The construction of Poland's LNG terminal in Świnoujście may be at risk, as both members of the consortium responsible for its construction are experiencing problems, reported Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The Polish member, PBG, is in bankruptcy proceedings. The company had a loss of zł.3.7 billion in 2012 and saw its revenue fall by 50 percent that year. Italian firm Saipem, which is the leader of the consortium, may in turn be sold by its main shareholder ENI after its shares lost in value as a result of a corruption scandal. The timing of the opening of the terminal is crucial for gas distributor PGNiG. The company has signed a contract with Qatargas to buy 1.5 billion of cubic meters of liquified gas per year. The first delivery was supposed to arrive at the Świnoujście terminal in H2 of 2014. Source: Warsaw Business Journal
'Rena' Owners Prefer to Leave Wreck on Astrolabe Reef
No decision had been made on leaving Rena on the reef, but draft assessments have been distributed for stakeholder and regional council review. Meanwhile the Maritime New Zealand order for full wreck removal remains in place, reports the Bay of Plenty Times. About one to two tonnes of oil is believed to be on board Rena's sunken stern, clinging to containers, pipes, cargo, plus hydraulic oil. There were about 1646 tonnes of heavy fuel oil on Rena when it grounded. Salvors using the Awanuia bunker barge removed about 1425 tonnes and about 230 tonnes were lost to sea or collected from beaches. This did not include the 21 tonnes of diesel oil on the ship at the time. Of this, 17 tonnes were removed and 4 tonnes were lost at sea.
Mr Casey indicated that full wreck removal was still possible, but it would not return the reef to its pre-Rena state.
$100m heroin haul: Australian Navy intercepts ship off Zanzibar
The Australian Navy has made one of its biggest drug seizures at sea, intercepting a ship allegedly carrying half a tonne of heroin worth an estimated $100 million.
The Australian-led combined task force seized the alleged heroin haul at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, last Friday. It is believed the ship was carrying the drugs to Europe.
The ship, which was flying an unidentifiable flag, was tracked overnight before heavily armed defence personnel boarded it and allegedly found 500 bags of the drug.
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Chongqing starts the first LNG filling station on the Yangtze
Chongqing Fujiang Energy Technology Company (Fujiang Engergy), a subsidiary of Fortune Oil, is going to start the operation of the first LNG filling station on the Yangtze River in August this year. The LNG filling station has a storage volume of 2,000 cu m and is capable of filling 20 vessels every day. Fujiang Energy converted its first LNG/diesel duel fuel vessel last year and this year and the company plans to expand its business of LNG vessel conversion and LNG filling. Luo Cihua, general manager of Fujiang Energy said that the company will initially convert LNG vessels for large shipping companies for free, and share the percentage of the energy cost saved by the shipping companies to ease the financial burden on them.
Luo revealed that the company has another four to five LNG filling stations in the planning near Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai. [SinoShipNews 01/04/13]
One person was killed and 100 other were rescued after an express vessel capsized in Tontay township, Myanmar's Yangon Region Sunday night (March 31, 2013), Port sources said on Monday.
The private-run Patheinthu Express passenger vessel, which was heading for Kyieklat from Yangon, collided with a ship loaded with rice at 8:30 p.m. local time at a location of 11.7 km from Sukalet village.
Myanmar Police Force, Myanmar Fire Bridage and Port authorities launched rescue operation.
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust making effort to end worker strike
Hong Kong: Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) today (April 01) announced that it has been proactively working on solutions to the ongoing port worker strike at its subsidiary Hong Kong International Terminals Limited (HIT).
Port workers and their supporters have gathered at HIT since Friday claiming against stevedoring contractors for a pay rise.
HPH Trust claims that the stevedoring contractors provide services to many terminals in the Kwai Tsing port including HIT and the port workers are not employees of HIT, however, it has formed a special task force to oversee the development of the situation, and contingency procedures have been activated.
HPH Trust said in a statement it has been pro-actively monitoring the situation as well as encouraging the contractors of HIT to engage in dialogue with their workers to bring an amicable resolution to the situation and it is working closely with the authorities to ensure the safety of the personnel and maintain the order at the terminals. [01/04/13]
New barge waste collection facility opens in the port of Antwerpen
As of 30 March 2013 there is a new waste collection facility for barges in the port of Antwerp, said in the press release. The Lillo Park Service Quay located at quay 601 (Tijsmans Tunnel West) is the second waste collection facility to be opened on the right bank of the Scheldt, after the Noordkasteel Park at quay 75. Together with the Kallo Park (at quay 1103 on the left bank) and the bilge boat, these facilities collect some 5000 tonnes of barge waste each year.
Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering available in port of Stockholm
Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries, said in the press release.
A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering possible.
"Our new passenger ferry, M/S Viking Grace, represents an environmental milestone, and the ability to provide LNG bunkering opportunities is a very important piece of the jigsaw in our environmental work. That is why we are very pleased that the solution for LNG bunkering is now in place," explains Viking Line's Technical Director, Tony Öhman. More to read at en.portnews.ru/ne...
Cruise passengers in line for hours at Port Everglades - due to budget cuts
Passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise ship had to wait for hours to clear immigration and customs.
The delay at Terminal 19 was a result of not enough agents. A sign inside said government budget cuts was to blame.
"There was not much we could do about it, so we just sat there," said one passenger.
Earlier in March, a similar scene unfolded at Miami International Airport. Air travelers were forced to wait several hours to clear immigration. The lack of staffing is a result of automated budget cuts that went into effect earlier this month.
"It wasn't the cruise line's fault," said Bill Gentry. "It was TSA, which comes down into customs and they didn't have enough manpower."
Thousands of other passengers had to wait outside the terminal at Port Everglades until everyone was off the ship before they could board. www.local10.com/n...
The News reported that ship breakers have threatened to close the industry over the discriminatory tax treatment by the Federal Board of Revenue, SteelGuru reports.
Through two recently issued statutory regulatory orders, the tax body increased tax rate at the import stage withdrew deferred payment facility for shipping agents on sales tax and made mandatory payment of sales tax and government dues at the time of clearance of consignment.
Mr Dewan Rizwan Farooqui chairman of the Pakistan Ship Breaker’s Association said that “The notifications issued by the FBR have made it difficult for us to continue our business activities. The association has planned a protest before the Karachi Press Club on April 1st 2013 against the FBR. If our demands are not met, we will stop our operation.” More to read at www.steelguru.com...