First new ACL roro ship to call at Gothenburg on December 20
ACL is about to launch five new ships in the combined container/cars/ro-ro class. The first of the five new vessels, Atlantic Star, will call at the Port of Gothenburg in the lead-up to Christmas, around December 20. The ships are the world's largest in their class. “It is very positive that ACL continues to invest in its ConRo traffic to North America. It is good for the Port of Gothenburg network, and not least for the Swedish trade and industry as a whole,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President Business Area Cargo at the Port of Gothenburg. ACL has been operating in Gothenburg since 1967. With its direct service between Gothenburg and the east coast of North America, it offers Swedish export and import companies links to Halifax, New York, Baltimore and Norfolk. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Certas Energy Launches New UK Bunkering Facility in the Greater London area
UK bunker supplier Certas Energy (Certas) has announced that it has opened a new bunkering facility in the Greater London area, known as the Harefield Oil Terminal.
"The terminal is now the second largest fuelling facility to the west of Greater London, with a storage capacity of over 1.3 million litres," said Certas of the new facility located in Uxbridge, which is said to represent a £1 million ($1.55 million) investment by the company.
The completed project is also said to have included a "pump island," which offers multiple fuelling points in order to increase speed and efficiency of fuelling for commercial customers.
Agribusiness G3 building $38m grain terminal at Port of Hamilton
The Port of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada will have a 50,000-tonne grain terminal by harvest time in 2017 according to agribusiness firm G3 (Global Grain Group) Canada, which announced it has begun construction on the project. The terminal on Lake Ontario, at the port’s Pier 26, will cost $38m.
Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen has purchased a 10% stake in HIGAS, with an option to acquire up to 80% of the Sardinian company.
HIGAS is a joint venture between Gas and Heat and CPL Concordia with plans to build and operate an LNG terminal and distribution facility in the port of Oristano, Sardinia. The LNG is to be shipped to the terminal by LNG tankers and distributed to customers via pipeline and trucks. The terminal is expected to be completed in 2017.
Commenting on the project, Andrew Pickering, president of Stolt-Nielsen LNG Holdings, said, “This joint venture represents SNL’s third strategic investment in the LNG segment, where our focus is on meeting what we call stranded demand for LNG. Sardinia, which is not served by a gas pipeline, is a perfect example. With demand for natural gas rising on Sardinia, small-scale LNG imports represent an attractive solution.” splash247.com/sto...
Two more anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels have been idled in Norway, bringing the number of vessels laid up in the North Sea to 71.
Today, Boa Offshore’s vessel Boa Jarl (26,969 bhp, built 2015) was laid up in Trondheim, having been unemployed since completing 14 days’ work for Lundin in mid-August.
Simon Møkster Rederi’s Stril Commander (17,250 bhp, built 2009) was laid up at Stavanger after completing its previous charter with Prosafe at the end of September.
Some 17 AHTSs are now laid up in the North Sea, plus 50 platform supply vessels (PSV) and four multipurpose supply vessels.
Meanwhile, Dana Petroleum today chartered Greatship India’s PSV Malaviya 7 (4,587 dwt, built 1994) for supply duties for £3,000 per day. The reported rate was even lower than seen on Tuesday, when Wood Group fixed Gulf Offshore’s PSV Highland Chieftain (4,000 dwt, built 2013) for supply duties at £3,250 daily. splash247.com/ove...
Every day, hundreds of people at Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli board a ship bound for Turkey -- but for most, the trip is anything but a relaxing holiday. The ship returns nearly empty, because most of those on board are not tourists but Syrians setting out on the first stage of a journey to escape their country's conflict and build a new life.
These Syrians are mostly middle-class and have the benefit of valid travel documents, meaning they can take advantage of the visa-free entry Turkey offers Syrians.
But once they reach Turkey's shores, at the ports of Tasucu or Mersin, they join the thousands who have gone before them, paying smugglers exorbitant fees and risking their lives to continue their journey onwards to Europe.
At the port, Lebanon's largest after that in Beirut, many are reluctant to admit the purpose of their trip.
Pulling three large suitcases behind him, Abu Yahya says he has come from Damascus with his wife and two children.
Singapore-headquartered container carrier APL on 12 October launched a new fortnightly US-flagged service to Guam and Saipan.
The new shipping service, Guam Saipan Express (GSX), will connect with APL's existing weekly US-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in Yokohama, Japan, providing shippers in Guam and Saipan an alternative shipping from the US mainland.
"The GSX service will also provide new opportunities for global shippers to expand their business to Guam and Saipan," said APL president Kenneth Glenn.
The first sailing of the new GSX service is expected to depart Yokohama on 24 November. The service's port rotation is Yokohama-Saipan-Guam-Yokohama.
According to APL's corporate announcement, a dedicated 1,100 teu vessel will service the route. The GSX service is scheduled for weekend arrivals for ready cargo availability on Monday mornings in both Guam and Saipan. www.ihsmaritime36...
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is keenly awaiting the outcome of a techno-economic feasibility study to gauge if it is viable to set up a shipbuilding and repair facility at Tuna at Kandla Port in Gujarat.
The idea, the seeds of which were sown by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari during one of his visits to the yard, is being perused ‘seriously’ by the yard, according to sources.
The consultant engaged to carry out the study is expected to furnish its report by the end of the year and follow-up action, in the event of a positive report, will be undertaken immediately thereafter.
The CSL had earlier examined the feasibility of setting up off-campus facilities in the Andamans and on Chennai Port premises, but both had to be shelved for various reasons. “As regards Kandla, there’s availability of 310 acres of land at Tuna’s inter-tidal region which is quite a chunk. But there are technical challenges, which are being examined by the consultant. The yard is pretty serious about it and is open to doing shipbuilding, repair and even breaking, as Alang is not very far — all this subject to viability,” said the sources.
GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis and Wärtsilä are joining forces to offer vessels the option of sailing on biofuel. The three companies started a two-year pilot in the port of Rotterdam: the world’s biggest bio-based cluster. www.hellenicshipp...
Poland Opens LNG Terminal, Pledges to End Russian Dependence
Thirteen days before Poland’s general election, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz opened the nation’s first terminal to import liquefied natural gas and promised “full independence” from Russian gas supplies from next year.
The facility is ready for startup tests and will get a first shipment of LNG from Qatar between Dec. 11 and Dec. 17 to cool the plant, with commercial deliveries starting in 2016, two years later than initially planned. Poland, a key transit country for Russian gas supplies to western Europe, has criticized plans by Gazprom PJSC to expand its undersea pipeline directly to Germany, which bypasses east European countries that rely on Russia for their energy.
“Next year, we’ll be fully independent from supplies from the east,” Kopacz told reporters at the terminal’s site in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, near the German border.
Poland plans to expand its gas grid to enable the transport of fuel from Swinoujscie to its neighbors in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Lithuania. That would also allow it to boost the use of the terminal, which currently only has supply agreements for 30 percent of its capacity.
The Law & Justice opposition party, which leads opinion polls ahead of the Oct. 25 election, said the terminal wasn’t ready and that Kopacz was staging a “show” to woo voters.
Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, the nation’s Poland’s dominant gas company, still has to buy a minimum of about 8.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year (300 billion cubic feet) from Gazprom under a long-term contract signed in 1996. The accord will remain in force until 2022. www.hellenicshipp...