The US Coast Guard was unable to continue work to break ice jams on the Connecticut River in Haddam on Jan 20, 2018, due to an issue with the USS "Bollard". The USCG has been in Connecticut working to break up ice jams. On Jan 17, the Town of Haddam declared a state of emergency because of the danger of flooding. The "Bollard" was damaged on Jan 19 and is currently out of commission while repairs were made. She was docked in Essex. Another vessel, the USS "Hawser", did continue work further down the river north of the I-95 bridge in Old Lyme on Jan 20. The East Haddam Swing Bridge, which was expected to be closed for several hours as the Coast Guard worked, was open to drivers due to the change of plans.
The ropes of the "Matrona" parted due to adverse weather condition together with heavy seas and strong wind at Zonguldak inner harbour on Jan 18, 2018. Additional ropes were provided by pier duty teams and the vessel safely re-berthed at the pier.
Oiltanking, Vopak LNG and Gasunie LNG are in the process of establishing the joint venture “German LNG Terminal GmbH”
Gasunie LNG Holding B.V., Oiltanking GmbH and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. are in the process of establishing the joint venture ‘German LNG Terminal GmbH’. The purpose of the joint venture is to build, own and operate an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminal in northern Germany. The terminal will also provide LNG distribution services. To attract interest from the market and to gain detailed insight in customer demand, an Open Season will be launched. The Open Season starts on January 17, 2018. The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany’s sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative low-emission fuel for ships and trucks. The development of German LNG Terminal is currently focusing on the location Brunsbüttel. The presence of the adjacent port of Hamburg and the industrial companies located in the region represents an attractive business environment. Via the Kiel Canal, in the direct proximity of the intended terminal, the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States can easily be reached.
The start of the Open Season marks an important milestone in the development of Germany’s first LNG terminal. The aim of the facility is to offer the following services: discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.
In July 2017, the three companies received EU antitrust approval to establish a joint venture. Subject to, among others, the outcome of the Open Season start of construction of Germany’s first LNG terminal is envisaged after the final investment decision in 2019, to be ready for operations in Q4 2022.
Source: Port of Hamburg
The first group of three, of a total of 12 advanced remotecontrolled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, has departed China for delivery on February 15th to the new APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Morocco terminal. Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the super post-Panamax cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 TEU vessels.