Gibraltar’s new floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar arrives at Gibraltar Port
Gibraltar’s new floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar arrived on June 11 morning on the back of a transportation vessel.
According to her owners, weather permitting, ‘float-off ops’ from her transportation vessel will commence this morning and, aided by tugs, she’ll cruise into Gibdock under her own propulsion ready for minor preparatory works.
Brian Stevendale, CEO for Sunborn Gibraltar, said: “This is a huge news story for Gibraltar, the arrival of the world’s first five star yacht hotel on our shores. “
Former Kai Tak airport turned into new cruise port opened on June 12
Hong Kong has turned a former airport into an HK$8.2 billion ($1.1 billion) cruise ship terminal as the city seeks to woo wealthy Chinese travellers and become Asia's hub for luxury liners. The terminal, built at the city's former Kai Tak Airport, opened on a public holiday, on Wednesday June 12, 2013. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL), one of the operators, expects to draw mostly Chinese tourists to travel from the iconic Victoria Harbour, said Zinan Liu, regional vice president for the Miami-based company. More at www.bangkokpost.c...
An Australian firm, N&M Commodities, is keen to construct a huge $3.5bn deepwater port on Hon Khoai Island, roughly 15km off the southwest coast of Nam Can District in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. The Ca Mau People's Committee has submitted a proposal to build the port to the government, and is awaiting official approval. Spread over 320 hectares the 12 berths will cater for coal, containers, roros, oil and other commodities and will be able to handle ships of up to 250,000 dwt.
"The Mega Port project, the biggest ever infrastructure project between Australia and Viet Nam, is set to break many records in logistical efficiency, capacity, security and most of all sustainability," N&M Commodities said on its website. A bridge with a two lane highway and a railway will link the port to the mainland and to an expressway that would link it to Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Groundbreaking for the port is anticipated at the start of 2014. [12/06/13]
Belize Gov. denies approval for large NCL cruise ship port project
The Belize Natural History Centre at Chaa Creek has applauded a recent government decision to deny approval for a large cruise ship project in an environmentally sensitive area of Southern Belize, according to the Centre’s assistant manager Brion Young. Mr Young said at issue is a proposed development plan by Norwegian Cruise Lines to build a port on Crawl Caye, a small island off the southern coast of Belize, which will facilitate cruise lines operations in southern Belize. Source and more at www.dredgingtoday...
Effective end of June, the Mediterranean short-sea specialist United Feeder Services (UFS) is to strengthen its Italy – Tunis coverage with the assignment of a second 509 teu vessel to the service between Cagliari and Rades (Tunis) (#1436).
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Singapore Oil Company 'Hin Leong' Outlines $3 billion Expansion Plans
Singapore oil trading and shipping company Hin Leong plans to spend up to $3 billion building oil terminals and distribution facilities in Asian markets including China, East Timor, Myanmar and Indonesia, Reuters reports. The company owns Universal Terminal in Singapore, which is one of the largest commercial oil storage complexes on the continent, as well as a fleet of more than 100 tankers.
Phase 1 of King Abdullah Economic City port (North of Jeddah) to open in Q3 2013
TRIAL operations of the first phase of the 14-square-kilometre seaport within the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), which is being built in Saudi Arabia on a 168 square kilometre site located along the coast of the Red Sea 100 kilometres north of Jeddah, are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013.
The company building the new KAEC project, Emaar TEC, said in a statement to the Saudi stock exchange said that the new port will initially be able to handle up to 1.3 million TEU, reports Dubai's Construction Week OnLine.
A company has been established to continue the construction of the port, which will have a throughput capacity of 20 million TEU and occupy a site measuring 20 square kilometre when it is fully developed. More to read at www.seanews.com.t...
Mundra Port handles the largest container ship in India ever - MSC Valeria
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (Adani Ports), one of India's largest private port developer and operator and part of Adani Group, said its Mundra Port on June 10, 2013 handled the largest container vessel up to now with nominal capacity of 14,036 TEUs*, the first of its kind to call at any Indian port, thereby making history in the Indian maritime sector.
New berth for large cruise liners opened with "Eurodam" on June 9 at Kiel-Ostuferhafen
Kiel now has a third berth for big cruise ships. During a ceremony in the Ostuferhafen on Sunday morning June 9th the new Berth 1 cruise ship handling facility was officially opened just after the arrival of Holland America Line’s “Eurodam”. Berth 1 in the Ostuferhafen was revamped this spring to make it possible to handle very big cruise ships. A water depth of 10m was created along the entire 400 metre quayside and parts of the seabed were also reinforced. On the quayside itself, extensive fendering was installed which is suitable for passenger ships. Passengers board or leave their ship via a new gangway. The facility has been adapted to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code on port safety. The renovation of Berth 1 is part of a EUR 5.4 million Ostuferhafen development project aimed at expanding freight and logistic capacity and creating a big berth for cruise ships. The development was funded by the German Government and supported by the Federal state of Schleswig Holstein.
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Costamare orders 10 x 9,000 teu from Hanjin Subic bay
The Greek non-operating shipowner Costamare, whose fleet is consolidated under the ownership of the New York Stock Exchange-registered Costamare Incorporated, has signed a letter of intend to order five 9,000 teu container ships at the Hanjin Philippines Shipyard of Subic Bay. In addition, Costamare has signed options for a further five units of similar size and design.