First post-quake container ship being handled at Centreport
The 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November caused severe damage to Centreport in Wellington. The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) and E Tū Union represent Centreport’s on port workforce in cargo handling, port security, and engineering. Since the earthquake, there have been substantial efforts to get shipping services resumed and cargo moving, says MUNZ Wellington Branch Assistant Secretary John Whiting. “The positive relationships that have been developed over many years by the unions and workforce and Centreport management have enabled all parties to respond to the situation in a co-operative and constructive way.” Port operations were resumed within 72 hours of the quake. Tankers, car carriers, bulk and log vessels, and cruise ships are alongside and working at berths confirmed for safe use. RMTU organizer Todd Valster says the combined Unions and Centreport are now working the first post-quake container ship, the MSC vessel “PENELOPE”. This significant milestone signals full engagement in the recovery effort by port workers, and also the support for what will be required in working towards full port restoration in the months ahead, he says. Source: Wellington-Scoop
Dharma port, on the northeast coast of India towards the Bangladesh border, is set to become one of the nation’s largest ports thanks to massive investment from Adani Group.
“We anticipate Dhamra to have 35 berths having 315 million tonne capacity. This will make it the largest port in India having an industrial cluster,” chairman Gautam Adani told reporters yesterday. The tycoon said the port could become a gateway to the Asean region. LNG and LPG terminals will also feature in the buildup alongside many bulker berths and an industrial park.
The group has been in charge of Dhamra port for the past two years. splash247.com/ada...
NATO has formally ended its counter-piracy mission off Somalia after a fall in attacks and in order to move its resources to pay closer attention to Russia in the Black Sea and people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
Ships and patrol aircraft have now left the area off the Horn of Africa, where they have patrolled since 2009. NATO has reported that its "Ocean Shield" operation, as well as European Union and other counter-piracy missions, have significantly reduced attacks, with no ships captured off Somalia since May 2012. More than 30 ships were attacked in the area at the peak in 2010-11.
Gerry Northwood, Chief Operating Officer at MAST, the international maritime risk management organisation and former Royal Navy counter piracy commander commented:
“This has been a long time coming. EUNAVFOR and NATO mostly share warships and aircraft from the same nations. Force flow (warship availability) has therefore been difficult, especially as defence and budget cuts have cut the number of available warships post 2008.
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01 Dec 2016 - Lifting and marine product specialist Rigmarine has opened its fourth global facility in the rural village of Insch, 30 miles to the northwest of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The site is strategically positioned to serve the offshore oil and gas, renewables, construction, break bulk, shipping and marine industries.
Mike Duncan, managing director of the Gaylin Group of companies, said: “The facility gives Aberdeen a new source of heavy-lift rigging available on short or long-term rental at respectable prices and with low lead times. We will also use the facility as a European hub for our spooling services and winch packages.”
“The facility will boast a number of key features that are unique to the UK, including alternative manufacturing methods for heavy-lift slings and test beds up to 2,000t.”
Rigmarine is part of the Gaylin Group of companies, this is the tenth international hub alongside others in Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia.
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Höegh LNG : Awarded long term FSRU contract in Ghana
Höegh LNG signed on 1 December 2016 an FSRU contract with Quantum Power Ghana Gas Limited (“Quantum Power”) for the Tema LNG import terminal located close to Accra in Ghana (“Tema LNG Project”). The Tema LNG Project is supported by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Ghana’s national oil and gas company.
The contract is for a period of 20 years with a five year extension option for charterer and is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 36 million. The contract is subject to Quantum Power obtaining necessary governmental approvals, financial close and both parties’ board approval. The infrastructure construction for the project is planned to start mid 2017 and expected delivery time for the FSRU is 6 – 12 months following commencement of the construction work. The FSRU will be provided from Höegh LNG’s portfolio of FSRUs, including units under construction, the planned conversion FSRU or planned newbuilding orders. www.hellenicshipp...
While four Asian countries accounted for approximately 95 per cent of known ship scrapping in last year across the world, Bangladesh tops the league, according to a latest report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The report showed that some 7,419 thousands of gross tons of old ships were demolished in Bangladesh in the last year, followed by 4,940 thousands of gross tons in India; 4,143 thousands of gross tons in Pakistan; and 3,970 thousands of gross tons in China.
Some 23,037 thousands of gross tons of old ships were reportedly sold for demolition across the world last year, according to the Review of Maritime Transport 2016. UNCTAD released the annual review report last month.
The report also showed that in 2015, the most tonnage demolished was of dry bulk carriers. It was 5,758 thousands of gross tons in Bangladesh; 3,559 in Pakistan; 3,136 in India; and 2,895 in China.
Tonnage is generally a measure of the cargo-carrying capacity of a ship.
“Among the other vessel types, Pakistan had the highest share of oil tankers, India of container ships and Bangladesh of offshore,” it said.
Source: Financial Express
48 hour ferry seamen's union strike in Greece from 2-4 December
nchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a 48 hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece from 2-4 December.
The strike is due to affect all domestic and local ferry routes to and from Piraeus to the Greek Islands. Earlier, the Crew Union of the Tug boats also confirmed participation in the strike and operations will be affected at the ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis and Pachi/Megara.
During the strike period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports. The action has again been called by the union in response to the Government’s planned changes to labour and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.
The strike will start at 06:00 local time on 2 December and is expected to finish at 06:00hrs on 4 December.
ISS Greece is working with its clients to minimise delays and will keep its clients updated.
Source: Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)
The port of Garston welcomes Yara UK to the port as a new customer
Fertliser company Yara UK have extended their north west import operations on another ABP site, with the establishment of storage and bagging facilities at the Port of Garston, ABP says in a press release.
Yara UK, who also operate at ABP’s Immingham, Swansea and Ayr ports, commenced operations at the Port of Garston this week when the company received its first 2,000 tonne delivery to Garston from Norway.
ABP invested £900,000 into ensuring the facilities were ready for Yara’s arrival at the port.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s (HHLA) corporate communications is being strengthened with the arrival of Hans-Jörg Heims, 53, who is taking up his new position today, the company said in its press release. Heims comes from Evonik Industries AG in Essen, where he acted as Group Spokesman and Head of Corporate Press until the spring. In his new role, he is succeeding former HHLA spokesman, Karl Olaf Petters, who is now working as Vice President Communications Europe at logistics firm Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG.
Ice navigation restrictions at port Vysotsk come into effect on December 12
In view of the preliminary forecast on ice situation in the Gulf of Finland in the winter period of 2016-2017 and beginning of the period of subzero temperatures, Ice navigation restrictions at port Vysotsk come into effect on December 12 according to Order No 19/2016-r as of 28 November 2016, says press center of Baltic Sea Ports Administration.
From December 12, vessels of non-ice class are allowed to sail in the water area and at the approaches to the port of Vysotsk only with the assistance of icebreakers (if ice is 10-15 cm thick).
Vessels of Ice 1 class and above can sail in ice waters either with icebreaker assistance or independently when approved by icebreakers.