Italy declares day of mourning as over 300 migrants feared dead
Italian rescue workers have found 111 bodies after a migrant boat sank off the island of Lampedusa yesterday.
They expect to recover more than a hundred more from the submerged wreck, a coastguard official said this morning.
Authorities have rescued 155 survivors after the 20m boat carrying around 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, sank no more than 1km from shore. "Two motorboats remained in the area overnight and this morning divers resumed work but we expect to recover more than a hundred bodies from the ship," coast guard official Floriana Segreto told Reuters. In all, more than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis
MOL to build and charter world’s largest FSRU in Uruguay
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. on Oct. 3 announced that MOL, along with a subsidiary of GDF Suez S.A. has signed a 20-year time charter party for one floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), the Company said in a press release. The FSRU will be a core facility for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import project in Uruguay led by Gas Sayago. This is the first FSRU project for MOL to solely build, own, and operate such a unit. The FSRU will have a storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters of LNG, making it the world’s largest. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., in South Korea, the FSRU is to be completed by September 2016 and will enter into service in November 2016 after delivery and commissioning at Port of Montevideo. Since FSRUs first came into practical use in 2005, plans to operate them have been developing in many places around the world as they provide a competitive solution for receiving LNG because of timing and cost effectiveness.
GDF SUEZ to develop Uruguay’s first LNG import terminal near Montevideo
GDF SUEZ is pleased to announce that it has signed a 15-year BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) contract with Gas Sayago S.A. 1 for LNG storage and regasification services in Uruguay. Commercial operation of the new terminal is expected in 2015. Located in the Punta Sayago area, close to Montevideo, the offshore terminal, GNL del Plata, will comprise a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and a jetty, protected by a 1.5 km breakwater. The entire capacity of the terminal, which will be capable of receiving LNG carriers up to 218,000m3, will be reserved by the off-taker Gas Sayago, the Company said in a press release.
At least 62 Passengers Die in Shipwreck off Lampedusa, 141 rescued
At least 62 people died when a ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and sank early Thursday (Oct. 3) off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, Italian officials said. Antonio Candela, the government’s health commissioner for Palermo, told Sky TG24 television that 62 bodies had been found and that search and rescue operations were continuing. So far, 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people. The mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, said the dead included a child of about age 3 and a pregnant woman.
It is the second deadly ship incident this week. On Monday, 13 men drowned just a few meters from shore while trying to reach southern Sicily. www.nytimes.com/2...
Maersk and its intra-Europe affiliate Seago Line will replace their weekly Scandinavia and Northern Europe to Morocco ‘KNSM’ service with two new weekly loops. Unlike the ‘KNSM’, which turns at the Swedish port of Helsingborg, the two successor loops, scheduled to take over in late October, will both extend further northeast to St Petersburg.
Tanger-ville port reconversion to be completed end of 2016
HM King Mohammed VI visited this Saturday various worksites of the Tanger-ville port reconversion, carried out with an investment of 6.2 billion DH.
Extending over 84 hectares, the Tanger-ville port zone reconversion project, which started in March 2011, seeks to make the city of Tangiers a flagship destination for cruising and yachting tourism in the Mediterranean by developing several poles (cruising, yachting, fisheries, hotels, culture and conferences, trade, residences and offices)
In conformity with the instructions of HM the King, the project, to be completed end of 2016 will help secure an optimum reconversion of the site while respecting the rich history of the city of Tangiers, integrating the port in the city landscape and promoting environment-friendly development.
The port area will have several major facilities for the world’s largest cruise ships, expected to bring to Morocco around 300,000 tourists in 2016 and 750,000 in 2020.
The Tanger-ville port is also expected to become the Gibraltar strait’s port that extends the best services to sailors and sailing ships and integrated services that include ship repair, wintering, sailing ships sale and schools for sailing activities.
Maersk Line is to revise the rotation of its ‘Ecumed’ Black Sea to West Coast of South America service with the addition of westbound calls at Izmir and at the central Med hub of Marsaxlokk. The new westbound call at Malta will come in addition to the Ecumed’s present eastbound calls, whereas Izmir was not served by the ‘Ecumed’ so far.
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Fresh Del Monte Produce has renewed its 1995 contract with the Port of Hueneme for a third time, agreeing to partner with the California port for another five years. Del Monte, a fresh fruit and vegetables producer and distributor, and the port have been in partnership for 34 years, since 1979. www.joc.com/port-...
The second phase of a €100 million (about US$135.3 million) modernization program at Conakry Terminal in Guinea is still on schedule, and when completed, will allow the container terminal to accommodate large cargo ships and expand docking capacity, JOC reports.
Conakry Terminal recently hosted Philippe Labonne, managing director of Bolloré Africa Logistics, the container terminal operator at Port of Conakry, to assess the state of progress on the container terminal extension project.
The first phase of works, which began in 2011 and was conducted in partnership with the firm Vinci, included building a 5 hectare (about 12.4 acre) embankment in the water along with a 2.7 hectare earthen platform. The second phase of works, currently being carried out jointly with crews from China Harbour Engineering Co., is still on schedule, despite a “challenging” rainy season, according to Bolloré Africa Logistics. www.joc.com/port-...
Bermuda Pier Work Won't Be Completed until December 2013
In a story that was unfolding last week, it's becoming obvious that the government of Bermuda has been promising what they cannot deliver in the way of a completed pier at which Norwegian Breakaway can dock during the island's summer cruise season.It seems to be part of the attitude we are detecting from the island that despite the lip service about delivering an upscale product to visitors, as long as visitors continue to come, the government really doesn't care what the visitors experience. That attitude now seems to be extending toward the cruise lines which call there.