Strike at Callao Port Already Cost Exporters USD 50 Mln
The ongoing dispute between dockers at Callao port, in Peru and APM Terminals has already resulted in over USD 50 million losses in containerized exports due to dockworkers’ strike, now entering its second week, data from the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX) shows.
Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at port Ust-Luga
FSUE Rosmorport has announced an open tender to select a contractor for the maintenance dredging within the water area of berth No1 of Ust-Luga port’s coal terminal, first phase of the port's transshipment complexes, approach canal of Novaya Gavan Ruchyi, first phase of container terminal. According to the company’s press center, initial price is RUB 110,826,000. The source of financing – internal funds. The deadline for application of bids – June 8, 2015. Source: portnews
Djibouti says it is aiming to become a key port, akin to Dubai or Singapore, and a commercial hub of eastern Africa, Yahoo News reports.
The small country of about 850 thousand says it wants to capitalize on its location on one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and access to the Suez Canal, as well as its current position as the main port for Ethiopia, to become the gateway from Asia to Africa.
"More and more shipping lines are interested in Djibouti, we are now making the way to be a Dubai, even Singapore!" said Suleiman Ahmed, a senior executive at Doraleh Container Terminal.
Growing interest in Djibouti, a six to 10 percent increase in cargo traffic per year, and a growing number of countries, such as the U.S., France, and Japan using the country as a place for military and naval bases, comes as other ports in the region reportedly face increasing struggle.
"Yemen's once key port of Aden - just across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti - is now a war zone," reported Yahoo News. More at shipandbunker.com...
Sri Lanka is looking at boosting China’s stake at the Colombo Port and in the process increase the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s (SLPA) ownership in the new harbours.
Currently, discussions are underway between the SLPA and the China Merchant Holdings (CHM) on getting the latter to come in as an investor for the East Terminal under construction, Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said at a media briefing held in Colombo n Friday. He explained that since the Colombo South Harbour’s revenues generated by the government amount to only 15 per cent the CHM, under the present arrangement, gets the rest of the majority stake in the terminal.
In this respect, the minister said the government was looking at increasing its stake in the South Harbour as it believes the state should have a majority share of the revenue.
The new policy of the government as per joint ventures is for the state to own 51 per cent as a result of which the East Terminal would be given out on this basis to any investor.
In a bid to turnaround the agreement already entered into with the CHM by the Rajapaksa administration, discussions are underway to work out a deal with the Chinese company. Source: The Sunday Times
Development work begins at Cuba’s container terminal in Mariel
A little more than a year after the official inauguration of the Containers Terminal in Cuba, the first projects to be approved by the food industry are underway there, local daily “Juventud Rebelde” said.
The terminal, officially operated since January 2014, is located in the Special Economic Development Zone of Mariel (ZEDM), some 45 km to the west of Havana.
A port terminal in the Mariel mega-project is able to store up to 800,000 20-foot containers per year and receive Post-Panamax vessels.
Idalmis Gonzalez, a spokesperson for ZEDM, said a space for storing 10,000 square meters of dry cargo and 5,000 cubic meters of refrigerated cargo has been completed.
Gonzalez said that another priority was the rail network, with the construction of 21-km railway lines and the renovation of almost 60-km others planned to facilitate the transportation of goods and workers.
The first business center in the ZEDM is also under construction. Source: Shanghai Daily
In an attempt to ease congestion caused by lorries that deliver and collect cargo from the city sea ports, the State government is planning to create a container terminal in Ennore.
Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority will develop the terminal on a vacant piece of land where Tamil Nadu Housing Board once had its cellular concrete plant, official sources said.
Though there are 37 container freight stations around the city fringes, the container lorry drivers park their vehicles along roads leading to Chennai Port, resulting in traffic pile ups. Lorries use only the service lane of Ennore High Road, but in the event of even a minor accident, motorists suffer, said S. Purushothaman, a government employee and an Ennore resident.
The last cruise ship of the season has been turned away from Port of Tauranga today, May 24 due to high winds. The luxury liner Oceania's Insignia was scheduled to arrive at 8am today, before departing at 6pm the same day. The cruise ship can carry 684 passenger and 400 staff.
A Port of Tauranga Spokesperson confirmed the cruise ship was turned away due to high winds. He says it has not been rescheduled to berth at Mount Maunganui after being turned away.
On its arrival, the Insignia would have been the 79th and final cruise ship out of a scheduled 83 since last October – an itinerary that was readjusted due to weather conditions, which has brought ship numbers down 1.6 per cent on the 2013/14 season.
A severe weather watch is currently in place for Western Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.
28 workers evacuated from burning oil platform off Louisiana
A fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caused the emergency evacuation of 28 personnel on Friday.
All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform onto a nearby supply vessel and then to the shore. No one was hurt, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).
The incident, in shallow waters near Breton Island, 20 miles offshore New Orleans, Louisiana, was on a rig owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co, based in Houston.
Fire crews were fighting the blaze into Friday evening.
The well was shut and production closed down.
After initially estimating a possible release quantity of 4,000 barrels of oil into the water, the USCG scaled back its number to 130 barrels while also reporting from aerial observation that there was a visible 1.4 nautical mile “rainbow sheen” on the water.
A spokesman for Texas Petroleum Investment said the platform can produce up to 2,200 barrels per day of crude oil from up to 60 wells. That’s relatively modest by industry standards.
It was unclear what caused the incident, which happened in waters overseen by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources because of its relative proximity to the shore. splash247.com/28-...
Vancouver’s economy could suffer a $1.2-billion blow in the case of a major oil spill caused by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, concludes a new report released by the city.
The report, conducted by the University of B.C.’s Fisheries Economics Research Unit, examined the potential economic costs of a 16-million litre spill in Burrard Inlet, the body of water bordering to the city that is busy with industrial use, cruise ships and float planes.
Researchers looked at the performance of five ocean-dependent activities closely linked to the marine environment, including commercial fishing, port activities, inner harbour transportation, tourism and recreation.
The report found these activities directly employ four per cent of the city’s population and contribute more than $3 billion in gross domestic product to Vancouver’s economy every year. A spill could cost these industries hundreds of millions of dollars, it said. globalnews.ca/new...
Woman chains herself to Shell support ship near to Seattle
Seattle: A woman protested against Shell’s planned Arctic drilling campaign on Friday by chaining herself to one of the company’s support ships near to Seattle. The action showed that while the big-ticket appeal of last weekend’s “Shell no” events in the city’s harbour may have passed, the spirit behind the “Festival of Resistance” continues. The woman latched on to the Arctic Challenger while it was anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle. A police spokesman said that officers talked to the ship, the port and the woman and won’t be trying to remove her.