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439 days ago by arnekiel

Newcastle: Ready for More Maiden Cruise-Ship Calls
Signs of a solid cruise port? More and more maiden calls. Such is the case in Newcastle, New South Wales, and is a direct response to commercial incentives introduced on port charges for inaugural visits, said David Brown, business development officer for the port. “Cunard and Azamara will visit Newcastle for the first time in early 2016,” he said. “Royal Caribbean and Celebrity will return as regular visitors to the port, while P&O Australia is scheduled to make four calls. Silversea returns after several years, and the cruise season is scheduled to end with a maiden visit by Oceania’s Insignia in May 2016.” One new piece of tourism infrastructure is the Memorial Walk, which was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in the First World War, as well as the commencement of steel making in the port. The walk features a 160 meter cliff top bridge adorned with steel silhouettes of soldiers inscribed with close to 4,000 family names of almost 11,000 known Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during World War I. www.cruiseindustr...

440 days ago by arnekiel

Mexican port meets demands of international trade community and shipping industry
The first three of the world’s largest ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes and two rail mounted cranes for an intermodal rail facility were recently delivered to APM Terminals’ Lázaro Cardenas, Michoacán, México (TEC2), now in the final stages of construction at Mexico’s second-largest container port. Multinational company “APM Terminals” is currently lifting global trade with a Global Terminal Network of 20,600 professionals and 200 port and inland services operations in 58 countries around the globe. APM Terminals designs, builds and operates port and terminal facilities, as well as providing Inland Services for cargo transportation between port facilities and inland locations, as well as other associated cargo handling functions. The world’s shipping industry and the global logistics chain rely upon APM Terminals and the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network for efficient access to all global markets. The terminal development milestone was commemorated by a ceremony held in Mexico City the last week of October, according to an APM Terminals press release. www.theyucatantim...

440 days ago by arnekiel

Wharf work lights up as first Holcim ship nears
Giving power to PrimePort's No 2 wharf upgrade has turned into a groundbreaking exercise for a Timaru company. The wharf, constructed by PrimePort as part of a 25-year deal with cement company Holcim, is on target for completion by the end of November. With the cement ship unloader and ship unloader delivered to the Holcim dome by the MV Happy Dragon ship on Sunday, work has begun in earnest to make the wharf ready to receive its first cement ship from Japan in early December. www.stuff.co.nz/t...

440 days ago by arnekiel

New generation vehicle carrier docks at SOHAR
SOHAR Port and Freezone celebrated the maiden call of M.V. Hawaiian Highway, one of the world's largest vessels, at the Port's general cargo terminal on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. The new service from K-Line is a so-called post-Panamax class RoRo carrier (standing for roll-on/roll-off), with an impressive 7,500-vehicle capacity. The ship is K-Line's newest and largest vehicle carrier, with a length of almost 200 metres and a width spanning 38 metres. The vessel has a number of state-of-the-art features to allow for greater loading efficiency and it's smart construction results in a significantly lower environmental impact. Furthermore, the vessel can transport a wide variety of cargoes, including rolling stock for the rail industry. K-Line has been a regular visitor to C. Steinweg Oman, the general cargo terminal at SOHAR Port, for many years. RoRo numbers at SOHAR have seen an impressive increase of almost 200% over the first three quarters of 2015, in comparison to this time last year, and SOHAR now handles well over 200,000 vehicles annually. https://www.zawya.com/sto...

440 days ago by arnekiel

DP World Plans To Develop Tasmanian Terminal at Burnie
DP World and the Tasmanian Ports Corporation have announced that they will work together to develop a 200,000 teu capacity container terminal at the Port of Burnie on the Australian island of Tasmania. DP World’s investment will involve refurbishing the existing ship-to-shore (STS) crane and providing an additional one; developing the container yard for general and refrigerated containers; integrating the yard with the existing rail terminal and providing yard container handling equipment. www.hellenicshipp...

440 days ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam raises discounts on transshipment cargo and feeders
The port of Rotterdam has increased the discount for containers that are transshipped to other European ports and has extended the discount for feeder containers. From January the average eight euro ($8.80) tariff for a deep sea container will be reduced by 3.75 euro if it is transshipped to another port by sea, up from the current 2.50 euro discount. For feeder containers the existing transshipment discount of 2.50 euro will remain in place for a further two years. “In this way, the Port Authority wants to encourage the market to ship a lot more transshipment cargo via Rotterdam,” the port authority said. “It also maintains the extra incentive for container vessels to call at Rotterdam twice whenever they visit Europe.” When deep-sea container vessels sailing between continents visit the port a second time on a voyage the tariff is 25 percent of the normal rate. www.joc.com/port-...

441 days ago by Timsen

Floating dock sank in storm
A large covered floating dock at the Hirtshals Yard A/S could not withstand the storm Freja that hit Jutland in the night of Nov 7, 2015. One end of the dock was now resting on the bottom of the harbor. A ship from Esvagt inside the dock has not been damaged. Thedock was floating again on Nov 9 and seemed to have suffered little damage, but the exact amount still had to be assessed by the yard. Danish report with photos: www.flaskeposten....

441 days ago by arnekiel

Bangladesh recycling upgrade
Bangladesh is pushing ahead with a BTK120m ($1.5m) upgrade for all its shipbreaking yards at Sitakunda. The Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation (NORAD) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) have extended financial and technical support so that the yards will have treatment storage disposal facilities. Vessels to clean up the surrounding sea as well as a new hospital are also planned. Bangladesh has had to act fast as a number of shipowners, even whole national shipowner associations, have said they will boycott the nation’s yards until they improve their working practices. splash247.com/ban...

441 days ago by arnekiel

RF Government expands limits of port Vysotsk through inclusion of land for LNG terminal
Portnews - RF Government Decree dated October 31, 2015 (No 2212-р) expands the limits of seaport Vysotsk (Leningrad Region) through inclusion of the plot of land intended for construction of an LNG terminal with the capacity of 660,000 t at the Ryuyevyalinnieme peninsula. According to the statement, the decision on port Vysotsk expansion was approved in view of implementing the investment project on construction of a terminal for production and transshipment of liquefied natural gas.

443 days ago by arnekiel

Portland sets cruise ship record
Maine’s 2015 cruise ship season came to an end this week as the Seven Seas Navigator made the final port stop in the state, helping set a record for annual cruise ship visits for the largest city in Maine. Portland, Maine’s second-busiest cruise ship port, had 84 visits this year, according to Bob Leeman, marketing director for Cruise Portland, the city’s marketing arm for the cruise industry. That is 10 more visits than the 74 Portland had in 2014 and four above the previous high, he said. “We had an outstanding season,” Leeman said. Cruise ship companies and passengers, he added, “love it here.” https://bangordailynews.com/2015/11/06/business/bar-harbor-misses-mark-but-portland-sets-cruise-ship-record/

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