First “Neo-Panamax” vessel arrives at Port of Philadelphia
A new phase for transport along the Delaware River started this week with the first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels calling into the Port of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
The MSC Sophia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia for the first time, making it the largest ship to ever call the Port of Philadelphia.
“This new service comes as a direct result of the opening of the Panama Canal Expansion,” said David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals LLC, operator of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.
“Coupled with the near completion of the Delaware River Deepening Project, the Port of Philadelphia is poised to capitalize on this new service line as the only direct US east coast port of call between the west coast of South America and Europe.”
The MSC Sophia Celeste was completed in 2014 and has an on-board capacity of 8,819 TEU’s, of which 1,462 can be used with refrigerated container plugs for transporting perishable cargo.
The ship is the first to trade on MSC’s newly redesigned South America West Coast-USA-Northwest Continent service line, which makes stops in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and the Bahamas, before calling Philadelphia and then heading to Rotterdam.
The Ash Shihr Oil Terminal started operations yesterday (2 August) after being closed in March 2015 due to hostilities in Yemen, with the arrival of an oil tanker under the GAC Yemen agency to load a shipment of Masila Crude.
Other Yemeni ports are open and operational, with the exceptions of Ras Isa Marine Terminal and Balhaf LNG terminal, which remain closed.
Supersized cranes on their way to Port of Charleston
The State Ports Authority on Friday will receive a pair of huge ship-to-shore cranes capable of moving cargo on the largest container ships traveling through the expanded Panama Canal and calling on the Port of Charleston.
The so-called super post-Panamax cranes, built in China, are scheduled to arrive by 10 a.m. by ship at the SPA’s Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston. The $27 million pieces of lifting equipment will be partially disassembled before being transported to the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant next week. They will be ready for use in November.
Two additional super post-Panamax cranes will be delivered in December. www.postandcourie...
Foreign ship owners authorized to operate cabotage (coasting trade) service in Mozambique
Foreign ship owners can operate cabotage (coasting trade) service in Mozambique per the terms of a government-approved decree-law, Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita announced in Maputo.
Mesquita stated at the end of the Tuesday Council of Ministers meeting that the decision was meant to boost activity and offer a transport alternative, enabling both national and foreign ship owners to invest “under equal circumstances, benefiting from the same treatment and arrangements offered by the state.”
The reactivation of coasting service will help achieve economies of scale and thereby lower product prices, making them more affordable for the population, Mesquita added, cited by the Maputo-based daily Notícias.
“To encourage foreign investors’ entry in the coasting trade, the government considered regulatory instruments that guarantee priority for ship mooring and lower port fees in national harbours,” he said.
Without revealing percentages, Mesquita said the reduction of fees charged by the national maritime (Inamar) and hydrography and navigation (Inahina) institutes had also been approved to eventually benefit ship owners and the population. MDT/Macauhub
Port of Tacoma LNG Bunkering Station Gets Easement Approval from Northwest Seaport Alliance
Commissioners of the U.S. ports of Tacoma and Seattle, through the Northwest Seaport Alliance, approved two easements Tuesday for Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE's) proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station, local media reports.
PSE is reported to have requested two easements, including one to accommodate pipeline on a section of land leading from the company's proposed LNG plant across the peninsula to a proposed Blair Waterway dock, and a second for a loading platform on the Blair Waterway that will be used to bunker two LNG-powered TOTE Maritime (TOTE) vessels. shipandbunker.com...
Typhoon Nida Suspends Bunkering Activity in Hong Kong
Typhoon Nida halted bunkering activity in Hong Kong Tuesday, with traders unsure when normal operations would resume, Platts reports.
"Bunkering activities are still halted, as far as I know," one trader said, adding: "it may resume later today, but we don't know yet - it depends on the weather."
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No. 8 typhoon signal on Monday night for Typhoon Nida, with the storm bringing rain and gale-force winds when it hit Hong Kong on Tuesday.
"There's no loading from oil terminals or bunkering allowed once the warning signal hit No. 3, so operations and schedules will be delayed for sure," said a market source.
With most noted to have been working from home Tuesday morning, traders in Hong Kong were said to be making their way back to their offices following a downgrade of the typhoon. shipandbunker.com...
Aug 2-5 Panama Canal maintenance to cut capacity at old locks by over a third
The Panama Canal Authority will carry out scheduled maintenance at the Panamax locks at the key waterway over August 2-5 that will reduce capacity by over a third.
The West lane of the Miraflores locks will be out of service from 10 pm local time Tuesday (0200 GMT Wednesday) to 10 pm Friday for scheduled dry chamber seals repairs on two gates, the authority, also known as the ACP, said Friday. In addition, the West lane of the Pedro Miguel locks will be out of service for 12 hours from midnight to noon Wednesday, the ACP said.
As a result of the outages, normal transit capacity through the Panamax locks is expected to be reduced to 22-24 ships daily, down 37% from the normal 35-37 ships daily, ship agent Wilford & McKay said. www.platts.com/la...
Four ships waiting to load ethanol at Brazil's port of Santos until August 17
Santos, Brazil (Platts)--2 Aug 2016 Four vessels are waiting to load ethanol in the Brazilian port of Santos until August 17, data from the Wilson, Sons Maritime Agency showed Tuesday.
The vessels are waiting to load nearly 66.9 million liters of fuel and industrial grade ethanol, the data showed.
On July 27, one vessel was lined up to load roughly 4 million liters in August, according to the agency.
Of the total expected to load, 35.9 million liters are said to be industrial hydrous ethanol, 11 million liters are anhydrous alcohol. The balance, or 20 million liters, is ethanol. www.platts.com/la...
TOTE Maritime and INTERSHIP Team To Create Puerto Rico’s Leading Terminal Operator
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and INTERSHIP have teamed to form one of the largest, most experienced and most advanced terminal operating companies serving Puerto Rico.
The joint venture announced this month called Puerto Rico Terminals, or PRT, includes combining two of the largest maritime operations and $38 million worth of existing assets at the Puerto Nuevo terminals near San Juan. PRT will move over 250,000 containers and autos annually in and out of Puerto Rico. Improvements in operations, safety and productivity sparked by the joint venture are expected to drive significant growth, said Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE.