Kiel Canal Old North lock Closure from May 30 until August 30
Kiel Canal Old North (small) lock will be closed from May 30 until end of August 2013 due to maintenance works. Old south (small) lock will be reopended End of June 2013. In this time only both new locks will be opended to the traffic. This also means that all pleasure boats will have to use the new locks together with the merchant ship traffic.
Fred Olsen’s Balmoral puts Haugesund on the cruise map
Haugesund, situated between Stavanger and Bergen in the heart of Norway’s south-western cruise region, on May 22, 2013 received its first cruise ship with a visit by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral. In 2013, the port is expecting five calls in total, three more by Fred Olsen’s Balmoral in June, August and September and a June visit by Swan Hellenic’s Minerva.
Chongqing plans to build two cruise homeports at Guangyangdao and Xiayaogou
Chongqing is planning to invest around RMB2bn to build two new cruise homeports by 2020, according to the latest information from Chongqing Municipal Tourism Bureau. The city is the starting point for many spectacular Yangtze tours downstream.
According to the planning, Chongqing will build two cruise homeports at Guangyangdao and Xiayaogou, with the Guangyangdao project expected to launch this year.
Meanwhile, the city will also upgrade eight tour terminals along the Yangtze river. [23/05/13]
New China-Australia-Taiwan (CAT) service to start from Ningbo on June 7
An Asian partnership comprising Evergreen Line, Pacific International Lines, Sinotrans and Yang Ming have announced cooperation in the China, Taiwan, and Australia trade commencing from Ningbo on June 7. The China-Australia-Taiwan (CAT) service will be operated with six vessels of 4,250 teu. Evergreen Line and Yang Ming will be contributing two vessels each with Pacific International Lines and Sinotrans providing one vessel each. [22/05/13]
Kaohsiung to expand fourth container terminal - Completion expected in 2018
To improve the competitiveness of Kaohsiung port amid intense competition, the Taiwan International Ports Corporation has decided to expand the No.4 container terminal of Kaohsiung port. The project is expected to start construction in 2015 and be completed in 2018. The total project cost is NT$14.311bn, including NT$3.8bn from the government and NT$10.511bn from local private investment.
When the expansion is completed, the expected annual container handling volume will add a further 611,000 teu. [23/05/13]
Argentina's Main Grains Ports Paralyzed by Labor Strike
Port workers in Argentina's main grains hub of Rosario went on strike over wages, a local union spokesman said, slowing exports from the world's No. 1 soymeal and soyoil supplier.
Wage strikes are common in Argentina, where private economists clock annual consumer price inflation at about 25 percent. Most of the work stoppages are short-lived, but those that go on for days can impact the global flow of grains. Argentina is also a major wheat supplier and the world's No. 3 source of corn and soybeans. Workers whose job it is to secure ships at dock in the main Rosario ports San Martin and San Lorenzo are participating in the strike.
"Cargo ships cannot reach dock," said Edgardo Quiroga, spokesman for Argentina's General Workers Confederation (CGT). More at www.hellenicshipp...
Workers at Port Waratah Coal Services will strike again this Friday (May 24) as part of an ongoing industrial dispute. The Maritime Union of Australia said the stop-work action would take place from 6:30am to 2:30pm this Friday.
More than 200 Port Waratah Coal Services workers voted to take action after failing to agree with conditions in new enterprise agreements. Talks between the union and PWCS yesterday again failed to resolve the eight-month dispute.
Last Wednesday (May 15) they engaged in a four hour work stoppage. More at www.miningaustral...
3,846 icebreaking escorts registered in Russian part of Gulf of Finland in winter navigation’12-13
In winter navigation of 2012-13, icebreaking service provided in Russian ports and within water area of the Gulf of Finland covered 3,846 vessels, IAA PortNews learnt from FSUE Rosmorport press center. Nuclear icebreaker Rossija made 342 escorts with the rest icebreaking assistance provided by diesel-electric icebreaker of Rosmorport.