Costa Rica on Alert as Ship Carrying Chemicals Sinks off Pacific Coast
SAN JOSE – An alert has been issued for port, fisheries and tourism interests along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast following the sinking of a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that is harmful to people and animals, the National Emergency Management Office said Sunday. The alert covers an area stretching from Puntarenas to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica’s largest Pacific port, as well as the tourist areas of Playa Tambor and Cobano, in the central Pacific region. Residents and visitors have been ordered to stay out of the water and to avoid fishing in the affected areas, the National Emergency Management Office said. The vessel carrying the ammonium nitrate, which is used as a fertilizer, sank off Puntarenas on Saturday.
The ship was owned by the Ferticaque company and went down amid strong waves, emergency management officials said.
MPA Signs $1.83 Billion Singapore Mega Port Project
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a $1.83 billion deal to construct a new port terminal on reclaimed land, WorldMaritimeNews reports.
Once completed, the Tuas Terminal Phase 1 project is expected to have 20 deep-water berths with a capacity of 20 million TEUs per year.
The project will be carried out in part with the Dredging International Asia Pacific-Daelim Joint Venture (DDJV), who will be responsible for reclaiming 294 hectares of land, dredging the fairway and basins, and building an 8.6-kilometre quay wall.
According to reports, the reclamation is estimated to involve more than 80 million cubic metres of reclamation fill.
The quay wall will also reportedly be constructed onsite at a temporary yard before being moved using a floating dock vessel.
The project is expected to be completed in six years. shipandbunker.com...
Durban port authorities on defensive after ships touch sea bed
THE port of Durban is silting up, causing ships to touch the sea bed and prompting concerns about port management.
Durban port manager Moshe Motlohi confirmed industry reports of sand encroaching into the port entrance channel. The news comes amid mounting concern over ship groundings at Durban harbour, which is Africa’s busiest port.
Shipping stakeholders have repeatedly warned about insufficient dredging, despite efforts by Transnet National Port Authority to address the problem.
In a written reply Mr Motlohi said port authorities had alerted mariners by means of a formal notice and a red demarcation buoy — reducing the width of the entrance channel by 40m.
"We can confirm there have been recent grounding incidents in the Port of Durban due to the movement of harbour bed material in basins and at berths, which is exacerbated by the size of vessels calling at the port," Mr Motlohi said. But he insisted the sand buildup at the channel entrance did not affect shipping.
"Monthly sand trap soundings are carried out and we are aware of sand buildup along the toe of the South Pier parallel to the entrance channel. The latest sounding indicates sand has started encroaching into the channel."
Port authorities regularly dredge a sand trap situated just outside the entrance channel. If the sand trap is not dredged, the sand settles in the entrance channel, creating a sand bar.
"This has not had any effect on container traffic because the 180m width of the channel is sufficient for the size of container vessels," Mr Motlohi said. www.bdlive.co.za/...
Port of Anchorage sees first new construction in 4 decades
Methanol will soon be transported through the Port of Anchorage as Delta Western begins construction on a new tank to hold the fuel and a truck rack to distribute it.
KTVA reports (bit.ly/1DO7Luj) port officials had to open the record books to determine when the last construction project broke ground at the facility, and director Steve Riuffo says they got to the 70s without finding anything.
Delta Western president Kirk Payne says methanol is in demand among residents of the North Slope, and that transporting it by ship is cheaper and faster than the current method of going by train.
The project is expected to be completed in the fall, bringing the company's total number of Alaska fuel terminals to an even dozen.
Cruise ship season begins in Seattle, giving businesses a boost
ront starting Saturday.
It's the beginning of cruise ship season, and this year could set records.
The season will help businesses, especially those on the waterfront that have been struggling with the mess from the seawall construction.
The first cruise ship of the season will pull into Elliot Bay Saturday, followed by one on Sunday and a steady stream of visitors.
According to the Port of Seattle, there will be 30 dockings in May alone.
The last three years, Seattle has averaged 189 cruise ships a year.
A recent study found each ship brings in a little more than $2 million to the local economy, a roughly $397 million boost each year.
A cruise liner capable of carrying of 4900 passengers and 1300 crew may never make it to New Zealand because Ports of Auckland is too small, a lobby group says.
A maiden visit to New Zealand next year by Ovation of the Seas was announced two weeks ago.
Cruise New Zealand says it may not happen because Ports of Auckland is not being allowed to fully pursue plans to extend its Bledisloe Wharf.
The ship would be the largest cruise liner ever to visit New Zealand, at a length of 348m, Cruise New Zealand chairman Kevin O'Sullivan says.
The number of people it's capable of carrying is the equivalent of 12 Airbus A380s arriving at the same time, he says.
If the ship can't call at Auckland, it's unlikely to come to New Zealand at all, he says.
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Hyundai Heavy Industries wins Kaliningrad floating LNG tender
Hyundai Heavy Industries has won the Gazprom Flot tender for the construction of the Kaliningrad floating LNG terminal, Gazprom said. Other bidders for the tender included Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries.A 3.5 km pipeline will run from the vessel to shore near the Kulikovskaya wind power plant at the southern end of the Curonian Spit. The contract for the facility will be signed in May, with the floating terminal to be delivered by November 2017.The Kaliningrad FLNG may be the first gas provider for the region, but will be “subsequently replaced by the Baltic LNG project”, Gazprom noted on its website. Source : Interfax
Saudi Global Ports LLC (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA) started its commercial operations this month, at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, a key gateway port on the Arabian Gulf. On 23 April 2015, SGP handled the first commercial vessel, M/V NIARA, owned by Orient Express Line. 1,011 TEUs were handled on this 2,000-TEU capacity vessel.
Located in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Dammam City, phase 1 of SGP’s terminal has 16 metres of water depth, the deepest in the region, and is equipped with six quay cranes of 23 container row span on 700 metres of quay. When the new SGP terminal is fully developed, it will have a quay length of 1,200 metres and 12 quay cranes, with a designed capacity of 1.8 million TEUs per annum. Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, said, “The completion and start-up of PSA’s first container terminal in Dammam testifies to PSA’s commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Cyprus: Port workers to strike on Thursday, April 30
Port workers and employees of the Cyprus Ports Authority will go on a 24-hour strike on Thursday in response to the government’s plan to privatise the ports. The port workers will gather outside parliament, where the Communications and Works Committee is scheduled to discuss port privatisation.