The NSW Government today announced funding to renew the Fitzroy Street shipyard slipway to reactivate the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter as a major marine ship repair and maintenance precinct.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said defence company Thales Australia will begin stage one of a phased redevelopment of the site, creating an additional 70 new jobs.
“This ship repair operation for a nationally significant facility will revitalise the Hunter’s proud maritime heritage and restore the Port as a maritime hub,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The slipway upgrade will allow the Port to handle bigger ships, attract skilled tradespeople back to the region and ensure naval maintenance work stays in NSW.”
Minister for Industry, Niall Blair, said Thales Australia’s plan closely aligns with the NSW Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy to build on NSW defence capabilities. www.hellenicshipp...
Visakha Container Terminal Private Ltd, one of the BOT operators of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust, will handle Maersk Line vessels manually following crippling of software systems used by AP Moller-Maersk following new ransomware cyberattack named Petya.
AP Moller-Maersk consortium operates Gateway Terminals India (GTI), one of the major container terminals in the country at JNPT, which has been seriously hit by Petya virus. GTI handles 1.8 million standard containers. Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company.
“As VCTPL is expecting one of the largest vessels of Maersk Liner by Thursday morning, we have decided to dispense with electronic handling to avoid spread of the virus. We will allow despatch only after a thorough scrutiny,” VPT Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh told The Hindu.
VCTPL handles several container vessels of Maersk Line on a regular basis to international destinations. Maersk Line’s website maerskline.com announces that it is shutdown temporarily. It admitted that its IT and communication infrastructure had been impacted due to global cyber attack Petya.
PitPoint.LNG to build the first LNG bunkering station in Germany
PitPoint.LNG will build Germany’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station in the harbor of Cologne. The new station will facilitate the bunkering of LNG powered inland waterways vessels that sail on Europe’s busiest transport waterway, the Rhine. The construction of the bunkering station is a next step in PitPoint.LNG’s strategy to develop a European LNG infrastructure to facilitate the uptake of LNG as fuel for road and marine transport. Source: PitPoint.LNG
Expanded Panama Canal Celebrates First Anniversary
The Panama Canal commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Expanded Canal, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the global maritime industry. In its first year of operations, the Expanded Panama Canal has continually set records and surpassed expectations, resulting in redrawn global trade routes and positive world-wide impact, as the Canal looks to further position Panama as the logistics hub of the Americas. During the one-year anniversary, the vessels that transited the Expanded Canal received commemorative plaques. The honored vessels included: Albert III: A liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessel, chartered by Petredec Services Limited. Ever Loading: An 8,500+ TEU capacity Neopanamax containership, owned by Evergreen. Valparaiso Express: A 13,000+ TEU capacity Neopanamax containership, owned by Hapag Lloyd. Yuhsho: A LPG vessel, chartered by ENEOS GLOBE Corporation. CMA CGM Melisande: An 8,700+ TEU capacity Neopanamax containership, owned by CMA CGM.
Gas from Lithuanian LNG terminal will be stored in the Latvian Inčukalns storage facility for the first time
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Klaipėda operated by KN is likely to accept LNG from the USA for the first time this summer and the user of the LNG terminal, UAB Lietuvos dujų tiekimas, plans to store part of the LNG to be acquired this summer in the Latvian Inčukalns natural gas storage facility for the first time.
KN says natural gas supply and trading company Lietuvos dujų tiekimas, which signed an agreement regarding the supply of LNG with the US company Cheniere Marketing International, buys liquefied natural gas through the LNG terminal in Klaipėda.
Four Korean port authorities have agreed to introduce a power supply system for ships at berth to reduce air pollution, a measure already in practice in advanced countries like the U.S.
Authorities in Incheon, Busan, Ulsan and Yeosu Gwangyang will install “alternative maritime power” (AMP), at their wharves, where ships can connect power plugs and run on-board systems on electricity. This will enable ships to conserve fuel and reduce engine noise pollution. Until now, ships have had to burn fuels to run generators to stay operative, producing air pollutants like carbon dioxide, fine dust, nitrogen oxides and sulfide oxides. At a meeting at Incheon Port Authority on Jun 22, participants agreed to work on an electricity rate standard, investment budget, and estimated operation costs to develop the system. www.hellenicshipp...
Private port operator, APM Terminals Pipavav informed that in a first for the port, largest vessel with size of 10,100 TEU (twenty-feet equivalent Units) capacity, Maersk Gibraltar arrived at APM Terminals Pipavav on June 16, 2017.
It makes the first call of Maersk Line’s ME1 Service to the port, and set a new record for the largest vessel ever to call Pipavav Port.
The newly added weekly loop linking Europe, the Middle East and India. The 337-meter long Maersk Gibraltar loaded cargoes of refrigerated agricultural products, and iron castings for export.
An expansion at APM Terminal Pipavav was recently completed, strengthening the existing berth, performing additional dredging, and adding 3 new post-Panamax cranes, and 4 new Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes, which has increased annual throughput capacity to 1.35 million TEUs.
Container throughput at the port was 682,000 TEUs in 2016, along with approximately 3 million tons of bulk cargo. Current annual general cargo capacities include 5 million metric tons off Dry Bulk, 2 million metric tons of Liquid Bulk and approximately 250,000 passenger cars.
Source: The Hindu Business Line
New City Terminal entrance improves accessibility of Rotterdam’s city and port
This morning, on Thursday 22 June, the redeveloped entrance of the City Terminal on Eemhaven (Gate Reeweg) was officially opened by Floor Vermeulen, Member of the Provincial Executive of Zuid-Holland. The new entrance and the surrounding infrastructure will considerably improve the accessibility of both the city and the port area. In time, the new gateway and the accompanying internal circuit will be able to handle some 3,000 trucks per 24 hours, including peaks of up to 450 trucks per hour. This high capacity is by no means a luxury, since soon the City Terminal will be accommodating a multi-purpose port and industrial area for both shortsea and breakbulk cargo – with throughput and traffic volumes that are substantially higher than previously handled in the area.
Vostochny Port monitors environment with the help of a drone
JSC “Vostochny Port”, the largest Russian coal stevedore and a member of the port coal holding “Managing Port Company, LLC”, reported that the fire and environment monitoring on its corporate premises is conducted with the help of a drone (quad copter). The flying camera “Phantom” operates online to inform a dedicated operator promptly on the situation in the air and on the territory of the port. “Vostochny Port” employees completed experimental flights and commenced regular environment monitoring with the drone and it has proved to be very effective. The drone is also used to patrol coastal waters as well as monitoring the technical condition of equipment at the port terminals.
JAXPORT welcomes largest containership - MOL BRAVO - to ever call a Florida port
JAXPORT and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point on June 24 welcomed the 10,100-TEU (container) MOL Bravo, the largest containership to ever visit a Florida port. The MOL Bravo transited the Suez Canal from Asia before reaching the U.S. East Coast, the company said in its press release. Although the ship is moving a significant amount of cargo during its Jacksonville stop, it won’t be able to operate at full capacity due to the 40-foot depth of the St. Johns River shipping channel. The federal project to deepen the channel to 47 feet to accommodate more cargo aboard the largest ships is set to begin construction by early 2018.