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550 days ago by arnekiel

Fog Closes Tampa Port, Delays Two Cruise Ships
Heavy fog has closed the Tampa cruise port and delayed the arrival of two cruise ships, Carnival Legend and Norwegian Dawn, on the morning of Feb. 24, 2013. The delay will impact debarkation of current cruise passengers and delay the embarkation for the subsequent cruise. Norwegian Dawn has just received the Coast Guard okay to head into port, according to a noon EST e-mail by Norwegian spokeswoman AnneMarie Matthews. The ship should arrive at the terminal at approximately 4 p.m. In a statement half an hour earlier, the line says that "we expect embarkation for today's cruise to begin between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. We are asking all embarking guests to please not arrive at the terminal before this time because it has limited facilities." Carnival Legend received the green light to "start the approach into the channel at 11 a.m. EST," says Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen in an e-mail. It will take several hours for the ship to reach the port, and a revised embarkation time is not yet available. www.cruisecritic....

550 days ago by arnekiel

Miners rush to boost Port Hedland capacity
BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group appear set for moves to stretch the nominal shipping capacity at Port Hedland, believing the official 495 million tonne limit can be pushed up. Until last year BHP had said it was reliant on the $20 billion outer harbour development to get past its 240mtpa shipping allocation. But outgoing BHP chief executive Marius Kloppers told analysts last week that adding a fifth car dumper at Port Hedland had lifted its infrastructure capacity to 300mtpa, well above that. au.news.yahoo.com...

550 days ago by arnekiel

New San Francisco $90 million cruise ship terminal to open on Feb. 26
The city's new $90 million cruise ship terminal opens for business Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, but its first users are going to be quite a bit smaller than the 4,000-passenger behemoths that will dock at Pier 27 next year. From March through October, the two-story facility will be the headquarters for the America's Cup races, where 72-foot catamarans and their 11-member crews will face off on San Francisco Bay. Mayor Ed Lee will be there at 11:30 a.m. to cut the ribbon, for the first time, anyway. He'll likely be back in spring 2014, when the terminal is finally cleared for cruise ship duty. Read more: www.sfgate.com/ba...

551 days ago by arnekiel

Bintulu Port signs $141m contract for Samalaju Port Development Project
Bintulu Port Holdings has inked a RM437m ($141m) contract with Integrated Marine Works for Phase 1 of the Samalaju Port Development Project, it said in a stock market release. The contract, for reclamation and dredging works, is due to be completed within six months, nine months, one year and three years for Sections A, B, C and D respectively.

551 days ago by arnekiel

APM Terminals to operate Aegean Gateway Terminal at Petkin (Izmir)
After signing a Heads of Terms agreement last February, APM Terminals (APMT) and Petkim Petrokimya Holding AS (Petkim) have entered into a final agreement to create and operate a new container and general cargo complex at Petkin Port, near Izmir, on Turkey's Aegean coast. Aegean Gateway Terminal (AGT) will be one of Turkey’s largest terminals and will be entirely operated by APMT under a concession agreement. Construction of the new facility is being carried out by APMT’s partner under APMT’s technical and operational specifications. The initial capacity of the container terminal will be 1.5M TEU/year, which is 50% more than the capacity of the current city port of Izmir (Alsancak port). Operations are expected to start in summer 2015. More and Photo at www.worldcargonew...

552 days ago by arnekiel

New DP World Terminal London Gateway unloads first large bulk carrier
London Gateway, DP World’s development of the new container port in the Thames Estuary, shipped in its own gateway this week with the arrival of 90,000 tonnes of aggregate to be used in the construction of its fully automated port gate complex. The shipping terminal, due to open later this year, saw the bulk cargo vessel Yeoman Bridge moored alongside one of the completed deep water berths to discharge the initial building materials for what will become a state of the art entry and exit point utilising state of the art technology including optical character recognition to read container and vehicle information to manage traffic through the gate process. Colin Hitchcock, London Gateway Harbour Master, pointed out that at 249 metres overall and with a 14 metre draft the Yeoman Bridge was the largest aggregate ship to come this far up the River Thames to date. www.handyshipping...

552 days ago by arnekiel

Passenger ship runs aground off Cebu / Philippines
MANILA, Feb. 23 — A passenger vessel with over 400 people on board ran aground Saturday morning off central Philippine province of Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said later that day. MV Trans Asia 9 with 364 passengers and 72 crew members was on its way to Cebu port from Southern Philippine city of Cagayan de Oro when it hit a shallow part of Lawid Ridge in Cebu due to low tide at around 6:35 a.m., the agency said. www.nzweek.com/wo...

554 days ago by arnekiel

Threats of icebreaker strike in Finland
The Finnish trade union Ships Officers Association are in negotiations with Arctia Shipping on redundancies and changes in employment after the sale of the icebreaker Botnica has stalled. The union has now announced a strike. "We are waiting for a message from the mediator and naturally hope that we can reach an agreement, so we do not need to go on strike", says Risto Blomquist, leader of the trade union. Trade Manager Risto Blomquist from the Finnish Ships Officers Association says to Sjöfartstidningen that any strike will begin on 1 in March 2013, but only Arctia Shipping's vessels. The state-owned shipping company Arctia Shipping Ltd owns the Finnish icebreakers, which previously belonged to the Maritime Administration. The fleet now have seven icebreakers after BOTNICA was sold to Estonia in October 2012. Source: Sjöfartstidningen

556 days ago by arnekiel

Shippers allege graft at city port of Bangkok
Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) employees are extorting shipping operators at Bangkok Port, the Thai Federation on Logistics claimed on Feb. 19, 2013. The shipping operators will front the media today to provide details of the alleged corruption, Thongyu Khongkhan, the federation's chief adviser and executive, said. The port's union, meanwhile, says it will press ahead with its campaign for the PAT director-general to quit. About 300 employees belonging to the PAT union rallied on Friday at the port's headquarters in Klong Toey district, disrupting container movements. The union is trying to pressure the board to remove PAT director-general Viroj Chongchansittho for his alleged failure to compromise in an overtime dispute. The protesting workers stopped working overtime on Friday, which delayed shipments from the port. The workers resumed their duties on Saturday night following talks with PAT chairman Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit Thoopkrachang, who is also the city police chief. However, staff threatened to resume their protest if the board, whose committee will meet today, fails to heed on their demands.

556 days ago by arnekiel

Protesters at Brazil's Santos port occupy Chinese ship Zhen Hua 10
Brazilian workers at the port of Santos occupied the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 10 early on Monday (Fb. 18, 2013) in protest against the government's plan to modernize Brazil's ports, the head of the main labor union representing the protesters said. The Zhen Hua 10 is carrying cranes that will be deployed at the private container terminal Embraport, owned by local conglomerate Odebrecht, trading company Coimex and the United Arab Emirates' DP World. The cranes will be used to load and unload shipping containers at the privately run terminal, which is unusual for Brazil, where the vast majority of the port terminals are still under state control. "Workers occupied the Chinese ship to stop it from unloading as a start of protest against Provisional Measure 595. I will be in talks with them to resolve this," Paulo Pereira da Silva, president of the Força Sindical Labor Union, told Reuters. The government plans to attract $27 billion in private sector investments in the next few years to modernize Brazil's underdeveloped ports and to reform the country's 20-year-old regulatory framework under the measure 595.

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