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 Gaza
12 days ago by arnekiel

Turkey to send second aid shipment to Gaza by September before Eid al-Adha
Turkey will ready another aid ship to Gaza before the Eid-al-Adha holiday in September, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Thursday. Speaking in Turkey's capital Ankara, Kaynak confirmed that another aid ship will be readied before the Eid of Sacrifice. Following a breakthrough restoration of Turkish-Israeli ties, a Turkish aid ship carrying 11,000 tons of supplies for the Gaza Strip arrived at Israel's Ashdod port on July 3, just before the post-Ramadan Eid al-Fitr holiday. The Panama-flagged Lady Leyla delivered 10,000 toys and 10,000 packages of food and aid for children in Gaza. www.dailysabah.co...

 Tacoma
12 days ago by arnekiel

Workers back on the job after evacuation due to found dynamite at Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma evacuated the East Blair 1 dock Thursday morning after a worker found a stick of dynamite while cleaning mining equipment from Chile. Workers returned to the job just before 1 p.m. Thursday after a trio of Washington State Patrol dogs searched the area, said Port of Tacoma spokeswoman Tara Mattina. About a dozen workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union left the job site Thursday morning and a handful of truckers evacuated the site, Mattina said. ILWU Local 26 President Dean McGrath called the evacuation “routine.” Eight pieces of mining equipment were unloaded from a Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ship on June 25 at the East Blair 1 terminal, on the north side of the Blair Waterway on Tacoma’s Tideflats, Mattina said. Read more here: www.thenewstribun...

13 days ago by arnekiel

US Enterprise starts up ethane export terminal
US Enterprise Products Partners has begun start-up operations at its ethane export facility at Morgan’s Point on the Houston Ship Channel, the company said in a government filing on Tuesday. The initial start-up of the facility required flaring that had to be reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Enterprise said in the filing that the estimated duration of start-up and commissioning of the site will last until 15 July. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The terminal will have a loading rate of 200,000 bbl/day across two docks. The capacity is supported by long-term contracts, the company said.

13 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Los Angeles gets pollution-reduction panel
Mayor Eric Garcetti has put together an advisory panel with the goal of reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles – the single largest source of such pollution in Southern California – by deploying cleaner trucks, trains, ships and cargo-handling equipment. The Sustainable Freight Advisory Board will advise the city-owned port on how to work with manufacturers to expand the use of zero-emissions technology, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The 10-member panel is made up of representatives from industry, labor, environmental groups and air-quality agencies. Garcetti said the city can enjoy both economic growth and clean air. The port has seen dramatic emissions cuts over the past decade, according to the newspaper. But it still is the home of thousands of diesel-powered trucks, container ships and cargo-moving equipment that emit harmful particles and gases, worsen smog and burden harbor communities with increased asthma rates and the region’s highest cancer risk from air pollution. www.ocregister.co...

14 days ago by arnekiel

MSC looking at a new repair yard in Gioia Tauro
The world’s number two container carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will heavily invest in southern Italy in the coming years as Gianluigi Aponte’s group has just emerged as the new sole owner of the container terminal of the port of Naples and it’s interested in operating a new drydock due to be realized in Gioia Tauro. In the transhipment hub based in the Calabria region and where MSC already controls the local Medcenter Container Terminal through a 50-50 joint venture with Contship Italia, the local port authority, in order to face the current crisis of cargo traffic slowdown, decided to invest some €75m ($82m) for purchasing and installing a floating drydock capable of receiving ultra large container carriers at the heart of the Mediterranean. The new infrastructure should be open for work in less than three years and MSC has already sent a letter to the port’s commissioner, Andrea Agostinelli, expressing its interest at managing it alone or with other partners.

 Kiel
14 days ago by arnekiel

Closure of Kiel-Holtenau lock on Thursday, July 14
The Kiel-Canal Great New South lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, July 14 from 08 to 15 hrs. Only the Great New North lock is available for passing ships.

14 days ago by arnekiel

Army Takes Over Operation of Ports to Protect Venezuela''s Supplies
Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB in Spanish) took control of ports, warehouses and industries after the start yesterday of a new operation to supply Venezuela with food and other essential products. According to the Governor of Zulia, Francisco Areas Cardenas, with this plan, which President Nicolas Maduro has called Great Mission for Sovereign Supply, the product safety will be ensured. In Zulia, in this first operation, the Armed Forces monitored the arrival at the Maracaibo port of three ships, one with 16.000 tons of food, medicines and hygiene products. Another ship from Panama arrived in Maracaibo port with 482 containers of hardware items, tires, textiles and electrical appliances. From Anzoategui state (over 200 kilometers east of Caracas), the head of the Strategic Region for the Integral Defense (Redi in Spanish), Major General Sergio Rivero said that forces under his command already began the inspection of food companies. www.plenglish.com...

14 days ago by arnekiel

New Panama Canal era at Jaxport
It’s a new era at Jaxport. The port welcomed the first containership to travel through the newly expanded Panama Canal. It’s a new era, says Brian Taylor with Jaxport. It all starts with the MOL Majesty Container Ship. Our cameras got an up close and personal look from the ground and from the sky using Sky Action News Jax, the only news chopper in Jacksonville. It’s a sight, Taylor said you can see more of. “We’re going to see an increase in number of these vessels in the future,” said Brian Taylor with Jaxport. Taylor says that future can only happen, if Jaxport takes some drastic measures. Video on www.actionnewsjax...

14 days ago by arnekiel

Visakhapatnam Port Trust inaugurates vessel traffic mgmt system
Visakhapatnam: As part of modernisation of Indian major ports, Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) installed VTMS- Vessel Traffic Management System at Port Signal Station-I (near Fishing Harbour) on Tuesday. Installed at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore, the main functional objective of VTMS is to ensure safe navigation of all vessel while navigating inside, outside channels, anchorage area, port limits, SBM (single buoy mooring) area and berthing area, thereby helping port authority/management for effective planning, scheduling and other business activities at par with international standards. timesofindia.indi...

14 days ago by arnekiel

Rail strikes force Cosco to shift boxes from Piraeus to Slovenia
China Cosco Shipping’s controversial take over of Greece’s largest port has suffered another setback. Greek politicians finally greenlighted the sale of Piraeus port a fortnight ago to the Chinese conglomerate. Moves to privatise the port had sparked a series of strikes by dockworkers. However, it is striking rail workers in recent days that have now forced China Cosco Shipping to reroute many boxes from Piraeus to the port of Koper in Slovenia. China Cosco Shipping is using feeder ships to move boxes from the Greek port to Slovenia to counter the rolling strikes. China Cosco Shipping has stated it wants to use Piraeus as a distribution hub, beefing up rail freight links to Central Europe. It has earmarked more than $500m to develop the port. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest port, is also slated for privatisation. splash247.com/rai...


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