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599 days ago by arnekiel

Mississippi River reopens though some vessel traffic limited
The Mississippi River reopened Friday, August 31, 2012 to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed four days earlier as Hurricane Isaac approached. The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels including a cruise ship waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation arrived at the port Friday afternoon. Barges had been stranded on the river bank in places because of Isaac's storm surge, which plowed up the river and effectively caused the Mississippi to flow backward until winds shifted to the north and pushed water back into the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said. Port terminals will be bustling for the next few days as terminal operators handle a backlog of vessels, said Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. A total of 23 ships are scheduled to call on port docks by Tuesday. Included are 12 container vessels, nine break-bulk cargo vessels, and two cruise ships, he said.

600 days ago by arnekiel

More than 200 vessels used in illegal oil bunkering arrested in last 9 months
No fewer than 200 vessels allegedly used in illegal oil bunkering have been arrested in the last nine months by the Nigerian Navy in the Niger Delta region. Ogunjimi stated that since the arrival of NNS Thunder nine months ago, the vessel had arrested over 200 vessels suspected to have been involved in illegal oil bunkering in the region. sunnewsonline.com...

 Vanino
600 days ago by arnekiel

Typhoon Bolaven disrupts Sakhalin-mainland ferry traffic
JSC Sakhalin Shipping Company (SASCO) has suspended ferry traffic between Sakhalin and the mainland due to the storm in the Tatar Strait, caused by Typhoon Bolaven, a spokesperson for SASCO told RIA Novosti. "Currently, all the ferries are on the side Vanino (Khabarovsk Territory). The decision to resume traffic on the line Vanino-Kholmsk will be taken depending on the weather conditions," said the source. Storm warnings have been declared in northern Sakhalin because of the approaching typhoon.

600 days ago by arnekiel

Gulfport To Reopen Friday, August 31, 2012 after downgrade of Hurricane Isaac
The Gulf ports of New Orleans, Mobile and Gulfport remained closed Thursday morning in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as port executives waited to assess port and ocean conditions before reopening, JOC reports. Although Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm, the ports were awaiting a survey of port conditions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to decide whether they would be able to reopen Friday. “We’re waiting for the corps and Coast Guard to start surveying,” said Judith Adams, a spokesperson for the Port of Mobile. “Right now, we’re hoping to have the port open by Friday.” She said the captain of the port is doing inner-harbor moves, but that the port remained closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. More to read at www.joc.com/ports...

 Mobile
600 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Mobile To Reopen Friday, August 31, 2012
The Gulf ports of New Orleans, Mobile and Gulfport remained closed Thursday morning in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as port executives waited to assess port and ocean conditions before reopening, JOC reports. Although Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm, the ports were awaiting a survey of port conditions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to decide whether they would be able to reopen Friday. “We’re waiting for the corps and Coast Guard to start surveying,” said Judith Adams, a spokesperson for the Port of Mobile. “Right now, we’re hoping to have the port open by Friday.” She said the captain of the port is doing inner-harbor moves, but that the port remained closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. More to read at www.joc.com/ports...

600 days ago by arnekiel

US-Gulf Ports To Reopen Friday, August 31, 2012
The Gulf ports of New Orleans, Mobile and Gulfport remained closed Thursday morning in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as port executives waited to assess port and ocean conditions before reopening, JOC reports. Although Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm, the ports were awaiting a survey of port conditions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to decide whether they would be able to reopen Friday. “We’re waiting for the corps and Coast Guard to start surveying,” said Judith Adams, a spokesperson for the Port of Mobile. “Right now, we’re hoping to have the port open by Friday.” She said the captain of the port is doing inner-harbor moves, but that the port remained closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. More to read at www.joc.com/ports...

600 days ago by arnekiel

Amsterdam 'White Elephant' Container Terminal to Close
Amsterdam 'White Elephant' Container Terminals, is to close, capping a doomed decade-long bid to shake off its White Elephant image and attract deep-sea container ships to a port just an hour’s drive from Rotterdam, Europe’s top container hub, JOC reports. The decision by the terminal’s owners, Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports Holdings, to throw in the towel, leaves Amsterdam, Europe’s fifth largest port, without a presence in the fastest-growing cargo sector. Further reading at www.joc.com/ports...

 Lome
600 days ago by arnekiel

China Merchants Holdings to operate and develop a container terminal in Lome
The growing global nature of China Merchants Holdings (International) Co’s portfolio of ports has been bolstered with the acquisition of a 50% stake in Thesar Maritime, which owns a 35-year concession to operate and develop a container terminal in Lome, Togo. CMHI paid 150m euros for the stake. First phase of the terminal is due to open December 2013 with MSC as the major customer. Ultimately the terminal will have space for 2.2m teu annually. [30/08/12]

600 days ago by arnekiel

MSC to operate from and to Stockholms Container Terminal Frihamnen
To meet increasing transport needs and demands for efficiency, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the world's largest container companies, is introducing services to Ports of Stockholm. Beginning on 2 October 2012 MSC will operate weekly traffic to and from the Container Terminal Frihamnen. “This is further evidence of our ability to match the demand from our clients by introducing this new direct call into the Port of Stockholm” says Mattias Hellström, Country Manager of MSC Sweden AB.

 Dammam
600 days ago by arnekiel

Saudi Arabia to invest $750 million on Dammam Port
Saudi Arabia is spending more than 2.8 billion riyals ($750 million) to expand the King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, al-Hayat reported, citing the port’s general manager, Naeem Ibrahim al-Naeem, Bloomberg reports. The port allocated 2 billion riyals to expand its container terminal capacity and another 800 million riyals for various facilities, the London-based newspaper said. Container handling increased 10 percent in the first half of 2012 to 822,093 compared with 748,498 a year earlier, the newspaper said.


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