Argentine grain and vegetable oil exports are being disrupted due to a three-day walkout started on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by port-side health inspectors demanding better wages. Argentina is the world's No. 3 soybean exporter and the top supplier of soyoil, used in the booming biofuels sector, Reuters reports. The strike comes at a time of relatively low shipping activity, with August seeing the end of wheat planting. Corn goes into the ground in September and soy in October. "Port activity is partially affected by the strike, which is being felt most in the terminals and processing plants that ship beans and oils," Gabriel Abo, manager of the San Lorenzo business chamber, told Reuters. San Lorenzo is part of Argentina's main grains hub, Rosario. in.reuters.com/ar...
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) has just announced that the company signed a crane equipment sales contract with DP World for the Jebel Ali port project, with the total contract value amounting to around USD170m.
The contract includes 9 quay cranes and 25 RTGs schedules to be delivered during 2013 and 2014.ZPMC also received contracts worth USD346.9m from OOCL earlier this year.[23/08/12]
Colombian port workers, members of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores del Transporte, reached an agreement on Aug. 2 with Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, operator of ports in Cartagena de Indias Bay and in Buenaventura, according to ITF News Online, JOC reports. ITF said workers had not been permitted to bargain collectively for some 20 years but have now obtained an agreement that provides them with wage increases, annual leave and other benefits. Esteban Barboza, SNTT general secretary, said the union will encourage workers in other ports to organize as well.
Manchester Ship canal reopened near Ellesmere Port after oil spill
A stretch of canal near Ellesmere Port was reopened after an oil spill. The section of the Manchester Ship Canal was opened at 8pm yesterday, August 21, 2012. The Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the cause of the incident, in which oil was spilt into the water near Stanlow oil refinery in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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Port of Corpus Christi focuses on La Quinta Terminal expansion
The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas is building on already good facilities with the La Quinta Trade Gateway Terminal, which, when finished, will provide a state-of-the-art multi-purpose dock and container facility. The dock will be three berths with nine ship-to-shore cranes, 180 acres of container/cargo storage yard and 400 acres for on-site distribution and warehousing. Source and more on www.portstrategy....
US Longshoremen Protest Against Loss of Military Cargo Handling in Charleston
Union longshore workers from many Atlantic Coast District Ports are joining forces outside the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC on August 21, 2012 to protest the loss of handling military cargo at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Hundreds more members of the International Longshoremen's Association are also picketing simultaneously at the Port of Charleston. Both demonstrations in Washington and the Port of Charleston are to protest the US Marines allowing Portus Stevedoring Company, a Jacksonville-based company, to move its military cargo operation from Jacksonville, Florida to Charleston but bypassing the use of ILA workers in Charleston.
11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed due to low water level
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground. He said the area is being surveyed for dredging. The Mississippi from Illinois to Louisiana has seen levels plummet due to drought conditions in the past three months. Near Memphis, the river level was more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year. Tippets said 40 northbound vessels and 57 southbound vessels were stranded and waiting for passage Monday afternoon. He said it is not immediately clear when the river will reopen. www2.journalnow.c...
Dalian Port is constructing a 50,000-tonne cold warehouse for aqua products. The project is a Sino-Japanese joint venture of two fishery companies with a registered capital of RMB100m, including four such facilities inside Dalian's Dayaowan Bonded Port Area. Annual throughput of the first phase warehouse will be about 200,000 tonnes, generating about 9,000 teu throughput for the port of Dalian. [20/08/12]
The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency confirmed that 10 Japanese activists landed on the Diaoyu Islands Sunday, August 19, 2012, Xinhua reports. The Japanese coast guard's patrol vessels found 10 people swam to the Diaoyu Islands from their fleet at around 7:30 Sunday, and called them to leave as soon as possible after their landing. The 10 people, no parliamentarians, remained at the island for about two hours and unfurled several Japanese flags. All of them left the island and swam back to their boats before 10:00.
A fleet of around 150 Japanese activists and 21 vessels departed from the Ishigaki city Saturday and arrived at the waters near the Diaoyu Islands early Sunday morning. The Japanese government had rejected their landing application earlier this month.
Still no progress in removal of wrecked MV Miner off Cape Breton
The lawyer for the company in charge of dismantling a ship that’s been stranded off Cape Breton for almost a year says both the federal and provincial governments share in the responsibility for the project’s delays. Christopher Conohan said New York-based Bennington Group has experienced issues with both levels of government when it comes to getting the work started on the MV Miner.
“The difficulty is that there is no one authority to deal with,” Conohan said from Sydney, N.S. The vessel ran aground on Scaterie Island on Sept. 20, 2011, while being towed to a scrapyard in Turkey. Removal of the 230-metre bulk carrier was expected to start this week after more than a month of delays, but so far, there’s been no progress. More at metronews.ca/news...