Vale obtains operating permit for Pier IV in the Ponta da Madeira maritime terminal
Vale informs that it has been granted the operational license (LO) of Pier IV in the Ponta da Madeira (PDM) maritime terminal in the state of Maranhão, Brazil, issued by the state environmental authority (SEMA). The LO encompasses the onshore and offshore parts of Pier IV, said in the company's press release.
The onshore part comprises two car dumpers, two stockyards, one stacker, two reclaimers and conveyor belts. The offshore part contains the South berth of Pier IV, an access bridge (1.6 km), a ship loader with the respective loading line (16,000 tons per hour), environmental monitoring system, a tugboat pier and other equipment.
Sydney ports hinder Celebrity operations due to lack of infrastucture
The lack of cruise ship berths in Sydney hampered the creation of Celebrity Century's Australian cruise program with the deployment described as "sub optimal" by senior executives. Royal Caribbean yesterday (April 8, 2013) announced that Century will operate alongside Celebrity Solstice in Australia in 2014/15, with the number of cruises rising 50% from the 2013/14 season. Celebrity regional vice president and managing director Gavin Smith used the announcement to again press government authorities to address the lack of infrastructure at Sydney Harbour. More to read at www.travelweekly....
Miami-Cuba seaborne shipping stops after big start
The freight service was launched in July by International Port Corp. to significant fanfare. It was the first direct maritime shipment of humanitarian goods between Miami and Havana since the U.S. economic embargo began against Fidel Castro's communist government five decades ago. Less than a year later, however, the service has ground to a halt, The Associated Press has learned. The ship had mechanical problems, the International Port Corp. was sued for allegedly not paying its bills and the Cuban government's package delivery company provided slow service.
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Shipping connectivity between Oman and the Far East is set to be significantly enhanced with the launch of a new container service by Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to and from Port of Sohar on April 9, 2013. MOL-owned containership MOL Tyne arrives at Sohar Port’s Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) on a maiden port call as part of its newly unveiled China — Middle East Express (CMX) service. The service, which provides fast connectivity between Oman and the Far East, has been launched in partnership with American President Lines (APL). More at www.omanet.om/eng...
CMA-CGM makes first call in Stockholm with 'Helgaland'
Container ship Helgaland arrived at Frihamnen on April 5, 2013. It was also the container shipping company CMA-CGM's first visit to Stockholm, said in the press release. CMA-CGM is one of the world's largest container shipping companies and will run services to Stockholm once a week. Team Lines, Unifeeder, SCA Transforest, MSC and CMA-CGM now all operate services to the container terminal in Stockholm.
Alexandria Ports Authorities decided on Monday, April 8 to stop all ship movements in two ports due to a sandstorm blocking vision.
All ship movements will be halted in the ports of Dekheila and Boughazi until the attainment of clear vision to facilitate ship docking and unloading their cargo, said head of the Alexandrian Ports Authorities as reported by the Middle East News Agency.
He added that this move came in order to avoid collision of ships and maintain safety of the maritime navigation.
Irish firm set for ship recycling venture in Dalian
Dalian: An Irish firm is about to establish a high-tech ship recycling centre on the outskirts of Dalian. CEMS-Dalian will be based in Zhuanghe. The Irish company has formed a jv with a local partner to design, develop and operate a state of the art ship dismantling and recycling facility. Dalian is playing a big role in ship recycling these days with a large new yard operated by the city’s main builder in association with a nearby steel mill and a Singaporean shipowner. [SinoShipNews 05/04/13]
Gazprom plans building LNG bunkering terminal at the Gulf of Finland
Gazprom plans to build a terminal for bunkering of vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the shore of the Gulf of Finland, IAA PortNews journalist learnt from Pavel Oderov, Head of the International Business Department, Gazprom, at the Baltic Sea Forum. According to Oderov, the pre-investment feasibility study is to be completed by the end of 2013, the parameters and location of the terminal have not been determined yet, nor the method of bunkering.
Meanwhile, Oleg Vodeneev, Deputy Director General of Primorsk Commercial Seaport, who also attended the Forum, said that his company is negotiating the possibility of building such a terminal in the port of Primorsk with Gazprom in particular.
Panama Canal expansion - 42 percent of the work on the new locks completed
he Panama Canal’s expansion is finally beginning to look like a channel that will float some of the biggest ships in the world by mid-2015. About 42 percent of the work on the new locks has been completed and it’s by far the most costly and complicated part of the $5.25 billion project to retrofit the nearly century-old canal with larger locks to lift and lower ships on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the isthmus. The old locks will still be in service but the new ones will allow the canal to handle so-called post-Panamax ships, which are too big to fit through the existing locks. In early March, a milestone was reached when dredging of Culebra Cut, the narrowest part of the canal that straddles the Continental Divide, was completed. www.wildcat.arizo...
A deal has been reached to end much of the massive port strike that has slammed exports from the world's top copper metal producer Chile but two ports are still negotiating, a union leader told Reuters in the wee hours of Saturday.
Workers at the key ports of Angamos, Antofagasta and Iquique in the mineral-rich north will return to work on Saturday, Richard Orellana, head of the Angamos port union told Reuters. They will, however, walk off their jobs on Saturday if the two outstanding ports don't reach a deal, Orellana added. Unions at the central ports of Valparaiso and San Antonio are still negotiating a deal amid worry there could be retaliation for the stoppage, sources close to the deal said. Mining industry sources say it will take weeks to return to normal shipping operations once the strike is lifted because of the congestion in ports.