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385 days ago by arnekiel

Hanse Sail Rostock – 240 Sailing ships gather on the Baltic
Some 240 sailing ships are expected to attend this year’s Hanse Sail which is taking place for the 25th time. Organizers expect around one million visitors to the four day event. Hanse Sail was officially opened on August 6 in the port city of Rostock by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s State Premier Erwin Sellering. Visitors will be able to go on board some of the large vessels and even sail on some of them. The vessels include historic ships from France and Spain. The event will also feature some 500 stalls and 50 fairground attractions in Rostock and the neighboring resort Warnemünde. Seven stages will host national and international artists while visitors can sample produce from partner nation Estonia and also Poland.

385 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Brownsville LNG plants: good or bad?
Okay, maybe you’ve heard about the proposed LNG plants to be constructed at the Port of Brownsville, or maybe you haven’t. Either way, the question is if this is a good or bad thing for our area. The first thing to know is that the five companies that are proposing to build plants to convert NG (natural gas, methane) into LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the Port of Brownsville aren’t really locating the plants down in the port itself. Instead, the proposed plants will be positioned along the Brownsville Ship Channel just a few miles inside of the South Padre Island jetties from the Gulf of Mexico. The primary reason for locating these LNG plants where they are is because they will be the closest plants to the Panama Canal, as most of the liquefied natural gas produced will be exported outside the United States. Texas LNG, Annova LNG and Rio Grande LNG are all in the process of finalizing their plants with city, county, state and federal agencies as well as environmental entities, and while they may have the approval of these agencies, it’s the local citizens and people who live, work and go to school in the nearby communities that are expressing their disapproval. www.valleymorning...

 Acu
385 days ago by arnekiel

Brazil Port Sells Terminal Stake to German Oiltanking Company
Prumo Logistica SA, the developer of the Acu port in Rio de Janeiro, agreed to sell a 20 percent stake of its oil terminal for $200 million to Marquard & Bahls AG’s Oiltanking GmbH. The deal values Prumo’s oil-terminal unit at $1 billion, or more than 1.5 times the parent company’s market valuation as of Wednesday’s close. Hamburg-based Oiltanking, the world’s second-biggest independent crude storage provider, will manage the oil operations at the terminal as part of the deal, said R. Blair Thomas, 53, chief executive officer of EIG Global Energy Partners LLC, the private-equity firm that controls Prumo. www.bloomberg.com...

385 days ago by arnekiel

China cracks down on port service charges
The Chinese government is prohibiting some port service charges and reducing the costs of others in an attempt to galvanize container shipping as the as the country’s container volume growth slows due to reduced global demand. China's Ministry of Transport and National Development and Reform Commission on Tuesday released a notice prohibiting port operators from imposing fees for services other than pilotage, towage, berthing, oil boom, feeders, special trimming, waste disposal, water, bunker, and power supply. Extra charges levied for night and national holiday pilotage and towage services will be reduced by 45 percent, while port security charges for 20-foot and 40-foot containers will be reduced to $1.61 and $2.42 per container, respectively, the notice added. www.joc.com/port-...

385 days ago by arnekiel

Port celebrates arrival of CMA CGM Andromeda on thursday
The first international container ships began arriving in Iran this week after the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, yet many ship owners remainf wary of resuming business until sanctions are removed – still some months away. The UK-flagged CMA CGM Andromeda container ship arrived in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port on Thursday, ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon showed. CMA CGM declined further comment. Taiwanese container line Evergreen, the world’s fifth biggest player, said it had also resumed calls to Bandar Abbas and its first vessel arrived at the port on Wednesday.

385 days ago by arnekiel

Egypt's President Sisi opens New Suez Canal, says to defeat terrorists
ISMAILIA: Egypt received a show of international support on Thursday as it inaugurated a major extension of the Suez Canal which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will power an economic turnaround in the Arab world's most populous country. The former armed forces chief, who led a military takeover two years ago but ran for president as a civilian last year, told a ceremony attended by French, Russian, Arab and African leaders that Egypt would defeat the terrorism that dogged the project. "Work did not take place in normal circumstances, and these circumstances still exist and we are fighting them and we will defeat them," Sisi said after signing an order allowing ships to cross the New Suez Canal. "We promised a gift to the world and we accomplished it in record time - an additional artery for prosperity and for connecting civilization to enhance the movement of international trade," he said, as the first vessel, a container ship called CMA CGM TITAN, blew its horn and passed through the canal. Report with video: english.astroawan...

385 days ago by arnekiel

Hutchison shuts down Brisbane Terminal, 100 workers sacked
Hutchison Australian terminals shut down, 100 workers sacked Hutchison Port Holdings locked its gates at its Sydney and Brisbane terminals on 7 August, after sacking 100 out of their total workforce of 224 dockworkers by text and email in the middle of the night. As angry workers protested outside its gates, security guards, border patrol, and police were brought in. The company reportedly notified agents that there would be no receival or delivery on 7 August. However, an industry source told IHS Maritime he was told 10 days ago the company was planning to shut down the terminal because of airport height restrictions affecting business. "Larger ships can't berth there, because of its proximity to the third run way restricting crane height," he said. "This is only a precursor to them shutting the terminal down. They pulled the trigger after the last ship sailed last night. "In this case, it's not the union's fault," he said. "Building the terminal so close to the flight path was a fundamental flaw in their business plan. Most lines into Sydney operate large vessels and you need a crane boom that extends over the deck." According to industry sources, the company was approached five weeks back by various parties to convert the wharf for bulk cargo. Employees were reeling in shock after finding they were locked out of the gates.

 Sydney
385 days ago by arnekiel

Hutchison Australian terminals shut down, 100 workers sacked
Hutchison Port Holdings locked its gates at its Sydney and Brisbane terminals on 7 August, after sacking 100 out of their total workforce of 224 dockworkers by text and email in the middle of the night. As angry workers protested outside its gates, security guards, border patrol, and police were brought in. The company reportedly notified agents that there would be no receival or delivery on 7 August. However, an industry source told IHS Maritime he was told 10 days ago the company was planning to shut down the terminal because of airport height restrictions affecting business. "Larger ships can't berth there, because of its proximity to the third run way restricting crane height," he said. "This is only a precursor to them shutting the terminal down. They pulled the trigger after the last ship sailed last night. "In this case, it's not the union's fault," he said. "Building the terminal so close to the flight path was a fundamental flaw in their business plan. Most lines into Sydney operate large vessels and you need a crane boom that extends over the deck." According to industry sources, the company was approached five weeks back by various parties to convert the wharf for bulk cargo. Employees were reeling in shock after finding they were locked out of the gates. www.ihsmaritime36...

 Colon
386 days ago by arnekiel

Gatun Locks lane outage for repairs
Beginning at 0001 hours until 1200 hours on Friday, August 7, 2015, (12 hours), the WEST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform emergency repairs on Miter Gates 15 and 23, and maintenance work on the conductor slots and valves. This outage is required to ensure a safe lockage operation for our customers. As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System, Condition 1.a. will be in effect on Friday, August 7, 2015. The JIT transit slots, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

 Kiel
386 days ago by arnekiel

Maintenance completed, Kiel-Holtenau locks back in service
Maintenance work at the Big North Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau has been completed on afternoon of Aug. 5, and both big locks are now back in service.


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