Maersk wants HK to ban dirty ship fuel to fight pollution
Maersk Line, the world's biggest container-shipping company, threatened to stop using cleaner fuel at Hong Kong port from next year if the government doesn't mandate higher quality oil for carriers berthing in the city.
Without rules, shipping lines that burn polluting fuel benefit from cheaper costs compared with Maersk, which uses a cleaner fuel that is also expensive, said Tim Smith, its North Asia head.
The company and 17 other operators have voluntarily used low-sulphur oil for the past two years to help curb Hong Kong's pollution, the worst among global financial centres. More at www.businesstimes...
Captain Fu Cheng Qiu has a lot to be happy about. The general director of the Piraeus Container Terminal , a subsidiary of Chinese container giant Cosco, has managed to mostly steer clear of the Greek crisis.
Three years after taking over the break-bulk terminal of Greece’s largest port, Piraeus, the company's activities have grown by 70%, even as local freight -- directly linked to the national crisis -- dropped by 20%.
The terminal was modernized, new electric cranes were set up to unload cargo more quickly, and a new terminal – with a depth of 18 meters – is under construction to host larger ships. The first pier should be operational in the spring of 2013, earlier than first expected. Sitting in his office, in front of Chinese, Greek and European flags, "Captain Fu" talks about how impressed he is with his Greek workers: "Out of Cosco's 270 employees, we are only seven Chinese nationals. Greeks are very good and work really hard." ¨His deputy director, Zhang Anming, agrees, as he shows us the firm's facilities in front of his workers: "All the builders are Greek. They are top-notch. There is no delay, they are even running ahead of schedule." More to read at www.carbonpositiv...
Guangzhou: The southern Chinese province of Fujian is planning to build 15 new berths with 20m tons cargo throughput increase this year. Berths will include coal, crude oil and LNG facilities with some leading industry players involved.
In addition, shipbuilding and cross-strait cruise business will also be the focus of the province this year, the provincial government has said. [07/01/13]
Three cargo ships remained at Terminal Island Friday after they were seized and detained by U.S. Marshals because their management company defaulted on its loans.
"The technical term is 'been arrested.' The owner of the vessel has failed to pay the mortgage and the bank arrested the ship," said maritime attorney Ross Toyne.
The Nera II was arrested at the Bernuth Agencies cargo facility in March. The Caribbean Jade and Bernuth Calypso were arrested in December 2012. www.local10.com/n...
Carnival Cruise Line passenger arrivals in the Cayman Islands are projected to fall by nearly a quarter of a million in 2013, the Ministry of Tourism learned late in December. On Friday December 21, 2012, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) informed the Ministry of the changes by telephone.
The FCCA cited as the cause of the reduction a desire not to have the Carnival Breeze serviced by cruise tender. Various cruise-ships have also been re-allocated to Roatan, Honduras and to European routes. www.cayman27.com....
Cruise Scotland fears immigration checks will harm business
Changes to the system of immigration checks for cruise ship passengers could deter liners from stopping in Scotland, it has been claimed.
The UK Border Force had previously cleared cruise ships in advance, on the basis of passenger and crew manifests.
But now passengers must have documents checked, face to face, at the first UK port of call.
Cruise Scotland, which promotes Scottish ports as a destination, warned the changes could damage the industry.
Cruise ships are said to have brought 379,955 people to Scotland's shores last year, up 19% on 2011, and the industry is estimated to contribute £41.2m to the Scottish economy.
Although the rules have not changed, the UK Border Force is said to have changed its interpretation of them. More at www.bbc.co.uk/new...
Shipbreaking yards in India demolish 527 vessels in 2012, breaking all records
India makes history in terms of maximum number of ships beached this year, with 527 vessels making an average of 1.4 ships beached per day. With 5.2 Mil Metric Ton being recycled from ships, Ship Recycling in India contributed to 9 Pct of total steel manufactured in India.
International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) made the decision to terminate its business in the Syrian Arab Republic through subsidiary, Tartous International Container Terminal (TICT), due to the ongoing civil war.
The company says that political unrest and violence made operations dangerous and unsustainable for TICT personnel. Prior to the announcement, all Filipino employees had already been pulled out of the country. www.portstrategy....
First Main Line Vessel of the season calls At NMPT
Main Line container vessel of M/s Pacific International Lines(PIL) – M.V. KOTA HAULS from East Africa (Port Matwara) called at New Mangalore Port on 26-12-2012. This is the first main line vessel which called at the Port during the current financial year. The vessel commenced its operation by unloading 306 Boxes of Raw cashew for distribution among various cashew processing units situated in and around Mangalore and after completion sailed out on 27th morning. The entire operation took a record time of only 11 hrs due to the efficient handling by the stevedores and cargo handling workers. The advantage of Main Line vessel directly calling at the Port is the reduced transit time and economical handling cost. The voyage from East Africa to Mangalore will be only 9-10 days whereas vessels via Colombo will take 28 days. “Main Line vessels directly calling at the Port has resulted in upward growth of container traffic” says Dr. P. Tamilvanan, Chairman. While requesting all the MLOs and Users to make use of the advantageous position of lesser transit time and lesser handling cost. The Main Line operators while expressing their happiness over the performance of the vessel at NMPT is keen in calling more main line vessels and few more main line vessels are expected to call NMPT shortly. M/s Seamaster Shipping Logistics (Seaways group) are the agents of the vessel and M/s Delta Marine Logistics, Ltd. the Stevedores . The traffic at the Port during the current year shows upward trend. The Port has so far handled 27.01 million tonnes of cargo as against 24.23 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year with a growth rate of 11.49%. It is significant to note that NMPT is among few ports which is showing upward traffic growth during the current year. The container traffic is also gaining momentum with the arrival of mainline vessels and is expected to grow further with the onset of the forthcoming coffee season. So far 35,282 TEUs are handled during the first 9 months of the current fiscal year and has recorded a growth rate of 3.26%. Dr. P. Tamilvanan, Chairman has appreciated the sincere efforts of the Officers, employees, cargo handling workers, trade union leaders, trustees Port Users and all the stake holders for bringing laurels to the Port and also wished them a happy and prosperous New Year 2013.