Haiti could receive first cruise ship in a quarter of a century
Haiti’s Minister of the Interior welcomes potential initiative to bring Cruise with a Cause, which combines tourism and volunteer work. Port-Au-Prince is getting ready for the historic visit.
A cruise ship may soon call at Port-Au-Prince, the first such visit in Haiti after a quarter of a century, a milestone that Minister of the Interior Thierry Mayard-Paul welcomed Friday at a gathering in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the organizers of the cruise that combines tourism with volunteer work, seeing this as another instance of sustainable development for the Caribbean nation’s economy, “breathing new life” into the tourism sector. More at www.breakingtrave...
Pentagon: Iran's ships didn't dock in Syria port of Tartus
(AP) ' The Pentagon is disputing reports that Iranian ships docked at a Syrian port over the weekend.
Iranian state-run Press TV said Saturday that an Iranian navy destroyer and a supply ship had docked in the port of Tartus to provide training to ally Syria's naval forces, as Syria tries to crush the opposition movement.
But Defense Department press secretary George Little said Tuesday the U.S. military saw no indication that the ships docked or delivered any cargo. Little said Tehran's ships went through the Suez Canal and now appear to be going back through the canal again. ibc.broadcastnews...
Interpol asked to help after arrest of ‘pirate’ ship off Moroni
Interpol has been asked to assist in the investigation that has followed the arrest of an alleged pirate ship crew, captained by a man reported to be a Bulgarian, off the coast of the Comores on February 18 2012, media in Mauritius said.
Security forces carried out the arrests of the 10 armed men, who said that they were Kenyan police escorting a vessel to South Africa.
However, they had no documentation to prove this and were not wearing Kenyan police uniforms, reports said.
While the alleged pirate ship was registered as a fishing vessel, a number of Kalashnikov assault rifles were found on board.
Mauritian newspaper l’Express said that it had established that contrary to earlier reports, the vessel was not Mauritian. "A ship cannot fly the flag of Mauritius when it is registered in Mombasa, Kenya," a navy spokesperson was quoted as saying. More at www.sofiaecho.com...
Finnlines to launch new biweekly service from Walhamn to Ust-Luga
New service from Wallhamn to Ust-Luga will be launched late March 2012 will expand its presence in Russia further and enhances the country’s maritime links with the Scandinavian market. Finnlines today announced its biweekly new service from Wallhamn on the SW coast in Sweden to the Russian port of Ust-Luga. The service will deploy one ro-ro vessel.
This service, which reaffirms the company’s strong commitment to the promising Russian market, represents a new link between the Scandinavian countries and Russia
In addition to an ideal location for unitized traffics, Wallhamn is also a growing port for handling of new cars. Many ocean-going vessels are calling at Wallhamn where goods with its final destination Russia can easily be transhipped to Ust-Luga with Finnlines.
Finnlines will launch the new service at the end of March with one modern ro-ro vessel, targeted towards the automotive industry as well as at the truck, trailer and container business. The service departs from Wallhamn every other Tuesday and arrives at the new terminal port of Ust-Luga on Thursday. www.bymnews.com/n...
China COSCO to buy stake in Kaohsiung terminal from Yang Ming
Shipper China COSCO is in talks to buy a stake in a port terminal operated by Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport, two sources close to the matter said on Monday, the first such investment across the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reports. COSCO will be joined in the deal by Japan's Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, and hopes to reach an agreement in the first half of 2012 for a stake in the No 6 terminal at the southern port of Kaohsiung, the sources said. No further details were available.
One of the sources said that China Merchants Holdings and several unnamed U.S. firms had also approached Yang Ming about investing in the terminal.
Yang Ming President Robert Ho said that several parties were involved in the process, but declined to give names or other details.
PSA International cuts rates by 12.23 percent at Chennai oontainer terminal
Shipping container cargo through India's second biggest container port, located at Chennai, will cost less for exporters and importers after the port tariff regulator cut rates by 12.23 percent at the facility run by PSA International, reported The Mint. PSA's facility is one of the two private container loading terminals operating at the Union government-controlled Chennai port.
PSA International had asked for a 15 percent raise on the US$61 it charges customers for handling a standard container at the terminal. A rate revision was required because the validity of the existing rates ended on 31 December.
PSA International, the world's second-biggest container port operator, is fully owned by Temasek Holdings, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore.
"An estimated additional surplus of $17.4 million will accrue during the (new) tariff cycle, if the existing tariff is allowed to continue till 2014," Rani Jadhav, chairperson of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (Tamp), wrote in an order notified in the gazette of India on 14 February.
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is expanding the Maasgeul to prevent waiting times for ships entering the port of Rotterdam. This navigation channel to the North Sea is the access route for sea-going ships that have a draft of more than 14.3 metres. More and more of these ships come to Rotterdam because of the increase in scale and because the load factor of sea-going ships continues to grow, the Port of Rotterdam Authority's news release said. The Maasgeul is 6 miles long and currently 500 to 600 metres wide. It is being widened by another 240 metres so that by the summer of 2012, large sea-going ships will be able to pass each other.
11 Vessels Needed Icebreaker Assistance Last Week - 20.02.2012
The MA multi-purpose vessel EVA-316 and the tug Castor serviced 11 ships in Pärnu Bay and the Gulf of Riga last week. The Castor will continue working in the area until 00:00 hrs on 21 February 2012. All ships entering or leaving the Port of Pärnu are still required to have ice class 1C and main engine output at least 1600 kW. The thickness of ice between the Port of Pärnu and the islet of Sorgu is up to 45 cm and hummocked ice is to be found between Sorgu and the island of Kihnu. The ice sheet extends to 10-15 miles west and south of Kihnu, but the thickness of ice from the ice edge to Kihnu does not exceed 20 cm. In the Gulf of Finland, icebreaker assistance is currently not needed due to the favourable southern winds, but the situation may change if northern winds should become prevalent. (www.vta.ee)
Icebreaking Operations in Pärnu Bay and Gulf of Riga - 16.02.2012
Icebreaking operations in Pärnu Bay and the Gulf of Riga are currently being carried out by the MA multi-purpose vessel EVA-316 and the tugboat Castor chartered from AS PKL. The Castor will remain in the area until 20 February 2012. In the area between the island of Kihnu and the islet Sorgu there is heavily ridged ice and hummocked ice, so vessels are unable to move without icebreaker assistance. (www.vta.ee)
Starting today, 6 February 2012, all ships entering and leaving the port of Pärnu and needing icebreaker assistance are required to have ice class 1C (Lloyd’s Register), or an equivalent ice class given by other classification societies, and main engine output at least 1600 kW.
The MA multi-purpose icebreaker EVA-316 is servicing vessels in the Gulf of Riga and Pärnu Bay. Since the beginning of this winter navigation season, the EVA-316 has assisted 13 ships.
Currently, ice thickness between the Port of Pärnu and the islet of Sorgu is 30 cm, and in the region between Sorgu and the island of Kihnu there is ridged ice and hummocked ice in some places. Ice cover extends 5-10 NM west of Kihnu, but between the edge of the ice sheet and the island of Kihnu the thickness of ice does not exceed 10 cm. All vessels require icebreaker assistance in the area where ridged and hummocked ice can be found. (www.vta.ee)