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14 days ago by arnekiel

Storage tanker for Gazprom Neft to be placed at port Murmansk
Storage tanker for Gazprom Neft will be reportedly placed at port Murmansk. As IAA PortNews was told by a source in the Murmansk Regional Government, the tanker is to be placed in 2015. No other details have been revealed yet.

14 days ago by arnekiel

Lagging behind: LNG terminal awaits first regular cargo
Behind the fanfare surrounding Pakistan’s entry in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, anxiety has started to creep in among officials whose stakes in the latest energy venture run high. Regular and scheduled import of LNG should have started by now. Not just because the country desperately needs to address energy woes, but due to its commitments with a private terminal operator. Every day, the government is paying $272,000 to Engro Elengy Terminal, which has invested millions of dollars to build a jetty and hire a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to handle LNG, which is basically a super-chilled liquid form of natural gas. “That’s a fixed charge we have to pay the terminal operator in any case. It’s important that government realises that and starts importing at the earliest,” said an official connected with the project. After much delay, the FSRU docked at Port Qasim on March 26. It also brought in its tanks around 3,000 million cubic feet of gas. Initially, it was expected that the cargo will last for 15 days considering a throughput of 200mmcfd. But now officials say that average of 100mmcfd is going into the system, adding to perception that the government is trying its best to stretch use of the first cargo for as long as possible. The terminal is designed to handle 600mmcfd. Contractually, the government can use up to 400mmcfd of capacity. tribune.com.pk/st...

14 days ago by arnekiel

Toxic fuel spill in English Bay prompts emergency response
Port Metro Vancouver's operations centre received several reports, just after 5 p.m. on April 8, of an oily sheen on the water at English Bay. Their harbour patrol crew confirmed the situation and reported it to the Canadian Coast Guard, who are now working with the West Coast Marine Response Corporation to handle the situation. The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, and Transport Canada are all also responding to the situation. The oily substance was identified as bunker fuel (or residual fuel oil). The spill surrounded a grain ship Marathassa (flying a Cyprus flag) anchored in deep water off Vancouver, according to a CBC report. A boom has been placed around the ship to contain the spill. Photo report on https://www.straight.com/...

14 days ago by arnekiel

First freighter arrives later than usual - Ice delays docking in Toledo
Like the first robins, Toledo’s first overseas ship of the season is a sure sign of spring — and like many other such signs this year, the M.V. Floragracht arrived a little late. The freighter docked at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s general-cargo docks Friday morning to unload several pieces of heavy equipment from Europe. But because it was slowed by ice earlier in its voyage through the St. Lawrence Seaway and eastern Lake Erie, and by fog Thursday afternoon in Maumee Bay, port authority officials said there was no time to have the usual first-ship welcoming ceremony for the Dutch-flagged Floragracht and its crew. Joe Cappel, the port authority’s vice president of business development, estimated the Floragracht’s overall delay at several days. He said he was not sure what impact a later-than-average Seaway opening — April 2 instead of a normal late March start — may have had on its schedule. Read more at www.toledoblade.c...

15 days ago by arnekiel

Dust storm shuts down 4 ports in Egypt’s Suez Area
Four ports in Egypt’s Suez were closed down on Thursday, Apr. 9, due to a dust storm that hit the governorate which overlooks the entrance to the Suez Canal from the Gulf of Suez, said Abdel-Rehim Mostafa, spokesperson for the Red Sea Ports Authority. The four ports are Ain Sokhna, Adabiya, Zaitiyat and Tawfiq.

15 days ago by arnekiel

Duqm Liquid Terminal to Be Built in Two Stages
A major Bulk Liquid Berths Terminal planned at the Port of Duqm will now be implemented in two stages, according to the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD), which is overseeing the development of a mega industrial and maritime hub on Oman’s Wusta coast. Envisioned in the first stage is a package of works encompassing reclamation and dredging, as well as the construction of the jetty and related marine facilities, to be executed on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. The construction of topside facilities, including the installation of product storage tanks, dry bulk facilities, pipelines, buildings, road and other infrastructure, will be covered in the second stage, due to be tendered out later in the year. Accordingly, a tender notice inviting technically competent international engineering contractors to prequalify for the Duqm Liquid Berths Terminal Project has been revised by SEZAD. An earlier ‘Invitation to Prequalify’, issued by SEZAD in February, had envisaged the implementation of the entire liquid berths terminal project as one EPC package. Announcing the revised approach to the project, the Authority said: “The works shall be split into two packages: Package 1 for Dredging & Reclamation and Marine/Jetty structure; Package 2 for Topside Facilities including Tanks.” Source: Oman Daily Observer

15 days ago by arnekiel

Penang aims to become strategic port on Mideast-Far East route
Penang Port, the main port of the northwestern Malaysian island of Penang, a tourism and electronics manufacturing hub, is working on positioning itself as a major strategic port on the Middle East–Far East shipping route, according to Steven Yoogalingam, the port’s chief operations officer. The port is the oldest and longest established in Malaysia and is strategically located at the entrance of the Malacca Strait, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. While it used to serve as the main gateway for shippers in the northern states of Malaysia and also the southern provinces of Thailand, Penang Port is now strengthening its role as a port of call especially for East Asian shipping companies on their mainline services to India and the Middle East. This April, Taiwan’s second-largest shipping line Yang Ming Marine Transport Co and China’s Cosco Group, one of the largest container ship operators and dry bulk carrier worldwide, will drop anchor in Penang Port on their long cargo trips to the Middle East and back. Another two direct services from Penang will commence by the second quarter of this year, reports say. Adding to that, French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGA, the third largest container company in the world, and India’s OEL Shipping added a second weekly call, while Thailand’s Regional Container Lines and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines launched a joint Southeast Asia service in March. Source: Gulf Times

15 days ago by arnekiel

Khalifa Port ready for growing RORO volumes
As part of its commitment to facilitate development and trade, Abu Dhabi Ports has enhanced its customer service offering by moving all of Abu Dhabi’s RORO cargo to the new Khalifa Port RORO hub. RORO is an abbreviation for roll-on/roll-off and refers to cargo that is moved on wheels, on and off ships, as opposed to cargo which is lifted using cranes. Heavy vehicles like tractors or bulldozers, as well as private and commercial automobiles like cars, buses and trucks are termed RORO cargo. In 2014, for the first time ever, Abu Dhabi handled more than 100,000 units in a single year, recording an all-time high of 106,071 units. The RORO volumes grew by 18.8% compared to 2013. “Over recent years, Abu Dhabi’s RORO business has increased significantly, today it forms an important element of the Emirate’s strategic vision to diversify the economy. As the UAE is a growing market for the automotive sector, our business strategy is to support this growth by developing and enhancing Abu Dhabi’s port infrastructure, to build this sustainable industry for the Emirate’s future prosperity,” says Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports. Source: Abu Dhabi Ports Company

17 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM Group to make Kingston, Jamaica its hub in the Caribbean
The CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s top container shipping companies, is pleased to announce that Mr. Farid T. Salem, CMA CGM Group Executive Officer, signed on April 7th, in Kingston – Jamaica, an agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica granting the CMA CGM Group the concession of Kingston Container Terminal for 30 years. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica Prime Minister, and Mr. Jean-Pierre Bel, the French President François Hollande Special Representative in Latin America and the Caribbean, attended the event. With CMA CGM, Kingston becomes one of the major transshipment hub port in the Caribbean With a total 2,400 meters of wharf, a 80 ha surface and 15.5 meters draught, Kingston Container terminal will increase its annual capacity up to 3.6 million TEU containers. It will be equipped with 14 gantry cranes and 60 port riders. The terminal extension will turn Kingston into one of the Caribbean top five ports.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Konecranes wins order for 3 Ship-To-Shore cranes from Indonesia
In March 2015, Konecranes received an order from PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) in Surabaya for three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. The cranes will be delivered to the PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) at the end of 2016.

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