Workers at several Portuguese ports are on strike from midnight Monday until 8:00 a.m. Wednesday against new labour legislation with several vessels already diverted to Spain. The vice president of the port and maritime union confederation (Fesmarpor) Vitor Dias said the industrial action would affect operations at most of the country’s main ports. Although some ships may divert to Spain, others may main until the stoppage is over the Maritime Transport and Port Institute said. The reasons behind the strike are changes to the kind of tasks the workers do.
LNG Hybrid Barge to Supply AIDAsol with Electrical Energy in Port of Hamburg
In 2013, the AIDA cruise vessel AIDAsol will be supplied with electrical energy by an LNG (liquefied natural gas) hybrid barge from Becker Marine Systems while berthed in the port of Hamburg. AIDA Cruises and Becker Marine Systems have jointly developed, with other partners, a pioneering project for an energy-saving and further emission-reducing power supply for cruise ships at berth in the port of Hamburg.
German report at AIDA website: www.aida.de/b2b-c...
Kiel-Holtenau lock repairs to be completed on August 15, 2012 afternoon or evening
Meanwhile waiting times during the last 12 hours have increased due to high traffic. On August 14, morning more than 20 ships were waiting in front of thew locks in Kiel-Holtenau or on outer Kiel Bight anchorages. Only one lock is fully operational.
Contract awarded for maintenance dredging of the Texas City Channel
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has awarded a contract to Mike Hooks Inc in the amount of US$4,397,500 for maintenance dredging of the Texas City Channel and placement area levee construction in Galveston County, Texas. The contractor is required to remove approximately 735,000 cubic yards of shoal material using a hydraulic pipeline dredge.
Colombian coal railway workers vote to lift strike
Colombian railway workers at the main coal line voted on Monday, August 13, 2012 to end a three-week strike that has paralyzed more than half of coal shipments from the world's fourth-largest exporter of the material, the rail company's president said, Reuters reports. Striking workers at the privately held Fenoco company have brought coal exports from the main producing province to a halt, causing some force majeure of major companies and costing the government more than $1.2 million per day in royalties. in.reuters.com/ar...
Israel Navy rescues 5 from sinking yacht off coast of Lebanon
An IDF missile ship rescued five Israeli citizens from a sinking yacht 29 miles off the Lebanon coast on Tuesday. The private vessel got stuck in international waters after its engine broke down making the journey from Haifa to Larnaca, Cyprus. According to Israel Radio, the yacht’s skipper, who was on the vessel with his wife and three children, called for help after the boat’s engine broke down and water began seeping in. More at www.timesofisrael...
Due to a severe weather warning and strong gale winds forecast , the Port Kembla harbor master on August 10, 2012 had ordered the anchorage to be cleared and all ships to proceed to sea and remain more than 12 nautical miles off the coast, Break bulk reports. Port Kembla, located about 70 kilometers south of Sydney, Australia, remained closed to ship traffic until Sunday, Aug. 12, according to an alert from GAC Australia. Vessel movements within port limits continued, although under strict supervision until the weather cleared.
Pelindo I has announced an IDR3trn ($318m) expansion plan for Belawan port. The first phase will see the construction of a 700 m long jetty at the Belawan International Container Terminal which will start this year and is scheduled to be ready in 2015. The next phase will see extension of the jetty by another 950 m, with capacity to be boosted from 1.3m teu per year to 2m teu.
Portland to compensate terminal operator for losses
Commissioners at the Port of Portland, Ore., overrode objections from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in voting 6-1 to defray the port’s container terminal operator’s losses in a labor dispute, the Journal of Commerce reports. The Portland Oregonian reported that port commissioners voted 6-1 to pay up to $4.7 million to ICTSI Oregon Inc. The vote came despite objections from the ILWU, including union President Bob McEllrath, who attended the meeting.