Rugao port is adding infrastructure whereby it will be able to handle up to 800,000 teu a year. The river port in Jiangsu province near Rongsheng shipyard is building four 5,000 dwt terminals, two 10,000 dwt terminals and one 20,000 dwt terminal. There will also be a 400,000 sq m container yard with all work likely to be finished by the end of 2014. [SinoShipNews 24/07/13]
Huanghua port to develop 200,000dwt iron ore terminal
Huanghua port in Hebei province has received approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to develop a 200,000 dwt iron ore terminal with two unloading berths. The terminal will have an annual handling capacity of 30m dwt.
The total investment on the project is RMB5.5bn and the terminal will mainly serve as an iron ore import port for major steel companies in the region, including Hebei Iron & Steel Group. [SinoShipNews 24/07/13]
A fire aboard the 28-foot recreational vessel Falcon at the Crowley fuel dock in the Valdez Small Boat Harbor left five people injured on Monday, July 22, 2013. The Valdez Fire Department, Harbormaster’s Office and Coast Guard responded to the fire around 11:30 a.m., and found “the Falcon engulfed in flames and a small fire on the Crowley fuel dock,” a Coast Guard press release states. Crowley employees secured fuel to the pier’s pumps, and firefighters extinguished the blaze after 45 minutes. The two adults and three children on board were taken to Providence Medical Center for treatment, the Coast Guard reported.
Mombasa port sets record with MSC Levina discharging 2,236 TEUs on a single call
Mombasa port has set a record by handling the heaviest ever vessel in terms of containers loaded and discharged in a single ship call. A statement from the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) last week disclosed that the container carrier, MSC LEVINA sailed into the Kilindini channel last Tuesday. It was assisted by harbour tugs SIMBA III and KIBOKO II to get alongside berth No 17 where she discharged 2,236 TEUs (containers). The 241.31 metre long vessel with a declared arrival draft of 12.1 metres will in return voyage load 2,800 TEUs. "KPA's marine pilot, Capt. Josphat Nguku boarded the vessel at the channel entrance and skillfully navigated her safely into the port," the statement reads in part.
Contract awarded to dredge Brownsville Ship Channel
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has awarded a contract in the amount of US$3,116,000 to Goodloe Marine Inc, a woman-owned small business, for maintenance dredging of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas.
The contractor is required to remove approximately 333,200 cubic yards of shoal material using a pipeline dredge, with material being placed in an upland confined placement area.
“The Brownsville Ship Channel, which services the Port of Brownsville, is currently under a draft restriction,” said USACE Galveston District Chief of Navigation Christopher Frabotta. “Maintenance dredging will increase channel availability, a critical component in providing unrestricted navigation to the Port of Brownsville.”
According to Frabotta, the Port of Brownsville is the 67th ranked port in the nation with respect to import and domestic tonnages, moving approximately 5.9 million tons of cargo in 2011. Source and more at www.sandandgravel...
Hundreds of protestors in Mukalla condemned tanker’s oil spill
Hundreds of protestors in Mukalla on Thursday condemned a tanker’s oil spill that took place in coastal waters on July 11. Residents gathered on the coast in front of the wrecked ship, which is marooned nearby, to demand officials take a more proactive role in stopping the tanker’s ongoing leakage of oil.
Mukalla resident Abdulkadir Al-Habashi called the spill a catastrophe and criticized officials for their slow response to clean it up. Last week officials tried to move the ship but were unable to stop the seeping oil. The ship is believed to have lost control after hitting some rocks near the coast and spilling over.
Al-Habashi told the Yemen Times that residents intend to file a lawsuit against the ship’s owner and have demanded an international company come to help with clean-up efforts.
Coastal residents who reportedly inhaled fumes from the spill say the are having breathing difficulti
Civil Defense tries to extinguish fire on Norwegian ship "Stove Trader"
Civil Defense teams in Aqaba are trying to extinguish fire on Norwegian ship Stove Trader anchored in the Jordanian waters at Aqaba port. Colonel Farid Al-Shara, director of information for Jordanian Civil Defense, said that the department's teams are trying to control the fire that started on Tuesday dawn (July 23, 2013) in one of the five warehouses on the Norwegian ship laden with 20,000 tones of wood. Al-Shara added that no causalities were reported and investigations are underway to determine the fire causes.
Shenzhen port has surpassed Hong Kong port in container volume in the first half of this year. Shenzhen port handled 11.06m teu, with year-on-year growth of 2.52% while Hong Kong port handled 10.71m teu in the same period.
Dong Zeyan, an official at Shenzhen Port Authority said international transit container volume at the port has increased by 20% year-on-year to 1.42m teu in the first half. The authority predicts that in the second half of this year the port will achieve 3%-4% growth.
Ust-Luga Container Terminal handled first Team Lines call
Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT), a part of NCC group, On July 19, 2013 handled the first Team Lines call, says press center of NCC. Containership Grete Sibum (capacity 1,036 TEU) came to Ust-Luga port from Hamburg and then proceeded to St Petersburg. The service offers fixed weekly calls to ULCT connecting the terminal and the largest Europe’s ports – Bremerhaven and Hamburg.
CMA CGM expands feeder service to Liverpool by doubling the frequency
Leading worldwide container shipping group CMA CGM has backed Peel Ports' £300m Liverpool2 development by doubling the frequency of its feeder service to the port, said in the company's press release. CMA CGM now offers twice-weekly calls in Liverpool from its hub in Le Havre, France, and a new weekly call at Greenock, Scotland, and Cork, Ireland. Weekly calls to Dublin and Belfast were already established.