The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a £31m contract to Boskalis Westminster for capital dredging works on the approach channel to Portsmouth harbour.
The works are in anticipation of the first of the British Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, being commissioned in 2016. At 280m long and with an 11m draught, the two 70,600 tonne displacement vessels will be the largest warships to be based at Portsmouth in its eight century history as a Royal Navy base.
Dredging works will be part of a £100m package which includes upgrades to the jetty, provision of high voltage power for the ships when berthed, installation of navaids within the channel and the design and production of QEC-specific gangways. www.maritimejourn...
Chennai Port Trust to suspend use of mobile harbour cranes
The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has agreed to temporarily suspend the mandatory use of the newly installed mobile harbour cranes (MHC), until the management reviews the legal aspects and the representations are made. While no time frame has been given, the suspension could last a month.
Duqm-Jebel Ali feeder service to start by year-end
A feeder container shipping service planned between Jebel Ali and Duqm will start by the end of the year, said a senior official at the Port of Duqm Company (PDC). While Sohar has become a major hub for heavy industry and Salalah is more known as a transshipment hub,the chief executive officer of PDC says that oil and gas will be a main focus of the Port of Duqm in the short term.
SOCAR suspends shipment of oil from Novorossiysk port
In June 2015, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) exported 339 020 tons of crude oil from the port of Supsa and 1 699 925 tons from the port of Ceyhan.
Oxu.Az reports wth reference to SOCAR that in June 2015, oil was not shipped from Novorossiysk port, despite the fact that in the first half of 2015, 678 046 tons of oil were shipped from this port through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline, which is 33.4% more than in the same period last year.
SOCAR notes that in general in January-June 678 460 tons were exported from Novorossiysk port, 1 524 900 tons – from the port of Supsa, 9 203 947 tons of crude oil – from the port of Ceyhan.
Figures of volume of crude oil exported by SOCAR, include crude oil belonging to the Azerbaijan state, as well as to the company itself.
In addition, in June 2015, 2 597 725 tons of Azerbaijani oil were exported on via main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC).
And 14 544 284 tons of oil were transported in January-June this year. In total, since the commissioning of the pipeline and up to 1 July 2015, the amount of pumping was 278 369 216 tons.
In addition, BTC pipeline transported 343 394 tons of Kazakh and Turkmen oil in June this year and the figure was 482 622 tons in May.
Kuwait closes two ports to marine traffic on bad weather
Kuwait has halted traffic at two of its main ports — Shuwaikh and Shuaiba — due to low visibility and high winds, officials at the ports said Monday.
The directors of marine operations at both ports said visibility was down to less than 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and wind speeds were as high as 31 knots (57 km/hour), the state-run KUNA news agency reported Monday.
Shuaiba, 45 km south of Kuwait City, has 20 commercial and container berths, including liquid bulk cargo for petrochemicals company Equate, and an oil pier managed by Kuwait National Petroleum Company.
Shoaib Ali, the director of marine operations at Shuaiba said there were currently three ships at anchorage at the port and three in the exit area awaiting better weather to leave.
Shuwaikh, north of Kuwait City and Kuwait’s main commercial port, has 21 berths which are used for containers, general cargo, grain carriers and bulk commodities such as cement. Source: Platts
Up to 93% of New Suez Canal dredging work completed
A total of 242.1 million cubic meters of water-saturated sand have so far been lifted at the New Suez Canal project, the new canal daily report said. The figure represents about 93 percent of the targeted 258 million cubic meters
Just hours after Splash reported that Islamic State is intending to target the newly expanded Suez Canal, reports have emerged that Egyptian authorities have arrested 13 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for planting bombs around the Suez Canal.
The 13 suspects arrested includes an employee of the Suez Canal Authority.
Last week saw more than 100 killed in bitter fighting between authorities and Islamic State militants in Sinai, and one security source told Splash: “I’m certain Muslim Brotherhood have the canal owned and it could get very, very ugly.”
A new 72 km-long channel is due to open next month which will allow convoys to head in both directions of the waterway for the first time. splash247.com/egy...
Greek shipping companies are mulling a move to Cyprus as uncertainty over the future of their offshore tax status in Greece hangs in the balance, the director general of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber has said. Thomas Kazakos told press that Greek companies had been enquiring with maritime service providers about tax and administration issues in Cyprus. splash247.com/gre...
Denmark's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, operated by Fjord Line A/S, has begun operations at the Port of Hirtschals, the port announced Wednesday, July 1.
The terminal is initially only supplying LNG to Fjord Line's own vessels, but plans are already underway to offer general LNG bunkering.
"We wish to expand the terminal so that, in addition to bunkering our own two cruise ferries, M/S Bergensfjord and M/S Stavangerfjord, we can also offer bunkering to other ships running on LNG," said Morten Larsen, CEO, Fjord Line. shipandbunker.com...