China's new port rules continue to be a setback for valemaxes
China's ministry of transport has issued new port regulations touching on berthing rules for larger vessels, limiting them to a maximum of 250,000 dwt in capacity.
The revised new rules are likely a reaction to Vale's mega-sized 400,000 dwt VLOC, or valemaxes, that entered Chinese ports back in December 2011 and April 2012, leading to a string of protests, especially from China Shipowners' Association (CSA), regarding safety issues at the ports.
The ministry stated in the revised regulations that dry bulk carriers of more than 250,000 dwt in capacity must not be fully loaded if they wish to berth at Chinese ports. The ministry pointed out that the ruling would have minimal impact as most vessels calling at the ports are below 250,000 dwt in size.
The regulations, however, will mean that the fully-loaded 400,000 dwt VLOCs would be denied entry into Chinese ports. Analysts have commented that the valemaxes are typically loaded to a capacity of 300,000-350,000 dwt, which are still above the 250,000 dwt load limit set by Beijing.
CSA has repeatedly criticised Vale of trying to monopolise the transportation of iron ore sold to China and influence freight rates, under the guise of the company's attempt to mitigate its exposure to volatile rates.
Back in December 2011, Vale's valemax Berge Everest first entered the Chinese port of Dalian and encountered safety breaches when cracks surfaced on the ship's hull, prompting a backlash by CSA to lobby on denying entry to valemaxes into China. China's ministry of transport had then stiffened the guidelines on calls by supersized bulkers at Chinese ports. Source: Seatrade Global
State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina is set to inaugurate large-scale liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker Pertamina Gas I, which has a capacity of 50,000 tons.
Pertamina director for trade and marketing Hanung Budya said in a press statement in Jakarta on Tuesday that the very large gas carrier (VLGC) was the world’s biggest and most technologically advanced LPG carrier that would reinforce the company’s tanker fleet.
“This tanker will strengthen the stock resiliency and expedite LPG distribution, especially in the eastern part of Indonesia,” said Hanung as quoted by Antara news agency.
Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan will officially inaugurate VLGC Pertamina Gas I on Sambu Island and the Riau Islands, together with six other downstream oil and gas projects, on Wednesday.
“The operating of the tanker vessel will also strengthen Pertamina’s bargaining power among tanker owners,” said Hanung.
He said Pertamina Gas I was a multifunctional vessel that could function not only as a carrier but also as a container and loading and unloading station as well as a dock to transfer LPG to smaller vessels for distribution in regions across the country.
Police called to sort out situation with anti drilling protesters
Nine anti-drilling protesters from Kaikoura have been sighted on paddle boards near the "Duke" off Aotea Quay in the afternoon of Feb 13, 2014. The police launch "Lady Elizabeth IV" was dispatched to the scene to clear the area. The "Duke" was scheduled to sail out of Wellington Harbour by 4 p.m. The Interislander ferry "Arahura"'s berthing at the ferry terminal has been delayed while Wellington Wharf police sorted the situation out. The protest was part of ongoing resistance the stop-deep-sea-drilling community have planned in protest against oil exploration in the Pegasus Basin, where the "Duke" has been firing seismic blasts into the seabed 35 nautical miles off the coast of Kaikoura. The "Duke" has been in port in Wellington and had planned to return to the Pegasus Basin in the afternoon.
The Interstate 24 Ohio River bridge connecting Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL remained open after the "Robert Greene" pushing 15 barges hit a pier on Feb 12, 2014, around midnight. The tug struck the second pier from the Kentucky side of the river. Two barges then broke free and lodged against the pier. Six barges were loaded with corn, coal and soybeans while the others were empty. Kentucky Transportation inspectors jointly with the Illinois Department of Transportation found no structural damage on the bridge. Due to lane restrictions already on the bridge, it did not have to close to allow those inspectors to access the bridge's structure.
Argentinean authorities demanded the "Queen Victoria" to take down the British flag after it docked in Buenos Aires on Jan 28, 2014. The incident has been described by the Foreign Office as an act of harassment and intimidation. The captain of the ship was informed he would face a heavy fine if he refused to take down the red ensign, the flag of Britain’s merchant fleet. The ship had basically been threatened with a fine of about 10,000 US dollars. The flag demand followed a series of similar minor diplomatic incidents between London and Buenos Aires, played out against the ongoing backdrop of Argentinean claims over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The Foreign office condemned any attempts by the Argentine authorities to unnecessarily interfere with the legitimate transit of UK-flagged vessels. They were discussing the matter with Carnival UK (Cunard's parent company) and will raise this with the Argentine authorities.
The "Chong Chong Geng" was expected to set sail with most of its crew aboard on Feb 12 after the ship's representatives paid a trafficking fine of $693,333 on Feb 8. It was not immediately clear whether the ship, carrying 32 members of its North Korean crew, would be headed straight home. Crew members were informed they were free to go on Feb 11. The three highest-ranking people on the ship, including the captain, remained detained in Panama, where they are being charged with weapons trafficking. Panamanian prosecutors concluded the three had a clear involvement in smuggling arms, including the two MiG-21 aircraft, 15 MiG engines and nine anti-aircraft missiles.
The "Carina" went missing with its crew of two from the Lindesnes area off Farsund in West-Agder. The ship had set sail from Båly on Feb 12, 2014 between 6 and 7 a.m. and had not been heard of since. Two lifeboats, a Sea King helicopter and a naval vessel were participating in the search that was launched at 9 p.m. On Feb 13 at 4 a.m. the operation was halted due to bad weather. It was continued at daylight on Feb 13 around 8 a.m. between Lindesnes and Lista. It was hoped they have sought refuge from the storm and were out of power and with a bad mobile coverage.
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A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew evacuated an ailing mariner from the "Champion Cornelia" approximately 50 nautical miles north of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, in the early morning of Feb 11, 2014. Coast Guard Sector San Juan command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the crew of the vessel early on Feb 10 while the vessel was approximately 300 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. It was directed to proceed to San Juan to place it within distance to evacuate the crew member by helicopter. A helicopter and aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen were dispatched to conduct the rescue once the vessel was within range. The aircrew rendezvoused with the tanker vessel and safely hoisted the 47 year old mariner, who had suffered a suspected stroke. The helicopter crew safely transported the man to emergency medical services at Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan. Weather on scene was reported as three to five-foot seas with 11 mph winds.
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A Coast Guard aircrew from Savannah, Ga., medically evacuated a crew member of the "New Pacific" who was injured on the vessel more than 200 miles east of Atlantic Beach on Feb 12, 2014. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified in the night the man suffered a puncture wound to the neck and was in need of medical assistance. The next morning a medic from a nearby U.S. Navy vessel, which was in the area at the time, was transferred to the freighter to assess the injured man’s condition and administer triage and medication.
The sea state made a vessel-to-vessel transfer of the injured man unsafe, so a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah launched in the afternoon to meet the New Pacific about 20 miles east of the St. Johns River entrance, where the man was hoisted and brought to shore. The man was flown to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and transferred by EMS to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in stable condition.