The "Yantian Express" that was once Halifax-bound was now slowly being towed southwest towards more favourable weather conditions. There was no estimated time of arrival for the "Yantian Express" at any port. The tugs pulling it have indicated their destination was Freeport, Bahamas. The vessel, which was travelling from Sri Lanka via the Suez Canal, was originally scheduled to arrive in Halifax when the fire broke out on board about 1,900 kilometres southeast of Nova Scotia. Due to the fire, Canadian legislation required it submit a request for a place of refuge before it could come into a Canadian port. The company submitted that request and Transport Canada says it was still reviewing it.
Several departures of the "Bastø III" between Halhjem and Sandvikvåg on the E39 had to be cancelled since Jan 21, 2019, at 4 p.m. due to technical problems of the ferry, which lasted into the night so that the operator at 6 p.m. announced that sailings including the departure from Halhjem at 8.35 p.m. and 10.15 p.m. as well as the ones from 2Sandvikvåg at 9:25 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. were deleted.
A vessel carrying 72,000 tons of bulk corn from Brazil arrived and unloaded in Chabahar’s Shahid Beheshti Port on Thursday. According to the director of Sistan-Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization, this was the largest bulk carrier to ever dock at this southern Iranian strategic port. “Upon the completion of the unloading phase, the cargo will be sent to local destinations,” he said. Abbas Azarpaykan, deputy for Technical and Engineering Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization, announced that the country’s highest marine control tower will be constructed at Chabahar Port in the near future. Source: Financial Tribune
The Presidential House estimates that the new Moín terminal will serve up to 10 boats per week next year. The Dutch concessionaire APM Terminals was recently given the go ahead to start commercial operations. The first ship to arrive was the Captain Beatrice with 2,500 refrigerated containers. 300 of them went down to the port to be filled with national products to export. A few days later, the Polar Mexico unloaded and then loaded 700 containers of pineapple and banana going to northern Europe. The terminal is 97% done and will be formally inaugurated in February 2019. The number of ships served and services offered will gradually increase. This terminal will allow access to larger vessels and new routes.
An inshore rescue team has been called out to take the disabled "La Malounie" to port on Jan 21, 2019. The alarm was raised at about 10:50 after the 70-tonne vessel suffered a mechanical breakdown off Carsethorn in Dumfries and Galloway. The Nith Inshore Rescue Team was tasked by the Coastguard to tow the vessel which was adrift with mechanical failure and loss of steering in the Nith estuary. The lifeboat quickly launched and commenced a tow, aided with the tidal flow. The tallship was safely berthed at Glencaple for repairs. Report with photos: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-46945147
On Jan 19, 2019, the "Sea Watch 3" rescued 47 distressed Libyna migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship did not yet find a port to disembark them, and they were panicking to be carried back to Libya. Also deteriorating weather conditions posed a problem for the castaways which had been rescued from a sinking rubber boat.
Jordan wants to build a refinery at Aqaba, to process Iraqi crude from a planned pipeline linking Basra to the Red Sea-facing port, as the country aims to reduce its energy imports by 2020, its oil minister said on Tuesday. “Currently the refinery [at Zarqa] is being upgraded. If there will be a pipeline from Iraq, we will be looking to build a new refinery in Aqaba,” Hala Zawati said. “[We’re building] another one so that white product can be immediately exported through Aqaba.”
Ten bridges will be built in Istanbul, as part of the construction of a shipping channel, Turkish media reported referring to the Transport and Infrastructure Minister of the country Mehmet Cahit Turhan on Nov. 15. Turhan noted that the construction of the shipping channel will begin in 2019. The minister also noted that the project is one of the most important and priority projects in Turkey. The intention to implement the project of construction of the Istanbul shipping channel was announced for the first time in 2011 by the current President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A 22-year-old passenger has gone overboard while travelling on the Melbourne-bound "Golden Princess". The man was reported missing in the night of Jan 21, 2019. Public address announcements and a full search on board failed to find him. The ship was on a 13-night cruise to New Zealand and scheduled to complete the round-trip cruise in Melbourne on Jan 22. CCTV footage was found which showed him intentionally jumping overboard. There was no likelihood he would have survived. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra has been notified.
On Jan 20, 2019, the "Lady Sham" took on board 144 migrants off the Libyan coast. Tjhe ship, which was coming from Barcelona, was advised to carry them back to the country they just had fled from. The vessel headed to Misrata to disembark them.
The Port of Mombasa this year expects to handle a total throughput of slightly over 31 million tons and 1.2 million Twenty Foot Equivalent (Teus) up from 30.35 million tons and 1.190 million Teus handled last year.
U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy Inc officially opened its $15 billion Corpus Christi LNG export facility in Texas. The company, however, would not say when the first cargo will actually leave the facility, which produced its first LNG on Wednesday.