Salvaging the ship sank off Sri Lanka has to wait till January
Aug 27, Colombo: Chairman of Sri Lanka's Master Divers company Ariyasheela Wickremanayake says that the cargo ship that sank off Panadura can be salvaged only in January next year due to prevailing rough sea condition now. Cyprus flagged MV Thermopylae Sierra (IMO 8313075) which had anchored in the sea off Panadura since 2009 due to a court case sank last week with the cargo including steel pipes and machinery used in cement production. Wickremanayake, a veteran in the marine sector said that he had earlier warned of the possible sinking due to water leakage into the ship which could have been prevented and the necessity of shifting the ship to Trincomalee area before April this year. The ship weighing 15,612 tons sank in 70 feet deep water near the Colombo port with about 75 tons of fuel oil. However, the oil slick has not been a major environmental threat on the country's west coast despite the authority's concerns.
$1.5-billion coal mine planned to fuel Asian power plants - Shipments over Prince Rupert
A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town.
Coalspur Mines’ Vista Coal Project would be Alberta’s largest export coal mine, shipping up to 12 million tonnes of thermal coal a year to Asia to fuel electrical power plants. The nearby Canadian National rail line would be used to ship coal to Prince Rupert where it would be loaded onto ships at the Ridley terminal.
The project boundary starts just 10 kilometres south of town.
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Port of Manamah to drastically reduce cruise passenger fees
BAHRAIN'S largest port will drastically reduce passenger fees for each cruise ship in a bid to lure back operators when the new season opens in November.
It will lose nearly BD70,000 this season after cutting back the passenger handling fee from BD3 per head to BD2 for the confirmed 33 liners docking at Khalifa Bin Salman Port.
APM Terminals, which operates the port, has announced the reduction that would add to incentives pulled together by authorities concerned to offset an increase in the cost of insuring vessels that dock here. www.gulf-daily-ne...
Oil slick from sunken vessel reaches Colombo coast
An oil slick from a rusting cargo vessel that sank in bad weather reached the coast of Sri Lanka's capital Saturday, but officials insisted the spill was "manageable" and could easily be cleaned up.
A patch of oil reached the coast of Wellawatte, a zone of Colombo popular with local swimmers, the coast conservation department said.
The national Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has said the slick is about 10 kilometres (six miles) long and warned that areas popular with tourists could be at risk.
But the spill had not reached any such areas on Saturday and the conservation department said it did not pose a great danger.
"The spill is manageable and the leak from the sunken ship had stopped from last night," department chief Anil Premarathne told AFP. "About 10 or 15 people would be enough for this clean up."
The rusting 15,000-tonne Thermopylae Sierra, a Cyprus-flagged carrier, went down late Thursday after remaining anchored outside the Colombo harbour since 2009 following a dispute over its cargo of steel, local officials said. www.channelnewsas...
Port of Melbourne's Webb dock redevelopment underway
The Port of Melbourne Corporation’s (PoMC’s) AUS$1.6bn redevelopment of Webb Dock is getting underway with the civil and design contracts being awarded this week, August 21, 2012. PoMC announced that the contract for civil engineering design services has been awarded to Australia’s Aurecon Pty Ltd. The scope of the project will include detailed design of internal roads, interface buffers, site preparation works and services infrastructure. The plan is for a new 920 metre wharf for the port’s automotive trade which will be consolidated into a new world class facility at Webb Dock West.
Portugal government to launch new port concessions for Leixões and Sines
Portugal's Secretary of State for Transport, Sergio Monteiro, has announced that the government will shortly launch two new port concessions as part of its Strategic Plan for Transport. These are believed to be the Vasco Da Gama terminal in Sines and an expanded container handling operation in Leixões.
Portugal government to launch new port concessions for Sines and Leixões
Portugal's Secretary of State for Transport, Sergio Monteiro, has announced that the government will shortly launch two new port concessions as part of its Strategic Plan for Transport.
These are believed to be the Vasco Da Gama terminal in Sines and an expanded container handling operation in Leixões.
Super Shuttle Ferry 15 runs aground off Merida; 221 rescued
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has safely rescued the 221 passengers and crew of M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 15 that ran aground off the coast of Merida, Leyte late Tuesday night, August 21, 2012. Probationary Ensign Jamaal Aceron, the officer–in-charge at the PCG Ormoc when the incident happened, said the passenger ship encountered engine problem around 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday, two hours after it left the Ormoc port for Cebu City. “All passengers and crews are now safe and the company facilitated their travel to Cebu City this morning. Four PCG personnel are now in the boat to conduct investigation,” Aceron said. Of the 221 on board, 185 are passengers and 36 crews. Aceron said six passengers stayed in the boat until Thursday afternoon to watch for their cargoes. www.sunstar.com.p...
World’s largest Goliath gantry crane arrive in Rio Grande do Sul
August 23 – The world’s largest Goliath gantry crane arrived at its destination in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, last week on two vessels operated by Jumbo Shipping of the Netherlands. Ordered by Engevix Construções Oceânicas and built by Konecranes in Finland and South Korea, the complete crane weighs around 6,506 tonnes with a lifting capacity of 2,000 tonnes and rail span of 210 m, making it the biggest Goliath gantry crane in the world. During June, the Jumbo vessel Fairpartner finished loading the Goliath gantry crane in Mokpo, South Korea. At roughly the same time, the shipping company’s Stellaprima loaded an upper and lower trolley belonging to the same crane in Hanko, Finland. Installation at the Polo Naval do Rio Grande shipyard is scheduled to be finished at the end of this year after which it will be used initially to assemble eight hulls of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) ships for offshore oil production projects. www.heavyliftpfi....
New Big North Lock Chamber in Brunsbüttel out of operation for 14 days
Kiel-Canal Authority informed today, August 23, 2012 that due to technical problems the New Big North Lock Chamber in Brunsbüttel had to be taken out of operation. The period of repairs being estimated with approx. 14 days. The New Big South Lock Chamber and both small lock chambers remain in service.