Port of Charleston nabs customer Hamburg Süd from port of Savannah
Hamburg Sud, one of the world’s top-20 container shipping lines, is pulling its only Georgia port-of-call from the Port of Savannah in favor of the Port of Charleston.
When the ship Bahia Grande calls on Charleston in September, it will mark the start of Hamburg Sud’s additional service, the fourth new shipping service attracted to the port this year. “We are pleased to add a new, weekly Australia service in the Port of Charleston, which effectively fills a gap in our service offerings,” said Jim Newsome, State Ports Authority president and CEO.
A spokeswoman for Hamburg Sud said relocating the Australia/New Zealand service to the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant allows the shipper to be more efficient.
Video: Sternwheeler crashes into pirate ship on Columbia River
A sternwheeler crashed into a pirate ship on the Columbia River Friday in front of hundreds of people while attempting to pull up near a dock for the Maritime Heritage Festival in St. Helens.
Fortunately, no one was hurt despite a majority of the crew still being on board both boats.
Witnesses say the current was stronger than usual on the Columbia, and that likely played a role in what happened.
At one point the captain of the sternwheeler realized the boat was coming into the dock too strong and tried to reverse, but it was too late, according to witnesses.
"The dock even kind of shook, it was crazy," said witness Brent Violette. Video report on www.kptv.com/stor...
Feds to reroute San Francisco Bay shiptraffic to help protect whales
Now, after a two-year effort spurred by the uptick in accidents with 3 kinds of whales , federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay. It includes rerouting shipping traffic and establishing better ways to track whale locations.
The changes crafted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shipping industry representatives, whale researchers and the Coast Guard will likely take effect next year, after a final review by the United Nations International Maritime Organization. Read more at www.lohud.com/usa...
Customs of the coastal city Tianjin and hinterland city Xi’an have signed an agreement of cooperation on expanding the dry port network, further cementing Tianjin’s cargo hinterland, SinoShip reports. According to the agreement, Tianjin will also offer customised service for major exporters, importers and freight forwarders Xi’an. Tianjin has now signed deal with 21 dry ports. [12/07/12]
Zhongshan (Guangdong) port to start dramatic dredging works
The port of Zhongshan is laying the groundwork to switch from being an inland player to a facility attracting ocean-going ships. The Guangdong port will start dramatic reclamation and dredging works that will last up to five years. Once completed new berths will be built to the east of where Zhongshan’s terminals are currently based that will be able to handle ships of up to 50,000 dwt, far larger than today’s 5,000 dwt limit. At present, there are three 5,000 dwt class terminals, five 3,000 dwt ones and eleven berths handling ships in between 1,000 and 2,000 dwt. Zhongshan’s decision to upgrade its facilities comes soon after Nansha, located 54km south of Guangzhou city centre, announced plans to build a further 30 berths. [12/07/12]
SDIC Yang Pu Port inks agreement with Jurong Port (Singapore)
SDIC Yangpu Port has inked an agreement with Jurong Port to jointly develop Yangpu port to be a shipping hub and logistics centre for Southeast Asia.
After two years research and negotiation, SDIC Yangpu Port and Jurong Port finally reached an agreement and will set up the jv - SDIC Jurong Yangpu Port with 51% shares and 49% shares separately, to operate the terminals business of Yangpu together. Yangpu is based on Hainan Island in the far south of the People’s Republic.
SDIC Yangpu Port is the only public terminal operator in Yangpu economic zone. Currently it has two 35,000 dwt class berths and six 50,000 dwt class berths, mainly for handling of bulk cargos and containers. It completed 4.6m tons cargo throughput in the first half of this year.
Gibraltar has scrapped import duty on boats over 18 metres and slashed the duty on smaller boats from 12% to 6% in an attempt to stimulate its leisure boating sector and encourage long-term berthing. Source: www.mby.com/news/...
The plan for making liquefied gas (LNG) available as fuel for shipping in the Netherlands has come another step closer. According to Hans Smits, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, an agreement with ECT will make land available for a ‘filling station’ between the Gate (LNG) and Euromax (containers) terminals. ECT and the Port Authority are still to work out the last details and sign the agreement. Smits revealed this at a meeting at which ten companies, including Vopak, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, signed a ‘Green Deal’ with Minister Maxime Verhagen (Economic Affairs).
Caretakers for the SS United States start fundraising rally
PHILADELPHIA — Caretakers for the SS United States, the legendary ocean liner moored on the Delaware River since 1996, are renewing and expanding their emergency distress call for the beleaguered piece of American maritime history. In an eleventh-hour reprieve that spared the ship a date with the scrap yard, a local philanthropist's $5.8 million gift allowed the SS United States Conservancy to buy it and keep it afloat until November 2012. With that date looming, the nonprofit conservancy launched a "Save the United States" fundraising rally Wednesday to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the ship's maiden voyage on July 3, 1952. The conservancy has raised about $6 million so far but needs $25 million to restore the exterior and part of the interior to house a museum, said Susan Gibbs, conservancy executive director and the granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs, the ship's Philadelphia-born designer. The goal is to spark interest, raise public awareness and literally get investors on board.
With a push at the red button Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands started yesterday (July 11,2012) the “closing procedure” of the seawall at the Maasvlakte II project in Rotterdam, three large hopper dredgers and the CSD EDAX started pumping the sand towards the beach to close the last part, what was completed a few hours later...