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 Valdez
488 days ago by arnekiel

Grounded fishing vessel 'Savannah Ray' refloats with tide
ALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — An 81-foot fishing vessel is back en route to Seward after grounding in Prince William Sound. The U.S. Coast Guard says in a release that the Savannah Ray grounded late Friday morning (July 26, 2013) in Bainbridge Passage. However, the ship refloated in the incoming tide. The Coast Guard said the ship suffered minimal damage, and there's no sign of pollution. There were also no injuries. The Coast Guard will monitor the ship until it arrives in Seward. The Savannah Ray is carrying 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 150 gallons of hydraulic oil, 60 gallons of fuel oil and 150,000 pounds of fish.

489 days ago by arnekiel

Halifax linked to Asia with Hapag's 7,506-TEU Berlin Express via Suez
Port of Halifax has handled the Hapag-Lloyd's 7,506-TEU Berlin Express, one of the larger ships in the industry, due to the Canadian government's port investment of C$52.5 million (US$55.5 million) which allows for handling the world's largest ships simultaneously. The Berlin Express, one of three operated by Hapag-Lloyd in this class size, is the largest TEU container vessel to call at Halifax and on the Atlantic coast of Canada and boasts 700 reefer plugs, and is 100,000 dwt and 320 metres long. It is in the G6 Alliance's AZX service between Asia and North America via Suez. The Port of Halifax and Ceres Terminal are the first inbound call from Asia. This new service provides Canadian companies with direct access between the growth markets in Asia for both dry and temperature control cargo. Asia is the fastest growing segment of the containerised business for the Port of Halifax. Hapag-Lloyd has been a customer of the Port of Halifax since 1969. Hapag-Lloyd's Canadian management recently received the Port's high volume award for 2012. This was Hapag-Lloyd's 15th consecutive year as the top volume carrier.

489 days ago by arnekiel

Bidding reaches final stage for India's container terminal at Kolkata
Bidding the concession to operate the Diamond Harbour container terminal in Kolkata for INR150 billion (US$2.5 billion) is expected to end over the next three months, after five companies have been short listed for the final stage.

489 days ago by arnekiel

Search continues for missing eight from capsized barge 'Guo Liang 677'
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) says that search and rescue operations are continuing for eight missing crew members of a barge which capsized in Singapore waters around 1pm on Wednesday. The MPA has been co-ordinating rescue operations and two crew member have been rescued so far, however a total of ten crew members were on board the Mongolian-flagged barge Guo Liang 677. Search and rescue operations has involved two Super Puma helicopters and a Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, three patrol vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy, two PCG patrol craft, divers and two diving support vessels and fourteen passing commercial vessels. [SeaShip-News 26/07/13]

489 days ago by arnekiel

Piracy in Indonesia jumps 50% in first six months of 2013
Globally piracy incidents were on the wane in the first half of this year, but Indonesia sticks out as a worrying hotspot with the number of incidents reported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) jumping 50% in the six-month period. Worldwide, the total number of pirate attacks has fallen from 177 in the first half of 2012, to 138 in the first half of 2013, according to the IMB. Of the 43 actual attacks reported in Indonesia in the first half of 2013, 35 of the ships were anchored, four were berthed, and four were steaming, the report said. Six of the 13 ports and anchorages which had three or more reported incidents were located in Indonesia, with the ports in Dumai and Belawan encountering the highest number of attacks with eight each.

489 days ago by arnekiel

After slamming into rogue iceberg, grounded Alaska ship leaking fuel
A tug and barge that went aground Wednesday in the Gulf of Alaska, 60 miles southeast of Cordova, is leaking an unknown amount of fuel, the U.S. Coast Guard released Thursday. The 77-foot-long Hook Point-Alaganik found trouble in rough waves and an especially high tide that led it to crash into ice that had floated into the gulf from Seal River. This impact broke the mechanical system holding the barge and tug together, before both were washed ashore. At the time it went ashore, the Hook Point-Alaganik, as the vessel is known, was reportedly filled with more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as 90 gallons of hydraulic oil and 30 gallons of gasoline. The Coast Guard has no estimate yet of how much spilled. www.alaskadispatc...

489 days ago by arnekiel

After slamming into rogue iceberg, grounded Alaska ship leaking fuel
A tug and barge that went aground Wednesday in the Gulf of Alaska, 60 miles southeast of Cordova, is leaking an unknown amount of fuel, the U.S. Coast Guard released Thursday. The 77-foot-long Hook Point-Alaganik found trouble in rough waves and an especially high tide that led it to crash into ice that had floated into the gulf from Seal River. This impact broke the mechanical system holding the barge and tug together, before both were washed ashore. At the time it went ashore, the Hook Point-Alaganik, as the vessel is known, was reportedly filled with more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as 90 gallons of hydraulic oil and 30 gallons of gasoline. The Coast Guard has no estimate yet of how much spilled. www.alaskadispatc...

 Dubai
489 days ago by arnekiel

Titanic II may set sail for Dubai in 2016
Construction work on the replica of Titanic, an iconic ocean liner which sank on its maiden voyage 15 April 1912, is expected to start by the end of the year. UAE firms are trying to strike a partnership with Australian businessman Clive Palmer in his Titanic II project. Blue Star Line which has undertaken the project, reveals talks are underway to bring the ship to Dubai when it completes construction in 2016. Australian business magnate Clive Palmer had revealed plans to build a replica of the grand ship back in April of 2012.

490 days ago by arnekiel

Port of NY & NJ Agree Bayonne Cruise Terminal Expansion
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne – a major public investment that will spur continued growth in the New Jersey cruise business. As part of its expansion plans, Royal Caribbean also agreed to base its new Quantum of the Seas vessel – the largest cruise ship serving the New York-New Jersey region – at Bayonne beginning in 2014. The new vessel, which can accommodate up to 4,180 passengers, will sail to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Bermuda. The Port Authority acquired the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in June 2010 as part of its purchase of the 131-acre portion of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne. More at www.panynj.gov/pr...

490 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM Round the World upgrade to fortnightly wins Tilbury first call
Tilbury's London Container Terminal has won a first call from CMA CGM's upgraded direct Panama service started September 18 as part of and the upgrade of the French carrier's Round the World service from fortnightly to weekly. It will begin and end at Tilbury, allowing fast delivery to final destinations for time-sensitive cargo such as fresh produce, reports Lloyd's Loading List. Said Forth Ports COO Perry Glading: "London Container Terminal handles in excess of half a million containers per year, cementing the Port of Tilbury as a key shipping and distribution location offering unrivalled access to London and the south east of England." The new service now covers 15 markets, two more than the fortnightly service, ranging from South America to the Baltic and the Black Sea. "We are thrilled to be the opening port of call for the Round the World Panama direct weekly service. As the only UK port servicing both deep sea and short sea customers, we are delighted to be part of an extensive, reliable and fast shipping service." Source : Asian Shipper


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