Brownsville Recycler wins Navy contract to scrap USS Independence
The decommissioned USS Independence, the last of the Forrestal-class of aircraft carriers that plied the seas from the 1950s to the 1990s, will begin its final voyage to Brownsville later this year.
International Shipbreaking Ltd., part of the EMR Group, won a U.S. Navy bid to tow the mothballed 61,000-ton “supercarrier” from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling.
Robert Berry, the company’s vice president, said the vessel will require two months of preparation for the 4 1/2-month tow from Bremerton around the tip of South America to Brownsville. More at www.brownsvillehe...
Chinese/Polish operator CHIPOLBROK launches heavy-lift service to Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia based Neptumar Ltd, St. Petersburg has been chosen as Booking Agent for Chipolbrok in Russia effective as of Sept. 1,.2016. The Agent will cover Chipolbrok service to/from Port of St. Petersburg, the Company said in a press release.
Subject to sufficient inducement vessels can call port of St. Petersburg directly or with transshipment in Antwerp for part cargo. Service is dedicated to heavy lift, project and break-bulk cargoes from Far East, Middle East/India to St. Petersburg and vice versa.
Founded on June 15th, 1951, Chipolbrok (Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Company) was the first joint venture in People’s Republic of China. Started with 4 old vessels, Chipolbrok now has developed into an ocean shipping corporation with a net asset of over USD 300 million, a fleet of 19 professional heavy lift vessels boasting a total capacity of nearly 500,000 DWT, and liners reaching all major global harbors.
Abu Dhabi shipbuilder’s huge floating drydock up and running at Mina Zayed
Abu Dhabi Ship Building has opened its floating dry dock facility at Mina Zayed, the first such facility at the port, as it looks to expand its commercial service offering.
"The addition of the floating drydock contributes to our commitment to expand our service offering, strengthening our local maritime services and industries, and delivering on the large scale goal of Abu Dhabi’s continued economic diversification," said Khaled Al Mazrouei, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).
The new floating drydock adds to the company’s service capabilities, allowing ADSB to service ships that were previously too large to be handled at its headquarters in Mussafah. The new facility allows ADSB to dock vessels up to 180 metres in length, almost the length of two football pitches, and 30 metres wide. The floating dock has received its first customer to undergo routine drydocking, electrical and mechanical works at the port. More at www.thenational.a...
Zhuhai port aims to double container and cargo throughput by 2020
THE Port of Zhuhai, opposite Macau, expects container volume will increase 18.6 per cent to 1.44 million TEU and total cargo throughput will rise 7.74 per cent to 76.23 million tonnes in 2016.
By 2020, port authorities intend to more than double that to 3.1 million TEU and 170 million tonnes of cargo, partly due to South America trade and investment in Pakistan, according to the targets laid out in its current 2016-20 five-year plan, reported IHS Media Fairplay.
According to the plan, Zhuhai will have the capacity to handle 3.78 million TEU and 200 million tonnes of cargo by 2020.
New MV Werften to Build Two Polar Expedition Ships at Stralsund
Europe’s newest mega-cruise ship builder MV Werften says it has signed of Letter of Intent to build two Polar-class luxury expedition vessels for Crystal Cruises.
The LOI was signed with the engineering company Foreship who will be leading the design work. The agreement marks the latest newbuild deal in one of the fastest growing segments in the robust cruise ship market. MV Werften said in a press release that the ships, known as the Endeavor-class, will be 20,000 gross tons and measure 160 meters long by 23 meters wide. They will be able to accommodate up to 200 passengers in 100 suites and the same amount of crew.
The vessels will be built at MV Werften Stralsund, with production starting late 2017 and deliveries from spring 2019. The company said the LOI covers parts of the basic design, purchasing and production assistance of the vessels.
“We are excited to build a series of the world’s first purpose-built expedition yachts, with PC6 polar-class designation,” stated Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV WERFTEN. “Our own staff at all sites and other subcontractors have already been fully involved in this project. Foreship has proven to be a strong and reliable cooperation partner in numerous similar large-scale projects and will be a valued support in addition to our own workforce.” https://gcaptain.com/new-mv-werften-to-build-two-polar-expedition-cruise-ships/
Port of Gibraltar and Shell Sign LNG Bunkering Agreement
Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) and the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) Friday announced they have signed a bunker market development agreement with energy major Shell.
"This is a significant milestone on the road to delivering LNG as a bunker fuel to ships at anchor in Gibraltar and is also part of the Port of Gibraltar's strategy to provide the widest range of marine services as it looks to the future," HMGoG and GPA said in a joint statement. Read more at shipandbunker.com...
Konecranes to deliver 12 Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to South Carolina Ports Authority, USA
In July, Konecranes received an order for 12 RTGs from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The cranes will be delivered to SCPA’s Wando Welch terminal in the Port of Charleston in early fall 2017. When the 12 new RTGs are operational, the SCPA will operate a fleet of 53 Konecranes RTGs.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, South Carolina and an inland terminal in Greer, South Carolina.
The RTGs on order will have a lifting capacity of 50 long tons while stacking 1-over-5 containers high and six plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control, which eliminates container sway to increase container handling performance, and the Auto-steering and Truck Lift Prevention features. The RTGs will also have built-in readiness for special features including Stack Collision Prevention, and Auto-truck Guiding, which will be taken into use if the cranes are transitioned to semi-automated operation in the future.
General Dynamics NASSCO at San Diego to Build Two Container Ships for Matson
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD), announced today it has signed a contract with Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. (MATX), for the design and construction of two Kanaloa Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable containerships with roll-on, roll-off capability.
The 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU containership design provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock, including trailers. Using proven design standards, the design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with Tier III emission requirements. The design accommodates future installation of a LNG fuel gas system.
Once delivered, the Jones Act qualified vessels will serve a trade route between the continental west coast and Hawaii.
The Port of Shanghai in China remained the world’s biggest container port for the second year in a row in 2015, according to statistics compiled by the Journal of Commerce.
Shanghai increased its lead over second-place Singapore—which for years was the busiest port in the world as well as in Asia, by some 5.6 million TEUs (20-foot container equivalent) over 2014, handling more than 36.5 million TEUs.
The journal attributed much of the difference, however, to a slowdown in Singapore brought about by declining Asia-Europe trade rather than growth in Shanghai. Container shipment volumes fell for the fourth consecutive year in Singapore in 2014, the magazine said.
In a report earlier in the year, Fitch-owned BMI Research concluded Singapore was unlikely to regain its position as Asia’s biggest transshipment hub, as it has largely reached its capacity. “For the port of Singapore to retain its position as the premier Asian transhipment hub and battle the port of Shanghai for first position, Singapore must continue to expand and keep up with shipping trends,” BMI wrote.
All ten of the biggest container ports in 2015 were located in Asia, and the only one of the top 10 located outside East or Southeast Asia was Dubai’s Jebel Ali. Including Hong Kong, seven of the top 10 ports were located in China.
The Port of Manila ranked 35th on the list of the 50 biggest ports, handling 4.23 million TEU of cargo in 2015.
Source: Manila Times
In a move designed to significantly enhance its service on the China–Indian Subcontinent trade, Evergreen Line is teaming up with K Line, COSCO, Wan Hai and PIL to offer two new joint services from early September. Both will provide direct calls at Karachi and Mundra and will improve current transit time.
The PMX (Pakistan Mundra Express) service will utilise six ships of 4,200 TEU and call at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Klang, Karachi, Mundra, Colombo and Singapore once more before returning to Qingdao. The first sailing on the Evergreen Line’s service is scheduled to depart from Qingdao on the 4th of September.
The PIX (Pakistan India Express) will employ five ships of 4,200 TEU. This service is scheduled to commence with a sailing from Jiangyin (Fuzhou) on the 8th of September and call at Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Karachi, Mundra, Port Klang and then back to Jiangyin. theloadstar.co.uk...