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474 days ago by arnekiel

Libyan oil terminals set to reopen
Libya is finally set to recommence oil exports from long shuttered key terminals in the east of the war-torn country. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has reached a deal with the Petroleum Facilities Guards who have been blockading four terminals including Ras Lanuf, Sidra and Zuetina since December 2014. Oil output in Libya has quartered following five years of a bitter civil war to around 400,000 barrels a day. The reopening of the ports could see that figure climb quickly. splash247.com/lib...

475 days ago by arnekiel

Explosion and fire on board of ISE BARU, Surabaya, one crew in critical condition
The chief engineer of an Indonesian general cargo vessel is in a critical condition in hospital following a fire in the ship’s engine room yesterday morning at Tanjung Perak port in East Java. The ship, Ise Baru, was due to sail to North Borneo when an explosion and ensuing fire broke out on the 29-year-old ship. The chief engineer suffered 80% burns and threw himself in the water where he was rescued and taken to hospital. “At first it seemed a puff of smoke, and then the sound of an explosion. After that flames emerged from the vessel. Then all the crew scrambled to save themselves,” one of the crew told local media. Authorities are still investigating how the accident happened. The fire was eventually doused after six hours. The vessel is owned by local firm Indah Lines.

476 days ago by arnekiel

What the closure of an Arctic seaport in Manitoba could mean for Canada
It’s always a big deal when a small town loses its largest employer. But Churchill, Man., is not just any town — and its port is not just any business. The Port of Churchill is the only deepwater link between Canada’s Arctic waters and its railroad network. Or at least it was before Monday, when Denver-based OmniTrax shut it down, offering little warning and even less in the way of an explanation. The closure stunned the town of about 750, where roughly one in 10 people are employed by the port at some point of the year. The shockwave then rippled down the 1,300-kilometre Hudson Bay Railway through railroad communities like The Pas, Man., before fanning out into the grain fields of northwestern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. The closure of this port, however, is not just a regional economic calamity, like a shuttered pulp and paper mill or under-capacity fish-processing plant. At a time when climate change is opening up the Arctic Ocean to shipping, and powerful nations like Russia and China pose new threats to Canada’s sovereignty, the viability of the only deepwater port connected to the nation’s transportation network is no small matter. www.hellenicshipp...

476 days ago by arnekiel

Port Saint John signs lease with DP World for west side terminal
Port Saint John has signed a long-term lease agreement with DP World for the operation of the west side container terminal, the largest private sector investment in the port in decades. “Our waterfront and our port is where our story began, and is where our future begins,” Port CEO Jim Quinn said during the announcement at the Marco Polo cruise terminal on Thursday morning. “We are pleased to join together with a global trade partner who shares our vision for the growth potential of this port based on its geographic location and rail optionality,” said board chair Peter Gaulton. The lease, which takes effect on Jan. 1 and will continue for about 30 years, comes on the heels of funding commitments from the federal and provincial governments for the $205-million upgrade of the west side terminal to accommodate larger vessels and an increase in traffic.

476 days ago by arnekiel

Angola to spend $1.3bn on ports this year
The Angolan government has confirmed that it is to spend more than $1.329bn in 2016 on three port infrastructure projects located in Cabinda and Zaire provinces. President José Eduardo dos Santos has authorised the Ministry of Planning and Territorial Development to include all three projects in its 2016 Public Investment Programme. Simultaneously, the Ministry of Finance has included the projects in the state budget for this year. The two projects in Cabinda, which has no land border with the rest of Angola, are the deepwater port at Caio, where construction is already under way and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, and Cabinda ferry terminal. The third terminal is the construction of a land and river terminal at Soyo, in Zaire province, which is the closest to Cabinda. Source: Port Strategy

476 days ago by arnekiel

Port police hold cocaine haul allegedly worth three million dollars
Kenyan police on Friday seized a haul of cocaine allegedly worth over 3 million U.S. dollars at the port of Mombasa. The container was intercepted upon arrival at the port on transit to Uganda from Venezuela. Security officers are currently verifying the four containers at the regional port for possible more drugs. Documents indicate 18 containers were loaded at Santos port in Brazil on June 20. Each container was loaded with 520 bags of brown sugar. Regional police boss Francis Wanjohi said the drugs had tested positive and a major investigation was underway to apprehend the owners. "Our officers received intelligence reports about four suspicious containers. "They were isolated for verification by multi-agency team which discovered the cocaine hidden in one the container," said Wanjohi. Sources indicate that the police were tipped off by Interpol about the containers. The containers were seized immediately after the ship docked at the port on Wednesday. The port of Mombasa has in the past been used as transit port for drugs headed to Europe and Asia. Last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the destruction of a ship laden with heroin valued at 13 million dollars.

477 days ago by arnekiel

Disney Cancels Cruise Port Plans for Bahamas Island
In early July, rumors of a planned Disney private cruise port on Egg Island, Bahamas emerged on cruiser discussion forums. The posts included images of a jackup barge for drilling core samples of the nearby sea floor, typically a precursor to marine construction. Disney initially declined to comment, but the Nassau Guardian confirmed with government sources that the company was exploring plans to lease the island for development. Nearby residents began an online petition campaign opposing the development, and collected 2,000 signatures over several weeks. The group cited the potential for environmental harm from dredging near coral reefs, building a deepwater cruise ship pier and otherwise altering the ecology of the island. The petitioners, led by local attorney Holly Peel, intended to take their cause as high as the prime minister's office, and on July 20, PM Perry Christie told a national radio program that talks with Disney were only preliminary and that no deal had been signed. Both sides had agreed that impact assessments must be done first, he said. www.maritime-exec...

477 days ago by arnekiel

Incident Sees Dunkirk LNG Terminal Put into Safe-Mode
EDF Tuesday announced that the Dunkirk liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal had been put into safe-mode and was being tested after LNG entered the flare system, causing "a larger flame than usual." The terminal has been in testing since the July 8 arrival of the first LNG carrier to the site. As Ship & Bunker has previously reported, the facility is also set to become an LNG bunkering station. Roof vents of the terminal's three tanks were said to have been opened to control in-tank pressure, and the incident brought under control without any injuries or external help. shipandbunker.com...

477 days ago by arnekiel

Approval of LNG Bunkering at Port of Fremantle an "Australian First"
EVOL LNG Thursday announced that the Fremantle Port Authority (Fremantle Ports) has given approval for the company to conduct liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering at the port - a development that EVOL LNG says is an "Australian first." The company says it will have the capacity to supply ships with up to 45 tonnes of LNG per hour, and provide the fuel at a competitive price against low sulfur marine diesel. "The availability of LNG as a bunker fuel, which will be delivered from EVOL LNG's Kwinana LNG plant, will pave the way for LNG-fuelled ships to visit the port, and provide the option for local ferries and workboats to switch to the lower-cost, lower-emission fuel," stated the company. shipandbunker.com...

477 days ago by arnekiel

Latvijas Tilti will perform dredging and reconstruction works at the port of Klaipeda
According to the statement published by Nasdaq Baltic, AS “LATVIJAS TILTI” informs that on July 25, 2016 the group of entities AS “LATVIJAS TILTI” and UAB “Borta”, a responsible partner - AS “LATVIJAS TILTI”, concluded a Construction agreement with the Klaipeda’s State Seaport Authority about the completion of construction works of the object “Dredging of Malkų Bay down to 14,5 m, including the Installation of the Seawall – the Reconstruction of the Quay at Malkų Bay Botanical Reserve and the Part of the Coastal Protection Structure of Quay No 145 in Perkelos Str. 10, Klaipeda” (hereinafter – Agreement). The Agreement value is 11,73 million euros, including value added tax. The part of works performed by AS “LATVIJAS TILTI” as the responsible partner amounts to 93%. The total period of the execution of works is 19 months of the start of the construction works. The remuneration for the completed works will be carried out in accordance with monthly acts of completed works. en.portnews.ru/ne...


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