Bahrain gets direct US west coast link with Hanjin/NYK service
Doha: APM Terminals Bahrain, the operators of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), on August 13th 2013 welcomed an inaugural Hanjin/NYK service which gives shippers direct access from Bahrain to the US West Coast and Korea for the first time. "We are pleased to welcome this new direct service which will now open direct lines for shipping companies in the kingdom and significantly boost transhipment activities, thereby contributing to the kingdom's economy," said APM Terminals chief commercial officer Simon Brebner. "Furthermore, the direct call into Bahrain from two of the top 10 global carriers, Hanjin and NYK is a reflection of Bahrain's increasing capabilities to provide transhipment opportunities to and from the Northern Gulf and we look forward to welcoming and delivering value to this service on a regular basis," he added. This new service will arrive in Bahrain every Monday evening. [14/08/13]
Suez Canal security raised to ‘extreme emergency’ level
Cairo: With extreme violence breaking out across the nation ship calls to Egyptian ports have been reported as normal. Meanwhile, Mohab Mamish, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, announced on Wednesday he was raising the state of extreme emergency at the entrances to the canal starting from Suez governorate through the course of Ismailia to Port Said. Mamish announced that Suez Canal is now being policed by the army, airforce, navy as well as the authority’s own fleet of ships. Mamish granted all workers in at the authority a day off today in case of any violence. [Gulf Ship News 15/08/13]
Cosco Pacific is currently in talks with Qinzhou port in Guangxi province about plans to further develop the port.
Wang Xingru, managing director of Cosco Pacific said Qinzhou bonded port area and the Sino-Malaysia Industrial Park which is currently under construction will bring lots of future opportunities to the port and now is a good time to develop the logistics of the port.
Qinzhou port serves as a major gateway to ASEAN countries and is also the largest container transit port in the Beibu Gulf region. It completed container volume of 262,000teu in the first half, a year-on-year growth of 20.2%.
Cosco Pacific just inked a deal with Rizhao port last week to jointly develop a multi-purpose terminal at the port and it is also looking to make a further investment into Qingdao port. [14/08/13]
CNOOC gets nod for China’s first floating LNG terminal at Tianjin
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), China’s leading energy firm, announced yesterday that it had received final approval from the government to build China’s first floating LNG terminal in Tianjin.
According to the company’s release, the first phase of the project comprises a floating, storage and regasification unit, an accompanying berth and two 30,000 cubic metre storage tanks. It will have an LNG receiving capacity of 3bn cubic metres per year. Total investment on the first phase of the project is RMB3.3bn.
CNOOC said the floating LNG terminal can shorten the construction period by three to four years comparing with LNG terminal and floating storage and regasification services rented from overseas.
The second phase of the project will be an onshore terminal with an annual receiving capacity of 8 cubic metres.[15/08/13]
Minnesota will give the owners of Great Lakes vessels an extra two years to install ballast treatment technology, but the state remains the only government moving to regulate the freshwater boats.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday unveiled its new five-year water quality permit regulations for ships that enter Minnesota waters of Lake Superior, giving supporters and opponents until Sept. 11 to comment.
The draft rules delay the previous requirement that existing lakers install ballast treatment technology on Jan. 1, 2016, for at least two years and likely until each vessel goes in for major service dry dock after Jan. 1, 2018. www.duluthnewstri...
Labour union VERDI announces new strike on Kiel-Canal at Kiel-Holtenau locks
The local labour union VERDI has announced a new strike for Wednesday 14.08.2013,starting 00.00 hrs am this time affecting the Kiel-Holtenau-Locks. It will disturb the schedule to a large extent and many services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
Two workers killed while disassembling ‘Love Boat’ in at Aliaga scrapyard
A prosecutor has opened a probe into the death of two workers who succumbed to smoke inhalation due to a plumbing fixture on Aug. 10 as they helped disassemble the MS Pacific, a famous cruise ship, which arrived in İzmir on Aug. 6.
The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular U.S. 1970s television show “The Love Boat,” came to Turkey from Genoa after a difficult trip due to weather conditions. The ship was damaged and water filled its engine room because of a violent storm, Doğan News Agency reported.
Ten workers entered the engine room and were poisoned by smoke released from a plumbing fixture’s exhaust pipe while they were using to drain the water. www.hurriyetdaily...
Investigations continue into Manila Bay diesel spill, tanker not repponsible
Manila: A giant diesel spill that occurred in Manila Bay on Thursday has been largely contained authorities claim with investigations ongoing into how the accident happened.
An estimated 500,000 litres of diesel cast a slick across 20km of coastline near the capital Manila.
The accident happened either from a fuel depot in the area run by Petron Corp or a tanker that had unloaded its cargo at the terminal.
Herma Shipping and Transport Corp (HSTC) stressed its tanker, MT Makisig, was not responsible for the spill.
In a statement, Enrico Cavestany, HSTC president, maintained that Makisig “completed, without any incident, discharging operations of petroleum product last August 8 following safe, secure and standard operating procedures through Petron’s underwater pipeline at the Rosario, Cavite depot.”
In an embarrassing coincidence for Petron the accident happened nearly seven years to the day fromn the huge environmental disaster off Guimaras in the centre of the country. In 2006, Petron spilled 500,000 litres of bunker fuel from its contracted oil tanker MT Solar 1. [12/08/13]
Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International Port is expecting the 100th ship to dock in the harbour in few weeks. A Sri Lanka Ports Authority spokesman said the 93rd ship, a vehicle transporter, arrived in the port last week.
The ship, transporting vehicles from Dubai, unloaded 62 vehicles at Hambantota for transshipment to Africa. He said the yards are full of vehicles due to the large number of vehicle carriers arriving in the harbour. Since its opening in June 2012, the Chinese-built Port has operated as a successful automobile transshipment centre. In the last six months of the past year the port handled nearly 4,500 transshipment units from 31 vehicle carriers.
HHLA Container Terminal Waltershof receives four new gantry cranes
Four new gantry cranes arrived on August 8th evening at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai. These state-of-the-art container gantry cranes are designed for the latest generation of mega-ships. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is therefore laying the foundations for being able to handle ships carrying 18,000 standard containers (TEU) at its facilities, said in the company's press release.
Following an eight-week voyage from Shanghai to Hamburg, four state-of-the-art container gantry cranes arrived on August 8th at the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The new container handling equipment will be used at the Waltershof port, together with a fifth gantry crane which will depart Shanghai for Hamburg in the autumn. CTB staff thoroughly tested the container gantry cranes produced in the vicinity of Shanghai before accepting them from the global market leader, ZPMC. They will go into operation consecutively over the next few months.
The launch of the newly delivered cranes will mark the completion of the quayside expansion programme at the CTB’s Waltershof port. With its 1.4-km quay, the Waltershof port will now have four mega-ship berths, with a total of 15 gantry cranes.