LNG terminal in Kaliningrad to have annual capacity of 2.1 mln t
Annual capacity of an LNG terminal planned for construction in the Kaliningrad Region will make 2.1 mln, IAA PortNews journalist cites Viktor Vovk, Deputy head of Rosmorrechflot (Federal Marine and River Transport Agency), as saying at the 7th Inter Baltic Transport Forum in Kaliningrad. en.portnews.ru/ne...
A share purchase agreement being forged for the acquisition of some 31% of Valletta Cruise Port plc is part of a massive global expansion by the world’s largest cruise port operator.
Global Liman Isletmeleri or ‘Global Ports Holding’ (GPH) in April secured an Istanbul stock exchange with an offer of over 32 million shares to continue its business expansion.
GPH chief executive Saygin Narin, said the public offering would finance the company’s drive to take up new markets globally.
Global Ports has eight ports in five countries in the Mediterranean and Asia Pacific region, and is the world’s largest cruise port operator by number of ports owned and by passenger volume.
Royal Caribbean plans to build a $100 million terminal at the Port of Miami able to handle its biggest ships. According to an MOU between the cruise line and Miami-Dade County, the terminal has a July 31, 2018 completion target date.
Royal Caribbean will lease the land and be responsible for the financing, design, construction, parking garages for 1,000 cars, affiliated areas and the operation of the 170,000-square-foot terminal.
The present value of the agreement was estimated at $250 million for the port after taking its up-front costs and annual rent into consideration if used for cargo purposes. The estimated revenues from this acreage was estimated at $1.2 million annually from cargo activity, compared to $9.5 million annually from the cruise operation.
Royal Caribbean will lease the land for an initial period of 20 years. The base rent shall be $9.5 million per year and increase 1.5 percent compounded annually. In addition to the base rent, the county shall receive $5.50 per passenger embarking and disembarking in excess of 1.55 million passengers.
Transport Malta investigating oil spill at Malta Freeport Terminals
Transport Malta is coordinating the clean-up operation of an oil spill that was reported at the Malta Freeport Terminal, Marsaxlokk this morning.
The basin of terminal 1 and 2 was boomed to ensure that no oil drifts to the public beaches and remains contained within the segregated area. Transport Malta personnel were on site early this morning to coordinate operations and to ensure that all action is taken to minimise impact to third parties.
From initial investigations, the spill occurred when a hose failed during a bunkering operation. Action was taken by the bunker operator to boom the vessels and contain the spill. Some heavy oil ended up on board the bunker barge and some drifted into the inner side of the basin where some vessels have been affected.
Port Inspectors are currently on site to monitor the cleanup operation which is being undertaken by the bunker operator.
Shipping traffic at the Freeport Terminals is presently suspended until the port is deemed safe for navigation and that no oil is spread further within the area.
Taicang Port blockaded in dispute over Nan Tsing containers
The disputes between shippers and Taicang Port have intensified, as a number of shippers still haven’t reached agreement with the port to release the cargo in the detained containers of defunct Nan Tsing Container Lines.
A number of furious shippers protested at Taicang Port’s Zhenghe Xinggang Container Terminals this morning. They also blocked the main entrance of the terminal with container trucks.
Taicang Port detained around 140 Nan Tsing containers following the company’s decision to suspend operations. It asked shippers to pay RMB15,000 to RMB20,000 ($2,300 to $3,100) per container to release the cargo in the beginning. Later the port lowered the price to RMB5,000 ($785) per container, however, the shippers are requesting the port release the cargo without additional charges.
When contacted by Splash, a spokesperson from Zhenghe Xinggang Container Terminals said the company is still negotiating with the shippers and doing its best to work out a solution for both parties. splash247.com/tai...
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers expands Balt-Atlantic service to port of Charleston, SC
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) will be launching monthly service via port of Charleston, SC in October 2015, the company said in its press release. First sailing via Charleston is planned for mv Atlantic Navigator voyage R527, in the middle of the month. The service will be offered for transportation of full range of dry cargoes from containerized freight to Ro-Ro, break bulk and project cargo. Expected transatlantic voyage transit time on this route will be approximately 15 days. Presently ARRC operates a fleet of six multipurpose vessels on its transatlantic services. Three LORO vessels are employed on the Balt-Atlantic service, connecting St. Petersburg, Russia with the U.S. East Coast via the port of Baltimore; and three multipurpose LOLO vessels with heavy lift capacity are employed on Balt-Gulf service, which connects St Petersburg and Antwerp with ports of Houston, New Orleans and Tampa on the U.S. Gulf. The service to Charleston is planned as an enhancement to the Balt-Atlantic route.
Neste starts construction of world's first Bio LPG facility in Rotterdam
The ground-breaking ceremony held at Neste's renewable product refinery in Rotterdam marks the beginning of construction for the world's first Bio LPG production facility. The EUR 60 million facility will start production of Bio LPG in the end of 2016. SHV Energy will market and sell Bio LPG to be produced at Neste's Rotterdam refinery. Bio LPG will enable users of existing fossil fuels to reduce their carbon footprint without any modifications to existing gas applications technology. Bio LPG can be used within a full range of existing LPG applications, from transport and commercial heating to retail leisure cylinders. "For us it represents an important step in implementing our renewable product strategy. We have developed an innovative renewable product family based on our NEXBTL production technology. Bio LPG is the latest addition to our list of renewable products," says Ms Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Maersk Line to shut service from Chennai to Mediterranean ports
Exporters and importers shipping cargo containers directly to Mediterranean destinations through the Chennai port will have to re-route them via Colombo, Salalah or Singapore from October as Maersk Line, world’s biggest container shipping line, has decided to shut its weekly direct service which was started in February.
Four new super post-Panamax gantry cranes, the largest in Latin America, arrived in Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), a subsidiary of SSA Marine, located in the province of Colón.
President Juan Carlos Varela, accompanied by the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat, Stanley Motta, director of MIT. and port administrative and operational staff, toured the facilities and witnessed the unloading of the new equipment.
“MIT is a successful example of private investment in one of the most important economic and logistics and transport components of Panama. The arrival of these cranes and the ongoing expansion of the port are not only important for the province of Colon, but are key to the consolidation of Panama as a logistics hub, especially soon after the entry into operation of the third set of locks” said President Varela.
After the commissioning of the four cranes, estimated as of October 2015, a total of 11 post-Panamax cranes and eight super post-Panamax cranes will serve on the 2,000 meters of quay at MIT for container ships.
Source: The Bulletin Panama