Centreport facing problem of damage to container terminal and gantry cranes
With the help of shipping lines, customers and suppliers, CentrePort staff have managed to implement new ways to get container freight moving through the port, following the impact of last week’s 7.8 earthquake.
Chief Executive Derek Nind says the suspension of shipping operations from the damaged container terminal had forced the company to think differently about its business.
“With our two gantry cranes and container berth out of action, our staff have worked with shipping lines, customers and suppliers to find alternative ways to move containers in and out of the port and across the region, which will give customers options to get their freight to Wellington.” www.hellenicshipp...
Qatar’s Hamad Port to become fully operational this week
Qatar’s new Hamad Port will officially take charge of commercial shipments entering and leaving the country from Dec. 1, when it becomes fully operational, the government announced.
By the end of this week, all container ships will go to the QR27 billion port in Umm Al-Houl near Mesaieed, as operations at Doha Port wind down.
The old port near the Museum of Islamic Art will be closed to all commercial ships from then.
It will soon start undergoing a QR2 billion overhaul, likely to transform it into a dedicated cruise ship terminal.
However, the Doha Port will continue accepting cruise ships until the end of March before it closes to all vessels, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and the Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) said today.
Hamad Port soft-launched last December with its first commercial shipment. www.hellenicshipp...
MSC, Maersk add Wilmington port call to Asia-USEC service (TP10)
MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line have added the port of Wilmington in North Carolina to their TP10/Amberjack all-water Asia-US east coast container shipping service that is operated by ten ships, ranging in size from 4,300 to 5,100 TEU. "North Carolina has a ripe market that continues to drive the decisions of the world's biggest container companies," executive director Paul Cozza of the North Carolina State Ports Authority was quoted as saying in a report by Global Trade Magazine. source : Schednet
ADSB welcomes first chemical tanker to Port Zayed floating dock
ADSB, which boasts a proud military DNA but is looking to future proof the yard by serving the vast merchant fleet plying the Arabian Gulf, is undertaking “major repairs” on the 19,969 dwt MID OSPREY (pictured) at its new floating dock at Port Zayed in the UAE capital. The refurbishment of the 140m LOA, Norwegian-owned, Cayman Island-flagged vessel’s accommodation is a key part of the overhaul. The 180m x 30m dock, commissioned in July, allows ADSB to service ships that were previously too large to be handled at its Mussafah headquarters 35km inland. Mid Osprey will also be seen to by ADSB’s newly installed, high-powered washer and hydro blasting unit, the first robotic hull treatment machine in Abu Dhabi. The installation of the eco-friendly system is in line with ADSB’s mission to provide more sustainable options for ship repair and maintenance and replaces its old copper grid blasting unit.
A river cruise ship hit Jacksonville’s Main Street bridge Friday night, forcing it to be shut down until further notice, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Police said the white ship hit the bridge some time after 7 p.m., appearing to have run sideways into the center part of the span. The ship, identified as the “AMERICAN STAR ” by the Coast Guard, was then stuck on the east side of the Jacksonville Main Street Bridge. The cruise ship is operated by The American Cruise Lines, one of its cruises identified as an 8-day “Great Rivers of Florida Cruise” that includes Palatka, Lake George and Green Cove Springs in its itinerary. Coast Guard Petty Officer Luke Clayton said their inspections team is en route to begin the investigation into what occurred. “There were no distress calls. The vessel has no damage and we are checking the bridge,” Clayton said. “We will talk to the captain to find out what happened.”No one from the cruise line was available for comment. But one witness on shore told First Coast News that the cruise ship was sitting in the middle of the river when they first saw it, then had hit the bridge when they saw it a half hour later. The unidentified woman said she also spoke to someone who was waiting for the ship to dock at the Southbank Riverwalk when the impact occurred. “The boat turned and ran into the bridge and was stuck under the bridge,” the woman said. Another woman waiting to pick up a passenger said the ship began drifting toward the bridge. “And at no point did I ever hear them turn on the port thrusters to slow the rapid ascent of the ship going toward the bridge,” the woman told our news partner, First Coast News. The Main Street bridge has been routinely shut down overnight on recent weekends for renovations. But images of the stuck cruise ship show that its funnel did impact the blue span, although the extent of damage is unknown.Police indicate that there were no injuries on the ship. source: Florida Times-Union
Hyundai Merchant Marine plans to finalize its purchase of a 100 percent stake in the port terminal in Algeciras in late December
Hyundai Merchant Marine was chosen as preferred bidder to buy a port terminal in Algeciras, Spain, the company said in its press release. HMM is expected to finalize its purchase of a 100 percent stake in Total Terminal International Algeciras in late December followed by due diligence on the assets starting on November 28 for a period of two to three weeks. Located in Algeciras, Spain, the TTI Algeciras is considered as the global strategic logistics hub as it serves as the intersecting point of the route connecting Europe with South America, and the other route linking Asia with North America. The 357,750㎡ large terminal with the annual capacity of 1.86 million TEUs is one of the lucrative assets of the cash-strapped shipper. It accommodates super large containerships with over 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. Currently, Denmark’s Maersk Line, France’s CMA-CGM, China Cosco Shipping, Japan’s MOL and K Line use the terminal. The company will be allowed to use the terminal until July 2040 upon the lease contract with the Algeciras port authority. Owning three terminals in the US and Taiwan, the Korean shipper is working to expand the capacity of those terminals and to modernize the facilities. It also holds 20 percent of the shares of container-only terminal RWG in Netherlands. source: Portnews
Boskalis awarded EUR 120 million dredging contract for oil terminal expansion in Brazil
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Açu Petróleo S.A. (joint venture company of Prumo Logística S.A. and Oiltanking Gmbh) for the expansion of the Porto do Açu Oil Transhipment Terminal in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. The contract has a total value of approximately EUR 120 million. The expansion comprises the deepening, widening and extension of the access channel and turning basin. In total, approximately 32 million cubic meters of sand, silt and clay will be dredged. The activities will commence immediately and are expected to be completed late 2017. For this project one jumbo and two large trailing suction hopper dredgers will be deployed. Currently, the terminal's access channel has a depth of 20.5 meters suitable to receive Suezmax type vessels. By the end of 2017 the depth will be increased to up to 24.5 meters, so the terminal will be able to receive Very Large Crude Carriers.
Canada's largest Atlantic port Halifax prepare to handled ultra-class vessels
HALIFAX Port Authority is working to develop a master plan that will allow the facility to berth and service two ultra-class vessels simultaneously, the authority's senior vice president, Paul MacIsaac, said. "We believe future container port growth will be concentrated among those ports which have that ability," he was quoted saying in The Chronicle Herald of Nova Scotia. Ocean Alliance has started bringing larger vessels to Halterm and the G6 Alliance has added calls and larger vessels at the Ceres terminal, Mr MacIsaac said. The port's Fairview Cove Container Terminal is operated by Ceres-Halifax while the South End Container Terminal is operated by Halterm, which is owned and operated by the Macquarie Group. Halifax has been preparing for the arrival of what Mr MacIsaac calls "big ships" (with the capacity to carry 7,500 TEU) for several years. Next up are ultra-class vessels that can carry 10,000 such containers. "Halifax is in an excellent position to accept those vessels because of our deep harbour, our uncongested port, our. . .rail networks, our excellent partnerships and our experienced labour." The Port of Halifax, with no changes to existing infrastructure, can berth a vessel up to 16,000 TEU currently, but the goal of a master planning process is to identify ways to berth two 13,000-14,000 TEU vessels simultaneously.
Neste begins distribution of low-sulfur bunker fuel in Sweden
Neste will begin the distribution of low-sulfur bunker fuel in Sweden at the Södertälje terminal on 1 January 2017. With the distribution operation, Neste will primarily serve Metropolitan Stockholm, but it will also supply low-sulfur bunker fuel to other places on the Eastern coast of Sweden, if necessary. “We are extremely happy to open low-sulfur bunker fuel distribution services in Sweden at the turn of the year. To us, this means expanding the market area of marine fuels, and we will also continue to survey new markets in Northern Europe. Our marine fuels are a good solution to reduce sulfur emissions and meet the tightening regulations, and using them requires hardly any investments or modifications to the vessels,” says Matti Lehmus, Executive Vice President, Oil Products at Neste. The current EU and international regulations demand lower sulfur emissions from ships operating on the Baltic Sea, North Sea and the English Channel. Neste is currently offering two low-sulfur marine fuels (Neste MDO DMB and Neste RMB), the sulfur concentration of which is less than 0.1 percent. In Sweden, Neste will be selling Neste RMB from tank trucks. In addition to the distribution of bunker fuel, Neste offers added value services, such as technical training. “High-quality customer service is a major source of pride to us, and we ensure reliable deliveries by managing the entire product value chain from production to distribution. Neste is a forerunner in cleaner traffic fuels, and low-sulfur bunker fuels are an excellent fit in our portfolio,” Lehmus continues. Source: Neste
The construction of the Kola Yard, a plant for development of LNG modules, will become reality, Novatek deputy head Denis Khramov signaled in this week’s Arctic Days in Moscow.
In a presentation delivered in the conference, Khramov underlined that his company plans to make the Kola Yard an instrumental component in the development of the Arctic LNG-2, the company’s second liquified gas plant in the Arctic. Construction of the plant is due to start in 2018. It will cost about $10 billion, TASS reports.
The Kola Yard was established in early 2015 as a subsidiary fully owned by Novatek. The yard will be built in Belokamenka, the settlement on the western side of the Kola Bay.
Company representatives earlier said that the Kola Yard will cost about $500 million.
The Arctic LNG-2 might be based on a floating solution designed for the shallow waters of the Ob Bay. Source: The Barents Observer