First LNG Bunkering Operation ever Completed at Jacksonville Port
TOTE Inc. (TOTE) Tuesday announced that TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico successfully bunkered Isla Bella, the world's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, with LNG at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida, U.S. — the first successful LNG bunkering operation to occur at the port.
Approximately 100,000 gallons of LNG were loaded during the bunkering operation, which is said to have been transported by 12 TOTE-owned LNG ISO containers.
TOTE says the bunkering occurred under strict U.S. Coast Guard oversight and alongside Isla Bella's cargo operations. shipandbunker.com...
Hong Kong-listed China Merchants Holdings has announced that it has signed a share subscription agreement with Dalian Port, under which Dalian Port will issue 1.1bn new shares to China Merchants for HK$4.3bn ($554m). Upon completion of the transaction, China Merchants will hold a 21.05% equity stake of Dalian Port, becoming the second largest shareholder.
SkuldPort Bronka and CMA СGM sign a long-term agreement for container cargo handling
On the 15th of December 2015 port Bronka investor Fenix LLC and one of the leading shipping companies CMA СGM signed a long-term agreement for handling and storage of container cargo. Today CMA CGM calls at St. Petersburg under four regular services, connecting St. Petersburg through the European hub ports with all international routes. The calls at Port Bronka will be performed in accordance with a regular schedule with actually operated vessels with capacity up to 1,800 TEU. Due to the approach channel and basin depth of 14.4 meters, the modern cargo handling equipment for post-Panamax vessels operations, and the design solutions Port Bronka for the nearest decades will stay the leading Russian port in the Baltic basin and can represent an attractive alternative to the hub ports for handling of the large container fleet. Long-term relations with the new port determined in the signed agreement will allow CMA CGM line sustainable improvement of the services and modernization of the operated fleet with new building of higher size ice class vessels delivered in 2016, including development of the new routes for shipments to Russia and entry to the new markets.
Port of Long Beach’s Middle Harbor expansion to open in April
The Port of Long Beach’s highly-touted Middle Harbor terminal expansion project is expected to “go live” in April of this year, a port official said Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
The Middle Harbor project is an ongoing effort to combine two older shipping terminal sites at Port of Long Beach into a single, high-tech facility. As promoted by port officials, the project is expected to more than double the older terminals’ capacity to move cargo, reduce air-polluting emissions by as much as 50 percent and contribute to 14,000 jobs.
“We’re really excited about the April 2016 ‘go live’ date,” Long Beach harbor commission president Lori Ann Guzman said after listening to an update on the project during Monday’s meeting of Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners. More to read at www.hellenicshipp...
Krishnapatnam Port signs MoU with AP, Petrogas for LNG project
Krishnapatnam Port Company has inked a pact with Petrogas Pvt Ltd and the Andhra Pradesh government to set up an LNG regassification terminal.
“Petrogas will commit a direct investment of Rs 3,000 crore at Krishnapatnam, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, in the fields of LNG regassification terminal and allied industries,” the company said in a statement today.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Krishnapatnam Port, the state government and Petrogas — a JV of Isomeric Holdings Sdn Berhad and Vijayawada-based LEPL Ventures Pvt Ltd — was signed in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
“The LNG terminal will use a state-of-the-art floating storage and regassification unit (FSRU) with a minimum capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), which shall be doubled to 10 mtpa in another three years,” the company said. Source: Press Trust of India
Port workers staged a precautionary four-hour strike on Tuesday in a warning to the government not to ignore their requests to be included as candidates to undertake the running of the island’s ports once they change hands.
Workers at the island’s main ports in Limassol and Larnaca say that they will stage a 48-hour strike as of January 18 if their calls continue to fall on deaf ears. Tuesday’s mini-protest – a precursor to what they warn will be a far longer demonstration – got underway at 6am and finished at 10am. www.hellenicshipp...
Shanghai remains world’s busiest container port with 36.54m teu in 2015
China’s Shanghai port has retained the number one spot as the world’s busiest container port after recording a 2015 throughput of 36.54m teu, according to figures released by Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG).
Last year’s box volumes of 36.54m teu represented a 3.5% improvement from the 2014 throughput of 35.29m teu.
While the port of Singapore, Shanghai’s closest rival, has yet to published its 2015 throughput, the Southeast Asian port posted volumes of 28.41m teu in the first 11 months of last year, making it impossible to beat Shanghai as it would need a December throughput of 8.14m teu.
In December 2015, Shanghai moved 3.07m teu, an increase of 5.9% compared to 2.9m teu handled in the same period of the previous year. Source: Seatrade Global
Premier says - Cayman will have a cruise berthing port
Even though details and designs are yet to be finalized for the controversial port project Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin says a cruise ship berthing facility is in Cayman’s future.
However Mr McLaughlin, speaking on Cayman 27’s The Panel current affairs programme Thursday (8 January) about the project, hastened to add that a formal decision on the project is yet to be taken.
He said in the next few months government will make a formal announcement on whether the project will go ahead.
“We are still looking at what we can do to reduce the overall footprint in terms of dredging. The latest report that I have seen would reduce the damage to the reef structures that are there by 30 percent,” he explained. More to read at www.caymanreporte...
Complementing its GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project in Port Metro Vancouver, GCT Canada has confirmed the order of twelve state-of-the-art rubber tyred gantry (“RTG”) cranes from leading clean energy equipment manufacturer, Konecranes of Finland. The new equipment will boost yard velocity at the country’s flagship container terminal, densifying container handling with the RTGs’ 1-over-5 high and 40 LT lifting capacity. More to read at: www.marinelink.co...
Equipment fire at Port of Panama City causes huge plume of smoke and damage
PANAMA CITY, Fla.
A fire breaks out at the Port of Panama City Monday afternoon.
The blaze led to huge pummels of smoke that could be seen for miles. The Panama City Fire Department responded within minutes putting out the fire within 30 minutes after their arrival.
Wayne Stubbs, Executive Director, says there was a fire on the ship loading equipment used by the Stevedoring Company to load wood pellets. No one was injured. The ship loader was damaged significantly. www.mypanhandle.c...