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597 days ago by arnekiel

Mindanao’s most modern container port terminal completes P5-B expansion
The Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT), the most modern container port terminal in Mindanao, has competed its P5-billion expansion, a development expected to support the anticipated economic growth of the region. DICT is a joint venture between the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) and Dole-Stanfilco, the leading producers and exporters of fresh Cavendish bananas in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who was the mayor of Davao for 22 years, flew to the city on Friday to lead the inauguration of the expanded port terminal. The expansion of the DICT increases its handling capacity from the current 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units to 800,000 TEUs. “From two quay cranes, we now have four quay cranes, eight RTG [Rubber Tired Gantry] cranes and other various container handling equipment,” Alex Valoria, president and chief executive officer of ANFLOCOR, said. The container port has an area of 11 hectares, backed up by a 15-hectare container yard. www.hellenicshipp...

597 days ago by arnekiel

OCT for dry bulk cargo starts trials in Mumbai port
The MumbaiPort Trust (MbPT) has permitted the berthing of dry bulk cargo vessels at its Offshore Container Terminal (OCT) on trial basis after demands by ship agents, an official said here on Saturday. The first cargo ship, Malta-flagged M.V. Julia Oldendroff, was berthed on September 1 and sailed out on Saturday after unloading its cargo steel cold rolled coils. A Marshall Islands ship, M.V. Interlink Fidelity, with a similar cargo will be berthed later on Saturday at the OCT in Indira Docks of MbPT, said Captain Manish Sharma, Head of Operations at Indira Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. This has fulfilled a long-standing demand of the Mumbaiand Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association (MANSA) to overcome congestion at the MbPT. www.hellenicshipp...

598 days ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam Port Tests In-Water Drones
The Port of Rotterdam is pioneering a new technology it says will make the port smarter: a water drone. Ever since the 'insane' plan of Pieter Caland to build the Nieuwe Waterweg, new solutions that make the port of Rotterdam smarter, more efficient, better and more sustainable are thought up constantly. One of the latest developments is the water drone. “Innovation flows through Rotterdam, like the water through the Maas,” a poetic entrepreneur once said. That is definitely true. Not because it is 'nice to have', but because it is a necessary step towards a successful future. Therefore, the Port Authority is fully committed to all possible ways of innovation, says Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. www.marinelink.co...

599 days ago by Timsen

Tour boat sank off Antalya, zwo missing
The Turkish tour boat "Kurt Ceyhan" (MMSI-No.: 271041081; CS: YM4368 ) from Kaleiçi got in distress on Sep 3, 2016, at 4.45 p.m. close to Antalya. The ship had left Kaleiçi around 11 a.m. and suffered water ingress upon its return 26,5 kilometers off Konyaaltı in stormy weathers. The 79 tourists on board the 28-m-ship were donned life vests, while a fleet of other tour boats and patrol boats of the Coast Guard approached the sinking vessel. It finally capsized and sank on a water depth of 45 meters at 5.30 p.m. 79 persons were rescued, two more, among them a child and a woman, missing. The search on sea was aborted as darkness fell and rough seas continued hampering the operation. 35 of the rescued were treated in hospitals around Antalya. Some of them had inhaled diesel. Turkish report with photos: https://onedio.com/haber/antalya-da-tur-teknesi-batti-79-kisi-kurtarildi-1-i-cocuk-2-kisi-araniyor-729340

600 days ago by arnekiel

Suez Canal Authority Renews Discounts to Containerships Transiting the Canal
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) says it will be extending its discounts to containerships, which were originally announced in June, until December 31, 2016. As Ship & Bunker previously reported, SCA announced that container ships coming from Port of Norfolk and its northern ports heading to the ports of Port Kelang and its eastern ports can receive 45 percent discount off normal Suez Canal tolls. Container ships traveling from ports south of Norfolk to Port Kelang and its eastern ports, are eligible for a 65 percent from the Suez Canal normal toll rates. Further, container ships coming from ports south of Port of Norfolk bound for the Port of Colombo and its eastern ports are eligible for a 55 percent discount off normal tolls. shipandbunker.com...

600 days ago by arnekiel

Largest Ethane Facility in World Starts Service at Port of Houston
On Sept. 1, 2016, Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise) announced that service has begun at its newest ethane export terminal. The M/V JS INEOS Intrepid set sail this morning with the first cargo of ethane export from the Enterprise facility at Morgan’s Point. Read more at www.businesswire....

600 days ago by arnekiel

Coast Guard Closes Ports as Hurricane Nears Florida
Tropical Storm Hermine, which has already disrupted activity at a dozen oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, has been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane as it approaches Florida. It is set to be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in 11 years. In a statement Thursday afternoon the National Hurricane Center said that a hurricane warning was now in effect from Suwannee River, Florida to Mexico Beach, with "life-threatening surge" of up to eight feet and flooding rains expected for the northeast Gulf Coast. Hurricane Hermine was 75 nm off the coast making about 12 knots on a northeasterly heading as of 1700 hours local time Thursday. It is expected to make landfall late Thursday night. In Panama City, Florida, to the west of the storm's predicted path, the captain of the port has banned all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic and has ordered the removal of Coast Guard patrol boats from the water or their transfer into safe harbor. Local air units will be grounded until after the storm; the USCG reminded mariners that the SAR response "becomes increasingly degraded as Hermine approaches," and said that operations would resume when safe after the storm had passed. Coast Guard units have been relocated to Florida from Mobile, Alabama in order to augment the response force after the storm has passed. More at www.maritime-exec...

600 days ago by arnekiel

Hanjin bankruptcy causes global shipping chaos, retail fears
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves. The South Korean giant filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and stopped accepting new cargo. With its assets being frozen, ships from China to Canada found themselves refused permission to offload or take aboard containers because there were no guarantees that tugboat pilots or stevedores would be paid. "Hanjin called us and said: 'We're going bankrupt and we can't pay any bills — so don't bother asking,' " said J. Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which provides traffic control for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest port complex. Three Hanjin container ships, ranging from about 700 feet to 1,100 feet (213 meters to 304 meters) long, were either drifting offshore or anchored away from terminals on Thursday. A fourth vessel that was supposed to leave Long Beach on Thursday morning remained anchored inside the breakwater. The Seoul-based company said Friday that one ship in Singapore had been seized by the ship's owner. Hanjin Shipping spokesman Park Min did not confirm any other seizures. As of Friday, 27 ships had been refused entry to ports or terminals, she said. www.dailyastorian...

600 days ago by arnekiel

Nearly half of Hanjin’s container fleet denied port access
Nearly half of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd’s container vessels have been blocked from entering ports around the world, the company said on Friday, as the collapse of South Korean carrier reverberated through the global trading system. The failure of the world’s seventh-largest container shipper comes during the industry’s busiest season ahead of the year-end holidays and has manufacturers scrambling as they worry about the fate of their cargo and surges in freight rates. U.S. retailers also urged their government to take steps to minimize disruption. “The impact on importers and exporters is having a ripple effect throughout the global supply chain,” Sandy Kennedy, president of the U.S. Retail Industry Leaders Association said in a Thursday letter to the Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission. A Hanjin spokeswoman told Reuters that 44 of its 98 container ships had been denied access to ports including Shanghai, Sydney, Hamburg, and Long Beach, California. One ship had been seized, in Singapore. These include instances where lashing firms have refused service, or where port authorities have blocked entry. But service for Hanjin ships resumed at the ports of Busan and Incheonon on Friday after the government said port authorities would guarantee payments for service providers. On Thursday, a Korean trade group said about 10 Hanjin ships were effectively seized in China, which Hanjin said on Friday was incorrect. Hanjin accounts for 7.8 percent of trans-Pacific trade volume for the U.S. market. www.hellenicshipp...

601 days ago by arnekiel

Eight Boxships Rerouted from Kuwait’s Shuwaikh Port to Shuaibah Port
A total of eight container vessels are set to be transferred from Kuwait’s port of Shuwaikh to Shuaibah port over a period of three months starting from September or October, according to data from Kuwait Shipping Companies and Agents Association, provided by Wilhelmsen Ships Service. The route of these ships would be transferred as part of phase one, according to the capability of the shipowners, however, the number of vessels would later increase to up to 12 vessels if required. KSCAA said that the decision was made in order to reduce the volume of import cargo discharge as well as the conjunction of the containers in Shuwaikh port in parallel with closing the Ghazali bridge.

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