Worker Dies after Plunging into Water at Port of Bilbao
A stevedore worker lost his life while working at a container terminal in the Spanish Port of Bilbao, the port authority confirmed.
As informed, the worker who was operating a forklift plunged into the water at 10:00 hrs on Wednesday at a terminal operated by Noatum Container Terminal.
The port authority and local firefighting teams were dispatched to the scene and managed to pluck the ill-fated stevedore from the water.
However, resuscitation attempts proved futile.
Local media reported that the worker was employed with Montajes Eléctricos Gerpe SA, a subcontractor of Noatum. More at https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/241158/worker-dies-after-plunging-into-water-at-port-of-bilbao/
South Australia’s Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel is to undergo a widening, starting in autumn 2018, as the port strives to welcome larger ships, according to Flinders Ports.
The project involves removing 1.55 million cubic meters of material from the shipping channel and placing it 30 kilometers offshore. More at https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/241302/adelaide-to-make-way-for-larger-ships/
Spanish ferry operator Baleària has signed the first permanent LNG bunkering contract for ship propulsion in Spain with compatriot energy company Gas Natural Fenosa.
The parties said that the supply deal, signed on January 18, will be exclusive for 10 years and will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras. It would then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel.
For LNG bunkering services in Barcelona, the company will have a ship assigned to the operations at the port. In the case of Valencia and Algeciras, both companies are already developing a land-based solution. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/241284/balearia-inks-long-term-lng-bunkering-deal/
Barcelona BEST Extends Cranes to Handle Boxship Giants
Hutchison Ports’ semi-automated terminal, Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), has increased the height of three ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes. As explained, the move reflects current market trends towards an ever-increasing number of 18,000+ TEU vessels with greater stack heights for containers loaded above deck. The height of three of the eleven cranes has been increased from 42 meters under spreader to 47 meters. The upgraded cranes allow BEST to accommodate containerships loaded with containers stowed up to eleven-high on deck. More at https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/241466/best-extends-cranes-to-handle-boxship-giants/
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 Yemeni port of Hodeidah, which closed in November after a rebel-fired ballistic missile, has received four cranes in an effort to allow faster delivery of relief items.
The cranes, which will be operational immediately, are urgently needed to boost the capacity of Hodeidah Port, which handles around 70 percent of Yemen’s imports, including critically-needed food and humanitarian supplies.
With each of the mobile cranes able to handle up to 60 tons, they will significantly boost the discharge of humanitarian cargo and other relief items. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates facilitated the transfer of the cranes aboard the United Nations World Food Programme-chartered vessel MV JUIST to Yemen. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/240835/four-cranes-arrive-at-yemens-hodeidah-port/
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, has officiated at a formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the latest phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe, the company said in its press release.
Approximately 13 hectares of new paved container yard is to be constructed directly behind Berth 9 at the UK’s largest container port.
The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed.
Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container storage blocks and allow 6-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019. The yard will add 18,000 TEU of storage capacity to the 130,000 TEU already available at the UK’s largest container port.