Berthing Delays for Heavy Lift Vessels at Indian Ports
In Mumbai Port, berthing delays of approx 10 days for vessel opting for BPS & BPX berths and for Harbour wall berth it is 8 days. For priority vessel it is approx 4 to 5 days. No delays inside Indira docks.
* Waiting time in Nhava Sheva shallow water berth is NIL to 1 day and depends further on the performance of ships at berth and cement vessel calling in near future.
Pacific Northwest terminal labour dispute causes havoc for grain exports
GRAIN shipments from the biggest terminal in the US Pacific Northwest are facing major delays as grain inspectors remain off-site because of a labour dispute with fears of catastrophe when am expected bumper harvests comes in.
United Grain Corporation, which owns the terminal at the American Port of Vancouver had 20 million bushels of grain on the books to ship this month.
The dispute has also been a distraction for those engaged in contract talks between the dockers union and the maritime employers, which have had to break off twice because union leaders were needed at the grain handler talks.
"We have supply backing up into the supply chain just as the wheat harvest peaks and creates choke points for everybody," said Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association.
"And with the harvest coming on, there isn't a whole lot of capacity at other terminals," he added.
The Port of Vancouver in Washington State is the largest of nine grain export facilities on the US Pacific Northwest and moves 20 per cent of the region's grain exports and more than 40 per cent of the grain destined for Japan.
About a quarter of all US grain exports are shipped out of the Pacific Northwest, second only to the Gulf.
United Grain, a unit of Mitsui, stopped operations last month when the state withdrew police protection for inspectors to cross the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) picket lines.
United Grain and the union have been in an 18-month standoff after the two sides hit an impasse in contract negotiations.
14/08/2014 - DP World Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia have resumed negotiations in respect of work practices at the former’s Fremantle container terminal.
The Dubai-based multinational had threatened to lock out workers indefinitely and sub-contract vessel handling to rival Patrick, if a planned four-hour walkout had gone ahead. A subsequent statement released by both parties noted: “We are confident that we will reach an agreement in coming weeks.” DP World had been in talks with the MUA in an attempt to obtain greater working flexibility, after having lost a major Japanese shipping contract in Fremantle to Patrick. However, the MUA is reported to have threatened the employer with a rolling series of walk outs, leading to uncertainty for DP World’s customers, prompting it to threaten to move all vessel calls to Patrick to provide certainty for its customers. The move was branded as an extraordinary overreaction by the MUA.
Source: Port Strategy
Egypt threatens DP World with Sokhna port project withdrawal
The government has threatened to withdraw a contract granting DP World the right to run a containers depot at Ain Sokhna port due to the company’s failure to implement investments stated in its contract with the Egyptian government since it bought the terminal.
An admonition sent by the Red Sea Ports Authority to the company’s office at Ain Sokhna last month requested the company to set a timetable for officially signing contracts with the government and carry out the investments and works agreed upon in the contracts, including works at a containers’ terminal and a logistics zone.
Sources at the maritime transport industry said the government failed in 2008 to sign the contracts with the company within two months from acquiring the terminal as required.
The authority had given the company a grace period to 2010 to arrange its files and fulfill its obligations, but surprisingly, the company won an extension of three years.
The same sources revealed that former transport minister Ibrahim al-Demeiry had threatened DP World with revoking the contract.
San Pedro Port Authority procedure in connection with Ebola virus disease
The San Pedro Port Authorities have now rendered compulsory the following procedure for inbound vessels:
1/ prior to arrival in port: along with the usual documents to be forwarded to the Harbor Master’s office, ships will now have to disclose systematically receipt/report of their last sanitary control + photocopies of the onboard medical consults registry for the past 20 days. Furthermore any case of sudden fever and bleeding must be declared. Also, any suspicion of Ebola case must be declared to the Sanitary Authorities prior to berthing
2/ once at berth: Representatives of the Port’s Health Authorities will be awaiting vessels’ berthing in order to perform a systematic medical screening of the crew. Other Port Authorities will only be allowed onboard for regular duties once vessel is cleared by the Health Authorities. To that effect, ships will need to instruct their watchmen to forbid ANY ACCESS TO THE VESSEL TO ANYONE BUT the Health Authorities until clearance is granted.
3/ in case of suspicion: Yellow flag will have to remain visible and no one will be allowed in or out of the ship. The suspected case will be evacuated to the San Pedro Hospital. Vessel and rest of the crew will be placed under a 21-days quarantine.
Abidjan Port Authority procedure in connection with Ebola virus disease
ABIDJAN: the Abidjan Port Authorities have issued an official circular to all Owners and Agents advising that NO VESSEL arriving from one of the contaminated countries is allowed to call in Abidjan until further notice. They also recommend for other vessels that any illness occurring onboard with Ebola-like symptoms should immediately be reported, regardless of where that vessel is arriving from.
More than 100 grains cargo ships held up in Argentina by strike
A wage strike by Argentine tugboat captains forced more than 100 grains ships to drop anchor along the Parana River on Monday, preventing the loading of freshly harvested corn and soy, a local industry official said.
The work stoppage affected grains terminals in Timbues, Puerto General San Martín and San Lorenzo, all just north of Argentina’s main port of Rosario, said Guillermo Wade, president of the country’s Port and Maritime Activities Chamber.
“We are very concerned,” Wade told Reuters, referring to the backup of cargo ships waiting to take on corn, soy and related products at the end of harvesting for the 2013/14 crop year.
Argentina is a major exporter of corn and the No. 1 supplier of soymeal livestock feed used around the world.
Tug captains, needed to guide cargo ships into port, walked off the job on Saturday to press for a hike in wages that would offset the South American country’s high inflation rate.
Private economists say the rate may exceed 30 percent in 2014, compared with about 25 percent last year.
Official data released last month showed inflation slowed for a fifth consecutive month in June, but still stood at 15 percent since the start of the year, one of the highest rates in the world.
Farmers on the Argentine Pampas ere expected to harvest 54 million tonnes of soybean this year and 26 million tonnes of corn, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Teekay Shipping employees at Port Hedland who are members of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers will take protected industrial action in the form of 4 hour work stoppages on 9, 11 and 13 August....
Fjord Line contracts Liquiline for LNG bunkering terminal
LNG-terminalLiquiline and Fjord Line have entered into a contract whereby Liquiline Europe AS will design, construct and commission an LNG ship bunkering terminal for Fjord Line AS at the Port of Hirtshals, Denmark.
Liquiline and Fjord Line announced that the two companies have entered into a contract for the construction of a dedicated LNG ship bunkering terminal in Denmark. The terminal will be constructed at the Port of Hirtshals, where Fjord Line on a daily basis arrives with one of its two LNG-fuelled cruise ferries MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord. This will be the first LNG ship bunkering terminal in Denmark.
The ship bunkering terminal will be of Liquiline-design, a LiquiStation Bulk ST2FF type. The terminal will have an on-site storage tank with a gross volume of 500m3 and a bunkering solution having a bunkering capacity of upto 400m3 of LNG per hour. This design will enable Fjord Line to bunker its ships within two hours, which is the time that the cruise ferries are docked to the port. The ship bunkering terminal is expected to be operational in Q42014.
The two cruise ferries are trading between Norway and Denmark. They each have a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 600 cars, trucks and cargo. They are fitted with Rolls-Royce Marine gas engines. MS Stavangerfjord was commissioned and set in operation in July 2013. MS Bergensfjord was commissioned and set in operation in March 2014.
Due to Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August, unions have announced that all labour on vessels should be stopped as per the below schedule:
- On Saturday, 16 August, no later than 18.00 hours local time.
- Working to vessel to resume on Monday, 18 August, at 08.00 hours local time from Samarinda (resume working on board at approximately 13.00 hours)