Nov 30 (Reuters) – Waiting times for ships at the Panama Canal have returned to normal after poor weather and a spike in traffic caused delays for several weeks, the waterway’s operator said on Monday.
“Today … the line is 45 ships, which represents a maximum waiting time of two days,” the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said in a statement, noting that better weather and extra funding aimed at freeing up the traffic had reduced the bottleneck.
The ACP said the problems caused delays of more than 10 days in October and though they were easing by-mid November, the delays were beyond the 24-to-36 hour normal waiting times.
Tracking systems showed that at the height of the delays, more than 130 ships were held up at the canal’s two anchorages, prompting some companies to complain. https://gcaptain.com/panama-canal-backlog-back-to-normal-acp/
Mozambique Invites Bids for Next Phase of Northern Export Harbor
Mozambique is inviting bids to build the next phase of the Nacala port in the north of the country, funded through a 29 billion-yen ($237 million) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, as the country develops capacity to increase mineral exports.
The works will include building a new container wharf and yard, an accompanying bypass road, and a rail container terminal, according to an invitation for bids, published in the state-run Noticias newspaper. The port is roughly halfway between Tanzania’s main port of Dar es Salaam, and the central Mozambican harbor at Beira. Nacala is currently the country’s third-busiest port after Beira and the capital, Maputo, according to the Japanese agency. The natural harbor at Nacala is 14 meters (46 feet) deep, making it “the best natural harbour in southeast Africa,” the Japanese funder said in June. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2018, along with road links between Nacala and Zambia.
SMG to build oil garbage disposal vessel for Yuzhny port in Odesa region for UAH 100 mln
Kherson Shipyard, part of the Smart Maritime Group (SMG), will build an oil garbage disposal vessel under the order of the Yuzhny branch of the Sea Port Authority of Ukraine (authority of the Yuzhny seaport, Odesa region). The press service of SMG reported that the contract to build the ship, worth UAH 99.6 million, was signed in Kherson on November 24. The oil garbage disposal vessel can also be used as a ship handling tug and can be used to fight fires on vessels and at ports. The Ice 2 class will allow the vessel to operate in the winter, the press service said. Source: Interfax
SCA signs deal with DP World for Ain Sokhna sea port development
Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport.
SCA chief Mohab Mamish said the signing of the deal comes in line with directives by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to upgrade the sea port’s status as part of the broader scheme to develop the Suez Canal region, Egypt’s most-celebrated national undertaking since Sisi’s ascension to presidency in 2014.
Over a period of one year, the joint venture will be responsible for installing a new harbor parallel to the current oil tanker harbor, according to Mamish, who explained that the undertaking would facilitate the exchange of petrochemical and gas products.
Sixty percent of the venture’s capital, the volume of which was not stated, will be Egyptian-owned, with the remaining 40 percent shared equally by DP World and Sonker.
Source: Egypt Independent
Navigation at the rivers of Saint-Petersburg (Big Neva and Small Neva) is closed from November 30, 2015, says the city committee for transport infrastructure development. From November 30, vessels can pass the rivers of Saint-Petersburg only upon preliminary application approved by the committee. The bridges will be raised only when it is required for their scheduled maintenance.
Abu Dhabi Ports and and Al Dahra Agriculture LLC celebrate the ground breaking of 140 mln rice mill
Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate – and Al Dahra Agriculture LLC, a leading international agribusiness company, have celebrated the ground breaking of their rice milling, storage and distribution plant’s ‘silos’ at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
The building structure of the overall Al Dahra Kohinoor facility is well underway and has entered the next phase of construction – that related to the structures for rice grain storage or silos.
This AED 140 million facility, currently the first of its kind and set to be the largest rice mill factory in the Gulf region, will contribute to the realisation of UAE long-term food security vision. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Maersk and Guangdong Yudean set up China tug joint venture
Guangdong Yudean Shipping, the shipping unit of state run power company Guangdong Yudean Group, has announced that it has signed a framework agreement with Maersk Group to jointly operate a tug business in Guangdong.
India’s ship graveyard runs aground - only 30 active yard of 130 once left
Just 30 of the 130 once operational ship-breaking yards at Alang are active while the others have shut down as lower steel prices and a soft rupee has made scrapping sea vessels financially unviable. www.thenational.a...
Crack Could Delay Panama Canal Expansion, Spokesman Says
Nov 26 (Reuters) – The expansion of the Panama canal could face a new delay due to cracks that emerged a few months ago in one of the locks, a spokesman for the waterway’s authority said on Thursday.
The consortium leading the construction project – led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Spain’s Sacyr – expects to finish repairing the cracks by mid-January, but it has not given a new date for completing the work, the Panama Canal Authority said. The consortium is trying “to minimize the impact on the final handover, planned for April next year,” the canal authority said in a statement.
The Panama Canal’s current expansion plan was originally set at $5.25 billion but the costs rose and the administrator became locked in a dispute with building consortium Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC), which built the third set of locks.
An administrator for the canal warned in September that delays would be likely after the cracks were first detected in August. https://gcaptain.com/crack-could-delay-panama-canal-expansion-spokesman-says/
Fosmax LNG starts transshipment service at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal
Fosmax LNG is to offer a transshipment service at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal with effect from December 1 st , 2015. This new service follows the signature of an exclusive partnership agreement between Fosmax LNG and Teekay Marine Solutions Ltd., formerly SPT Marine Services, the world leader in LNG ship - to - ship (STS) cargo transfer operations. This new transshipment service will allow Fosmax LNG’s clients to transfer L iquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with the use of cryogenic hoses, by mooring two vessels in double banking alongside the terminal jetty. en.portnews.ru/ne...