Abu Dhabi Ports starts welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island
Abu Dhabi Ports─the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has started welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover in Abu Dhabi. Two prominent luxury cruise vessels made their maiden calls at the Island last week as part of their international itinerary, the company said in its press release. Sir Bani Yas Island, an award-winning nature and wildlife island reserve, has long been a popular leisure destination. One of the largest natural islands in the UAE, Sir Bani Yas features three luxury Anantara resorts as well as a wide range of activities for guests of all ages. Island Sky, one of the finest small ships in the world owned by Noble Caledonia, was the first cruise vessel to visit Sir Bani Yas Island. The 114-passenger capacity vessel arrived on Monday morning, November 16, for a day-long stay at the Island. Seaborne Sojourn, a 450-passenger capacity vessel owned by Carnival Corporation, docked at the Island on Thursday, November 19, for a daytime holiday. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Strikes Planned At Rotterdam Port In December And January
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe’s largest port.
Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to back their demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years.
Major container employers ECT, APMT and RWG have rejected that demand in contract talks which have been running since April. www.marineinsight...
Port Of Rotterdam Launches Unique 360 Degree Virtual Tour
View over 42 kilometres of harbourside from your desk: this is now possible for Europe’s largest port. In collaboration with Skycap, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is launching Port360: a virtual tour of the port. https://www.portofrotterd...
Belgium shipping company to build LNG port in India
ndian energy company Swan Energy and Belgian shipping firm EXMAR will jointly develop and operate India’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, in the western Gujarat state.
The companies said last week they signed a binding agreement to work on the Jafrabad LNG port project, which will handle 5 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG, with a floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU). There are plans to expand capacity to 10 MTPA, with a second terminal.
The final investment decision is expected during the first half of 2016, but EXMAR said “several financial institutions have already expressed interest in supporting the project.”
EXMAR CEO Nicolas Saverys said the company was “especially attracted by the steady progress made by Swan and its portfolio of bankable governmental counterparts,” with his company eyeing further FSRU deployment in India, due to the country’s increasing demand for clean energy.
The Belgian shipper added agreements are in place for an initial 4.5 (MTPA) of regasification capacity for a 20-year period. Negotiations are ongoing with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., (BCPL) and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (GSPCL).
Swan’s sponsor, Nikhil Merchant, said the partnership with EXMAR “will no doubt give additional assurance to the terminal users and financial partners,” given its 10 years of experience and industry know-how.
APM Terminals opens Aqaba Logistics Village expansion
APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th. The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 13,000 square meters (3.2 acres) of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 40,000 square meters (9.8 acres) of open yard. ALV Phase 2 has been designed to allow the flexibility of handling a wide variety of cargoes as regional and international trading patterns continue to evolve in the Middle East. ALV’s developed land now encompasses 24 hectares (59 acres) with an additional 20 hectares (49 acres) of area expected to be developed within the next two years. www.hellenicshipp...
15 major international container lines call at southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas (Shahid Rajaei)
An Iranian official says 15 major international shipping lines have chosen the country’s southern Shahid Rajaei port (aka Bandar Abbas) as their port of call.
Ebrahim Idani, director general of Hormozgan Province Ports and Maritime Department, said Shahid Rajaei is currently Iran’s biggest commercial port, which is directly and regularly visited by major shipping lines frequenting the Persian Gulf.
“Offering bulk discounts to shipping companies, has reduced the final cost of entry of commodities into Iranian port, making it more economical compared to other Persian Gulf ports,” he said.
The Iranian official further noted that offering fast loading and offloading services, and providing bunkering services to big vessels has turned Shahid Rajaei port into a major portal of entry into Iran’s economy.
Idani stated that about 700,000 tonnes of goods have been transshipped through Shahid Rajaei port to other Persian Gulf ports since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2015).
During recent months, Iran’s southern Shahid Rajaei port has turned into a major hub for shipping and transship activities due to suitable facilities considered by Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization for international vessels calling at the port.
Idani said in early August that Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp. has authorized one of its huge container ships to berth at Shahid Rajaei port, adding, “Seven container ships operated by the Taiwanese shipping line are expected to call at Shahid Rajaei port to onload and offload 5,000-6,000 TEU of containers per week, thus resuming the company’s activities in Iran.” www.hellenicshipp...
Police received a bomb threat on Monday morning saying Limassol’s port would see an explosion within the next few days.
The phone call was made to the traffic police department at around 9:30am by someone who spoke broken English, police said.
Officers are currently at the scene and investigations are ongoing.
The call comes at a time where police and Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou have upped security around the Republic of Cyprus’ airports and ports. Source: CyprusMail
Brittany Ferries says security and safety is at the forefront of its mind following Paris attacks
BRITTANY Ferries says security and safety are at the "forefront" of its mind following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The ferry company, which operates daily between Plymouth and Roscoff, in France, says it was left shocked by the Paris attacks.
The company has comprehensive security arrangements in place at all times both within its ports and on board its ships and has introduced additional security checks following the incidents in Paris.
A Brittany Ferries spokesman said: "As a French company, we are particularly shocked and appalled by the events that unfolded in Paris last weekend, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the attacks, their families and their friends.
"We take security and safety extremely seriously and they are always at the forefront of our minds.
"We have comprehensive security arrangements in place both in our ports and on board our ships and these arrangements are tightly controlled and governed by national and international legislation.
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Jebel ali receives one of the worlds largest vessels - Magleby Maersk
Global marine terminals operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has received the world’s largest container vessel, the Magleby Maersk, which is on its maiden visit to the region.
The management and operations team at Jebel Ali rolled out a well-drilled operation to welcome, berth and service the mammoth liner with the clockwork-like precision that has made the container port the most productive in the world.
The 18,270 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity vessel was welcomed by Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and officials from Jebel Ali Port who were also joined by Dubai based Maersk Line top officials including Mark Rosenberg, Head of Procurement, Maersk Line.
A commemorative plaque marking the occasion was presented on behalf of DP World to Captain Maagaard, Master of Magleby Maersk.
Jebel Ali is one of the very few ports in the Middle East equipped to receive containerships of the size of Magleby Maersk, a Triple-E class vessel with an overall length of 399.2 meters, equivalent to four football pitches.
The Magleby Maersk moulded beam is 59.00 metres wide and the ship has a maximum draft of 16.50 metres. Maersk Line operates the carrier on its 2M Europe-Asia route. www.albawaba.com/...
With the majority of units in the present ship-to-shore cranes system at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) being in operation for more than 12 years with many components obsolete, parts unavailable and software no longer supported, Cabinet has approved US$512,000 to purchase eight new units for the terminal.
Approval has been given by Cabinet for TMEIC Corporation to supply and commission the eight ship-to-shore crane control systems.
In addition, Cabinet has also approved a contract to Cargotec Ltd for the supply and commission into service of five Bromma crane spreaders for the Kingston Container Terminal. The value of this contract is US$587,223, approximately J$703.5 million.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, which has responsibility for the KCT, told The Gleaner in 2013 that there were 14 cranes in operation at the terminal. www.hellenicshipp...