Strike of labour union may occur from Aug. 14 a.m. impacting all Kiel-Holtenau canal Locks
As per official information from the Kiel-Canal Operations the local labour union VERDI plans to perform a strike of Kiel-Canal Locks (at Kiel) from Wednesday 14.08.13 AM for about 4 to 5 days. This action is expected to have severe impact on the network while most services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
All Brunsbüttel Canal locks out of service due to strike from Aug 7 until Aug 11
All Brunsbüttel Canal locks have been put out of service due to labour union strike from Aug 7 until Aug 11 24:00 hrs. This action is expected to have severe impact on the network while most services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
Tianjin port strengthens heavy equipment handling ability
The northern bulk cargo centre, Tianjin port, started construction of a heavy equipment terminal at Dagukou port area on August 4, 2013. This project aims to solve the current bottleneck for handling large-size equipment at Tianjin port by improving the port’s function and layout. The whole project includes four 50,000 dwt fitting-out berths and a major cargo berth, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year. [05/08/13]
New lock gates for Panama Canal to arrive in August
The Panama Canal Expansion is moving forward to achieve its goal of enhancing the waterway's capacity in order to provide a better service to customers. To date, the Program registers a 60.4% progress, the ACP said in a press release. The Expansion Program has achieved many important milestones. Both entrances of the Panama Canal are ready for bigger ships, since the deepening and widening of the Atlantic and Pacific access channels have been completed. The dredging of Gatun Lake is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Pacific Access Channel has reached the design depth and the dam that will divide the new channel from Miraflores Lake is under construction.
The Third Set of Locks project registers a 50 percent progress. The new lock complexes in the Pacific and Atlantic sides will feature three chambers, three water-saving basins per chamber, a lateral filling and emptying system and rolling gates. The first four new lock gates will be arriving in the country this upcoming August, signaling a very important milestone for the Third Set of Locks project. Each one of the 16 gates required will weight an average of 3,300 tonnes. Constructed in Italy by subcontractor Cimolai S.p.A, the giant new gates will be unloaded in the Atlantic side of the Canal and rolled off the ship to a specially-constructed reception dock. Unlike the current Canal, which uses miter gates, the expanded Canal will have steel rolling gates.
Largest ever boxship 'Cap San Nicolas' calls APM Terminals’ Buenos Aires Terminal 4
On July 25th, 2013 the largest vessel to ever call the Port of Buenos Aires, the 332 meter-long Hamburg Süd Cap San Nicolas, discharged approximately 800 containers at the APM Terminals Terminal 4 facility, the Group said on Friday. The 9,700 TEU capacity vessel is equipped with 2,100 reefer plugs, making these the largest reefer capacity ships in the global fleet. “We are very pleased with the success of this vessel call, which is a major milestone for South American port operations” said APM Terminals Latin American Head Joe N. Nielsen. The Cap San Nicolas is the first of six of the Cap San class vessels which will be introduced into Hamburg Süd’s Asia/South Africa/East Coast South American route, with its sister vessel, the Cap San Marco, due to arrive in mid-August. Two more Cap San class vessels are scheduled for delivery this year, with the final two set to enter the fleet in January 2014.
Regulators in the US have ordered BP to respond to allegations of market manipulation, threatening the oil major with fines of almost $29 million (£19m).
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) alleged that BP manipulated the natural gas market at the Houston Ship Channel between September and November 2008 and said the group has 30 days to reply.
BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said: “These allegations are without merit and we stand by what we previously disclosed publicly in February 2011 – that BP natural gas traders did not engage in any market manipulation in late 2008.
“BP is disappointed that the FERC has brought this action and we will vigorously defend against these allegations.”
Singapore: Officials from the Wilmar Group spent Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 assessing the damage done to its yard in Batam over the weekend. Up to 100 workers rioted on Saturday (Aug. 3) over new labour rules at PT USDA Seroja Jaya Shipyard, with four people injured and seven cars damaged. Workers were angry at new rules which cut back allowances for food and transport.
Police are now investigating the incident. [seashipnews 05/08/13]
UANI Urges Italian Ship Operator Ignazio Messina to Desist in Iran Trade
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Italy’s Ignazio Messina & Co. SpA, the world’s second largest roll-on/roll-off tanker operator, to immediately end its Iran operations.
Ignazio Messina operates container and roll-on/roll-off services at the port of Bandar Abbas – Iran's largest port through which 90% of its container traffic passes. The Bandar Abbas port is known to be controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). www.marinelink.co...
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) head Mohab Memish has denied reports that bombs had been planted by passing ships in Egypt's strategic Suez Canal.
In a Thursday (August, 01, 2013) statement, Memish said that SCA workers had found "small boxes" in the waterway while preparing for the passage of a Liberian container ship.
They had subsequently reported the incident to security authorities, Memish said. "However, a joint committee from the SCA, the Armed Forces and the Navy inspected the ship's cargo and found no explosives, only fireworks," the statement added.
Memish said that the UK-bound ship, en route from China with 117,000 tons of cargo on board, had received permission to cross the canal.
Maersk McKinney Moller makes last call in Asia at Tanjung Pelepas (PTP)
Maersk McKinney Moller, the world’s largest container ship and first Triple-E class vessel, made a call on July 29, 2013at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) on its maiden voyage from South Korea to Europe, said in the port's press release. PTP was the vessel’s last port of call in Asia before it journeys to Rotterdam in The Netherlands.