Kiel Canal on Kiel side closed due to storm Xaver, waiting time at Brunsbuettel 15 hrs
Kiel Canal was closed for all traffic on Dec. 6 01.15 hrs pm. In the morning of Dec. 6 2 locks at Brunsbüttel were opened again, due to high traffic waiting time for a free lock are at abt. 15 hrs.. On the Kiel side the locks (as of 11.15 am) remain closed for inbound traffic. More to read at WSA official website: www.wsv.de/wsa-bb...
Specialized coal terminal to be built at port Vanino
On December 6, within the framework of the Transport Week – 2013, FSUE Rosmorport and Far East Vanino Port LLC signed an agreement on construction of a specialized terminal for transshipment of coal at port Vanino (Khabarovsk Territory), IAA PortNews journalist reports. The document was signed by Rosmorport Director General Andrey Tarasenko and Far East Vanino Port Director General Victor Sokhranov.
This project implies the construction of a coal terminal with annual capacity of 15 mln t. Coal cargo is to be delivered to the terminal from Elegest coal field (central part of Tyva Republic), which is a part of Ulug-Khem coal basin.
To transship the expected volumes there should be built two berths at double-sided pier. The terminal is supposed to handle vessels with deadweight of up to 120,000 t.
New south lock at Kiel Holtenau reopened for traffic, two large locks in service again
On the evening of Dec. 4 the new Kiel Holtenau south lock was reopened for traffic of ships of all sizes. Since then both large locks are open to the traffic, since the repairs were finished 3 days earlier than expected.
Bollore Africa Logistics to develop a car terminal at Dakar
French Africa specialist Bollore Africa Logistics has been awarded a contract to develop a car terminal at the Senegalese Autonomous Port of Dakar, which it will later operate.
In terms of the contract, Bollore will invest €97 in the project over its 25-year term. Dakar’s existing roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) terminal quayside will be extended by 165 metres and the draught alongside deepened to 10.5m along with a 30,000m² area to park motor vehicles.
Iraq signs contract with Daewoo to build a breakwater nearby the port of Al-Faw
Dubai: Sources in the Iraqi Ministry of Transport said that Iraq signed a contract worth €511m ($690m) with South Korea's Daewoo, to build a breakwater in the waters nearby the port of Al-Faw, which is planned to be constructed and built in the south of the country. The big port of al-Faw near Basra is one of several projects through which the Iraqi government have high hopes to provide a passenger line that links the Middle East and Europe, without the need to cross the Suez Canal. [28/11/13]
Dubai: Yemen's Transport Minister, Waed Abdullah Bathib, held a meeting at his office, in Sanaa, with Jan Jacobsen, CEO and Member of the Board of Monjasa, which specialises in building docks. The minister discussed with Jacobsen and his entourage topics related to building berths in the province of Aden, to use them for the storage and transfer of petroleum to importing countries. As well as ports Bathib is keen to build some ship repair facilities around Aden. [28/11/13]
Becker Marine Systems reports that its subsidiary Hybrid Port Energy of Hamburg has awarded a building contract to Shipbuilding and Machinery of Komárno, Slovakia to build what it describes as “the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge”.
In 2012 AIDA Cruises and Becker Marine Systems teamed up on a long-term cooperation project to provide low emission electrical power to cruise ships while at port. The barge will be fitted with five Caterpillar-based gensets supplied by Zeppelin Power Systems totalling 7.5 MW for 50/60 Hz operating solely on LNG. These are the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers.
The LNG Hybrid Barge is scheduled for completion by summer 2014, two years after the initial project startup. The 74m long barge will be stationed in the Port of Hamburg, which will then be the first port in Europe able to provide cold ironing power to cruise ships. In addition, the barge and its engines are to be outfitted to supply combined heat and power to potential customers, further improving the ecological footprint. More at www.motorship.com...
Largest cruise liner ever to berth at the Suva and Lautoka port
Largest cruise liner ever to berth at the Suva and Lautoka ports was Celebrity Cruises' 'Celebrity Solstice', said local agents Carpenters Shipping. With more than 2887 passengers on board, backed with a crew of 1206, the vessel was in Fiji on Oct. 30 in what marked a boost to the local economy through much needed tourism dollars. The Solstice, which is one of many liners of Celebrity Cruises' liners sailed from Australian to Noumea before it arrived in Fiji en route to Sydney, Carpenters Shipping said. The vessel berthed at the port of Suva for six hours and called into the port of Lautoka as well.
First turnaround operation of the season for AIDAaura at Kochi (Cochin)
Despite the economic slowdown hitting the cruising industry, the number of cruise passengers in Kochi remains substantial. Indicating that the industry is active, Aida Cruises, a German cruise company, conducted on Nov. 25/26th its first turnaround operation of the season of its vessel AIDA Aura. There is a considerable fall in the number of cruise vessels sailing to Kochi and industry sources blame it on the European recession. “However, what we could understand is that Kochi still remains the most sought after destination. Approximately, 900 passengers, mostly Germans, will experience the first turnaround of this season of cruise vessel AIDA Aura,” said officials of Lotus Destination, a tour company which handles passengers for AIDA Cruises. The passengers were brought to Kochi in two chartered aircraft of Air Berlin and a few scheduled services of the Qatar airways and Emirates. newindianexpress....