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654 days ago by arnekiel

Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship
Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme. This maiden voyage of the M/V Thalatta marks a new milestone to support the Port’s and its industry partners’ agenda. Thalatta is one of the newest high efficiency Roll on Roll off (RoRo) HERO class vessels designed to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing emissions. www.marinelink.co...

654 days ago by arnekiel

Traffic resumed after Upper Channel closure
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Houston TX, USA Normal traffic has now resumed in the Houston Ship Channel, after a brief closure between 1546 and 1606 hours yesterday (9 August). The Coast Guard had ordered the closure due to a ship temporarily anchoring in the channel in vicinity of Valero Manchester, after receiving reports of a hydrogen sulfide leak at the Lyondell Houston refining facility. The source of the leak was secured, and traffic resumed.

654 days ago by arnekiel

Mauritania looks to be an African exports hub
Mauritania is looking to position itself as an export hub for Brazilian products in Africa. The country has relevant trade partnerships with nations across the continent that buy from Brazil and it could distribute Brazilian goods to African countries. So says Wagne Idrissa, the ambassador of Mauritania in Brasília. Idrissa visited the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce offices this Monday (8) to speak with personnel from local companies interested in doing business with his country. The talks will go on. “Mauritania is a strategic hub connecting North and Southern Africa. It is home to two big ports and a third one is being built. We also have one of the biggest international airports in Africa,” said Idrissa. The ports he mentioned are the Autonomous Ports of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. The country is also home to the fishing-only Nouadhibou Artisanal Fishing Port.

655 days ago by arnekiel

USS Benfold Arrives in Qingdao, China
QINGDAO, China (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8, for a scheduled port visit. Benfold’s visit advances maritime cooperation and encourages a positive naval relationship with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) North Sea Fleet. "Sailors are Sailors at the end of the day, be it in the East or in the West; we all face the same challenges at sea. These similarities unite us. I am sure that by the end of the week we will see that American Sailors and Chinese Sailors are as close as any other sailors out on the high seas," said Cmdr. Justin Harts, commanding officer, USS Benfold. “This port visit is a tremendous opportunity to build relationships between Sailors based on shared interests and perspectives.” As part of the visit to Qingdao, Benfold will host a reception and ship visits, as well as attend those hosted by the PLA(N). The scheduled events, including a sports day and community relations event featuring the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, will allow Sailors from both nations to interact and build relationships through their shared maritime interests.

655 days ago by arnekiel

Colombo Port's new warehouse to be opened
Colombo Port has taken several steps to expand warehouse facilities. Under the first phase Sri Lanka Ports Authority stated that warehouse CFS 01 which was constructed, is to be opened on the 10th of August for the 37th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. This 5400 square meters warehouse was built targeting for the operations of half-full cargo transshipment operations and cargo operations. The Port Authority’s main center where container operations are taken place was completely destroyed by a fire in May 2013. After this terrible incident Sri Lanka Ports Authority was facing major difficulties in storing and on continuing on cargo operations. As a solution to these problems, the new warehouse facility expansion project was started under the guidance of the current Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority Mr. Dammika Ranathunga. The specialty is that this warehouse is done by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s Contracts and Planning Division. Sri Lanka Ports Authority therefore, said that by this Sri Lanka Ports Authority was able to save a lot of money.

655 days ago by arnekiel

Abu Dhabi Ports receives the first shipment of Morgan Advanced Materials at Kizad’s Free Zone
Abu Dhabi Ports announced the arrival of the first container of Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan), a world leader in advanced materials, at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), the company said in its press release. 37,000 sq meter advanced materials facility in Kizad’s Free Zone, to support the company’s production activities. As the first container to a Free Zone company to be processed through Abu Dhabi Customs, several clearance procedures were put into practice for the first time. “We are pleased to announce that our commitment to being well-prepared has paid off, and that this shipment was processed with exceptional efficiency,” Al Mulla added. The milestone underscores the streamlined, interconnected nature of the supply chain leading to and from Kizad’s Free Zone.

655 days ago by arnekiel

North Carolina Ports completes turning Basin Project, welcomes 8,200 TEU vessel to Wilmington
As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has completed the expansion project of its turning basin at the Port of Wilmington. The expansion allows the port to accommodate post-Panamax vessels with a length of 1,150 feet (350.52 meters) and a breadth of 158 feet (48.16 meters). On August 7, 2016 the Yang-Ming Unity became the largest vessel to utilize the expanded turning basin and call the Port of Wilmington, the company said in its press release. The turning basin project included the removal of an existing bulk pier and dredging along the port’s side of the Cape Fear River to expand the turning basin from 1,200 feet to 1,400 feet. This expansion will typically accommodate vessels in the 8,000 to 10,000 TEU range, depending on the vessel’s profile.

 Kiel
655 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Kiel reports nearly 2% growth in freight and passenger traffic in 1H2016
The Port of Kiel is on course for growth after upping handling in both the cargo and passenger sectors by nearly 2% in the first half of 2016. The port’s various quay and terminal facilities handled 3.1 million tons of incoming and outgoing cargo – an increase of 1.8% over the same period of last year - while in the passenger sector 886,000 people disembarked or boarded a ferry or a cruise ship in the port – a rise of 1.9%, the Port Authority said in a press release. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG) said: “This is a very good result, especially considering that the Port of Kiel recorded an above-average increase in its core business – ferry services to Scandinavia and into the Baltic”. The strongest handling in the port in the first six months has been recorded in the Ostuferhafen, which additional will profit in the second half year from newly established liner shipping services from Sundsvall in Sweden. Since the start of July RoRo cargo ships of new port customer SCA and Iggesund Paperboard have been calling at Kiel once a week to land complete loads of paper and high-value cardboard packaging products. From October this liner service is being increased to twice a week.

656 days ago by arnekiel

Ship queue at Australia’s Newcastle PWCS coal terminals rises to 27, highest in 14.5 months
The number of ships queueing at the Port Waratah Coal Services terminals at Australia’s Newcastle port grew by seven vessels week on week to 27 on Sunday, which is the highest end-of-week queue in 63 weeks, data from the logistical coordinator for the Hunter Valley coal chain showed Monday. The queue has now grown for four consecutive weeks, and at 27 ships, it is approaching double the July 2016 average of 15 and more than four times the average of six seen this past June. The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator has not reported a queue of that length or longer in its weekly performance figures for the 140 million mt/year PWCS terminals since May 25 last year when it hit 25 vessels. www.hellenicshipp...

656 days ago by arnekiel

Ports of Auckland's automated machines to replace 50 stevedores
About 50 wharf workers will lose their jobs as Ports of Auckland introduces robots to its container terminal. The port has finalised plans to partially automate its container terminal by replacing manual straddle carriers with automated versions to load and unload trucks and operate the container yard where work is less complex than other areas. Manually-driven straddle carriers will continue to be used between the yard and ship-to-shore cranes. The rollout was expected to be completed in 2019 and would make the port just the third automated straddle carrier terminal in the world. www.stuff.co.nz/b...


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