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519 days ago by arnekiel

Offshore wind farms coming soon to NY coast
The slim, swift blades of wind turbines are one step closer to New York waters. The federal government has designated an offshore area less than 20 miles southeast of Brooklyn to lease to companies operating the turbines. The wedge-shaped Wind Energy Area (WEA) would be located in federal waters about eleven miles south of Long Beach, Long Island, on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). While visible from Long Beach, the distant turbines would likely be invisible from ground level along Brooklyn’s shoreline, blocked in part by the Rockaway Peninsula. The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is collecting comments about designation, the first for New York State waters. After the comments are evaluated, developers of offshore wind will have the opportunity to purchase a lease and development rights. www.brooklyneagle...

519 days ago by arnekiel

Gulfport's three new gantry cranes arriving
State port commissioners and staff peered out the window of their 14th-floor conference room Thursday, trying to spot three enormous gantry cranes headed to shore this morning. The ship carrying the cranes moored Thursday off Ship Island for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection and must wait for sunrise to sail ashore. Port director Jonathan Daniels expects their arrival about 9 a.m., after a two-month voyage from China, where heavy equipment manufacturer ZPMC built them at a cost of $30 million. When the booms are raised, the cranes will stand 300 feet tall. Each crane includes 300 LED lights 24-hour operation. They should be unloaded by midweek and will undergo testing over the next two months. Read more here: www.sunherald.com...

519 days ago by arnekiel

World's busiest coal port to suspend ship movements for Aussie paddleboard race
SYDNEY, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Ship movements in Australia's largest coal port will come to a grinding halt for three hours on the weekend to make way for a 10 km international Stand Up Paddleboard race. The New South Wales state city port of Newcastle has been undertaking measures to shake its "coal" label and rebrand itself as an attractive tourism destination on the doorstep to the Hunter Valley wine region. "The Saucy Jack Classic provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase Newcastle's working port and our stunning harbor city," Port of Newcastle chief executive Geoff Crowe told Xinhua on Friday.

519 days ago by arnekiel

Another Terminal of Incheon New Port Opens to Accommodate Up to 12,000 TEU ships
HanJin Incheon Container Terminal (HJIT), the second container terminal of Incheon New Port, has opened on March 18. The Incheon Port Authority (IPA) announced that HJIT started its operation with HANJIN MEXICO calling at the Incheon New Port at 2:00pm on March 18. The ship of HanJin Shipping, which was the first-calling-vessel at HIJT, will provide Korea-Philippines-Indonesia (KPI) services, which cover Korea (IncheonㆍBusan), China, Singapore, and Indonesia, starting from Manila in Philippines on a weekly basis. Up to now, HJIT has secured four routes connecting South Korea, China and Southeast Asia which is the biggest belt of industrial production and consumption. - See more at: www.businesskorea...

519 days ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Port pilots announce indefinite strike
Limassol port pilots announced an indefinite strike starting on Monday as a reaction to a “humiliating” bid selected for marine services as part of the privatisation process. The tender selected calls for a €500,000 starting amount, a minimum annual concession fee of €150,000 and a variable concession fee at a rate of 10.1 per cent valid if it is greater than the €150,000 fee. www.hellenicshipp...

519 days ago by arnekiel

Klaipedos Nafta getting ready for small-scale LNG trade
With Lithuanian and foreign companies getting ready to launch the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as vessel fuel, from the port of Klaipeda and to supply LNG to smaller terminals around the Baltic Sea, Klaipedos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil), the operator of the Lithuanian LNG terminal, is amending the facility’s rules so as to pave the way for such operations, informs LETA/BNS. Klaipedos Nafta confirmed to BNS that it was amending the rules on the use of the LNG terminal and had submitted the draft to the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices on March 15th. Lithuania’s gas trader Litgas has teamed up with Norway’s Statoil for the purposes of small-scale gas trade from the LNG facility in Klaipeda. The same activity will be pursued by Germany’s Bomin Linde, which last year agreed with Klaipedos Nafta to establish a joint venture. www.hellenicshipp...

519 days ago by arnekiel

Cargo giants call on Sihanoukville port
As Cambodia’s sole deep-sea port in Sihanoukville looks to increase its presence on global shipping routes, the decision by two major Chinese shipping companies six months ago to call at the port has seen mixed results, with one firm already dropping out due to low container traffic. Last September, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and the state-run China Ocean Shipping Group Company (COSCO) signed agreements with the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP) to create a direct route to China for Cambodian exports. The two shipping firms, with a combined annual capacity of more than 1.2 million standard 20-foot containers, also known as TEUs, provided local exporters with the option of directly shipping to China, bypassing the usual stopover at Vietnam’s Cai Mep port. SAP’s director general Lou Kim Chhun said that while COSCO was currently operating one port call every two weeks, CSCL had decided to scale back its operations and was instead booking slots at the port only when there was a critical mass of containers. www.hellenicshipp...

520 days ago by bravogama

The first vessel of a series of six 42 300 tons bulk carriers ordered by Navigation Maritime Bulgare was launched in Qidong
On 8 March 2016 at the Chinese Shipbuilding Yards Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry, Qidong a ceremony was held for the launching of a vessel under a hull number HQ 135 ordered by Navigation Maritime Bulgare. The new built vessel to be named Ruen and is the first ship from a series of six modern bulk carriers wherein the Company has invested more than 150 mln dollars. The CEO of the Company Alexander Kalchev, Master of foreign going vessels, and the Head of the Technical Operation Department Daniel Harizanov were present at the ceremony. The series of the Ruen type have a new ergonomic and environment friendly design by Foreship on Navibulgar order. They are highly efficient vessels with improved hydrodynamic characteristics which, leads to reduced fuel consumption up to 35% compared to vessels of the same type operated presently by Navibulgar. Report with photo: https://www.maritime.bg/2...

521 days ago by arnekiel

Somali Militants Seize Puntland Port of Garad
Somali al Shabaab fighters have seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation. "Al Shabaab fighters with several boats captured Garad town," Hassan Mohamed, governor for Mudug region of Puntland said, adding that the attack took place on Monday. "We do not want to say publicly how we will react." The head of the local authority in the port town of Garad, Abdinur Abdullahi, said that al Shabaab with foreign fighters had met local elders, saying they would "capture many places and fight non-Muslims." maritime-executiv...

521 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk to Boost Investments in Ghana
Maersk Group says it is committed to a long-term partnership with Ghana, and will boost its investments in the country. Accroding to local media report, the Maersk Group Chief Executive Officer, Nils S. Andersen, revealed that Maersk is interested in playing an active role in Ghana’s growth through investments in trade, infrastructure and energy.“Together with our partners, we have committed $1.5billion to the expansion of the port in Tema which would create probably the largest and most modern terminal in sub Saharan Africa. This will enable Ghana’s trade for the coming decades, and support more efficient flows of exports as well as imports” Andersen said.

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