Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues. Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately while the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.
First cruise ship arrival kicks off new record-breaking season
On Sunday, April 6, a faithful cruise guest will make her way to Gothenburg, Sweden. The arrival of the German cruise ship AIDAcara will mark the start of this year's cruise season. A total of 73 cruise ships, carrying 120,000 passengers, will visit Gothenburg this year – a new record, the Port of Gothenburg press release said.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. on Apr. 7, 2014 announced that it started new car carrier services that transport vehicles produced in Mexico to ports in NAFTA region, the company said in its press release. In recent years, many car manufacturers have been aggressive in building and enlarging plants in Mexico, and it is estimated that automobile production will increase by more than 10% per year for the next several years. Around 3 million vehicles were produced in Mexico in 2013, about 80% of which were exported. As this trend shows signs of continuing, MOL launched the new services from both the East and West Coast of Mexico to the United States, the largest destination of Mexican made vehicles, to meet these increased customers’ needs.
For the service from east coast of Mexico to the east coast of the U.S., Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co., Ltd. and World Logistics Service (USA), Inc., both MOL Group company, have joined forces to provide weekly shuttle services with three car carrier vessels from Veracruz, Mexico, to ports in Jacksonville-FL, Brunswick-GA, Baltimore-MD, Newark-NJ, and Davisville-RI in the United States. The shipment was done by MV Cosmos Ace (46,346 GT; capacity: 4,100 units) which sailed from Veracruz in March 2014, followed by MV Harmony Ace (47,519 GT; capacity: 4,800 units) and MV World Spirit (37,949 GT; capacity: 3,200 units).
Furthermore, MOL will launch new car carrier service from the west coast of Mexico to the west coast of North America to offer transport from Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, to San Diego-CA, Richmond- CA, Portland-OR, and Tacoma-WA in the United States, and New Westminster-BC in Canada which is planned to be a weekly service for some regions.
Yamal LNG Picks Zeebrugge as Possible Transfer Port in Europe
Yamal LNG, a venture developing a project to export liquefied natural gas from the Russian Arctic, agreed to consider the Belgian receiving terminal of Zeebrugge as a transfer point to move the fuel to Asia from Europe.
Yamal LNG and Fluxys, the terminal’s owner, signed an accord today outlining terms for cooperating to transship cargoes of the super-chilled fuel, according to a joint statement. Fluxys, based in Brussels, will start technical, permitting and regulatory processes, it showed. Commercial production at the LNG plant is scheduled to start in 2017.
Mott MacDonald wins Gdansk design role for new $160M quay
Global engineering consultancy firm, Mott MacDonald, has successfully gained a project to carry out construction design services for a new €160 million quay at the Port of Gdansk, Poland.
According to the contract, Mott MacDonald will be responsible for the design of a new deep water quay for Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk (DCT Gdansk), adjacent to the pre-existing one.
They will also be responsible for the design of a new cargo stacking yard, which will facilitate the needs of both quays.
Works will also include; the deepening of the existing harbour basin, construction of new buildings and the re-development of previous buildings.
Furthermore Mott MacDonald will be involved in the construction of an underground utilities instillation, alongside a main electrical substation and any subsequent substations around the port.
Once upgraded, the terminal will easily be able to welcome the world’s largest post-panamax vessels and handle up to three million TEU per year.
Sri Lanka vehicle transshipment business gathers speed
Vehicle transshipments through Sri Lanka's Hambantota port in the South of the country has picked up with over 200 roll-on-roll-off car carriers calling since it began operations in nearly two years ago.
State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said the Magam Ruhunupura port in Hambantota had transshipped 79,147 vehicles and also unloaded 36,401 units for the local market up to March 2014. It began RO-RO operations on June 06, 2012.
The vehicles come mainly from Indian factories and are kept in a yard at Hambantota and loaded onto car carriers destined to areas such as East Africa.
Britain Seeks Tenant for BAE's Portsmouth Shipyard
Britain has appointed agents to find a tenant for the country's historic Portsmouth dockyard, which is due to be vacated by BAE Systems by the end of the year as the defence contractor shuts its shipbuilding activities in the city.
BAE's announcement in November last year, which will affect 940 jobs, signalled the potential end of more than 500 years of shipbuilding in Portsmouth on England's south coast. The company plans to consolidate operations at its yards in Glasgow, Scotland.
Property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton said on Friday it will market the 13-hectare site to companies in Britain and abroad, and expects considerable interest from those operating in marine, defence, aerospace and general engineering sectors.
First Vessel of 2014 Season Arrives at St. Lambert
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised that the St. Lawrence Seaway has now (April 4, 2014) opened for its 2014 season at St. Lambert by accepting the first vessel of the year, the MT Charlotte Theresa, destination Lake Ontario, followed by several Canadian ships. ISS Canada’s General Manager (Eastern Canada) Jason Skorksi, said the season has and will be a challenging one due to heavy ice and pack ice still affecting sea lanes. The seaway is currently processing upbound traffic in the Montreal/MLO section – one way traffic only. Double Pilotage is required, and initially there will be daylight navigation only.
Escorts are required for crossing the lakes, Lac St. Louis and Lake St. Francis. The icebreaker HMCCGC Martha L Black is currently working Montreal/MLO sector. Two tugs are currently employed in the South Shore Canal to keep the ice moving out. Ice breaker HMCGC Radisson is moving up to work Whitefish Bay and lead convoys when needed, and two ice breakers are currently assigned to Thunder Bay and are working on breaking out the harbor.
Welland Canal has some ice pack above locks 7 and 8, but these have caused no issues to date. Ice conditions on Lake Erie are greatly improved and convoys for transiting the lake are moving well.