French Oil Refineries Prepare for Restart But Oil Ports Still Shut
PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Preliminary work got underway on Monday to restart three of Total’s French oil refineries stopped as part of nationwide strikes against planned changes to employment laws, but workers were still on strike at the country’s two main oil ports.
Workers voted to end a strike at Grandpuits near Paris and preliminary work on resuming operations was underway there and at the Normandy refinery, as well as at the Feyzin refinery in the southern Rhone region, a Total spokesman said.
Total operates five of the country’s eight refineries.
The Donges refinery on France’s western coast was still blocked by about 30 members of the hardline CGT union, which is leading the campaign of stoppages and protests in the rail and energy sectors against the government’s labour reforms.
Workers were voting on Tuesday on whether to go back to work at Feyzin, Total’s spokesman said, while La Mede refinery was still working and also ensuring outbound deliveries.
Oil terminals were still blocked, however. https://gcaptain.com/french-oil-refineries-prepare-for-restart-but-oil-ports-still-shut/
Greek Cruise Operators Fret Over Strikes Sparked by Port Sale
ATHENS, June 7 (Reuters) – Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country’s biggest port Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.
Greece in April agreed the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros under a third international bailout.
Port workers have held 48-hour rolling strikes since late May, disrupting cargo operations and services provided to cruise ships docking at Piraeus over fears their jobs are at risk.
“We are very worried,” said Theodoros Kontes, head of the Greek cruise ship owners association. “If they keep striking, we are expecting a 10 million euro impact on our business in Piraeus only for June.” https://gcaptain.com/greek-cruise-operators-fret-over-strikes-sparked-by-port-sale/
DP World to Develop Ecuador’s First Deepwater Port Worth Over $1 Billion
Port terminal owner DP World has won a 50-year concession to build and operate Ecuador’s first deepwater port.
The new port will be located in the city of Posorja about miles miles from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and business center as well as home to its main port of Guayaquil.
DP World says the concession agreement represents an investment of over $1 billion, including a first-phase investment of $500 million. The first phase will involve the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20km access road, and construction of a 400 meter berth with capacity to handle up to 750,000 TEU per year and other types of cargo, including equipment to support Peru’s vibrant banana export industry. The access channel to the new port will allow drafts up to 15 meters, compared to the current 9.75 meter drafts at existing Guayaquil terminals.
DP World said construction on the first phase is expected to start within six to nine months and take around 24 months to complete. https://gcaptain.com/dp-world-to-develop-ecuadors-first-deepwater-port-for-over-1-billion/
The German tug "Jörn - H 4038" (EU-No.: 5117310; built 1926) was in collision with the 18-m-launch "Irma II - 8H 3055" (built 1959) on July 7 at 3 p.m. The accident happened on the Elbe in Hamburg off the dock 10 of the Blohm & Voss Yard. 15 persons were injured, seven of them seriously. The tug hit the launch which was on a harbour tour with 50 passengers, and the impact was so strong, that the windows broke. Both ships were able to berth at a pontoon near the dock where the injured were initially treated before being taken to hospital. The fire rescue and police were on scene with 60 men. Divers did not find leaks in the hull of the launch.
Damen delivers two ASD Tugs 2411 to SAAM S.A., Chile
SAAM S.A., the leading towage company with operations across South, Central and North America, has taken delivery of two ASD Tugs 2411 from the Damen Shipyards Group. These compact yet powerful vessels deliver over 70 tonnes of bollard pull and are exceptionally manoeuvrable and reliable. The two new tugs, named Tordo and Mirlo after Chilean birds, are now on their way to Valparaiso, Chile. Once they are fully commissioned they will begin harbour operations in the port of San Antonio. Damen will also be providing crew training and a range of other support services in their home country.
Ro-ro passenger ship Heji 609 hit a reef while it was sailing near Chongqing on the Yangtze River yesterday.
The incident caused water penetration into the cabin, with the ship carrying 40 vehicles, 68 passengers and 20 crewmembers onboard.
Chongqing Maritime Safety Administration sent a team for the rescue and managed to evacuate all the passengers and crewmembers onboard the vessel.
Currently two salvage vessels and two floating cranes are moving the vehicles on the vessel to another ro-ro vessel Heji 616.
The vessel is operated by Yichang Heji Transport, a shipping company which largely focuses on vehicle shipping on the Yangtze utilising a fleet of 15 ro-ro ships.
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas Arrives at Cochin Port
Mega Luxury Cruise Vessel “M.V.Ovation of the Seas” called at the Cochin Port on June 2, 2016 for a 2-day stop-over in its circuit of Dubai-Muscat-Kochi-Penang-Singapore. The vessel with 4000 passengers and 1649 crew was given a warm and colourful reception at the Cochin Port in ethnic style with flowers, sindhoor and chendamelam.
‘Container handling facility at Paradip port within 6 months’
A container handling facility would be set up at Paradip port within six months to boost exports from Odisha, Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia said on June 4, 2016.
Teaotia, who met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, said the government would adopt a positive approach in dealing with issues raised by the state, according to a release from the Chief Minister’s Office.
The state government also shared its views on export promotion with the ministry officials.
“Odisha has a great tradition of export and today also the state has much potential.
“Both the state and Central government are committed for infrastructural development in the state. We need to work together in close collaboration to sort out the regulatory issues and expedite the completion of the projects,” Teaotia said.
Joint Secretary, Commerce, Sanjaya Chadha said the Odisha government has taken a number of steps for promotion of exports.
The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) will start the public bidding process for the P400-million one-stop-shop fastcraft terminal at the Cebu Base Port once the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will approve its loan application.
CPA General Manager Edmund Tan said the agency’s loan application with DBP in Cebu has been sent to the DBP-Manila for approval.
“Hopefully, it will be approved so we can start the process of bidding our fastcraft terminal at the Cebu Base Port worth P400 million,” Tan said.
Tan said that the Robinsons Galleria Cebu has a pending proposal to construct a skywalk or flyover to connect the newly-opened mall at the North Reclamation Area (NRA) to the fastcraft terminal at the base port, better known as Pier 4.
“But they will only build the skywalk once our terminal will start construction or completed, depending on what Robinsons management decides,” Tan said.
The future fastcraft terminal will be located at the area formerly occupied by Supercat and 2Go. The area was abandoned after it was damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. www.hellenicshipp...