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20 days ago by arnekiel

Megaships to Call on Brisbane’s New Cruise Terminal by 2019/20 Season
Cruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavor as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal. Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise potential by proposing to develop a AUD 100 million cruise facility for Brisbane and South-east Queensland at the mouth of the Brisbane River. Currently there is no dedicated cruise facility in Brisbane able to cater for mega cruise ships. However, as the cruise shipping giants invest in ever larger and more complex ships, the port saw a window of opportunity in this segment, especially as over 60 percent of cruise ships visiting the port by 2020 are projected to be of this size. According to initial estimates, the cruise terminal has the potential to triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry. worldmaritimenews...

20 days ago by arnekiel

Navios Opens Iron Ore Hub in Uruguay
Navios South American Logistics, a subsidiary of Navios Maritime Holdings, has inaugurated its newly completed iron ore transshipment and storage facility in the Nueva Palmira Free Zone, Uruguay. Angeliki Frangou, Chairman of Navios Logistics, said: “Our state-of-the art facility can transship 10 million tons per year, with a loading rate of 3,900 tons per hour, can accommodate simultaneous loading of ocean-going vessels and unloading barges, and has an initial storage capacity of not less than 700,000 tons of iron ore. The facilities include a new pier for loading ocean-going vessels, a new pier for unloading river barges, and a new mooring location for barge convoys.” worldmaritimenews...

20 days ago by arnekiel

ABP to Invest GBP 50 Mn in Humber Container Terminals
UK port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) intends to invest GBP 50 million (USD 62.15 million) to more than double the capacity of its two Humber container terminals, in response to continued growth in demand. ABP has committed nearly GBP 30 million to upgrading Hull Container Terminal including the purchase of four new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, two of which were delivered in 2016 with two more scheduled for delivery in 2018. The investment is expected to increase capacity at the terminal to some 250,000 TEU per year. Immingham Container Terminal, which also took delivery of a new crane in 2016, will be further extended with investment in new equipment and technology, bringing capacity to 300,000 TEU. According to ABP, its Humber’s investment case is based on figures showing that across the Humber container terminals there has been a 41% growth in volumes since 2013. worldmaritimenews...

21 days ago by arnekiel

KotugSmit begins towing operations in Southampton
KotugSmit Towage has startet towing operations in the Port of Southampton at the beginning of April. The first vessel that was assisted was the »MOL Brillance«. The two tug boats »ZP Boxer« and »ZP Salvor« towed the 337 m long container vessel to the DP Wold Container Terminal Southampton. In this UK port, KotugSmit currently operates a fleet of four tugs with bollard pull ranging from 60 to 95 t. The selected tugs have been chosen for their outstanding capabilities, manoeuvrability and performance the company stated. Following the needs and requests of many of its valued customers, KotugSmit has studied the market requirements in Southampton, and concluded that this port is another stepping stone towards further expansion within the United Kingdom. Source: Hansa International

21 days ago by arnekiel

Boskalis wins huge contract for expansion of container port
Dutch Boskalis has entered a EUR 250 million joint venture with company Jan De Nul to get India's biggest container port in Mumbai ready to receive increasingly large container vessels. shippingwatch.com...

21 days ago by arnekiel

More than 40 incidents at Timaru's port reported to Maritime NZ in five years
Information released under the Official Information Act shows 44 incidents at Timaru's port have been reported to Maritime New Zealand in the past five years. A sleeping skipper whose boat struck Timaru's breakwater, a person turning up to work drunk, and a vessel which lost its moorings because of a port bollard "failure". They are just some of a string of incidents at Timaru's port reported to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) in the past five years. Information, provided to Fairfax under the Official Information Act, lists 44 incidents which had been reported to the authority. Of those reported, there were 15 injuries, nine oil spills and five equipment failures. Four of the incidents involved vessels making contact with objects, one near-miss, and two involved people going "overboard". www.stuff.co.nz/t...

21 days ago by arnekiel

Somali pirates hijack Indian cargo ship with 11 crew members on board
An Indian cargo ship has been hijacked by Somali pirates with 11 crew members on board when it was on its way from Dubai to Yemen's Al Mukala port. The incident happened on Saturday evening, April 1, and it has been reported that the Somali pirates were armed and were responsible for the hijack. An Indian cargo ship Al Kaushar was hijacked by Somali pirates with 11 crew members onboard when it was on its way from Dubai to Yemen’s Al Mukala port. The incident happened on Saturday evening, April 1, and it has been reported that the Somali pirates were armed and were responsible for the hijack. As per the reports, the captain of the hijacked ship informed the authorities in Dubai about the incident. It has also been reported that the Ministry of External Affairs has also been notified about the hijacking of the Indian ship. All 11 crew members on the ship belong to Mandavi in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The other naval authorities have also been alarmed about the hijacking. Action will soon be taken to rescue the Indian crew members onboard the ship, Times Now reported. Pirate attacks on cargo ships are quite a menace and it is very difficult to track activities of miscreants who ransack duty ships on international waters.

22 days ago by arnekiel

UN Warns Against Naval Strike On Yemen Port
(Reuters) The United Nations does not advocate a military operation in and around Yemen’s Hodeidah port where more than 70 percent of Yemen’s food imports and humanitarian aid is delivered, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said on Friday. Yemen has been divided by two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Western-backed Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is carrying out air strikes. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting. The Red Sea port near the Bab al-Mandab strait is under the control of Yemen’s armed Houthi movement. The Bab al-Mandab is a waterway through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily. The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen’s conflict by more directly aiding the Saudi-led coalition and the proposed support could allow America to assist an eventual push on Hodeidah. gcaptain.com/un-w...

22 days ago by arnekiel

HMM announces New Service in North China, Korea and Russia
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announces the launch of a new North China-Korea-Russia weekly service, under the name of ‘CRN (China Russia North Service)’. The CRN service covers the ports of ‘Qingdao-Shanhai-Ningbo-Pusan-Vladivostok-Vostochny-Pusan-Qingdao’ and will begin on March 31. HMM will deploy one container ship on the route, and FESCO will place two vessels on the route. (Total 3 X 3,000 teu vessel) HMM has been offering CRS (China Russia South Service) services on South China-Middle China-Korea-Russia in cooperation with FESCO and CMA-CGM. From March 30, the CRS service will change its port ration to ‘Hong Kong-Chiwan-Xiamen-Ningbo-Shanghai-Vladivostok-Vostochny-Hong Kong’ to provide a direct service from China to Vladivostok. HMM official said “We are pleased to provide direct premium services to customers” and “We expect to strengthen our market position within Russia based on those two services.”

24 days ago by arnekiel

Queensland coal ports shut as extreme weather moves south after cyclone
The central Queensland coal port of Gladstone has shut as extreme weather moves south along Australia’s eastern seaboard in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, port officials said Thursday, March 30. Commercial operations at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance-operated Hay Point Coal Terminal and Queensland state government-owned common user Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, located several hundred miles north of Gladstone and closer to where the cyclone made landfall Tuesday, also remain suspended, port officials said. Commercial shipping at Gladstone has been suspended until at least late Thursday, a vessel traffic manager with Maritime Safety Queensland said.

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