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434 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Maputo, Mozambique to be dredged
The process for selection of the company that will dredge the access channel to the port of Maputo to increase its depth from 11 metres at the moment to 14 metres is underway, said the port’s management company Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo (MPDC)

434 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Auckland Fined Over Stevedore’s Fall from Maersk Containership
New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined NZD$55,000 (US$41,000) and ordered to pay NZD$25,000 in reparation to a stevedore who was seriously injured in a fall while unloading a containership at the port in January 2014. POAL admitted to a charge of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employee under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The sentence was handed down in Auckland District Court on Friday. According to Maritime New Zealand, the stevedore was injured while attempting to dislodge a twist-lock that was stuck in the top of a two-high container stack on board the MV Lica Maersk. MNZ said the the man was using a 5m unlocking pole which, with the weight of the twist lock, pulled him from the top of a container 15 meters down to the water. During his fall, he hit a crane beam, and then the wharf, before landing in the water where he spent approximately 15 minutes due to difficulties in rescuing him from the narrow space. The man suffered multiple injuries including breaking both legs, three fractured vertebrae, 10 fractured ribs, fractures to his sternum, a lacerated lung, and two fractured tendons in his left hand, MNZ reported. The man spent for three months after the accident and is unlikely to return to work as a stevedore. gcaptain.com/port...

434 days ago by arnekiel

Record break of 11 rigs berthed in Drydocks World-Dubai
Drydocks World the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors have simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard. Drydocks World has pursued its strategy to become one of the leading offshore yards in the region. The Rig Division team has worked relentlessly to market the yard facilities, capabilities, safety records, quality and experience of staff specialized in maintaining the offshore rigs. During February the yard set a new record of 9 rigs in the yard and only one month later Drydocks World has increased the number by over 20% totaling 11 rigs. Drydocks World has focused its efforts to cater to the offshore market and rig requirements through establishing a dedicated rig division. Drydocks World has set this record break along with repeated clients such as Saipem, Saudi Aramco, Shelf Drilling, Aban Offshore, & the National Drilling Company. Source: Drydocks World

434 days ago by arnekiel

Labor slowdown hits APMT terminal at Mumbai
APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India, which has borne the brunt of landside congestion-related issues in the Nhava Sheva port complex in the recent past, is again experiencing shipping delays because of labor slowdowns tied to the still-unresolved crane operator contract dispute.“Our outsourced RTG (rubber-tire gantry) contractors have decided to use “go-slow” tactics to press for additional unreasonable demands under collective bargaining agreement between the union and the contractors,” said Suchit Kapoor, deputy chief commercial officer of APMT Mumbai, in a notice to customers.

434 days ago by arnekiel

Korean groups plan to invest US$5bln into HCMC shipyard project
Two South Korean groups have recently expressed interest in investing US$5 billion into the project which will be implemented at Ho Chi Minh City’s Ba Son shipyard area in District 1. EUNSAN and OUE, two groups from South Korea, have suggested investing $5 billion into the Ba Son project. It is part of a major plan to redesign the city center, along with other key infrastructure plans including the Metro Line No.1, which is now under construction, and the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, which will span over the shipyard.Following the plan, Ba Son Shipyard will be developed into a commercial- service-urban complex. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City, said that the Ba Son shipyard is under the management of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry. Therefore, the South Korean firms will receive full support from the city authorities in case they get approval from both the government and the ministry.The municipal Department of Planning and Investment has been assigned to give EUNSAN and OUE advice on several procedures, including establishing representative offices in HCMC and legal status in accordance with current regulations.The Ba Son shipyard project is expected to launch its groundbreaking ceremony on the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, which will take place on September 2.Ba Son shipyard is a long-standing builder that was established by the French government in April, 1863 to repair warships and merchant vessels. Source : tuoitrenews

434 days ago by arnekiel

Largest ship ever docks at Odfjell Terminals in Rotterdam
The largest ship ever has docked at Odfjell Terminals' Third Petroleum Harbour at Rotterdam.The PRINCIMAR GRACE, which is the first 'Suez Max' class to enter this part of the harbour of Rotterdam, is unloading an oil product that is distilled at Odfjell. The terminal is the only independent terminal in the port to have such an installation. The vessel was expected to depart from the port March 20.The PRINCIMAR GRACE is a tanker with a length of nearly 275 meters and a width of over 48 meters. Before berthing Odfjell, working with the Rotterdam Port Authority, carefully checked whether the Third Petroleum Harbour could accept a ship of this size. Source : tankstoragemag

434 days ago by Timsen

Fire in coal port
At least 10 fire engines have been called to a large blaze at the Hunterston coal port in Ayrshire. Thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the facility on Mar 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. close to the berth of the Greek Bulkcarrier "Samjohn Legacy". Scottish Fire and Rescue in attendance . It appeared that a small crane and a conveyor belt for coal were on fire. Firefighters were trying to dampen down the fire with hoses but flames were still visible. A police helicopter had been flying over the scene and fire crews appeared to be operating a hose from a boat near the pier. Report with photos: www.bbc.com/news/...

434 days ago by arnekiel

Miyazaki Prefecture Ready for Bigger Ships
Miyazaki is the capital city of the Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city offers cruise ships a dock available at the Port of Aburatsu, which has a natural deep-water harbor facing the Pacific Ocean, and is located on the Nichinan Coast. Port improvements have recently been done to allow cruise ships up to 160,000 tons to berth. Located just about 1,000 kilometers from Taiwan and Shanghai, the port has seen calls from all three domestic Japanese cruise lines, and has also hosted the Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean. The Celebrity Millennium is expected in port later this year. Pierside, the city welcomes ships with folk songs, samurai dances and other local entertainment. A welcome center with interpreters is nearby to help passengers.

434 days ago by Timsen

Newbuilding on fire
During welding works at the ballas water tanks of the Dutch cargo m/v newbuilding "Lady Adele" (IMO: 9760366) a fire broke out at the quay of the Groningen Shipyard on Mar 20, 2015. The fire brigade of Groningen needed some hours to get the fire extinguished. At 11 p.m. the fire was out. The ship, yard no. 131, was launched on Feb 14 for Wijnne Barends, Delfzijl. Dutch report with photo and video: www.meternieuws.n...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Argentina’s YPF grabs five more LNG shipments
A week after making a tender to buy 11 shipments of LNG (liquefied natural gas), Argentina’s state-controlled energy company YPF took the plunge and bought five cargoes, traders said on Friday. The cargoes are expected to be split between Argentina’s two import terminals at Bahia Blanca (400 miles south of Buenos Aires) and at Puerto Escobar on the Parana River.

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