On April 14, 2019, the Port Authority of Chania was informed that a 48-year-old crew member of the Seago Antwerp" was in need of immediate hospital care and was to be transferred by a Navy helicopter to the Souda military airport. The patient was safely hoisted and taken to the Souda military airport and then to the Chania General Hospital by ambulance. The ship berthed in Limassol on April 17.
The "Sinar Kapuas", which had been detained at the port of San Lorenzo since November 2018, due to a cargo claim by a local shipper, has been released on April 13, 2019. The vessel left port and headed to Balboa for an intermediate survey, hull cleaning and bunkering with an ETA as of April 17. According to the Samudera Shipping Line said the claim amount has been compromised which falls within the initial estimated financial impact of $1.7m.
Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm and main access road. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk facilities at the neighbouring Port of Port Elizabeth, which will pave the way for Ngqura’s establishment as a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa. The new tank farm is expected to provide storage and marine infrastructure to help meet South Africa’s petroleum demand.
The first phase of the Tema port expansion project by Meridian Ports Services is expected to be operational by end of June this year. So far about 80 per cent of work has been done on the initial phase. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Ports Services, Mohamed Samara, when completed, the Tema port will be the biggest in the Sub-Saharan region. Started in 2007, the Tema port expansion project is a joint venture between the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) and the meridian ports holding.
In the afternoon hours of April 16, 2019, the "Kostas Dimakis" suffered an engine malfunction while manoevering at the Vitzi commercial pier in Parikia upon Paros. The captain informed the Port Authority of Paros accordingly. The malfunction was remedied with the ship's own means and the ship securely berthed at the jetty. It was banned from sailing until the class maintenance certificate was presented by the classification society. On April 17 at 3.40 p.m. the ship left port again and headed to Thira, where it berthed on April 18 at 1 a.m.
The "Erdemler 5" will be for sale at an auction at Gebze on May 16, 2019, where the ship was arrested in mid-March 2019. The vessel may be inspected by potential buyers upon a written confirmation from the court.
The Egyptian Red Sea Ports Authority has announced the re-opening of the Port Tawfiq-Jeddah navigation line between Egypt and Saudi Arabia after a 14-year hiatus. Prior to 2006, Port Tawfiq was a private maritime port for travelers between Suez and Jeddah. The line was suspended in that year, however, after the sinking of the ferry Al-Salam Boccaccio 98. About 1,000 people died in what was described as one of the worst maritime accidents in history.
CLP Power aims to start building Hong Kong’s first offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal at the end of 2019, the utility group’s chief executive said on Monday. “We are still working on some final permits and approvals, but in the meantime we are getting on with the design works and gearing up for the awarding contract aspects,” CLP chief executive Richard Lancaster told a media briefing.
In the afternoon of April 17, 2019, the "Prevelis" allided with a quay in the port of Diafani in Karpathos. The ship suffered a crack at the stern under the ramp with a length of about 1,30 meters and a width of about 10 centimeters. This vessel, which operated from Piraeus on the route Milo - Thira - Anafi - Kassos - Karpathos - Diafani - Halki - Rhodes, had 25 crew members and 82 passengers on board. After the accident it safely berthed in the port of Diafani with no injuries, pollution or water ingress having been reported. The port authority detained the "Prevelis" until repairs were carried out and a class- and seaworthiness certificate being presented by the attending classification society. For repairs a single voyage was allowed to Rhodes port. The passengers spent the night in Karpathos and were to their destinations with other means of the ferry company.
#The "Sher-E-Punjab", while approaching the port of Mumbai in the afternoon of April 15, 2019, noticed that one life raft and two lifebuoys were missing. The vessel subsequently reported that the items were last seen stowed in their positions on April 13. The equipmewnt was presumed to have been lost overboard while the ship was en route to Mumbai between the positions 09 02 24 N, 76 01 12 E and 17 16 48 N, 72 25 12 E. On April 18 the ship was moored on the sea anchorage off the port in pos. 18° 55.58' N 072° 41.33' E.
In response to rapidly growing customer demand, APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been improved, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per annum. An additional 152 reefer plugs have been added at the terminal, raising the total to 677. New reefer racks enable reefers to be stacked up to 4 containers high, compared with 3 on current racks. The modern design also improves safety for employees carrying out repairs and maintenance.
Container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd said volume growth and a modest recovery in freight rates in the second half of 2018 helped push operating profit 32 percent higher, lifting shares in the German group on Monday.