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393 days ago by arnekiel

Oman, Iran close in on $60 billion gas plan
An Omani delegation is in Tehran for the finalization of the operational plan for transfer of the Iranian gas to the sultanate via a pipeline across the Persian Gulf, a top energy official says. “Currently, the Iranian adviser for studying (the subsea section of) the pipeline for 200 kilometers from Kuh-e Mubarak to Oman’s Sohar port has been chosen,” head of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Alireza Kameli said. The onshore section of the pipeline in Iran will be built for another 200 km from Rudan to Kuh-e Mubarak, he added. “According to the plan, engineering studies in both the offshore and onshore sections will be carried out simultaneously so that the implementation of the two lines does not hit a snag,” Kameli added. The $60 billion deal was concluded during President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Muscat in 2013 to ship 10 million cubic meters per day of the Iranian gas to Oman for a period of 15 years.

393 days ago by arnekiel

Oregon seeks solutions to port’s shipping woes
The recent withdrawal of nearly all container shipping at the Port of Portland has forced businesses throughout Oregon to choose between paying more for exports or risk losing customers overseas. State officials are now asking what they can do to help. Business Oregon, the official state agency for economic development, is leading a series of workshops to brainstorm solutions while the Port of Portland attempts to recruit another container shipper to Terminal 6. More than 100 people attended the first Oregon Trade Solutions workshop last week in Portland. The series shifts to Eastern Oregon today with a meeting in Hermiston. Ryan Frank, spokesman for Business Oregon, said the initiative started earlier this year when Hanjin Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd stopped making stops in Portland, taking the vast majority of the port’s container business with them. Oregon shippers now pay an additional $500 to $1,000 per container to send their goods to Seattle and Tacoma. Not only is the freight more expensive, but it has also led to congestion along the other West Coast ports. Gov. Kate Brown announced a deal in April providing $300,000 to help small- and medium-sized businesses stay competitive in the export market. The goal is to deliver a list of solutions to lawmakers for the 2016 Legislature. www.hellenicshipp...

393 days ago by arnekiel

MSC Cruise Line Finds New Home in Havana
MSC Cruise Line, the privately owned Italian company, is the first of the large cruise companies to announce moving their home port to Havana, Cuba. This presents a significant opportunity for MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) to move ahead of Carnival, RCCL, Celebrity, and Norwegian in staking a claim in Cuba. MSC's Opera is scheduled to depart from Genoa for Havana this December. In addition to Cuba, the Opera's anticipated itinerary includes porting in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico. www.huffingtonpos...

393 days ago by arnekiel

Vessel movement resumes after storm Komen weakens
Tropical storm Komen has started to weaken and has crossed the Chittagong coast this morning (July 31) without causing any serious damages. The coastal observations and radar imageries indicate that the coast crossing cyclonic storm “Komen” crossed Chittagong coast near Sandwip at 6:00am today, according to Dhaka met office. It now lies over Noakhali and adjoining land area as a land depression. Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to lower cautionary danger signal no. 7 but instead hoist local cautionary signal no. three. Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower cautionary danger signal no. 5 but instead hoist local cautionary signal no. three. All fishing boats, trawlers and marine vessels over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till this afternoon and proceed with caution till further notice.

394 days ago by arnekiel

Great North lock in Kiel-Holtenau to be closed from 3rd of August until 7th of August
Due to urgent repairs the great north canal lock will be closed for all traffic from 3rd of August (7 a.m.) until 7th of August (01p.m.). For Ships only the great south lock will be open.

395 days ago by arnekiel

DCT Gdansk starts cooperation with Hamburg Süd
Container terminal DCT Gdansk informs that developing its feeder connections it started cooperation with Hamburg Süd, whose first containers were handled at DCT Gdansk on 20th of July 2015. Hamburg Süd is a German container line with a long tradition. As a global line, Hamburg Süd has more than 250 representative offices around the world. In 2015 the line received the Asia Cargo News award “Best Green Shipping Line”. - The last weeks abounded with information about the expanding spectrum of DCT’s clients. On the one hand it is a natural result of our long-standing works on developing a reliable brand, on the other hand it is a confirmation that a unique offer of DCT Gdansk is attractive for global carriers, which are world leaders in the field of container transport – says Dominik Landa, Commercial Director of DCT Gdansk. Hamburg Süd containers will be transported to/from DCT on a weekly Seago Line service. en.portnews.ru/ne...

395 days ago by arnekiel

DP World invests $1.6bn in new Jebel Ali port terminal to meet future demand
DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators, is investing US$1.6 billion on a new terminal at its flagship Jebel Ali port by 2018. The move will boost capacity by 16 per cent and cater to future growth in the UAE and the region. DP World will add 3.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in Jebel Ali port by building a fourth terminal that will increase the overall capacity to 22.1 million TEU by 2018. The port is already on track to boost capacity by 11.8 per cent to 19 million TEU in the second half of this year by expanding Terminal 3. Jebel Ali is the biggest port in the Middle East and North Africa.

395 days ago by arnekiel

Shanghai port makes progress on building up cold ironing facilities
The Chinese port of Shanghai has made progress with plans to build up shoreside power for ocean-going ships and cruise ships while they are at berth so as to reduce the release of harmful air emissions. Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission (SHDRC) issued a statement late last week saying that the government of Shanghai city has outlined the incentives to encourage shoreside power using electricity, or cold ironing. At present, the Yangshan Guandong Terminal and Wusongkou Cruise Terminal have started construction works on the shoreside electricity power facilities. Ocean-going vessels can expect to be able to tap on shoreside power while at berth within this year. Source: Seatrade Maritime

395 days ago by arnekiel

New freight route will connect Port of Liverpool with Greenock, Belfast and Rotterdam
Peel Ports has signed a deal with shipping operator BG Freight Line for a new freight service connecting Greenock, Belfast and Rotterdam with the Port of Liverpool’s £300m Liverpool2 terminal. The route will open up global opportunities for Scottish exporters, particularly in the food and drink, chemical and advanced manufacturing sectors. Liverpool2 is due to become operational by the end of the year and will be equipped to handle 95% of the world’s biggest cargo ships. Source: Liverpool Echo

395 days ago by arnekiel

Abu Dhabi Ports successfully implements all-new terminal operating system at Zayed Port
On the 1stof July 2015, Abu Dhabi Ports went live with its new terminal operating software atZayed Port -the first of seven ports scheduled to upgrade its legacy system to Jade Master Terminal -an important regional hub for general cargo and home to Abu Dhabi’s growing cruise industry.

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