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405 days ago by arnekiel

Paranagua set for US$453m expansion and concession extension
Brazilian container terminal operator Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) looks very likely to invest 1.1bn reais (US$453m) and have its concession extended by 25 years. Agreement has been reached with national waterways regulator Antaq for a joint package of investment plans and concession extension until 2048

405 days ago by arnekiel

Dunkirk: Improved services to Asia
The shipping companies CMA CGM (FAL3 service), China Shipping Container Lines (AEX4 service) and UASC (AEC7 service) have just announced the setup of a cooperation called OCEAN THREE in all East-West services. The aim of this cooperation is to adjust to the rate of growing volumes, improving and optimising the use of ships by the three largest container shipping companies in the world. The new services, which will start during December 2014, will include a link between Asia and northern Europe, in which Dunkirk will be served as a priority in Europe at import. The improved transit times will allow the Port of Dunkirk to provide an even better service to its clients in northern France: sailing times will be 7 days shorter than at present. The ports of call include the major Chinese ports of Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Yantian, a South Korean port (Busan) and Malaysia’s Port Kelang for transhipments in Southeast Asia. The services will also call at Beirut in Lebanon and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

405 days ago by arnekiel

ITF complains to Jordanian govt over Aqaba port arrests
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has contacted the government of Jordan over the arrests on Tuesday of around 150 trade unionists at the Aqaba Container Terminals facility run by APM Terminals. The port workers had begun a strike on Monday which the police action appears to have been designed to break. Strikebreakers are reportedly being brought in from outside the country. The arrested workers, who included several union leaders, were later released. Source: ITF

405 days ago by arnekiel

Negotiations in progress for privatisation of Kingston Container Terminal
The Government began negotiations with Terminal Link Consortium, regarding privatisation of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT). Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Omar Davies, made the disclosure in a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Minister said that Cabinet has approved the appointment of a small negotiating led by former Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Derick Latibeaudiere team to begin the process. On January 16, 2014, the Government, through the KCT Enterprise Team and the Port Authority of Jamaica, issued a confidential Memorandum of Understanding and request for proposals to three prequalified entities, for the grant of long-term concession to finance, expand, operate, maintain and transform the Kingston Container Terminal. The three entities were Ports of Singapore International; Dubai Ports; and Terminal Link Consortium consisting of Terminal Link, CMA CGM, and China Merchant Holdings International (CMHI). Dr Davies said at the close of the bidding, a single bid was received from Terminal Link Consortium. Terminal Link Consortium is owned jointly by CMA/CGM and China Merchant Marine. Source: Jamaica Observer

405 days ago by arnekiel

Berth out of service for structural survey
Esso Fawley No.9 berth is out of service until 1800 hours on Monday (20 October) for a structural survey. As a result, any Propane vessels scheduled for this coming weekend will be loaded on Esso Berth 2. No problems or delays are anticipated.

405 days ago by arnekiel

Establishment of Security Zone
The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a security zone in the vicinity of Penns Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA on October 16, 2014 from 1030am until 1pm. The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.31N, 075-08.28W to 39-56.31N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin Bridge. Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the security zone is active. The safety vessel on scene can be contacted on vhf channel 16.

405 days ago by arnekiel

Dredging work nearing completion
The Southampton Approach Channel Dredge (SACD) 2014 is nearing completion and there has been considerable improvement in the depths in the Nab Channel, Thorn Channel, Southampton Water and the port area. The depths now available are as indicated below: Nab Channel 14.4m – Chart Datum Thorn Channel 13.6m – Chart Datum (Note: This includes the Precautionary Area, as far north as the Hook Buoy) Southampton Water 13.2m – Chart Datum Docks Area 13.2m – Chart Datum (Note: As far west as a line joining SCT5/203 Berth corner and Millbrook Buoy) Some final dredging activity is still in progress but it is expected to be completed within days. Dredging plant will then be de-mobilised and will leave the port area. A number of main navigational channel buoys may be re-positioned as a result of the benefits gained from the SACD.

405 days ago by arnekiel

Size restrictions lifted on Mobile Ship Channel after sunken dredge tender located
According to the U.S. Coast, Sector Mobile, Marine Safety and Security Information Bulletin No.19-14, the Captain of the Port has lifted the previous vessel size restrictions imposed in the MSSB 18-14. The Mobile Ship Channel is still restricted to one-way traffic in the vicinity of the wrecked vessels and all vessel traffic is to keep well to the east (red side) of the channel in the vicinity of this location until further notice. All mariners are to use extreme caution and safe speed while transiting Light 69 and those vessels conducting salvage operations in that vicinity. Over the course of the next few days, the Coast Guard will continue its oversight salvage operations. Future channel restrictions may be required to provide the salvage vessels space needed to affect safe salvage operations.

405 days ago by arnekiel

New Passenger Record in Warnemünde
The Warnemunde Cruise Center in Rostock has reported 756,000 passengers for 2014. There were a total of 182 ship calls and 378,000 passengers (counted twice when embarking and disembarking), completing what the port called its most successful season. The last ship calling for year is the Marco Polo on Oct. 18. "Even though we had 16 port calls less compared to our record year 2013, more cruise tourists than ever came due to the larger passenger capacities of the vessels employed,” commented Ulrich Bauermeister, manging director of the Rostock Port Development Company. Of the 182 port calls by cruise vessels this year, 170 took place in Warnemünde and twelve at the overseas port. The largest vessel was the Royal Princess with a length of 330 meters and a gross register tonnage of 142,741. She is able to carry around 3,600 passengers and 1,350 crew.

406 days ago by arnekiel

Trinidad to develop World-scale dry-docking facility
InvesTT is embarking on its largest project to date, the multi-billion dollar Sullivan Island Dry Dock, president Raquel Moses announced yesterday. “This project is one of our targeted sectors which is the maritime and is a huge opportunity for growth. Once we sign this agreement it will be the biggest opportunity in InvestTT ‘s portfolio with a potential capital expenditure of US$2.1 billion upon completion. “The signing will get us up to the stage of facilitating environmental assessment which will take place over the next year,” she said at the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the T&T Dry Dock Company (TDDCL). The agreement, signed at InvesTT’s El Socorro office, is for construction of a dry dock island off Trinidad. The Port-of-Spain Dry Dock and Sullivan Island will be a 140-acre facility located in the Gulf of Paria.

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