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419 days ago by arnekiel

King inaugurates LNG terminal, maritime services wharf in Aqaba
His Majesty King Abdullah II, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah, the Crown Prince, inaugurated Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and the maritime services wharf of the power ports in Aqaba. The new projects will contribute to the development of the national economy, trade and services environment in Aqaba Special Economic Zone and enhance the Kingdom’s energy supply. The LNG port aims to compensate for the shortfall in the Kingdom’s natural gas imports, diversify gas sources that is mainly used to generate electricity and make Aqaba’s port a regional center to secure various energy sources to neighboring Arab countries, which would put Jordan on the global natural gas map. The Maritime services wharf, meanwhile, seeks to provide a technical platform for receiving and unloading LNG ships in the port of Aqaba, and also provide it with special maritime services at the highest international standards in the area of towing, counseling and providing marine safety requirements. The King also toured Sheikh Sabah LNG Port’s facilities and was briefed about its functioning, and safety procedures, which are applied in accordance with the best international standards. Inside the FSRU Golar Eskimo’s control room, King Abdullah inaugurated pumping the natural gas into the Arab gas pipeline to reach power stations in the Kingdom. Source: Petra News Agency

419 days ago by arnekiel

New US inland port to serve the South
A new inland port is being built by Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) that will serve as a direct link from the Port of Savannah to North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Murray County and CSX Transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Appalachian Regional Port, which will deliver goods more efficiently to the GPA’s Garden City Terminal, the second busiest container port on the East Coast behind New York-New Jersey. “This new inland terminal will open the door for economic opportunity and job creation for Northwest Georgia and the region,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “By providing a direct link to the Port of Savannah, the Appalachian Regional Port will create and expand international markets for businesses, and further the economic success of the Southeastern US.” Operated by GPA, the new inland port will sit on 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County and feature on-terminal rail. Port officials estimate the CSX rail route will reduce Atlanta truck traffic by 40,000 moves annually, creating a new intermodal option to and from the deepwater Port of Savannah. Each container moved by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port is expected to offset 355 truck miles on Georgia highways and in turn, reduce carbon emissions. The facility, which will handle import, export and domestic cargo, will open with an annual capacity of 50,000 containers.

419 days ago by arnekiel

Port Everglades adds Sealand shipping service
The new route should boost cargo carried in and out of the port by Florida East Coast Railway trains and by trucks, too, port officials said. The seaport handled more than 1 million 20-foot containers last year. The route comes after Sealand in January opened its headquarters in Miramar, pledging to create at least 65 jobs and invest at least $350,000 at that 13,000-square-foot site. The company received government incentives that include grants for training employees, Florida officials have said. Maersk formed its Sealand line in 2014 to handle its trade within the Americas. It has similar lines for trade within Asia and within Europe. It revived the SeaLand name from a shipping line it bought in 1999. Denmark-based Maersk Group operates in roughly 130 countries, employs more than 89,000 people and had $47 billion in revenue last year. Besides shipping and logistics, the group also is involved in the oil and gas industries. Source: Sun Sentinel

419 days ago by arnekiel

Hydrodec to build UK's first oil re-refinery
Peel Ports Group on 31 July announced a deal worth GBP40 million (USD62.4 million) with the Hydrodec Group that will see the UK's first purpose-built oil re-refinery constructed on a nine-acre site at Port Wirral in Eastham. Hydrodec, which operates two other used oil re-refineries, in Ohio, US, and in New South Wales, Australia, expects to begin construction in 2016 and have the facility on stream in 18 months. It picked Port Wirral - which is being redeveloped - because of excellent transport connections by road, rail, and water, the latter via the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal. www.ihsmaritime36...

420 days ago by arnekiel

Pentalver Opens Permanent Container Services Facility At The UK’s Newest Container Port
Pentalver, a leading UK inland container service operator, has opened its new five acre site at the UK’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway. Plans for the site – which will be built in two phases – were announced in January and positions Pentalver as the largest container service operator at the port. The new yard, located adjacent to the port’s main gate, can be expanded to nine acres over the coming years. Pentalver has been providing empty storage, dry repair and reefer services at its temporary premises at DP World London Gateway since April 2014. From its new site, Pentalver will offer a full range of services to vessels being handled at the terminal, including cargo handling, transport, loaded storage, empty storage, reefer services, maintenance and container refurbishment. www.marineinsight...

420 days ago by arnekiel

Hapag-Lloyd Adds Halmstad to Rotation of SDX Service
As one of the top global carriers Hapag-Lloyd offers a comprehensive service network and will add port of Halmstad, Sweden to the Nordic Short Sea Network. As of September Hapag-Lloyd will offer a weekly call in Halmstad, Sweden. With the existing Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX), we can provide a competitive transit time and direct link from Hamburg/Bremerhaven. The new port rotation for the Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX) is as follows: Bremerhaven • Hamburg • Helsingborg • Halmstad • Gothenburg • Aarhus • Bremerhaven

420 days ago by arnekiel

Calais Port Blocked Again by Protesters
Protesting ferry-workers blocked road access to the northern French port of Calais with burning tyres on Friday, July 31, police said. The workers have in recent weeks intermittently blocked the port and sometimes the Channel Tunnel in a protest over job cuts after tunnel operator Eurotunnel agreed to sell its MyFerryLink ferry unit to Danish-owned DFDS. The French government has sought to intervene and propose a solution, but no accord has yet been found. The dispute has added to disruption around the northern port, also struggling to deal with nightly attempts by hundreds of migrants to sneak through the tunnel into Britain.

420 days ago by arnekiel

Egypt Completes Work on New Suez Canal
(Reuters) – Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, July 29, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment. The army led work 11 months ago on the $8-billion canal, flanking the existing, 145-year-old waterway and part of a larger undertaking to expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

422 days ago by GenscapeVesseltracker

Greece's Queensway Navigation Product Tanker Bitumen Spill in Huelva Port
Spanish authorities have demanded that Greece’s Queensway Navigation pay for a bitumen spill from one of its product tankers at Huelva Port. More: splash247.com/que...

422 days ago by arnekiel

Port Saint John gets $68M from N.B. to upgrade container terminals
The provincial government has announced up to $68.3 million over seven years to help expand and modernize Port Saint John's container terminals. Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement outside the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal on Thursday morning with a large ship at work as his backdrop. "This important strategic infrastructure investment will create jobs and long-term economic growth for the port city, the Fundy region and our entire province," Gallant told the estimated crowd of 100 people, to applause. Nearly 2,000 jobs will be created over the seven years, with a $152-million boost to the gross domestic product, the premier said. www.cbc.ca/news/c...

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