GAC reports on Friday, August 5, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Effectively immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels drafting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.41m (44.0 feet) TFW.
The draft limit is based on the current level of Gatun Lake and the weather forecast for the following weeks.
Shippers threaten to boycott Nigerian ports over rising duty payments
Shippers in the country have threatened to stop using Nigerian seaports to bring in their goods from overseas due to high duties payable on imported goods.
The import duties have risen by as much as 60 per cent in the last one month as the Nigeria Customs Service has adjusted the naira-dollar exchange rate to the current market value of the local currency.
The naira exchanged for 313 to the dollar at the official interbank market on Monday, though it appreciated to 310 on Tuesday. This makes it the second time in one month that the Customs will make the adjustment in the exchange rate.
The PUNCH had last month reported that the NCS had directed that the dollar rate used for calculating import duties be increased from N197 to N282. The latest adjustment came into effect on Monday, August 1, 2016.
Jebel Ali Port awarded as being best seaport in Middle East
DP WORLD's flagship Jebel Ali Port has been voted "Best Sea Port - Middle East" for the 22nd consecutive year at the recent Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS).
The award was received by senior vice president and managing director, DP World, Asia-Pacific Region, Rashid Abdulla, on behalf of DP World at a recent gala ceremony in Shanghai to celebrate excellence in the freight, logistics and supply chain sector, according to a press release.
The AFLAS Awards is an annual event hosted by Asia Cargo News to recognise best performing industry leaders in seaports, airports, shipping, aviation, and logistics.
Police in Ecuador seize 880lbs of cocaine on cargo ship
Ecuadorean police have seized close to 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of cocaine and detained four people who allegedly tried to hide the drug in a truck that was to be put on a cargo ship in the port city of Guayaquil.
The police department says on its Twitter account that the cocaine was contained in 385 packages.
A police report says Friday's operation was the result of a two-month investigation working with European anti-drug agencies.
Ecuador is used by drug cartels in Colombia and Peru as a transshipment point for narcotics bound for the United States and Europe. latino.foxnews.co...
Two teams of Israeli Navy specialists are working full time with German shipyards in Hamburg and Kiel to build Israel’s sixth strategic submarine and design the backbone of Israel’s future surface fleet.
Both mega projects — the estimated $2 billion, three-vessel Dolphin-class air independent propulsion (AIP) program and the estimated €500 million (US $560 million), four-ship Sa’ar-6 corvette program — are subsidized in part by the German government.
They also involve extensive Israel-unique engineering modificatoins, which a top officer in Israel said benefits not only the Israeli Navy but the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyards, too.
“Building for the Israel Navy enriches your brand as a marine company,” Rear Adm. Yossi Ashkenazi, head of the Israeli Navy's Materiel Command, said of TKMS, the Kiel-based prime contractor for both programs. www.defensenews.c...
A group of northern Manitoba community leaders remain hopeful the grain shipping season for Churchill can be restored.
Omnitrax announced last week the shipping season, which usually starts in August, has been cancelled this year.
A group of community leaders met Wednesday with natural resources minister Jim Carr in Winnipeg.
The leaders, calling themselves the Northern Delegation, called for an urgent co-ordinated action plan to salvage the 2016 season.
The community officials say the business case for using Churchill to ship grain and other commodities to Europe and other markets remains very strong.
The Delegation is requesting a follow-up meeting within ten days with key federal officials in Ottawa to continue to resolve the issue.
The delegation includes the towns of Churchill, Gillam, the Pas and the city of Thompson, the Hudson Bay Route Association and northern Manitoba first nations. www.620ckrm.com/2...
First LNG-fueled vessel to bunker at Rotterdam in w/c Aug 8
The Port of Rotterdam is to carry out its first LNG bunkering operation next week, according to a statement from the company on August 3. The vessel to be fueled will be the Ternsund, a dual-fuel product tanker belonging to Swedish shipping line Terntank. The vessel is currently on its maiden voyage, and is expected to deliver a shipment of naphtha at Vopak Botlek in Rotterdam the weekend of August 6. After the delivery, the ship is expected to dock at the Willem Alexander Terminal where it will be bunkered via truck using LNG from the Gate terminal. The procedure is expected to last approximately three days, as the vessel is currently running on marine gas oil and the on-board fuel tanks need to be cooled before they can be loaded.
First “Neo-Panamax” vessel arrives at Port of Philadelphia
A new phase for transport along the Delaware River started this week with the first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels calling into the Port of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
The MSC Sophia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia for the first time, making it the largest ship to ever call the Port of Philadelphia.
“This new service comes as a direct result of the opening of the Panama Canal Expansion,” said David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals LLC, operator of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.
“Coupled with the near completion of the Delaware River Deepening Project, the Port of Philadelphia is poised to capitalize on this new service line as the only direct US east coast port of call between the west coast of South America and Europe.”
The MSC Sophia Celeste was completed in 2014 and has an on-board capacity of 8,819 TEU’s, of which 1,462 can be used with refrigerated container plugs for transporting perishable cargo.
The ship is the first to trade on MSC’s newly redesigned South America West Coast-USA-Northwest Continent service line, which makes stops in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and the Bahamas, before calling Philadelphia and then heading to Rotterdam.