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19 days ago by arnekiel

Port reopened
Waterway openings Thursday, August 31, 2017, Brownsville/Corpus Christi, United States Upon passage of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Corpus Christi has begun opening certain waterways within the COTP zone. As of 1:00PM, August 30 2017, the following ports and waterways are open: The Port of Brownsville and the Port of Corpus Christi – Tugs and barges with drafts not exceeding 20 feet currently located in the Port of Corpus Christi Inner Harbor may transit freely within the Inner Harbor – Recreational vessels with drafts not exceeding 8 feet to transit within Corpus Christi Bay for critical post-storm reconstitution. Authorization is restricted for daytime transit only with a max speed of 10 knots. Source GAC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Hurricane Harvey: Port Condition Recovery set
Thursday, August 31, 2017, Houston/Texas City/Galveston/Freeport, United States - The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition Recovery for the Port of Houston, Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and Port of Freeport and connection waters effective at 1400 on Wednesday August 30, 2017. Restrictions on all vessel movement within the Houston/Galveston AOR will be managed by the Captain of the Port and promulgated by the Port Condition Team (PCT). Initial restrictions are based upon channel and Aid to Navigation surveys conducted by USCG, other Federal agencies and local public and private assets. Restrictions will be updated as further surveys are conducted and further information comes to hand. Full opening of the ports will be reliant on hydrographical surveys and removal of any potential hazards to navigation. For the Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and the Port of Freeport, the draft is restricted to 33 feet or less. For the Port of Houston, the draft is restricted to 37 feet or less. Post storm assessments indicate severe currents and hazards on the Upper Houston Ship Channel from Morgan’s Point inbound to the turning basin. That portion of the channel remains closed for vessel movements until conditions improve and more information is obtained. All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to strong current, debris runoff, and other unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigation aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Command Center at (281) 464-4851. Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-17 dated 30 August 2017 and GAC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Hurricane Harvey: Port Condition Recovery set
Thursday, August 31, 2017, Houston/Texas City/Galveston/Freeport, United States - The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition Recovery for the Port of Houston, Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and Port of Freeport and connection waters effective at 1400 on Wednesday August 30, 2017. Restrictions on all vessel movement within the Houston/Galveston AOR will be managed by the Captain of the Port and promulgated by the Port Condition Team (PCT). Initial restrictions are based upon channel and Aid to Navigation surveys conducted by USCG, other Federal agencies and local public and private assets. Restrictions will be updated as further surveys are conducted and further information comes to hand. Full opening of the ports will be reliant on hydrographical surveys and removal of any potential hazards to navigation. For the Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and the Port of Freeport, the draft is restricted to 33 feet or less. For the Port of Houston, the draft is restricted to 37 feet or less. Post storm assessments indicate severe currents and hazards on the Upper Houston Ship Channel from Morgan’s Point inbound to the turning basin. That portion of the channel remains closed for vessel movements until conditions improve and more information is obtained. All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to strong current, debris runoff, and other unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigation aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Command Center at (281) 464-4851. Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-17 dated 30 August 2017 and GAC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Hurricane Harvey: Port Condition Recovery set
Thursday, August 31, 2017, Houston/Texas City/Galveston/Freeport, United States - The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition Recovery for the Port of Houston, Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and Port of Freeport and connection waters effective at 1400 on Wednesday August 30, 2017. Restrictions on all vessel movement within the Houston/Galveston AOR will be managed by the Captain of the Port and promulgated by the Port Condition Team (PCT). Initial restrictions are based upon channel and Aid to Navigation surveys conducted by USCG, other Federal agencies and local public and private assets. Restrictions will be updated as further surveys are conducted and further information comes to hand. Full opening of the ports will be reliant on hydrographical surveys and removal of any potential hazards to navigation. For the Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and the Port of Freeport, the draft is restricted to 33 feet or less. For the Port of Houston, the draft is restricted to 37 feet or less. Post storm assessments indicate severe currents and hazards on the Upper Houston Ship Channel from Morgan’s Point inbound to the turning basin. That portion of the channel remains closed for vessel movements until conditions improve and more information is obtained. All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to strong current, debris runoff, and other unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigation aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Command Center at (281) 464-4851. Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-17 dated 30 August 2017 and GAC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Hurricane Harvey: Port Condition Recovery set
Thursday, August 31, 2017, Houston/Texas City/Galveston/Freeport, United States - The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition Recovery for the Port of Houston, Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and Port of Freeport and connection waters effective at 1400 on Wednesday August 30, 2017. Restrictions on all vessel movement within the Houston/Galveston AOR will be managed by the Captain of the Port and promulgated by the Port Condition Team (PCT). Initial restrictions are based upon channel and Aid to Navigation surveys conducted by USCG, other Federal agencies and local public and private assets. Restrictions will be updated as further surveys are conducted and further information comes to hand. Full opening of the ports will be reliant on hydrographical surveys and removal of any potential hazards to navigation. For the Port of Texas City, Port of Galveston and the Port of Freeport, the draft is restricted to 33 feet or less. For the Port of Houston, the draft is restricted to 37 feet or less. Post storm assessments indicate severe currents and hazards on the Upper Houston Ship Channel from Morgan’s Point inbound to the turning basin. That portion of the channel remains closed for vessel movements until conditions improve and more information is obtained. All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to strong current, debris runoff, and other unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigation aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Command Center at (281) 464-4851. Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-17 dated 30 August 2017 and GAC

 Mumbai
19 days ago by arnekiel

Normal operations resumed
Thursday, August 31, 2017, Mumbai, India - Following several days of heavy rains and flooding, all Mumbai ports and terminals are now returning to normal operations. The rainfall recorded in Mumbai on 29 August yesterday is said to be the heaviest in 12 years, as much as 300mm in some locations. However, according to local reports several roads have now been cleared for traffic and the water has receded from some public areas. Port operations have resumed but are affected by labour/staff turnout. Operations at Anchorages have also resumed though some movements are slow. The weather was clear and sunny this morning, but more rains are forecast over the next few days. Source: GAC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Tarragona Cruise Port Costa Daurada to host first turnaround call
Tarragona Cruise Port Costa Daurada is to host a turnaround call from Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea on 3 September, marking the first time the Spanish city has been used as a homeport for a cruise ship. Viking Sea will dock at the terminal on Saturday 3 September with 900 passengers (mainly North Americans), who will disembark the ship at the end of a Mediterranean itinerary. The ship will remain berthed in Tarragona on the Sunday, embarking 900 new passengers before starting a new Mediterranean cruise in the early hours of Monday morning.

20 days ago by arnekiel

400m Munich Maersk container ship is largest ever vessel to enter Freeport
One of the world’s largest container vessels – and the biggest ever to visit Malta – has called at the Freeport on its maiden voyage. Forming part of an exclusive club of megaships, the Munich Maersk stretches some four football pitches in length (399 metres) and spans a breadth of 58.6 metres. At full capacity, it can carry 20,568 TEU containers. To service the vessel, Malta Freeport deployed four super-post Panamax Quayside Cranes that were acquired specifically to ensure that the facility can cater for the world’s largest megaships. Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello said: “The container ship industry has been changing dramatically as shipping lines commission bigger and better vessels. The challenge for us has been to have the vision to change with them so we can remain at the forefront of a hugely competitive market.” Montebello said the Freeport had modernised its facilities and equipment to ensure it can handle vessels of such magnitude. It has also increased its workforce, organised intensive training programmes for employees and implemented new work practices to raise performance levels and service standards to the highest possible level.

 Qasim
20 days ago by arnekiel

Excelerate Energy Performs 100th STS Transfer of LNG at Engro Elengy Terminal Pakistan
On August 25, 2017, Excelerate Energy Development DMCC (Excelerate) performed the 100th ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG at the Engro Elengy Terminal (EETL) located in Port Qasim, Pakistan. With this milestone, Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), Exquisite, has transferred more than 14 million cubic meters of LNG at EETL and has discharged over 320 million MMBTU of natural gas into the Sui Southern Gas Company’s natural gas pipeline system. Last month, the Exquisite celebrated another milestone by receiving the 100th cargo of LNG ever imported into Pakistan on July 25, 2017. Situated in a channel of the Indus River east of Karachi, EETL is Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal and was built to alleviate energy shortages in the country. Since its commissioning in March of 2015, EETL has been able to reduce the power deficit of the country by around 20 percent.

20 days ago by arnekiel

CT port expands with new fuel storage facility
The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July 2017 and was tested ahead of full operation this month. Located on approximately 37 273 square meters of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region. Construction began in late 2015 after Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan Cape Terminals a 24-year lease to develop a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility. The company, which will operate the terminal, is owned by Netherlands firm VTTI and black economic empowerment companies Thebe Investment Corporation and Jicaro. “With an estimated investment of R 890 million, the awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet’s commitment to the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) and the vision of the Operation Phakisa programme of creating capacity ahead of demand and unlocking South Africa’s ocean economy,” says Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana. Boasting a total capacity of 121 908 m³ from 12 tanks, the terminal’s product portfolio includes diesel, petrol, FAME (fatty acid methyl esters) and ethanol for blending and jet fuel. The South African government has included the Burgan Cape Terminal as a strategic project under Operation Phakisa. The terminal has accelerated transformation of the sector with its inclusion of emerging black-owned, independent fuel suppliers and contributes to energy as one of the key commodities in driving economic growth. Source: InfrastructureNews


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