China Merchants Holdings takes 55% stake in new Colombo south harbour terminal
Shenzhen: China Merchant Holdings together with Aitken Spence PLC and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have signed a Built Own Transfer (BOT) Agreement for the first terminal at Colombo South Harbour, the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT).
China Merchant Holdings will take a 55% stake in the project, with phase 1 consisting of building three terminals of over 1,200m in length each to accommodate four berths alongside depths of 18 meters with provision to deepen to 23 meters to accommodate deeper draft vessels in the future, while building of East and West terminals will be undertaken in later stages.
China Development Bank Corporation has agreed to partially fund the project with a loan facility up to US$ 350 million. sinoshipnews.com/...
Ocean Jet No.6 runs aground near a Cebu pier, 200 passengers rescued
Nearly 200 passengers were rescued from a ship that ran aground near a Cebu pier around 8 p.m. Saturday.
According to Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Arman Balilo, the MV Ocean Jet 6 came from Tagbiliran, Bohol, carrying 197 passengers when it ran aground near the Cebu pier.
The PCG sent BRP Davao del Norte to transfer the passengers from the ship to the Cebu pier. The rescue operations finished around 11 pm.
But the ship's passengers expressed their dismay at the way they were treated by the crew of MV Ocean Jet 6.
The passengers claimed that they were not informed of how and when they will be rescued. They reportedly waited for over two hours before being rescued by the PCG. www.abs-cbnnews.c...
Drummond Coal cannot load all ships berthing, due to railway strike at Puerto Drummond
Colombia's Drummond Coal, one of the country's two biggest exporters of thermal coal, will be able to load only three out of five ships berthing in the next few days because the Fenoco rail strike has shrunk port stockpiles, Colombian logistics sources said. Drummond as of Friday had about 100,000 tonnes of coal in stockpiles at the ports and five ships due to arrive to start loading before the end of July, they said.
"Drummond has been loading at a slower rate than usual but there was not enough coal at the port on Thursday to load all the vessels there," one source said.
"There will definitely not be enough coal to load at least one ship due to arrive on July 29, they do not have big stockpiles at the ports," another source said.
If the Fenoco strike does not end within days, Drummond could be compelled to declare force majeure, they said. in.reuters.com/ar...
Suspected Sea Pirates Attack Agip Boat In Bayelsa, Three Staff Killed
A boat belonging to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) was on July 27, 2012 attacked by suspected Sea Pirats along the Tarabora creek in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State, leading to the death of three persons.
While one of the Staff was reported to have drowned following his bid to escape the attack and dived into the river, two others sustained gun -shot injury. Three others were reportedly killed by the volley of shots fired by the Pirates.
The Operatives of the Joint Military Task Force, according to the Media Coordinator of the Task Force, Lt. Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu were immediately deployed to the scene and are in search of the suspected pirates.
The corpse of the dead staff of the Agip company including one identified as Hector Abbey have been recovered, while two others have been declared missing .
The boat identified as MV Terra was ambushed by the gunmen when it was heading to the firm’s Clough Creek flow station along Egbema-Angalabiri .The sea Pirates shot the driver of the boat on the leg and three others . leadership.ng/nga... and also af.reuters.com/ar...
Deadly explosion at Zhenhai Shipbuilding and Repair Yard in Guangzhou
Guangzhou: News has just emerged of a deadly explosion at a south China ship repair yard which killed one person and injured three others late on Wednesday.
The blast occurred at Zhenhai Shipbuilding and Repair Yard. Further details of how the incident happened have yet to be released with local police starting investigations. Two years ago the same yard suffered a similar accident. [27/07/12]
Port de Soller on the west coast of Mallorca received it's first cruise ship on July 26, 2012. The Seabourn Quest anchored just outside the small Majorcan town of Port de Soller and tender boats were used to bring passengers ashore.
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New Subic Bay Container Terminal to open in August 2012
Under the plan, the port, located within the Subic Bay Freeport and Special Economic Zone, has opened two modern berths—the New Container Terminals 1 and 2 (NCT-1 and NCT-2)—to help decongest the Port of Manila. The newly constructed terminals—NCT 2 is expected to be operational by August this year—will have a combined capacity of 600,000 TEUs to help ease the projected capacity dearth of 14 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in Southeast Asia. A third terminal for general cargo is also being considered. www.bairdmaritime...
NYK Celebrates Reconstruction of Ishinomaki Port Devastated by Japan Quake
NYK Global Bulk Corporation, an NYK Group company, held a get-together on board its 58,000-ton bulk carrier New Pride with guests from the Ishinomaki area in Miyagi prefecture to celebrate the installation of a new mechanical unloader (cargo handling machinery) at the port’s No. 7 Hiyori wharf and to pray for the further recovery and development of the port. Two of the port’s three unloaders toppled into the sea during the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami, and the port’s handling capacity had since been reduced significantly. The newly installed mechanical unloader can unload 400 tons per hour, about double the capacity of the old one, returning the port to its pre-quake capacity and helping revive the port and the surrounding area. www.seanews.com.t...
Russian Navy warships not to call at Syrian port of Tartus
Russian warships in the Mediterranean are preparing for naval drills due in September, and are not carrying out any military tasks in Syria, RIA Novosti reports quoting Rear Admiral Alexander Fedosenkov, a Black Sea Fleet commander.
The statement came after representatives of the Syrian National Council (SNC), an Istanbul-based opposition group, expressed concerns over the deployment of a Russian warship group to the Mediterranean earlier this month, saying it was likely to aggravate the Syrian conflict and encourage President Bashar al-Assad to continue his crackdown on opposition groups.
Fedosenkov dismissed the allegations on Thursday, saying: “We are not performing any tasks in Syria. The Russian Navy flotilla, which includes warships and other vessels from the Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets… is preparing for the Kaskad-2012 drills.”
Five Italian fishing boats with 37 crew aboard detained in Egypt
Five Italian fishing boats with 37 crew aboard were detained in Egypt after an inspection by an Egyptian military vessel in international waters, Italian officials said on Thursday, Reuters reports.
Giovanni Tumbiolo, president of the fishing industry association in the Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo, the home port of the vessels, told TGCom 24 television they had been taken to Alexandria but he had few details on the incident.
"It is very strange that they were asked to follow the Egyptian naval vessel to Alexandria," he said.
The foreign ministry in Rome said Italy's ambassador in Cairo was in touch with Egyptian officials. Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, who had just returned from a visit to Cairo, would contact his counterpart in Egypt, it added.