New Big South Lock Chamber (Kiel Canal at Kiel-Holtenau) out of service
In Kiel-Holtenau the New Big South Lock Chamber has been taken out of service for repairs on Sunday morning August 12, 2012. Repair period unknown. During repairs Big North Lock Chamber will remain in service.
Hazira's first container terminal to start operations soon
The much-awaited first container terminal in southern coastline of Gujarat, will commence its operations by mid-August. Operated by Adani Hazira Port Pvt Ltd (AHPPL), the terminal may see first vessel calling the port on August 15, 2012, sources close to the development informed.
"This will be the first container terminal in south Gujarat region and we expect the first vessel to be berthed at the terminal on August 15. It is likely to be a container vessel from government-owned liner, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI)," said a source privy to the development.
The terminal, in the first phase will have two berths of 650 meters quay and capacity to handle close of 1 million TEUs (Twenty-feet equivalent unit) per annum. The all-weather terminal, which is a part of the multi-purpose Adani Hazira Port, will have non-LNG terminals including container, bulk terminals, and a liquid terminal. More at www.business-stan...
A multi-million dollar superyacht has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in an Auckland boat-yard overnight on August 12, 2012. At its peak, up to 90 firefighters battled the blaze, which occurred around 1.30am at the McMullen and Wing yacht and boatbuilding business in Mt Wellington. The luxury 50 metre, 24-berth vessel, Star Fish, was three-quarters complete and due to be delivered to its overseas owners next year. More at tvnz.co.nz/nation...
Major carriers join Port Los Angeles' new Environmental Ship Index
Major shipping carriers Evergreen, Hamburg Sud North America, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming are the inaugural participants in the Port of Los Angeles’ Environmental Ship Index, an international clean air incentives program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to port.
The shipping carriers have registered for the global program and will begin receiving incentives later this year. www.environmental...
Shell still waiting for completion of work on Arctic Challenger at Dutch Harbor
The bulk of Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet remains on hold in Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians while the company waits for the completion of modifications to its Arctic Challenger containment barge and U.S. Coast Guard certification of the modified vessel.
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told Petroleum News in an Aug. 8 email that construction on the barge was nearly done. Meantime, three vessels from Shell’s fleet — the Aiviq, Shell’s new ice-capable anchor handler, the Fennica, the icebreaker carrying the company’s new well capping stack, and the icebreaker Tor Viking — headed north from Dutch Harbor early in August to start preparations for drilling at one of Shell’s Chukchi Sea drilling sites.
Shell had originally planned to move its fleet north to the Chukchi in early July, but exceptionally heavy sea ice in the region of its drilling locations coupled with delays in the completion of modifications to the Arctic Challenger have delayed the start of the drilling project. www.petroleumnews...
Local fishers say a February agreement between the EU and the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, which allows European vessels to catch 5,500 tonnes of fish a year for three years at a cost of 660,000 euros annually, has made the situation worse. While there are no official figures to confirm this, the 3,500 local fishers, who now have to compete with modern industrialised fishing boats, say that their catch has gone down by 50 to 60 percent. And the Les Salines fishers believe that the 86 vessels from companies based in the EU, which are fishing in the area, are stealing their livelihoods. More at allafrica.com/sto...
"These big vessels are scratching the sea around Mauritius and taking away all the fish," says Mohamedally.
While most fishers want the EU vessels to leave, Mohamedally says he would not mind them operating in Mauritian waters "only if they fish like everybody else, like the Taiwanese and the Japanese."
Queue of 126 vessels waiting to dock at the port of Paranaguá
A lack of infrastructure, aggravated by rain and strikes, has led to a queue of 126 vessels waiting to dock at the port of Paranaguá in Brazil. The situation is a little better in Santos where, on average, 80 ships are awaiting berths. Here, also, strikes are preventing any movement of cargo from taking place. However, the government blames many of the problems on heavy rainfall, rather than labour unrest. www.portstrategy....
Over past two weeks Vladivostok port faced heavy congestion by import cargoes mostly arriving in containers by major container carriers operating in the area. Congestion has resulted by growth of cargo volume and at the same time congestion on the railway by wagons carrying coal and crude oil. As per Russian Railway press-center office: about 93 cargo trains are now pending in the area of Far-Eastern RW and this greatly reduce productivity of RW traffic.
Oldest British Shipping Company placed into liquidation after 282 years
Privately held British shipping company Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd. (Stephenson Clarke), one of the world's oldest shipping companies, is going out of business according to a statement from accounting firm Tait Walker.
According to the statement, the bulk cargo ship operator has been placed into liquidation and sold its last vessel in July. With 282 years of history to draw on, Stephenson Clarke said "the current market is one of the worst experienced for many years with no upturn forecast for at least 12 to 18 months." A spokesman for shipper said, "It is with great regret the company has had to cease trading." More at shipandbunker.com...
Naples port to modernize with 240 million euros in EU funding
The city of Naples has approved a plan to make its port more competitive, attractive, modern, and eco compatible, ANSAMed reports. The approval of the Port Authority's development plan will unfreeze 240 million euros in EU funding for the project to refurbish the port, which has yearly turnover of 680 million euros and employs 5,000 people. The budget allocates 22 million euros to switching the port to alternative energy, including solar panels. Another 90 million euros will go to connecting the port to the railway system, freeing the city of trucks. The project will also separate the commercial from the tourist sections of the port, which is a major Mediterranean cruise stop with 1.5 million people transiting through every year. ''We must step up the pace of these public works, or we will lose the EU funding,'' Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris said of the overhaul, which is scheduled to begin in 2013, ending in 2015. ''The port is now the city's major economic resource, and represents many opportunities for businesses and tourism.'' ''We presented this great project to the EU, and we defended it until we got the OK,'' Campania Region President Stefano Caldoro said. ''This project will make our port an international hub of Mediterranean traffic, which is favored by our geographical location.''