The Belgian Ferry Company TransEuropa suspended all sailings between Ramsgate and Ostend this week and went into administration, the Thanet District Council confirmed on Apr 25, 2013. It is understood the company owes the council money. The development means that there is no passenger service out of the Port of Ramsgate. It is believed that about 25 jobs are at risk in the town. The council will continue to be actively seeking to re-establish the route across to Ostend because that is workable, despite the problems encountered by TransEuropa Ferries. TransEuropa had run passenger and freight services between Ramsgate and Ostend for the last 15 years.
The company's been running three ships out of the port, one of which was chartered from P&O and ITV Meridian understands that that vessel has been taken back by the company.
Largest iron ore shipment ever leaves Port Hedland on MV PSU Seventh
The Port Hedland Port Authority has recorded its largest iron ore shipment on April 25, with 255,816 tonnes headed for China. The loaded vessel PSU Seventh made its maiden voyage on a draft of 18.82m. It beat the previous record set by Abigail N last November by 1,802 tonnes. Iron ore carrier, Bao Fu, also sailed on the same morning tide, resulting in exports of over 502,000 tonnes on just two vessels.
Source: Port Hedland Port Authority
Repair of new north lock finished, new south lock to be closed from Monday for 12 weeks
The repair work of new Brunsbüttel north lock is finished. North locks will be reopened to traffic after testing on the weekend, on Monday, April 29. From Monday on the south locks will be closed for traffic for abt. 3 months. In June/July the repaired north lock will be reopened and the south lock repairwork will continue till the end of the year 2013. Both old smaller locks are now fully operational.
Turks charge Libyan ship captain with arms smuggling
A Libyan-flagged vessel allegedly laden with weapons and ammunition was seized today in the Turkish port of Tuzla, in what appears to have been an intelligence-led operation.
The Libyan captain and a Turkish national aboard the unnamed 57-metre vessel were arrested. Police units from the İstanbul Customs Enforcement Directorate of Smuggling, Intelligence and Narcotics reportedly found over 400 pistols along with 5,000 rounds of ammunition, 90 pump-action shotguns, a quarter of a million shotgun cartridges and two gas masks. The ship is said to have put in to Tuzla on 4 April for maintenance. The arms were discovered during customs clearance before the vessel was due to leave, supposedly for Libya. Both the arrested men have been charged with arms smuggling. www.libyaherald.c...
Two fishermen dead, 4 missing as trawler collides with ship off south Goa-Karwar coast
In a mishap off south Goa-Karwar coast, two fishermen died and four others went missing after a ship collided with a fishing trawler on Thursday morning.
"We have rescued 23 crew members of trawler 'Sea Messiah' while four are still missing and bodies of two fishermen were fished out in the evening," said a Coast Guard official, who added that incident happened 47 nautical miles off Karwar coast.
While fishermen claimed that it was an Indian Navy vessel with weapons mounted which hit the trawler, Navy sources said no naval vessel was present in the radius of 100 nautical miles at the time. One of the crew members said that distress call could not be given out because the impact broke the trawler, which had left Cutbona fishing jetty in south Goa last night, into two. Krishna Shivpundi, a crew member, said the trawler was illuminated well enough for any ship to notice it when the accident happened.
The trawler crew members were in the water for almost five hours, with safety jackets on, before Coast Guard came to rescue. ibnlive.in.com/ne...
Dutch shipping firm sets up base in Sunderland port
LV SHIPPING is making waves in Sunderland.
The shipping and transport company, part of the Dutch-owned LV Group in Middlesbrough, has been working with the port since 2011, and has now established a permanent base.
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, who is chairman of the port board, said: “We have believed for a long time that Port of Sunderland has a special and quite unique offer. More to read at www.sunderlandech...
Maersk Move to Suez Route Only Temporary Says Maersk Spokesman
The modification of two Maersk shipping routes to pass through the Suez Canal rather than Panama is temporary, says a Maersk spokesman. The diversion from the Panama Canal to an alternate route has contributed to a decline in revenue for the canal administration, The Maersk Line, has used the waterway for over 90 years to transport goods to different continents, reports 'Newsroom Panama'. Since April 1, 2013 the line has temporarily suspended its Panama Canal service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, using instead the Suez Canal, and this will continueuntil the third set of locks becomes operational. The Maersk ships will return when the canal expansion work is completed, which is expected early 2015, Ariel Frias, Maersk marketing and communications manager informed 'Newsroom Panama'. Source: Newsroom Panama
Agreement for development of Aegean Gateway Terminal project at Izmir signed
The formal agreement for the development of the Aegean Gateway Terminal project at Turkey’s Port of Izmir has been signed.
Petkim, a subsidiary of SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S., the state oil company of Azerbaijan, is the owner of the port, and through its port subsidiary, Petlim, is APM Terminals’ direct partner in the 1.5m TEU annual capacity deepwater terminal project, scheduled to open in 2015.
The Aegean Gateway Terminal will be constructed within the Petkim petrochemical complex in Nemrut Bay, near the Port of Izmir on the Aegean Sea.
St. Petersburg to accept over 360 cruise ships in 2013
During summer navigation of 2013, Big Port St. Petersburg will accept over 360 cruise ships including 248 ships to be handled by Passenger port of St. Petersburg Marine Façade OJSC, IAA PortNews learnt from Serik Zhusupov, President of Managing Company Marine Façade. According to him, the first call is scheduled for May 2, 2013. The port will accept MSC vessel coming from Tallinn (3,000 passengers). JSC Passenger Port St. Petersburg "Marine Façade" is in the ownership of the city of St. Petersburg and is the largest passenger seaport in Russia.
The end might be in sight for the nearly month-long strikes that have rocked Hong Kong port. Striking dockworkers said on April 23 they would be prepared to ease their demands so long as contractors put agreements in writing. Workers want direct talks with Everbest, a contractor managing crane operators, as well as a representative of port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT). They will still push for a double digit pay rise, but not more than 20% as originally stipulated. [Sino Ship News 24/04/13]