The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Lock and Dam 25 due to diesel in the water on the upper Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, Wednesday, July 6
An estimated 2,074 gallons of diesel was reportedly released by the towing vessel Jerry Jarrett while transiting the lock and dam, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The lock and dam is closed to river traffic to keep the diesel contained. Environmental Restoration has been dispatched by the responsible party and is en route.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. www.marinelink.co...
The sales process for Port of Melbourne, Australia’s second-busiest port, has now entered its second round, with at least two local bidding consortiums ushered through to the latest stage, potentially along with a Chinese suitor.
It comes as a Chinese buyer — thought to be China Huadian — is believed to remain in talks to buy the bulk of Alinta Energy from TPG Capital, with the listed AGL Energy in the box seat to secure the remaining retail component of the $3 billion-plus business.
It is understood that letters outlining details for stage two of the process for the prized $6bn-plus Port of Melbourne were sent out to parties on Friday. www.hellenicshipp...
Sri Lanka seeks large bunker player, oil major for Hambantota port
State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority is seeking an experienced bunker player to operate out of Hambantota Port, after its own efforts to make use of a Chinese built oil terminal ended up in losses.
SLPA said it is seeking an active player engaged in physical bunkering on an “oil major, bunker broker, major bunker supplier” or a firm with experience in operation of a marine bunker terminal with barges.
The firm should have handled at least 750,000 metric tonnes of bunker fuel a year.
Hambantota, located in the Southern tip of Sri Lanka is close to the main East-West shipping route on the Indian Ocean. Over 200 ships are estimated to be by-passing the port each day.
The ships are playing the route and now supplied from the UAE and Singapore.
The deadline has been extended till August 23, 2016.
Chiquita reverses course, will return to Port of Gulfport
Chiquita Fresh North America LLC issued a release to the Mississippi Business Journal on Tuesday saying it will leave the Port of New Orleans and return to the Port of Gulfport next month.
The release was short on details. At stake, according to earlier published reports, are about 350 jobs.
Chiquita President and Chief Executive Andrew Biles said in the release: “We are pleased to return our port operations to Gulfport where our Chiquita ripening and distribution facilities are located. We believe that Gulfport is optimally situated to service our customers most efficiently with both North and Southbound vessel services.”
Television station WLOX of Biloxi reported Tuesday night that the Mississippi State Port Commission approved late Tuesday afternoon a 40-year lease to bring Chiquita cargo ships back to the port.
European Bulk Services (EBS) substantially expands its closed storage on the Laurenshaven terminal. The new warehouse, which will be suitable for various types of dry bulk goods, is expected to be operational in March next year. Construction will start during the summer. The investment, which increases the storage capacity by 60,000 m3, is supported by a long-term contract.
In addition, the subsidiary of HES International reports that there are advanced plans for expanding the closed storage capacity for agricultural products at its Europoort terminal.
A major new port in Antioquía is expected to boost the competitiveness of Colombian fruit exports by dramatically improving the infrastructure in one of the country’s major production areas.
The project will bring significant benefits to the banana industry as well as to producers of other fruits including pineapples, avocados and berries.
With the tender process nearing completion, work on the new port in the Gulf of Urabá is due to begin in October 2016 and could be completed by 2019.
This will be Colombia’s first semi-automated port with of one of the largest specialised refrigerated cargo terminals in Latin America.
Around US$400m of public and private finance will be invested in the first phase of the project, due for completion in mid-2018. This will allow the port to handle around 7m tonnes of cargo, giving it a similar capacity to the port of Cartagena.
It will include the construction of a 4.2km viaduct linking an offshore platform with five berths to the port terminal. With a depth of 14 metres, it will be capable of accommodating 95 per cent of the world’s ships, including post-Panamax vessels, according to the port authority.
The second phase of the project will cost US$180m and will double the port’s cargo handling capacity to 14m tonnes
Port Of Gothenburg Becomes New Port Of Entry For Mazda In Sweden
Starting in July, the Port of Gothenburg will be the new port of entry for Mazda cars imported into Sweden. All cars destined for the Swedish market will now reach their owners via the largest port in Scandinavia.
“This is tangible confirmation of the excellent collaboration between all those operating in the automotive sector at the Port of Gothenburg. By joining forces we have succeeded in linking yet another highly respected car manufacturer to the port, which is extremely positive,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, RoRo and Rail at the Port of Gothenburg. With effect from July, the shipping company CLdN will be responsible for the sea transport. On arrival at the port, Logent Ports and Terminals will handle the transloading of the cars for onward transport in Sweden
Further strikes called by French labor unions, may disrupt port operations
France’s CGT and other labor unions have called for further strikes in July, following the widespread industrial action at the end of May and early June that lasted around four weeks and saw refinery and port operations disrupted.
There has been a strike called for Tuesday, July 5, in protest at proposed government amendments to France’s labor law.
Shipping sources expect potential port disruptions from late Monday to late Tuesday night.
Traders added that further industrial action is likely later in the month, with maintenance work also planned for mid-July at the oil terminals at the Mediterranean port of Marseilles. Seaborne exports from the Fos and Lavera oil terminals at the port continue to be suffering backlogs, according to traders.
“Vessels which should have loaded during the strike are loading now, so it’s a bit slow to get the product out,” said one trader, adding that “otherwise production is good.”
France’s refineries have now all restarted after the June strikes, with no further disruptions likely.
Ports in the Argentinean province of Buenos Aires will not be privatised, Marcelo Lobbosco, heads of the ports department, has said.
There was speculation that the passing of an earlier decree would have enabled the provincial government to dispose of the ports, although Mr Lobbosco has confirmed that this has now been repealed.
According to Mr Lobbosco, the province’s policy is “the same as that already being developed together with consortia and port delegations, and we are therefore going to maintain the existing system”.
He is also in the process of undertaking an evaluation of each port in the Buenos Aires region. Common problems are emerging, such as deficiencies in infrastructure and a lack of adequate draft.
Dock Sud in particular needs emergency dredging, he said, something which would generate additional costs for the province but was essential to complete “as soon as possible”.
Source: Port Strategy
Tobruk, the only fully-functioning eastern port is buckling under the sheer weight of cargo arriving on its docks its director has warned today.
Ghaith Thami has said that the port is running out of warehouse space as a wide range of cargos piles up awaiting truckers to take them away. The port’s difficulties are being made worse by unpaid salaries for dock workers. In order to get the goods they have ordered, Thami said that some businessmen were actually paying the dockers themselves.
With the exception of the non-unionised Khoms, no Libyan port has a particularly outstanding record in normal times. Tripoli has been notorious for the refusal of dock workers and truckers to handle more than one or two containers per shift. www.hellenicshipp...