Four workers were crushed to death by a falling structure at a shipyard in Busan on Jan 21, 2015. The operator’s cabin attached to a 40-ton crane used for shipbuilding broke away around 9:46 a.m. The cabin fell about 20 meters and rolled over on its side, crushing one person inside and three people who were standing on top of it. Three of them died instantly with the remaining one being trapped under the debris for about two hours. The man was later pronounced dead. The victims were all in their late 50s or early 60s. They appeared to have been trying to take the crane apart to free up the space for other purposes. A total of five workers had been deployed, with four of them tasked with severing the link between the cabin and the crane. The fifth worker had stayed on the ground and survived. It appeared that they were trying to disconnect the cabin without proper safety equipment. The shipyard is owned by Geochung Shipbuilding Co. It had belonged to Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. until December 2014.
The port of Conakry (PAC) dreding works by Dredging International Services Cyprus (DISC) has finished the 24th of january bringing the channel depth at 10 meters.The dredger Atlantico Due cleaned the entrance channel, port and quay sides during a 2.5 month dredging campaign.
Again Collision with lock gate - Only two locks left for traffic
Delays can be expected in the Kiel Canal following a collision on 23 January morning with the small north lock gate at Brunsbuettel. Only the big north lock chamber and the small south lock chamber at Brunsbuettel are currently available for transits.
‘Careless’ unloading methods at Jeddah port annoy importers
A number of businessmen and importers have criticized the Jeddah Port Authority's unloading methods that they say have caused their goods a lot of damage, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.
They also complained about the lengthy clearance procedures, saying some of them are thinking seriously about having their consignments shipped to a Gulf port instead of Jeddah in order to avoid the losses they continue to incur every time they ship their goods to the city.
Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi, businessman, said this is not the first time he has sustained financial losses because of the negligence of the company with which the port works to unload goods from the containers.
He said: "The company workers don't care about the contents of the containers and some of these containers have fragile goods.
"I lost a lot of money once because the port's workers broke all glass items in the consignment coming from Turkey." https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/careless-unloading-methods-jeddah-port-annoy-importers-091645425.html
New fighting breaks out near biggest Libyan oil port
Libyan armed factions accused each other on Monday of launching new attacks near the country’s largest oil port, Es Sider. Two opposing governments — the internationally recognised authorities in the east and rivals who have seized the capital, Tripoli — are fighting for control of the country.
Stricter controls cause cocoa bottleneck in Ivory Coast ports
Stricter government controls at Ivory Coast ports have doubled the time needed to clear cocoa beans and products for shipping, exporters said on Wednesday, creating a bottleneck that is saddling them with additional costs.
Around 150,000 tonnes of beans and semi-finished cocoa products have piled up in warehouses in Abidjan and San Pedro, several employees with exporters in the two port cities told Reuters.
Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer.
“All the export warehouses at the ports are full of cocoa,” one exporter based in San Pedro told Reuters. “There are around 100,000 tonnes in San Pedro alone and the cocoa is continuing to arrive.”
Azerbaijan looking forward to commissioning Ro-Ro ship terminal
A terminal that will be able to receive roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships will be commissioned later in 2015, Baku International Sea Port Director Taleh Ziyadov said.
The terminal will be implemented as a part of the new international port that is currently being constructed in the Alat settlement. The construction began in 2010 onlooking the first of three phases of construction of berths that can accommodate up to two ferries and three cargo ships, including Ro-Ro style vessels. The later two phases include the construction of five additional berths.
The construction and enhancements to ports, as well as the railway being developed between Baku, Tbilisi and Kars, are important strategic moves for Azerbaijan in terms of transportation of goods and services .
The U.S. – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce said Jan. 15 that this port will be capable of managing 11.6 million metric tons of cargo annually.
Houston Ship Channel shut by fog, about 10-12 vessels in line
The Houston Ship Channel has been closed to all vessel traffic since 3:15 am CST (0915 GMT) Tuesday, Jan 20, because of fog. The Houston Pilots suspended all vessel boardings at 3:15 am CST, while the Galveston-Texas City Pilots suspended all vessel boardings at 3:33 am CST, according to a notification from VTS Houston-Galveston.
The world’s largest ship and offshore classification society DNV GL has opened up a new office in Nanjing. It will support business growth in the area and be the centre for operations in Central China.