Bad weather halts tanker traffic at UAE's Jebel Ali port on Sunday
Tanker movements in and out of the United Arab Emirates' Jebel Ali port were stopped early Sunday as strong winds caused a thick sandstorm, an official at the port said on Sunday, Reuters reports. "Tanker traffic has stopped, since 2 am last night," the official said, adding the sandstorm had reduced visibility.
Jebel Ali port in the emirate of Dubai is a major oil blending center for clean petroleum products such as jet fuel and diesel.
Oil tanker traffic at Ruwais Petroleum Port, about 220 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi and home to a major refinery, was running normally Sunday morning, a shipping agency official said.
Tanker traffic at the crude oil terminal at Jebel Dhanna was also running normally early Sunday, he said.
Saudi Arabia confirms docking of Iranian warships in Jeddah
The Saudi Ministry of Defense confirmed Saturday recent press reports that two Iranian battle cruisers, Kharg and Naghdi, docked at the Red Sea seaport of Jeddah en route to Tartous Harbor, east Syria, earlier in February, Gulf News reports. "Because these reports have raised questions, the Ministry of Defense wishes to clarify the matter and put an end to speculations," the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted a statement by the ministry as saying.
First of all, the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Riyadh submitted an official request for allowing two warships belonging to the Iranian Naval Force to dock at the seaport between February 1 and 7, with a helicopter aboard one of them. The docking, which falls in the framework of a training tour for cadets of the Iranian Navy and the friendly visits, was approved by Saudi authorities, according to the statement.
Later on, the Embassy requested allowing Bandar Abbas Ship, Alvand vessel, Alborz Ship and a helicopter to dock at the seaport during the same period and replace the Kharg and Naghdi.
The purpose of such docking was part of a training tour for cadets of the Iranian Navy, rather than what has been stated by the Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.
The pilgrim ferry service between Jeddah and Suez in Egypt is expected to resume shortly, according to a Saudi maritime source in Jeddah yesterday.
The shipping service for Haj and Umrah pilgrims between the two countries was suspended following the sinking of the pilgrim ship Al-Salaam five years ago.
"The service will resume after we receive the required permits from the shipping departments in the Kingdom and Egypt," the source told Arab News.
Reasons for the delay in the resumption of services include the reluctance of ship owners to operate the long distance between Jeddah and Suez in addition to the strict security regulations stipulated by the authorities in both countries. The distance between the two ports is 1,150 kilometers.
However, many Egyptian Umrah pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom by crossing from the port of Safaga in Egypt to the Saudi port of Yanbu on board the "Mahabbah," according to the source. More at www.zawya.com/sto...
The world's first portable floating dry dock has been launched at Sitka and it could bring more than just boat repairs to remote coastal communities. The light weight, marine-grade aluminum dock was created at Allen Marine, a builder of ships and structures for the marine industry in Sitka since 1967. The modular dock can stretch to 160 feet and accommodate vessels up to 1,000 tons. The floating dock is portable and can be disassembled into three modules, shipped by air, and reassembled anywhere. Its weight makes it easy to transport through shallow waters and over sandbars to a deeper location. That makes it well-suited for remote Alaska regions. www.thebristolbay...
Mozambique expects construction of a coal terminal to start in the next few months at the northern port of Nacala,
with the aim of having it operational in two to three years, Prime Minister Aires Aly said in Tokyo on Thursday. “We
need to have it up and running in the next two to three years,” Aly told Reuters through a translator on the sidelines of
a news conference, adding that he expects Nacala to have a total capacity of 25 million tonnes of coal, including the
planned terminal exclusively for coal. Brazil's Vale has said it plans to spend $4.4 billion to build the terminal and a 912 km (570 mile) railway line connecting its coal mine with the port. The railway line and port will initially have a capacity of 18 million tonnes to meet Vale's rising demand for exports.
IPC has announced plan for the Port of Ashdod dredging program, Dredging Today reports. Dredging and sand bypassing works adjacent to the Port of Ashdod and the Port of Haifa involving:
- Dredging in the port area and north of the Ashdod Marina,
- Transporting and placing the sand approximately 5- 10 kilometers north of the Port of Ashdod.
Dredging will be performed in approximate water depths of 4.2m to 8.5m ILSD. Read more at www.dredgingtoday...
A Longview company that withdrew plans last year for a Columbia River terminal to ship 5.7 million tons of coal a year to Asia has come back with big plans for a $600 million terminal to ship 44 million tons a year.
Millennium Bulk Terminals plans to use the former Reynolds Metals aluminum site to load bulk ships for Asia with trainloads of coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. www.djc.com/news/...
Port of Tauranga gets second Maersk shipping service at the expense of Auckland
Port of Tauranga has picked up its second Maersk shipping service within two months, increasing its container business at the expense of Auckland, reported Bay of Plenty Times.
Exporters will now be able to send their product direct to Sydney from Tauranga in four days instead of the usual six to seven days, the fastest shipping service available, according to Maersk, the world's biggest shipping line.
Maersk Line announced it was switching its Tasman Star service's weekly export pick-up from Auckland to Tauranga. Three vessels– BC San Francisco, Aberdeen and Radford with a capacity of about 1,100 TEUs will operate across the Tasman and the first, San Francisco, leaves Tauranga on February 29.
Krishnapatnam overtakes Mundhra to become India’s deepest draft port
Port Technology reports that Krishnapatnam Port is now the deepest draft port in India, with the port now capable of accepting vessels with a maximum permissible draft of 18m.
The port located on India’s East coast now boasts a draft of 18.5 meters, to overtake Mundhra Port as India’s deepest.
In July 2008, when the port was dedicated, the maximum available draft alongside the berths was only 10.5m. The port performs its own dredging works, having three suction cutters and three suction cutter-dredgers and its own dedicated dredging team. More at www.sandandgravel...
he Australian reports that the main harbour at Cairns in Australia will be dredged to make way for larger cruise ships, under a A$40 million tourism commitment proposed by Queensland Liberal National leader Campbell Newman.
The dredging of Trinity inlet is also expected to boost Cairns' capacity to accommodate a greater naval presence, diversifying the economy of far north Queensland, which has seen unemployment reach over 10 per cent in recent years.
Making the announcement from the deck of local charter boat Crocodile Explorer, Mr Newman said the project would be subject to environmental approval but "where there's a will, there's a way".
The Australian said vessels up to about 280m in length are capable of docking at Cairns, but larger boats are often dissuaded from stopping in the region because the nearest safe berth is at Yorkey's Knob, 18km north of the city. www.sandandgravel...