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408 days ago by arnekiel

Svitzer to commence service at ArcelorMittal’s iron ore storage facility at Port Cartier
By mid-April, Svitzer will commence service of ArcelorMittal’s iron ore storage facility at Port Cartier, Quebec in Canada as a result of ArcelorMittal requiring additional tug capability to support their continued growth in the Port. Svitzer will be mobilizing a tug, SVITZER WOMBI (to be renamed SVITZER CARTIER) with the ability to handle Capesize vessels that are calling on Port Cartier, one of Canada’s largest private ports with an annual shipping capacity of over 25 mil tonnes, to service ArcelorMittal’s marine terminal operation. The new contract should be seen in light of Svitzer’s aim to expand its presence in Canada. “Over the past decade we have divested in a number of our older assets but SVITZER CARTIER demonstrates our desire and commitment to re-establish ourselves as a major player in the Canadian towage market,” explained John Neatby, General Manager of Svitzer Canada.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk Line Sends First Owned Boxship to Haiphong
The 2,274 TEU boxship Maersk Nicolai is the first feeder vessel owned by Maersk Line to call at Tan Vu port, Haiphong, Vietnam. The ship sailed from Cai Lan and made its first call at the Tan Vu port on April 10, 2015. The ship is deployed on Maersk Line’s NV5 service.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Bomin to Launch Bunker Operations in Copenhagen
Fuel supplier and trader Bomin Group will be launching bunker operations in Copenhagen, the company announced Thursday in an emailed statement. The company said the expansion is part of its growth plans for 2015, and will complement existing operations in the Baltic Sea region. The company said that Copenhagen is the first of several planned expansions.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Marseille Fos sur Mer set to re-open its Drydock 10 shiprepair facility
Leading French port Marseille Fos is set to re-open its giant Drydock 10 shiprepair facility, mothballed since 2000, this autumn following a 28 million renovation project due for completion in September, the company said in its press release. Work started early last year under a port authority plan to reintroduce a repair and maintenance base for some of the largest ships afloat. The 465-metre long, 85m wide drydock – third biggest in the world after Lisbon and Dubai – is aimed principally at mega cruiseships but will also target the latest generation container carriers, LNG tankers, bulk vessels and offshore rigs. The dock first opened in 1975 to specialise in VLCC repairs but closed after 25 years as the market moved east.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Heavy congestion closes APMT gate in Nhava Sheva
APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India in the Nhava Sheva port complex is waging an apparently unending battle with congestion that has now forced a temporary halt to gate-in of export cargo and import pickups, producing costly delays for shippers and transportation providers. Source: Journal of Commerce

409 days ago by arnekiel

New port terminal to speed up pineapple exports
Early 2015 saw the start of the construction of a modern terminal in Puerto Limón, which should serve to dramatically improve the shipment of pineapples and other products. The country's main ports as far as exports are concerned, Moín and Limón, currently have reduced capacity for large vessels, and the time needed for each ship to be attended (import-export process) is approximately 24 hours, sometimes more. "The ships arriving to our ports are small, since they don't have the capacity for large vessels. In high season, there are weeks when not all fruit can be loaded due to lack of space. Exporters often receive cancellations of their orders and the fruit must then be loaded in other ships in the best case scenario, or sold in the local market to recover some of the investment. Also, at this time, the company that operates the port (JAPDEVA) is a Government monopoly with high operating costs due to the number of hours that every vessel requires. Additionally, labour strikes are organised which directly affect all exports. After the new Terminal is finished, we hope such problems will be prevented," explains Sonia Alvarado, of HISPACORI, Fresh Fruit Exports.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Muslims threw 12 Christians off migrant boat from Libya to Italy, police say
Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and aid groups said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea. The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement. The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate. www.haaretz.com/n...

409 days ago by arnekiel

Falling ship block kills two at Shanghai yard
Shanghai: A falling ship block killed two workers at Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding-controlled Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard on April 15. Another two men are in a serious condition at a local hospital. An investigation has been launched into the accident. Hudong Zhonghua has suffered a number of accidents over the years, including falling gantry cranes and a dock flood.

409 days ago by arnekiel

First Ocean-going ship loads up on Canadian wheat at Thunder Bay
The shipping season’s first ocean-going vessel has made it to Thunder Bay. On Wednesday Capt. Volodymyr Ovdiyeno was honoured at a special top-hat ceremony aboard the Cyprus-regsistered MV Tundra, which will leave the port 15,000 tonnes heavier carrying a cargo of western Canadian wheat. “My first time here was about 12 years ago,” Ovdiyeno said Thursday afternoon at Richardson’s main elevator on the city’s north side, adding it was pretty exciting to take part in the top-hat ceremony, similar to one held last week in Toronto, where the Tundra was also first. His ship arrived in Toronto and unloaded a cargo hull full of Brazilian sugar. The captain said he plans to stop in Hamilton for another load of cargo before taking the wheat to its final destination in Puerto Rico. Port Authority president Tim Heaney said it’s always a good sign when the first salty arrives in Thunder Bay. www.tbnewswatch.c...

409 days ago by arnekiel

Large fire causes massive damage at Squamish Terminals
A fire at Squamish Terminals caused massive damage to the docks and created noxious smoke that could be seen and smelled throughout the region on Thursday evening (Apr. 16). It started just before 6:30 p.m. next to or on a Star Atlantic Timber Carrier, but quickly spread throughout the docks. Several videos and photos on globalnews.ca/new...


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