New 2M shipping schedule excellent news for port of Rotterdam
The container shipping alliance 2M – formed by Maersk Line and MSC – published the new shipping schedule for its Europe-Asia route today. And the changes have proven very much to Rotterdam’s advantage, with an extra first port of call position and an extra last port of call position in the itineraries of the largest vessels. The Port of Rotterdam Authority consequently expects a substantial increase in 2M container volumes in the period ahead. The existing shipping schedule already included Rotterdam as last port of call: the prime position, commercially speaking. In the new schedule, this status of ‘favourite’ will be doubled, since Europe’s largest port has been selected as first port of call on the important AE10 service, which offers the shortest transit time between the Far East and the North West Continent. The AE10 service is maintained by vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU.
In the five revised 2M schedules, one service no longer includes Rotterdam as a port of call. This service is maintained by smaller 13,000-TEU vessels. However, this loss is amply compensated for by Rotterdam’s improved position in the four other east-west services maintained by the larger ships. In its forecasts, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will therefore be taking account of a substantial increase in the number of containers that need to be handled on behalf of 2M.
Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Onshore Jamaica LNG terminal expected online by mid-2018
The onshore Jamaica LNG terminal, known as the Old Harbour project, is expected to be completed by mid-2018, according to a statement by the Jamaican government on 1 June.
The island’s information service stated that a supply agreement has been finalised by developer New Fortress Energy and utility Jamaica Public Service.
Agreements have also been reached with Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider China Power, which is building the terminal.
In the short term, New Fortress Energy is providing a floating storage unit (FSU) to Montego Bay. The FSU, which is expected to be the 138,000cbm Golar Arctic, is expected to be installed by the end of the year. Anglo Dutch Shell was named by sources as one of the likely term suppliers for the Jamaica LNG supply, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
Green groups plan lawsuit over expansion of Port Everglades’ entrance channel
Green groups on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 said they are planning to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to force a rethink about plans to expand Port Everglades in south Florida.
The environmentalists are concerned that the work of widening, deepening and lengthening the entrance channel to the port will entail much more extensive damage to coral reefs than the Corps anticipates.
Parties planning to sue – Miami Waterkeeper, the Centre for Biological Diversity, Florida Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice and a Fort Lauderdale dive shop called Sea Experience – fear that the official projection of 21 acres of coral reef being damaged by the work is a woeful underestimate.
They base their concerns on what happened in a similar project at Port Miami where a far bigger area of coral – equivalent to the size of 200 football fields -was killed than the Corps’ environmental review had forecast.
Unithai Shipyard and Engineering, Thailand’s topr shipyard, has expanded its operations to a deepsea port in Thailand’s western Ranong province.
Supporting the government’s strategic plan to develop Ranong port as a marine transport, logistics and offshore business hub for the region, Unithai Shipyard has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yongchao Company, which provides a wide range of logistical support for oil and gas operations in the Andaman Sea.
“In combining the capabilities of Yongchao and Unithai Shipyard, the operations have become a one-stop-service,” Unithai Shipyard managing director Teerapon Udomkanjananan said. “Once a vessel arrives at the port, all services – including formalities, repairs, crew changes and warehousing – will be completed in just one stop. This will support the expansion of marine and offshore business in this region in the future. And at the same time, this collaboration will also enhance our capabilities in providing the only heavy fabrications available on the Andaman Sea coast.” splash247.com/uni...
Kinder Morgan gets approval for liquefaction project near Savannah
Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan announced on Thursday that it has received approval for two of its subsidiaries to go ahead with the near-$2bn Elba Liquefaction Project close to Savannah, Georgia.
Elba Liquefaction Company and Southern LNG Company got the nod from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build and operate the facility at the existing Elba Island LNG (liquefied natural gas) Terminal.
They also received approval to proceed with a modification project to expand the Elba Express Pipeline. splash247.com/kin...
Kochi tuning to be the beeline of luxury cruise ships
KOCHI: It seems the Kochi is turning to be the beeline of the luxury cruise ships as nearly few months after the visit of Cruise ship ‘Queen Elizabeth’, it was Royal Caribbean International's billion-dollar smart ship, Ovation of the Seas in India, called at Cochin port on Wednesday.
The worlds most technologically advanced, like her Quantum Class sister ships arrived here with 4,091 tourists. The ship will sail Singapore on Thursday and it will reach there at Singapore on June 8.
The newest Quantum-class ship from Royal Caribbean is equipped with unprecedented offerings for the cruisers adventure activities, entertainment and dining options that will help them delight in cruise travel, featuring the same ground-breaking venues as its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. In addition, with Ovation of the Seas, local cruisers are given the option of segmented sailing. Guests have the flexibility to board the ship from Dubai and disembark at Cochin or board from Cochin and go all the way to Singapore on 6 and 8 night cruises respectively. www.newindianexpr...
The Port of Beaumont in Texas and a section of the Neches River were closed after an oil spill from a pipeline. An estimated 800 gallons of crude entered the river from the Jefferson Energy Terminal. Authorities said the source of the leak had been secured. splash247.com/por...
Chinese group to invest $25m for Darwin Port development
Chinese multi-sector company Landbridge Group has announced a plan to invest $25m to develop Australia’s Darwin Port as part of a huge expansion of the port’s operations, including a one-kilometer extension of its quay line.
Two oil tankers had unloaded their cargo by Monday at Le Havre oil port in northern France, cutting the number of ships held up there by a rolling nationwide strike to nine from 11 on Friday, a port authority spokeswoman said.
Work has resumed at the port, she said, after dockers and port workers joined the protest called by hardline trade unions CGT and FO for on Thursday and Friday. The strike is part of a series aimed at forcing the government to withdraw planned changes to labour laws.
In the southern oil port terminal of Fos-Lavera, France’s biggest oil port, an official of Fluxel, which manages the oil terminal, said on Monday some vessels were modifying their route but work has not resumed.
He said 15 vessels were at the quayside and another 26 in the harbour, of which 15 were waiting to unload and 11 waiting to load, with cargoes of oil, LNG, chemicals and products.
On Friday, about 38 oil tankers were held up at the Fos-Lavera port.
The CGT objects particularly to proposals that would let companies opt out of national obligations on labour protection if they adopt in-house deals on pay and conditions with the consent of a majority of employees.
Workers at French oil port terminal extend strike until Wednesday
Workers at the CIM oil terminal that handles about 40 percent of French crude imports have voted to extend their strike at the Le Havre oil port hub until 1000 GMT on Wednesday, a CGT union official told Reuters.
“There will be another vote on Wednesday afternoon,” the official said after Monday’s vote.
Le Havre is France’s second-biggest oil port and the action by workers, part of nationwide strikes against a planned labour reform, has disrupted the delivery of crude to refineries and refined products clients.
However, managers took over operations at the CIM terminal late last week and reopened pipes.
A source at the Le Havre port told Reuters that 17 managers and engineers have been operating the plant round the clock since last week after the government ordered pipes to be reopened to allow supplies to flow.
“They have been working non-stop since Tuesday, sleeping on site,” the source told Reuters. “Sometimes, picketing union members have gone out to get some food items for them.”
A spokeswoman for CIM declined to comment.
A CGT union member official told Reuters that there was a security risk with 17 people doing what would normally be done by a team of 38.
“Of course these are senior guys and engineers who know what button to push, but there is a risk with so few people,” he said.
CIM, which supplies nearby Exxon Mobil’s 240,000 barrel-per-day Port Jerome-Gravenchon refinery, is central to France’s oil sector. The Port Jerome refinery is one of three refineries among the eight in France that has not been halted by the strike.
The hub at Le Havre port has 2.4 million cubic metres of crude storage capacity and 1.7 million cubic metres of refined products storage capacity for jet fuel, diesel, petrol and naphtha. It supplies jet fuel to the three airports in the French capital.