Gulftainer welcomes largest ever vessel "CSCL Uranus" into Khorfakkan Container Terminal
The largest vessel ever to have docked at Sharjah-based Gulftainer's Khorfakkan Container Terminal arrived on 2nd April on its first voyage from the Far East. The ship, CSCL Uranus, fresh out of the Korean shipbuilding yard on the 9th March 2012, arrived at KCT on its maiden call, is the largest vessel ever to arrive at Khorfakkan Container Terminal and is the largest China Shipping Container Lines' (CSCL) vessel to arrive, not only into KCT, but the biggest vessel on this string to call into the Middle East. With an overall length of 366 meters, a breadth overall of 51 meters and a total container capacity of 14, 074 TEUs this vessel is truly one of the giants in the industry today, and the port of Khorfakkan is proud to have been chosen to be the first port of call in the Middle East.
First 2012 kiwifruit to leave port of Tauranga soon
Zespri’s first shipment of kiwifruit for the 2012 season is due to leave the Port of Tauranga for Japan today, carrying around 800,000 trays of Zespri Gold.
The 2012 harvest is now underway in the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay, after starting in the Poverty Bay two weeks ago, with this year’s harvest expected to reach 20 million trays of Zespri Gold (hort16a) kiwifruit.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has been coordinating search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing person from pleasure craft SZ11614F since 0950hrs (Singapore time) yesterday.
There were 10 male Singaporeans onboard the craft when the incident happened. 6 did not require hospital treatment, 2 were sent to National University Hospital (NUH) yesterday and 1 was pronounced dead. Of the 2 persons who were warded, 1 was discharged last night while the other is in stable condition and under observation.
MPA and the Police Coast Guard (PCG) have stepped up the search efforts, which includes expanding the surface search area and continuing underwater search. Assets deployed include 3 MPA craft, 1 PCG craft, 3 commercial dive teams and 1 Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV).
SAR operations will continue through the night. MPA will continue to inform passing vessels and waterfront properties' operators to keep a look out for the missing person.
Investigations by MPA and the Singapore Police Force are on-going.
For media enquiries, please call MPA's media hotline at 6375 1643.
SCDF Takes Over Marine Fire Fighting Function From MPA
he Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has taken over the marine fire fighting and rescue functions from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) with effect from today, 1 April 2012.
SCDF and MPA have been working closely on the transfer of manpower and assets, including training of relevant SCDF personnel in the marine fire-fighting and rescue skills, to ensure a seamless transition. SCDF has also established a dedicated unit - Civil Defence Marine Command (CDMC) and will be building up its capabilities and capacity to enhance response to marine fire and rescue incidents gradually.
Home to one of the world's busiest ports, it is essential that the Port of Singapore is equipped with an efficient fire fighting and emergency response service. The transfer of the marine fire fighting function will pool Singapore's resources within one agency, hence enhancing the level and type of service rendered. The shipping, harbour craft and pleasure craft communities in Singapore have been informed of the transfer and we would like to assure the public that the services provided in the Port of Singapore will remain unaffected.
The CDMC commenced operations today from the West Coast Marine Fire Station located at the existing base at West Coast Pier. In addition, the CDMC will also be operating from an interim base at Pulau Brani until the permanent base and headquarters is built there.
Ukraine will build an 846 million- euro ($1.13 billion) liquefied natural gas terminal at the port of Yuzhnyi, said Vladyslav Kaskiv, the head of state national projects, Bloomberg reports. As much as 70 percent of the cost will come from borrowing, Kaskiv told reporters in Kiev today, adding that 513 million euros will be raised by bond issues or from a loan.
The government will set up a managing company with a private investor within two months, Kaskiv said. Direct financing from the Ukrainian government will total 55 million euros, he said.
The terminal will be completed in two stages, and capacity will double to 10 billion cubic meters by 2018 from a planned 5 billion cubic meters in 2016, he said. Total construction time will be 49 months, he said.
Another 113 million euros will be needed to build a pipeline link to carry the fuel from the terminal to consumers, according to Kaskiv.
Royal Caribbean presents plans for new cruise terminal in Montevideo
Royal Caribbean presented a plan to Uruguay authorities of an exclusive terminal for their ships at the port of Montevideo, which would include a hotel and would involve a total investment of 40 million dollars.
El Pais reports that the Administration National Port Authority (NPA) and the Ministry of Tourism are studying the tourism investment project presented by Royal Caribbean to define an area exclusively for the cruise ship docking at the port of Montevideo and to build a hotel on an adjoining block.
Royal Caribbean looked at investing in Uruguay eight years ago when it considered building a cruise terminal in South America. Source: www.royalcaribbea...
Carnival Cruise Lines irked by Sydney dock refusal
Carnival Corporation's chief executive, Ann Sherry, warned yesterday, that the US cruise giant will rethink its Australian operations if it is not allowed to get access to Sydney Harbour port facilities.
The Florida-based line, billed as the world's biggest cruise company, had anticipated a report released yesterday would allow its mega-liners to dock at the navy headquarters at Sydney's Garden Island, given there are no other feasible docking facilities for ships of this size on the harbour.
Instead of Garden Island, the review suggested international cruise ships could dock at Port Botany, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, Athol Bay in the harbour or anchor at sea with passengers tendered to shore -- all scenarios that were immediately rejected by Carnival. Source: www.eturbonews.co...
Maersk adds Hamburg to its AE-6 Service, Mathilde Maersk first ship to arrive
Maersk Line, the world’s largest liner shipping company, has added the Port of Hamburg to the port rotation of its
Maersk AE-6 Service. The MATHILDE MAERSK berthed at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH) as the first vessel on this liner service to call in Hamburg on 24 March 2012. Built in 2009, the MATHILDE MAERSK with her length of 367 metres and breadth of 43 metres, and slot capacity of around 9,700 TEU (20-ft standard containers) belongs to the generation of VLCS (Very Large Container Ships). Fully loaded, the vessel’s draught reaches 15 metres. The AE-6 Asia-Europe Service is operated in combination with the TP-6 Transpacific Service, with a total of 14 vessels
with slot capacities of between 9,500 and 9,700 TEU. From Hamburg the route for the voyage is initially towards Asia,
then onwards to the US West Coast.
JAXPORT is pleased to announce details of the 11th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference, taking place May 21 – 23 at the Omni Plantation in Amelia Island. This prestigious conference is being held in North Florida for the first time and JAXPORT is proud to be host for the event. Read more at jaxport.com.
Brazil's steel group CSN says it wants role in proposed iron ore port Itaguai
Brazil's third-largest diversified steel group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, is interested in participating in the construction of an iron ore port in Rio de Janeiro state, it said Tuesday, Platts reports. "We are preparing ourselves to take part in this deal," CSN said in a conference call on its fourth-quarter earnings.
Bidding for the so-called Area do Meio port area in Itaguai is expected to be opened this year. The projected port is near CSN's existing Tecar port, which exports iron ore and imports coal.