Alang ship-breakers go on indefinite strike over arrests
Ship-breakers at the Alang-Sosiya Ship-Recycling Yard went on an indefinite strike on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 demanding to drop the culpable homicide charge against three colleagues arrested in connection with the death of six workers during dismantling of a ship last week. The Ship Recycling Industries Association (SRIA), which spearheaded the strike, said it was not unhappy with the arrests per se, but against the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section under which R K Jani, V K Jani and Rajesh Jugud were booked following their arrest on Thursday.
EDF Group has commenced the construction of the Dunkirk LNG terminal. The Dunkirk LNG terminal is expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2015, Datamonitor reports.
The terminal will be able to accommodate the large LNG tankers and will have sufficient capacity for 13 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the equivalent of 20% of the annual natural gas consumption of France and Belgium combined. According to the company, this project incorporates three main elements: work on the platform and marine infrastructure will be carried out by the Port of Dunkirk (Grand Port Maritime), the LNG terminal and connection facilities to the French and Belgian networks, to be developed by the operators, GRTgaz and Fluxys. EDF subsidiary, Dunkerque LNG (65% EDF, 25% Fluxys and 10% Total), is responsible for the project with a total investment for the terminal alone amounting to E1 billion.
Big North lock in Brunsbüttel out of service, Oct 15 until Oct.16
According to Kiel-Canal authorities newsletter from today, Oct. 12 2012, the big north lock in Brunsbüttel will be out of service from Monday, 15.10.2012 07:00 hrs until Tuesday, 16.10.2012 abt. 17.00 hrs. The new big south lock chamber and both small lock chambers remain in service. Maximum ship length is 205m.
Worldhotels has welcomed the unique ss Rotterdam as a floating hotel ship located in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Fifty years after its maiden voyage in 1958, the flagship of the Holland America Line fleet now takes a prime permanent berth at Katendrecht in the heart of the city.
It features 254 modern hotel rooms featuring a distinctive shape and colour scheme, designed to reflect its 1950s origins, each with working desks, flat-screen TVs, internet access and air conditioning.
Russian border guards seize vessel flying Cambodian flag off coast of Primorye
The coastal guard has seized a fishing vessel flying the flag of Cambodia off the cost of Primorye, the press service for the Border Guard Department of the Federal Security Service for the Primorye Territory has reported.
The vessel Anteus (registered in Cambodia, owned by the company Trans Kargo Co Ltd) was seized for illegally crossing the state border and is being convoyed to the port of Nakhodka. The crew of the vessel, which consists of seven Russians and four citizens of Ukraine, are also suspected of illegal fishing. www.kyivpost.com/...
Ghana court upholds seizure of Argentine navy ship 'Libertad'
Ghanaian court Thursday ruled against releasing an Argentine naval vessel which is currently being held at Tema Port. The commercial court decided that the ARA Libertad should be prevented from leaving because of claims against the Argentine state by creditors in the United States. The court earlier ordered the seizure of the Argentine tall sailing ship at Tema harbor following judgments against Argentina issued by the United States District Court and supported by similar court rulings in the United Kingdom.
Suez Canal Container Terminal SCCT hosts 15,500 TEU vessels
The Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) had two successful navigational trials to test the port access and turning basins for 15,500 TEU vessels.
The first trial was on the "Eleonora Maersk" arriving from the Suez Canal’s North Bound Convoy, with a draft of 14.9 m. She berthed alongside before safely re-joining the convoy to continue her voyage to the West.
The second trial took place on Friday, 5th October, when the "Edith Maersk" approached the terminal from the North, completing a 180 degree maneuver in the turning basin.
The 397 meter vessel completed this successful operation with a draft of 14.8 meters with the aid of three tug boats. This was the first time that any Egyptian Port has received a vessel this size. More at en.portnews.ru/ne...
Creditors Want US$20 Million To Release 'Libertad' In Ghana
Argentina is refusing to pay the US$20 million in ransom that New York hedge fund dealer Paul Singer is demanding in exchange for releasing the country's Naval training vessel currently retained in the port of Tempa, Ghana, West Africa, reports the New York Post. At a court hearing in Ghana on Tuesday, where Singer's lawyers are holding the ARA Libertad hostage, a lawyer for Argentina argued that Singer had no right to detain the ship because it is a military vessel and immune from seizure. More at www.bernama.com/b...
Labor federations representing dockworkers at the APM Terminals facility in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) called off an indefinite strike planned to start Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, the Journal of Commerce reported.
The decision came after officials from the local administration intervened and agreed to find an amicable solution to the labor dispute.
Sinopec builds SE Asia’s largest oil storage terminal at port of Batam
Hong Kong: Sinopec, Asia’s largest refiner, is building what will become the biggest oil storage terminal in southeast Asia. Spread across 360 hectares in the Batam free trade zone in Indonesia near Singapore the initial costs for the facility is expected to be around $850m.
Sinopec Kantons Holdings, a unit of the Sinopec Group, will hold a stake of 95 percent in the PT West Point Terminal project covering the construction of storage for up to 16 million barrels of crude and refined fuels, the company told the Hong Kong Exchange in a filing on Tuesday. [10/10/12]