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20 days ago by arnekiel

Carnival plans to build cruise port in Haiti
A major Florida-based cruise line has signed a letter of intent to develop a new port on an isolated Haitian barrier island that has long been a major launching spot for smugglers, authorities said Monday. Carnival Corp., the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, said it signed a memorandum of understanding last week with the Haitian government for a cruise port on Ile de la Tortue off Haiti’s north coast.In a statement emailed Monday, Carnival said the development would create a “tremendous economic impact” for Haitians while also carving out a new spot for ship itineraries in the Caribbean, the globe’s No. 1 cruise destination.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Egypt announces plans for parallel Suez Canal ending one-way convoys
Egypt has announced plans for a new Suez Canal running parallel to the existing waterway that would eliminate single direction convoys that cause delays. The Egyptian governnment has not yet specified whether the expanded canal system would accommodate larger vessels. Speaking in Ismailia on state television, Suez Canal Authority chairman Mohab Mamish said the new canal will run parallel over 72 kilometres. The US$8.2 billion project is expected to include an international industrial and logistics hub, Reuters reports. Lloyd's List Intelligence data shows there were 16,992 transits in 12 months (8,584 northbound; 8,407 southbound), which came 1.2 billion dead wieght tons. A second canal has been discussed before, and was expected to begin in 2010 and be completed by 2012. But Egypt's political troubles prevented this from happening.

22 days ago by arnekiel

First cargo ship of the season loads at Churchill and offers grains of hope
The first cargo ship of the season – the M.V. Ikan Suji – was loaded Tuesday at the Port of Churchill with 35,200 tonnes of No. 2 Canada western red spring wheat destined for Mexico. It was the earliest start of the shipping season at the northern Manitoba deepwater port in 20 years. Port officials hope it bodes well in its efforts to meet this year’s grain-shipment target of 800,000 tonnes. If it gets there, it would be a record total. “It was a good day,” said Merv Tweed, president of OmniTrax Canada, the owners of the port and the Hudson Bay Railway. “Everything seemed to go off without a hitch. The prognosis for this year is very positive.” This year’s ambitious targets is almost twice as much as the 10-year average of less than 500,000 tonnes. “We have a plan, and if everything falls into place the way we think it should, we should be able to deliver on that number,” said Tweed. The early start is a good thing and an extended ice-free period at the end of the shipping season would also help. In 2013, the final ship of the season left the port Nov. 12, the latest ever.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Typhoon Halong threatens bunker fuel, shipping in South Korea, West Japan
Typhoon Halong is expected to halt operations and close ports in Busan, southeastern South Korea, as well as West Japan over the weekend, market sources said Friday. Bunker fuel sellers in South Korea reported cancellations of bunker fuel orders as shipowners altered routes to avoid the severe weather. The sellers expect more order cancellation as some buyers could not wait until the ports re-open. Shipping sources said replacement jobs were expected Monday as vessels may not be able to load or discharge at ports in the typhoon’s path. “I heard that Ulsan and Onsan will be closed from Saturday at 00:01 hours. Now the typhoon is between Taiwan and South Korea, and many ships are in that area so delays are expected,” said a shipowner source with vessels operating in North Asia. “This typhoon is moving slowly, so it may have some impact [due to longer vessel delays],” said a North Asia based shipbroker. In addition, some Japanese traders said they were not offering bunker fuel currently as weather conditions were expected to worsen over the weekend. Typhoon Halong, described as strong, was traveling northwards at 10 kph, with maximum wind speed near the center of 40 meters/second and wind gusts of up to 55 meters/second at 0540 GMT. Source: Dow Jones

22 days ago by arnekiel

Coast Guard reopens all Hawaii ports following storm
The Coast Guard has reopened all ports in the State of Hawaii following the passing of Tropical Storm Iselle through the Hawaiian Islands. Commercial traffic and port operations may be resumed and these ports are now in Condition V. All Coast Guard vessels and aircraft will return to their normal safety, security and law enforcement patrols. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor Hurricane Julio and heavy weather conditions for each port will be updated as information becomes available. Although the storm has passed the public is advised to use extreme caution around the water as the lingering effects of the storms may last for several days, generating high surf, rip currents and poor water conditions. The public should heed all warnings from local lifeguards or posted placards regarding public health and safety. • Condition V: Seasonally readiness, 1 June – 30 November • Condition IV: The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours. • Condition III: The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours. • Condition II: The WARNING condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 24 hours. • Condition I: The DANGER condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 12 hours and until the storm has passed and is no longer a threat. Source: Coast Guard News

22 days ago by arnekiel

Italian Government to Ban Large Cruise Ships from Venice Lagoon
Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice’s Saint Mark’s lagoon, to protect Italy’s floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic, the government said on Friday, Augzst 8, 2014, Reuters reports. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist vessels sailing close to the fragile city. Last November, Italy’s government started limiting traffic on the lagoon and the Giudecca canal, which flows into the lagoon between the main island of Venice and the island of La Giudecca to the south. “The order by which in 2014 and 2015 no large ship weighing more than 96,000 tonnes will be able to enter Saint Mark’s lagoon and the Giudecca canal is back in force,” transport minister Maurizio Lupi said, describing the large ships as “skyscrapers of the sea”. Politicians including Lupi, the prime minister’s chief of staff Graziano Delrio, culture minister Dario Franceschini and environment minister Gianluca Galletti met in Rome on Friday and agreed to implement a decree limiting the traffic. The ministers commissioned an environmental analysis of the nearby Contorta-Sant’Angelo canal, which has been chosen as a possible alternative route for larger vessels to reach Venice’s maritime station.

24 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Rotterdam takes measures to prevent delays
The Port of Rotterdam is taking measures to eliminate congestion at the ECT Delta Terminal and the Euromax Terminal. Inland waterway vessels and feeder vessels have been experiencing delays at these terminals for some time. Improvements implemented at these terminals have not had the desired effect up until now, the company said in its press release. The inconvenience experienced by the port's customers and users is of such magnitude that the Port of Rotterdam Authority has taken the initiative of developing solutions to this problem. It became clear that all parties involved wanted to cooperate in order to improve the situation. Three potential measures were identified pursuant to meetings with ECT, LINC (inland container shipping sector), Uniport Terminal and the Kramer Group/RCT. Part of the inland waterway vessels, particularly those vessels transporting smaller numbers of containers to and from the port will be handled at the Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) located adjacent to the Delta Terminal. ECT will decide which ships will be handled by RCT. The operator will then be in direct contact with RCT. RCT will organise various related aspects, such as a berth, the unloading of containers and the overland transport to the Delta Terminal. This will unburden the water side of the Delta Terminal. This approach has since been implemented and operations can be further scaled up. • Bundling of containers in the Port of Moerdijk (M.C.T.). Inland waterway vessels with a very high capacity will subsequently shuttle between Moerdijk and the Maasvlakte. Because the cranes on larger ships can operate more efficiently, the quay at the Maasvlakte will be used more efficiently. This option is currently already available, but can be further scaled up. • Bundling of inland shipping containers, and if necessary road containers, at the Uniport Terminal in the Waalhaven area. This is similar to the bundling in Moerdijk and results in greater efficiency at the Maasvlakte. This option is currently being worked out in further detail. The three measures are primarily focused on handling inland shipping traffic. The expectation is that this will subsequently free up quay and labour capacity in favour of sea-going vessels. A key cause of the congestion is due to the arrival of large intercontinental container ships outside scheduled/planned times. Hundreds of hinterland movements are connected with the mainland vessels, whose scheduling is consequently disrupted as well. Other ports are also faced with this problem. Source : PortNews

25 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Salalah to berth largest container ship to call in Oman
Port of Salalah has announced that the MSC LONDON will mark the historic arrival of the largest container ship to call in Oman when the ship was expected to arrive in Salalah yesterday (Thursday) Longer than the Eiffel Tower at 399 metres in length, the MSC LONDON is so far the largest ship owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the first in a series of six 16,652 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) ships to join the 474+ vessel fleet. “The arrival of the MSC LONDON is more than a record event for us,” said David Gledhill, CEO at Port of Salalah, “as not only does this illustrate Salalah’s capability to handle vessels of this class, moreover, it reflects the sound partnership and confidence MSC has in the Port of Salalah to handle the company’s largest container ship efficiently.” Port of Salalah will service the MSC LONDON as well as an additional MSC vessel with a capacity of 10,000 TEU in simultaneous container operations. Up to 3,000 TEUs will be loaded onto the MSC LONDON for transshipment as the vessel is under way from Singapore to the Black Sea. “Though shipping is a cyclical industry and no day is ever the same, an average of 9,000 moves throughout the 24 hour cycle is the norm here at the Port of Salalah, a testament to Oman’s investment in this state-of-the-art container terminal,” adds Gledhill. Port of Salalah, Oman’s largest container terminal, is the only port in Oman that provides direct weekly connections to markets in Far East, Europe and the US East Coast, as well as to emerging economies in Africa including Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia, and the Indian Subcontinent, with multiple sailing to these locations each week. Source : (OEPPA Business Development Dept)

26 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Houston Begins Work to Accommodate Bigger Box Ships
The Port of Houston has started work on an $85 million project to deepen parts of the Houston Ship Channel, local media reports. The project will see Barbours Cut container terminal and the Bayport terminal dredged to a depth of 45 feet, matching that of the main Ship Channel, allowing for larger container and petrochemical ships to call at the port. The move was said to be particularly important due to the increase in ship size once the widening of the Panama Canal is completed. According to the report, The Port of Houston expects the increased economic impact from the larger ships to be as much as $30 million dollars annually.

26 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk Line Adds Shore Power Systems to 16 Ships calling California
Maersk Line says it has installed alternative marine power (AMP) systems on 16 ships calling in California, after the U.S. state began requiring the use of shore power to reduce emissions. The AMP solution delivers electricity at 6,600 volts through two extension cords connected to a value in the dock. The installations cost $1 million per vessel and involved coordination with vendors, vessel crews, and APM Terminals Los Angles, among other parties involved in the project. "There were many pieces of the puzzle to be put together in a short time," said Project Manager Sukesh Daniel Paul.

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