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575 days ago by arnekiel

Port Cameron hires firm to find customers for $1.5B staging port
Port Cameron LLC has hired consulting firm HBW Resources LLC to find customers for its new $1.5 billion deepwater staging port in Cameron. The port complex is located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, 185 miles east of Houston and just south of Lake Charles. It will be on 500 acres, with an additional 750 acres available for future expansion. A news release said the port will help serve the growing needs of energy development in the Gulf of Mexico because of its nearness to current and future shelf and deepwater offshore oil and gas exploration. The port is expected to be home to the largest private energy services facility on the Gulf Coast when it’s completed, with more 21,000 linear feet of bulkhead lots on dredged slips of 500 and 700-foot widths, and dredged depths of 33 feet. Construction is set to begin in November. The first phase is scheduled to be complete by the third quarter of 2017. neworleanscitybus...

575 days ago by arnekiel

Ships in queue at Australia’s PWCS coal terminals climb to new 22-week high of 19
The number of ships queuing to load coal from the Port Waratah Coal Services terminals at the port of Newcastle, Australia, grew for the third consecutive week to a fresh 22-week high of 19 this week, the logistics coordinator for the Hunter Valley coal chain said Monday, July 25, 2016. The 19-ship queue, which is the most seen for the coordinator’s end-of-week numbers since February 22, is eight vessels more than the year-to-date average of 11. The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator’s forecast for the PWCS terminals — which have a combined shipment capacity of 140 million mt/year — for the end of the month has also risen. “Based on terminal demand, the Port Waratah vessel queue is estimated [at] 21 at the end of July,” HVCCC said in its weekly report. Last week, HVCCC forecast 18 ships for end-July, and a week before that the expectation had been 11.

575 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Churchill closes, 30 people given layoff notices
The Port of Churchill has been shut down and will not ship any grain for the first time since the Second World War. About 30 employees received two-week layoff notices on Monday afternoon from owner, OmniTrax Canada. Many more employees were still waiting to be recalled for the shipping season, which runs to the end of October. "It’s a shock to all of us. We figured it would be a poor year but not shut down completely," said an employee who received his notice. He asked not to be named. About 50 grain cars were in The Pas enroute to Churchill Monday, said the Hudson Bay Route Association. Those cars are apparently turning around and heading back. "This is devastating to the community. We’re affected big-time," said Mayor Mike Spence. The Port of Churchill is the town’s biggest single employer. The port employs up to 90 people when it’s operating at full capacity, or about 10 per cent of the town’s population, Spence said. Read more at www.winnipegfreep...

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575 days ago by arnekiel

Cruise ship port planned at Koh Samui
Government officials are getting excited about making Koh Samui a hub for cruise ship tourism to Thailand. Officials met with private-sector cruise ship experts while touring a ship docked off of Samui's gulf coast yesterday. The tour comes after last week's announcement by the government in Bangkok that it has approved a plan to build a cruise port on Surat Thani province's largest island. “None of the ports in Samui are deep enough to handle major cruise ships,” said Pataraporn Sithivanich, the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Executive Director for the Americas Region. “So cruise ships have to anchor about five kilometers off of the coast, meaning that it takes a while to transport tourists from the ship to land.” Ms Sithivanich said the TAT estimates the number of cruise ship passengers to Samui to increase from an estimated 1,000 to 3,000 tourists per ship annually. EAS Maritime Agencies general manager Wattana Choksuvanich said increasing cruise tourism necessitates the expansion of other infrastructure projects on the island. www.phuketgazette...

575 days ago by arnekiel

Ship Channel reopened after sulfur dioxide release
Mon Jul 25, 2016. The Coast Guard reopened the Houston Ship Channel at 6:35 p.m., after a brief closure from a sulfur dioxide release and shelter in place in Galena Park Monday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m., the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service received notification from Harris County Office of Emergency Management personnel that a shelter in place was issued for the city of Galena Park due to a sulfur dioxide leak at the Pasadena Refinery. The VTS closed the ship channel at 4:04 p.m., extending a half-mile on either side of the Washburn Tunnel. The leak was secured by the Pasadena Refinery at around 5:30 p.m. The Port of Houston Authority fire-boat crew monitored the air for sulfur dioxide with negative results. At around 6 p.m., the shelter in place was lifted by the City of Galena Park emergency coordinator. The cause of the leak is under investigation.

575 days ago by arnekiel

Lerwick Harbour hit by oil and gas downturn
The oil and gas slump has taken a toll on Shetland’s main commercial port in the first half of 2016 although a record cruising season means Lerwick Harbour’s ship has still come in. The latest traffic statistics for Lerwick Harbour show mixed fortunes across the sectors using Shetland’s main commercial port in the first half of 2016, including a significant increase in cruise traffic and higher fish landings, but a predicted fall in offshore-related activity which was also reflected in less cargo handled. Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority chief executive, said: “The performance was in line with our projections, given the market conditions for the various, often international, industries served by the port. “The cruise industry is proving to be the highlight of the year, with the promise of a record-breaking season and more to come in 2017. “However, the oil and gas industry statistics are a stark reminder that it is not just north-east Scotland which is hit by the severe downturn in operations which has also impacted on Shetland and elsewhere. “Currently, our expectation is that, with the close-out of some subsea projects this year, 2017 will possibly be even quieter for us for oil & gas traffic.” https://www.pressandjourn...

576 days ago by arnekiel

Carrington coal terminal receives two new ship-loaders
Two new coal ship-loaders to be installed at the Carrington coal terminal arrived in the Newcastle port on Sunday afternoon. Although anti-coal activists have pushed to have the Carrington loader shut down due to its proximity to housing -restricting all coal-loading to Kooragang Island -the new ship-loaders shows PWCS intends to keep the terminal operating. https://www.australianmin...

576 days ago by arnekiel

Governor announces $350 mln investment at the Port of Virginia at Norfolk
Governor Terry R. McAuliffe will be at The Port of Virginia on Wednesday, July 20 announcing that the port will be receiving a $350 million investment from the state to expand the cargo capacity at Norfolk International Terminals’ (NIT) South Berth. In his 2016 budget, McAuliffe included $350 million for expanding capacity at Norfolk International Terminals, which is the port’s largest terminal. The Port of Virginia began optimizing NIT last year, investing in modern terminal operating software and cargo conveyance equipment. Last July, the port began construction on its new North Gate complex – a 22-lane gate that will provide greater motor carrier access to the terminal and will tie into the I-564 connector, also under construction. Specifically, the money will be used to reconfigure the South Berth at NIT to increase capacity at NIT by 46 percent, as well as improve the speed at which the cargo moves through that area. The port will moving to a rail-mounted gantry crane operation in order to increase capacity, efficiency and worker safety.

576 days ago by arnekiel

KSA to invest $5.86bn in Ras Al-Khair shipyard (60nm north of Jubail)
Saudi Arabia is expected to invest nearly 22 billion riyals ($5.86 billion) in a project to build a shipyard to construct large vessels for its oil industry, a newspaper in the Kingdom reported. The project in the Eastern Saudi port of Ras Al-Khair will be a joint venture between state oil giant Saudi Aramco, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, the UAE-based Lamprell and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, Arabic daily Aleqtisadiah said, quoting informed sources. “Phase one will be completed in 2018 while the entire project will be completed in 2021,” the paper said. It quoted the sources as saying that the project would cut Saudi Arabia’s ship import bill by around 45 billion riyals ($12 billion) and boost its GDP by $17 billion. Source: Zawya Projects News

576 days ago by arnekiel

Kenya unveils first locally made ship in Mombasa
Kenyan ship builder unveiled a locally built sea vessel for the transportation of heavy machinery and marine projects cargo along the East African coast. Southern Engineering Company (SECO) said the vessel known as a barge has the capacity of 2500 dead weight tonnage equivalent to 150 truckloads. An official from the firm said that the vessel will be deployed for use in the construction of Lamu Port and other offshore projects along the West of Indian Ocean and inland water bodies like Lake Turkana. Currently, marine transport service firms are positioning themselves for marine transport services especially to Lamu where the construction of the new port is underway. SECO’s Director in charge of Administration, Mr John Msafari, said the vessel has been built by skilled manpower numbering 80 from Kenya and inspected by highly qualified quality inspectors from outside the country. He said that the vessel built in a record six months using 850 T of marine grade steel cost their client sh180 million.


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