Protesters close Libyan Zueitina oil terminal, halt exports
Protesters and disgruntled job seekers forced the closure of an eastern Libyan oil terminal on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 for the second time in six months, disrupting exports, said an oil ministry official. Deputy Oil and Gas Minister Omar al-Shakmak said dozens demonstrated at Zueitina terminal, demanding the Libyan National Oil Corporation make good on pledges to hire 340 people. This is the second time protesters have closed the terminal, through which flows 20 percent of Libya’s 1.6 million barrels a day of exports. Zueitina is located 870 kilometers (540 miles) east of Tripoli.
Reforms Cut Container Stay At Dar Port From 25 to 9 Days
Reforms in the private sector have reduced the number of days a container spends at Dar es Salaam port from 25 in 2009 to 9 by May 2013, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Investment and Empowerment, Dr Mary Nagu has said.
She told Parliament yesterday that reforms that aimed at making the private sector the driver of the economy have brought various successes including an increase in tax collection, thus impacting positively on the economy.
As a result, she said foreign direct investments had increased from 520m US dollars in 2005 to 1.1bn US dollars in 2011, and government revenue from local taxes had increased from 25bn/- in 1980 to 800bn/- currently.
Ghanese port of Tema upgraded with 9 new RTG cranes
The Port of Tema in Ghana was recently graced with 9 new RTG cranes to help boost the country’s export capabilities. The RTG cranes were all part of the port’s continuing vision to invest in Ghana’s maritime sector. These blue giants have made quite the entrance. Five are currently being erected, and four are currently undergoing endurance tests. One of the major advantages of these RTG cranes is that they will increase storage capacity in the port by 25%. While the immediate effects of these cranes are huge, the wider implications for Ghana as a country are significant. First and foremost, the increase in terminal capacity will ensure that Tema Port becomes a key pillar in the growth of the Ghanaian economy.
The cranes will also create direct and indirect job opportunities. Many staff will also find themselves up-skilled after being trained to use these state of the art machines.
In essence, this investment demonstrates MPS’s and APM Terminals’ commitment not only to Tema Port but to Ghana. It ensures that the country continues to enjoy positive growth and fast become Africa’s model maritime nation.
Source: APM Terminals
Dredging works will be carried out off Pasir Panjang Terminal from 20 May to 19 December. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.64 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily - including Sundays & Public Holidays - off Pasir Panjang Terminal and its vicinity,
With the onset of the South West Monsoon during the period from 15 May 2013 to 30 September 2013, no boat licensed under Harbour Craft Rules will be permitted to proceed out beyond Vypeen Gut. For the provision, transfer of personnel and for any other requirements, all concerned agents are hereby instructed to utilise the services of the port's tug. The charges for the tug will be as per the scale of rates.
Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) kicked off construction work on its modern terminal at the Port of Sohar yesterday. The project, estimated to cost around RO 50 million, will boost the capacity of the terminal from the current 800,000 TEU to 1.5 million TEU. Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, presided over the ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction work on the project. Also present were senior representatives of Sohar Industrial Port Company, OICT and contractors China Harbour Construction Company.
The construction will enable the consolidation of the existing and future container handling operations at Port of Sohar. It will have a total quay length of approximately 1 kilometre and 68 hectares container yard. The terminal will be outfitted with the 4 current quay cranes with 3 additional post-panamax quay cranes and 14 RTGs. The unique deep water availability alongside OICT’s Terminal C enables them to increase the size of container vessels to 9,000 TEU. Source: Oman Observer
Collisions involving three vessels in the section of the Yangtze River in East China's Wuhu city, Anhui province, early Friday morning, May 17, 2013, left seven people missing.
Twenty crew members on board the three vessels fell into the water after the collisions on Baimao Waterway. Thirteen of them have been rescued, according to the Yangtze River Maritime Department.
The vessels included a tug boat carrying iron ore from Central China's Henan province, and cargo ships carrying steel products and limestone, respectively from Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province.
The Ministry of Transport and the ministry's affiliated maritime affairs authorities have sent rescuers and experts for salvage and investigation.
Fire erupted on board of fishing vessel Taigan, docked in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan, around 01:00 LT May 16 13. Land firefighting teams and firefighting boats were fighting fire for some 8 hours. 3 crew poisoned with fumes were hospitalized, 6 crew were found dead in superstructure. Crew was 23, Russians and Ukrainians. Vessel reportedly arrived to Wakkanai from Sakhalin Island with cargo of crab. No details found on the vessel except tonnage 497 tons, maybe vessel changed name and flag recently. Some news say vessel is reefer, but judging by photos, it’s definitely a fishing vessel. Also, 23 crew for a small reefer are too many. See photos at Fire on fishing vessel Taigan, 6 dead, Japan
Fire erupted on board of fishing vessel Taigan, docked in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan, around 01:00 LT May 16 13. Land firefighting teams and firefighting boats were fighting fire for some 8 hours. 3 crew poisoned with fumes were hospitalized, 6 crew were found dead in superstructure. Crew was 23, Russians and Ukrainians. Vessel reportedly arrived to Wakkanai from Sakhalin Island with cargo of crab. No details found on the vessel except tonnage 497 tons, maybe vessel changed name and flag recently. Some news say vessel is reefer, but judging by photos, it’s definitely a fishing vessel. Also, 23 crew for a small reefer are too many. See photos at world.huanqiu.com...
Indian company to build billion-dollar LNG plant in Nova Scotia to ship gas overseas
Indian company H-Energy is planning to build a $3-billion LNG plant and export terminal in Melford, N.S. Managing director Darshan Hiranandani said on May 15, 2013 the facility could be operational by 2020. The Guysborough County facility would be capable of exporting 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Two new ship-to-shore container cranes arrive at Melbourne container terminal
Two new ship-to-shore cranes are to be unloaded at Melbourne. They are two of four new cranes aboard the semi-submersible, Zhen Hua 21 arriving from China. Of the remaining cranes, one will then be unloaded in Brisbane and the other one in Fremantle.