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450 days ago by arnekiel

Production under way at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal, first export shipment is imminent
Houston-based Cheniere Energy has begun production at its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in Louisiana, according to Bloomberg. Previously Cheniere had intended to start shipping LNG from the new plant before the end of 2015 but it announced in October a delay to that schedule, meaning a likely date for first export shipment would be some time this month (January). Cheniere has invested $11bn in Sabine Pass, which is the first complex designed to liquefy and export natural gas from America’s vast inland shale formations. Its main target markets are in Europe. The terminal has six production plants, known as trains, which are used for chilling the natural gas. splash247.com/pro...

452 days ago by arnekiel

Salalah opens new multipurpose terminal
The Port of Salalah has opened a new deep-water general cargo and liquid bulk terminal. The multipurpose terminal will add 20m tonnes of dry cargo and six million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo to the port’s annual handling capacity.David Gledhill, Port of Salalah’s CEO, said: “The new facility is able to handle a wide range of vessels, ranging from naval ships, to vessels handling limestone, cement, livestock, project cargo and other dry bulk commodities as Salalah continues to grow as a key centre of trade and logistics for the region.” The new terminal was built by the Government of Oman at a cost of 55m OMR (US$143m). The quay wall is 1,266 meters in length and 84 meters wide.It is located on the leeward side of southern breakwater at the port. The facility provides two 320 meter-long General Cargo berths and two 300 meter-long Liquid Bulk berths. “A dedicated pipe corridor links the new liquid bulk terminal directly with one of our customers operating within the port, and in the future, an extension will connect with the Salalah Free Zone where new customers are setting up their plants,” said Ahmed Akaak, Port of Salalah Deputy CEO.The Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and APM Terminals holds a 30% share. Source: Port Strategy

453 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Duqm set to start mineral exports in February
Port of Duqm plans to start export of minerals for the first time in February next year, said a top-level official of the port. The port has already set up facilities for ‘early operation’ of its break bulk terminal for exporting 50,000 tonnes of dolomite as the first shipment from the port.

453 days ago by arnekiel

Shanghai: Docked ships to use electric generators
Authorities plan to install electric generators at ports to provide ships with power while they are berthed in a bid to cut emission. According to a draft regulation submitted to the Shanghai People’s Congress yesterday, the port operators will press the ships, especially container ships and cruise liners, to use electricity rather than generate power from their engines that pollute the air. The ports will be held responsible for treating the wastes from the ships as well as controlling their emissions and noises, Sun Jianping, the head of the city’s transport commission who drafted the regulation, told lawmakers. The emissions from the berthed ships are a major source of air pollutions, but they can be cut by over 90 percent with the use of electricity generators, Sun said. The city government has installed electric generators at Yangshan cargo port and Wusong cruise liner port for trial operations. The government will subsidize ports with the installation cost and part of the electricity fees to ships. It will also cover the maintenance costs for the facilities. www.hellenicshipp...

453 days ago by arnekiel

Largest cargo ship to ever visit U.S. coming to Oakland on Thursday, Dec. 31
The 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin, the 10th largest containership in the world, was launched from a Chinese shipyard last month and arrived at the Port of Los Angeles over the weekend. It is scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Port of Oakland, where it will stay at Berth 24 at the Ports America Outer Harbor Terminal until Sunday afternoon or Monday morning, port officials said. The ship is operated by CMA CGM, a shipping company based in Marseille, France. www.sfgate.com/ba...

453 days ago by arnekiel

Koper terminal receives the largest ship ever - MSC Luciana
The largest container ship in terms of TEU capacity MSC Luciana docked at the Koper Container Terminal on December 29 the MSC Luciana. The vessel can carry 11.660 standard 20' containers, the With the four shore to ship cranes we have unloaded almost 2.000 containers and another 900 have been loaded. The ship is part of the 2M alliance, formed by two largest global ship-owners, the MSC and the Maersk Line, and operates on the Asia – Adriatic string. In this rotation Koper is the first port of call in the Adriatic meaning that the cargo coming from Far East has the shortest transit time.

453 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Virginia to receive 5 new pieces of equipment
Norfolk, Va. – Five new pieces of cargo handling equipment are scheduled to arrive by vessel to Port of Virginia on Thursday around 10 a.m. The equipment includes four, lightly used rubber-tire gantry cranes from Russia and a brand-new mobile harbor crane. The equipment will arrive at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal. After the ship unloads at VIG, it will spend three days at the Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) to unload the three remaining pieces of equipment. Finally, the equipment will travel to the Port of Richmond and deliver the new mobile harbor crane around January 5. “We continue to seek ways to improve our cargo throughput in all areas across our operation,” said CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority John F. Reinhart. “These pieces of cargo conveyance equipment will do just that and within a reasonable time frame.” wtkr.com/2015/12/...

453 days ago by arnekiel

Port Everglades Breaks World Record for Single Day Cruise Passengers
Port Everglades broke their own world record for single day cruise passengers on December 20, 2015 when 53,485 guests either embarked or disembarked from the port. That is 120 more passengers than their old record that dates back to March 20, 2010. - It was a busy day in Port Everglades on December 20, 2015 when the following eight cruise ships were in port: Carnival Conquest Celebrity Silhouette MS Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Regal Princess Royal Princess Allure of the Seas Navigator of the Seas - See more at: cruisefever.net/1...

453 days ago by arnekiel

Tug with barge runs aground in Maldives
The tug and barge ran aground in Fushidhiggaru reef, which is located near capital Male. A tug and a barge carrying construction boulder from India ran aground in Maldives Sunday, it has emerged. Haveeru understands that the tug and barge, owned by a foreign company MM Exports, ran aground in Fushidhiggaru reef, which is located near capital Male. Efforts to salvage the vessels have so far been futile.MM Exports is involved in several projects in Maldives, including the construction of roads under the second phase development of capital Male’s satellite suburb, Hulhumale.The case has been lodged with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). An official from the agency said the case is being investigated, but declined to provide details. A heavy fine is imposed if a vessel runs aground due to negligence. Source : haveeru

453 days ago by arnekiel

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Sets New Record with the Largest Container Ship Call ever at a US Port
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin became the largest container ship ever to call a North American port when it docked at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on December 26th. At 399.2 meters (1,310 feet) in length, and 54 meters (177 feet) wide, the Ultra-Large Container Ship (ULCS) is 60 feet longer than the Empire State Building is tall, and 17 feet wider than a US football field; the ship’s bridge is also as tall as a 20 story building. CMA CGM, based in Marseilles, France, is the world’s 3rd-largest container ship line by capacity, with a fleet of 470 container ships carrying an estimated 13 million TEUs in 2015. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin was welcomed into the port by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a ceremony held at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles which was attended as well by Congresswoman Janice Hahn, who represents California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the Port Complex at San Pedro, in the U.S. House of Representatives; the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Mario Cordero; Los Angeles City Council Member Joe Buscaino of the 15th Council District of Los Angeles, and other local officials. www.hellenicshipp...

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