Panama shipyard reopens after two years of inactivity
Panama’s MEC Shipyard, formerly Braswell Shipyard, and the largest on the Pacific coast from San Diego to Chile, has reopened following two years of inactivity after the end of the drydock concession in 2011, Seatrade Global reports.
A new 20-year concession was formally awarded in July 2012 to the Panamanian consortium MEC Balboa Shipyard that made the best offer. The shipyard consists of three drydocks, one having the same dimensions as the Panama Canal present locks chamber accommodating panamax vessels. The panamax dry dock which is 330 m long by 33 m is fully booked until July 2013, while the second drydock of 130 m by 25 m is committed until 18 June, this year. seatrade-global.c...
Cruise ship season begins in Juneau - 1 million passengers expected
UNEAU, Alaska - Juneau's cruise ship season has begun.
KINY says the Carnival Miracle arrived in the capital city on Thursday, May 2. Close to 1 million cruise ship passengers are expected in Juneau this year. Passengers are estimated to spend about $180 on taxable goods locally. Juneau port director Carl Uchytil says that equates to about $180 million. That translates to about $9 Million in taxes - a quarter of all sales tax collected.
The fight against Somali pirates has been so effective that they haven’t been able to mount a successful hijacking in nearly a year, the chair of the global group trying to combat the pirates said Thursday, May 02, 2013. U.S. diplomat Donna Leigh Hopkins credits the combined efforts of international naval forces and stepped-up security on ships including the use of armed guards. But there are also other factors including the jailing of some 1,140 Somali pirate in 21 countries ‘‘which started deglamorizing piracy,’’ she said. Somali pirates hijacked 46 ships in 2009, 47 in 2010, but only 25 in 2011, an indication that new on-board defenses were working. In 2012, there were just 75 attacks reported off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden — down from 237 attacks in 2011 — and only 14 ships were hijacked, according to the International Maritime Bureau. ‘‘Pirate attacks are down by at least 75 percent,’’ Hopkins said in an interview with The Associated Press. More to read at www.boston.com/ne...
Hong Kong port strike escalates - latest round of pay talk ended without progress
More dockworkers have joined the protests at Hong Kong port as the latest round of pay talk ended without progress.
Strikers from one of the contractors of Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), Comcheung Human Resources, walked out of the Kwai Tsing container terminals yesterday. A few fours later, Comcheung posted a notice about details of the pay rise and noted the increment will be effective from July. There would be a 15% rise for the first sub-shift (10 hours), and 6.5% rise for another two shifts (6.5 hours each). However, the workers are still not satisfied with the offer, Ng Koon-hin, a representative of Comcheung workers, said. [03/05/13]
Iron Ore Exports Begins at Port of Long Beach for First Time in 40 Years
As manufacturing continues to increase in major Asian markets, a local metals shipper announced that it is--for the first time in 40 years--exporting iron ore from the Port of Long Beach. The new business was developed over several years by SA Recycling, a longtime exporter of scrap metal that has operated a break bulk terminal at Pier T for more than 15 years.
While iron ore exports are continuing to decrease in countries like Australia and India where over-supply and increased tarifs have negatively affected a once-bustling industry, the material--which is a core ingredient in steel--is considered a rising star in the U.S. economy with exports to Europe increasing steadily over the last few years. The price of ore has in recent years risen to prices nearing $140 per metric ton and SA says the decision to begin exporting it from Long Beach was an easy one. Read more at www.hellenicshipp...
New Jebel Ali oil terminal to be commissioned end of 2013
Horizon Terminals Limited (HTL), the terminals business and wholly owned subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), announced that its new oil terminal in Jebel Ali, with a storage capacity of over 141,000 cubic metres, is on schedule for expected completion by end-2013.
The project, undertaken by HTL, also features a 60 kilometre 16" jet fuel pipeline that links the terminal directly to the Dubai International Airport, and other advanced facilities.
EU under pressure to toughen ship recycling regulation
In the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong, activists want the EU to get tough on the booming ship recycling industry that has become notorious for its poor labour and environmental safety records. New EU legislation is already in the making and could be finalised in June. Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council are due to meet on Tuesday (7 May) in the first round of talks aimed at hammering out a regulation on the scrapping of old ships – many of which end up in South Asia for dismantling and recycling. The Bangladesh industry has long been the target of labour rights campaigners and environmental lawyers. Today, business is booming, buoyed by a surplus of ocean-going vessels and home-grown demand for raw materials. “At the rate ship breaking is going on in the ship-breaking yards, those workers are working like machines, they are dying every day and there are massive explosions, accidents and injuries,” said Muhammad Ali Shahin, the Bangladesh coordinator for the Shipbreaking Platform, a Brussels-based campaign group. Read more at www.euractiv.com/...
First direct container route between Guangxi and Taiwan opened
A new container shipping route between Qinzhou port in Guangxi and Kaohsiung in Taiwan has been opened and is the first direct container shipping route between Guangxi and Taiwan.
The route is co-operated by Wagon Group in Taiwan and Qinzhou Guiqin Shipping Group and it will be operated once a week, shortening the shipping time between the two ports from 7 days to 3.5 days.
“The route will definitely increase the container throughput of Qinzhou port and it will also facilitate trade activities between Guangxi and Taiwan,” said Zhen Guoliang, general manager of Guiqin Shipping Group. [02/05/13]
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) raises toll fees by 5% for oil tankers & petrochemical products, 2% for container ships & car carriers effective 1, May 2013.
News of the latest rise in tolls follows last year's SCA increase of a 3% rise for all ships passing through the canal. Suez Canal revenues have become more important because the country’s foreign currency reserves have shrunk from $36bn since the eve of the 25 January Revolution to $13.5bn, reports the 'Daily News, Egypt'.
Egypt received $398.5m in revenues from the Suez Canal in March 2013, according to a recent statement made by the SCA.
Source: Daily News, Egypt
‘Dredging crisis’ affects Great Lakes near Sault Ste. Marie
When the 1,000-foot freighter Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors earlier this week for a steel mill in Gary, Ind., it left with a load of 60,000 tons of taconite.
That might sound like a lot of iron ore, but it’s 10,000 tons less than a full load. And that’s the problem that shipping industry and port officials are calling the Great Lakes “dredging crisis.”
That much taconite left behind amounts to one entire shift at a large Minnesota taconite plant — enough ore to make 6,700 tons of steel and thousands of automobiles — all because one segment in the Great Lakes shipping system was clogged, said Gregg Ruhl, director of the Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet that owns and operates the Speer.
While the harbor at Two Harbors is plenty deep, more than the 28 feet needed for Great Lakes freighters at full capacity, there’s a portion of the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie that has filled in with sediment to less than 26 feet deep. To get through that section, ships passing through must be light enough to clear the bottom.
“As a result, we had to leave 10,000 tons of taconite on the dock in Two Harbors,” Ruhl said. Read more at www.duluthnewstri...