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604 days ago by arnekiel

Hurricane Isaac shuts down port of Palm Beach
Isaac is expecting to reach Category 2 hurricane status, with winds ranging between 96 and 110 miles per hour. A number of Florida’s ports, including the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach shutdown as a part of preparations on Sunday, August 26, 2012. Palm Beach County opened up three population shelters on Sunday morning as well. The storm struck land in Cuba on Saturday, causing property damage. In Haiti, four were reported dead as Isaac passed through.

 Miami
604 days ago by arnekiel

Category 2 hurricane Isaac closes Port of Miami
Isaac is expecting to reach Category 2 hurricane status, with winds ranging between 96 and 110 miles per hour. A number of Florida’s ports, including the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach shutdown as a part of preparations on Sunday, August 26, 2012. Palm Beach County opened up three population shelters on Sunday morning as well. The storm struck land in Cuba on Saturday, causing property damage. In Haiti, four were reported dead as Isaac passed through.

 Tampa
604 days ago by arnekiel

All cargo and cruise ship traffic moving into and out of Tampa Bay stopped
With Tropical Storm Isaac poised to move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Coast Guard officials have halted all cargo and cruise ship traffic moving into and out of Tampa Bay beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2012. “There will be no exceptions, including cruise vessels, unless there is a significant change in storm path or intensity,” the Coast Guard stated in a news release Saturday. The order superseded an earlier Tampa Port Authority proclamation that would have allowed shipping — including cruise ships coming and going from the authority’s downtown Tampa terminal — to continue during the Republican National Convention.

604 days ago by arnekiel

Miners welcome extra Port Hedland berths
Miners shipping from Port Hedland have applauded the State Government's allocation of extra berths in a bid to increase the shipping capacity of the world's biggest bulk commodity port. With BHP Billiton last week mothballing a $20 billion project to develop Port Hedland's outer harbour, the development of new berths at Hedland's inner harbour is set to play a key role in fixing bottlenecks in the crammed port. au.news.yahoo.com...

604 days ago by arnekiel

Gothenburg Container Traffic Hits All-Time High
Gothenburg’s container traffic hit an all-time high in the first half of 2012 as strong Swedish exports to markets outside Europe outweighed lower imports and weak trade flows within Europe, JOC reports. Scandinavia’s largest port boosted box traffic by 3 percent from a year ago to 458,000 20-foot-equivalent units in the six months to June 30. The increased volume, contrasting with lower traffic at most north European ports, was partly driven by the launch by the G6 Alliance of a new deep-sea service to Asia in the spring. www.joc.com/ports...

 Tartus
604 days ago by arnekiel

Russia 'Suspends' Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria
"Nezavisimaya Gazeta obtained these reports from military and diplomatic sources who participated in recent talks with Syria's official delegation. ... Naval groups from the NATO countries are already concentrated off the Syrian coast. The concentration of Russian ships would have been dwarfed by NATO's. 'Our naval base in Tartus will not support a military option. We cannot act militarily against countries supporting the Syrian opposition,' the Defense Ministry source said." worldmeets.us/ www.worldmeets.us...

604 days ago by arnekiel

Salvaging the ship sank off Sri Lanka has to wait till January
Aug 27, Colombo: Chairman of Sri Lanka's Master Divers company Ariyasheela Wickremanayake says that the cargo ship that sank off Panadura can be salvaged only in January next year due to prevailing rough sea condition now. Cyprus flagged MV Thermopylae Sierra (IMO 8313075) which had anchored in the sea off Panadura since 2009 due to a court case sank last week with the cargo including steel pipes and machinery used in cement production. Wickremanayake, a veteran in the marine sector said that he had earlier warned of the possible sinking due to water leakage into the ship which could have been prevented and the necessity of shifting the ship to Trincomalee area before April this year. The ship weighing 15,612 tons sank in 70 feet deep water near the Colombo port with about 75 tons of fuel oil. However, the oil slick has not been a major environmental threat on the country's west coast despite the authority's concerns.

606 days ago by arnekiel

$1.5-billion coal mine planned to fuel Asian power plants - Shipments over Prince Rupert
A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town. Coalspur Mines’ Vista Coal Project would be Alberta’s largest export coal mine, shipping up to 12 million tonnes of thermal coal a year to Asia to fuel electrical power plants. The nearby Canadian National rail line would be used to ship coal to Prince Rupert where it would be loaded onto ships at the Ridley terminal. The project boundary starts just 10 kilometres south of town. Read more: www.edmontonjourn...

606 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Manamah to drastically reduce cruise passenger fees
BAHRAIN'S largest port will drastically reduce passenger fees for each cruise ship in a bid to lure back operators when the new season opens in November. It will lose nearly BD70,000 this season after cutting back the passenger handling fee from BD3 per head to BD2 for the confirmed 33 liners docking at Khalifa Bin Salman Port. APM Terminals, which operates the port, has announced the reduction that would add to incentives pulled together by authorities concerned to offset an increase in the cost of insuring vessels that dock here. www.gulf-daily-ne...

606 days ago by arnekiel

Oil slick from sunken vessel reaches Colombo coast
An oil slick from a rusting cargo vessel that sank in bad weather reached the coast of Sri Lanka's capital Saturday, but officials insisted the spill was "manageable" and could easily be cleaned up. A patch of oil reached the coast of Wellawatte, a zone of Colombo popular with local swimmers, the coast conservation department said. The national Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has said the slick is about 10 kilometres (six miles) long and warned that areas popular with tourists could be at risk. But the spill had not reached any such areas on Saturday and the conservation department said it did not pose a great danger. "The spill is manageable and the leak from the sunken ship had stopped from last night," department chief Anil Premarathne told AFP. "About 10 or 15 people would be enough for this clean up." The rusting 15,000-tonne Thermopylae Sierra, a Cyprus-flagged carrier, went down late Thursday after remaining anchored outside the Colombo harbour since 2009 following a dispute over its cargo of steel, local officials said. www.channelnewsas...


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