Bangkok: Songkhla Port in southern Thailand has renovated its breakwater structures for better ship access.
The thalweg at the port usually becomes shallower during monsoon seasons as waves often sweep sand from the breakwater onto the thalweg. The marine department has decided to renovate the breakwater as a cost-effective solution to the problem.
An official at the port said the renovation is expected to help bolster shipping and logistics business at the port. [seashipnews 02/03/15]
Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals receives five new Hyster empty container handlers
Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) has received five new Hyster empty container handlers for its fast 24/7 operation, which handles up to 10 container-ships a day, the company said in its press release. The new machines replace five existing Hyster empty container handlers commissioned in 2009. RST, is one of the largest shortsea container transhipment companies in Europe and expects to load and unload ships quickly and efficiently, which relies on machine availability.
Konecranes will deliver 10 all-electric Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Georgia Ports Authority in the US. The RTGs will go into service at Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah. With this delivery, scheduled for the summer of 2016, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 146 Konecranes RTGs, the company said in its press release.
Maersk Line launched its ME1 service in Wilhelmshaven
With the arrival of the Maersk Kithira(6,802 TEUs) on Feb. 26, Maersk Line is launching its ME1 service in Wilhelmshaven. In addition to the Europe–Far East routes served by the 2M Alliance, shippers can now also book direct connections to the Middle East and India via Wilhelmshaven, the company said in its press release. The ME1 service (Europe-Middle East) links Northern Europe with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and India. This is the third scheduled main ship service to include Germany’s only deep-water port on its route as a port of call. Less than a week ago, the first ship operated by the 2M Alliance, which serves Wilhelmshaven with two Europe–Far East services, called at the port. The services are supported by three regular feeder services operated by Seago Line to Scandinavia and the Baltic (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia).
Somali pirates release 4 fishermen held captive for nearly five years
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Four Thai fishermen held captive by Somali pirates for nearly five years, longer than any other hostages seized off the Somali coast, have been released after intensive negotiations, Somali and United Nations officials said.
The Thais, who were released Wednesday, were among 24 members of the crew on the FV Prantalay 12, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel that was seized in April 2010. Fourteen, all from Myanmar, were released a year later, and six others died of various illnesses, according to a statement from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. The pirates used the vessel as a mother ship until it capsized in July 2011, and remaining hostages were taken ashore.
The negotiations were conducted by the U.N. agency. It was not clear whether a ransom had been paid.
Kuala Lumpur: Singapore-based Myanmar Offshore Supply Base (MOSB) will construct, manage and operate a new port facility in Mawlamyine in Mon state. The site is on the Gulf of Martaban, acorss the bay from Yangon. The port will help energy firms get offshore production assets and drilling rigs into the Southeast Asian state. MOSB executive chairman Leonard Oh said: "We see it as a long-term synergy with the Myanmar government to propel the national economy, support and expand the local infrastructure as well.” [26/02/15]
Hanoi: The central Vietnamese port of Danang has mapped out its expansion plans. Its Tien Sa terminal will have $47m spent on it by 2018 to allow ships of up to 50,000 dwt to call.
A logistics service centre will be built on 20 ha of land.
Furthermore, a new container berth will be added capable of handling ships up to 5,000 teu in capacity. [27/02/15]
Ice conditions in Cabot Strait worst in three decades
NORTH SYDNEY — The worst ice conditions in years have led to the Canadian Coast Guard's largest icebreaker, Louis Saint Laurent, being put on standby to assist any vessels in the Cabot Strait.
"We are seeing the most severe ice conditions along northern Cabot Strait between Cape North and Port aux Basques," said Rebecca Acton-Bond, Canadian Coast Guard acting superintendent of ice operations, Atlantic region. "There is a band of severe ice conditions extending 45 nautical miles to the north east of Cape North (Cape Breton). This section is composed of ice that is between one to four feet thick, in floes that are between 500-2000 m large. " Acton-Bond said with the forecasted winds from the west for this weekend, along with the currents, this ice will continue to drift to the southeast. "We monitor the ice every day, pretty much hourly," she said. "The ice in all of the Atlantic region is above its 30-year average. The Cabot Strait has much more ice than in previous years." Source: www.capebretonpos...
Qatar’s deputy Emir unveils name of new port ‘Umm Al-Houl’
HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani unveiled the name of the new port at Umm Al-Houl in the Mesaieed area at a ceremony here on Feb. 28, 2015. Hamad Port will become fully operational in 2016.
During the ceremony, the new port’s basin was flooded.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE the Transport Minister Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, a number of other ministers, top government officials, and diplomats attended the ceremony.
“The wise leadership and comprehensive vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the close follow-up of HE the Prime Minister are the main reason for delivering this phase of such a huge project ahead of schedule,” al-Sulaiti said.
The minister said Hamad Port will be partially opened for operations by the end of this year, including the general cargo loading and discharging terminal, and terminals for importing vehicles and building equipment.
The full operation of the first phase of the port project is slated for the end of 2016. In between, the container handling capacity at the existing Doha Port will be increased. customstoday.com....
Port of Portland container terminal would close for good if ICTSI leaves, official says
An agreement between 29 west coast ports and longshoremen over new contract terms this week did little to ease tension at the Port of Portland.
In an interview Wednesday, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt said lingering bad blood between longshoremen here and container-terminal operator ICTSI Oregon could have serious long-term consequences for the region. If ICTSI were to leave in the wake of a decision by Hanjin Shipping Co. to pull the plug on Portland, Wyatt said, the Port's Terminal 6 will be out of the container business permanently.
Wyatt said he doubts it will come to that. Port and ICTSI officials plan to continue drumming up new business for the container terminal in an effort to replace Hanjin, though that effort has been largely ineffective in the past.
Wyatt reiterated what many in Oregon who rely on global trade are saying: The labor dispute needs to be resolved. The local International Longshore and Warehouse Union has long clashed with ICTSI, weighing down productivity at the port and ultimately driving away Hanjin.
The U.S. Department of Commerce released numbers Thursday that Oregon exported $20.4 billion, mostly in computers and electronics, agricultural goods, machinery -- a record-breaking year. The Oregon export industry supported 92,000 American jobs, according to the data.
The figures were released a day after possibly the last Hanjin ship -- the Copenhagen -- left port. The Hanjin Copenhagen sailed at 6 a.m. Wednesday after 20 days in port.
Ships aim to turn around in one to two days. This ship took nearly 80 percent of the container terminal's business with it. www.oregonlive.co...