Occidental is planning to test loading a VLCC-size ship at its crude terminal at Ingleside, Texas, near Corpus Christi later this month.
If successful, the ship would be the first of its size to load at a US port in the Lower 48 states.
The ship is scheduled to arrive in late May and will remain for two days allowing the company’s engineers to assess if Occidental can modify the terminal to regularly load VLCCs in the future, a company spokesman said today.
The test comes amid rising interest in exporting US crude and growing domestic production, especially out of the Permian basin in West Texas and New Mexico.
The Port of Corpus Christi, which is already authorized to dredge to a 52ft draft, would need to go down to about 70ft to accommodate fully loaded VLCCs. But unlike other ports in the region, the waters off of the coast taper quickly, meaning the port would have to dredge less than three miles of channel to connect the US Gulf to Harbor Island in Corpus.
Stena Line might re-open the Halmstad route as it will no longer be welcome in Varberg
Shippax already reported that Stena Line would likely bow out of Varberg following the municipality’s decision to use the terminal for a housing development project. - Halmstad may become the new homeport for STENA NAUTICA https://www.shippax.com/e...
Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) has raised concerns over the government’s proposal to sell the deep sea Port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka to a Chinese firm, according to the Hindu.
Key clauses were ignored and the draft agreement was in violation of the SLPA Act, the authority said.
Despite many previous revisions to the draft agreement, terms remained “not conducive” to the port authority.
State-run China Merchants Port Holdings had expected to pay US$1.12 billion for a 99-year lease and acquire an 80% stake in the Hambantota port.
Sir Lanka remains in debt as the port was built in 2010 with finance from China, and included in the Chinese government’s Silk Road plan. https://www.porttechnolog...
Strike to Disrupt Operations at Jakarta's Main Port
A union workers' strike next week is expected to disrupt shipping operations at Jakarta's main port, which handles the bulk of international shipments for Southeast Asia's biggest economy, a labour union official said.
Around 2,000 union members are expected to go on strike from May 15-20 at the Tanjung Priok port to protest against an affiliate of Hutchinson Ports, which the union says is bad for the country and for workers' rights.
"We are going all out in (next week's) strike," said Nova Sofyan Hakim, chairman of the union at PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), adding that all port operations would be halted during the strike. https://www.marinelink.co...
Northern Europe’s first floating rubbish bin installed in Helsinki
The technology group Wärtsilä’s project to bring floating rubbish bins to Finland is making progress. The project is being executed in honour of Finland’s centenary. The first Seabin marine rubbish bin in all of Northern Europe was launched and placed in test use today in Uunisaari, off the coast of the Kaivopuisto district of Helsinki. Another floating rubbish bin will be installed in Helsinki at the turn of June.
Wärtsilä will be operating as the Seabin Project’s global pilot partner for the next three years. The other six pilot partners are La Grande Motte in Southern France, Porto Montenegro in Montenegro, Port Adriano in Mallorca (Spain), Butterfield in Bermuda, and Safe Harbor Marinas in the United States. Seabin Project launched its new V5 Hybrid model at the end of April. It then began installing prototypes at its pilot partners’ sites. For a three-month trial period, the pilot partners will provide information about how the floating rubbish bins have functioned. Seabins are expected to go on commercial sale in August. www.hellenicshipp...
Japan is keen on collaborating with India on projects in Asia and Africa as a counter to China’s Belt and Road initiative (B&RI), Tokyo’s Ambassador to New Delhi said here, indicating Japan’s nod for Australia’s bid to join a quadrilateral for military exercises with India and the U.S..
In an exclusive interview to The Hindu , Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu revealed that the Japanese government was in talks with Tehran and New Delhi for a role in the Chabahar port project along with India. More to read at www.hellenicshipp...
GCT Deltaport welcomes largest container vessel ever to call Canada
On Friday May 5, GCT Canada welcomed the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver. The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU “Antwerpen Express” has been deployed as part of THE Alliance’s Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service. The Hamburg class vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service. Not only will this new fleet of vessels offer more slots for importers and exporters to grow in the market, but it will do so with an improved environmental footprint.
GCT Deltaport hosts the largest ships to call the Port of Vancouver. The facility has recently completed major construction on its $280 million Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint, enabling even better handling of big ship surge volumes. GCT Deltaport is the Antwerpen Express’s first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).
Port Qasim in Pakistan has inaugurated its first state-of-the-art coal, clinker and cement bulk terminal with the visit of a bulk carrier, according to Pakistan Daily Times.
Bulk carrier African Finfoot became the inaugural vessel to call at the terminal on the weekend of April 29-30, 2017.
The second vessel, named Iris Oldendorff, visited the terminal on May 2, 2017,
African Finfoot was transporting 41,510 metric tons of coal for importer and exporter Awan Trading.
Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBTL), with a 62-acre storage yard, is capable of handling 12 million tons of cargo per annum. https://www.porttechnolog...
A off-dock empty container storage yard is to be opened at DP World London Gateway Port.
The five acre yard will be operated and managed by Solent Stevedores, an award-winning stevedoring company with a broad range of bulk and general cargo handling and storage services at ports in Southampton, Jersey, Immingham and London.
Work to develop the yard will commence next month, with it then due to become operational by the first quarter of 2018. https://www.porttechnolog...
Port of Barcelona Secures $82 million Logistics Upgrade
The Port of Barcelona is going to increase its capacity, improve its efficiency and promote sustainability through a US$82 million loan agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Barcelona's ZAL Port service centre.
New logistics and warehousing facilities will be constructed over the next two years to increase the port's warehousing capacity by around 1,000,000 m² and support some 4,000 new direct jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs in the logistics and transport sectors.
The Port of Barcelona is one of the biggest in Spain and occupies a strategic position on routes within the Mediterranean Corridor. https://www.porttechnolog...