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452 days ago by arnekiel

India’s ship graveyard runs aground - only 30 active yard of 130 once left
Just 30 of the 130 once operational ship-breaking yards at Alang are active while the others have shut down as lower steel prices and a soft rupee has made scrapping sea vessels financially unviable. www.thenational.a...

452 days ago by arnekiel

Crack Could Delay Panama Canal Expansion, Spokesman Says
Nov 26 (Reuters) – The expansion of the Panama canal could face a new delay due to cracks that emerged a few months ago in one of the locks, a spokesman for the waterway’s authority said on Thursday. The consortium leading the construction project – led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Spain’s Sacyr – expects to finish repairing the cracks by mid-January, but it has not given a new date for completing the work, the Panama Canal Authority said. The consortium is trying “to minimize the impact on the final handover, planned for April next year,” the canal authority said in a statement. The Panama Canal’s current expansion plan was originally set at $5.25 billion but the costs rose and the administrator became locked in a dispute with building consortium Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC), which built the third set of locks. An administrator for the canal warned in September that delays would be likely after the cracks were first detected in August. https://gcaptain.com/crack-could-delay-panama-canal-expansion-spokesman-says/

452 days ago by arnekiel

Fosmax LNG starts transshipment service at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal
Fosmax LNG is to offer a transshipment service at the Fos Cavaou  LNG  terminal with effect from  December 1 st , 2015. This new service follows the signature of an exclusive partnership agreement between Fosmax LNG and Teekay Marine Solutions Ltd., formerly SPT Marine Services, the world leader in  LNG  ship - to - ship (STS) cargo transfer operations. This new transshipment service will allow Fosmax LNG’s clients to transfer L iquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with the use of cryogenic hoses, by mooring two vessels in double banking alongside the terminal jetty. en.portnews.ru/ne...

452 days ago by arnekiel

Suez Canal Container Terminal prepares to boost vessel traffic with 24-hour Access
A formal signing ceremony will now enable vessels to transit to Port Said East through a new side channel to be constructed bypassing the Suez Canal’s main entrance, APM Terminals said in its press release.- At a ceremony held 25th November at the Suez Canal Authority’s(SCA) training centre in Ismailia, Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, the Head of the SCA, formally approved the construction of a new 9.5 km (5 mile) long, 17 meter (55 feet) deep and 250 meter (820 foot) wide access channel to Port Said East which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to the Suez Canal Container Terminal, one of the largest and busiest container facilities on the Mediterranean Sea. At present, due to convoy traffic on the canal, vessels calling Port Said East are restricted to an eight-hour daily transit window. The USD $36 million project is expected to be completed within seven months. en.portnews.ru/ne...

452 days ago by arnekiel

Italy police seize 847 shotguns en route from Turkey to Belgium
A large cargo of shotguns without transportation permits has been seized by the Italian police at the Port of Trieste. The 847 Turkish-made Winchester shotguns worth about €500,000 were on their way to Belgium, RT reports. The weapons were declared along with other cargoes destined for Germany and the Netherlands on a Dutch-registered truck driven by a Turkish citizen. Gun shipments from Turkey are nothing new in Trieste, but this time the shipment was missing a key document: authorization for transportation in the EU. The shipment consisted of 847 pump-action Winchester shotguns: 781 SXP 12-51 and 66 SXP 12-47 models, La Stampa reports. “A major seizure,” the chief prosecutor of Trieste, Carlo Mastelloni, commented, stressing that the Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) “have done well for encouraging controls in the port, a sensitive area that affects business in the commercial city of Trieste.” www.panarmenian.n...

452 days ago by arnekiel

Power ship finally docks at Tema
The much talked about power ship that set sail from Turkey has finally docked near the Tema Fishing Harbour. The barge is one of two is expected to feed the national grid with some 225 megawatts when energized. Built by the Turkish company, Karpowership, the arrival of the ship forms part of plans to end the three-year power crisis that has hit the country. Delays The power barge was originally scheduled to dock at the Tema Port in the first quarter of this year. It was rescheduled to September 2015, but government failed to meet the initial timelines for the arrival of the barge. Hiccups A ceremony was held in Turkey on Tuesday, October 27 which saw officials from Ministry of Power, selected journalists and others from the Turkish power ship maker Karadeniz, gather at the port of departure.On Friday, November 6, 2015, it finally moved out of Turkish waters pulled by a speed deck cargo ship, the Black Marlin which ensured the faster transportation of the power barge from Turkey. The Black Marine ship docked at the Abidjan port on November 22, 2015 where the power barge was offloaded and after documentation, it was handed over to two other speed boats which pulled it to the Tema Port. - See more at: graphic.com.gh/ne...

454 days ago by arnekiel

China Wants Military Base in Djibouti
China's military is in talks with the Horn of Africa country Djibouti to build logistics "facilities" to support Chinese peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions, the foreign and defense ministries said on Thursday. In May, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told French media his government was in talks with China about a military base, adding Beijing's presence would be welcome in the former French colony, which borders Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the facilities would mainly provide logistics services to resolve issues related to fuelling, rest and reorganization of troops and food supplies. maritime-executiv...

454 days ago by arnekiel

Cruise ship crisis: Tourism chiefs call for better berthing facilities for Sydney Harbour
MILLIONS of tourism dollars are being lost every year to Sydney due to a lack of big-ship berths for luxury cruise liners. Tourism bodies, the cruise ship industry and federal crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm warned yesterday the money lost would increase exponentially unless the Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island facility was opened up permanently to commercial vessels. The warning coincided with one of the city’s busiest weeks for cruise ship arrivals, with all five P&O “Pacific” liners and their 9000-plus passengers visiting port. Tourism & Transport Forum Australia CEO Margy Osmond said a lack of berths meant some large cruise liners had to drop anchor in the middle of the Harbour and ferry people ashore. “Visitors are less likely to come ashore and spend their money in the city if cruise ships can’t berth and allow visitors to come and go freely,” she said. www.dailytelegrap...

454 days ago by arnekiel

Workers at Haifa Port imposed a go-slow today despite a Labor Court ruling forbidding sanctions.
Workers at Haifa Port imposed wildcat industrial sanctions today in the course of unloading the Gunvor Maersk, which is at the port as part of the strategic line of the M2 shipping consortium of the world's two largest shipping companies, Maersk and MSC. Work on the ship by the A shift this morning has been proceeding at just 50% of normal output. The wildcat action comes just a week after the president of the Haifa Labor Court absolutely prohibited sanctions at Haifa Port in a hearing on a work dispute declared by the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel), and ordered the workers to maintain full and normal work until they obtained a different ruling, if any. The Histadrut was surprised by the port workers' sanctions, and the cause is still unclear. www.globes.co.il/...

454 days ago by arnekiel

Trader sues to block cranes for Mombasa
A businessman has sued to stop the procurement of cranes to be used at the Mombasa port. Filed under a certificate of urgency, the petition seeks to challenge the Sh3 billion tender for the supply and commissioning of three ships-to-shore gantry cranes. Maur Abdalla says the winning bidder has violated tender requirements and the cranes might be of inferior quality, ripping the public out of millions of shillings. Abdalla says Liebherr Container Cranes has deviated from all the conditions contained in the tender specification and contract. He says instead, the supplier is now about to instal substitute cranes of inferior type. “The subject three cranes have not been acquired according to the specification in the tender and procurement process,” Abdalla says in a sworn statement. - See more at: www.the-star.co.k...

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