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436 days ago by arnekiel

113 Vessels Are Moored Off Tianjin Port After Deadly Blasts
About 113 vessels are anchored in the sea off Tianjin port in northern China, days after explosions at a hazardous-chemicals warehouse there killed 112 people and injured more than 700. There were 68 bulk carriers, 26 dry cargo and passenger ships and 11 tankers anchored outside the port as of 8:15 a.m. local time Monday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The total includes eight ships used to support floating platforms in the sea. That compares with 110 vessels anchored offshore on Aug. 14. The Aug. 12 blasts caused the port’s northern wharf to be closed to vessels carrying oil and hazardous products. Toyota Motor Corp. will shut three of its production lines in China through Aug. 19 because of evacuation advisories still in effect, while companies with local units such as U.S. agricultural-machinery maker Deere & Co. said facilities were damaged or operations affected. www.bloomberg.com...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Port Of Bergen Says Yes To Shore Power
Recently, the Norwegian Port of Bergen became the first port to provide a low-voltage shore connection facility and joined the growing network of ports offering onshore power supply for commercial ships. On 17 June, the port officially opened its shore power system for offshore supply vessels (OSV) by connecting the anchor handler Skandi Vega, a DOF Group vessel to the Norwegian grid. In this week's spotlight, Fathom explore the concept of onshore power supply and the benefits that both the Port of Bergen and ship owners can reap from 'plugging in'. shipandbunker.com...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam Kramer group intends to build the first automated container depot
In response to the report that the Rotterdam Kramer group intended to build the first automated container depot for empty containers in the world, the Dutch trade magazine ‘Nieuwsblad Transport’ spoke with commercial director Ted Holleman.Kramer has an agreement in principle with the Port of Rotterdam Authority to lease fifteen hectares on Maasvlakte 2, which can be occupied in two phases (of eight and seven hectares). Commercial director Ted Holleman estimates that it will be possible to handle around 125,000 containers (‘handlings’) a year in the first phase. The company has asked Kalmar and Terex, suppliers of equipment, to come up with designs for the new terminal. According to Holleman, both companies are very interested because a blueprint for an automated depot should be applicable throughout the world. He estimates that execution of phase one would cost between 15 and 20 million euros. This is roughly three times as much as a traditional depot, where containers are handled using reach stackers. The automated depot could be equipped with unmanned stacking cranes. According to Holleman, the main advantage is that the average time containers spend at depots of ninety days can be reduced considerably at an automated facility, thereby lowering the costs too.

436 days ago by arnekiel

Ferry Dharma Kenkana II aground off Pontianak, hundreds of passengers evacuated
Ferry Dharma Kenkana II ran aground in the morning Aug 15 in estuary of Kapuas river, western Kalimantan, Indonesia, approaching Pontianak port. 873 passengers on board of ferry, which arrived from Semarang, were evacuated. There are about a dozen of cars and trucks on board. As of morning LT Aug 17, vessel was still aground.

436 days ago by arnekiel

New Hamad Port welcomes second commercial vessel
Hamad Port welcomed its second commercial vessel on August 13, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement yesterday. This, along with other key developments, is expected to help pave the way for the launch of “early operations” for certain types of vessels before the end of the current year, the statement noted. The vessel carried a second shipment of cranes, including four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and six rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. The ship’s arrival was in accordance with the planned schedule. Hamad Port had welcomed the first commercial vessel carrying the first shipment of cranes on July 19. The ship, heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 10, had arrived directly from China. The arrival of the third and final shipment of cranes is expected by the end of this year, which will take the total number of cranes at Hamad Port to eight STS cranes (100m high and weighing over 1,200 tonnes) and 26 RTG cranes. “With the completion of all marine infrastructure works, the installation of container handling equipment (STS and RTG cranes) will mark the accomplishment of another milestone in the construction of Hamad Port. This means the mega port will be ready for the early operation of certain types of vessels and shipments before the end of the current year,” the statement added, saying this reflected the efforts of the project management team and all stakeholders under the supervision of the Hamad Port Steering Committee. The port basin is 4km long, 700m wide and 17m deep. The new Hamad Port is expected to handle more than 6mn containers a year once all three phases of the project is completed, HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti had said during the arrival of the first vessel. Al-Sulaiti, who is also chairman of the Hamad Port Steering Committee, had explained that Phase 1 was expected to be completed by the end of 2016, allowing the port to handle 2mn containers.

436 days ago by arnekiel

Dublin Port borrows €100m for upgrade
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a €100m loan to a project that will upgrade Dublin Port. SHARE The €230m plan is designed to increase the port's ability to handle large ships. It will deepen and lengthen 3km of its existing 7km of berths and also deepen the entrance channel. Known as the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project, it is the largest single infrastructure development project in the port's long history and is expected to take five years to complete. The EIB is owned by the European Union member states. It aims to "provide finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects which contribute to furthering EU policy objectives". It lent a total of €77bn last year, generally financing a third of projects, but it does provide 50pc in some cases. Dublin Port Company CEO Eamonn O'Neill said last month that engineering design works for the Alexandra Basin project were at an advanced stage. "We expect the first phase of works to be tendered and a contractor ready to start by October 2015," he said. www.independent.i...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Xinhua: Port operations return to normal after Tianjin blasts
TIANJIN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Operations at the Tianjin port in north China have returned to normal following warehouse blasts on Aug. 12 that left more than 200 dead or missing, the port authority said Monday. Port operations and ship traffic were partially suspended following the huge explosions at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals, said an official with the Tianjin Port Group Co. Its main shipping lanes resumed traffic the morning after the late-night blasts, while operations at the berth and warehouse areas returned to normal, with the exception of areas close to the blasts site. At least 112 people were killed and 95 others remained missing after the blasts. The government is continuing search and rescue and cleaning hundreds of tons of toxic cyanide at the site while closely monitoring the environment. The explosions stoked concerns about dragging down the booming growth of the Tianjin Binhai New Area, a key industrial park that made the northern city one of China's fastest growing areas. The Tianjin port is also a gateway to northeast China, transferring roughly 40 percent of imported cars. Shipments of iron ore to the port were reportedly disrupted after the blasts. news.xinhuanet.co...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Industry Veterans Launch New Greece Based Bunker Company
A new bunker broker and trader, Premium Bunkering SA (Premium Bunkering), has begun operations in Greece, the company has told Ship & Bunker. The company boasts a number of extremely experienced personnel, including founder and Managing Director Panayotis Bachtis who previously spent 23 years at OW Bunker, and Sales Manager Despina Perimenis, who has some 26 years experience in the industry from her time at Aegean Marine Petroleum S.A. (Aegean) and OW Bunker. The team also includes former Aegean and OW Bunker trader Christos Katarachias, and former OW Bunker Malta Operations Executive Kostas Lazarou. shipandbunker.com...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Two shipping giants sign agreement with Haifa port
Shipping giants MSC and Maersk have signed a cooperation agreement with the Haifa port. The agreement states that, starting from October, ships of the combined fleet will dock at the port on their way from China, South Korea, and Singapour to the Adreatic sea. The first ship, the Maersk Gustav, is the largest ship to dock in Haifa yet - 373 meters long, holding 10,000 containers. The agreement states that ships will dock in Haifa once a week.

436 days ago by arnekiel

New banana freight route calls at Tilbury
A new service from CMA CGM will link west Africa with Europe and the UK on a weekly rotation calling at the Port of Tilbury A new weekly freight service will now call at the Port of Tilbury as part of shipping group CMA CGM’s Euraf1 service between northern Europe and west Africa. The new service will carry banana reefer containers from west Africa to the UK, among other products. Six vessels with a capacity of 3,500 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) will sail the following weekly rotation: Tilbury, Dunkerque, Antwerp, Le Havre, Montoir de Bretagne, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Dakar, Abidjan, Dakar, Algeciras, Tilbury

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