2014-09-15 - Singapore, all ports. Due to the presence of haze, the visibility in the Singapore Strait and port waters could be significantly reduced. During periods of restricted visibility, shipmasters are advised to keep a proper lookout and navigate with caution. They are also advised to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and in particular Rule No. 19, Rule No. 20 and Rule 35 concerning conduct of vessels in restricted visibility, exhibition of navigation lights and sound signals in restricted visibility, respectively.
Portsmouth Marine Terminal reopened after 3 year shutdown
Portsmouth Marine Terminal, which shut down container operations more than three years ago, is scheduled to restart them today, the Virginia Port Authority announced Friday.The terminal will begin receiving trucks carrying containers for export at 8 a.m. "Sustained growth in our container business necessitates PMT's return to service and is a sign of health for the Port of Virginia," said John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Port Authority, in a statement.
"Reopening the berth at PMT to container operations is the first phase of a larger plan to establish the terminal as a multi-use facility and improve service to our customers."
The first vessel call is scheduled in early October, after which the facility is projected to handle 75,000 to 100,000 boxes annually. The revived container operation will occupy 30 of the terminal's 287 acres.It's expected to relieve some of the pressure on the authority's two big container facilities, Norfolk International Terminals and Virginia International Gateway in Portsmouth, which was known as APM Terminals Virginia until the purchase of the property by an investment group was finalized last month.
Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, Cotonou port authorities have taken the below preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus:
1) For all vessels calling Cotonou port, the agent is required to send to the Harbor Master office a port of call list mentioning the last 10 ports of calls, three days prior to arrival.
2) All vessels arriving from or which have called at a ports in one of the countries infected by Ebola should have on board prevention equipment (gloves, masks, sanitizing gel, etc.).
3) All vessels arriving from or which have called at a port in one of the countries infected by Ebola, and which have prevention equipment onboard, must stay at anchorage and receive FREE PRATIQUE from port health authorities prior to pilot boarding. (Boat transportation cost for embarkation/disembarkation of port health authorities are on the vessel's account and same is to be arranged by the agent).
4) All crew and anyone boarding such vessels must wear masks and gloves throughout the entire port stay.
Westports set to handle 8 million TEU with launch of new terminal
With the launch of container terminal 7 (CT&), Westports Holding expects to handle eight million TEU this year now that it has dominated the Port Klang as market leader, handling 7.5 million TEU last year.
Westports CEO Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said Westports is now achieving 22,000 TEU in a day, more than 150,000 TEU per week.
To date, Westports has handled more than 60 million TEU from a wide variety of vessels from very small barges to the biggest ships since it opened in the early '90s, the New Straits Times reported.
"Today we are proud to be the catalyst behind port Klang's growth by holding 78 per cent of Port Klang's container market share.
"In total, we have grown our volume by 374 per cent from 2001 to 2013 and propelling it to become the 12th largest port in the world," said Mr Gnanalingam during the launch ceremony of container terminal 7 (CT7) and Westport Malaysia Sdn Bhd 20th anniversary celebration.
He said that from being able to handle 140 moves in 1997, Westports now handle 739 moves in an hour starting earlier this year and made their way into CSCL Le Havre a World Record in Container productivity.
"We are also currently owning the largest cranes in the world which stand 52 metres high," he said.
He also expressed his confidence that these cranes along with other parts of CT7 like the yard's rubber-tyred gantries (RTG) crane will bring up capacity to 11 million TEU along the busiest sea trade route in the world, the Straits of Malacca.
Mr Gnanalingam added that with the launch of CT7, Westports will be ready for the latest 19,000-TEU vessels when they are launched by China Shipping this year.
Sixteen Greenpeace activists have been detained after staging a protest at a coal thermal power plant in the Black Sea Province of Zonguldak on Sept. 11.
Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior arrived in Zonguldak after opening its doors to visitors last week in Istanbul. The activists staged the protest at Eren Coal Thermal Power Plant to raise awareness about the impact that coal has on people’s health.
The protesters hung up banners saying, “If there is coal, there is no health” and “Stop coal” on a crane, as well as “Coal kills” on two ships that were carrying coal to the power plant.
Works at the plant have been halted following the protest, while some activists were detained by police.
Greenpeace said their aim was to raise awareness of the damage coal can have on human health by stopping it from being shipped. The organization also urged the Health Ministry to protect the health of its citizens.
Pınar Aksoğan, responsible for Turkey’s Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaign, said poor air quality from these thermal power plants in Zonguldak was threatening human health. She said air pollution has become a nationwide problem and the construction of 80 new power plants across the country will cause further damage to people’s health.
“Diseases such as asthma, cancer and heart problems will increase dramatically if those 80 thermal power plants are built,” she said, adding the Health Ministry should have a voice in projects that threaten the public’s health.
“The planning process for industrial and energy projects should be reconsidered for health reasons ... We want the Health Ministry to be one of the decisive authorities in the planning and auditing processes of projects that threaten [human] life by causing air pollution,” Aksoğan said.
Subic gets official title as Manila extension port
The Port of Subic has been officially designated as an extension of the Port of Manila in line with efforts by the national government to decongest the latter and ensure the smooth flow of waterborne commerce in the conduct of international and domestic trade
Holland America calls in EdenHalfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the cruise season in Eden for 2014-2015 remains consistent, with ships such as the L'Austral, Funchal and Pacific Pearl calling. “When we have the new wharf extension we expect there to be a large spike (in traffic) when cruise ships can come alongside,” said Gale Ward, coordinator, Cruise Eden. “Removing the tender barrier will see significant growth in 2016 and beyond.” That expansion will happen in early 2016. “We are excited to see the first of the Carnival P&O vessels arriving,” Ward continued. “The region has worked tirelessly with the support of Carnival to extend our wharf to allow larger ships to come alongside.”