No effects on loading ops from oil workers' union strike in Gabon
Oil majors Total and Royal Dutch Shell said a three-day-old strike by the oil workers' union in Gabon has not affected their operations, despite union reports to the contrary.
"The strike has been marginal, only a handful of workers are participating in it," Mathurin Mengue-Bibang, a spokesman for Total in Gabon, said on Tuesday.
"Our operations are ongoing, a ship was loaded at our Cape Lopez terminal and it departed today," Mengue-Bibang said by telephone from Gabon.www.reuters.com/a...
Bunkering Service to come to Oman Port of Duqm end of 2013
The Port of Duqm in Oman, which began commercial operations this week, expects to have an international operator providing some bunkering services before the end of this year, the Oman Daily Observer reports. "We are in the final stages of negotiations with an interested party, and we hope to sign with the service provider before the end of this year," said Reggy Vermeulen, commercial director of the port. The government has invested about RO 700 million ($1.8 billion) in the construction of a deepwater harbour to support the SEZ, which is being promoted as an industrial and petrochemical hub for the Wusta coast.
The first commercial quay will be more than 3,200 meters long, with 300 meters ready for commercial use so far.
St. Lawrence Seaway Set To Open 2013 Navigation Season On March 22
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway's 2013 navigation season will begin on the morning of March 22, 2013. The March 22 opening reflects an effort on the part of the Canadian and U.S. Seaway operating corporations to harmonize their opening dates with the opening of the Soo Locks, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will open the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, MI on their legislatively mandated March 25 annual opening date. More at seawaychannel.net...
Aqaba Container Terminal completes first part of its berth expansion
Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), the Red Sea gateway to Jordan and beyond, commemorated the successful completion of the first part of its berth expansion, adding 200 meters of new quay and two new STS cranes and four Rubber Tire Gantry cranes (RTGs), said in the APM Terminals press release.The development is expected to increase the terminal’s annual capacity to 1.5 million TEUs and bolster the terminal’s throughput capacity. The new cranes can handle a reach of 22 rows capable of handling the largest containerships entering global trade with 30 moves per hour. The port can work three ships simultaneously. ACT recorded a 16 percent increase in 2012 container throughput to 833,000 TEUs.
Port of Kaohsiung plans to purchase two 5,200hp harbor tugs
The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC)’s plan to purchase two new 5,200hp harbor tugs is part of Port of Kaohsiung’s overall strategy to both enhance Asia regional transshipment, comprehensive logistics and comprehensive vessel handling services and expand / enhance port and harbor facilities to handle the needs of increasingly large cargo vessels. The new tugs will replace outdated models and ensure port capabilities to service post-Panamax ships, said in the press release.
PORT OF KIEL EXPANDS CAPACITIES FOR LARGE CRUISE SHIPS
The PORT OF KIEL – third largest turnaround port for cruises in northern Europe - is expanding its handling capacities for cruise ships. Construction work for the extension of Berth No.1 at Ostuferhafen has begun, so that large cruise ships can dock there this summer already. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG: “In a first step, Berth No.1 will relieve our existing cruise terminal Ostseekai regarding stop-overs before passenger turnaround will be handled at this berth next year.” Berth No. 1 will receive its premiere when the “Eurodam” of Holland America Line will dock there on 09 June 2013. The extended cruise Berth No.1 has a quay length of 395 m with a constant water depth of 10.50 m. The facility is going to be certified according to the international ISPS Code and comes with all equipment for vessel provisioning. Press Release: www.portofkiel.co...
It has been confirmed that the world's largest container ships - Maersk Line's Triple E – will call at the Port of Gothenburg. Test runs have been taking place at the Port of Gothenburg for some time to simulate a call by Maersk Line's new ship generation, Triple E.
Celebrity Millennium to be first ship at Kai Tak cruise terminal due Saturday (March 16)
Hong Kong’s massive new cruise terminal will welcome its first ship, the 965-foot luxury vessel Celebrity Millennium, this Saturday before the facility is formally opened. Celebrity Millennium, carrying more than 2,000 passengers, will berth at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in the morning. Owned by Celebrity Cruises, the ship is heading to Hong Kong from Halong Bay, Vietnam. The ship will use the apron area for a turnaround operation from Saturday to Monday, the Tourism Commission said. The terminal building and the first berth will be commissioned in the middle of this year.
Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal on Saturday March 9, 2013, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security. They blockade ferries crossing Canal but through traffic not affected. The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming the death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year, when more than 70 people were killed.
Venezuelan Port Operator Orders Equipment for Puerto Cabello and La Guardia
Bolivariana de Puertos, Venezuela’s government-owned port operator, has ordered a large amount of port equipment from Cargotec’s Kalmar.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the exact value of the order.
The order, which is scheduled for delivery starting in May 2013, includes 30 Kalmar reachstackers, four empty container handlers, eight heavy forklifts, nine light forklifts, seven heavy terminal tractors, 41 medium terminal tractors and one zero-emission rubber-tire gantry crane. More at www.joc.com/port-...