The 'Jia Sheng 218' was detained in the waters off Tanjung Kling on Oct 14, 2019, by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency for allegedly conducting unauthorized sand transfer operations and violating license terms.
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Due to Hurricane Dorian, the South Carolina Ports Authority’s marine terminals in Charleston and Georgetown will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. All terminals are open and operating normal hours Tuesday, South Carolina Ports reported early Tuesday. Charleston and Georgetown terminals will reopen Friday at 9 am EDT. The Wando Welch Terminal (WWT) and the North Charleston Terminal (NCT) will operate normally on September 7. WWT and NCT will also be open September 8. The South Carolina Ports Authority’s inland ports will be open and operating under normal hours throughout the week.
Freeport LNG on Sept. 03 announced that it has shipped the first LNG commissioning cargo for Train 1 from its liquefaction facility located on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas. Approximately 150,000 cubic meters of LNG were loaded aboard the LNG Jurojin, which departed from the Freeport LNG terminal on September 3. “This first cargo loading is another significant step that gets us one step closer towards our start of commercial operations which is anticipated later this month,” said Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Freeport LNG. “We are very pleased that it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities.” Freeport’s Train 2 is advancing pre-commissioning to support an in service date of January 2020. Train 3 is nearing completion to support an in service date of May 2020. Source: Freeport LNG
After the sinking of the 'Jia De', the Kanto Regional Development Bureau on Oct 16 continued to conduct oil spill recovery operations from the oil leakage from the vessel. They have dispatched oil recovery vessels to use absorbent mats and other equipment. Bodies of two more crew members were also recovered on Oct 14, while one remained unaccounted for.
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Affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and the Belgian independent natural gas transport company Fluxys Belgium signed a long-term agreement for LNG unloading services at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal. Under the agreement, Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL) -a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum- will subscribe to the full capacity at the terminal from the expiry of the existing long-term unloading contracts and up to 2044. The transaction follows a competitive evaluation process as well as the approval of the Belgian regulators. QTL is already a party to an existing agreement under which approximately 50% of the terminal’s capacity is utilized for delivery of Qatari LNG into Belgium under long-term LNG agreements.
The first berth of the Lamu Port is now 98 per cent complete and is set to be unveiled next month. The construction has been ongoing for three years. Stakeholders are optimistic that it will have a socio-economic transformation of the region through trade. It will open up the corridor counties to the rest of the country and neighbouring states. At least 33 shipping companies have shown interest and their representatives have either toured the site or will do so before the opening date. Lamu Port will be actively involved in the transhipment business as its depth can accommodate big ships from which cargo can be loaded to smaller ships bound for Mombasa, according to Abdullahi Samatar, Kenya Ports Authority general manager in charge of Infrastructure development.
The propulsion of the 'Jan Corneiis - GO-22' was fouled a fishing net in the propeller just outside the IJmuiden breakwaters on Oct 11, 2019. The shp requested assistance and was taken in tow by the Port Towage Amsterdam operated tug 'Triton'. It was pulled to the quay alongside the tug at 5.10 p.m. and sailed again, bound to fishing grounds on the Northsea, on Oct 14 at 1.30 a.m.
The Bridlington Lifeboat launched in the early hours of Oct 14, 2019, after the 'Ocean Spray - SH 94" had lost the ability to steer and required help. The vessel, with a crew of four, had alerted the Coastguard after getting disabled 29 miles off the Bridlington coast. Bridlington's lifeboat 'Antony Patrick Jones' and its volunteer crew made their way quickly to the stricken craft at 2.12 a,m. On arrival at the fishing vessel a tow rope was passed and rigged. After a check was made on the boats position a decision was then made that the shorter distance would be to tow the boat to Bridlington. Due to the state of the low tide a tow into the harbour was not an option due to the size of the fishing vessel. The sea was calm and the forecast good so it was decided that the fishing boat would anchor. The lifeboat came ashore and made ready to launch later in the day. The crew launched again just before 5 p.m. and towed the vessel and its crew safely into the harbour where it was found that the fishing vessel rudder was missing.
The commercial port in Libya’s second city Benghazi is working round the clock three years after reopening, attempting to raise revenues for its restoration and expansion. The port was caught in the crossfire as rival factions battled for control of Benghazi from 2014 in a conflict that left parts of the eastern Libyan city in ruins. It suspended operations as the main gate and some buildings were destroyed and the roads strewn with shells. Forces led by Khalifa Haftar eventually declared victory in Benghazi in 2017. Repairs and reconstruction have been limited — two out of three damaged tug boats are still out of service. But the port is now doing brisk business and trucks loaded with cars and containers carrying foodstuffs, motor oils and other goods can be seen streaming out of the main gate near the city center. Port manager Yzaid Bozraida said monthly revenues stood at more than seven million Libyan dinars ($4.9 million) before the war, though the income had not been used to develop the port.
NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have commenced work on a A$190 million project to double on-dock rail infrastructure capacity at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad in Australia. The project includes investment of A$120 million from NSW Ports to deliver on-dock rail infrastructure and A$70 million from Patrick Terminals to deliver automated rail operating equipment at the container terminal. The project will deliver capacity to handle one million TEUs on rail and improve train turn-around times by 33 percent. It will be opened in stages to allow existing rail operations at the terminal to continue throughout the construction period. Once fully operational in 2023, the project will increase rail capacity of the Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad from 250,000 to one million TEU. It is anticipated to reduce the truck kilometers travelled in Sydney by at least 10 million per year, saving over two million liters of diesel per year – the equivalent of a net reduction of more than 5,400 in CO2 emissions tonnes per year.