Cnooc gets greenlight for construction of Shenzhen LNG terminal
Beijing: China National Offshore Oil Corp has won approval from the National Development and Reform Commission to begin construction of a liquefied natural gas project in Shenzhen, the NDRC said Monday, SinoShip reports
The project, known as the Diefu terminal, will be able to receive 4m metric tons of LNG a year. It will include four storage tanks each capable of holding 160,000 cubic meters and supporting gasification facilities, NDRC said on its website. Cnooc's project will also include a berth that can receive tankers capable of transporting between 80,000 cu m and 266,000 cu m of LNG. [31/07/12] sinoshipnews.com/...
Mississippi River Is Drying Up, Water level sinks by up to 20 feet
he Mississippi river is drying up and some shipping companies are worried that the drought of 1988 may be repeated, a time when the river dried up so much that barge traffic came to a standstill. In 1988 the shipping industry lost $1 billion, a number that would be far higher in 2012 and could be reached in as little as three days. Almost all of the rivers 2,500 miles are experiencing some type of low water level. Just outside of Memphis the river is 13 feet below normal depth while the National Weather Service says Vicksburg, Mississippi is 20 feet below normal levels. Overall the Mississippi is 13 feet below normal averages for this time of year.
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BBC News Online on July 30, 2012 reports that Fishermen in Falmouth have said they will oppose any plans to use taxpayers' money to pay for the dredging of the town's harbour. Cornwall Council said it would help cover the costs of any full-scale dredging - something it said could total more than £20 million. Opponents have started a petition urging the council to reconsider, the BBC said, but Sir Graham Watson, MEP for the region, said the whole of Cornwall could benefit from the project. More on www.sandandgravel...
Port Buchanan seek expansion, vessel traffic increases by 40 percent after dredging
Regular traffic jam at the Buchanan harbor, Liberia’ second largest seaport has necessitated the need for the expansion of the port to allow additional space for more vessels to dock, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) has disclosed. Madam Matilda W. Parker said vessel traffic at the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, has increased to 40%. She said the port of Buchanan has gone very busy over the last couple of months since the port was dredged few months ago. According to the NPA Managing Director, the port needs an expansion in order to create additional space for more vessels to birth at the port. But she said land acquisition to expand the port is difficult even though negotiations are ongoing. More at www.liberianobser...
Atlantic Gateway secures £150m European cash boost for Liverpool 2 terminal
The money from the European Investment Bank will enable construction work start early next year on the 'Liverpool 2' project, part of the wider Atlantic Gateway scheme focussed on revitalising the corridor connecting Liverpool, Manchester and surrounding towns. Liverpool 2 will enable large 'post panamax' ships, those capable of accommodating two vessels of up to 13,500 TEU at a time, to dock at Port Seaforth. The project, which is expected to create 5,000 new jobs, will consist of the construction of an in-river container terminal to handle these ships and is due to be completed mid-2015. www.insidermedia....
The Port of Haifa recently set a new productivity record for the Port, loading and discharging an average of 27 containers per hour of ship-to-shore gantry crane from a single vessel. During May, the port reached a record rate of 28.29 containers per-hour.
Kandla Port handles first Capesize vessels and starts operation of 2 new floating cranes
India's premier port Kandla Port is also the first Major Port in India to handle Cape Size vessels at 16 meter Draft at Outer Anchorage of Kandla Port. This phenomenal feet could be achieved by positioning Floating Crane with 26 CBM Grab at KPT OTB, Daily Shipping Times reports.
Rishi Shipping has imported two Liber Floating cranes from Germany. Out of them, one Floating Crane started operation and second Floating crane will be in operation from September. Now Kandla Port is ready in all respects to handle Gearless Panamax and Cape Size vessels without any restriction of length of ship (LOA) and arrival Draft. Vessels of 300 mts LOA and 16 meter drafts will now be calling at Kandla. This is the big achievement of Kandla Port and adds another feather in its cap.
The first trial vessel that was discharged by this Floating crane was m.v. Indus Prosperity on 25th June.
LNG terminal in Dabhol to start operations in October or November 2012
State-run gas utility GAIL India Ltd will commission its LNG terminal in Dabhol, on the Indian west coast, in October or November, its chairman B.C. Tripathi said on Monday, Reuters reports. The terminal will operate initially at about 2.5 million tonnes a year, half of its installed capacity, Tripathi said. With gas demand expected to grow at 14 percent in the next five years, Asia's third-largest economy is scouting for long-term LNG contracts, and aims to increase its LNG handling capacity to 50 million tonnes a year by 2017 from 13.5 million tonnes now.
Tripathi said GAIL will soon conclude a two-to-three-year deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG). "The volume would be almost a million tonne (per year)."
China Merchants Holdings takes 55% stake in new Colombo south harbour terminal
Shenzhen: China Merchant Holdings together with Aitken Spence PLC and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have signed a Built Own Transfer (BOT) Agreement for the first terminal at Colombo South Harbour, the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT).
China Merchant Holdings will take a 55% stake in the project, with phase 1 consisting of building three terminals of over 1,200m in length each to accommodate four berths alongside depths of 18 meters with provision to deepen to 23 meters to accommodate deeper draft vessels in the future, while building of East and West terminals will be undertaken in later stages.
China Development Bank Corporation has agreed to partially fund the project with a loan facility up to US$ 350 million. sinoshipnews.com/...
Ocean Jet No.6 runs aground near a Cebu pier, 200 passengers rescued
Nearly 200 passengers were rescued from a ship that ran aground near a Cebu pier around 8 p.m. Saturday.
According to Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Arman Balilo, the MV Ocean Jet 6 came from Tagbiliran, Bohol, carrying 197 passengers when it ran aground near the Cebu pier.
The PCG sent BRP Davao del Norte to transfer the passengers from the ship to the Cebu pier. The rescue operations finished around 11 pm.
But the ship's passengers expressed their dismay at the way they were treated by the crew of MV Ocean Jet 6.
The passengers claimed that they were not informed of how and when they will be rescued. They reportedly waited for over two hours before being rescued by the PCG. www.abs-cbnnews.c...