Stena Line Looking to Remove HSS Berth at Dun Laoghaire Pier
Ferry operator, Stena Line announced that is it to apply for planning permission to remove its idle ferry berthing equipment at St Michael’s Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the coming months.Back in April, Afloat reported on the future of the specialist berth-linkspan built only for the Stena HSS fast-ferry (which closed services to Holyhead almost a year ago) against the backdrop of the proposed €18m cruise-berth.The ferry company took an advertisement out in the Dun Laoghaire Gazette which reports of this story which said Stena Line would be submitting a planning application to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council but, as yet, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has not received a planning application for the works.As part of Stena Line’s planning notice, it has stated that it will remove the east/west walkway, terminal walkways and the supporting steel and concrete structure at St Michael’s Pier.By removing the berthing equipment at St Michael’s Pier, high-speed sea service (HSS) ferries will no longer be able to berth in the locality, but currently the Stena Line HSS is the only HSS vessel that docks in the berth. Source : afloat
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched two new West Africa services (WAF 2 and WAF3) enhancing schedule reliability and transit times to meet the growing demand and customer requirements in the West African market. The new rotation of WAF services will be:
West Africa Container Service 2 (WAF2): Algeciras – Tangier – Cotonou – Lome – Algeciras
West Africa Container Service 3 (WAF3): Tangier – Algeciras – Abidjan – Algeciras
West Africa Container Service 1 (WAF1): Tangier – Algeciras – Apapa – Tincan – Tema – Tangier
APM Terminals Pipavav berths giant 10,000 TEU container vessel
APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) today announced the berthing of the largest container vessel with capacity of approximately 9,971 TEUs in the history of the port.
“Maersk Saltoro, a container vessel with an overall length of 299 meters was berthed at Pipavav Port today by the port’s marine team,” the company said in a statement.
It said the berthing of the vessel is testimony of the infrastructure capabilities APM Terminals Pipavav has built over the years in handling large vessels and cargo.
Barge Shipping Resumes on Mississippi River After Slurry Oil Spill
(Reuters) – Barge shipping traffic on the Mississippi River resumed on Saturday, Sept. 5, after the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a stretch of the river that had been closed due to an oil spill earlier in the week, officials said.
Some 37 barges were awaiting passage after the reopening early Saturday morning in a backup created by a tow-boat accident and oil spill late Wednesday, which prompted the Coast Guard to close a 17-mile (27-km) stretch of the river near Paducah, Kentucky.
The barges were hauling commodities such as oil and grain through the key shipping waterway between river mile markers 922 to 939, 10 of them heading downriver and 27 of them heading upriver, according to a statement released Saturday by the Coast Guard.
There were no visible signs of oil on the riverbanks, the statement said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board.
New bunkering regulations for ships operating on LNG have been drafted by the Gothenburg Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam together with the Swedish Transport Agency. The regulations will allow cargo ships to bunker LNG at a cargo terminal and are the first general regulations to be introduced in Sweden.... The regulations not only cover bunkering from land using a road truck but also from a bunker vessel, what is known as ship-to-ship bunkering. Requirements governing safety zones, weather, bunker vessels, receiving vessels, terminals and other aspects are included in the new operating regulations....
....By next year, the Port of Gothenburg will be visited regularly by LNG-powered ships....
....For the time being, natural gas will come from terminals outside Gothenburg although eventually there will be an import terminal for LNG at the Port of Gothenburg.
At the turn of the year a new port tariff was introduced at the Port of Gothenburg, which means that LNG-powered ships will receive a 30 per cent discount on the port charge when they visit the port. Over a year this will amount to a significant sum for those that call on a regular basis....
The Swedish government has proposed a Swedish tonnage tax system. The aim is for Swedish shipping companies to compete under equal conditions with companies in other countries in Europe.
At Donsö Shipping Meet 2015, the Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson presented the government's maritime strategy. At the same time, she revealed that a Swedish tonnage tax will be introduced in summer 2016. Tonnage tax means that Swedish shipping companies will operate under competitive conditions similar to companies in other countries in Europe....
....Swedish ships have been registered under flags of convenience for many years. Last year, the Swedish merchant fleet decreased by a further six ships, making 320 in all. Sweship, formerly the Swedish Shipowners' Association, estimates that the introduction of the tonnage tax will over the next ten years result in 300 new ships sailing under the Swedish flag and 17,000 new jobs....
....Tonnage tax, also known as blue tax, is a voluntary tax system to which companies can become affiliated. Tonnage tax makes it possible for shipping companies to pay tax in Sweden according to fixed tariffs based on the net tonnage of the ships. Corporation tax is levied on the tonnage income instead of the actual commercial profit, thus making it a competitive and transparent tax. It is a predictable system that offers good continuity for the shipping industry.
From 1 October, a new regulatory amendment will come into effect which requires cruise ships calling to use low sulphur fuel (01% of less) while berthed in Sydney Harbour.
A second stage of the amended regulation, which will require the use of low sulphur fuel (0.1% or less) while in Sydney Harbour (including while berthed) will come into effect from 1 July 2016.
Exceptions from the requirement to use low sulphur fuel are provided in some circumstances, for example, ship safety and emergency situations or technical problems. Ships may seek approval from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to use alternative methods to achieve an equivalent reduction in sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions, for example, the use of exhaust scrubbers.
Public consultation on the draft Regulation amendment was held in June 2015. Further consultation will be undertaken with communities in regional NSW ports about the broader application of the low sulphur fuel requirements.
The NSW Government is also assessing possible options for reducing emissions from the broader shipping sector in NSW waters.
Due to maintenance work, the Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service from 0700 hours on 8 September until 1800 hours on 9 September and from 7th September until 11th September between 0800 and 1800 hrs.
Losses from Chinese port explosions seen at up to $3.3 bln
HONG KONG, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin last month could generate insurance losses of up to $3.3 billion, reinsurance specialist Guy Carpenter & Company said in a report on Friday, nearly double what some analysts had originally thought. Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance unit of Marsh & McLennan Co Inc used high definition satellite images to evaluate how buildings, cargo, containers and property around the port were affected by the blasts, the company said.The damages are seen between $1.6 billion and $3.3 billion, compared with between $1 billion and $1.5 billion Credit Suisse analysts had estimated days after the blast in August. Source : Reuters
Maersk Line is upgrading its Middle East-South Africa-West Africa, or Mesawa, service by adding a direct call at Colombo, Sri Lanka, in an attempt to pick up additional cargo. The weekly service will begin calling at Colombo, a major transshipment hub in the region, on September 13, according to a company trade notice. The revised port rotation is as follows: Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Mundra and Jawaharlal Nehru, India; Durban, South Africa; Luanda, Angola; Apapa and Tincan, Nigeria; Cotonou, Benin; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Durban; Port Louis, Mauritius; and back to Jebel Ali. The Mesawa currently employs a fleet of 10 ships, each with a capacity of around 3,500 20-foot-equivalent units. The estimated transit times from Colombo under the new rotation will be: 9 days to Durban, 21 days to Luanda, 26 days to Apapa, 28 days to Tincan and 30 days to Cotonou, according to the advisory.Port statistics compiled by JOC.com show Colombo handled 4.9 million TEUs in 2014, up 14 percent yearover-year, with transshipment volumes jumping 19 percent to 3.8 milion TEUs from 3.2 million TEUs. Colombo’s throughput in July totaled 463,169 TEUs. Source: Journal of Commerce