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465 days ago by arnekiel

Singapore Grants Extra 10% Port Dues Discount for Containerships
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Wednesday announced that, effective January 15, container vessels at the Port of Singapore will receive an additional 10 percent discount on port dues "if they are carrying out cargo works with a port stay of not more than five days." The 10 percent concession will be in place for one year, and the discount will be awarded in addition to existing port dues concessions, including incentives delivered under the Green Port Programme, and the 20 percent concession that was introduced in 1996. "In all, these concessions are expected to amount to more than S$17 million ($11.83 million) in annual savings for container lines," stated the MPA. shipandbunker.com...

 Santos
465 days ago by arnekiel

Chemical Container Blaze Restricts Brazil's Santos Port
Up to a dozen containers carrying chemicals caught fire at a terminal at Brazil's largest port of Santos on Thursday, restricting ship movement, representatives of the port authority Codesp said. The fire at the container terminal operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja, on the eastern side of Santos, started around 3 p.m. Brasilia time (1700 GMT) and continued into the evening, sending plumes of smoke across the shipping channel at the commodity exporting port. The port authority said in a statement it had stopped ships from docking at a terminal operated by Santos Brasil next to Localfrio's Alfandegado terminal because of smoke, but otherwise the port was operating normally. Santos Brasil also said its operations were stopped indefinitely. A spokeswoman for Localfrio, which exports general cargo as well as chemicals used for refrigeration, said emergency measures were in place and the terminal had been evacuated. www.marinelink.co...

 Matadi
465 days ago by arnekiel

ICTSI set to open $100m terminal in Congo in August 2016
Manila-based International Container Terminal Services is set to open a $100m new terminal in the the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2016. ICTSI said the terminal, which will initially start operations with one berth, is located in Matadi, the chief sea port of the DRC.

465 days ago by arnekiel

Cheniere Delays First LNG Cargo from Sabine Pass
The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) commissioning cargo from Sabine Pass liquefaction project, located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, should be exported in late February or March 2016, according to Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy. The first commissioning cargo was initially expected to occur by late January, however, the company said that, although the construction for Train 1 was completed ahead of schedule, instrumentation issues were discovered during the final phases of plant commissioning and cool down that would require additional work over the next few weeks. worldmaritimenews...

465 days ago by arnekiel

Hapag-Lloyd improves service between Mediterranean and Black Sea
From mid-February, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce the new Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX) service. The new short sea service offers customers a weekly connection between ports in Egypt, Israel, Turkey and major Black Sea ports with competitive transit times. It will furthermore guarantee the connectivity of the Black Sea ports with Hapag-Lloyd’s comprehensive global liner service network – especially to and from North America, Latin America, Far East, Oceania and North Europe. Three ships with a nominal capacity of 1,700 TEU each and a high number of reefers plugs will be deployed in the BMX service. The first voyage will commence from Damietta on February 16. The port rotation is: Damietta • Port Said (East) • Ashdod • Istanbul (Mardas & Marport) • Novorossiysk • Odessa • Constanta • Istanbul • Izmit • Izmir • Damietta. Source: Hapag-Lloyd

465 days ago by arnekiel

Cosco will pay USD 1.1 billion for Greece's Port of Piraeus
Chinese shipping and port giant China Cosco Holdings Co. on Tuesday made a binding offer for a majority stake in the long-delayed privatization of Greece’s main port of Piraeus, a move that is expected to earn cash-strapped Athens hundreds of millions of euros and turn the Mediterranean port into a logistics hub for Chinese exports to Europe. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, which handles state asset sales, didn’t reveal the value​of the bid, but gave Cosco, the sole bidder, a week to make a better offer. Two other shortlisted investors—APM Terminals, owned by Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, and Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc.—didn’t submit binding bids. “After careful review, we concluded that [Piraeus] is not an attractive business for us,” said Tom Boyd, a spokesman for APM Terminals. People familiar with the transaction said Cosco’s bid for a 67% stake in the port was around €700 million (nearly $758 million) including about €350 million in infrastructure investments over five years. The original offer to investors was a 67.7% stake. The Wall Street Journal reported that Cosco was the favorite to win the concession given its strong ties with Greece’s government and the fact that it already operates two container terminals in Piraeus under a 35-year concession it acquired in 2009. www.wsj.com/artic...

466 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Prince Rupert To Generate 5000 New Jobs
The Port of Prince Rupert on Jan. 13, 2016 released a study projecting that its fully-realized development plan could generate almost 5,000 new jobs in northern British Columbia directly related to port activity, with corresponding increases in wages and government tax revenues.

466 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Prince Rupert To Generate 5000 New Jobs
The Port of Prince Rupert on Jan. 13, 2016 released a study projecting that its fully-realized development plan could generate almost 5,000 new jobs in northern British Columbia directly related to port activity, with corresponding increases in wages and government tax revenues.

 Havana
466 days ago by arnekiel

Cruise lines still awaiting OK from Cuba to begin trips with U.S. departure
At least three U.S.-headquartered cruise lines have Cuba in their sights and have been advertising itineraries that leave from PortMiami this winter and spring. But with the clock ticking, none of them has received a green light from Cuban authorities to visit Cuban ports, and two of them don’t have berthing space at PortMiami. Still, Carnival Corp. is optimistic that its “social-impact” brand, Fathom, will get approval for seven-day cultural immersion trips to Cuba in time for its planned maiden voyage in May. “We’re selling, planning and we’re just waiting for Cuba’s final approval,” said Roger Frizzell, a spokesman for Carnival Corp. “We’re very optimistic.” The Fathom cruise will comply with U.S. rules that allow American travelers to visit Cuba on itineraries that emphasize people-to-people exchanges with visits to schools, an organic farm, private restaurants and cultural centers where they can interact with the Cuban people. Prices start at $2,710 and climb to $8,250 per person for a suite during peak season. With a partial U.S. travel ban to Cuba still in effect, people-to-people tours are one of the 12 categories of travel authorized for Americans by the U.S. government. Read more here: www.miamiherald.c...

466 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Wilmington enhancing facilities, eyeing expansion along Delaware River
Looking to further its “top banana” status, the Delaware State Port Corp.’s Port of Wilmington is advancing multiple enhancements to current facilities near the mouth of the Christina River while examining long-term prospects for new terminal development on the Delaware River. North America’s longtime leader in imports of bananas and other fresh fruits and juice concentrates, the Port of Wilmington is doubling its contingent of ship-to-shore gantry cranes and renovating antiquated berths at its Christina River berths, just west of its confluence with the Delaware River. At the same time, the Delaware State Port Corp. has hired AECOM to develop a strategic master plan that includes examination of potential future port development along the Delaware River, with the primary site presently under consideration being just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the twin spans that carries Interstate 295 over the river. John Haroldson, manager of international trade at DSPC, said the improvements at the Christina River berths address immediate needs, while building of a new terminal “could be 20 years down the road.” https://www.ajot.com/prem...


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