Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after refinery explosion
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Houston Ship Channel from Cotton Patch Bayou to Sims Bayou after a precautionary safety zone had been put in place due to an explosion at Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc., Saturday morning.
At 10:30 a.m., a Sector Houston-Galveston watchstander observed smoke rising in the sky over the tree-line outside an office window and coordinated with Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston watchstander's, who observed the smoke coming from the facility and found other responders were already enroute.
The Captain of the Port closed the channel at 10:40 a.m., until Coast Guard hazmat teams were able to investigate the scene for any impact from possible chemical release in the air or any impact on the waterways.
The facility reports that the fire is out and air monitoring has been conducted by Pasadena Refining and Harris County Pollution Control, with no indications of any offsite impacts.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. www.yourhoustonne...
On Friday, 4 March 2016, the Danish political parties behind the Fehmarnbelt link, a new 18km road and rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany, mandated Femern A/S to appoint the preferred bidders for the main tunnel contracts with the aim of entering conditional contracts no later than mid-May 2016.
Conditional contracts mean that final and binding contracts will be signed with the successful contractors, but that construction work will be postponed until the German construction permit is in place. The contracts are valid until the end of 2019 with the option to renegotiate at that time.
Once the final conditions for conditional contracts are settled satisfactorily between Femern A/S and the winning contractors, the company will present the results to the Minister of Transport before the contracts are signed in May 2016.
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Fincantieri starts building of cruise ship "Seabourn Encore"
"Seabourn Encore", the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Seabourn Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Venice).
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Mr. John Delaney, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, while Fincantieri was represented by Antonio Quintano, the Marghera yard manager.
“Seabourn Encore”, due to join the Seabourn fleet in the end of this year, is being built according to the standards and technical solutions that make Seabourn one of the most prestigious brands in the ultra-luxury segment and will continue the fleet modernization that began in 2009.
The all-suite ship is approximately 41,000 gross tons, 210 metres long and 28 metres wide and will be able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots. It will carry up just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. Every suite will feature a private veranda.
Safety will be one of this ship's major strong points. It will be built using the very latest technologies, whose standards will exceed the requirements of the relevant legislation. Fuel consumption will be significantly reduced by optimizing the ship's hydrodynamics.
Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (of which 47 from 2002), and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group's yards.
German Navy frigate "Sachsen-Anhalt" christened in Hamburg
The third of a total of four 125 class frigates for the German Navy was christened “Sachsen-Anhalt” today at the Hamburg site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Following the christening of the first two frigates “Baden-Württemberg” in December 2013 and “Nordrhein-Westfalen” in April 2015 this is a further important milestone in the shipbuilding program for this frigate class. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-level representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved.
The frigate “Sachsen-Anhalt” is scheduled to be handed over to the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw in early 2019. Commissioning and in-port trials of the first F125 frigate, the “Baden-Württemberg”, have now advanced to the stage where sea trials can commence as planned in spring this year. Handover of the “Baden-Württemberg” to the BAAINBw is scheduled for mid-2017. The contract for the F125 program is worth around two billion euros in total.
COSTA DELIZIOSA to make first call ever on St. Thomas
The Costa Deliziosa (pronounced De-lee-zee-o-sa) will call on St. Thomas for the first time on Thursday, March 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The ship will berth at the West Indian Company (W.I.C.O.) dock, according to a release issued late Friday. “Welcoming a ship to our port for the first time is always a pleasure,” said Joseph B. Boschulte, President and CEO of the West Indian Company, Ltd. “W.I.C.O. and Costa Cruises have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship over the years, and we look forward to welcoming more Costa ships as the line continues to expand its fleet.”
Delivered to Costa Cruises in 2010, Costa Deliziosa is the second of Costa’s Luminosa-class ships. Luminosa-class ships are hybrid designs based on the best features of the line’s Vista and Spirit-class ships. The ships weigh approximately 92,700 gross tons.
Effective March 13, 2016, Hapag-Lloyd existing weekly North China India service (NCI) will be upgraded. With the restructured service, Hapag-Lloyd will have a direct Mundra call in order to provide connectivity to the comprehensive, global service network of Hapag-Lloyd.Following the upgraded service chart and rotation:North China India Service (NCI)Xingang • Qingdao • Singapore • Port Kelang • Nhava Sheva • Mundra • Colombo • Port Kelang • Tanjung Pelepas • Singapore • Xingang
Seago Line starts new Irish Sea Service into Liverpool and Dublin
With the new service Maersk returns to Liverpool after more than a decade and launches its first ever direct service to Dublin, the company said in its press release. Providing a direct service between the British Isles and Algeciras to connect to the whole of Mediterranean and North Africa, the newly announced Irish Sea product into Liverpool and Dublin compliments the existing network and offers improved transportation solutions for serving local markets.
Operated by Seago Line, the Intra-European shipping expert and part of the Maersk Group, the new service further allows easier access to other trades and helps sister companies Maersk Line and Safmarine deliver for their customers in the North West of England and Ireland. Most notably, the new short sea service creates a great opportunity for a West Africa product offering with a new transshipment option to connect both markets to Nigeria. With the introduction of Seago Line’s Irish Sea service, Maersk Group returns to Liverpool with a direct product after a 10 year absence.
La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) welcomes largest ship ever
La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) has welcomed the on-time arrival of the largest ship ever deployed by United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. in its Asia – Med trade network The new A-15 class 15,000 TEU ship, AL DHAIL, berthed at Fornelli East for the first time as part of its maiden voyage calling at Mediterranean ports. The AL DHAIL is one of many ULCCs deployed in four weekly Asia-Med strings calling at La Spezia, with the port accustomed to handling a growing number of calls by increasingly large ships. Forecasts suggest that 200 calls will be performed by ships of 10,000+ TEU in 2016. The AL DHAIL, in arriving fully laden in La Spezia and requiring some 3,000 contractual moves, successfully tested LSCT’s infrastructure in terms of water depth and ULCC handling and the totality of the La Spezia System itself.
IT IS not likely to garner the same headlines as Emerald Grain’s proposed new port on the Eyre Peninsula, but another grain exporting facility in SA quietly took another step forward last week.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has made a draft recommendation that Patrick’s Berth 29 facility at Port Adelaide, used by Cargill with its mobile grain loading equipment, be exempt from the port access code.
Cargill successfully trialled a mobile ship loader at Port Adelaide at the Patrick berth last year and now the site is being formally assessed as an ongoing grain exporting concern.
Spokesman for Cargill Peter McBride said the mobile loader was used to allow the company to move grain from its GrainFlow storage and handling sites directly onto ships.
However, those expecting Berth 29 to become a serious competitor to Viterra’s stranglehold on port logistics will be disappointed.
It is believed there is capacity to export around 200-250,000 tonnes of grain out of the Berth 29 facility, out of an estimated SA crop of 7.18 million tonnes last year. www.northqueensla...
Market sources say a lack of bunker supply at Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk has become severe and could persist for weeks to come, Platts reports.
As Ship & Bunker previously reported, crude oil deliveries being diverted from domestic refineries for export had raised resupply concerns at the port of Novorossiisk late last week.
While MGO and 700 cSt product is available at the port, supplies of 380 cSt and 180 cSt was said to be scarce, with one source noting that it had taken one ship three days to obtain a 400 metric tonne (mt) stem. shipandbunker.com...