£31m cruise ship terminal for Hull 'not beyond reach'
CITY councillors say the idea of developing a new £31m cruise terminal in Hull is "not beyond reach".
The ambitious scheme was launched almost three years ago as part of the council's ten-year Hull Plan.
Since then, the authority has committed £800,000 to be spent on working up feasibility proposals.
On Thursday, councillors will be asked to support a further £9.2m allocation towards the project over the next three years as part of the council's capital programme.
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Cunard may offer sailings on historic route from Liverpool to New York
Cunard has signalled it will resurrect transatlantic crossings from Liverpool to New York if the city goes ahead with plans for a new cruise terminal.
Cunard was based in Liverpool between 1840 and 1967, when the port was the embarkation port for emigrants leaving northern Europe for America, and the line still calls the city its ‘spiritual home’ even though it has not operated a passenger route from there for nearly 50 years.
Since the opening of a temporary turnaround facility in the port in 2012, the number of cruise ships visiting Liverpool each year has risen from 31, to 61. Passenger numbers are expected to reach 86,365 this year, up from 38,656 four year ago. www.telegraph.co....
Radioactivity of imported iron materials not tested
The Chittagong port has facilities for detecting radioactivity, but as these tests are not mandatory, they are not carried out on imported iron and steel. This leaves doubts as to whether the metals are radioactive or not.
According import regulations, if scrap iron is imported from a particular country, a certificate must be issued by the country stating the materials are free from radioactivity.
The materials can then only be offloaded at the port.
Even after obtaining certificates, an importer must test food items like powdered milk and edible oil at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) for detection of radioactivity.
Masud Kamal, director of the BAEC in Chittagong, told Prothom Alo if scrap iron materials contain radioactivity, this remains even after the iron is melted and made into rods.
Radioactivity has many harmful effects for the human body including burning of skin, destruction of cells and can even cause cancer, said scientists. en.prothom-alo.co...
East Port Said Canal’s Inauguration Set for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
East Port Said Canal will be officially inaugurated on the 24th of February 2016, according to Vice admiral Mohab Mameesh, Head of Suez Canal Authority.
The East Port Said Canal extends from the northern entrance of the Suez Canal at the Mediterranean Sea for 9.5 km and a depth of 18.5 meters after dredging nearly 12.5 million cubic meters of soil at a cost of USD 37 million.
The new branch canal aims to facilitate the passage of vessels arriving to and from East Port Said Harbor without hindering the Suez Canal convoys.
In addition, the channel is aimed at allowing smaller vessels in the Mediterranean a twenty-four hour access to the port instead of current eight-hour access. worldmaritimenews...
Work is on schedule in Bremerhaven for the completion in March of a unique repair and overhaul project involving a trio of giant gates from the German port city’s most important sea locks.
The gates are reserve units from Bremerhaven’s Nordschleuse, Kaiserschleuse and from the main chamber of the Fischereihafen-Doppelschleuse, all of which provide access from the North Sea to the port’s inner harbours. They were towed individually to LWB some months ago and placed end to end in Dock 2 at shipyard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB).
Dock 2 is LWB’s biggest dry dock. It is 335m long and 40m wide with an available 35m clear width. The dock has in the past been used for impressive cruise ship conversion and refurbishment but is now gearing up anew to build new cruise ships in the wake of the take-over of LWB last year by the Genting Group.
A spokesman for lock operators bremenports, Rüdiger Staats, told Maritime Journal in late February the lock gate work at LWB was “going according to plan”. He explained that the gates “are being overhauled and repaired where necessary and in addition some gate parts are having their conservation renewed”. Worn gate parts were being renewed and sealings renewed, he elaborated.
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Maritime Transport for Passengers - Upcoming Acquisition of Two Car Ferries
Algiers — The national Company of maritime transport for passengers (ENTMV) will acquire two large car ferries, allowing it to modernize its fleet and double its transport capacities, an official of this company told APS.
It will be a purchase of one new car ferry whereas the second will be of less than five years, said the ENTMV sales director, Ghania Boukerbout.
For the completion of these acquisition operations, international tenders will be launched in 2016, knowing that the car ferry of less than five years should be acquired in 2017, at the latest, whereas it should take 30 months for the construction and the acquisition of the new car ferry after the contract award.
These two future ships will each have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and 700 vehicles, which will double the current capacity of transport of this public company. allafrica.com/sto...
Sainty Marine Becomes First Listed Shipbuilder to Go Bankrupt
State-owned Sainty Marine Co. has become the first listed shipbuilder in China to go under after it announced on February 17 it will begin a court-ordered bankruptcy restructuring.
Employees from a court-appointed trustee company arrived at Sainty Marine’s headquarters in eastern city of Nanjing on February 18 and its shipyards have basically stopped operating, an employee of the shipbuilder who asked not to be named said.
“Workers are still being paid, but many are planning to leave because we are not sure how long the company can hold out,” he said.
Sainty Marine, a unit of Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group Ltd., a state-owned company linked to the government of the eastern province of Jiangsu, listed in Shenzhen in 2011.
One of its creditors, a Bank of China subsidiary in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, filed a lawsuit in Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court on December 22 to seek a bankruptcy order so it could receive payment for outstanding loans to the company. www.hellenicshipp...
Odisha’s Paradip port to have a dedicated container terminal
Indian Railway Ministry’s Conker Multi Made Logistic Ltd will soon build a dedicated container terminal in Odisha’s Paradip port. The information was provided by Conker Director V Kalyan Rama yesterday after he held a meeting with Paradip Port Trust (PPT) Chairman Rinkesh Roy in Paradip. As per the terms agreed, Paradip Port Trust would facilitate about 400-500 acres of land required for this project. While Conker would invest Rs 15 crore in the first phase for the project, the rest of the money would be spent by PPT. While the project is likely to start operation within next four to five months, it would take about 10 years to be fully functional. The new terminal would add up to five million tonnes of cargo handling capacity per annum for the port.
Oman calls for Iran’s partnership in port development
Oman has suggested Iran’s participation in the development of three Omani ports as well as logistic activity of Iranian companies in Muscat.
At a meeting with Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhundi in Tehran, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi expressed his country’s readiness to make investments in Iran; “during a detailed meeting with Iran’s FM Zarif, we discussed the views of the two countries with regard to strategic development of trade and investment ties on the basis of mutual interest.” www.hellenicshipp...
Klaipeda remained the number one seaport in the Baltic countries in terms of container handling in January, the port’s authority said on Friday, cites LETA/BNS. The Lithuanian port last month handled 31,600 TEUs, down 7.6% from 34,200 in the same period last year.
TEU traffic in Riga declined by 13.2% to 26,100 and Tallinn posted an 11.3% drop to 15,300 units. Liepaja saw TEU traffic increase by 4.2% to 173 units. TEU traffic in Klaipeda fell by 12.8% in the full year 2015 compared with 2014 to 392,700 units. Source: Baltic Course