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511 days ago by arnekiel

New Navigation Systems enhance safe shipping at Port Of Prince Rupert
The Port of Prince Rupert today announced completion of critical milestones in the implementation of marine safety enhancement projects achieved together with partner agencies. In collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), as well as input from the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and BC Coast Pilots (BCCP), the Port has successfully established another aid to navigation with advanced technology capabilities at the mouth of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Channel. Prince Rupert’s shore-based radar project also progressed toward completion with the arrival of several tonnes of technical equipment last week.

511 days ago by arnekiel

Heavy RoRo and Container Freight Service Opens Gateway from UK to Middle East
Hot on the heels of the news that Iranian vessels are once more calling at European ports comes a new RoRo and container service linking the Thames side port of Tilbury with the Middle East. The service, operated by the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), offers shippers a completely new option for shipping heavy roll-on/roll-off, project and containerised cargoes between the UK, Northern Europe and the Gulf region. It began in November with calls including Bremerhaven, Antwerp and Bilbao and now, with UK-based freight building strongly, Tilbury is confirmed as part of the monthly schedule. Two vessels, the 25,957 dwt multipurpose Bahri Jeddah and sister ship Bahri Abha, built in 2013, are flexible, self-geared RoCon vessels offering 6.8 metre height clearance, 250-tonne ramp capacity and two 120-tonne deck cranes with a tandem lift capacity of 240 tonnes. They have seven decks, including two hoistable decks, the ability to carry up to 700 cars, and a combined deck capacity of 25,000 square metres, plus container capacity for 300 TEU. The ships are fully equipped to carry standard containers, rolling vehicles, tracked vehicles, static cargo, project cargo and high & heavy cargo. www.handyshipping...

511 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Olympia to receive first shipment of corn
The Port of Olympia is set to welcome its first shipment of organic corn Wednesday, making it the first imported cargo at the marine terminal in more than a year. The port used to regularly import ceramic proppants — also known as fracking sand — to supply the oil industry in North Dakota, but after oil prices plunged, the port’s last shipment of proppants was in January 2015. The one-time corn shipment represents the potential for more business, Marine Terminal Director Len Faucher said Tuesday. Faucher said the Port of Longview was unable to handle the cargo, so four other ports, including Olympia, competed for the business and Olympia won it, he said. “We had the equipment ready to go,” said Faucher about the terminal warehouse and crane. He also touted the labor force at the port. The 5,000 metric tons of corn, in bulk form, is to arrive Wednesday from Turkey aboard the Ozge Aksoy, a ship about the size as the log ships that frequently call on the port. Read more here: www.theolympian.c...

512 days ago by arnekiel

Speed a factor in Port Otago crash
Speed was a factor in a straddle carrier crash which seriously injured a Port Otago worker in July, a Worksafe NZ report says. The worker, whose name was suppressed in the report, was travelling 8kmh above the recommended speed limit when turning a corner in the machine on July 1. He suffered serious injuries but returned to work before Christmas. The recommended speed limit for a straddle carrier when turning a corner was 12kmh, the report said. The worker had been travelling at 20kmh at the time of the incident. The worker was making a 180 degree turn to back the machine under a crane when it toppled over and landed on its left side. The 26-year-old man was working on loading cargo onto the container ship Medinah at the time of the incident. He started work at Port Otago in 2006 and became a full-time cargo handler in 2008 after completing a qualification in forklift and straddle driving, the report said.

512 days ago by arnekiel

Thailand arrests 38 Vietnamese fishers, seizes 7 vessels
Seven Vietnamese vessels have been seized and 38 crewmen and skippers arrested for illegal fishing in the Gulf of Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the Bangkok Post reported. Naval officers from the patrol ships HTMS NARATHIWAT and HTMS KHLONG YAI spotted the Vietnamese vessels fishing off Koh Kra, an island 30 nautical miles from the coast of the southern province on Friday. The seized vessels, their crewmen and skippers were taken to the Second Naval Area’s Songkhla naval base on Saturday. The suspects were later handed over to Songkhla police for legal action.

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512 days ago by arnekiel

SOHAR Port Boosts Ties with Vale to Export Minerals
Oman’s SOHAR Port and Freezone has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brazilian mining company’s subsidiary Vale in Oman and Oman National Investments Development Company SAOC TANMIA in Muscat that will pave way for the development of the SOHAR Dry Bulk Logistics Corridor. The project targets facilitating of export of minerals that are mined and processed in Oman to international markets.The agreement builds on the infrastructure already in place in SOHAR, currently operated by Vale in Oman to import and export millions of tons of iron ore and pellets. The facilities allow the largest ships in the world, the so-called Valemaxes, to be berthed at the port.

512 days ago by arnekiel

HMM offloads Busan terminal stake to PSA
Hyundai Merchant Marine has completed its much telegraphed sale of its stake in a local terminal to Singapore’s PSA International. PSA is paying KRW80bn ($93.3m) for its 40% plus one share stake in in Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal (HPNT) giving the Korean carrier a shot of much needed capital as it fights for survival. HMM will still hold a 10% stake in the port following the sale. PSA already has existing investments in South Korea – in Incheon and Busan. HMM, with more than $5bn in debts and urgent repayments coming up, has instigated a series of fire sales of non-core businesses to try and stay afloat. splash247.com/hmm...

512 days ago by arnekiel

Labour dispute shuts down operations at Port of Oakland
A labour dispute has led to a shutdown at a terminal at the Port of Oakland on Monday, March 28. Daytime operations were suspended at SSA Marine’s Oakland International Container Terminal, causing congestion of port trucks. According to local reports, 22 workers were fired when they did not agree to begin work at 6:45 a.m. instead of the usual 7 a.m. start time at the Oakland International Container Terminal, one of the five terminals at the port. Around 44 workers slowed or stopped working in support of their colleagues. An arbitrator was summoned and ruled that the firing of the 22 workers was improper and that 44 workers’ behavior of stopping and slowing work was also improper. Operations at the terminal are expected to resume for evening shifts, and operations at all other terminals at the port are normal. splash247.com/lab...

512 days ago by arnekiel

Port of El-Sokhna celebrates new navigation line with Maersk
Deputy Head of Suez Canal Economic Zone Admiral Abdel Kader Darwish announced that the new navigation line with Maersk is now operational. This is considered a great step towards boosting investments in Port of El-Sokhna in cooperation with DP World Sokhna, Darwish said. The celebration held Wednesday represented the crossing of the first Maersk-affiliated container ship. Maersk announced that 450 container ships will cross through the canal without fees for the occasion of the launch of this new navigation line. Maersk has plans to launch another new navigation line this water channel will have two container ships permanently residing there and has the capacity to allow four ships to pass through per month. Source: Daily News Egypt

512 days ago by arnekiel

COSCO-PSA Terminal to invest in new container berths in Singapore to serve next generation of mega vessels
COSCO-PSA Terminal Pte Ltd (CPT), a joint venture company formed by COSCO Pacific Limited (COSCO Pacific) and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), is investing in new container berths in Singapore capable of serving the next generation of mega container vessels. The new investment agreement was signed today in Shanghai by Mr Qiu Jinguang, Managing Director, COSCO Pacific and Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International. CPT was inaugurated in 2003 to establish a joint venture terminal at PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal (PPT) Phase 1. To stay ahead of evolving industry needs, CPT will move from its current two-berth terminal to three new mega berths at PPT’s Phases 3 and 4. When the new berths begin operations from 2017, they will be fully integrated with PSA’s best-in-class infrastructure and supported by the latest automated and intelligent port technologies. These will help to raise port productivity and enhance PSA’s ability to manage greater business complexity for the benefit of its customers.


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