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22 days ago by arnekiel

MSC takes Hanjin’s Seattle terminal stake
Hanjin Shipping is selling its Seattle terminal to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), according to the Seattle Times. The deal is in addition to MSC’s buyout of Hanjin’s stake at a terminal in Long Beach. MSC will take over Seattle’s Terminal 46 via its Luxembourg affiliate, Terminal Investment Limited, a company that has interests in 30 ports around the world. splash247.com/msc...

22 days ago by arnekiel

HPH Trust acquires major stake in Huizhou terminal
Hong Kong port terminal operator Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited (HICT) in Guangdong from the trust’s sponsor for about $86.26m. HPH Trust will acquire 65% and 15% of HITC equity interest, respectively through its subsidiaries, Yantian International Container Terminals (Phase III) Limited (YICT III) and Shenzhen Pingyan Multimodal Company Limited (PML). Upon completion of the acquisition, HICT will be jointly held by YICT III (65%), Huizhou Port Group (20%) and PML (15%). HPH Trust expects growth from the terminal, in particular intra-Asia cargo due to its strategic position. splash247.com/hph...

22 days ago by arnekiel

Cambodia readies $300m Sihanoukville port expansion
Authorities in Cambodia have unveiled ambitious plans to pump $300m into the kingdom’s top port, Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP). The plan calls for a new container port – comprising a terminal, container yard, and customs and administrative buildings – on reclaimed land just north of the existing port facility. The terminal will be 350 m in length with a draft alongside of 14.5 m and an annual handling capacity of 1m teu. Construction will start next year and be finished by 2022. Further phases of development allow for more terminals plus a dedicated rail link. In a separate project, the Japan International Cooperation Agency has provided a $74m soft loan to build a new multipurpose terminal at SAP, which is scheduled to open in 2018. SAP accounts for around two thirds of Cambodia’s box throughput, and is on schedule to crack 400,000 teu this year, a year-on-year increase of 2%. splash247.com/cam...

22 days ago by arnekiel

Boskalis dredgers to revisit Acu Port
Açu Petróleo S.A., a joint venture company of Prumo Logística S.A. and Oiltanking Gmbh, has awarded the contract for the expansion of the Porto do Açu Oil Transhipment Terminal in Rio de Janeiro State. The expansion comprises the deepening, widening and extension of the access channel and turning basin. In total, approximately 32 million cubic meters of sand, silt and clay will be dredged. The activities will commence immediately and are expected to be completed late in 2017. For this project one jumbo and two large trailing suction hopper dredgers will be deployed. Currently, the terminal's access channel has a depth of 20.5m, suitable to receive Suezmax type vessels. By the end of 2017 the depth will be increased to up to 24.5m, allowing the terminal will be able to receive Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs).Between 2011 and 2015 Boskalis was responsible for the development of a large part of Açu Port, which included the construction of two access channels, a turning basin, an inner channel and mooring berths as well as the 2.4km of revetments for the inner harbour's protection. Source : maritimejournal

23 days ago by arnekiel

ENGIE Announces Inauguration of the First Floating LNG Import Terminal in Turkey
ENGIE and the Turkish construction companies Kolin and Kalyon have inaugurated the ETKI LNG terminal, in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Mr. Binali Yildirim and Minister of Energy Mr. Berat Albayrak. The facility, located close to Çakmakli, Izmir, is the country’s first floating liquefied natural gas import terminal. ENGIE has been selected by project developers Kolin and Kalyon to deliver this fast-track Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) based solution. The Group committed the Neptune, one of the two FSRU of its fleet, to the project. The 145,000 m3 capacity vessel will act as an LNG receiving and storage facility and will deliver natural gas in gaseous form. The overall infrastructure developed by Kolin and Kalyon includes a jetty and an onshore gas pipeline to connect the terminal to the national gas transport grid, operated by BOTAS. From final investment decision to completion, record breaking terminal project development took only 6.5 months. The Neptune vessel arrived at ETKI LNG terminal berth on December 11th fully loaded with LNG and proceeded immediately with commissioning operations. Source: Engie

23 days ago by arnekiel

Kharg Terminal Expands Oil Loading Capacity
Iranian Oil Terminals Company (IOTC) has completed the strategic project of renovation and overhaul of Kharg Oil Terminal in the Persian Gulf with the aim of boosting oil export capacity, managing director of the company said Monday. “The terminal’s crude oil loading capacity has increased to 7 million barrels per day. In other words, 10 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), with a storage capacity of 360,000 tons, can berth simultaneously without restrictions or technical hurdles,” Pirouz Mousavi was quoted as saying by Shana. Kharg Oil Terminal is located on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf some 25 kilometers off the coast of Iran. According to officials, more than 90% of Iran’s crude exports are shipped from the key island. Underscoring the fact that the terminal’s facilities have been overhauled with the help of domestic firms, the official said IOTC operations conform to international standards. “The overhaul of marine loading arms in Kharg Island expedited oil loading rate by more than 100,000 barrels per hour,” Mousavi noted, adding that Asian and European VLCCs pick crude in the shortest time possible.

23 days ago by arnekiel

Litgas to handle 1st small-scale LNG tanker in Klaipeda
Litgas, the gas trade arm of the state energy group Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy), will fill the first small-scale LNG tanker in the port of Klaipeda with liquefied natural gas, reports LETA/BNS. “We will start 2017 with an important deal. We will reload the first small-scale LNG cargo in Klaipeda. This is a new activity for our group, one of the strategic directions in the gas trade business,” Lietuvos Energija CEO Dalius Misiunas said in a press release on Friday. The Scandinavian natural gas supplier Skangass’ Coral Energy, which is scheduled to arrive in Klaipeda on Jan. 1-2, will be the first small LNG tanker loaded under an agreement signed last September by Litgas, Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas (Lithuanian Gas Supply) and Norway’s Statoil, Litgas said. Up to 15,000 cubic meters of LNG will be loaded onto the Coral Energy. Under the three-way agreement, Statoil sells LNG to small-scale supply buyers and Litgas and Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas provide modulation and balancing services. Source: Baltic Course

23 days ago by arnekiel

Tanzania: Govt Mulls Plan to Open Mtwara Port
The government intends to open up a new entry point for petroleum products into the country after announcing Mtwara port as the third after Dar es Salaam and Tanga, it has been learnt. The first consignment at the new Mtwara Port will be announced after the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA) signs a memorandum of understanding with the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) in Mtwara. Ewura’s Communication and Public Relations Manager (CPRM) Mr Titus Kaguo made the revelation while in an interview with ‘Daily News,’ adding that the authority has already hold talks with both parties including some oil marketing companies and the regional administration. The oil marketing companies includes GM Investment and Oilcom after it was learnt that the port was essential for them. “We plan to open up Mtwara port very soon and the plan will help to lower fuel prices in the Southern regions especially Lindi, Mtwara and Mbeya,” Mr Kaguo noted. Retail and wholesale price for fuel in upcountry regions is determined by the distance from the point of entry in additional to global oil price trend.

24 days ago by Timsen

Fire in port of Las Palmas
The Port of Las Palmas has registered two incidents within four hours in the morning of Dec 27, 2016. The 24-m- f/v “Alexandra”, which had been towed into port by two other vessels, sank between 7 am and 7:15 p.m. at the Cory Wharf, where abandoned ships are concentrated. The ship was empty of fuel, but as a precaution oil booms were laid out to contain residuel oil or wood chips. A few hours later the Korean trawler “Apsari 3”, 348 gt (IMO: 7051204) caught fire during some work which was carried out by the company Logiscrap, which was dismantling it. The fire brigade and tugs of Salvamento and the port were busy to douse the flames. Spanish reports with photos and video: www.laprovincia.e... www.laprovincia.e...

26 days ago by arnekiel

Coastal Ferry Line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik Reinstated for 2017
At the 13th session held on 22 December 2016, the government adopted a decision to reinstate the coastal ferry line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik. HRTurizam reports on 24 December 2016 that the adopted decision defines the state ferry, fast-ship and ship lines of particular public and economic interest of the Republic of Croatia. After a two-year break, to re-introduce the so-called “coastal ferry line” from Rijeka - Split - Stari Grad - Korcula - Sobra - Dubrovnik is great news for both tourists and citizens. The same decision is also being sought for the local ferry line from Split - Stari Grad which is planned to provide 21 return trips a week in the preseason, 35 return trips a week in the mid season, and 49 return trips a week in the high season. The new schedule will be announced at the website of the agency for maritime transport www.agencija-zolp... "Taking care of the needs of the island's population, as well as the adjustment of the line’s current situation, the new decision includes 53 maintained lines. The decision increases the capacity of the frequency of lines, provides better connections for the islands with the mainland, and helps the development of tourism and the development of the islands,” said Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković. In addition, the two lines that have so far only been a character of the season will now also become year-round - the coastal line from Rijeka - Dubrovnik and Pula - Zadar. In conclusion, the government points out that the revision of the state budget for 2016 increased budgetary funds intended to subsidize the line by 35 million kuna, and the budget for 2017, for the same purpose, provided 5 million kuna more than in 2016.

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