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16 days ago by arnekiel

Governor dedicates newest berth at Port Manatee
Gov. Rick Scott made a pit stop at Manatee County's seaport Wednesday morning to see for himself what $3.3 million in taxpayer money buys. Joined by port and local government officials as well as local business leaders, Scott dedicated the port's newest ship berth in a quickly planned but well-executed ceremony. The governor's appearance put a bookend on the $7.6 million Berth 14 construction as he cut a ceremonial ribbon almost two years after attending the project's groundbreaking. Scott also used the 90-minute event to stump for job growth and for $10 billion in transportation funding he is proposing in his upcoming budget. Over the next four years, he said he plans to spend $200 million on Florida's deepwater ports after having already directed $800 million to the ports during his first term. Read more here: www.bradenton.com...

Libya exports three oil tankers from western Mellitah port
Oil and condensate has been exported at least three times from the Libyan port of Mellitah since the start of this month, according to industry sources and ship-tracking data, a surprise move with other terminals in the west of the country largely shut. The North African OPEC member is split between two rival governments each allied to heavily armed groups that have been fighting for control of the oil-producing nation since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The Mellitah port, not far from Libya’s western border with Tunisia, is jointly-operated by Italian energy major ENI and the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), and lies in territory largely controlled by a rival government that seized the capital Tripoli last summer. Mellitah normally exports supplies of condensate from the Wafa field, which previously produced around 30,000 barrels per day. It was not possible to confirm if it is still operational. Three Aframax tankers, each capable of carrying around 700,000 barrels of oil, have departed Mellitah since March 3.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Namibia Walvis Bay port expansion on course
Twenty-five percent of the work on the container terminal at Namibia’s Walvis Bay port, being done by a Chinese company, has been completed, project manager Feng Yuanfei said on Tuesday (March 10, 2015). The expansion project will cost 1 billion Namibian dollars (86 million U.S. dollars) and is undertaken by China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC). Walvis Bay is Namibia’s largest commercial port, receiving about 3,000 vessels every year and handling about 5 million tons of cargo. The current container terminal accommodate has slots for 3,875 containers with provision for 482 reefer container plug points. It hosts about 250,000 containers per annum. When the project is completed in 2017, the new terminal will add 40 hectares of land to the existing one, with a quay length of 2,100 meters. It will accommodate 650,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum, and ensure a deep water depth of 16 meters which will be able to accommodate 5000 TEU vessels and enable large vessels to enter the port. www.spyghana.com/...

17 days ago by arnekiel

Terminal expansion shows Prince Rupert is an idea that works
Seven years ago the idea that a relatively obscure bulk port in a sparsely populated region of Western Canada would become one of the fastest growing container gateways in North America would have drawn smirks, and did, even though the vision of a gateway for Asia trade at that location went back to the early years of the 20th century. But the Port of Prince Rupert has done just that, seizing on its prime location on the Great Circle, and the surge in traffic — up 12 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 — has spurred Maher Terminals to pull the trigger on a planned $200 million expansion. The project, set to be completed in mid-2017, will boost the port’s annual capacity by 500,000 TEUs to 1.3 million TEUs with the construction of a second berth, a container yard expansion and four more gantry cranes. Canadian National Railway, the sole rail provider at the port, will also extend on-track rail to serve the expanded terminal. The expansion is a milestone that more than anything else should certify the viability of the newest North American container gateway. The new berth will hopefully attract more liner services, either from its existing carriers, Cosco and Hanjin Shipping, their fellow CKYHE members, or another liner entirely, Shaun Stevenson, vice president of trade development and public affairs at the Prince Rupert Port Authority, told JOC.com last week at the 13th annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California. Three weekly services — two from Cosco and one from Hanjin, both of which have slot-sharing capacity for alliance partners — call at the port currently. www.joc.com/port-...

17 days ago by arnekiel

Ship hits docking area; 21 hurt
Twenty-one passengers aboard M/V Saint Sealthiel were injured after the vessel slammed into a docking area in Cebu City, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said yesterday. The incident occurred when the ship arrived at the Aduana Wharf after it left Tagbilaran in Bohol at 6:30 a.m., said PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo. “The (ship’s) throttle had a malfunction. It (ship) was drifted by waves, then it hit the Pier,” Balilo said. He said that the 21 persons were hurt but they only sustained minor injuries after the freak accident. “They were brought to Chung Hua Hospital in Cebu,” Balilo said. In a separate report from Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) in Aduana, it said that 18 passengers got minor bruises on the body. Witnesses told PCG that M/V Saint Sealthiel was about to dock in its berthing space at Pier 1 before 9 a.m., but it lost control and accidentally rammed the docking area of the port. It was reported that the “dents were found in the right and left portions of the vessel’s bow.” www.tempo.com.ph/...

17 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Gothenburg: 20% of Vessels Not Complying With 2015 ECA Rules
The Port of Gothenburg Tuesday announced an 80 percent fall in sulfur emissions following stricter rules which came into force on January 1, 2015, but 20 percent of ships are not complying with the new rules. The port lies within the European Emissions Control Area (ECA) within which ships are now required to burn bunkers with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10 percent sulfur by weight, or use and equivalent method of compliance such as a scrubber to reduce sulfur emissions by an equivalent amount. Sulfur emissions levels have been recorded using a "sniffer" located at the Älvsborg Fortress, in the fairway leading in to the port, which was first revealed in December last year. The sniffer was developed at Chalmers University of Technology with support from Vinnova, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Gothenburg Port Authority. During the first two weeks of January, the sniffer recorded sulfur and carbon dioxide levels emitted from around 200 ships. Of these 20 percent of the ships' emissions were estimated to be too high. shipandbunker.com...

17 days ago by arnekiel

Chemical spill cleanup in Houston Ship Channel after collision to take at least several days
Efforts to clean up one of the nation's busiest seaports after a collision between two vessels on the Houston Ship Channel spilled a flammable chemical were expected to take at least several days, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch of the ship channel remained closed as crews worked to deal with the gasoline additive that spilled after two 600-foot ships collided on Monday in foggy conditions. U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer said the immediate goal is ensuring that there is no danger from the spilled additive — methyl tert-butyl ether or MTBE — as it is highly flammable and can be dangerous to people if inhaled in high doses. No injuries were reported from the collision. Three cargo tanks of the chemical on the Danish-flagged Carla Maersk were ruptured when it collided with the Liberian bulk carrier Conti Peridot. A cause of the collision has not been determined. The Carla Maersk, which remains in the channel, was carrying approximately 216,000 barrels of MTBE before the collision but officials were still trying to determine how much had been spilled. www.greenfieldrep...

18 days ago by arnekiel

DP World to take control of Liège container terminal
DP World, seeking to strengthens its stake in the transport arteries of northern Europe, has announced it will take full control of the planned container terminal at Liège Port in Belgium. The Dubai-based port operator said that it would take over the shares owned by Euroports in the Trilogiport terminal.

18 days ago by arnekiel

Egypt’s Damietta Port to construct new berth
Egypt’s Transport Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of a 630-m-long and 17-m-deep berth at Damietta, one of the oldest ports in the country, with an adjacent handling yard totaling 75,000 sq m.

18 days ago by arnekiel

Chinese firm confirms suspension of US$ 1.5 billion Sri Lankan port city project
The Chinese company, constructing a port city at a cost of US$ 1.5 billion on a land to be reclaimed in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, has confirmed that it has suspended the work on the project on the Sri Lankan government’s orders. China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC) has confirmed receiving government orders temporarily suspending work on the site and said it will continue to comply with the laws of the country. “CHEC Port City Colombo Private Limited, a company which is fully owned by CCCC, has received official communication from the Secretary to the Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation, communicating a decision taken by the Cabinet Ministers, directing the suspension of the ongoing work for the Port City Project, with immediate effect,” Press Trust of India quoting a CCCC statement said. Construction of the port city was carried out by China Harbour Engineering Company under an MOU signed by Sri Lanka Ports Authority with CCCC to build an offshore city on 233 hectares (583 acres) of land reclaimed from the sea between the Colombo South Port and the Galle Face Green. The project was launched during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Sri Lanka in September 2014.

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