An enormous explosion said to have injured hundreds and been felt 10 kilometers away from the epicenter has been blamed on a container held at a terminal in the Binhai New Area, Tianjin, China, according to Chinese news report.
People’s Daily, China reports that chemicals in the container combusted around 11:30 p.m. local time, sending flames as tall as skyscrapers shooting into the sky. Videos on social media captured the incident, with one showing a flickering light in the distance that suddenly erupted into an enormous ball of flames.
Images floating around online also showed blown out apartments and businesses near the center of the explosion.
People’s Daily, China’s Twitter feed said at least 300 to 400 people have sought treatment for injuries at local hospitals so far.
If initial reports the explosion was caused by a container in the port are correct, then operations at one of the world’s busiest and most efficient container ports are likely shuttered. www.joc.com/port-...
Kandla Port resumes container handling after 2 years.
It was a remarkable day for Kandla Port on Friday (August 7, 2015) when it again commenced container handling after a gap of two years. The first call was of the coastal vessel MV ALLCARGO SUSHEELA.
Mr Ravi Parmar, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust (KPT), flagged off the resumed container operations in the presence of a large gathering of Port users and exporters/importers.
The vessel loaded 200 TEUs—168 TEUs of iodised salt and 32 empties. Of the 200, 125 TEUs were destined for Mormugao Port and 75 TEUs for New Mangalore Port.
Mr Ravi Parmar was happy to share the advantages of restarting container operations at KPT with those gathered. He said the development would boost Kandla trade as they would be able to take advantage of the low-cost handling at the Port.
Mr Mukesh Balani, KPT Traffic Manager, express his views that presently the Port can only handle container vessels having their own cranes (geared), adding that it will take about six months for the shore cranes to be repaired and running.
It may be recalled that the facility was run by ABG Kandla Container Terminal up to 2013, with the last vessel calling on August 10, 2013. The maximum volume handled then was 1,66,488 TEUs in 2011-12, whereas KPT’s own handling record was 1,80,917 TEUs in 2004-05, which is proof that KPT can handle container operations better in the coming years.
The next vessel likely is MV JIGJIGA, under the agency of Samsara Shipping Pvt. Ltd, on August 13-14 on a fortnightly service covering Kandla - Jeddah - Djibouti - Kandla, as press release:
Mississippi River maximum recommended draft reduced because of silting
The Louisiana Maritime Association has issued guidance that the maximum recommended draft for vessels on part of the Mississippi River be reduced from 47 feet to 45 feet.
It relates to the Southwest Pass, the primary shipping channel on the river and the only channel that can be used by deep draft vessels.
This recommendation follows observation of heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels.
The draft restriction is expected to be in place for a number of weeks pending dredging by US authorities. splash247.com/mis...
Plymouth cruise port feasibility study to be conducted
A study is to be carried out into the feasibility of building a cruise terminal in Plymouth.
The aim is to have an operational cruise ship berth operational in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020 if the economic case proves compelling.
A consortium comprising Plymouth City Council, Associated British Ports, the Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce, Destination Plymouth and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have commissioned marine consultants GP Wild International to compile a report over the summer.
The study’s scope will include discussions with organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, Queen’s Harbourmaster and the Environment Agency to get an overview of what would need to be achieved to overcome current constraints.
Ferry companies currently use Plymouth for sailings to France and Spain. www.travelweekly....
Shell seeks modified permit for Arctic offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — With a key safety vessel repaired and in northern waters, Royal Dutch Shell PLC has applied to amend its federal exploratory drilling permit to allow drilling into oil-bearing rock in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast.
Shell last month received permission to begin some drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea but was banned from digging into petroleum zones roughly 8,000 feet below the ocean floor.
The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement limited the permit then because equipment was not on hand to handle a possible well blowout.
The equipment is on the Fennica, a leased Finnish icebreaker that suffered hull damage July 3 as it left Dutch Harbor, a port in the Aleutians Islands.
Arctic offshore drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups that say industrial activity will harm polar bears, Pacific walrus, ice seals and threatened whales already vulnerable from climate warming and shrinking summer sea ice.
They also say that drilling in U.S. Arctic waters, which the government estimates holds 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil, will delay a transition to renewable energy. eaglefordtexas.co...
Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line sign 15-year deal
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will continue operating out of Pier 66 until at least 2030 and split with the Port of Seattle an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.The Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday unanimously voted to sign a long-term lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to continue operating out of Bell Street Cruise Terminal’s Pier 66 and to split an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.
The Port said a 15-year lease for a cruise terminal is unprecedented on the West Coast. It also said this is the first time the Port has entered into a direct agreement with a cruise line and a cruise line has agreed to invest in terminal improvements.
“This is a historic deal for the Port of Seattle,” Port CEO Ted Fick said in a statement. “Norwegian Cruise Line is showing real vision by investing in the economic growth of this region.” www.seattletimes....
Court removes cruise execs from Port Everglades dispute
A state appeals court Tuesday ruled that two cruise-ship company executives should be kept off a panel that will determine whether to reduce payment rates for harbor pilots at Port Everglades. The nine-page ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal stems from a dispute about a proposal by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to reduce what are known as “pilotage rates” by 25 percent for passenger vessels using Port Everglades in Broward County. www.theledger.com...
The port of Grangemouth is to receive a six-figure investment to increase its capacity for refrigerated containers.
The move will be a major boost for importers and exporters of fresh produce using Scotland’s largest container terminal.
The owners, Forth Ports Ltd, are significantly investing in extending the electricity supply infrastructure at Grangemouth from 126 specialist power supply points to 432.
Refrigerated containers – known as ‘reefers’ – need power immediately on arrival to keep their contents fresh until being loaded on to vessels for export or collection by haulage firms for delivery across Scotland. www.thecourier.co...
Thailand-based construction firm Italian-Thai Development is planning to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dawei industrial zone Myanmar, with an investment of $500m says a news story in the Reuters.
A press release from Roland Berger, who are consultants to the project, says that the LNG terminal is part of the first phase of the $1.7bn Dawei project. It will be designed with an annual capacity of six million tons. www.marinelink.co...
ndian Oil Corporation (IOC) has begun initial works for setting up the Rs 5,150-crore ($830 million) liquefied natural gas (LNG)terminal at Ennore, Chennai.
LNG terminal would be ready by 2018, said the company Chairman B Ashok. The company had inked a MoU with the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) for the project.
Ashok said that his company has given contracts for building refrigerated tanks and re-gasification facilities for the LNG terminal project.
The project has three components in it, which are setting up of refrigerated tanks, re-gasification facilities and marine facilities. www.marinelink.co...