Chinese shipyard rises to world’s No. 5 player for first time
A Chinese shipbuilder emerged as the world’s No. 5 player by order backlog in November, data showed Tuesday, posing a threat to South Korean shipyards which had been dominating the top five list for years.
According to the data compiled by Clarkson Research Services, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding had an order backlog of 3.03 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) as of end-November, beating South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. that held 2.84 million CGTs.
Kiel-Holtenau big north lock out of service for maintenance 04.01.-15.01.16
The Kiel-Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big North Lock will be taken out of service for maintenance works from 04.01.2016 until 15.01.2016 – Monday to Friday and 07:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs only.During the aforementioned periods, only the New Big South Chamber will be in service.
Fully laden Panamax vessel berths first time ever at inner harbour
For the first time in the history of Visakhapatnam Port, a fully laden Panamax vessel m.v. Visva Preethi berthed at the inner harbour. Ships used to go for lightening at the outer harbour to enter into the inner harbour due to draft problem.
MPA steps up checks on vessels that call on Singapore ports
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stepped up checks on vessels that call on Singapore ports this festive season, to ensure that passenger ferries are seaworthy and comply with international safety standards.
In late November, a Batamfast ferry heading from Batam to Singapore hit a floating object. Ninety passengers were on board. The crew was reportedly unprepared for an emergency, and the life rafts leaked.
To better protect ferry passengers, marine surveyors will conduct up to 13 inspections during peak travel periods such as the festive season, or twice the average number each month.
These checks are conducted on 58 Singapore- and foreign-registered ferries, run by 10 operators. www.hellenicshipp...
Severe Weather Closes Section of Mississippi River Near St. Louis
(Bloomberg) — Floods after heavy rain shut 5 miles of the Mississippi River, the biggest U.S. inland shipping channel, and waters were forecast to climb to record levels in parts of Missouri and Illinois later this week.
The river between mile markers 179 and 184 near St. Louis closed around 11 p.m. local time Monday after water levels approached major flooding and strong currents impaired navigation close to bridges, Sean Haley, a public affairs officer with the Coast Guard in St. Louis, said in a telephone interview. Levels south of St. Louis in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Thebes, Illinois, probably will reach all-time highs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
The river carries grain accounting for 60 percent of U.S. exports to two major ports in Louisiana. Flooding raised the costs for barge delivery to export terminals in New Orleans by 10 cents a bushel for soybeans and 5 cents for corn since Friday, Troy Lust, a senior risk manager for commercial grain at INTL FCStone Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa, said in a telephone interview. Barge-freight costs rose about 2 cents a bushel, he said. The U.S. is the world’s top grain exporter and largest oilseed grower. https://gcaptain.com/2015/12/29/severe-weather-closes-portion-of-mississippi-river-near-st-louis/#.VoOhRxXNy9I
The first set of seven new Terminal Equipment which includes 4 QUAY and 3 RTG Cranes for its new Adani CMA Mundra Terminal ( ACMT) has reached Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone.
ACMT is an equal joint venture with French container line CMA CGM SA and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s biggest private port operator —the fourth—at Mundra port in Gujarat.
The equipment was brought in by ZPMC vessel ZHEN HUA25 its unloading took six days.
The four RMQC super post-Panamax rail-mounted quay cranes are with twin-lift capability and three rubber-tire gantry cranes that will allow the port to handle its increasing throughput at a time of weak demand. www.marinelink.co...
Port Everglades Welcomes Costa Cruises Back to Broward County
Costa Cruises returned to Broward County’s Port Everglades on 21st December with a first call by the 2,260-passenger Costa Deliziosa. An Italian cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation, Costa Cruises has sailed from Port Everglades since the 1960s and is returning for the winter season following a four-year hiatus.
“Thank you to everyone at Port Everglades for an incredible welcome, both to Costa Cruises and Costa Deliziosa,” said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “Costa Deliziosa is the newest Costa ship to homeport in the United States, and we are excited for North American guests to see firsthand what makes Costa Europe’s most popular cruise line.” www.marineinsight...
Mumbai Port offshore terminal begins container operations
Indira Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. at India’s Port of Mumbai last week began container-handling at its offshore berth with the call of the Bahri Yanbu, ending months of uncertainty surrounding the future of the new, privately-developed cargo facility.
The liner ship call comes after the Ministry of Shipping reportedly scrapped its previous plan to rebid the public-private-partnership project that the concessionaire's financial lenders reclassified as "non-performing" due to protracted delays and falling container throughput at the port as lines shifted calls to India's largest gateway at thge nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
“The pragmatic support and help of Mumbai Port Trust and the Shipping Ministry in providing a conducive environment for carrying out operations has been path-breaking in reviving the stalled project,” the company said in a trade notice.
The offshore project was awarded on a 30-year operating concession to a joint venture between domestic infrastructure developer Gammon and Dragados SPL of Spain, and the first phase was designed to handle 800,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units annually and was originally scheduled for completion at the end of 2010.
As the acquisition of cranes from China and necessary dredging work encountered considerable delays, the port administration earlier this year allowed the private operator to use the new infrastructure for roll-on, roll-off operations. www.joc.com/port-...
Russia’s recently commissioned Bronka seaport is positioned to become a major Baltic hub thanks to its depth and proximity to the critical market of St. Petersburg.
Although volume at Baltic ports has suffered from economic crisis in Russia, when volumes in the region recover, as some figures suggest is slowly beginning to happen, these ports will find themselves with stiff competition from Bronka.
Bronka’s depth of 14 meters (46 feet) is its primary advantage over other Baltic ports, particularly its main rival of Helsinki, which is 12.5 meters deep, according to Vitaly Chernov, chief editor of PortNews, one of Russia’s leading shipping and port trade publications.
The launch of Bronka may result in Helsinki’s container traffic declining 3 to 5 percent, while volume at other southern Finnish ports could drop up to 10 percent, according to analysts from Russia’s Ministry of Transport.
Bronka’s location outside St. Petersburg, and easy access to the M10 federal highway, which connects Moscow and St. Petersburg and crosses into Finland, will also help the port against its Baltic competitors.
The rehabilitation of the Bronka railway station and future construction of a rail line to Gatchina, 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of St. Petersburg, will significantly improve rail access to the port, the analysts said. www.joc.com/port-...
LA Welcomes the Largest Container Ship to Visit a US Port
The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port arrived to the Port of Los Angeles at dawn on Saturday, December 26. French shipping line CMA-CGM launched the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin on December 10.
The 398 meter, 18,000 TEU vessel arrived at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 after sailing from China. It arrived in Los Angeles with containers stacked seven high, but at full capacity it is designed to stack 10 containers high. The terminal cranes are expected to be ready to take the vessel’s full capacity by the end of 2016. maritime-executiv... Video at https://youtu.be/yC8T_byagvI