Iceland to build new Arctic port at Finna Fjord (with Bremen Ports)
Iceland has announced its intention to build a new port in north-eastern province Finna Fjord, in cooperation with Bremenports, in order to take advantage of increasing interest from shipping in the Arctic Ocean. Feasibility studies and planning for the new facility are already underway, with Icelandic company EFLA Consulting Engineers and Bremenports having drawn up a Letter of Intent, with personal backing from Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. The new port’s location at Finna Fjord will ensure that the port is free of ice all year round, due to the Gulf Stream. More at www.hellenicshipp...
Giant Greenland iceberg cluster drifts into transalantic shipping lanes
The largest iceberg cluster seen in recent years is drifting south off Labrador near the Strait of Belle Isle through transatlantic shipping routes, says the Canadian Coast Guard. Peter Veber, Atlantic superintendent of ice operations, said there are about 250 icebergs within a 100 kilometre radius of Belle Isle off Labrador. “The shipping that is going through there are reporting numerous bergs,” he said Thursday in an interview. “We have a ship operating up on the Labrador coast and likewise our own people are saying that they’re seeing more now than we’ve seen for years up there.” In all, the coast guard reports that the numbers are three to four times what has been recorded in the last five years. More at www.hellenicshipp...
Foundation for LNG terminal at Mangalore in September 2013
“Plans are afoot to set up an LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal in this district shortly, and as discussed, the foundation stone for this project will be laid in September,” said union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dr Veerappa Moily on June 26, 2013.
Addressing media persons during his visit to the district Congress office here, Moily said that encouragement and support will be given to various industries so that more people get employment opportunities.
ATI spending big to develop Manila South Harbour terminal
Asian Terminals Inc (ATI) is spending P1.8bn this year expanding its Manila South Harbour. The money is going on a new container stacking area, new container yards and new port equipment, including two rubber-tired gantry cranes. The investment should see the terminal hit 1.2m teu in annual capacity. [Sea Ship News 25/06/13]
Malaysia’s Marine Department has issued a navigational warning to ships heading through the Straits of Malacca as the haze from Indonesia blankets the area. Director-general Datuk Captain Ahmad Othman said ships should be extra cautious and observe their speed while sailing on the straits. "We have reminded them to navigate at a safe speed, taking into consideration the prevailing haze condition. We are monitoring all the ships from our control centre at Port Klang... the centre will as usual be keeping a close watch round-the-clock," he said. [Sea Ship News 26/06/13]
PKA urged to implement extra security measures for Port Klang
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) was urged today (June 26, 2013) to implement additional security measures due to poor visibility of less than 100 metres caused by the haze.
Malaysia Harbour Pilots Association (MHAPA) president Captain Mahadhir Che Ismail said PKA had not issued any instructions to close the port so far despite harbour pilots having had to rely entirely on radar to navigate ships into the harbour at one point. Citing examples of international ports in other countries such as China, he said authorities there will close their ports if visibility was less than 1,000 metres. www.carbonpositiv...
Hapag-Lloyd skips Charleston in the Gulf Mexico Express Service GMX
In order to further improve the schedule reliability to/from Mexico and the US East Coast, Hapag-Lloyd decided to skip Charleston from its Gulf Mexico Express Service (GMX) as from week 30, said in the company's press release.
The last vessel calling at Charleston will be MV “Lisa Schulte” 03W26 / 03E29 eta July 29,2013
With effective “Norfolk Express” 34W27 / 34E30 the new rotation will be:
Thamesport – Antwerp – Bremerhaven – Le Havre – Veracruz – Altamira – Houston – New Orleans - Thampesport
Hapag-Lloyd still offers Charleston via its Atlantic Express Service (ATX) and Gulf Atlantic Express Service (GAX).
Following SIMATECH, MSC is to open a dedicated Somalia feeder
Shortly after the UAE-based Simatech announced to increase its coverage of Somalia, the Mediterranean Shipping Company is set to follow suit with the launch of its own dedicated Somalia feeder (#2846).
At the end of this month, MSC will begin a regular fortnightly shuttle service between the Oman transhipment port of Salalah, were mainline connections are offered, and Mogadishu.
River-sea shipping line linking Luzhou and Wuhan to be launched
A RIVER-SEA intermodal shipping line connecting the Yangtze River city of Luzhou in Sichuan province and Wuhan in Hubei province will be launched by the end of this year, Xinhua reports. With the new service, Sichuan products, such as auto parts, mechanical or electronic products, will be shipped to Wuhan on smaller vessels and then be loaded onto larger near-sea ships for Taiwan, moving goods nearly four times faster door to door. Luzhou port, being the only river port in the region to offer sea-rail intermodal service, is an important port for trade cargo in the mid-west region. Last year, it handled 135,200 TEU, taking up 84 per cent of Sichuan's total. There is already a shuttle shipping service in operation between Luzhou and Wuhan. The service ran 302 sailings last year, carrying 37,200 TEU, up 45 per cent year-on-year.