Largest ever boxship 'Cap San Nicolas' calls APM Terminals’ Buenos Aires Terminal 4
On July 25th, 2013 the largest vessel to ever call the Port of Buenos Aires, the 332 meter-long Hamburg Süd Cap San Nicolas, discharged approximately 800 containers at the APM Terminals Terminal 4 facility, the Group said on Friday. The 9,700 TEU capacity vessel is equipped with 2,100 reefer plugs, making these the largest reefer capacity ships in the global fleet. “We are very pleased with the success of this vessel call, which is a major milestone for South American port operations” said APM Terminals Latin American Head Joe N. Nielsen. The Cap San Nicolas is the first of six of the Cap San class vessels which will be introduced into Hamburg Süd’s Asia/South Africa/East Coast South American route, with its sister vessel, the Cap San Marco, due to arrive in mid-August. Two more Cap San class vessels are scheduled for delivery this year, with the final two set to enter the fleet in January 2014.
Regulators in the US have ordered BP to respond to allegations of market manipulation, threatening the oil major with fines of almost $29 million (£19m).
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) alleged that BP manipulated the natural gas market at the Houston Ship Channel between September and November 2008 and said the group has 30 days to reply.
BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said: “These allegations are without merit and we stand by what we previously disclosed publicly in February 2011 – that BP natural gas traders did not engage in any market manipulation in late 2008.
“BP is disappointed that the FERC has brought this action and we will vigorously defend against these allegations.”
Singapore: Officials from the Wilmar Group spent Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 assessing the damage done to its yard in Batam over the weekend. Up to 100 workers rioted on Saturday (Aug. 3) over new labour rules at PT USDA Seroja Jaya Shipyard, with four people injured and seven cars damaged. Workers were angry at new rules which cut back allowances for food and transport.
Police are now investigating the incident. [seashipnews 05/08/13]
UANI Urges Italian Ship Operator Ignazio Messina to Desist in Iran Trade
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Italy’s Ignazio Messina & Co. SpA, the world’s second largest roll-on/roll-off tanker operator, to immediately end its Iran operations.
Ignazio Messina operates container and roll-on/roll-off services at the port of Bandar Abbas – Iran's largest port through which 90% of its container traffic passes. The Bandar Abbas port is known to be controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). www.marinelink.co...
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) head Mohab Memish has denied reports that bombs had been planted by passing ships in Egypt's strategic Suez Canal.
In a Thursday (August, 01, 2013) statement, Memish said that SCA workers had found "small boxes" in the waterway while preparing for the passage of a Liberian container ship.
They had subsequently reported the incident to security authorities, Memish said. "However, a joint committee from the SCA, the Armed Forces and the Navy inspected the ship's cargo and found no explosives, only fireworks," the statement added.
Memish said that the UK-bound ship, en route from China with 117,000 tons of cargo on board, had received permission to cross the canal.
Maersk McKinney Moller makes last call in Asia at Tanjung Pelepas (PTP)
Maersk McKinney Moller, the world’s largest container ship and first Triple-E class vessel, made a call on July 29, 2013at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) on its maiden voyage from South Korea to Europe, said in the port's press release. PTP was the vessel’s last port of call in Asia before it journeys to Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Hapag-Lloyd Urges Shippers to Reroute From NY-NJ, recommends Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk
Hapag-Lloyd is recommending that shippers to reroute cargo from the Port of New York and New Jersey to avoid delays that the carrier said it expects will continue until mid-September.
It was the strongest public statement yet by carriers in response to two months of operational delays that have forced truckers to endure almost-daily waits of up to several hours at New York-New Jersey container terminals.
In a letter to customers, Hapag-Lloyd cited marine terminal system updates and rollouts, trucking shortages accompanying new hours of service regulations, vacation-season shortages of ILA labor, and construction and bunching of ship calls at marine terminals.
“Both local and rail cargo are affected,” Hapag-Lloyd told customers. “In efforts to minimize commercial exposure to NY/NJ and restore our service to our customers, we strongly suggest rerouting cargo where possible.”
Hapag-Lloyd recommended using Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from Europe and the Mediterranean; Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and Norfolk, Baltimore or Savannah for Latin America cargo
Dalian port opens first international rail container service
Dalian: Dalian port has opened its first international rail container service which will start from Dayaowan port area to destinations in Russia and Mongolia via Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia, according to an announcement from Ministry of Transport.
The Brazilian Institute of Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) has issued an operating license to Brasil Terminal Portuario (BTP) effective 19 th , July 2013, marking an important milestone in the new port project and officially opening the terminal, said in the APM Terminals's press release. BTP has been one of Brazil’s highest profile and most important port projects serving Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populated city and 7th largest city in the world. The terminal is the closest port in the harbor to the business centers and commercial markets that rely on the port. The brownfield project is a global success story that entailed taking an old, contaminated , industrial site which was a major liability for the city and turning it into a clean, safe, eco - friendly and job - generating economic engine of a p ort. The terminal boasts a quay length of 1108 meters, eight STS cranes, 2 6 RTGs, 40 terminal trucks, and an automated 18 lane gate to serve the trucking community safely and efficiently.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is planning a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility for Hambantota port in the southern part of the country, business news site Lanka Business Online reports. A strategic plan from the SLPA outlining improvements to be made through 2020 calls for an LNG terminal that would include a gas-fuelled power plant as well as LNG bunkering