Taiwan's Evergreen Marine to launch China-Indonesia services
Evergreen Marine Corporation, the largest container shipment firm in Taiwan, said Friday that it will work with two Chinese counterparts to launch shipping services between China and Indonesia later this month.
Evergreen Marine said it will provide the new weekly service jointly with China's COSCO Group and China Shipping Container Lines Company, starting May 20, to take advantage of booming trade activity in the region.
The three partners will assign four 2,000-2,700 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels to serve the new route.
The four vessels will take turns serving the route. Each of the four will start from China's northern port of Qingdao, and sail to Shanghai, Xiamen and Shekou in China, Pasir Gudang in Malaysia, Singapore, and Surabaya in Indonesia before returning to Qingdao via Singapore. Each journey will take 28 days.
Five Emirati boats attacked by Iranian marine patrols
Some Iranian marine patrols recently attacked five Emirati boats in international waters of the Arabian Gulf claiming the latter had entered the regional waters of Iran illegally.
In the first of these, four fishermen, including an Emirati Nukhada or boat captain, were attacked by an Iranian marine patrol in the international waters, 30km off the coasts of Ras Al Khaimah.
According to sources and Emirati fishermen, the Iranian patrol started chasing the 42-year-old Emirati fisherman and three Asian workers onboard when they tried to escape 40km off the UAE coasts.
“Two marine patrols finally surrounded the boat, took hold of it, and severely thrashed the fishermen, including the owner of the fishing boat, on Thursday afternoon around 3.30pm,” they said.
The Emirati fishermen, identified as Y.N., started his fishing journey from the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) old port until he reached 40km off the coast of the emirate. More to read at www.khaleejtimes....
U.S. West Coast Ports Expect Return to 'Normal' by End of May
Although U.S. West Coast ports are reporting that operations are expected to return to normal by the end of May, some shipping companies are still grappling with delays stemming from the months-long labour dispute, JOC reports.
Voxx International is apparently one of the companies who is still experiencing delayed shipments, though the company reported that it expects to recover most of the sales losses it incurred in the fourth quarter last year during the next quarter. According to another JOC report, ports are still struggling with having to accommodate multiple large containerships at the same time, which require more machinery and increased worker productivity.
While cargo flows at Los Angeles and Long Beach are not yet optimal, they are "getting there," according to Weston La Bar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association.
However, the improvement is expected to be threatened in the coming months during peak container season, when container volumes are typically 20 percent higher than during below-peak seasons.
So far, cargo volumes at the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Oakland appear to almost be at pre-dispute levels, though experts say that some business has already been permanently re-routed to other ports of call. shipandbunker.com...
Abu Dhabi Ports deploys two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes
Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) has received two new mobile harbour cranes from German equipment manufacturer Liebherr to handle the increasing volumes of general cargo.
The new deliveries are part of ADP's ongoing upgrade to all of its general cargo-handling equipment at the Khalifa, Zayed and Musaffah Ports.
With a capacity to lift 65t, the new cranes will support the existing ones that are capable of lifting loads of up to 100t.
Greece has confirmed plans to sell majority stakes in its largest seaport, Piraeus. As part of the country's plan to privatise its port, three firms have been invited to submit binding bids by September, in order to acquire a 51% ownership of Piraeus.
A senior privatisation official was quoted as saying: "It will be for 51% with an option to reach 67% in five years if they invest €300m. At a conference in Athens, Greece Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that the government is engaged in advanced discussions with China's Cosco. Kammenos was quoted by Reuters as saying: "We are in very advanced talks to expand this cooperation very soon in relation with the inclusion of a railway network as well." Other shortlisted firms include Dutch container terminal operator APM Terminals, and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services. Cosco currently manages two container piers at Piraeus Port. www.ship-technolo...
Itajaí and Navegantes port are closed due to big waves at bar entrance since 2015 may 12. Today waves still over 2,5m high. Evaluation is being carried by local pilot service. Mostlikely bar will open today or tomorrow
Cebu – A chief engineer was hurt when a fast craft collided with a cargo vessel late Wednesday afternoon at Lauis Ledge off Talisay City, the same spot where a passenger vessel and cargo ship collided two years ago, killing 116 passengers and crew.
The Lauis Ledge has become an eerie spot for vessels traveling from Cebu to Bohol so passengers of fast craft Starcraft 9 went into panic when their vessel collided with cargo vessel MV Our Lady of Faith at 5:50 p.m.
All of the 262 passengers and crew of the Bohol-bound fast craft, however, were safe, except for chief engineer Romeo Astillejo, who was thrown into the sea during the collision.
Astillejo was rescued by fellow crewmen and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The cargo ship, manned by Captain Jose Adaptar, was en route to Bacolod City from the port in the City of Naga while the fast craft, under Captain Roman Pialago, was bound for Tubigon, Bohol. PCG Central Visayas District chief-of-staff Weniel Azcuna said they are investigating the two captains and crew of the vessels. www.tempo.com.ph/...
Port workers have begun an "indefinite" strike at the general cargo facility in Callao, Peru operated by APM Terminals (APMT). APMT spokesperson Tom Boyd confirmed to IHS Maritime that the labour action, which he dubbed "illegal", began on 13 May. Boyd stressed that the strike is not affecting APMT's container operations in Callao. "The container terminal is operating fine.
Petrobras to use Edison Chouest offshore base at Brazil’s Açu port
Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras will use offshore docks operated by U.S. ship-leasing company Edison Chouest to handle oil-service vessels at the Brazilian Port of Açu, the head of the company that owns the port said.
The decision to use the Edison Chouest facilities at Açu will help Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the oil company is formally known, to ease crowding at its main offshore service docks in Macaé, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Açu on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.
The agreement with Edison Chouest was signed three months ago and is going ahead despite opposition from the city of Macaé, said Eduardo Parente, chief executive of Prumo Logística SA, which owns the port of Açu. No value for the deal was released.
Britain's largest container ship docks in Southampton
The largest British-registered container ship has docked in Southampton Port on May 13. CMA CGM Kerguelen has stopped off at DP World Southampton’s container terminal in the western docks on her maiden voyage. The vessel left Shanghai in Hong Kong, last month.
She is 398 metres long and 54 metres wide. She is the first of a series of six vessels of the same size set for delivery this year.
The ship will call at 11 countries and has the capacity to transport almost 200,000 tons of goods from clothes and televisions to sofas and washing machines.
It will use Southampton’s brand new deep water berth, SCT 5, which was specifically built and commissioned to accommodate these ultra large container ships.
Over £100 million has been invested by Associated British Ports to ensure that Southampton can continue to stay at the forefront of the UK container market.