Portuguese oil company Galp has undertaken its first liquified natural gas (LNG) refuelling operation at the Atlantic island of Madeira. A cruise ship was bunkered using the alternative marine fuel and was the first such operation in a Portuguese port, according to Reuters. "Galp now has the capacity to refuel ships with LNG at any port of mainland Portugal and islands and will soon also provide ship-to-ship refueling, with added capacity and flexibility," the company was quoted as saying. The Aidaprima cruise ship, which was bunkered by Galp, has an auxiliary motor using LNG for power while at berth. https://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/284601-portugals-galp-starts-lng-bunkering
Damen’s Ballast Water Treatment Service Available In Eight Northern European Ports
Ship owners are now able to treat their unmanaged ballast water or load cleaned ballast water in eight different Northern European ports using Damen’s unique IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system. In a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water reception/bunkering service will be available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brest, Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Den Helder, Stellendam and Harlingen.
Damen’s InvaSave is the world’s first external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily to offer ship owners a port-based ballast water solution. With this cooperation, vessels coming into these eight ports will be able to take advantage of a one-stop-shop for their ballast water treatment requirements.
Pilbara Ports Extends Discount for Iron Ore Exports
Pilbara Ports Authority’s Board approved a facility fee discount for iron ore exports at Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017.
The Board has now approved an extension of the discount from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018, which will provide certainty to junior miners using the Utah Facility in the current climate. Source: Pilbara Ports Authority
Bad weather forces closure of three Libyan oil ports
Bad weather has forced the closure of the eastern Libyan oil ports of Es Sider, Zueitina and Brega, an oil source said on Thursday.
No tanker was currently waiting to dock at these ports, the source said, asking not to be identified. Source: Reuters
Strikes over Christmas at Australia’s Port Kembla coal terminal
Operations staff at Port Kembla coal terminal in the Australian state of New South Wales embarked on strikes Thursday and are to escalate their industrial action to full-day work stoppages over Christmas, an official spokeswoman for the terminal said.
The terminal handles around 10 million mt/year of mostly metallurgical coal exports from six miners in New South Wales’ southern and western coalfields including, Centennial, Glencore, Peabody, and South32, according to port data.
Workers belonging to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union began industrial action at 00:01 Sydney time Thursday (13:00 GMT Wednesday) in the form of assorted work bans, and intend to continue with similar action on Saturday and Sunday, according to sources.
Three stoppages each lasting a full day are planned by the union over December 25 and 26 (both days are public holidays in Australia), and December 27, and to be followed by sporadic industrial action on December 28 and 29, sources added.
Boskalis awarded contract for construction of quay walls and jetty in port of Rotterdam
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in a consortium with Van Hattum en Blankevoort (Royal VolkerWessels) and TBI subsidiary Mobilis has been awarded a contract by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to build quay walls and a jetty, as well as to execute related activities for the construction of a new tank terminal in the port of Rotterdam. The contract is valued at more than EUR 100 million, with Boskalis’ share amounting to EUR 34 million. The project will commence in early 2018 and is expected to be completed at the end of 2019.
HES International B.V. is building a new storage terminal for oil products in the port of Rotterdam. To be able to accommodate both large oil tankers and inland vessels, Boskalis and its partners will construct a 1,200-meter long quay wall for seagoing vessels, a 1,100-meter long quay wall for inland vessels, a 350-meter long jetty with four berths as well as riverbank and soil protection.
Japan’s Sojitz acquires stake in LNG terminal in Spain
Japanese trading house Sojitz Corp says it has acquired full ownership of First State Regasificadora S.L.U., which owns a 15 percent stake in a company that has an LNG terminal in Mugardos in the northwest of Spain, south of Ferrol. Sojitz says it became he first Japanese trading company to enter into the LNG terminal business in Europe. Source: Reuters
Vessels delayed at Richards Bay Coal Terminal rise to 35
There were 35 ships delayed outside Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa on Wednesday, up from 27 two weeks ago, S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow showed.
The rise in delayed ships is due to high winds and swells in the area which caused further delays from Monday, according to market sources.
Shipping sources expected the delays to continue in the near-term as further bad weather was forecast through to the weekend and over the coming week.
The Supramax size Ocean Pearl was originally expected to arrive at RBCT on November 5, while the remaining 34 delayed ships were expected to arrive between December 4-20.
Sixteen of the vessels are returning from India; three from Kenya, Mauritius and Singapore; two from Sri Lanka; one vessel each from Pakistan, the Maldives, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates; and four are returning from other ports in South Africa.
Nine ships were moored at loading berths. The average deadweight tonnage of the delayed ships is 78,735 mt.
A German-led consortium bought a majority stake in Greece’s second-biggest port, a week after the deal was put on hold because its guarantor, Russia’s Promsvyazbank, had to be bailed out.
Deutsche Invest and its partners, France’s Terminal Link SAS and Cyprus-based Belterra Investments, signed the deal for a 67 percent stake in Thessaloniki Port with Greece’s privatisations agency HRADF.
The deal is worth 1.1 billion euros ($1.31 billion), HRADF said, and the consortium has offered 231.9 million euros to take over the port as well as to spend at least 180 million euros to upgrade its infrastructure within seven years.
Eastern Russian port of Nakhodka chokes on coal dust
The far eastern Russian port of Nakhodka on the Sea of Japan is swathed in coal dust. It blankets the streets, clogs the air and is blamed by some for a rise in respiratory diseases among the city’s 150,000 residents.
Yet despite pledges this year by Russia President Vladimir Putin to tackle coal pollution in ports such as Nakhodka and Murmansk thousands of kilometers away near Finland, port workers and local officials don’t expect any change soon.
Once mainly an entry point for cars from Japan and an export route for Russian wood and fish, Nakhodka has switched in recent years to shipping almost nothing but coal from the vast mines in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, also known as Kuzbass.
Now, there are few other employment options for Nakhodka’s residents and in Kuzbass the region’s 3 million people have become ever more dependent on the far eastern ports and the export revenues coal generates.
“The coal is everywhere,” said Nakhodka resident who gave his name as Ivan. “I was a sailor in the port. In winter, there was a lot of coal, the water became black, the coal was on the snow, on the ice, the ships.”
Local officials say a rise in wood export duties first prompted wharfs to switch to coal and the business has picked up since thanks to a rise both in coal prices and demand from Asia