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16 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Portland: Future of Terminal Remains Murky
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Michael Thorne remembers the Port of Portland's container terminal as a high-maintenance money-loser. As the Port's executive director from 1991 to 2001, Thorne made hurried trips to Asia to maintain relationships with shipping companies. He lunched with Oregon importers to rustle up business for the carriers, giving ships a reason to stop in Portland. The Port built up other lines of business to prop up the container terminal's losses. All that was OK, Thorne said. Leaders at the Port, a public agency funded in part by taxpayers, saw the container terminal's export business as a service to farmers and other export-dependent businesses across the Northwest — one important enough to justify the cost. “We have to export,” he said. “The containers were a critical service.” By 2010, that philosophy had changed. The port's new director, Bill Wyatt, still saw the container terminal as an important part of the port's mission, but he also saw it as a major financial liability. The port, hoping to dodge the risk while continuing to provide the service, turned to a private operator. Read more at www.constructione...

16 days ago by arnekiel

Costa Group Asia cruise ships to visit Primorye six times in 2017
VLADIVOSTOK, November 18. /TASS/. In 2017, cruise ships belonging to Costa Group Asia will visit the port of Vladivostok in the Primorye region six times, the regional authorities said on Friday. The first Costa Group Asia cruise ship visited the port this year. “Developing cruise travel is one of the strategic priorities as far as the regional tourism industry is concerned,” head of the Primorye Tourism Department Konstantin Shestakov said following the recent China International Travel Mart in Shanghai. “We have held several meetings, global cruise companies seem to be interested in including Vladivostok into their routes. Costa Group Asia has confirmed that in 2017, its cruise ships will visit the port of Vladivostok six times,” Shestakov added. A multi-decked Costa Victoria cruise ship, carrying 2,000 passengers, visited Vladivostok this past May, the tourists were very much impressed by the city tour so now this kind of visits may become regular, the city administration said. More: tass.com/tourism-...

16 days ago by arnekiel

Wellington port container operations on hold
Sunday 20 Nov 2016 - Wellington's shipping container operation is still suspended due to earthquake damage. A first look at the port today showed significant cracks and liquefaction on the main container wharf. The threat of aftershocks and bad weather have hampered efforts to assess damage and carry out repairs. But much of the port is operational, with rail and ferries resuming within days. A cruise ship is also due to dock there on Monday. Chief executive Derek Nind says significant progress has been made since Monday's 7.8 magnitude quake. "We have moved from a situation six days ago when we had no water, no electricity, no phone lines and no email, to the current position where we have large areas of the port up and running. "Engineering inspectors were needed everywhere to make the port safe, and they are ongoing. We had to review all operations and processes in light of the earthquake." Video on www.newshub.co.nz...

16 days ago by arnekiel

Damaged CentrePort resumes activity
A week after the damage from the Kaikoura earthquake that hit Wellington, the Centreport operation has resumed its shipping business.

16 days ago by arnekiel

A hydropower project flows through Port of Vancouver USA
The 11,341-mile project cargo transit is part of the $370 million modernization of BPAs Celilo Converter Station - a move that flows through the Port of Vancouver USA The Port of Vancouver, Washington was a pivotal transport node for a heavy haul project from Sweden to The Dalles, Oregon. It was needed to upgrade a regional hydroelectric system dating to 1961. TransProject, LLC orchestrated the logistics services with Scan Global Logistics of Copenhagen, Denmark to move seven transformers from factory-rail to ocean vessel to Columbia River barge, then conveyed on top of a new 105 feet long self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) to the Celilo Generating Station. The hydroelectricity generated by the 31 dams of the Federal Columbus River Power System flows from the north to the south in Los Angeles and is carbon-free electricity affordable to customers in the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast. The route study and planning to move the seven transformers took one year until the first shipment in January 2015 and then took one year to deliver until January 2016. Each of the transformers weighs 862,000 pounds, or more than a 747 airliner. https://www.ajot.com/prem...

16 days ago by arnekiel

Danish warship’s visit to Halifax cancelled because it would put Canada in a ‘delicate’ situation
The Danish navy cancelled sending one its frigates to Halifax after the federal government indicated it couldn’t be involved with the visit since the vessel was of the type that could be considered in the competition for a new Canadian warship. The Royal Canadian Navy and federal officials were worried about the appearance of a conflict of interest surrounding the visit of the Danish warship HDMS Peter Willemoes. A Danish firm plans to submit the same ship design in its bid for the $26-billion Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. The concerns raised by the Canadian government, which led to the cancellation of the Nov. 14-15 port visit, are in contrast to its reaction to the news that Irving Shipbuilding, which will play a key role in selecting the winning bid for the new surface combatants, was itself partnered with a British firm submitting a bid on that program. news.nationalpost...

16 days ago by arnekiel

Hong Kong’s first Maritime Industry Week opens
The first Hong Kong Maritime Industry Week (HKMIW) organised by the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB) opened today (November 20). Through a series of events, and with the strong support of Hong Kong’s maritime and port community, the HKMIW seeks to promote Hong Kong as a preferred base for maritime business and to raise public awareness of the contribution of the sector to our economic prosperity. The Chairman of the HKMPB and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, officiated at today’s opening ceremony for the HKMIW 2016. He said that the maritime sector has always been an important industry in Hong Kong and has evolved in tandem with the city’s development. www.hellenicshipp...

16 days ago by arnekiel

First cruise ship to spend overnight in Tauranga arrives
The first cruise ship to stay overnight in Tauranga has arrived. The Celebrity Solstice cruised into port about 7am today and is not expected to leave until 8.30am tomorrow. The arrival has been met with plenty of friendly waves from locals, and a picnic and markets event will be held from 5pm at Mount Maunganui's Coronation Park today. The event, which will also host a raft of food trucks, craft stalls and live entertainment, has been organised by Tourism Bay of Plenty and Little Big Markets in celebration of the Celebrity Solstice being the first cruise shop to stay overnight in Tauranga. There are an estimated 3000 passengers on board the Solstice. The Sun Princess, the first cruise ship of the season, arrived in the Mount on October 9. www.nzherald.co.n...

 Suape
16 days ago by arnekiel

Brazil - New Suape sugar terminal loads first ship
The new sugar terminal at the port of Suape in the state of Pernambuco loaded its first ship on November 18, opening a new export corridor for mills in the Northeast, Reuters reported. Shipping data showed the vessel Jumper contracted by French sugar

 London
16 days ago by arnekiel

ONE-MILLION brick Lego ship to sail into Big Christmas Event this week
THE WORLD'S largest Lego ship will dock in Immingham and Grimsby as well as the Christmas tree destined for Trafalgar Square. Port giant DFDS is marking 150 years in business and will welcome the world's most famous Christmas tree for the 70th time. It begins this Thursday at noon when a huge DFDS trailer will visit Grimsby's Riverhead square carrying the DFDS Lego ship made from one million bricks to mark the 150th anniversary. Read more at www.grimsbytelegr...


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