Mobile in Final Stages of Carnival Homeport Contract
Mobile, Alabama may finally be getting a homeported ship again as Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced that the city is in “final stages” of a contract negotiation with Carnival Cruise Line for future cruises sailing from the port. He said that when the final contract is in place, it will be provided to the City Council for approval, which he expects by the end of the month. Carnival last visited mobile regularly in October 2011.
$36 million steel terminal opens at Port of Mobile
A new $36 million terminal for handling steel coils has been dedicated at the Port of Mobile. The new terminal is accessible by rail, truck or barge. It sits behind behind Alabama State Port Authority’s Pier D2 berth on a 40-foot-deep channel at the port authority’s main docks complex. Source: Journal of Commerce
Size restrictions lifted on Mobile Ship Channel after sunken dredge tender located
According to the U.S. Coast, Sector Mobile, Marine Safety and Security Information Bulletin No.19-14, the Captain of the Port has lifted the previous vessel size restrictions imposed in the MSSB 18-14.
The Mobile Ship Channel is still restricted to one-way traffic in the vicinity of the wrecked vessels and all vessel traffic is to keep well to the east (red side) of the channel in the vicinity of this location until further notice. All mariners are to use extreme caution and safe speed while transiting Light 69 and those vessels conducting salvage operations in that vicinity.
Over the course of the next few days, the Coast Guard will continue its oversight salvage operations. Future channel restrictions may be required to provide the salvage vessels space needed to affect safe salvage operations.
World Point Terminals Invests in Mobile Storage Capacity
World Point Terminals, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has announced the acquisition of two terminals in Mobile, AL, with a total shell capacity of 1,826,000 barrels once necessary repairs and upgrades are made to the tanks. World Point Terminals will pay approximately $14m in cash for the acquisition.
The Blakeley Island terminal has a total storage capacity of 1,182,000 barrels for the storage of crude oil, distillates and residual fuels.
The terminal is currently served by ship and barge with the ability to add truck access. None of the tankage is currently under contract.
The Chickasaw terminal has a total storage capacity of 644,000 barrels for the storage of asphalt, crude oil, and residual fuels.
German Containership MSC Texas sets record at Alabama State Port of Mobile
MSC Texas sets record for largest ship at Alabama State Port
The largest ship in the Alabama State Port Authority’s history docked at its APM Terminals Mobile facility on Monday afternoon. According to the Press-Register, the MSC Texas, a container ship measuring 1,096 feet long and 141 feet wide, docked in Mobile to load and unload 500-600 containers while at the port. Port Authority Director Jimmy Lyons said there has been a steady increase in Post-Panamax vessels at the Port of Mobile due in part to infrastructure investments there.
The Gulf ports of New Orleans, Mobile and Gulfport remained closed Thursday morning in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as port executives waited to assess port and ocean conditions before reopening, JOC reports. Although Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm, the ports were awaiting a survey of port conditions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to decide whether they would be able to reopen Friday. “We’re waiting for the corps and Coast Guard to start surveying,” said Judith Adams, a spokesperson for the Port of Mobile. “Right now, we’re hoping to have the port open by Friday.” She said the captain of the port is doing inner-harbor moves, but that the port remained closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. More to read at www.joc.com/ports...
Ports along the U.S. Gulf are suspending cargo operations in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac, which the National Weather Service said is expected to reach hurricane status when it hits shore late Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
The ports of New Orleans, Gulfport, Pascagoula and Mobile will shut down until the storm passes. Mississippi River pilots ceased moving ships Monday morning, closing the river to deep-draft traffic until the storm threat passes. The Port of New Orleans’ administration building and cargo operations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mobile Gets First Post-Panamax Ship Call by MSC Laura
As JOC reports, the Port of Mobile got its first call by a post-Panamax container ship on Sunday June 3rd 2012 when the MSC Laura docked at APM Terminals Mobile. The vessel call is the first in Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s new weekly direct service from the North European ports of Antwerp, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven and Le Havre to Mobile. www.joc.com/ports...
Mobile (Alabama) Port Authority handles largest-ever steel shipment
The Alabama State Port Authority said today that it is unloading its largest-ever import steel shipment.
The MV SHI DAI 20 arrived in port carrying 4,259 carbon steel slabs weighing 94,210 metric tons.
The slabs are headed for ThyssenKrupp Steel USA's mill in Calvert, where the material will be processed into coils. It should take about four days to offload the slabs, with 40 percent of them going straight to barges for shipment upriver, the port said.
Oil Spill Partially Closes Mobile Shipping Channel
Several vessels were unable to leave the port Thursday
The Coast Guard on Thursday closed five miles of the Port of Mobile's shipping channel because of a heavy crude oil spill, preventing several vessels from leaving the port, JOC reports.
The spill at Gulf Coast Asphalt, a private terminal across the Mobile River from the Alabama State Port Authority docks, occurred early morning Thursday when one of the tanks failed during the transfer of fuel, said Coast Guard spokesman Capt. John Edwards. A berm surrounding the tank contained much of the spilled fuel, but some ran into a ditch leading to the river.
The amount of oil in the channel is unknown. Cleanup crews are working to contain the spill and the Coast Guard will be setting up a decontamination plan, Edwards said. The Coast Guard is investigating the accident. www.joc.com/ports...