Spain has moved to outlaw bunkering in waters surrounding Gibraltar, although British and Gibraltar officials say the nation has no legal authority there, the Financial Times reports. The Spanish government said Friday, August 30 that it would change environmental law to prevent ships from refueling at sea in protected maritime zones, which it argues include a European Union (EU)-protected area encompassing much of the sea surrounding the peninsula.
With tensions around Gibraltar intensifying, Spain could claim the law as a reason for its police to take action against bunkering companies in the area.
Spanish Environment Minister Miguel Arias Cañete, said the ban, which could take effect at the start of next year, would mean fines for bunker providers who continued outlawed operations, and he said such offshore operations are an environmental hazard. Read more at shipandbunker.com...
Egypt steps up patrols after gun attack on ship in Suez Canal
Egypt has increased troop numbers along the Suez Canal after an attack on a cargo ship at the weekend. Three men have been arrested and accused of firing a machinegun at a Panamanian-registered vessel on Saturday. The attack came amid continuing unrest in Egypt since the military deposed Mohamed Morsi, right, the country’s Islamist President, in July.
Security officials in Cairo said they had sent troops and boosted surveillance along the canal, but played down any threat to shipping.
Maersk and CMA CGM swap Namibia and South Africa calls between WAF – Far East loops
Maersk Line and CMA CGM are to revise the rotation of the joint Far East – West Africa service (#419), branded ‘AFEX’ by the French and ‘FEW3′ by the Danish.
The present Namibia call at Walvis Bay, so far the last African port on the loop, will be dropped after a last visit on 7 September. At the same time, the eastbound call at Capetown, initially dropped from the service in May, will be re-instated from 4 October.
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Recently, the Port of Ystad in southern Sweden played host to an event demonstrating the benefits of shore-to-ship power systems.
The prime advantages are environmental. Shore power systems enable ships to connect to shore side power when docked, rather than running their own engines and gensets. This allows services such as power supply for reefer containers, lighting, heating, food preparation and cargo handling to run directly from the grid, via the port supply. Not only does this provide a significant cut in exhaust emissions in port areas, it also reduces ships’ fuel consumption. The result is a healthier environment for crew and port staff, and improved air quality in the locality of Ystad.
The event was co-hosted by the Port of Ystad, shore power specialist Cavotec, power and automation conglomerate ABB, electrical systems specialist Processkontroll Elektriska, technical consultancy Grontmij, as well as Polferries and Unity Line. Ystad became, in 2012, the latest in a growing number of Swedish ports to adopt shore power connection for ships. The application at Ystad is one of the largest high voltage shore power systems anywhere.
“Ports in Sweden, and around the world, are facing intensifying pressure, both in the form of legal requirements and public sentiment, to reduce emissions from ships. Our alternative maritime power (AMP) technologies enable ports and shipping lines to meet this challenge,” says Erik Chiló, Cavotec regional manager for Northern Europe. www.motorship.com...
Egyptian officials have denied permission to an Israeli container ship needing repairs to dock at a port at the southern tip of the Suez Canal. Brig. Gen. Mohsin Hamad says the ship lacked certification from the International Maritime Organization that is required for entry to Egyptian ports and the canal. He said Thursday that a fire broke out on the ship several days ago while it was in waters near Djibouti and that its request to enter the port for repairs was rejected. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it had no information about the ship. Egypt is the gatekeeper of one of the world’s busiest water corridors and the strategic canal linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. www.timesofisrael...
UK's Felixstowe Port Plans Expansion To Handle Super-sized Container Ships
Felixstowe, the U.K.'s biggest container port in terms of capacity, plans to extend one of its berths so it can handle two of the new generation of extra-large container ship at the same time, the latest indication of growing competition among British container terminals for business from owners of the so-called Triple-E vessels. The port, a unit of Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (0013.HK), applied this month to extend one of its newest berths by 190 meters to handle the new ships. Felixstowe, which handles about 3.5 million 20-foot containers annually, is in fierce competition with DP World's London Gateway and Southampton ports to attract shipping companies and distribution services. The port, situated around 113 kilometers north east of London, said in its application to the U.K.'s Marine Management Organisation, that it has seen "a significant increase in containership dimensions."
Panama Canal begins countdown for centennial celebration
The Panama Canal Authority has begun the countdown for its centennial celebration as it commemorates its 99th anniversary. The countdown events will highlight the waterway's contribution during the past 100 years and the efforts underway to face the challenges of the upcoming decades. The countdown began with the presentation of the Panama Canal Centennial logo on the control house balcony at the Miraflores Locks in a ceremony attended by members of the ACP Board of Directors and Panama Canal executives.
"During the year of celebration that we start today, we will pay tribute to the ingenuity that made uniting two oceans a possibility," Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said. Since its opening 99 years ago, the Panama Canal has become a facilitator of international trade.
"The Panama Canal has connected the world since August 15th 1914," the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Roberto Roy said. "Proof of this is the 14,000 ships that transit each year, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries."
The Controller General of the Nigeria Customs Service Abdullahi Dikko Inde on August 29 threatened to shut down the APM Terminals, operator of the Apapa Container Port for failure to meet the standard working conditions required for the operations of customs officers and quick positioning of cargoes for inspection. Dikko made the threat while responding to allegations of incessant delays against the terminal operator at a stakeholders' sensitization meeting on the Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) held yesterday at the Apapa area one premier port, Lagos. "I can show you the power of customs, by the time we close down the place; they will find solution to the problems of not making the terminal conducive. Ministers have been there and they made report against it," he said.
Many licensed customs agents at the meeting complained of poor examination facilities and delays in placing containers for examination against APMT, which they said constituted bottlenecks to trade facilitation at the port.
The customs boss, who also took a first-hand assessment visit of the terminal was visibly disappointed at the poor state of the facility as containers were being opened and examined on dusty floors which makes examination difficult under rains. He however debunked the allegation that there are some customs officers in the ports who goes by the acronym 'CG' boys and obstructs activities of free flow of cargo even when the CAC's have released such goods, they allegedly do not take orders from CACs but demand gratifications from stakeholders.
Inde said: "There is nothing like CG boys. It is a blackmail. If you have anybody who calls himself CG boys, bring name and see what I will do."
Source: Daily Trust
Navitrade terminal at Richards Bay to be upgraded to handle 20 Mill. tons a year
Africa’s biggest coal export port is be expanded in a $192 million investment designed to help smaller South African mining companies send their output abroad. Shipping and logistics group Grindrod is forming a joint venture (JV) with investment group RBT Resources to expand its Navitrade terminal at Richards Bay, on South Africa’s east coast near the city of Durban, whose existing capacity is mostly used by major mining groups. Under the plan, Grindrod’s Navitrade terminal, which has a capacity of 3 million tonnes a year, will be upgraded to handle 20 million tonnes as it aims to open up capacity for new entrants.
Three tankers failed to get bunker fuel at Ust-Luga port
Between August 23 and 28, at least three tankers bound for Ust-Luga port for Russian export cargo were banned to replenish its fuel supplies at the seaport of Ust-Luga, Russia’s Leningrad region, a bunker supplier told PortNews.
According to RN-Bunker, a major regional bunker supplier, the company was notified by North-West Energy Customs Post that it would not be allowed to supply bunker fuel to the Greek-flagged 101,970dwt Elka Apollon (Year Built 2005, owner Lydia Investments Co. / European Product Carriers Ltd) on August 30, 2013, which anchored at the port of Ust-Luga.
Previously, on August 23, 2013, several bunker suppliers received similar refusals: LLC Baltic Fuel Company - for bunkering two vessels: HANDYTANKERS MAGIC (YB 2009, 38,499dwt, the Marshall Islands flag, shipowner PALMIRA NAVIGATION INC.) and BRO SINCERO (YB 2002, 18,119dwt, Denmark flag, owner Maersk Tankers).
The Energy Customs Post authorities said the refusal was based on the relevant instruction of the Central Energy Customs (CEC) chief Pavel Strelnikov.
Major Russian bunker fuel suppliers have applied to the CTC to clarify the order and requirements for bunkering operations at the port of Ust-Luga.