Passenger Port of St. Petersburg receives the maximum number of ships
On June 21st, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg for the first time in cruise season 2016 received 7 cruise ships, says the Port. The vessels have brought more than 10,000 passengers aboard.
7 ships: Regal Princess (Princess Cruises), Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line), Seabourn Quest (Seabourn Cruise Line), Nautica (Oceania Cruises), Costa Luminosa (Costa Cruises) and Astoria (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) are berthed at the Port at the same time. For Astoria it is inaugural call at Passenger Port of St. Petersburg.
Work begins on £2.3 million warehouse investment at Port of Newport
ABP says work has started on a £2.3 million project to develop new warehousing space at ABP Newport in order to accommodate increasing agriculture-related cargo volumes at the port.
ABP South Wales, owner and operator of the Port of Newport, has appointed local construction company Andrew Scott, to deliver the development. Once completed, it will provide an additional 3,500 square metres of covered storage for the port. The investment also includes provision of new weighbridges to help improve operational efficiency during cargo handling.
Between 2009 and 2014, ABP Newport saw its agribulk operations increase by 118% from handling 139,329 tonnes to 283,770. Overall, the Port of Newport handles around 1.85 million tonnes of cargo a year, supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing £186 million per annum to the Welsh economy.
Poland received its first commercial liquefied natural gas, a milestone in the eastern European’s strategy to eliminate its dependence on Russian supplies. The Al Nuaman tanker docked at the Swinoujscie terminal on Friday, with 210,000 cubic meters of the chilled fuel, which will be unloaded within 24 hours and pumped into the transmission grid, state-owned pipeline operator Gaz-System SA said in an e-mailed statement. On Saturday, the facility on the Baltic Sea will be officially named after late President Lech Kaczynski, during whose term the project was initiated in 2006.
“The terminal is one of the most important elements of building Poland’s energy independence and diversification of gas supplies,” said Tomasz Pietrasienski, a spokesman for Gaz-System. www.bloomberg.com...
New Mangalore Port attracts more cargo from the hinterland
The proactive business promotion drive by the port administration of New Mangalore Port Trust by conducting business/trade meets at various locations in the hinterland have started to yield positive results.
The Port had conducted a series of business meets at Mysore and Nanjangud where various export firms are located. The recent meet conducted in the month of June, 2016 with various export firms like M/s Ranga Rao & Sons Pvt Ltd(incense sticks), M/s J.K. Tyres, M/s Nestle India & M.K. Agrotech Pvt.Ltd.(edible oil) has contributed to the movement of new cargo through the port. Sending of stuffing material of J.K. Tyres and Agarbatti (incense sticks) by Ranga Rao & Sons has already started. Some companies like J.K. Tyres who are already using New Mangalore Port have assured to divert more cargo through the Port.
Source: Ministry of Shipping of the Republic of India
New container train service from Hyderabad to Chennai port
South Central Railway has launched a new container train circuit between Hyderabad Chennai Port from a terminal siding located on the city outskirts. The train operates once in a week to facilitate the movement of export and import container traffic between Hyderabad and the Chennai port.
South Korea’s major gas company SK Gas announced that it held a ceremony marking the completion of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank terminal that was jointly set up in Banyan terminal at Singapore’s Jurong Island with Koninklijke Vopak NV, a global leading gas terminal operator which deals with petroleum, gas and chemical products.
Ghana to implement SOLAS on July 1 for safety in shipping industry
The International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) mandatory amendment of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) would be implemented in Ghana on July 1.
Mrs Naa Densua Aryeetey, Head of Shipper Services and Trade Facilitation at the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), who announced it said the Convention is making it compulsory for shippers to weigh, certify and declare the weight of stuffed containers prior to their being loaded on board a vessel.
The main purpose of the SOLAS convention is to ensure the safety of the ship and workers, both on board and ashore, the safety of the cargo and the overall safety at sea. www.hellenicshipp...
Strike at French oil hub near Marseille ends after 26 days
France’s hardline CGT union ended on Friday June 17 a strike that had paralysed traffic for 26 days at the Fos Lavera oil terminals on the Mediterranean, the country’s biggest oil hub, a management official at port operator Fluxel said.
“Unloading resumed at the port at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday,” the official told Reuters.
More than 50 oil tankers and other vessels had been held up in the harbour near Marseille, unable to unload cargo, since CGT union members joined the nationwide rolling protest against a government labour reform on May 23.
Ship scrapping appears set to hit record levels this year, according to shipbroker and services firm Clarksons.
In its latest review of the demolition market, it says that after a slowing in the second half of 2015, ship scrapping “returned to a rapid pace” this year.
According to Clarksons, 457 vessels, with a combined deadweight of 25.8m tonnes, have been demolished this year as owners looked to “clean out” older tonnage.
“The majority of this tonnage (262 ships) has been in the bulker sector, particularly in the larger sizes,” noted Clarksons, “while boxship scrapping has also been considerable, as earnings in these sectors continue to languish.”
According to the data of another London broker, Braemar ACM, 83 containerships, equating to 277,500 teu, have been sold for scrap in the year to date – 25 in the past 30 days alone, confirming the accelerating appetite for scrapping. https://gcaptain.com/ship-scrapping-to-set-new-record/
Kinder Morgan Selects ABS Group for Work on Elba LNG Project
Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan contracted ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), to develop a Maintenance and Integrity Program for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Elba Island near Savannah, Georgia.
Under the terms of the deal, ABS Group will develop the maintenance and integrity programs for the base plant, balance of plant and the terminal upgrade. worldmaritimenews...