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538 days ago by arnekiel

New barge waste collection facility opens in the port of Antwerpen
As of 30 March 2013 there is a new waste collection facility for barges in the port of Antwerp, said in the press release. The Lillo Park Service Quay located at quay 601 (Tijsmans Tunnel West) is the second waste collection facility to be opened on the right bank of the Scheldt, after the Noordkasteel Park at quay 75. Together with the Kallo Park (at quay 1103 on the left bank) and the bilge boat, these facilities collect some 5000 tonnes of barge waste each year.

538 days ago by arnekiel

Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering available in port of Stockholm
Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries, said in the press release. A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering possible. "Our new passenger ferry, M/S Viking Grace, represents an environmental milestone, and the ability to provide LNG bunkering opportunities is a very important piece of the jigsaw in our environmental work. That is why we are very pleased that the solution for LNG bunkering is now in place," explains Viking Line's Technical Director, Tony Öhman. More to read at en.portnews.ru/ne...

538 days ago by arnekiel

Cruise passengers in line for hours at Port Everglades - due to budget cuts
Passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise ship had to wait for hours to clear immigration and customs. The delay at Terminal 19 was a result of not enough agents. A sign inside said government budget cuts was to blame. "There was not much we could do about it, so we just sat there," said one passenger. Earlier in March, a similar scene unfolded at Miami International Airport. Air travelers were forced to wait several hours to clear immigration. The lack of staffing is a result of automated budget cuts that went into effect earlier this month. "It wasn't the cruise line's fault," said Bill Gentry. "It was TSA, which comes down into customs and they didn't have enough manpower." Thousands of other passengers had to wait outside the terminal at Port Everglades until everyone was off the ship before they could board. www.local10.com/n...

 Gadani
538 days ago by arnekiel

Pakistan ship breakers threaten to close industry
The News reported that ship breakers have threatened to close the industry over the discriminatory tax treatment by the Federal Board of Revenue, SteelGuru reports. Through two recently issued statutory regulatory orders, the tax body increased tax rate at the import stage withdrew deferred payment facility for shipping agents on sales tax and made mandatory payment of sales tax and government dues at the time of clearance of consignment. Mr Dewan Rizwan Farooqui chairman of the Pakistan Ship Breaker’s Association said that “The notifications issued by the FBR have made it difficult for us to continue our business activities. The association has planned a protest before the Karachi Press Club on April 1st 2013 against the FBR. If our demands are not met, we will stop our operation.” More to read at www.steelguru.com...

 Toledo
540 days ago by arnekiel

M.V. Isa, 1st overseas ship of the season arrives at Toledo port
The M.V. Isa, became the first overseas vessel to call on Toledo during the 2013 Great Lakes shipping season when it arrived on March 29, 2013. The M.V. Isa, registered in Cyprus and operated by Polska Zegluga Morska P.P., based in Szczecin, Poland, is “one of the earliest first ships that we’ve had in recent years,” said Mr. Cappel, who expressed hope that the early ship is a harbinger of a robust shipping season at the local port. Read more at www.toledoblade.c... Read more at www.toledoblade.c...

540 days ago by arnekiel

Low lake levels bad news for shippers
Water levels on the Great Lakes are so low that shippers are being forced to leave as much as 15 percent of their cargo behind, said industry experts who are working to find ways to alleviate the problem. Lakes Michigan and Huron are about 26 inches below their long-term monthly averages, and Lake Superior is about 13 inches lower, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has said. Even though the lakes are expected to rise 2 to 4 inches in the next month, that's small consolation for shippers who are finding the waterways difficult to navigate. More at www.miningjournal...

541 days ago by arnekiel

Ice freezes up traffic at the Soo Locks
SAULT STE. MARIE -- Traffic is backed up at the Soo Locks, creating a slow start to the shipping season. Some ships have been waiting in Sault Ste. Marie on March 28, 2013 for more than eight hours for their turn to go through. Many carrying iron and coal to Great Lake ports. But their journey is being delayed until the ice is cleared and these workers can help the ship get through. www.upnorthlive.c...

541 days ago by arnekiel

Ship repair facility fined $710K for water pollution control violations
The Environmental Protection agency says a ship repair facility has been fined $710,000 for water pollution control violations as part of a settlement with the federal agency and the state of Hawaii. The EPA said Thursday, March 28, 2013 that Marisco Ltd. didn't implement water pollution controls as required by the Clean Water Act at its ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor in Oahu. Officials say the settlement needs approval from a federal judge and is subject to a 30-day public comment period. The complaint against the company says EPA and state health officials found workers washing down work areas directly into the harbor and leaking equipment being stored during a 2008 inspection.

 Duluth
541 days ago by arnekiel

Season's first 'saltie' expected in Twin Ports on Friday, March 29 - earliest arrival ever
The first oceangoing ship of the season is expected to reach the Twin Ports Friday afternoon. That will be the earliest arrival ever for a "saltie" making a full transit of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. The Hong Kong-flagged Federal Hunter is currently expected to arrive around midafternoon. Once it enters the port, it will go to the CHS grain elevator in Superior. A sister ship, the Cyprus-flagged Federal Elbe, is expected to reach the Twin Ports over the weekend. The previous earliest arrival of an oceangoing ship was April 1, 1995, by the India-flagged L/T Argosy.

543 days ago by arnekiel

SS United States Once Again Scheduled For Scrap
CBS3 has reported that the SS US, which at 990 feet long is even more titanic than the boat that was named so, “could be sold for scrap within two months,” unless the SS United States Conservancy can raise a half-a-mil immediately. As reported on a NJ radio station, plans are still in the works to make something of the ship, but Dan McSweeney, the head of the redevelopment efforts said, “we have ideas of potential sites for the ship, but we need more time to get it off the ground … and we’re running out of runway.” www.philebrity.co...


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