Tianjin port blast delivers largest-ever marine loss
Marine insurers say the explosions that rocked the Chinese port of Tianjin are set to be the biggest marine insurance loss in history. Speaking in London, the president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) likened the level of the disaster to a major terrorist attack.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) Selects Navis N4 Terminal Operating System
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading terminal operators, today announced that Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), one of Europe’s leading port logistics groups, has signed a multi-terminal deal with Navis. As part of the agreement, N4 will serve as a central part of HHLA’s terminal operating system (TOS) landscape, a strategic investment that will aid in its ability to optimize vital terminal operations at multiple sites, more effectively handle, as well as meet evolving customer demands. N4 will be deployed at all three HHLA container terminals in the port of Hamburg: Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) and Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). www.hellenicshipp...
Lyttelton wharf expansion doubles container capacity at Christchurch port
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) is officially opening a new $85 million wharf in a move that will double its container capacity over the next decade and brace it for future competition.
Cashin Quay wharf 2, and an adjacent storage area for 1200 twenty-foot containers, were designed to handle a new generation of larger container vessels. The wharf officially opened on Thursday afternoon was completed last December, but LPC started progressively using it as construction allowed, and it was now fully operational.
LPC chief executive Peter Davie described the new Cashin Quay 2 wharf as a step change in the port’s services and it would help set up the company for the next 30 years with 20 foot container throughput increasing from more than 370,000 to about 1.2 million by 2043.
“It is a vital part of our plan to ensure Lyttelton is the international freight port for the South Island. www.hellenicshipp...
Bristow Helicopters has confirmed that eleven people have been rescued after one of its helicopters was involved in a controlled water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time as it was returning on a routine crew transfer flight from an offshore platform.
All nine passengers and crew two two onboard the aircraft are safe and accounted for, and are being transferred to shore.
The aircraft involved is a Sikorsky S-76C++ with tail number 5N-BQJ
The incident was confirmed via statement from Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, a unit of Houston-based Bristow Group.
The company says it has mobilized the full resources of Bristow Group’s incident response team. The company added it is fully cooperating with authorities, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau, in responding to the incident. https://gcaptain.com/bristow-offshore-helicopter-crashes-off-lagos-nigeria/#.VrMo5_nNy9I
The Panama Canal expansion project is now expected to be finished “mid of 2016” says a report in Reuters quoting the waterway's administrator.
"The new set of larger locks for the Panama Canal will be complete by the end of June, after more than a year-long delay and after builders repaired cracks that had formed in the concrete walls," says Jorge Quijano, who leads the Panama Canal Authority.
The consortium building a third, bigger set of locks on one of the world's busiest maritime routes, headed by Italy's Salini Impregilo and Spain's Sacyr , is now in testing, the final step before the project's inauguration. www.marinelink.co...
27 Kalmar Straddle Carriers for Maher Terminals, NJ
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received a large order for 27 straddle carriers from its long-term customer Maher Terminals LLC in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. The order has been booked into Cargotec's 2015 third quarter order intake and deliveries are expected to be completed during the spring 2016.
Maher Terminals is both renewing and expanding their straddle carrier fleet, now with environmentally responsible diesel-electric power utilizing U.S. EPA-mandated Tier 4 Final emission controls. The Kalmar ESC350 diesel-electric straddle carriers are rated for 50 metric tons (mt) with twin 20 feet containers or 40 mt with single containers. Included also in these straddle carriers are special features to improve productivity and performance in the challenging operating conditions of the customer. Furthermore, the straddle carriers will be pre-tested in Kalmar's testing facilities and delivered fully erected, allowing shorter installation and commissioning time at the customer's site. www.marinelink.co...
New 48 hour Seamen’s Union strike announced in Greece on 4 February
A new 24 hour general strike has been announced in Greece on 4 February by both public and private sector unions, while the Seamen’s Union is scheduling another 48 hour strike on the same date, according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).
The action is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging.
The strike action by the Seamen’s Union involves a new 48 hour stoppage and is scheduled to begin at 06.00 on 4 February and end at 06.00 on 6 February. The Towage and Salvage Crew Union of Piraeus has also confirmed its participation in the strike from 06:00 on 4 February until 06:00 on 5 February, and is planning a further 4 hour stoppage on 5 February, ISS said.
During all the stoppage periods, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports. worldmaritimenews...
HVCCC says queue of ships at Australia's Port Waratah coal terminals longest since August
The shipping queue for the Port Waratah coal terminals at Newcastle port, eastern Australia, touched a 23-week high this week with 22 ships, an increase on 18 ships from the previous week, the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator, the logistics coordinator for Newcastle port’s coal supply chain, said Sunday. The spike in vessel demand for coal exports delivered to ships at the two Port Waratah terminals was not expected to last, however, HVCCC said in a report.
“February’s [ship cargo] nominations are currently 5.1 million mt and based on terminal demand, the queue at PWCS is estimated to be less than 10 [ships] at the end of the month,” HVCCC said.
On January 31, 2015, the PWCS terminals had 34 ships in their combined vessels queue, according to HVCCC data.
Port Waratah coal shippers such as Glencore and Rio Tinto estimate cargo demand at 8.4 million mt for February, rising to 9.3 million mt for March, HVCCC said.