Delmas suspends booking to Matadi and Boma for three weeks
Delmas is suspending bookings of cargo to the Democratic Republic of the Congo ports of Matadi and Boma, citing congestion that is preventing timely delivery of containers. The CMA CGM Group carrier said the suspension, which took effect Sept. 10, will continue for about three weeks, to enable it to deliver containers already loaded for those destinations.
Auckland authorities said on September 12, 2012 they will have a $14.6 million passenger ship terminal finished by next April, at the end of this summer's cruise season. Work on renovating the century-old Shed 10 on Queen's Wharf will start next week. "It's tight but it's do-able," said Rod Marler, Waterfront Auckland's development general manager. Summer 2012 will be the biggest cruise season yet with more than 100 ship visits and a 19 per cent increase in the number of passengers to 206,000.
Disruptions at Pier 1 - TPT declares force majeure
Disruptions at Pier 1 - TPT declares force majeure
Transnet Port Terminals has declared force majeure at Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 following illegal industrial action in the form of a go-slow by employees on Monday.
That's according to a notification from DCT terminal executive manager Hector Danisa, forwarded to FTW Online by Hariesh Manaadiar (shippingandfreightresource.com).
"The situation is that the illegal industrial action has affected productivity and led to delays and backlog in the movement of cargo through the terminal," according to the notification.
"Unfortunately this disturbance and its effects are beyond the control of TPT which has no option but to invoke the provisions of the force majeure clause in terms of TPT's commercial agreements. Any claims arising from this will therefore be dealt with as such in terms of the applicable contractual agreements," the notice states.
"This constitutes an official notice suspending the provisions of all applicable contracts in the interim."
Grand Alliance lines decamp to Da Chan Bay Terminal (Shenzhen) instead of Shekou
Modern Terminals-managed Da Chan Bay Terminal One in western Shenzhen recently welcomed the maiden call of the Philippines Feeder 2 (PHF2), one of Orient Oversea's Container Lines' (OOCL) Intra-Asia services, with the docking of the 2,700-teu Larentia, Seatrade Asia online reports. OOCL's PHF2, linking Hong Kong and the key manufacturing hubs in the Pearl River Delta with Manila North and South ports, now calls weekly at Da Chan Bay, moving from Shekou Container Terminal, also in Shenzhen.
Meanwhile in related moves, fellow Grand Alliance member lines Hapag-Lloyd and NYK Line, are also switching two of their transpacific services to call at Da Chan Bay from Shekou in September. The services are the Super Shuttle Express (SSX), which is also jointly operated with OOCL, and the Pacific North West Express (PNX) service, which the three Grand Alliance members operate together with Israeli flag carrier Zim. Modern Terminals has a majority stake in and operates Da Chan Bay Terminal One, as well as Taicang International Gateway in the Yangtze River Delta.
Oil Spill Following Collision Between "Sunny Horizon" and "DL Salvia" at Temasek Fairway
The cleaning up of the oil spill following the collision between Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier "Sunny Horizon" and Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier "DL Salvia" continued today.
As at 1700hrs, Singapore's waters around the affected area are generally clean, with only patches of sheen sighted near the Jurong Island T-bund and Tuas View Extension. The sea-based clean up operation continues, with a deployment of 7 craft, a harbour buster and 2 containment booms.
MPA continues working with JTC Corporation and the National Environment Agency on the land-based clean up efforts. The rock bund and lagoon cleaning up operation at Sultan Shoal Island has been completed.
Vessel traffic in the Port of Singapore and port operations remain unaffected.
Members of the public can contact MPA's 24-hours Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325 2489 to report any sighting of oil slick in our waters or coastlines.
Thirteen Southeast Asian sailors saved off El Salvador after 40 days adrift
Thirteen Southeast Asian sailors who spent 40 days adrift in the Pacific after their ship’s engine broke down have been rescued by a Salvadoran trawler, immigration authorities said Monday. A statement from the General Directorate of Migration said they were 11 Vietnamese and two Indonesians. They were spotted September 3 by the fishing boat, and their ship was towed to waters near the Salvadoran port city of La Union where it arrived Sunday, the directorate said. The sailors were granted transit permission to travel to San Salvador airport to return home.
Cruise season ends on September 26 as new wastewater permit begins
Juneau’s final cruise ship visit is only weeks away — Holland America’s Oosterdam is scheduled to depart Juneau at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. In the wake of what was expected to be a season that would see nearly 1 million cruise passengers visiting Alaska’s ports of call, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will begin to finalize and seek public input on permitting a less glamorous aspect of the cruise industry — wastewater discharge. More to read at juneauempire.com/...
Hapag-Lloyd Temporarily Suspends Calls at Costa Rica Port of Caldera
Hapag-Lloyd has announced a temporary suspension of its calls at Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, as part of its California Central America Express service, because of “extreme congestion” at the port, JOC reports. Hapag Lloyd said the last call would be made by the Conti Salome on Sept. 19. Coverage of the Costa Rican market after that will be provided by several other services. The carrier currently hopes to resume calling at the port with the CCE service in November.
Shanghai Port, the world's busiest container port, saw its container volume fall 7.1 percent from a year earlier, its second consecutive monthly decline, signalling a slowdown in China's trade activities, reported Reuters.
Container throughput reached 2.61 million TEUs, down from 2.84 million TEUs in July, data issued by the port's operator showed.
The decline in throughput in August could bode ill for China's trade during the month.