Yemen's Aden Refinery Company (ARC) has resumed imports of oil products after a hiatus of nearly six months, industry sources said on Wednesday.The imports are expected to boost oil product margins in Asia at a time when several episodes of refinery maintenance, both planned and unplanned, have cut supplies, traders said. In April, Aden Refinery declared force majeure on its oil imports and exports and shut its 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery as the civil war escalated. Trader Gunvor has shipped 35,000 tonnes of gasoline to Aden with the vessel carrying the cargo now anchored at the port, one of the sources close to the matter said.The ship Hong Ze Hu, with a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 73,972 and carrying a clean oil products cargo is moored at Aden, according to Reuters chartering and shiptracking data. The cargo was loaded last week from Fujairah after being chartered by Clearlake shipping, a subsidiary of Gunvor, the data showed Aden Refinery is expected to issue a tender soon to import 60,000 tonnes of gasoil, with traders already indicating interest to ship cargoes to Aden, the sources said. Source: Reuters
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over Dutch repair yard D. van de Wetering in Rotterdam, one of the oldest ship repair companies in Northwest Europe having been operational since 1880.
As of yesterday the D. van de Wetering yard at the Bunschotenweg in the Eemhaven in Rotterdam ceased operations, and all activities will be transferred in the short distance to Damen Shiprepair Van Brink, in Pernis. splash247.com/dam...
The sale of a 51% stake in Piraeus Port Authority to private investors has been delayed by around 20 days, reports say.
The delay has been caused by the snap legislative election held in Greece on September 20, government officials told Reuters.
The successful investor was previously expected to be announced by the end of September or in early October.
“We will fall behind by about 20 days because the concession agreement that the shipping and finance ministries have to sign is causing a short delay,” an official told the newswire.
Greece’s shipping ministry still needs to review the draft sale agreement before it is presented to potential investors, which include Cosco, APM Terminals and International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI). splash247.com/pir...
Hamburg Anticipates Cruise Ship Record 2016 - 160 Calls Expected
Cruise Gate Hamburg, the operating company for the city’s three terminals, today announced that it expects 160 calls for the 2016 season, or four more than this year, for an estimated 661,000 passengers, up sharply from 525,000 this year, due to bigger ships.
“The strong growth – up by 26 per cent – is attributable to the fact that in 2016 we will have more calls by higher-capacity ships than has been the case to date,” explained Sacha Rougier, managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg. These will include the new AIDAprima, which will launch weekly sailing to European capitals from Hamburg on April 30, and the MSC Splendida, which has been based in Hamburg since May 2015.
The most frequent visitor in 2016 will be the AIDAprima – with 39 turnarounds. “Never before has a cruise vessel called at the Hanseatic City as frequently in a single year,” Rougier continued. AIDAsol (24 calls) and the MSC Splendida (16 calls) rank second and third, respectively, followed by Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Cunard, and Phoenix Reisen.
The cruise year begins Jan. 8 with a parallel call by Cunard (Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) and ends Dec. 31. Of the 160 total calls next year, there will be 27 double calls, six triple calls and, as part of the Port Anniversary (“Hafengeburtstag”) there will be a quadruple (May 8) and even a quintuple call (May 7) if the Albatros berthing at Kirchenpauerkai is included. Apart from the new AIDAprima, Hamburg will also be welcoming the Ocean Dream, the Marina, and the Caribbean Princess for the first time. www.cruiseindustr...
Becker Marine and Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge
Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports. The LNG Hybrid Barge will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships and contributes to a cleaner environment. It is an alternative for producing electricity in the traditional way by either their generator sets or their main engines. During winter season the LNG Hybrid Barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity. Becker Marine Systems (BMS) is the owner of the LNG Hybrid Barge and provides services to charter out the barge. The LNG Hybrid Barge concept is developed by LNG Hybrid, a division of Becker Marine systems. Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems said: “The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season. We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.” Press release - Becker Marine
CSL to Build Dry Dock in Cochin, Ship Repair Facility
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has decided to build a large dry dock and ship repair facility, with ship lift system, spending Rs 2,470 crore. CSL is also actively pursuing construction of dredgers and LNG vessels. The company paid a dividend of Rs 16.99 crore to the Central Government – the seventh annual dividend in a row. The dividend cheque was handed over to Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari by CSL chairman and managing director Cmde K Subramaniam.
It also contributed Rs 190 crore to the exchequer by way of value added tax, income tax, fringe benefit tax, excise duty, customs duty and service tax, during fiscal 2014-15. “CSL has already obtained ‘in-principle’ approval from the Ministry of Shipping for construction of the dry dock, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. Also, land has been taken on lease on the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) premises for setting up the international ship repair facility, with ship lift system. With an estimated cost of Rs 970 crore, the facility will be constructed in three years.
The turnover of CSL increased to Rs 1,859 crore in 2014-15 from Rs 1,637 crore in 2013-14, while net profit rose to Rs 235 crore from Rs 194 crore,” said a statement from the CSL on Tuesday. Compared to the 2005-06 fiscal year, the turnover rose fivefold and net profit more than doubled, despite operational challenges. The CSL is currently constructing an indigenous aircraft carrier and a fast patrol vessel. With a net worth of Rs 1,561 crore, the present book value of the company’s shares (face value Rs 10) is Rs 138.
Source: Express News Service
The Port of Rotterdam and LBC Tank Terminals Start Building New Jetty
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has initiated the construction of a new jetty at the LBC terminal in Botlek – Rotterdam on October 2nd, 2015. ‘The new jetty will provide LBC Rotterdam with the necessary capacity to enhance our capabilities to customers and expand on maritime services’, explains Walter Wattenbergh, CEO at LBC. The new jetty will have four berths, two for seagoing vessels and two for barges. This will quadruple the jetty capacity of the LBC terminal. The jetty will be built in two phases. The first phase, comprising the construction of two berths, will be ready by mid-2016. All four berths will be operational by the end of 2017. LBC will in due course be able to handle parcel tankers up to 80.000 DWT and simultaneous loading and discharging across all berths. In line with expanding the jetty capabilities, LBC is further investing in its Rotterdam terminal. Storage capacity will be increased to 250.000m³. Additionally upgrades to the railcar and truck loading facilities will be done to accommodate a large range of liquid chemicals. The terminal will be able to handle products requiring vapor treatment, mixing and temperature control. The first 36.000m³ expansion of stainless steel tanks will be operational the beginning of 2016. Source: LBC
Houston’s Barbours Cut terminal ready for post-Panamax vessels
The Barbours Cut container terminal in the Port of Houston complex has been approved up to standard to receive post-Panamax size ships, after having its channel widened and deepened. The $69m improvements will allow vessels with a 45-foot operating draft to use the terminal, which opens it up to the expected influx of mega-sized ships
Singapore’s PSA plans container terminal at Kakinada port
Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd, the world’s top container terminal operator by volume, plans to set up a container loading facility at Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh as it looks to expand its presence in Asia’s third-largest economy, two people briefed on the matter said.
“PSA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kakinada Seaports Ltd (the company that operates Kakinada port) for operating a container terminal at the port,” a Mumbai-based port consultant, one of the two people, said, asking not to be named.
PSA International is owned by Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, the investment fund owned by the government of Singapore.
Kakinada port is located between Visakhapatnam and Chennai ports. Kakinada Infrastructure Holdings Pvt. Ltd is the majority stakeholder in Kakinada Seaports. The port, constructed by the Andhra Pradesh government in 1997, was privatized in 1999.
Kakinada port has the freedom to set rates because it is a port outside the control of the Union government. In comparison, the 12 ports owned by the Union government are regulated by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP).
PSA and Kakinada Seaports did not respond to emails sent on Wednesday seeking comments.
Kakinada port loaded 17.961 million tonnes (mt) of cargo in the year ended March 2015.
Builders of a massive, trouble-plagued expansion of the Panama Canal said Thursday they will make repairs after authorities there said it had sprung a leak.
The canal, completed in 1914 to offer a short cut and safer journey for maritime traffic traveling between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, is undergoing a refit to triple its capacity. The improvement to the 80-kilometer (50-mile) long waterway, which is used by 13,000 to 14,000 ships each year, has been hit by delays and budget overruns.
“Cracks were detected in one of the walls,” said a spokeswoman for the Spanish construction group Sacyr, lead member of the Grupo Unidos Por el Canal consortium responsible for the expansion project. The fissures were found on the canal’s Pacific Locks, the spokeswoman added. “We are working on its resolution.”
The international consortium, which is nearing completion of a third set of locks on the canal, overran its initial $5.25-billion budget, leading to financial disputes with the Panama Canal Authority, the Panama government agency charged with operating the canal.
Originally scheduled for completion last year on the Panama Canal’s centenary, the project is now only expected to be ready in April 2016.
The Panama Canal Authority said Wednesday the builders had informed it of “localized seepage” found in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the canal’s expanded Pacific Locks.
The consortium said water was seeping through because of “insufficient steel reinforcement,” which had been subjected to extreme stress from testing, the Panama Canal Authority said in a statement.
“The contractor has an obligation to ensure the long-term performance on all aspects of the construction of the locks and to complete the expansion project following the quality standards established in the contract,” it said.
Despite the repairs, the international consortium had “verbally indicated” that it will still complete the project in April 2016, the authority said.
The consortium comprises Italy’s Salini Impregilio, Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana in addition to Sacyr.
The canal handles five percent of global shipping, but needs to upgrade its infrastructure in the face of rival bids for market share from Egypt’s Suez Canal and a new Nicaraguan canal being planned by a Chinese company.