A new cruise ship wharf for St George’s was announced by Transport Minister Walter Roban yesterday. The new facility will be designed for the mega cruise ships which dominate today’s cruise industry and will provide the east end with a long-awaited cruise ship infrastructure required for a regular caller, promised Mr Roban. More at www.royalgazette....
At least three people died, five went missing and 14 were rescued after a Colombian-flagged vessel went down in the Pacific Ocean, the Colombian navy said. The Claudia Alejandra sank Thursday, Oct. 13, 2012 in the Cabo Marzo area off the coast of Choco province, which borders Panama. The ship was sailing the route between Jurado, Choco, and the port of Buenaventura in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca.
The three fatalities were crew members of a ship transporting both passengers and cargo.
According to those rescued, at least five people remained trapped in ship at the time of the accident.
The search being carried out by experts of the Colombian navy continued early Saturday with the arrival of deep-sea divers.
United Nations court orders immediate release of Argentine LIBERTAD
Hamburg: A United Nations court has ordered the immediate release of an Argentine navy sailing ship seized in Ghana. The ARA Libertad training ship was impounded Oct.2 in the port of Tema at the behest of private creditors as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina's economic crisis a decade ago.
The Hamburg, Germany-based UN's International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Ghana on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 to release the ship and its crew immediately and unconditionally. It also ordered that the ship should be resupplied as needed.
The ruling said warships enjoy immunity under international law and seizing the ship was "a source of conflict that may endanger friendly relations among states." It wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling is final and whether it can be appealed.
Truckers strike to hit APM Terminals facility at JN port
An indefinite strike from Wednesday called by truckers carrying containers threatens to hurt a terminal operated by APM Terminals Management BV at Jawaharlal Nehru port near Mumbai, Live Mint reports on Friday Dec. 14, 2012.
As JOC reports, container shipping line CMA CGM has purchased a stake in the Port of Long Beach’s Pier J, a move that will bring an additional 2.6 million container units to the port and increase port revenue by about $70 million over the next five years. The investment makes CMA CGM a partner in the lease and operations of the 256-acre terminal. It is the company’s first investment in a port on the west coast of North America and guarantees that its ships will call exclusively at the Port of Long Beach when using the San Pedro Bay gateway.
Port of Hamburg HHLA handles world’s largest container ship CMA CGM Marco Polo
Hamburg was the first continental European port of call on the maiden voyage of the CMA CGM Marco Polo, said to be the world's largest container ship. The ship, with a capacity of 16,020 standard containers, is being handled at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai. Marco Polo is the first container ship with a capacity of more than 16,000 standard containers (TEU) to call at the Port of Hamburg.
The new flagship of French shipping company CMA CGM moored at a berth at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB)on Dec. 12, 2012. "Thanks to its good hinterland connections to Central and Eastern Europe and the excellent trans-shipment link to the Scandinavian and Baltic regions, CMA CGM made a conscious decision that its ships, such as the CMA CGM Marco Polo, should call at Hamburg," said a spokesperson for CMA CGM. "We have to bring our ships as close as possible to our customers, who appreciate the Port of Hamburg as much as we do. The delay in the dredging of the river Elbe makes it more difficult for us to enable dependable handling, because even now we can only sail upriver under restrictions due to very narrow tide windows and the limited draught for ever-larger vessels,” said Reinhard Peschel, Managing Director of CMA CGM Deutschland.
Germany to offer tax free LNG bunkers - First terminal to be built in Hamburg
German member of Parliament Eckhardt Rehberg says LNG leads to significantly lower emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur, Ship & Bunker reports. Germany plans to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkers tax free "in the future" for the commercial shipping industry, German member of Parliament Eckhardt Rehberg has said.
The tax exemption is part of the recently adopted Energy and Electricity Tax Act.
Rehberg did not elaborate on exactly when the move will be made, but noted that other European Union (EU) may also introduce tax exemptions for LNG bunkers and that it was important for Germany to act first as so not to be at a disadvantage.
Commenting on the use of LNG as a marine fuel, Rehberg said LNG was "good for the environment," and that 'it leads to significantly lower emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulphur compared to the traditional used heavy grades of oil."
In October the Bomin Linde LNG GmbH & Co. KG (Bomin Linde) announced plans to build a LNG terminal for ship fueling at the Port of Hamburg, Germany.
A group of Newcastle residents opposed to a fourth coal terminal in Newcastle have handed out 15,000 leaflets to local residents, Mining Australia reports.
The Coal Terminal Action Group (CTAG) say they want to put pressure on the government to stop the expansion of Newcastle’s coal terminal, Newcastle Herald reported.
ADPC orders three more of the largest cranes in the world at chinese ZPMC
With just a week to go before the Grand Inauguration of its flagship Khalifa Port on December 12th, Abu Dhabi Ports Company has announced orders for three more of the largest cranes in the world, Dredging Today reports.
ADPC has placed fresh orders with the ZPMC yard in Shanghai, China, for three new STS (ship to shore) cranes, among the largest in the world. The orders were placed on November 5th. and the three new cranes are scheduled to become operational at the Port on March 1st, 2014. They will join the six other ZPMC STS cranes currently serving the semi-automated state of the art container terminal at Khalifa Port. In addition, ADPC has ordered 12 new ASC (Automated Stacking Cranes) for the container yard from Konecranes, who supplied the current 30 ASC cranes onsite. The first six are scheduled to be delivered by January, 2014, and the remaining six, two months later.
Big Port St. Pb issues ice restrictions for ship effective Dec.24
With the formation of ice (needle ice) in the waters of Big Port St. Petersburg low temperatures, the Port Authority has introduced some restrictions on ice class of vessels entering the port. The restrictions come into force as of December 24, 2012. The corresponding order was signed by the harbour master. According to the order, the ATBs will be banned from entering the harbor and ships without ice class hulls are not allowed to sail but only with assistance of icebreakers, the vessels having any ice-class are permitted to sail independently or may require icebreaker assistance.