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 Kiel
12 days ago by arnekiel

2014 Kiel cruise shipping season ends
This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel closes on the evening of October 18th when the “AIDAcara” sets sail for the Canary Islands, the company said in its press release. Dr Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG), said “we can look back on a season full of highlights and one which has also been marked by the inauguration of our fifth terminal berth for cruise ships”. The new passenger pavilion at the Berth 1 cruise shipping facility in the Ostuferhafen was officially inaugurated at the start of June when the 114,000 GT, 290 m long “Costa Pacifica” berthed there. At the same time two further big cruise ships – the 265 m long, 77,000 GT “Mein Schiff 1” and the 285 m long, 86,000 GT “Eurodam” – berthed at the Ostseekai Terminal. The Norwegenkai and the Schwedenkai passenger terminals are also able to handle ships of up to 200 m in length. A new attraction at the Ostseekai Terminal is the “Seafarers’ Lounge” run by the German Missions to Seamen. It was opened in July and is exclusively available for the crews of ships calling at Kiel. Overall, 25 individual cruise ships called at Kiel a total of 127 times this year, compared to 128 calls in 2013. Utilising the terminal facilities to embark or disembark were 354,000 cruise ship passengers. The most frequent visitors were passengers aboard the ships of cruise shipping companies AIDA, Costa, MSC and TUI Cruises, which called at Kiel a total of 75 times. In addition, Kiel was once again the base port for nearly all the German market cruise shipping companies as well as a port of call for international shipping companies offering day trips ashore, such as Holland American Lines. Highlights of the season included the introduction of TUI Cruises’ newbuilding “Mein Schiff 3” and the first call by Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ “Europa 2”. During the Kieler Woche sailing regatta the port saw no fewer than sixteen visits by cruise ships. Among them was Fred Olsen’s “Braemar” as well as first-time visitor “Adonia” from P & O Cruises, which could be admired along with “Sea Cloud 2” when both joined the big windjammer parade on the Kiel Fiord. “The new cruise shipping Berth 1 has already been tried, tested and well received”, said Dirk Claus. “In the coming year 17 calls are already planned for the facility”, he added. Even if the overall number of calls in 2015 remains the same as this year, which appears likely, the average size of visiting ships is clearly rising. The total tonnage of cruise ships calling at Kiel in 2015 will increase to more than 8.1 million GT. That’s a rise of 14%. For the first time Kiel will welcome two ships from AIDA Cruises - “AIDAcara” and “AIDAluna” - for regular passenger exchange. Highlight of the coming season will be the inauguration of the latest newbuilding to join TUI Cruises: “Mein Schiff 4” will be named at the Ostseekai on June 5th 2015. In addition, Cunard Line’s “Queen Elizabeth” will visit the Kiel Fiord for the first time - calling not just once but twice in the coming season. From an operational point of view, a lot of attention will be given to the four occasions next year on which a quartet of luxury cruise ships will berth at Kiel terminals at the same time – and that’s as well as regular ferries of Color Line, Stena Line and DFDS Seaways. Next season opens on April 4th 2015 when the “AIDAcara” arrives back in Kiel.

12 days ago by arnekiel

Skangass opens the new LNG Terminal in Lysekil, Sweden
Thursday 16 October 2014 Skangass officially opened their new receiving terminal for LNG in Lysekil, Sweden. This marks an important strategically step in making natural gas available for the land based industry and the marine market in the area, the company said in its press release. Together they made it happen The terminal was built as a joint project with Skangass’ major customer Preem. Skangass deliver natural gas by pipeline directly to Preem. LNG is also delivered from the terminal to other land based industries by truck and to the marine clients. Close to 700 million NOK has been invested in the terminal. Considerable emission reduction “Preem’s refinery in Lysekil is among the most modern, environmentally-friendly in Europe and the world. Using natural gas in the processes will lead to a reduction of the annual emission of carbon dioxide by approximately 130 000 ton. The natural gas will replace naphtha and butane as raw material in the hydrogen production. A large amount of hydrogen is used in the processes among others for removal of sulphur and cracking in the diesel production,” says Petter Holland, CEO in Preem. The CEO of Skangass, Tor Morten Osmundsen concludes: ”Our customer Preem and the LNG terminal in Lysekil is just another good example of what Skangass is aiming at: helping our customers meeting their goals for becoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly in their daily operations”.

 Manila
12 days ago by arnekiel

Foreign traders warn anew of port nightmare
Effects of aggravated gridlock at the Port of Manila could again rear their ugly head in the next eight weeks if the government does not take steps soon, representatives of four of the country’s biggest foreign business groups warned yesterday. Speaking at a joint press conference in Makati City of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham); European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (ECCP); Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., and Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc., ECCP President Michael Raeuber pressed government for short-term measures even as long-term solutions are being crafted. Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Corporate Communications Manager Asuncion B. Flores said in a text message yesterday that, as of Oct. 12, average yard utilization at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and Manila South Harbor (MSH) was at 90% each, from 94% when the truck ban was lifted last month. “Barring major calamities, average yard utilization for the two ports will remain at that level or lower with the spike in volume due to the run-up in the next few weeks,” Ms. Flores said. It will be recalled that Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras announced in a press briefing last Sept. 30 that port congestion — which had led to monstrous daily traffic, capped second-quarter growth, crimped foreign trade between May and July, and fanned inflation — had been “successfully addressed” as yard utilization had fallen below 100% from “even 106% at the height of the port congestion.” Early in August, PPA had said it expected inbound shipments at Manila’s ports to run up to 7,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the peak shipping season, from a daily average of 5,000 TEUs. Mr. Raeuber told reporters at the sidelines of yesterday’s briefing: “90% is still congested.” “They have to achieve the normal capacity of 75% because that’s when containers can easily move. When you reach beyond that, it shows that the movement of containers will be constrained.”

 Dover
12 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Dover preparedness for Ebola
The recent decision by the Government to screen for Ebola at certain major UK gateways is a direct response to the current crisis in West Africa. Whilst the Government says the risk to the UK is very low, the Port of Dover will support whatever measures the Government deems appropriate for the Port to ensure it remains a secure place for everyone travelling in and out of the UK. Being one of the UK’s most important international gateways, we understand the need for vigilance. As with all matters relating to border security, we will continue to liaise closely with the responsible agencies, including UK Border Force and Public Health England in order to maintain the highest levels of security. Source: Port of Dover

12 days ago by arnekiel

VCTPL resumes operations
Passat Summer, the first ship post-Hudhud, is ready to sail today. The terminal, developed under PPP mode a decade ago, stacked the containers with goods valued at crores of rupees as per the wind procedures so as to avoid any damage when the gales blew at an unprecedented speed. Even as most of the industries still find it difficult to revive operations in the aftermath of devastation by the cyclone Hudhud, the first ship, a container vessel from Singapore, will leave from Visakhapatnam Port on Friday. Shattered by the havoc wrought by the deadly storm, Visakhapatnam Port as well as Gangavaram Port suspended their operations since Sunday. Undeterred after experiencing winds at a speed of 260 kmph, Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited received Passat Summer, a container ship from Singapore, and unloaded 700 containers. “We have loaded 600 containers for exports and the vessel will leave for Singapore on Friday, VCTPL COO Sushil Mulchandani told The Hindu. As soon as it leaves, another vessel, a Maersk Line is ready for berthing at VCTPL.

12 days ago by arnekiel

Pacific Protesters In Canoes, Kayaks Target Australian Coal Port
Hundreds of protesters on 17th October joined environmental activists from a dozen South Pacific countries attempting to halt shipping at the world’s largest coal export terminal in eastern Australia by forming a blockade with canoes, surfboards and kayaks. The action at the entrance to the Port of Newcastle briefly interrupted ships heading to open waters under a police marine escort but failed to bring any coal vessels to a halt. Nonetheless, organisers from the 350.Org environmental group said it underscored concerns that the burning of coal mined in Australia was having devastating effects in the South Pacific. Some experts say climate change will cause rising sea levels and higher tides that will swamp lower-lying Pacific islands and present other challenges such as coral bleaching and an increase in storms and cyclones. Calling themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors, the demonstrators chanted Methodist hymns before boarding traditional canoes to block shipping lanes leading from the port. They were joined by others on surfboards and kayaks. The flotilla was quickly flanked by police on jet skis and in motor boats as a tanker was shepherded out to sea by three tugboats. There were no arrests.

13 days ago by arnekiel

Paranagua call added to MSC's New Ipanema Service
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has upgraded its New Ipanema service by adding a port call in Paranagua in the state of Parana, Brazil.

13 days ago by arnekiel

Colombia container hub aspirations
Colombia’s government wants to make the country “a great container hub of the Americas”, according to minister of transport, Natalia Abello Vives. Speaking at TOC Americas opening ceremony in Cartagena today, the minister said that Colombia is “betting on smart and profitable infrastructure”.

13 days ago by arnekiel

Paranagua set for US$453m expansion and concession extension
Brazilian container terminal operator Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) looks very likely to invest 1.1bn reais (US$453m) and have its concession extended by 25 years. Agreement has been reached with national waterways regulator Antaq for a joint package of investment plans and concession extension until 2048

13 days ago by arnekiel

Dunkirk: Improved services to Asia
The shipping companies CMA CGM (FAL3 service), China Shipping Container Lines (AEX4 service) and UASC (AEC7 service) have just announced the setup of a cooperation called OCEAN THREE in all East-West services. The aim of this cooperation is to adjust to the rate of growing volumes, improving and optimising the use of ships by the three largest container shipping companies in the world. The new services, which will start during December 2014, will include a link between Asia and northern Europe, in which Dunkirk will be served as a priority in Europe at import. The improved transit times will allow the Port of Dunkirk to provide an even better service to its clients in northern France: sailing times will be 7 days shorter than at present. The ports of call include the major Chinese ports of Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Yantian, a South Korean port (Busan) and Malaysia’s Port Kelang for transhipments in Southeast Asia. The services will also call at Beirut in Lebanon and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.


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