Portland receives with Cap Cleveland first Hamburg Süd ship
The Port of Portland’s container terminal this week received its first call from German carrier Hamburg Süd as part of new service announced last month offering connections to the Mediterranean Sea. The containership Cap Cleveland docked at Terminal 6 Wednesday, where it was greeted by officials from both the port and ICTSI Oregon Inc., the division of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. contracted by the port to manage its container operations. www.bizjournals.c...
The return of cruise ship Radiance of the Seas to Port Hedland on the Labour Day long weekend offered a reminder of the potential economic and community benefits such a vessel might provide to the town. pilbaraecho.com.a...
First order of Super-Post Panamax cranes arrived at Wilhelmshaven Eurogate termonal
Four Super-Post Panamax arrived aboard the Zhenhua 23 yesterday
EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep-water container port, is celebrating the arrival of its first four container handling gantry cranes.
The Super-Post Panamax cranes, the world’s largest container cranes, arrived yesterday morning aboard the Zhenhua 23, after spending more than two months at sea.
Zhenhua 23, belonging to the Chinese company ZPMC, departed the Chinese Port of Shanghai on 6th January 2012.
Each crane weighs in at 1,750 tonnes with a usable jib length of 69 meters and a load bearing capacity of 120 tonnes.
“We view these container cranes as an investment for the future,” said Marcel Egger, managing director of EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven.
“Currently the world’s biggest container vessel with a load capacity of 15,550 TEUs has 22 container rows on deck, while all other mega carriers, including the 18,000-TEU ship on order have 23 container rows on deck.” www.porttechnolog...
New Big South lock chamber out of service from 12.03 until 16.03.2012
Kiel-Canal Authority has announced in their weekly newsletter that the New Big South Lock Gate in Brunsbuettel will be replaced/reparied, consequently lock chamber will be taken out of service from 12.03.2012 until 16.03.2012.
Singapore to host the ReCAAP ISC for another five years
Today, Singapore reaffirms its commitment to international co-operation to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, as Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Mr Yoshihisa Endo, Executive Director of the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) signed a Headquarters Agreement by which Singapore renewed its commitment to host the ReCAAP ISC for another five years.
The signing of the new Headquarters Agreement took place on the sidelines of the 6th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting this morning. It was witnessed by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and VADM Edmund Tan, Chairperson of the ReCAAP ISC Governing Council, Philippines Governor to ReCAAP ISC. VADM Edmund Tan is also the Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard.
"As a global hub port and a major flag state, Singapore is committed to combating piracy and armed robbery at sea. This new Headquarters Agreement will enable the ReCAAP ISC to strengthen its partnership with government and industry towards safe and secure shipping in Asia," said Minister Lui.
Launched here in 2006, the ReCAAP ISC has established itself as an authority on incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. In addition to facilitating the prompt exchange of information between ReCAAP Focal Points, the ReCAAP ISC also contributes to anti-piracy capacity building in Asia and actively engages the industry on measures to prevent attacks of piracy.
VADM Edmund Tan thanked the Singapore Government for its continuous support to host the ReCAAP ISC in Singapore. He called on Contracting Parties of the ReCAAP to chart the way ahead for these combine efforts to bear more fruits, and to bring the ReCAAP ISC to a new height.
The ReCAAP is open to any State with a stake in ensuring the security of merchant shipping in Asia and has welcomed four new members in recent years. Mr Lam Yi Young is confident that the growing interest in ReCAAP and the signing of the Headquarters Agreement for a further five years will send a clear signal that the governments are committed to co-operation against piracy.
"The signing of the Headquarters Agreement today avails both government and industry stakeholders added opportunities for strengthening co-operation towards ensuring safe and secure waterways for international shipping in Asia," said Mr Lam.
"We are grateful for the multilateral efforts; and the increasing co-operation with our Partner Organisations and the maritime stakeholders. I will continue to lead the ReCAAP ISC and together we will aim to bring about a safer sea for all," said Mr Endo.
Argentine dock strike at Rosario halts 150 grain ships on anchorage
Scores of grains ships sat idle outside Argentina's ports on Tuesday as the country's dockers union and port managers' chamber sparred over a strike that threatened to disrupt key soy exports. Agricultural powerhouse Argentina is prone to labor disputes such as the walkout called by dockworkers on Thursday. The CAPYM port chamber said the strike was suspended the next day, but union chief Omar Suarez said on Tuesday that the work stoppage continued uninterrupted.
Roughly 150 ships were forced to drop anchor and wait for the protest to end before they could be moored and loaded,
Suarez added, paralyzing operations in Argentina's main grains shipping hub of Rosario. "Not one ship more will enter or leave," Suarez said. "There could be about 150 ships halted." The union chief added, "This is the continuation of the strike that started last week. The strike did not end on Friday. It continues in all ports." af.reuters.com/ar...
Yangshan deep water port: China-flagged ships favored
CHINESE ships registered at the Yangshan Deep-water Port can now enjoy export rebates and other favorable policies as the port became the first in the country to accept bonded ship registration from yesterday.
Domestic shipowners previously needed to pay more for China-flagged vessels because they couldn't enjoy the export rebates for them. This led many domestic companies which are engaged in international shipping to register their vessels in foreign countries to trim operating cost and avoid China's strict quarantine and other regulations.
Shanghai, the world's largest container port, only has 380 registered international ships, which lags far behind Hong Kong and other global ports, the Shanghai Maritime Administration said, adding that Chinese ships registered overseas increase annually. english.peopledai...
Grain ships stranded outside of Bandar Iman Khomeini diverted to new destinations
Grain ships stranded outside Iran’s main food cargo terminal due to western sanctions have been diverted to new destinations with no backlog left, trade sources said on Tuesday. In late January as much as 400,000 tonnes of grain were being held up on 10 vessels mainly outside Bandar Imam Khomeini, one of Iran’s largest grain terminals, as EU sanctions froze the assets of Iran’s central banks and held up payments for consignments, causing a trade finance squeeze.
Trader sources had said by the middle of February there were around three vessels left as cargoes were diverted to new buyers. Ships at the time had been held up for as long as three weeks. AIS ship tracking data on Reuters showed there was only one cargo vessel in the line up headed for the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.
Court ordered Port of Lyttelton union workers to work on Lisa Schulte
The Employment Court has order Port of Lyttelton union workers to work on a container ship due into Christchurch tonight.
The port company lodged an application for the injunction to stop union members from refusing to unload the Lisa Schulte.
Around 150 union members were standing on the picket line in Lyttelton this afternoon refusing to work on the vessel because it was unloaded by non-union members in Auckland.
The Employment Court has now ordered they must unload the vessel which is now in port.
Maritime Union representative Les Wells says he's angry at the decision but they will honour the order given.