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492 days ago by arnekiel

ICRC urges dredging of Warri Port
The Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr Aminu Dikko has urged the Federal Government to dredge the Warri/Escravos water channels. Dikko made the plea on Thursday in Warri after he led a team from the ICRC on an inspection tour of facilities at the concessioned terminals in Warri Port. He said that the development would help to rejuvenate business activities at the port. The terminals inspected included the Julius Berger, Associated Maritime Services Ltd (AMS) and the Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) terminals. www.hellenicshipp...

493 days ago by Timsen

Restaurant ship threatened to sink
The Dutch restaurant ship „Het Schip“, 1743 gt (EU-No.: 02318529), was threatened to sink at its berth at the South Quay in Beverwijk in the night from Feb 17 to 18, 2016. The ship had suffered a leak, and the fire rescue was called to assist when the water inside had reached a height of 1,5 meters. They could cope the flooding but in the morning it showed that the ship was still suffering more water ingress. An attempt to patch the leakage in the stern with wood blocks failed. A welder was unable to access the leak in the afternoon, so the 15 fire fighters continued to dewater the ship with two pumps. The hole in the hull may have been caused by corrosion. Already on Nov 5, 2015, it had suffered water ingress. The ship had been built as a cargo barge in 1913 at Meijer in Beneden-Leeuwen as "Thyssen 17" for the A. Thyssen GmbH & Co KG in Hamburg. Dutch report with photos and video: www.noordhollands...

494 days ago by arnekiel

New Tax Breaks on Bunker Deliveries at Three Romanian Ports
Sources say that the Romanian ports of Constanta, Midia, and Mangalia are offering a reduced tax rate on bunker deliveries to shipowners that engage shipping agents, Platts reports. Previously, a flat rate of €200 ($222.1) per delivery is said to have been charged to shipowners employing agents at the ports on weekdays, while a rate of €400 ($444.2) per delivery was charged on weekends and public holidays. Under the new programme, the tax rate charged on container vessels larger than 2,000 Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) is €150 ($166.58) per delivery on weekdays, and €300 ($333.15) per delivery on weekends and public holidays, said the sources. shipandbunker.com...

494 days ago by arnekiel

Port Metro Vancouver sees huge decline in coal exports to China
Port Metro Vancouver didn’t ship a single lump of thermal coal to China in 2015. The port authority released its 2015 statistics overview on Thursday, offering a detailed glimpse and what moves through Canada’s busiest terminals. Overall, Port Metro Vancouver handled 138 million tonnes of cargo last year, down one per cent from 2014. Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver, told Metro the minor decrease is impressive considering the economic climate. For example, the movement of thermal coal dropped 21 per cent to 9,150,273 metric tonnes. Thermal coal exports to China, which has been aggressively transitioning to cleaner energy, from Port Metro Vancouver terminals disappeared completely in 2015. None was shipped to China last year, compared to 1,313,954 metric tonnes in 2014 and 1,736,083 metric tonnes the year before. More than five million metric tonnes of metallurgical coal was still shipped to China through Port Metro Vancouver, but even that was down 29 per cent. Thermal coal exports to South Korea and Japan also substantially decreased by 17 and 27 per cent, respectively. A 33 per cent drop in crude petroleum exports also point to economic troubles in Alberta, Silvester said. www.metronews.ca/...

495 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Tauranga braces for larger ships
Port of Tauranga has reported continued growth in container and dairy export volumes for the first half of its 2016 financial year to December 2015, offsetting a fall in log exports over the period. Reported and underlying group net profit after tax was $38.6 million. The result was slightly ahead of the prior year's interim underlying profit after tax of $38.5 million, but lower than the reported net profit of $42.6 million. The previous result included a non-recurring gain on the sale of associate companies of $4.1 million with the merger of Tapper Transport into freight logistics company Coda Group. The port reconfirmed its full year earnings guidance to be in line with last year's underlying after tax profit of $79.0 million. Revenue for the six months was down 9.8 per cent, following the exclusion of Tapper Transport revenue, which is now equity accounted as an associate company. www.nzherald.co.n...

495 days ago by arnekiel

Zhejiang to integrate three ports
Zhejiang government has started preliminary works to integrate three ports in the province, Jiaxing Port, Wenzhou Port and Taizhou Port. Two other major seaports in Zhejiang, Ningbo Port and Zhoushan Port have already completed a merger in 2015.

495 days ago by arnekiel

Cosco’s bid for Piraeus accepted
As expected Cosco’s bid to take majority control of Greece’s top port was approved yesterday. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund green lighted the Chinese conglomerate’s improved bid to take 67% of Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) for EUR368.5m ($410.6m) Cosco first invested in Piraeus seven years ago and has plans to make the Greek port a hub for its Mediterranean activities. The move to privatise the port has sparked numerous strikes from dockworkers. Thessaloniki, the country’s second largest port, is also slated for privatisation.

496 days ago by arnekiel

Galex Consortium adds call at Hazira, India
Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a privately operated, alternative gateway on India’s west coast, last week celebrated the first ship call of the Galex service, an intra-Asia loop operated jointly by Emirates Shipping Line, Hanjin Shipping, Korea Marine Transport Co. and Regional Container Lines. The Hazira call began with the Feb. 8 arrival of the Emirates Sana, terminal operator Adani Hazira Port told JOC.com. The fixed-day, weekly service now has the following port rotation: Busan, South Korea; Shanghai, Ningbo and Chiwan, China; Singapore, Port Klang, Malaysia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Hazira, Cochin, Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Mundra, India; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Bandar Abbas, Iran; Cochin; Port Klang; Hong Kong and back to Busan. “The Galex service will facilitate export-import trade based in South Gujarat, Central India, Northern Maharashtra and beyond with excellent service linkages to the Far East and Southeast Asia,” the port operator said. “Apart from direct calls to major Far East and Southeast Asian ports, the Galex service also accepts bookings for Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and other ports in China.” www.joc.com/port-...

496 days ago by arnekiel

Biggest container ship ever in North America coming to West Seattle's Terminal 18 on Feb. 29
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, a massive container ship will arrive in Seattle Monday, Feb. 29 after visits in Long Beach and Oakland, California. Original Post Harbor island's Terminal 18 is going to get a huge visitor later this month when the largest container ship to ever visit Seattle (or any North American port) the Benjamin Franklin sails here. Terminal 18 is equipped to handle the new class of Post Panamax ships (unlike Terminal 5 which has yet to be upgraded) which in the case of the Benjamin Franklin can carry 18,000 containers. A conventional container ship can carry 10,000. Terminal 18 is the largest container facility in the Pacific Northwest with 10 cranes and 24 truck lanes. The massive 200,000 ton vessel, at 1310 feet long is longer than two Space Needles and wider than the football field at Century Link. It stands 200 feet tall. www.westseattlehe...

496 days ago by arnekiel

New bridge construction could start in two months
Construction of the cable-stayed span that will replace the aging Harbor Bridge could start within two months on the north side of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, port officials said. The first of two notices to proceed on the project is expected to be issued Wednesday, said Brett Flint, a senior engineer/planner for the Port of Corpus Christi. The second is expected to be issued 60 days later. Once that's done, construction is cleared to begin. Developers know where they want to start the work — on property where a port-owned refrigeration facility once stood. Flint unveiled details of the project and its timeline during the Port Authority's regular meeting Tuesday. www.caller.com/ne...

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