Seattle is on course for its biggest-ever cruise ship season this year, with larger ships carrying more tourists than ever before.
The Port of Seattle is expecting 203 vessel calls this season, including visits by the largest-ever cruise ship to call, the 3,114 passenger Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. www.bizjournals.c...
Cruise ship Adonia arrives at 2nd port in Cuba, Cienfuegos
The Carnival Cruise ship Adonia arrived Thursday at its second port of call in Cuba, the city of Cienfuegos. This is the first commercial cruise to visit Cuba in more than 30 years. The cruise ship docked with the first light of a rainy morning in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Its U.S. passengers were eager to continue writing history. After all, they are the first ones to take such a voyage in decades.
An Afro-Cuban music group was playing as these eager explorers filed off the ship.
The second port of call, Cienfuegos, is a quiet southern coast city of about 200,000 people. With only three hours to enjoy it, passengers boarded buses for a short tour.
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The MSC Musica call kicks off navigation season in St. Petersburg Passenger Port
The 2016 summer navigation season was opened on May 5 2016 with arrival of MSC Musica (MSC Cruises) at the Passenger Port of St. Petersburg. The first cruise ship has on board 2,651 passengers, the port operator Marine Façade said.
The MSC Musica length: 293,80 m; decks: 17.
MSC Cruises ranks among four largest cruise companies in the world, and a leader in the Mediterranean, South American and South African regions.
Arrival of next cruise ships is scheduled for May 7. The 2016 navigation season will be closed on October 11 with the call of AIDA Cruises' AIDAmar.
This year at least 12 vessels of the following cruise brands are expected to call at the port: Carnival Corporation, Viking Ocean Cruises, Global Cruise Lines Ltd., Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, Pullmantur Cruises SL, TUI Cruises GmbH, Windstar Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Rotterdam celebrates golden jubilee as a European container port
Rotterdam is celebrating 50 years as the largest container port in Europe.
On 3 May 1966, the MS Fairland, built in 1942 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp in the US, called at Rotterdam. Owned by Malcolm McLean, famed founder of the containerised freight trade, the vessel was converted in 1957 to carry containerised cargo and was one of the first ships to carry this cargo across the Atlantic.
Today’s commemoration, however, took place onboard the 2015-built UASC Al Zubara, moored at the automated Euromax Terminal Rotterdam. Euromax is owned by parent company Europe Container Terminals (ECT), the container transhipment company founded after the arrival of the MS Fairland. However, at 19,870 teu, the UASC vessel is somewhat larger than its 226 teu American predecessor.
Emile Hoogsteden, director of containers, breakbulk & logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority (pictured, right), handed a "container cake'" to the captain and Rob Bagchus of the ECT (left), in keeping with the celebration’s theme. www.seatrade-mari...
Cargotec’s Kalmar wins its largest ever crane upgrade contract
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to upgrade seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Malaysia. With a value of more than EUR 20 million, the order is the largest crane upgrade project to date globally for Kalmar. Site work is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2016.
Malaysia’s most advanced container terminal, PTP is located on the Straits of Malacca, the busiest shipping lane in the world, and has excellent road, rail and air connections. The terminal had an annual capacity of 9.1 million TEU in 2015. PTP is equipped with 57 super post-panamax cranes, and a substantial fleet of Kalmar equipment,
India has expressed interest in setting up an LNG terminal at Chahabar port in Iran to ship back home natural gas from Persian Gulf nation, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
India is keen to set up its engagement with hydrocarbon-rich Iran, which has recently come out of western sanctions, and is lining up $20 billion of investment in oil and gas as well as petrochemical and fertiliser projects.
Pradhan said he had during his visit to Tehran on April 9 conveyed interest of Indian companies in setting up fertilizer and petrochemical plants, including in the Chahabar SEZ. The projects can be “either in joint venture between Indian and Iranian public sector companies or with private sector partners,” he said in the Lok Sabha here.
The first phase of the Palermo Tanks terminal project in the port of Barranquilla, Colombia has been completed and is operational, Houston-based Zenith Energy announced.
Zenith, an international liquids and bulk terminal company, has partnered with Colombian marine transportation and logistics firm Grupo Coremar on the project, which the companies claim will be the most modern multiproduct liquids facility of its kind in the country.
The first incoming shipment of refined products has been received and is being distributed to the Colombian market by truck.
Initially the facility – including two storage tanks, a dock and infrastructure – will have capacity of 352,000 barrels for refined products and crude oil storage. splash247.com/pal...
Saipem wins new contract in Azerbaijan worth $1.3bn
Saipem, along with consortium partners Bos Shelf and Star Gulf, have been awarded call-off 007 under the Shah Deniz Stage 2 Master Agreement by BP, the Italian EPC company has announced.
The total value of the contract is approximately $1.5bn, with Saipem’s share accounting for around $1.3bn, and has a duration of five years plus a possible extension for a further five.
The scope of work includes the transport and installation of subsea production systems and subsea structures, laying of fiber optic cables and production umbilicals, laying of 90 kilometers of pipelines, the activation, crewing and operations management of newbuild subsea construction vessel Khankendi, SCV diving support, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support and marine base management post 2017.
The Shah Deniz field is located 90 kilometers offshore Azerbaijan, in water depths from 75 to 550 metres. splash247.com/sai...
Bollore Group has emerged among the investors interested in the Molo Settoriale terminal of the port of Taranto in southern Italy. The local port authority has just revealed that two entities presented two separate offers to operate all or part of the terminal that has a total quay length of 1,500m.
One offer came from a group of companies lead by Saga Italia (part of Saga Group controlled by Bollore), the local Ionian Shipping Consortium, Taranto Iniziative Produttive and Tecnomec Engineering. The second offer has been submitted by Italcave, a Taranto-based group already active in the bulk terminal at the same port.
Until 2015 the area subject today to international tender was operated in concession by Taranto Container Terminal (a jv between Evergreen and Italy’s TO Delta) and the best annual throughput of 900,000 teu handled was reached in 2006. splash247.com/bol...
Swire Shipping struggles to fill ships leaving Hobart
Swire Shipping’s new service connecting Hobart in Tasmania with the Australian mainland is struggling to gain traction with local reports suggesting the service is less than one third full.
The service, which leaves Hobart every nine days, was launched in November, becoming the first direct service from Hobart to the mainland in more than a decade.
The local government in Tasmania withdrew a subsidy for direct shipping services last year. splash247.com/swi...