feet onto a barge where four contractors were standing. One of the men died instantly, while the second victim was hit in the head and later died from his injuries. The two others also sustained injuries but were listed in stable condition. The workers were reportedly strengthening mooring lines on the 820-foot decommissioned amphibious ship Tarawa when the accident occurred. The four contractors were employees of Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. The buoy was described as being 12 to 15 feet in diameter and weighing about 10,000 lbs.

354 days ago by arnekiel

Storm Damage at Port of Buenos Aires
The Port of Buenos Aires sustained some serious damage earlier this week after a strong thunderstorm knocked down trees and cut power across much of the city. Photo report on gcaptain.com/stor...

354 days ago by arnekiel

Severe weather preparations
A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night, 10 December 2014 through Thursday 11 December 2014, with weather abating and showers expected on Friday 12 December 2014...

355 days ago by arnekiel

Aqaba Container Terminal apologises for suspending operations
The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) company sent a letter to its clients on Monday apologising for the halt in its operations due to “illegal industrial actions” by its workers that started on December 1. In a statement posted on its website, ACT announced the procedures that will be followed during the work stoppage, expressing hope it will end as soon as possible. ACT said it will stop calculating storage fees for imported containers that arrived at the terminal during the period of the work stoppage. “This will apply to all boxes discharged from a vessel before December 1 and gated-out between December 2 and 31,” the statement said. The company said it will give an additional seven days of storage for free for exporting loaded and empty containers “which loading had to be rolled to a next vessel because the planned vessel had to omit Aqaba since December 1″

355 days ago by arnekiel

Final Panama Canal Gate Transits
The Panama Canal Expansion has completed today the transfer of all gates belonging to the new locks of the Expansion in the Pacific side. The last gate that transited today completes the transfer of the eight gates to the Pacific construction side. The transits began on October 22 to move all eight gates through the waterway aboard a barge from the Atlantic temporary dock to the Pacific, assisted by Panama Canal tugs. This last gate is 31.9 meters high, 57 meters long and 8 meters wide, weighing 4,200 tons. It is among the heaviest of all gates. The new locks will have 16 rolling gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic. With this last transit, all gates will be in the new locks ready for installation during the next couple of months Since August 2013, the gates have been arriving in staggered shipments from Italy on a Post-Panamax vessel to a temporary dock in the Atlantic side. The last shipment arrived in November 2014. www.marinelink.co...

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