Hamburg-Sud has become the second shipping line to confirm it will introduce a big ship service to Tauranga, taking advantage of the port's increased depth following its extensive dredging programme.
The seasonal weekly service is scheduled to commence on March 7.
The first big ship to visit New Zealand, the 9600 20 foot container equivalent unit (TEU) Aotea Maersk, berthed in Tauranga last October, initiating Maersk Lines' South America-New Zealand-North Asia service.
Full details of the new Hamburg-Sud service are not yet available, but it is understood it will operate the service with slightly smaller 7200 TEU vessels, during the kiwifruit harvest season.
"We are doing a peak season service for 21-22 weeks as a top-up for reefer capacity for the perishable exporters," said Simon Edwards, Hamburg-Sud New Zealand general manager commercial.
The vessel would be routed to Port of Tauranga as part of its South America to North Asia service, with North Asian calls at Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. www.nzherald.co.n...
Port of Vancouver to cut docking fees for quieter ships by nearly half
The Port of Vancouver has introduced a new incentive for shipping companies to protect local marine wildlife: ships that meet new engine noise reduction standards will have their docking fees cut by up to 47 per cent.
Duncan Wilson, vice-president of corporate social responsibility for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, says the potential discount could translate into savings of between $3,000 and $4,000 per visit for a medium-sized ship. Those savings could be even greater for large container and cruise ships as dues are based on vessel size.
The Port of Vancouver is the first port in the world to implement such an incentive.
"What we're doing here is very much world leading in terms of a best practice," Wilson said. www.cbc.ca/news/c...
Port of Kiel launches direct train connection between Kiel and Trieste
The port of Kiel is extending its services in combined traffic. There has been established a new direct train connection between Kiel and the Adriatic port of Trieste in Northern Italy, the Port of Kiel said Friday in a press release.
Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director at PORT OF KIEL: “This is a milestone for Kiel as a logistics hub. The train is an ideal link for rapid freight transport between the Baltic and the Eastern Mediterranean Seas.” The destinations of the train - Kiel and Trieste - are equally points of departure for efficient ferry lines to Scandinavia and to Turkey. The direct train connection was initiated by the logistics company EKOL. Stena Line, who transports the goods from and to Sweden with its ships, has accompanied the project right from the start and contributed decisively to its realization. Dirk Claus: “The new direct train will relocate traffic from road to rail and is a showcase project on the European TEN-T corridor between the Adriatic and Baltic Seas.”
The first train started in Trieste on 25th January 2017 and arrived at 1 p.m. next day (26/01) in Kiel. It consists of sixteen double pocket wagons and can transport 32 load units. Trailers swap bodies and containers are accepted. To begin with, the rail connection is operated once a week in both directions. The train departs from Italy every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and arrives at Kiel’s Schwedenkai the following Thursday. The transit time for the distance of 1,360 km is 26 hours. Dirk Claus: “The goods are distributed from Kiel to their recipients in Northern Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Our Schwedenkai is strengthening its position as a hub in Northern Europe.” There is a direct connection to the ferries of Stena Line reaching the Swedish port of Gothenburg on Friday morning at 9.15 a.m. Cargo units for Denmark and Northern Germany are directly taken on by trucks.
Vostochny Port takes delivery of innovative ship loading conveyor
Russia’s largest stevedoring company Vostochny Port JSC, which is a part of Port Management Company LLC, says it has taken the delivery and started assembling of an innovative ship loading conveyor (SLC).
SLC intended for conveying of coal into the holds of bulk carriers was developed by Mitsui Miike (Japan) together with the specialists of Vostochny Port JSC under an agreement for delivery of equipment signed with the Japanese company Marubeni Corporation under the Port’s programme on modernization and renovation of its facilities.
The equipment was delivered by Dutch company Big Lift specializing in transportation of heavy cargo by sea transport. The new SLC will replace one of the four conveyors at the dedicated coal terminal of Vostochny Port JSC.
643-tonne SLC was delivered by the Happy Star ship equipped with two cranes with aggregate capacity of 1,800 tonnes. It took one hour to unload the cargo at berth No 49 of Vostochny Port JSC. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Florida Governor Threatens to Cut Funding for Ports Doing Business with Cuba
Florida governor Rick Scott threatened to cut state funding for any Florida ports looking to do business with Cuba.
The warning from Governor Scott, delivered over three posts on Twitter on Wednesday, comes as a Cuban trade delegation visits the United States this week to explore possible trade opportunities with port authorities along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. The delegation was scheduled to visit with officials at Port Everglades on Thursday.
“Disappointed some FL ports would enter into any agreement with Cuban dictatorship,” wrote Governor Scott on Twitter.
“I will recommend restricting state funds for ports that work with Cuba in my budget. gcaptain.com/flor...
Singapore Bunker Barge Operator New Ocean Maritime Fined for Operating Without a Licencei
Singapore. Singapore-based bunker barge operator New Ocean Maritime was fined 81,000 Singapore dollars ($57,100) on Jan. 17 for providing services without a licence between Jan. 3, 2015 and March 28, 2015, the Singapore port authority said on Tuesday (24/01).
The company was also found to have used the bunker craft operator licence of Seaquest Tanker, another Singapore-based bunker services provider, which had its permit revoked last year on April 26 for erroneous record-keeping.
Singapore is the world's largest ship refuelling port, with thousands of vessels calling every year to take on bunkers, as shipping fuel is known in the industry.
"MPA adopts a zero tolerance approach towards bunkering malpractices and will not hesitate to take action against any unlicensed entity operating in the port of Singapore," the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said. www.jakartaglobe....
Wison Offshore & Marine announces undocking of the world's first barge-based FSRU at Nantong
Wison Offshore & Marine today announced that the world’s first barge-based Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), for which the company provided EPC services for Exmar, has undocked from Wison’s dry-dock in Nantong, China, marking another major milestone for this project. Upon the undocking, topside installation has been completed, which paves the way for successful delivery.
This is the first FSRU being built in China and the facility is to become the world’s first FSRU with small-scale storage capacity. This non-propelled FSRU barge has a regasification capacity of 600MMSCFD. Two SPB cargo tanks, each with a capacity of 12,500 m3, are installed in the hull for LNG storage.
It is the second project on which Wison and Exmar have been cooperating following the Caribbean FLNG, the world’s first FLNG project. By adopting a modularization strategy, the hull and topside modules of the FSRU have been fabricated simultaneously, which not only reduced the safety risks and improved construction quality but also helped to shorten the delivery schedule. In addition, Wison has made a few technological breakthroughs including development of its own cargo containment system and cargo handling system for the IHI SPB tanks.
Meanwhile, the regasification module has been successfully applied in the final performance test of Caribbean FLNG project as its temporary regasification skid. This demonstrated Wison’s integrated project management capabilities spanning from engineering, procurement, construction to commissioning and operation in the liquefaction and regasification field.
Color Line signs LOI on the world’s largest hybrid vessel
Color Line and Ulstein Verft have today agreed on a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of the largest hybrid vessel of the world, the company said in its press release.
“This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line,” states CEO Gunvor Ulstein at Ulstein Group. The vessel will be designed by Fosen.
The vessel is planned to service Sandefjord-Strömstad from summer 2019. The ferry is a plug-in hybrid, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators.
The vessel, with the working title "Color Hybrid", will have almost double capacity as M/S “Bohus”, which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation. The ship will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord. It will therefore not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area.
“The signing of the LOI represents a significant step to realize the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship. It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally,” says Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.
Families of Gadani ship fire victims get compensation
TIMERGARA: The Gadani ship-breaking yard owners and representatives of the Balochistan government on Saturday handed over Rs18 million compensation cheques to the legal heirs of nine victims of the Nov 1 tragedy.
A function in this regard was held at Khall here with MPA Sahibzada Sanaullah in the chair. Heirs of victims, their relatives, local government representatives and area elders attended the function. Nine out of the 29 victims belonged to Khall, Toormang and Bebiawar areas of Lower and Upper Dir.
MPA Sanaullah, Gadani ship breaking yard corporation’s representatives Seth Abdul Ghani, Babu Karim Jan, Gul Badshah and district councillor Malik Mohammad Zeb distributed cheques among heirs of the victims.
Each family was provided with Rs2 million (17,750 Euro) (Rs1.5 million by the ship-breakers while Rs500,000 by the Baluchistan government) as per decision made earlier by the trade union, ship breaking yard owners and Balochistan government.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is warning that an ice advisory has been issued by Odessa Sea Port Authority in Ukraine due to ice forming in the port harbour, the company said in its press release.
From 00:00 on 18 January until further notice, all vessels without ice class classification will need to present a guarantee letter to the Harbour Master and may face restrictions – around 95% of vessels are likely to be affected. All ice class vessels can continue to operate without restrictions.
The port of Odessa is the largest seaport in Ukraine and one of the largest ports in the Black Sea basin.