The United States is temporarily easing trade restrictions on Myanmar by allowing all shipments to go through its ports and airports for six months, an effort to boost the Southeast Asian country's opposition party after its landmark election win in November, U.S. officials said on Monday.
The policy change, coming after Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory last month in Myanmar's first nationwide free elections in 25 years, applies even to ports and airports controlled by entities on the U.S. sanctions blacklist, the officials said.
To bolster Myanmar's transition to democracy after decades of military rule, U.S. officials began lifting sanctions against the country after a civilian government was formed in 2011. But officials acknowledged on Monday that remaining U.S. sanctions against those with ties to Myanmar's military have had the unintended consequence of halting "many, many dozens" of shipments. www.maritime-exec...
The Port of Hueneme, ranked in the top 11% of all U.S. Ports for general cargo flow has signed on as a participant in Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America. The announcement was made November 23rd by Jess Herrera, President of the Oxnard Harbor District’s Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Green Marine’s environmental program makes it possible for ports, terminal operators and shipping lines to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint through a comprehensive program that addresses key environmental issues and criteria using 11 performance indicators including air emissions, community impacts, environmental leadership and much more. www.marinelink.co...
All three Mexican crude-loading ports on Gulf Coast closed by storms
All three of Mexico’s Gulf Coast crude-loading ports — Pajaritos, Dos Bocas and Cayo Arcas — were closed to shipping as a severe cold front swept through the region with winds of up to 70 kph and 14-foot waves, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation reported. The only Mexican crude-loading port still open was Salina Cruz, on the Pacific Coast, which ships cargoes to Asian clients of state-owned Pemex. Pajaritos ships petrochemicals in addition to crude. It also handles refined products, as does Dos Bocas.
The petrochemicals port of Altamira and the refined products port of Tuxpan were open to shipping Friday after two days of being closed. Both are located much further north on the Gulf Coast from the crude-loading ports.An official at the harbormaster’s office at Dos Bocas told Platts that two tankers are loaded with crude, but trapped by the storms. Both are bound for the US. One will sail for Houston while the other’s exact destination is as yet unknown, the source said. At Pajaritos, one laden tanker heading for Houston is trapped by the bad weather. Source: Platts
Doha Port likely to receive 30 cruise ships next year
Director of Doha Port Management Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser al Yafei announced on Saturday that Doha Port was expected to receive around 30 cruise ships next year. The port had received three cruise ships this year.
He also said the new Hamad Port may receive mega cruise ships starting from next year.
According to him, Hamad Port is likely to conduct a test run this month to receive commercial vessels.
He said the Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) plays an important role in achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030 by contributing to the diversification of the economy by supporting the tourism sector. As part of the plan, Doha Port is likely to be opened for tourists which will open another front for revenues. www.gdnonline.com...
Turkey seized four Russian ships near the northern Black Sea port of Samsun on Saturday in retaliation to Russian aggression on Turkish ships, Ihlas News Agency reported on Sunday.
The Turkish authorities seized the four Russian-flagged ships due to lack of documents, of which three left Turkey after completing necessary papers, while the rest one is still seized, the port management stated.
Last week, Russia barred five Turkish ships from navigating to Russian Novorossisk Port.
Ties between Ankara and Moscow have soured after Turkey shot down a Russia fighter jet on Nov. 24 claiming the Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace. Moscow, however, has vehemently denied and insisted the downed Su-24 fighter jet had stayed over Syria during its flight. news.xinhuanet.co...
Port of New York and New Jersey beefs up workforce, aims to add more
Employers in the Port of New York and New Jersey have hired 935 longshoremen, marine clerks and mechanics in the last 20 months and are working to add more, said John Nardi, president of the New York Shipping Association.
The NYSA is compiling data from marine terminals in preparation for a request to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor for permission to hire additional workers. Nardi said the number of proposed new hires will be determined soon.
Additional International Longshoremen’s Association workers are needed in order to keep up with rising volume and for the NYSA and ILA to implement a “relief gang” system that was to have been created under the six-year labor contract they signed in 2013. www.joc.com/port-...
Offshore terminal proposed to handle mega-ships in Adriatic
North Adriatic ports should pool resources and develop an offshore terminal to allow mega-ship access, an Italian port official has said.
The solution was conceived by Paolo Costa, president of the Venice Port Authority, who announced it to the audience of the Marintec China conference. North Adriatic ports are currently only capable of handling vessels up to 7,600 20-foot-equivalent units, while northern European ports such as Rotterdam regularly handle mega-ships.
With the offshore terminal, Costa believes that Adriatic ports such as Venice, Chioggia, and Ravenna would not need to invest heavily to expand their port facilities separately. Instead, they can pool their resources for the construction of one offshore terminal in the Adriatic Sea to handle mega-ships.
“The offshore terminal model offers one call for mega-vessels as compared with the traditional model of multi-call of smaller vessels feeding the mega-ship,” Costa said. www.joc.com/port-...
House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for PRB coal
Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Powder River Basin coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping the project.
House lawmakers lead by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., voted to keep the permitting process going for the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Washington. The Lummi Nation, which has fishing waters next to Cherry Point, had asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon its review of the port proposal. The Lummi argued that its treaty rights would be violated by the terminal.
However, Montana’s Crow Tribe made a counter argument that its treaty rights to profit from coal mined on land in the southeastern part of the state were in danger if the port plans were killed. The Crow have coal to ship and a stake in the Gateway Pacific Terminal. trib.com/business...
Strikes to halt operations at Greek ports on Thursday
Another 24-hour strike by transport workers in Greece is expected to halt operations at at many Greek ports and terminals on Thursday.
The strike has been called by the country’s two main labour unions and will leave most public transport services closed from 06:00hrs (local time) on December 3 until 06:00hrs on December 4.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has issued an advisory saying berthing, shifting and sailing operations at ports may be delayed during the stoppage period.
The Greek Seamen Union and Piraeus Towage Crew Union are among those striking, making local ferries, tug boats, pilots and stevedores at all ports likely to be affected.
Oil installations at Eleusis–Aspropyrgos and Thessaloniki are also likely to experience delays or stoppages, ISS added. splash247.com/str...
Maersk Line Starts New Direct Service from West Coast South America to Japan
Maersk Line has announced a new direct service with short transit time from West Coast South America to Japan for dry and reefer cargo.
In our continuous efforts to provide our customers with a competitive and fast connection from West Coast South America to Japan, we will now offer a new short transit time service from San Antonio and San Vicente in Chile to Yokohama, Japan for both dry and reefer cargo.
This service will also offer improved service time from Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
Meanwhile, Maersk Line's AC2 loop, which operates between Asia, and the western coasts of Mexico, Panama and Colombia, is in the process of upgrading to larger vessels, according to the Danish ocean carrier's most recent online service schedules.
Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, the service is adding four 13,102-TEU vessels to replace three 9640-TEU vessels and one 11,294-TEU vessel. www.marinelink.co...