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15 days ago by arnekiel

Guardia Civil incursion as submarine sails into Gibraltar
A Guardia Civil patrol boat was challenged by the Royal Navy after it came too close to a US nuclear-powered submarine sailing into Gibraltar The Guardia Civil launch Rio Cedeña attempted to cross in front of the submarine but was stopped by the actions the Royal Navy’s HMS SABRE and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, which manoeuvred in close, according to an eyewitness “The Guardia Civil [boat] was forced to a dead stop and made to retrace its course well away [from the submarine],” said Michael Sanchez, who saw the events unfold and photographed key moments. A spokesman for the Governor’s office, The Convent, confirmed the incursion “…in the vicinity of an incoming submarine.“The professionalism of the Royal Navy and Gibraltar Defence Police ensured there was no risk to safety,” the spokesman added. “We will be protesting this incursion to Spain .The Convent repeated the standard Foreign Office line that incursions are a violation of British sovereignty, but not a threat to it. “They do not weaken or undermine the legal basis in international law for British sovereignty over Gibraltar, including British Gibraltar Territorial Waters,” the spokesman said.

15 days ago by arnekiel

Three Bids in $4.1 Billion Port of Melbourne Sale
Three consortia of Australian and international funds have submitted bids for a 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne, Australia's biggest shipping container terminal, people familiar with the matter said on Monday, April 18. The state government of Victoria aims to raise at least A$5.3 billion ($4.1 billion) before the end of 2016, as part of a broader Australian government privatisation programme to help cut debt and upgrade the country's infrastructure. Australian bank Macquarie Group's Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets fund has teamed up with domestic infrastructure fund IFM Investors and Dutch pension fund APG in one of the bidding groups, the people said, declining to be identified because the matter was confidential. Another joint bid was submitted by Australian fund QIC and Canada's Borealis Infrastructure Trust, the people said. A third consortium consisted of Australian fund Hastings with Kuwait's Wren House, they said. maritime-executiv...

15 days ago by arnekiel

First round of Sainty Marine auction fails
The first auction of the entire assets of bankrupt shipyard Sainty Marine has failed due to there being no bidders. Nanjing Intemediate People’s Court held the auction through online platform Taobao.com. The starting price was RMB2.15bn ($332m). The assets on the auction list include twelve vessels valued at RMB250m ($38.57m). The second auction is scheduled on April 25 and the price will be lowered by 20% to RMB1.72bn ($265m).

15 days ago by arnekiel

China Huaneng Group to ditch Shantou Port
China Huaneng Group, one of the largest electric power groups in China, has announced that it will transfer its Shantou power plant’s coal shipping operations from Shantou Port, a major seaport in Guangdong, to a new port developed by the group itself. Huaneng Shantou Power Plant is the largest customer of Shantou Port Group’s Mashan Port and the plant’s coal transport volumes account for nearly 70% of the port’s business. When contacted by Splash, an official at Shantou Port Group said the company is still working on strategy to deal with the situation at Mashan Port, and refused to offer more information. Local media reports suggest that it is very likely Shantou Port Gorup would close operations at Mashan Port. According to Huaneng Group, it has developed a new terminal at the nearby Haimen Power Plant, and it will use two 5,000dwt bulk carriers to transport coal between the two plants.

16 days ago by arnekiel

Heavy rains slow down Mombasa port work
Business at the port of Mombasa has slowed down over the last two days following the ongoing heavy rains in some parts of the country. The conventional cargo section which handles mainly break-bulk cargo especially fertiliser is the most affected area. Yesterday the rain subsided enabling the discharge of fertiliser from three ships, according to the Kenya Ports Authority. However, KPA said one ship offloaded only 262 metric tonnes of fertiliser in a shift compared to 1,000 tonnes that can be handled in a normal shift. Cargo holds of the vessels had to be shut to prevent the fertiliser from getting damaged by the rains. “A slow off-take of the bagged fertiliser was also visible as a result of a lower number of trucks that turned up for business. At the main Container Terminal, operations were going on but equally on a slower pace,” KPA head of corporate affairs Bernard Osero said in a statement. The ship operations were dealt a big blow as visibility remained poor while crane operations were slowed down because of slippery condition, Osero added. Operators were reportedly making 28 to 30 movers per hour per ship crane as compared to 35 to 40 movers per ship crane per hour in a normal day.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Deutsche Bank sells Maher Terminals
Maher Terminals, part of the Port of New York/New Jersey, is being sold by Deutsche Bank (DB) to investment firm Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) for an undisclosed sum it was revealed on Friday. Located in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, Maher Terminals is a 454-acre container terminal, which DB bought for around $2.3bn in 2007 from the founding Maher family, who had built the firm into the New York City area’s biggest container terminal operator.

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17 days ago by arnekiel

WANHAI to launch China-Manila-Thailand Service
Wan Hai Lines will expand further on its present intensive intra-Asia network by launching a China-Manila-Thailand Service (CMT) with its maiden voyage on 26th April, 2016, starting from Ningbo, the company said in its press release. The joint venture service will turn in 21 days with three vessels of 700 TEU type. WHL will operate 2 vessels and IAL 1 vessel. The service will call at Ningbo–Shanghai–Manila –Bangkok–Laem Chabang–Ho Chih Ming–Ningbo. The launch of CMT service will enhance direct connections between China and ASEAN countries and among ASEAN countries.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Konecranes to deliver three more RTGs to MSC Valencia terminal in Spain
This will be Konecranes’ third RTG delivery to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Terminal Valencia. When the three RTGs on order go into operation, MSC Terminal Valencia will operate a fleet of 18 Konecranes RTGs. The cranes will be delivered by spring 2017, the lifting equipment manufacturer said in its press release. Sven Valentin, Terminal Manager of MSC Terminal Valencia, commented: “Our Konecranes RTGs are central to the continuing success of this terminal. They are high-performing, reliable machines that our operators like to drive. I look forward to receiving these new cranes.” The 16-wheel RTGs will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control, Diesel Fuel Saver system, GPS Auto-TOS reporting and Auto-positioning. They will have a lifting capacity of 40 LT, stacking one-over-five containers high and six plus truck lane wide.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Portland Port to welcome largest-ever cruise ship in 2017
Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Magic is to be the first cruise ship of over 300m in length to call in Portland when she makes her maiden visit to the UK port in May 2017. Able to accommodate more than 2,800 passengers, Disney Magic will call as part of her 15-night transatlantic crossing from Port Canaveral, Florida to Copenhagen, Denmark.

18 days ago by arnekiel

New Moín container terminal set to open in 2017
The new Moín cargo terminal will operate on an artificial island being built using 3.7 million cubic meters of dredged material.Construction of the new container terminal in the Caribbean port of Moín in Limón province is 27 percent completed, according to a report issued Friday during an inspection by President Luis Guillermo Solís and some of his ministers.The new terminal is set to quadruple the Moín port’s current capacity, allowing for an estimated 2.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually by 2030, according to the project’s plan. When finished, the new docks will be able to receive ships more than three times bigger than the current docks are able to receive.


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