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373 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Hamburg gives discount to 5 types of Green Award certified ships
The Hamburg Port Authority’s (HPA) dedication to pursuing the highest standards of safety, quality and environmental protection led them to joining the Green Award scheme as an incentive provider for sea-going ships. From 2014 oil, product and chemical tankers, LNG and, after a launch of the certification program later this year, LPG carriers, that hold the Green Award certificate are eligible for a 3% reduction in port fees when calling at the port of Hamburg. The port of Hamburg has an active position in promoting safety and environmental consciousness. It carefully chooses options to stimulate ship owners and managers for going above the minimum required legal standards through giving benefits to vessels that are proven to operate on the highest level. From the 1st of January, 2014, the port recognises the Green Award certificate as a proof of such and awards Green Award certificate holders with an incentive. The reduction of 3% in port fees will be given to crude oil, product and chemical tankers and LNG carriers of any size that have been assessed and certified by the Green Award foundation. In order to ensure a better environmental impact, the port of Hamburg will also award Green Award certified LPG carriers as soon as the certification program for this ship type, which is now in development, has been launched.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Chinese to build $1.2b economic corridor at Gwadar port
Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael has said that the Chinese investors will invest at least $ 1.20 billion to establish an economic corridor for the development of Gwadar Port. Senator Michael said this during a meeting that he chaired at his ministerial secretariat in the federal capital, according to a statement issued by the ministry. To this effect, the federal minister said, different agreements had already been signed with the Chinese investors who would be investing the said amount over next two to three years. “The money would be spent on the development of Gwadar Port,” he added. Reflecting on the serious attitude of present government towards Gwadar Port’s development, Michael said his government was serious in their motives to see the deep-sea port and its surrounding area develop.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Automatic Identification System requirements
oyo Maritime Authority has issued a reminder that the Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements must be adhered to. SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 19 Section 2.4 states: "All ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages and cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages and passenger ships irrespective of size shall be fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS)." Vessels that fail to observe these requirements may be subject to action by the office of the Port Captain.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Canal lock chamber to be taken out of service
The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big North Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be taken out of service for repairs from 17 March until about 28 March. The New Big South Lock Chamber the the North Lock Chamber of the old locks will remain in service.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Russia suspends some trade via Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, PM says
Friday, 14 March 2014 | Russia had suspended food product imports through Lithuania's major port Klaipeda, the Baltic country's prime minister said, a move local businesses saw as Moscow's way of exerting political pressure at a time it is confronting Ukraine. "Lithuania's terminals have received a written note. A note was also sent to companies which export goods through port terminals to Russia," Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius told reporters. "The note said that exports through Lithuania, through Klaipeda's port terminals, and maybe some other terminals, is no longer possible," Butkevicius added. Lithuania, like Ukraine, was formerly part of the Soviet Union and its relations with the Kremlin have often been tense, as have those of fellow Baltic states Latvia and Estonia. The United States increased the number of its jets guarding Baltic airspace last week under a decade-old NATO air policing mission.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Rosario Faces Week-Long Bottleneck
Argentina’s largest grain exporting port in Rosario could remain blocked for about a week after a ship ran aground in the main channel of the Parana River, the Port and Maritime Chamber manager said. The delay to shipments of 18 vessels could be costing a total of about $450,000 a day or $3.2 million for a week, according to Port manager Guillermo Wade. The Paraskevi ship from Cyprus has been stuck since March 11 about 409 kilometers (254 miles) north of Buenos Aires, he said. “Argentine rescue workers are awaiting permission from local authorities to begin topping off the Paraskevi vessel,” Wade said late yesterday in an interview in Rosario. “The stranded ship is blocking at least 18 vessels from entering or exiting Rosario at a daily cost of $25,000 each.” Efforts to remove the vessel should start soon to avoid a bottleneck as the port will begin receiving initial deliveries of corn and soybeans from the 2013-2014 season at the end of March, Wade said. Argentina is expected to produce a record soybean crop of 54.5 million tons this year, according to the latest forecast from the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange. The previous record was 52.7 million in the 2008-2009 season. As soon as local naval police grant permission a tugboat is expected to arrive to top off the vessel, Wade said. About 80 percent of Argentina’s grains, oilseeds and biodiesel is shipped through the port in Rosario. Source: Bloomberg

376 days ago by arnekiel

Seaoil to open biggest terminal in Davao
Seaoil Philippines opened its biggest oil storage facility in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on Saturday, March 15, 2014. "We invested P500 million for this depot alone. We saw the need for the construction of a new liquid bulk storage terminal to serve the growing demand of fuel products in Southern Mindanao area,” said Stephen Yu, Seaoil Chief Operations Officer. The terminal, with its 41-million liter capacity, will be the largest in Mindanao. Its berthing facility can receive medium-range vessels of up to 50,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT), as well as handle domestic size tankers for local distribution and sales. "The Seaoil Sta. Cruz Bulk Terminal should be able to serve around 200 stations that will employ about 2,000 people directly and upwards of that number indirectly. It shall also serve other commercial industries in the surrounding area and provinces. As the terminal shall import directly in large quantities, it shall be able to reduce if not eliminate domestic marine freight costs providing for a fundamentally lower cost structure," Yu said.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Construction to Start On North Port Terminal of Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay Port will soon kickstart construction of its north port project, to be known as the Southern African Gateway Port, just north of Kuisebmond on the way to Long Beach, close to the new permanent roadblock. The Walvis Bay Municipality recently sold Farm 39 to the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) for the purpose of developing the north port terminal, which will be a bulk commodity handling facility and one of the biggest developments in the country. The price tag announced publicly by the municipality for the sale of the land was N$50 million. The Chief Executive Officer of Namport Bisey Uirab confirmed the latest developments in an interview with New Era last week. "The farm is 13 300 square metres and we want to focus that area especially on bulk commodity handling," Uirab explained.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Bigger ships possible after port expansion
Following the upgrade, namely Phase 3.5, completed last year, Mozambique-based Terminal de Carvao da Matola (TCM) now has 25% additional capacity, from six-million tons yearly to 7.5-millions tons yearly, increasing the port’s potential to export magnetite, iron-ore and coal. “The terminal can handle thermal coal, magnetite and iron-oxide exports,” says freight logistics and shipping services provider Grindrod ports and terminals CEO Dave Rennie, adding that the thermal coal is supplied from collieries in Mpumalanga, while the magnetite and iron oxide material comes from mines in Phalaborwa.

379 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Rotterdam wants stricter emission standards from 1 January 2016
Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to see stricter nitrogen oxides emission standards for new built vessels on the North Sea and English Channel from 1 January 2016. The largest port in Europe does not support a proposal to postpone this already agreed upon regulation by five years. At the beginning of April, the environment committee of the International Maritime Organization (an United Nations agency) will discuss this proposal. Ships’ engines which comply with the new standards emit 80% less nitrogen oxides than the current built vessels. Reducing the emissions from shipping to improve air quality is in line with the sustainability policy of the two port authorities. Source: Port of Rotterdam

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