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Yemen LNG gas pipeline linked to Balhaf blown up again
As Reuters reports, a gas pipeline feeding Yemen's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was blown up again in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the operating company said. Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011 that armed groups have exploited to cause fuel shortages and slash export earnings for the impoverished country. The 320-km pipeline that supplies the $4.5-billion plant has been attacked several times by suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen after military strikes on Islamist militants. "Yemen LNG confirms the sabotage of the 38-inch gas pipeline that links the block 18 to the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden," the company said in a statement, adding that nobody was injured in the blast. www.reuters.com/a...

576 days ago by arnekiel

China navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier at port of Dalian
China's first aircraft carrier was handed over on Sunday to the navy of the People's Liberation Army, state press said, amid rising tensions over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas. The handover ceremony of the 300m ship, a former Soviet carrier called the VARYAG, took place in north-east China's port of Dalian after a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported.

577 days ago by arnekiel

Strike Threatens India's Nehru Port
As JOC reports, Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva), India’s top container handler, is bracing for yet another disruption to shipping as unionized dockworkers at the APM Terminals facility have threatened to launch an indefinite strike Sept. 24. APMT is one of three container-handling facilities in Nhava Sheva Port, which accounts for more than half of India’s total containerized traffic. www.joc.com/labor...

577 days ago by arnekiel

OOCL introduces new Scan Baltic Express 3 service between Hamburg & St. Petersburg
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has introduced a new service to the intra-Europe network called Scan Baltic Express 3 (SBX3), as part of its existing SBX suite. The new SBX3 service, which started on 21 September, is operated with two 1,000 teu containerships serving Hamburg and St Petersburg. The inaugural sailing started from Hamburg. “The SBX3 is an additional service for the Baltic network which complements our existing service offering a comprehensive coverage between Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden,” OOCL said.

577 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Ningbo's Zhejiang LNG Terminal gets its first LNG shipment
Shanghai: Qatargas has delivered the first LNG cargo to China National Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Zhejiang LNG Terminal. The cargo delivered by Qatargas' Q-Max LNG vessel ZARGA will be used to commission the newly constructed LNG terminal. The arrival also marks the first Q-Max LNG Vessel, the largest class of LNG carriers in the world, to one of CNOOC's owned and operated terminals in the PRC. The Zhejiang LNG terminal, located in Ningbo in China's Zhejiang province, will have a first phase receiving capacity of 3m tonnes per year adding to CNOOC's operating LNG terminals in Shanghai, Fujian and Guangdong provinces. [24/09/12]

577 days ago by arnekiel

Second dock death at Newcastle port prompts safety review
AN urgent safety review is under way after a man was crushed to death by 20 tonnes of aluminium at Newcastle Port - the second death at the docks in 10 days. Wharfie Greg Fitzgibbon, 56, was killed instantly when the pallet of metal ingots fell on him at the Eastern Basin Distribution Centre in Carrington on Sunday night. The married father of two was loading the pallet onto the 36,000 tonne Chinese-owned, Bahamas-registered Weaver Arrow cargo ship when the incident occurred. www.adelaidenow.c...

578 days ago by arnekiel

Largest container ship ever arrived in Prince Rupert
Fairview Terminal welcomed the largest container ship to stop in Prince Rupert on Sept. 22, 2012. The 350-metre-long COSCO Guangzhou docked in Prince Rupert’s harbour in the early morning on Saturday after taking ten days to travel from Shanghai, China. Guangzhou is the largest vessel in COSCO’s Pacific Northwest fleet. During the ship’s time in Prince Rupert, terminal operators Maher Terminals and ILWU Local 505 will handle 4,100 containers, which will be moved off and on the vessel and will be redistributed onboard the carrier. This is significantly more than the 2,000 containers moved on average on other vessels.

580 days ago by arnekiel

Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven Receives First Container Vessel and opens on Sept. 21
On evening of Sept. 20, 2012 at around 10 p.m. the MV “Maersk Laguna” was the first official container vessel to tie up at the quayside of the EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep-water container terminal. The mooring of the Maersk container ship is a milestone and marks the official start of operations of the container terminal, which is being inaugurated today with a festive celebration. As is customary in the shipping business, terminal managing director Mikkel Andersen and sales manager Torsten Meyer greeted the captain on board and handed over a welcoming gift. The mooring of the “Maersk Laguna” is unscheduled. However, Maersk Line has included Wilhelmshaven in the transport routes of two of its scheduled container services: the AE1 Far East service and the CRX South America service. Both services will now regularly call at the new container terminal once a week. The next vessel is already due next week on 24 September 2012.

580 days ago by arnekiel

East, Gulf Coast U.S. Port Strike Averted for 90 Days
The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has said in a statement today that negotiations between a port employers' organisation and a union representing longshoremen on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts have been extended by 90 days, averting a potential strike. After a day of negotiations between the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance that were described as "productive" having made progress on "several important subjects," the parties agreed to extend the collective bargaining agreement due to expire on September 30, 2012 through December 29, 2012.

580 days ago by arnekiel

MPA Singapore Allows Counter-piracy Private Security Guards
The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issues guidance on use of privately contracted armed personnel on board its ships. The guidance is line with the revised interim guidance being promulgated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). In its Shipping Circular No.15 of 2012 dated 18 September 2012, the MPA states that, taking into account the guidance provided by the IMO, there may be scenarios that ship owners are considering the use of armed guards for ships transiting the piracy High Risk Area due to the increased threat by Somalia-based pirates.

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