Additional ice restrictions introduced in Big Port St. Petersburg
Additional ice restrictions in Big Port St. Petersburg come into effect today, February 4, 2013. According to the Harbor Master’s order, Ice I vessels are allowed to carry out ice navigation only with assistance of icebreakers, vessels with ice class Ice2 and over are allowed to carry out non-escorted voyages upon icebreaker’s permission and recommendation or with icebreaker’s assistance of icebreakers.
Tug and tow vessels or non-reinforced vessels are not permitted to ice navigation until the restrictions are lifted.
Associated British Ports awards dredging contract at DP World Southampton access channel
Associated British Ports (ABP) has recently awarded Boskalis Westminster the contract to widen and deepen a critical part of the access channel to the container terminal operated by DP World Southampton,according to media release.
This follows the announcement in December 2012 that the Marine Management Organisation had issued the necessary consents to undertake the works. The removal of 450,000 cubic metres of material at Marchwood will widen the navigation channel by 30m, thus improving accessibility and manoeuvrability for container vessels.
Continent Group opens container service from Kotka port to Moscow by train
Continent Group has opened a service of container transportation from seaport of Kotka (Finalnd) to Moscow, the company’s press center reports.
Test transportation by the new service was held in December 2012. The first containers were delivered in time with no delay or problems with customs clearance.
This door-to-door service includes consolidation of all cargoes arriving in Kotka from all over the world (America, Europe, Asia) and further transportation by a container train to Silikatnaya station with further delivery to a customer’s stock in Moscow and return of empty containers to Finland.
The service dispatch frequency is every 10 days with 3 days of delivery. All types of cargo in 20-feet and 40-feet containers except for excise and refrigerated cargoes.
Containerships VI unloads first time at Yug-2 terminal (New Service)
New container service is launched at multi-purpose transshipment complex Yug-2, press center of OJSC Ust-Luga Company (Yug-2 owner) informs. On Tuesday, January 29, Containerships VI of Containerships line moored at berth No22 of the transshipment complex and unloaded 17 TEUs of cargo delivered from Teesport and Rotterdam. It is the first call of the line to Yug-2. A regular service of the line from the ports of the North Europe and England may eventually develop in view of future cooperation between OJSC Commercial Seaport of Ust-Luga and Containerships.
Besides Containerships, SeaConnect also calls on Yug-2 terminal.
Multi-purpose transshipment complex Yug-2 handles rolling cargoes, mainly new imported cars, containers and general cargo. Yug-2 is the only highly specialized motor car terminal in Russia capable of handling ro-ro and con-ro vessels.
Miss. River closes to ships at Vicksburg after barge hits bridge
Experts say the stretch of Mississippi River where vessel traffic was halted after a barge hit a railroad bridge on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 is one of the most dangerous along the 2,500-mile-long river.
Late Monday, cleanup crews were skimming oily water near Vicksburg, a day after a barge struck a bridge, rupturing a compartment holding 80,000 gallons of oil.
Authorities said that the oil was being contained and there was no evidence of it washing ashore downriver. Orange boom was stretched across part of the river downstream from the barge, and small boats patrolled the area as oil was pumped from the ruptured tank into another tank on the same barge. Officials hope to eventually transfer all the oil to another barge.
Tugs were holding the barge at the bank on the Louisiana side of the river, directly across from Vicksburg's Riverwalk and Lady Luck casinos.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Ryan Gomez said a tug was pushing two tank barges when the collision occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Both barges were damaged, but only one leaked. Authorities declared the bridge safe after an inspection. www.grandforksher...
The US-flag laker, John G. Munson, is currently sitting at anchor just outside the Duluth Ship Canal.
The vessel is scheduled to sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior Friday morning, for winter layup.
Her arrival will officially wrap up the 2012 commercial shipping season in the Port of Duluth-Superior.
Though the Soo Locks (at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), closed at midnight on January 15, the Munson was able to make a handful of late season deliveries of iron ore across the eastern tip of Lake Superior.
Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Sets Cargo Record
Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port handled a record 158.9 million metric tons at its Black Sea and Baltic ports in 2012, a 1.2 percent increase on the previous year.
Container traffic remained modest by European standards, growing 4.4 percent to 623,700 20-foot-equivalent units.
The London-listed company owns the Russian port Novorossiysk on the Black Sea and the smaller ports of Primorsk and Baltiysk on the Baltic coast.
“Despite an ailing global economy and harsh weather conditions in 2012 we managed to achieve year-on-year growth in freight,” CEO Rado Antolovic said.
India OKs $82 Million for DP World Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port
As JOC reports, the Indian Finance Ministry has approved a proposal by DP World to invest 4.4 billion rupees (about $82 million) in a new container terminal project at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva).
The project, on a 17-year concession, will extend the port’s container berth by 1,082 feet and provide a 42-acre container yard, offering an annual capacity of 800,000 20-foot-equivalent units.
Dubai-based DP World in November last year signed a contract with the port authority and set up a special purpose vehicle called Hindustan Port Pvt. Ltd. to implement the project. The company, which was the lone bidder for the build-operate-transfer facility, had offered a 28.09 percent share of revenue as annual royalty to the landlord port.
The entire project, which includes a 44-foot draft with four rail-mounted quay cranes and 12 rubber-tired gantry cranes, is projected to require a total investment of approximately $200 million.
To be located next to Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, DP World India’s existing facility at the port, the new terminal is scheduled to start operations in 2015.
Vale mulls setting up iron ore distribution centre in China
Zhanjiang: Following on from news last week that China may allow valemaxes into Chinese ports, Vale said it is considering setting up an iron ore distribution centre in the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang where Baosteel is building a 10m tonne-per-year steel project due to be completed by 2015, according to wire reports.
Baosteel and Zhanjiang port reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with Vale in early December during a visit to Vale's headquarters in Brazil.
“This is just a very initial idea. The distribution centre, if built, can meet demand from small clients which may not be able to buy a whole cargo of iron ore but can buy a small volume,” a source was quoted as saying.
Daily icebreaking service covers 37 vessels in the Gulf of Finland
During the past 24 hours (Jan. 24-25, 2013), 13 icebreakers of Rosmorport FSUE provided icebreaking assistance for 37 vessels in the Gulf of Finland, PortNews IAA learnt from the press service of Rosmorport. From the very beginning of the winter navigation, icebreaking service was provided to 720 vessels. The following vessels are currently engaged in icebreaking: Captain Izmailov, Captain Zarubin, Captain Plakhin, Semen Dezhnev, Ivan Kruzenshtern, Yuri Lisyanski, Mudyug, Moskva, Karu, Sankt-Peterburg, Tor, Captain Sorokin and Rossija. We remind that additional ice restrictions were introduced in Big Port St. Petersburg from February 4, 2013 according to the Harbor Master’s order. Ice I vessels are allowed to carry out ice navigation only with the assistance of icebreakers, vessels with Ice2 class and over are allowed to carry out non-escorted voyages upon icebreaker’s permission and recommendation or with icebreaker’s assistance.
Tug and tow vessels or non-reinforced vessels are not permitted to ice navigation.
15 icebreakers are deployed for operation in Russian part of the Gulf of Finland in winter navigation of 2012-2013, including 14 diesel-electric icebreakers of Rosmorport FSUE and one nuclear icebreaker of Atomflot FSUE.